ASOS, the thrifty on-line retailer with style business cred, reported a 49% rise in total retail sales yesterday, though the company’s feeling the pinch in its native UK exactly where young fashionable Brits are shopping their closets instead of throwing down invisible cash. Excellent news is international sales account for 62% of their total sales and the website’s cheap fashion forward wares have been worn by a litany of as well cool for school American celebrities who like to appear au courant: Rooney Marney, Emma Roberts, Lake Bell. The site’s most significant get was possibly the Initial Lady herself, Michelle Obama, who has a penchant for the affordable stuff, showing up to a military picnic in an ever so suitable gingham sheath last summer. Which begs the question: if ASOS is excellent enough for Mrs. Obama—arguably one of the chicest ladies in the cost-free world—does it give the rest of us a cost-free pass to choose um, what we’ll call an “economically conservative” choice for a formal event?
I ask since I’m in a wedding this year—a huge Texas wedding—and thankfully my friend had the great sufficient sense to let us decide on our personal dresses as opposed to sticking us into the same tulle sweetheart gown, which let’s face it only operates on a handful of body sorts, namely that of the lithe much less-endowed tribe. Her only request is that she gets to okay our choice just before we buy it. Completely reasonable (watch one particular episode of Say Yes To The Dress and see why it’s by no means a great thought to give as well extended a leash to nine women with quite different tastes). Of course, I found the ideal resolution on ASOS, my go-to when the bank account looks bleak (and whose doesn’t these days). Am I being chintzy right here? Or is it just a sign of the instances that we’re all seeking for less costly sartorial alternatives, particularly when it comes to a piece—floor-length, black—that I will not be in a position to put on that often?
I asked the incomparable E. Jean, she who understands anything when it comes to modern day etiquette, what’s the correct course of action right here and this is what she told me: “It is a brilliant bride who permits her bridesmaid to decide on her own dress. I toast this bride with Champagne! I toast this bride with another glass of Champagne. And as for the dress—some of the prettiest dresses in America cost less than $ 50.” Did she just write my rehearsal dinner speech?
Isabel and Ruben Toledo are stalwarts of art and style (and possibly, as a couple, perfectly embody the collision of those two worlds), but what they’ve come to represent goes beyond that.
As immigrants from Cuba, they are the “American Dream” and have withstood immense changes inside their fields more than the past few decades, all while living together in New York City. Their longevity–both in their careers and their relationship–is inspiring to say the least. So, it was a pleasure to hear them talk about it all last night at Parsons (where Isabel was when a student), in a discussion with Simon Collins, Dean of the School of Style. The discussion was also timed to coincide with the launch of Isabel’s book (for which Ruben did lovely illustrations). Right here are the most exciting bits we gleaned from the convo:
• They began Isabel’s fashion organization with practically no income. Particularly, it was the cash they got from their wedding.
December 22nd, 2011
Here are the results of the Readers’ Choice Finest Dressed Of The Year 2010.
1. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture – 2011 Oscars
2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen – Royal wedding
3. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan – 2011 Emmy’s
four. Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Couture – 2011 Oscars
5. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – 2011 Golden Globes
6. Diane Kruger in Jason Wu – 2011 Met Gala
7. Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta – ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Component 2′ London premiere
8. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley In Gucci – ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Moscow premiere
9. Nicole Kidman In Jean Paul Gaultier Couture – 2011 CMA Awards
ten. Zhang Ziyi in Christian Dior – ‘Love for Life’ Rome Film Festival premiere
Victoria’s Secret angel Miranda Kerr gave a preview of the handmade, $ 2.5-million bra that she will wear during next month’s Victoria’s Secret catwalk extravaganza. The bra (shown on a mannequin — most people will have to wait until the show, slated to air Nov. 29 on CBS, to see Kerr model it) reportedly took a London jeweler 500 hours to hand-sew on 3,400 gems — including diamonds, pearls, citrines and aquamarines. It also has a tassel centerpiece adorned with two 8-carat white diamonds and two yellow 14-carat diamonds. [Telegraph]
Fashionable First Lady Michelle Obama explained her wardrobe philosophy: “I have to wear what I love,” she said. “I have to feel good in it. My day-to-day wardrobe choices are very practical. I’m like, ‘What’s the temperature?’ ‘Am I going to be sitting in the grass?’ ‘Will I be playing with kids?’ ‘Can I sit on the floor?’” [People]
Rihanna’s new video for “We Found Love” features a voice-over by model Agyness Deyn, and it gives us the answer to just why that Irish farmer kicked the video shoot out of his field a while back. Rihanna was topless. [The Cut]
Friends, we at The Cut have spent what feels like countless hours documenting our First Lady Michelle Obama’s every photographed outfit. Additionally and more recently, in our tireless efforts to bring you photos of the women who wear the outfits you most want to look at, we have begun to put forth the same effort in documenting each of Kate Middleton’s photographed ensembles, in similar ever-expanding, easily accessible fashion. Just as the royal-wedding mania begins to die down, Kate — the duchess — returns from her honeymoon in the Seychelles and her first photographed appearance is not buying six packs of plastic-wrapped white T-shirts, leading the world to merely admire her tan and speculate over whether she and William both wear these in their servant-free farm house while they do their own dishes. Nope, she did what may as well be exactly the opposite, slipping into a slim-cut, very flattering $ 340 Reiss dress for a meeting with Michelle Obama. And so, our two beloved look-book subjects collide, in epic fashion, Kate nervously flipping her hair while Michelle Obama, wearing a Barbara Tfank dress, looks down into her eyes and tells her — what?
“So I hear you rented out all the villas on that private sex den — I mean, island — you not-so-secretly hid at in the Seychelles. That’s cool. I mean, you’re really lucky you can get away with that sort of extravagance — Barack can’t even take me to dinner in New York without a shitstorm! Ha! Ha ha!” Or maybe: “Those Cut hos are not going to know how to handle us standing in the same room, wearing our clothes, right now. Keep looking really super fabulous to freak them out even more, heh.” Yes, that’s obviously what they talk about! In the slideshow, enjoy more photos from this epic meeting, including the Queen!
See more photos of Michelle Obama in our ever-expanding Michelle Obama Look Book.
See more photos of Kate Middleton in our ever-expanding Kate Middleton Look Book.
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Michelle Obama may have put him on the map, but it’s Reese Witherspoon who’s helping to keep designer Jason Wu‘s name in the news. The newlywed actress has apparently made the 28-year-old style star her go-to when she needs a party-perfect look: she’s worn his cocktail dresses over five times since the beginning of 2010! At Sunday’s Water for Elephants premiere in New York City, Witherspoon stunned in a sleeveless white dress with black lace detail. In January, she brought a pop of color to the carpet, stepping out in a playful V-neck purple number at Avon’s 125th anniversary celebration. Months earlier, in October, she scored again in a strapless black-and-nude cocktail dress for an Avon event in the Big Apple. We loved her look in March 2010, too, as she arrived at the Global Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C., wearing a belted black-and-blue frock. And Wu’s whimsical take on the LBD looked perfect on Witherspoon when she appeared at a fund-raiser for the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund in January of 2010. He may not have had the plum job of designing her wedding dress, but it seems that Wu has a fashionable friend in Witherspoon. Tell us: Which of Witherspoon’s Wu dresses is your favorite?
SEE MORE OF WITHERSPOON’S STYLE IN ‘REESE’S TOP FIVE PINK DRESSES’
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