Cannes Style Watch 2014

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We’re officially on Cannes Style Watch right now as the festival continues to showcase some of the best dressed women on the planet, and we’re only on day five!

Cannes is always a feast for the eyes fashion wise, but this year it really has taken on a whole new level of glamour. Want to see who has made out hot list? Then read on below and check out our fave looks from Cannes past and present right here!

Blake Lively: Fresh from nailing it at the Met Gala earlier this month, Blake is on fire right now as the hottest gal in Cannes. It helps she has the likes of Gucci and Chanel dressing her, but what we reckon is really doing it for her is that handsome bit of man candy she is carrying around everywhere right now, AKA Mr Ryan Reynolds. HOT.

Kendall Jenner: Kendall looked stunning, even if she did play it a little safe at the opening ceremony of Cannes a few days ago in a pretty little Chanel monochrome number. Critics weren’t overjoyed with her selection, but we reckon she looked dazzling and super sophisticated for her age.

Cheryl Cole: Our Chezza gets a mention purely for the fact she was falling out of a nightclub, struggling to keep her food and drink down and STILL managed to look as stunning as ever in off-duty leather. In Cannes doing her beauty duty as a L’Oreal ambassador, we’re seriously counting down the days until she is back on our X Factor screens in the summer… can you imagine the dresses?! Ahh #excited

Jennifer Lawrence: Now J-Law can rock a frock like the best of them, but she’s only 23 and sometimes it’s nice to see her looking her age in a pretty white ensemble. Granted, it’s Dior but still! She looks gorgeous with her newly grown out pixie crop in soft waves here as she attends a photo call for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Love her look? Shop it here!

Want to turn heads this season? Then unleash your inner celeb and check out our best selection of party and cocktail dresses right here!

How to Dress Like Rihanna

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When it comes to celeb style, there’s no doubt the Rihanna look is one of the most sought after in the world. It’s also one of the most difficult to master, purely for the fact that she always seems to be rocking a different look every time she’s caught on camera. Still, that hasn’t stopped us picking out the items she seems to love most and delivering them for you to enjoy!

Check out what you need below so you to can dress like Ri-Ri…

The Denims Have It

Getting the Rihanna look on your bottom half is probably the easiest part, because at least there’s some consistency here. If it’s shorts or trousers, it is always denims.

The shorts aren’t just shorts, either; we’re talking hot pants, which if they were any smaller would probably be banned! There are several options to explore when going for jeans, but boyfriend fits are a better option than the skinnies that you’d normally buy, if only because you get a little more room to manoeuvre and don’t feel like you’ve been stitched into them!

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The Goss: Miley Cyrus for Marc Jacobs

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Miley Cyrus for Marc Jacobs: Well well, look at Miley all grown up and moody for Marc Jacobs! We had a sneaky suspicion she would reinvent herself yet again for 2014 and landing a campaign for the ever lovely Marc is one of the best ways to do it. We’re loving the super stylised vision- a million miles away from the twerking PVC outfit and hair buns. We heart.

Brit nominees announced: Awards season is going a bit nuts at the moment. Fresh from the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday and ahead of the Golden Globes this weekend, we have some goss a little closer to home… the Brit Award nominees have been announced! No surprise that One Direction are tipped for glory with four gong nominations, whilst Jessie J is up for Best British Female Solo Artist against the equally lovely Ellie Goulding. It’s going to be a corker!

David Beckham for H&M Kids: Is there nothing this man can’t do? Seriously, not content with being the most beautiful man in the world (our view, but we’re sure you agree) and modelling in his undies for H&M (swoon) he has now designed a range of kidswear for the high-street brand as well! Who would understand better than Becks on how to dress your children fashionably? Romeo is already a Burberry model and Harper will land a modelling contract any day now, you mark our words!

Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo: She was involved in making one of the most expensive adverts of all time for Chanel a few years ago, and now new pics have surfaced of Nicole Kidman appearing in a campaign for Jimmy Choo and well, she’s certainly not afraid of stripping off, let’s say that! Appearing in high waisted knickers and a blazer (sans bra or top, we might add!) the 46-year-old (yes, we can’t believe it either) looks stunning. Oh and the bags and shoes she’s modelling for the brand don’t look half bad either!

And Finally…

blog.image-laura.bubble-251113-ukFashion Ed’s Pick of the Day: We know it’s only the second week in January, but since the sales kicked off in December, the dregs are going to be left if you don’t get your sale shopping sorted soon. So, Shopcade to the rescue! Check out our Final Sales Picks list here and bag yourself some serious bargains before the first new season drops come later this month.

