The Row Opens Up New Flagship Store in LA

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

The Row LA Flagship Store

27 year old twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, opened the first flagship store for their fashion line, The Row, just recently. The Olsens’ wanted the store to represent Los Angeles, where the Row began nearly a decade ago, so they worked with local designers, David Montalba and Courtney Applebaum, to create a modern 3,800-square-feet of pure elegance and minimalist aesthetic. Located at 8840 Melrose Place, the store has been described by the fashion gurus as a “hidden gem”,  because it is not visible from the street and customers have to pass through white double doors and a narrow black courtyard to reach it.

‘We’ve always wanted our own store; it’s always been part of the plan,” Mary-Kate said. “It was a toss-up between New York and LA., and when this space became available, we jumped on it.  It used to be a hair salon and my sister and I used to come here, so we were very aware of the space.

“We had been coming here since we were, like, 10 years old,” added Ashley. “We are from here and The Row started here, so it was all very appropriate.”

“Ultimately, for us, it was about setting it up like a home and just having the apparel be a part of the space,” said Ashley. 

 

Here are some pictures of the absolutely amazing space:

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I am in complete awe and love the simplistic style of the store.

For more on the Olsen Twins and The Row, check out Women’s Wear Daily’s latest interview with them ‘Row Dives Into Retail’. You’ll find out about their decisions about their first flagship store for The Row, the process of creating the space, and possible future plans for the brand and the twins themselves.

 

Taylor x

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2014 Met Gala

For those whom are not familiar with the Met Gala (formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, and also known as the Met Ball) is an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Regarded as one of the most exclusive social events in New York City, it is also an annual celebration for the institute’s fashion exhibit. Since 1995 Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, has been the chair of the event.

The 2014 Met Gala certainly did not disappoint when it came to all things fashion. This years theme – “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”. This years dress code – White Tie. This years chairs, alongside Wintour, are Aerin Lauder, Bradley Cooper, Oscar de la Renta, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and fashion guru Sarah Jessica Parker.

In no particular order, here are my favourite looks from the 2014 Met Gala Red Carpet.

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet

Jay Z and Beyoncé in Givenchy; Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Lavin; Rhianna in Stella McCartney.

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Anna Wintour in Chanel; ASAP Rocky in Topman and Chanel Iman in Topshop; Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney.

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Kate Bosworth in Stella McCartney; Lupita Nyong’o in Prada; Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein.

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Blake Lively in Gucci; David Beckham in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham in a dress from her own collection; Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in vintage Chanel; Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta; Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren and Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture.

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Joan Smalls and Vera Wang in Vera Wang; Ryan Reynolds in Gucci; Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga and Alexander Wang.

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Chloë Grace Moretz in Chanel; Naomi Watts in Givenchy Haute Couture; Kate Mara in Valentino.

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet #8

Hailee Steinfeild in Prabal Gurung; Kendall Jenner in Topshop; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Balmain.

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet #9

Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss; Nicole Richie in Donna Karen Atelier; Tom Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch in Ralph Lauren.

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet #10

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry; Karolína Kurková in Marchesa; Rachel McAdams in Ralph Lauren.

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet #11

Selena Gomez in Diane Von Furstenberg; Thakoon and Emma Stone in Thakoon; Jessica Alba in Diane Von Furstenberg.

2014 Met Gala Red Carpet #12

Claire Danes in Oscar de la Renta; Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Balenciaga; Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford.

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4 Basic Steps to Ensure You Enjoy Your Shopping Experience

I am very passionate about fashion and I LOVE clothes, but sometimes shopping can be a painful, tiring, and degrading experience. So I put together four basic steps that will ensure you enjoy your shopping experience every time.

 

1. Comfortable, seamless underwear

Seamless Underwear

There is nothing worse than shopping for a few hours (or an entire day) with uncomfortable underwear that you are constantly fixing up. What is also just as bad, is trying on clothes in the change room and seeing your underwear or the seam line through the clothes. I definitely recommend wearing your most comfortable underwear, preferably seamless, in a classic nude or white. This will ensure no seam lines or underwear are visible when trying on new garments, and will ensure you get the most accurate view of what the garment will look like on you when worn properly.

 

2. Strapless bra

Strapless Bra

Wearing a strapless bra shopping is probably one of the best decisions you could make. When trying on clothes, a strapless bra is ideal for more than one reason – it is easy to take off/put on when you’re trying on something that will be/needs to be worn bra-less; it sits great under all basic tops and dresses; and it gives you an accurate view of what a strapless garment will look like on without the hassle of the ugly ‘tuck your bra straps into the side of your bra’ trick (which really doesn’t look good). Like recommended with the underwear, opting for a nude or white bra is best.

