Fashion Books You Need On Your Christmas List

Coffee table books are just about the perfect gift for everyone on your list, but these fashion industry books will wow the fashion expert in your life. Whether she just loves clothes, works in the industry, or has even glanced at an issue of Vogue, these will be a great addition to her collection.

 

Style Stalking- Refinery 29

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A great gift for any fashion blogger, this book is all about capturing street style. Editor-in-chief and creative director of this fashion and beauty site interpret 180+ looks from all over the world.

In Color- Tory Burch

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This is the first book for Tory Burch, and it is all about living her life “in color”. Her inspirations, desires, travels; all are separated into different colors. With a foreward written by Anna Wintour, this is not a book you want to leave off your list.

Places To Go, People To See- Kate Spade

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The Kate Spade New York girl travels to fabulous and fashionable destinations in this new book.  Filled with quotes, pictures, and ideas, you will definitely have wanderlust after this read.

The Woman I Wanted To Be- Diane Von Furstenburg

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This is the memoir of the fabulous Diane Von Furstenberg, her struggles, passions, and the choices she made to become the powerhouse woman she is today. We can all learn something about hard work in this cut throat industry from this fashion legend.

Need more ideas? Click here to check out our favorite fashion books from last year!

Why Blanket Scarves Should Be Your Favourite Winter Trend

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I was dubious when the blanket scarf trend started. The oversized accessory seemed unnecessary as Autumn arrived in London, thanks to the warm weather and uncharacteristic lack of rain. Halloween was one of the warmest on record meaning short skirts were acceptable and shopping for winter clothes wasn’t a priority. With joke articles comparing Ikea blankets to Burberry’s monogrammed ponchos, I thought I wasn’t a fan. But, of course, British weather is very dependable and winter arrived within a matter of days, almost skipping autumn entirely, forcing me to start pulling out my winter wardrobe. Sitting in cold lectures, I muttered how much I wish it were acceptable to bring my duvet, and slowly I realised maybe I could…
Trying on blanket scarves is actually like climbing into a warm nest, something that is ridiculously welcome during cold afternoons in class. And, the best part is that because these scarves have come from top designers and filtered down to the high street, I can take an affordable blanket into lessons, and still appear as though my main motivation is fashion…
Embrace the big scarf, keep your hair and face easily dry when the rain starts pouring, and choose a pretty colour to match the winter coat you’ve no doubt had to don.

H&M, Topshop, River Island, Accessorize and even Topman have the best affordable versions of Burberry and Mulberry.

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Galliano’s Heyday … Competition Recognizes and Cries Mayday

King of hearts – romantic hearts that is. Under John Galliano’s watch, Dior collections were flowered with passion, friv. style, and eccentric taste. It’s clear that he has no limits to creativity. He is always fired up with a surplus of ideas and is now determined to overcome every obstacle set forth by his critics.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances in Galliano’s unfair trial dismissal at Dior, Galliano may have lost his Paris court case which demanded damages 2.4 million Euros to 13 million Euros, but he hasn’t lost his touch.

In his defense, he claims: “The two companies were fully aware of my state. I took Valium so I could get through fittings,” Galliano states courtroom. “I can’t let the 17 years I spent and enjoyed at Dior be blackened like this. During these years as creative director of this house, I did not realize that its success, multiplying its sales by four, came at a destructive and exorbitant cost: my physical and mental health. Always more work, always more obligations, always more pressure, a dangerous and pathological spiral, without control.”

“I have not done my best collection, he says. “The new Galliano will be bigger and stronger.”

You know what they say… what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

Galliano tells French newspaper Le Point, “I’m learning to change perspective, to assume my responsibilities”.

Whether you succeed or fail in fashion, what’s really important is to keep moving forward.

Lost and forgotten … the past is behind us, and Galliano’s future looks so bright, we need sunglasses to see it.

With Galliano’s new found glory, a position at Margiela, the competition is quaking with fear and running scared. They are absent-minded without decisive reasoning and sound judgment. This is Galliano’s defining moment where opinion and controversy is overcome by talent, creativity, and determination. Margiela is Galliano’s golden ticket to permanent resurrection and reincarnation.