 





3 Holiday Nail Looks from NYC Nail Artist Extrordinaire, Miss Ladyfinger

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Taryn Multack, better known by her profesh name, Miss Ladyfinger is a nail artist living in NYC. The Syracuse U grad majored in fashion design but uses her trained eye to turn digits (in lieu of fabric) into haute couture. She finds trends everywhere – from the streets to the catwalk – to create her cutting edge nail art. Her goal is to make the world a more stylish and, ahem, polished place.

We think she’s doing a pretty good job so we caught up with Taryn to talk about her designer wish list, 2014 nail trends, and tips (get it) for every girl on new ways to style their holiday nails.

If you could have ONE designer item under your tree/menorah/kwanzaa bush this year, what would it be?

A drawstring backpack from The Row.

Nail polish is getting banned. You can only safely stow away ONE color. Which one is it?

I’d have to say Peridot by Chanel.

2014 is almost here! Last year was all about the pointy nail, what new nail trend do we have to look forward to in months ahead?

My new favorite thing ever— matte! And nude. Together they look really chic.

Imagine you have three girlfriends. One lives Uptown, one lives Downtown, and one lives in Brooklyn. How would you paint their nails for a holiday party?

Easy…

Brooklyn Babe – Eclectic

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Inspired by Celine | Ciate Paint Pot in Big Yellow Taxi, $15, available at Sephora; Zoya Nail Polish in Jacqueline, $8, available at Zoya; Maybelline Color Show in Tenacious Teal, $2.99, available at Target; Maybelline Color Show in Onyx Rush, $2.99, available at Harmon Face Value; Nails Inc in Chelsea Bridge Road, $17.24, available at ASOS; Essie Too Too Hot, $8.50, available at Essie; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ultra-Matte Top Coat, $10, available at Sephora

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Ones to Watch: Edie Campbell

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We’ve got a new style crush and her name is Edie Campbell. Feel like you vaguely know the name and recognise the face? Well you’re about to see a whole lot more of her thanks to her triumph on Monday night!

Named Model of the Year earlier at the British Fashion Awards, Edie beat off stiff competition from reigning champ Cara Delevingne to take home the coveted prize.

So why do we lurve Edie so much? Well, the girl rocked up in jeans, brogues and a sparkly cape to the BFAs, whereas every other leading lady went all out with a posh frock.

Granted Edie was sporting Louis Vuitton, so not exactly ‘something she just threw on’ but still- jeans is a pretty bold statement to make when you are in the presence of the crème de la crème of the fashion world!

So what do we know about Edie so far other than she’s a stunner? Well…

1. She speaks her mind: When receiving her gong she quipped “This is nice because models rarely get to speak!” Lol and LOL again.

2. She’s strutted for every major fashion house going: Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Valentino and Givenchy are just some of the power houses she has walked for. Cara who?!

3. She’s pale and interesting: Blue eyes & pale skin = natural beauty. We heart.

4. She has a mullet hair do and STILL looks gorgeous. Nuff said.

Loved Edie’s look at the British Fashion Awards? Steal her style on the high street below…

 





#Shopcade Goes West: Blogger Brunch in LA

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Last week we kicked off a countdown to the launch of our Android and iOS (beta) apps with an intimate trendsetter brunch in West Hollywood, CA. What better to get everyone in the holiday shopping spirit than our fave LA fashion bloggers, delicious bites, and a sneak-peek of our new mobile features?!

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Oh, look!! It’s Judy from Vogue Villain and Kat from Love and Ace looking all cute in their finest warm-weather attire. Guess sunglasses and “summer dresses” year round is one of the perks of West Coast livin’. :::sigh:::

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The super scenic private roof deck of Petite Ermitage was our chill-spot for the daytime event. We couldn’t get enough of that view!!

 

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Want to know how to spot a blogger? One word – Chanel. And, yes, that bag (all of them) is on our lust list. How about you??

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Eve Thomas, Styling Director at THEOUTNET.COM spills fashion secrets to Shopcade

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Eve Thomas, styling director at THEOUTNET.COM spills all on her favourite designer bargains, style secrets and beauty must-haves. Get ready for the inside scoop right here…

You are the Styling Director and a brand ambassador for the THEOUTNET.COM. Could you tell us about your work there?

As the Styling Director, I oversee the fashion and styling across the website. I also work closely with the online styling team who are responsible for putting together over 300 outfits a week on the models photographed for the website. It soon became apparent that when styling, the looks we wanted to create were using the same key wardrobe staples to pair with fabulous catwalk items again and again. These staples were often selling out, so in September 2012 THEOUTNET.COM created its own exclusive label, Iris & Ink, to combat this issue and give customers the opportunity to shop a head-to-toe look. Iris & Ink comprises styling essentials such as cashmere sweaters, silk shirts and leather pants as well as fashion-forward, contemporary designs such as vinyl-panelled bomber jackets and crombies. I work closely on the range and I’m excited that Iris & Ink has added leather accessories to its offering this fall.

