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It-bags, while not quite as flashy these days as their Baguette ancestors, are definitely still thriving. Much like the new It-girls, they’re more simply adorned and low-key. But despite a lower profile–and lack of logos plastered all over–they’re still very much a thing.

And Mulberry knows a thing or two about unassuming It-bags. The brand’s latest bag for fall, called the Bryn (at right) is a tidy satchel that has a three-lock detail; it will be available July 16. Future It-bag, maybe? Only time–and waitlists–will tell.

To celebrate all the crave-worthy new fall bags starting to hit our inboxes, we’ve gathered up the 10 biggest It-bags of the Millennial generation. Click through to check them all out.

 

 

 

Forget America’s birthday (well, don’t really, but)… Today, we celebrate the birth of one of the most revered and feared items of clothing to ever exist: The bikini. Yes, 66 years ago today (in 1946), the very first bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris, and its debut would forever change the course of swimwear and popular culture as we know it.

From Princess Leia’s sexy Star Wars slave ensemble and the highly anticipated annual swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, it’s hard to picture a world without the two-piece. Can you imagine Phoebe Cates sporting a maillot? No way, Jose. So, in honor of the bikini‘s 66th birthday, we’ve put together 33 of the most iconic bikini moments ever. It’s only fitting–after all, the bikini’s just about half a bathing suit, right?

Happy birthday, bikini!

 

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When Kate Upton’s GQ cover hit this morning, we’re sure ours weren’t the only jaws to drop. There are few models who look (or move!) like Kate. Likewise, there are few models who have enjoyed such a meteoric rise to fame and success.

But make no mistake: Upton is by no means just a benefactor of good luck (or bountiful breasts). She’s very much a star of her own making, and her career decisions–starting with the fateful day she posted that Dougie video to YouTube–have helped her carve out an image and public following that is truly unlike any other model: She managed to parlay a popular YouTube clip to propel her ho-hum modeling career into the supermodel stratosphere, becoming a favorite of fashionistas like Katie Grand and Carine Roitfeld and lad mags alike. Taking cues from reality TV, she plays up her blond bombshell, sometimes even ditzy, personality with a wink–and now she’s poised to become a household name.

So how exactly did she do it? Read on for a look at the ups and downs of Upton’s career–and how she harness the power of social media to ensure she’d be more than just a good set of you-know-whats.

Kate Gets Discovered

Photo: IMG Models

Kate got her start at a Miami casting call for Elite Model Management in 2008, who signed her that same day. Her first major gig was modeling for Garage, but it would seem the internet has been scrubbed of all proof that ever happened. After moving to New York, however, Kate made the switch from Elite to IMG

Lands Her First Major Campaigns

Switching agencies worked out well for Kate, who landed major ad campaigns with Dooney & Bourke and Guess in 2010. While the two were unquestionably directionally different, they proved that Kate has the ability to be successful commercially. And obviously, the Guess campaign opened the floodgates of sexy, bombshell images Kate would soon become known for.

Becomes a YouTube Star


Ah,  the Dougie. In spring 2011, a seemingly innocent and fun video of Kate teaching us how to Dougie at a L.A. Clippers game soon went viral. It’s now at just over 7 million views – and we’re not convinced that all of those people were trying to learn how to Dougie. She established that she had personality (and that she might look even better in motion – just sayin’). For Kate, this was the game changer.

 

Is Named Rookie of the Year in Sports Illustrated

When you’ve got all that body, and Victoria’s Secret doesn’t want you, what’s a girl to do? The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, duh. Her first appearance in the magazine was in 2011, wearing body paint and being hailed as their “Rookie of the Year.” Upton, the man magnet had officially arrived.

 

Photo: Getty

Kate solidified her place as an up-and-coming swimwear model by walking the runway at Miami Fashion Week for Beach Body Swimwear. Doesn’t she make a beautiful bikinied bride, y’all?!

Playing Up the Bombshell Angle

Men couldn’t get enough of Kate, so she soon graced the pages of Esquire as their “Woman of the Summer” in 2011, and of Complex, while milking a cow (half naked, as one does). Kate has no problem playing into the stereotypical bombshell tropes–a trait that would lead her to bigger and better opportunities, and delineate her from the typical name-less bikini model.

Covers Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

To go from “Rookie of the Year” to “Cover Girl,” in just one year’s time, as Kate did when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in February 2012 is impressive, and people in the fashion industry started to take notice. The Dougie may have helped her land the covetable gig, but now that Upton had the international and mainstream media’s attention, her star quickly began to rise. And fast.