 

3. Easy to slip on and off basic outfit

Basics

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The most annoying thing about trying on new clothes is having to constantly undress and dress yourself. So avoid time consuming, uncomfortable, annoying outfits that take you an extra 10 minutes to take off/put on in the change room – jeans, garments with zips at the back that you require assistance to do up completely, garments that need to be completely buttoned up/down, tops that need to be tucked in etc. I recommend pairing a cute, light weight, printed skirt (high waisted or maxi) or pair of shorts (can even be a pair of denim shorts) with a basic t-shirt or crop top; a simple maxi dress; or a basic t-shirt dress. This will ensure that you are comfortable throughout your whole shopping trip and trying on new clothes will be less irritating.

 

4.  Basic flats or sandals 

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You want to opt for a pair of shoes that are easy to walk in, comfortable, supportive of your foot and easy to put on and take off. It makes your shopping trip that much easier when you wear a simple pair of basic flats that are easy to take off/put on, especially when you are shoe shopping. This will save you a lot of time and effort. Sometimes opting for a pair of shoes with a small heel, or a pair of flat forms is a good idea also – this will elongate your legs (giving you a sense of height) and will flatter not only your outfit, but also your body. Always try to avoid shoes with numerous buckles, laces, and shoes that you have to wear socks or sockets with.

 

Taylor x

 

Kim and Kanye Take Vogue

Kim and Kanye Take Vogue

The worlds most talked about couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, cover the April issue of the high-end fashion magazine, Vogue. After months of speculation, the soon-to-be newly weds have finally fulfilled their dream of posing for the cover of Vogue. Showing off her stunning (and not to mention, huge!) engagement ring and donned in a chic white gown, Kardashian poses in front of fiancé West, dressed in a slick black suit, as he wraps his arms around her.

The April issue is giving readers a firsthand look inside the couple’s “fashionable life and surreal times”, including a beautiful series of portraits shot by, Annie Leibovitz. Baby North (Nori), was there too and appears in a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

Editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, has addressed her decision to have Kimye grace the cover of Vogue, writing in her ‘letter from the editor’;

“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it. I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?),”

“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”

The April issue of Vogue is available in stores from the 31st of March, and digitally from the 24th of March.

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Miranda Kerr for H&M

Miranda Kerr for H&M

In addition to her current campaigns for ShopStyle, Clear Scalp & Hair, Swarvoski and Reebok, at the beginning of February, it was announced that Miranda Kerr would be the new face for Swedish retail giant, H&M, and their latest Spring Campaign. She took to Instagram, posting a similar photo to the one pictured above to make her official announcement of the exciting news to her fans and followers.  The official Instagram page of H&M followed suit, posting a video of Kerr announcing: “Hi H&M followers, I’m Miranda Kerr and I’m the new face for H&M Spring Campaign. Stay tuned for more.”

In the weeks following, both Miranda Kerr and H&M, have been posting Instagram teasers of the up-and-coming Spring Campaign, and what happened behind the scenes.

Miranda Kerr Behind the Scenes for H&M

As it moves closer to the date of H&M’s first Australian store opening in Melbourne (April 5th), Kerr’s stunning and delightful Spring Campaign video has been released. Although H&M’s Australian website doesn’t allow you to shop online (unfortunately, we have to wait), you can view what is coming to the Australian store, including the exclusive Australian collection.

Here is a look at what you can expect to see in the Spring Collection that hits stores next month.

Miranda Kerr for H&M Spring Campaign

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Lara Bingle’s Latest Collection

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Lara Bingle’s highly anticipated intimates collection collaborated with Cotton On Body launched online and in stores on Monday, March 17. Following the amazing success of her first collaboration with Cotton On Body, in which was voted for Best Collaboration of 2013, Bingle has created her very first extremely cute line of intimates – Lara Bingle for Cotton On Body Intimates.  The collection is made up of essential cotton underwear and bandeaus that are both comfortable and affordable.

In the Cotton On media release Bingle said “Designing my own intimates range with Cotton On Body was an amazing experience, I believe the perfect underwear is the foundation of any wardrobe. Every girl needs essential cotton underwear as the everyday addition to their top drawer and this collection is all about simple styles that are practical and also the perfect fit.”

Lara Bingle for Cotton On Body Intimates

The intimate line-up includes four different underwear styles and a versatile bandeau with a colour palette of the essential classics; white, black and grey, and an injection of bright colours, playful prints and a hint of metallic fabrics. To ensure choosing the right style is easy, Bingle’s intimate collection is packaged in compact boxes with a detailed description.

Check out the rest of the adorable collection – Lara Bingle for Cotton On Body Intimates 

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Aussie Babe, Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie Elle Australia Shoot

23 year old Margot Robbie, most famous for her recent performance as Naomi Lapaglia, has finally become the Hollywood star Australia has dreamed of. Local Gold Coast babe, formally known as Donna Freedmon in Australian TV drama series, Neighbours, landed her first major role in Martin Scorsese’s film, The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Hollywood royalty, Leonardo Dicaprio. Her role as Naomi Lapaglia (Jordan Beltford’s mistress, turned wife) saw a whole new side to Margot’s acting; a lot of nudity, glamour, attitude, and a perfected Brooklyn accent, landing her an amazing six nominations.