What is your daily schedule like?

Busy! My schedule varies daily depending on which projects I’m working on. I may be editing a rail for an upcoming photo shoot, on set for a PR lookbook photo shoot or meeting with new photographers for future creative projects. Other times I may be briefing the Iris & Ink team on the key pieces, colours and silhouettes that the label should be referencing in upcoming collections. I often meet with our buying and marketing teams to look at new products coming into the business and discuss ways in which my team can support this on the site over the coming months. No two days are ever the same, which is what I love most about my job!

For anyone who loves fashion, you have the dream job. How do you manage not to spend your entire salary on THEOUTNET.COM?!

I must confess that a fair proportion of my salary does go back into THEOUTNET.COM – certainly more than I care to admit to my husband! Working so closely with the products means that I get to see so many beautiful pieces before they go live. As staff I have to wait one week before buying a new item in order for customers to have the first opportunity to buy the piece.

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What are the most memorable bargains that have been featured on your site?

My very first purchase from THEOUTNET.COM was a beautiful embellished Chloé jacket at 80% off. I love it as much today as I did when I first bought it! Other favourite buys include a fabulous macramé top by Marni, a signature printed Missoni cardigan and some stunning black lace heels by Valentino.

How has online shopping changed the way you dress and approach fashion?

I’m naturally a very quick and instinctive shopper, which comes from years of editing rails. I rarely set out to shop for anything specific and instead pick up pieces I fall in love with along the way. Online shopping has made this kind of browsing and shopping so easy. As I’m forever scrolling through product pages, I always filter by size to ensure I’m never disappointed to discover the item I want won’t fit me.

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What are the biggest mistakes women make when getting dressed?

One of the biggest mistakes is when women play it too safe for fear of getting it wrong. Black, although timelessly chic, doesn’t suit everyone and it can also be very ageing. I’d suggest looking to neutrals such as soft grey, navy and blush tones as alternatives. A single pop of bright colour or print instantly enlivens an outfit and accessories are a fun and easy way to incorporate these into your look.

Do you have any rules when it comes to the way you dress?

The rules are there to be broken! I love red and pink together as well as navy and black. Fashion should help you express yourself, so have fun with it. I also encourage people to only buy things that they love and that are flattering. No matter how big a trend or how great the discount is, don’t buy into it if it doesn’t work on your body shape or with your personal style!

How has your style evolved over the years? What has changed and why?

I’ve got to know my body shape and understand what does and doesn’t work on me. I’ve also become a lot more confident in my own sense of style and I now have a bank of favourite silhouettes, colours and designers that I look to again and again. I love designers such as Peter Pilotto for their use of colour and print and Chloé for its chic simplicity. My wardrobe is a balance of both worlds.

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What’s in your shopping bag for this season?

I’m currently eyeing up the Iris & Ink shearling coat and a pair of Charlotte Olympia’s signature kitty flats. I’ve fallen for the leopard print calf hair style and may just have to indulge!

What kind of combinations make you cringe when you see them?

I always abide by the rule when dressing of showing either legs or shoulders, never both at the same time!

If you could press a button and control everyone’s taste, what would you make people wear?

I’d want people to express themselves, enjoy fashion and have fun with it. If you feel great in what you’re wearing, the chances are that you’ll look great too!

What’s the one thing that you are waiting patiently from a fashion designer to discover?

A comfortable high heel. Many have come close but I’ve yet to find the pair I can stand in all day!

What kind of qualities do you look for in clothes and accessories? What’s the first thing you notice in a garment?

I’m a bit of a magpie, so colour and print are often the first things I’ll notice. Quality is very important to me. I’d rather spend more on one item that is well made and will last for years than spend the same amount on a handful of fast fashion items that won’t stand the test of time. Signature designs are always worth investing in. Look for pieces such as zigzag knits by Missoni, Stella McCartney tailoring and Marni accessories as they will never date.

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What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

One of my most treasured pieces is a Chloé wool cropped jacket with scalloped edges. It’s one of Phoebe Philo’s designs and one of the first designer pieces I ever bought. I also love my Chanel tweed jacket which I was lucky enough to find at a sample sale years ago!

Finally…any beauty tips that you would like share with us?

French pharmacies are a haven of amazing products at great prices. Every makeup artist I’ve ever worked with has had Bioderma Crealine Cleansing Milk in their kit and I use it every day. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate, also available in French pharmacies and on NET-A-PORTER.COM, is one of the best moisturisers I’ve tried. It sinks into the skin and provides a great base for makeup. I always stock up on both when I’m in Paris.