Heavy-weight Amanda Harlech backs Galliano, who says that she compares working with Galliano “to being hit by a massive surf wave”.

Success does come at a cost, and it always ruffles some feathers … but you should always remember that if you were a “nobody,” they wouldn’t be talking about you in the first place.

So, it’s time for Galliano to shake off the dust, get back on his feet and try again. Those who are envious, spiteful, judgmental, insecure, have nothing on him. His best days are still in front of him and no one has really seen what he is truly capable of. So buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a rough ride and a devastating blow to those who thought Galliano was finished for life.

Galliano takes Margiela … Maison Martin Margiela, that is…

It is rumored that the one and only John Galliano, yes, John Galliano (not a typo) will once again dictate this season’s “it” fashion. The winds of change have swept Galliano into the creative director position at Maison Martin Margiela. Was it fate or pure chance?

Since his termination at Christian Dior, Galliano aided in designing commercialized American Pret-a-Porter alongside Oscar de la Renta. Not long after, Galliano tapped Russian Perfumery and Cosmetic giant serving as the brand’s creative director.

Recently, Renzo Rosso took one of fashion’s leading knight in shining armor and placed him back into his rightful position.

Rosso claims “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic, creative soul. John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time — a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create and wish him here to find his new home.”

Well, one thing is clear. His controversial image will be sure to attract media attention and his flamboyant style always wins over the crème de la crème of fashion elites.

For those who doubt; Galliano is said to have made amends with the Jewish community and addressed his alcohol issues by attending rehab, so that pretty much snuffs out any possibility of him becoming a public relations disaster.

It is also confirmed that Galliano has gathered his muse, team, and other collaborates together. He is ready to steal the spotlight with confidant Vanessa Bellanger, Alexandre Roux, Rafaele Hardy and Jean-Yves Mustiere. The Margiela team is said to include current Margiela employees as well as some new rising stars.

We know that Galliano has a few tricks up his sleeves. So, as he casts his spell, we hope to transform from a pumpkin and win over the heart of the handsome prince with a pair of Margiela’s modern version of glass slippers along with a gown fit for a ball this upcoming season.

We know he will deliver.

Gisele Bündchen Chanel No 5 Film

Reinvented Chanel Number 5 short film has now been released starring Gisele Bündchen and directed by Baz Luhurmann. Filmed from west coast to east coast and suggestively shot in Paris (la Cigale, anyone?!), it touches the lives of many.

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“You’re the one that I want. You’re the one that I want.” Michiel Huisman voice wanes through the video as Bündchen’s character rediscovers a love once lost.

Bündchen’s character is portrayed as a goddess, a woman who has it all. Acclaimed model, wife of billionaire, fashion trend setter, and mother and even though she has everything, looks, and acts the part … there is something still missing. Chanel No. 5 helps initiate romance, which is translated into the core, basic fundamentals of happiness and fulfillment. Each scene guides you more and more into her idealized lifestyle so many dream of, but only so few actually experience.

“Today, women have many facets. They run businesses, do business, are wives, mothers, daughters … This resonates with me, “claims Gisele Bündchen.

Through facial movement, eye signals, and body gestures … Bündchen really proved that actions speak louder than words.

Many designers today project their viewpoints, beliefs, and tastes through their work without being consciously aware of it. Many relate to the woman they idealize by expressing some suppressed feelings or emotions through their work. Fashion becomes a freedom of expression. All work considered, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

“What Karl Lagerfeld did admirably well in his work, is to take a classic, something we think we know, and turn to revisit. I tried the equivalent in music, says Baz Luhrmann. And I think Lo-Fang has made this classic song that Karl is in fashion. What we think we know, he offers us a different feeling, a different aspect. “

Rue des Rogues: A Year In Pictures

The time is here…Rue des Rogues’ First Anniversary! It has been a whirlwind of a year, but absolutely amazing. We are so thankful to our readers for letting us share our passion for this industry with you. From fashion shows, photo shoots, exhibitions, and traveling, you have been there through it all.  We can only hope the years to come were as splendid as this first one. Enjoy some snapshots from the past 365 days!