Margot graced the cover of Elle Australia’s March Issue and scored herself a six page spread (dressed head-to-toe in Giambattista Valli, Zimmerman, Stella McCartney and Gucci) in which she spoke about “fame, fashion and slapping Leo in the face”. After the shoot Margot curls up on a couch and explains that to make photo shoots feel more homely, she always asks the stylist to have some Australian brands available. She then went on to tell Elle Australia that “[she] wants to rep [her] home country, [because] the clothes are so much better in Australia. In America, there are a vast amount of options in the low-price range and in the high-price range, but nothing in between. In Australia, there’s oodles: Zimmerman, Shakuhachi, Manning Cartell, Alice McCall.”

Margot has also been named one of fashions’ new darlings after sitting front row at the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2014 show during Paris Fashion Week alongside Rhianna, Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote. She wore a demure grey Miu Miu dress, styled with a bright red coat and a pair of floral heels. Like a true fashion guru, she completed her look with a small black belt around her waist, and a metallic Miu Miu handbag.

  Margot Robbie Elle Australia Shoot #2 

Elle Australia shoot.

Front row at Miu Miu Runway 2014

Front row at the Miu Miu show during PFW.

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Kendall Jenner: From Reality Star to Runway Model

I know I am a few weeks behind (due to my absence on my blog) in what has struck huge controversy in the fashion and entertainment industries, but I wanted to touch upon the subject of Kendall Jenner and her recent growth within the fashion industry.

The 6th of February saw the beginning of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. To say social media hit complete madness would be an understatement, with outlets such as Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook flooding with images from the runways; in particular, Marc Jacobs. Kendall made her first runway debut for Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 Collection.

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Kendall was seen walking down the runway sporting a short bob held back with a thick headband, and bleached eye brows; both seeming to be the ‘in’ look this season. But what obviously sparked most controversy was the sight of Kendall’s nipples as she walked down the runway in a complete see-through long sleeved v-neck top.

She received a collection of criticism on social media, with many people stating that “the look was inappropriate for Kendall”, and “at the young age of 18 she shouldn’t be baring her chest and exposing her nipples”. However, what I don’t understand is how no one seemed to care about the other models baring their chests and exposing their nipples on the Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 runway.

This is something that we should be accustomed to in the fashion industry. Supermodels such as Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whitely have both rocked completely sheer tops sporting their bare chests on the runway before, and it hasn’t seemed to bother anyone inside of the fashion industry.

Personally, I think Kendall owned her walk on the Marc Jacobs runway and looked absolutely stunning. Since debuting with Marc Jacobs, she has already walked for Givenchy in Paris, Chanel in Paris and Giles in London. As if that wasn’t excitement enough for the upcoming supermodel, she also sat front row at the TopShop Unique show in London alongside Anna Wintour and Kate Moss. Kendall was also featured on Love Magazine’s Instagram and starred in an Instagram photo shoot for Vogue.

  Kendall Jenner Runway Shots 2014

On the runway for Givenchy, Chanel and Giles.

Kendall Jenner Vogue Instagram Shoot

Instagram photo shoot for Vogue. 

Front Row at TopShop Unique Runway 2014

Front row at TopShop Unique. 

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Back

Whilst I have been absent from my blog a mere six or seven months, a lot has changed. I finished my first semester of uni;  got a job with an awesome company over the Christmas period; and spent my five month uni holiday pondering about life, my career and my future. What has changed mostly though is my career path and the future I plan to build myself. I have just taken a six month ‘study break’ from uni to figure my life out. I thought journalism – in particular, fashion journalism – was the career for me. But I have come to realise that it is not. Though I am still very passionate about fashion and I do enjoy writing, I was not satisfied at all with the journalism and fashion course I was undertaking at uni and I completely lacked inspiration and motivation.

So I have until second semester (July) to really think about what career I want to pursue in order to create the lifestyle I desire. I originally created this blog to build a professional and personal portfolio for the future of my career, however, as I am no longer studying or pursuing a career as a fashion journalist, I will now be posting on my blog as a hobby to fulfil my personal needs. Primarily, my posts will be about fashion but I will expand my blog and write about many other things I am passionate for or curious about.

NYFW Runway Report: Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe S/S 2014 Collection Favourites

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Rachel Zoe’s vivd 60’s and 70’s inspiration was alive and out-spoken for her Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. She cleverly designed a heavily monochromatic collection with a large variety of fabrics and displayed true ready-to-wear garments such as ‘destroyed’ boyfriend jeans paired with a cute white cropped top and tailored blazer; black high-waisted leather shorts with a sheer black top and super cool tailored leather jacket; and simple white 3/4 sleeved shift dress with gold detailing.

Her models portrayed the 60’s and 70’s inspiration walking down the runway with messy roll-out-of-bed braided hair. Rachel Zoe bought an amazing balance to the runway – 60’s and 70’s inspiration contrasting modern, tailored garments. The collection is elegant and effortless with a hard edge, bringing forward great trends that everyone is now dying to wear.

You can view all of the collection here, under Rachel Zoe Runway Photos; and you can also view the video through the same link, under Rachel Zoe Runway Video.

Taylor x