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Christine Phung, Ready to Wear Collection, Spring Summer 2015 in Paris

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Mary Katrantzou Collaborates with Adidas

From Pharrell Williams, Raf Simons, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rick Owens, it seems that Adidas has taken its street-styled sneaker to a whole new level of high fashion.

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Mary Katrantzou can now be added to the list as she collaborates with Adidas on a capsule collection that features the designer’s key styles of bright color and kaleidoscopic patterns. Her graphic visions in this collection evoke a certain level of feminine strength.

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Outrageous gold embellishment on pink, red, green, purple with outlandish abstract prints, will feed your wild side. Tight, yet athletic, Neoprene dresses are drenched in bold, colorful stripes and brilliant polka-dots. Think: Geometric + Abstract = Athletic.

“I’m really excited to be working with Adidas on a line of apparel and footwear. I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand. They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market,” gushes Katrantzou.

“I think print and color communicate perfectly to a wider audience. I wanted this collection to be more democratic because what I do everyday is niche and luxury, so it’s great to translate my work into a product more people can enjoy. We both have a very distinctive brand identity, so it was important to marry the two and create a line which is representative of both. I have never done sneakers before and they are a big part of our culture – it’s exciting to be part of that, through this collaboration,” she continues.

Be sure to find the nearest Adidas store near you as the collection launches in November 2014.

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Designer Spotlight: Possibility Jewelry

“You never know…”

The tagline for Possibility Jewelry is pretty powerful, and true… you never know what is possible.

These were the positive thoughts Astrid Mueller was focused on when creating her brand, and she wants everyone who wears her pieces to feel the same inspiration.

The Switzerland native began doing graphic design for Swarovski, perfected her craft after studying at Parsons, and started the line in 2011. Long distance love was calling, and she answered by moving to be with her beau in Alaska, where she currently runs possibility.

Rings, earrings, chokers, bracelets, and much more make up this collection. Every piece is made out of lucite, and if put in the sun, will shimmer just as it should. Intricate engravings and shading add just the special touch it needs for each one to be exclusive, like snowflakes. These pieces can add both vintage and modern touches to any outfit at the same time.

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Shop the whole possibility collection here.

 

Photos by Cadenaslife Photography

 

The Legend: Oscar de la Renta

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The fashion world is mourning today over the loss of the legend, Oscar de la Renta. He was 82 and believed to have lost his battle with cancer. This “sultan of suave” was one of the best of the best, and certainly left his mark on this industry. Best known for his gowns on the red carpets, he was a very popular gown choice with celebrities and even American First Ladies dating back to Jackie O. The last gift he gave to the world was the wedding gown he made for Ama Alamuddin, the new Mrs. Clooney, just a few weeks ago.

He left his native Dominican Republic to study painting in Madrid at the age of 18. Quickly realizing his love of fashion design, he scored an internship sketching for powerhouse Balenciaga, until he left to be a couture assistant at Lanvin in Paris. He launched his first ready-to-wear label in 1965, and then designed haute couture for French fashion house, Balmain. In 2006, his first bridal collection hit the runways.

“A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die,” he told Gotham magazine just last year. “We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is time to plant, then a time you have to weed. I always say: ‘Live, love and laugh.'”

Rest in peace, Mr. de la Renta.

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Bridal Fashion Week Top Picks

I love to follow Bridal Fashion Week as much as the other weeks! I am always dreaming of what my perfect wedding dress will look like and am always searching for ideas.

It amazes me how many different designs there can be of one classic dress!

However, there are definitely some reoccurring trends from these Fall 2015 collections. Off the shoulder and long sleeved gowns are here to stay!

Here are a few of our favorite looks from the best designers in bridal.

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Elisabetta Polignano

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Carolina Herrera

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