 

Kate Goes High Fashion

Fashion came calling in 2012. Kate appeared on the cover of Muse and in that spring’s issue of V, both photographed by Sebastian Faena. It was smart – though there’s just no hiding that body (and who would want to?), Kate proved she could be as high fashion as the rest of them. She was also styled by Katie Grand in Prada for the book to accompany the Met’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit, and walked in Carine Roitfeld’s amfAR fashion show in Cannes.

Lands the Cover of Esquire
Only Kate Upton can take our attention away from Jon Hamm in a suit, and that’s exactly what she did on the gatefold cover of Esquire this past March.

Hits the Red Carpet in Style

Upton wowed on the red carpet in Michael Kors at the Met Ball and at Cannes amFAR Gala red carpet (where she also participated in that all-black runway), proving that she’s just as comfortable in couture as in a bikini.

 

Scores Two Acting Gigs

While it took big-name models like Gisele years to land onscreen cameos, like everything else, she’s accomplished Upton proved she could get it done faster. Given these two roles–one as a mistress in Tower Heist, another as a swimsuit-clad nun in Three Stooges–were small, but we have a feeling they’re only the beginning. Upton’s made it a priority to turn herself into a personality, not just a model, and that definitely lends itself to the screen.

 

Everyone loves Memorial day because it marks the start of the summer (and because of the long weekend!), but finding something to wear to a barbecue can be a bit of a drag – especially if your usual go-to outfit is a mix of see-through T by Alexander Wang andMiu Miu bootes. (Ketchup stains! Grass stains!)

To help out, wI’ve compiled the best casual looks that still maintain a stylish edge fit for any Memorial Day getaway, from backyard parties to cramming into a tiny apartment with your friends. Check out the looks and gear for a perfect long weekend!

 

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Folks, today is Naomi Campbell‘s birthday. Since her debut at the age of 15 she’s become one of the most iconic (and notorious) supermodels in the world. She almost immediately snagged the cover of British ELLE back in 1986, and then went on to become the first black Vogue Paris cover model. Since then, there has been no stopping her. These 42 covers only scratch the surface of her body of work.

Bad temper aside, it’s safe to say that Ms. Campbell is one of the greatest and most beloved models of our time. No matter what she does, whether she’s throwing a cell phone at your head, judging a reality show, or starring in Cavalli ads, it’s safe to say that at 42, Naomi Campbell is still fierce. With every photo shoot, public appearance, or cat walk, she still keeps us interested. And I love her for it.

 

She is personally my best model in the world. I remember my english teacher in high school who kept telling me Naomi Campbell is the best for her too🙂. My personal opinion is that just Heidi Klum is near Naomi but the main word is NEAR!

So, here’s to you Ms. Campbell: Your’e 42 years old, and don’t look a day over 27. Cheers!

And I bring you here two videos with that cat walk🙂.

 

 

The 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday and the eleven-day event is off to a super stylish start.

Cannes always has one of the best red carpets–high glamor plus the risks that you’d never see at the Oscars. From Diane Kruger‘s doubly flawless red carpet appearances, to Jane Fonda‘s age-defying bod, the fashions have hit all the right notes–so far anyway.

And the best part is, we still have ten more days of glamorous red carpet appearances to look forward to. We’ll be updating them here, so keep checking back.

Click through to see all the looks.

 

 

The upcoming Costume Institute exhibit and Monday’s Met Ball honors two of fashion’s most beloved women designers: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. But what about the other female names that have helped to change fashion forever?

Recently, Style.com‘s Nicole Phelps noted that in New York fashion today there is a surprising lack of big-name female designers, which begged the question: “Is it easier to succeed in New York fashion as a man?” Phelps certainly has a point: After all, in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s eight year history, the prize has only been awarded to women designers twice.

The dearth of female designers in New York is particularly disheartening, when you consider the important role women have played in shaping fashion’s past and present. From Coco Chanel, to Phoebe Philo, female designers have provided a fresh–and needed–perspective on fashion and in many cases, they changed the industry as we know it.

So, in honor of those women that have blazed the trail in fashion design, we take a look at the 25 most influential female designers, with the help of Parsons’ Francesca Granata and Pratt’s Jennifer Minniti. Click through and get inspired.

 

 

Portrait etching: Paul Helleu

Madeleine Chéruit
She may not be a household name like Coco Chanel or Elsa Schiaparelli, but the fact is Madeleine Chéruit helped pave the way for female fashion designers, becoming one of the first women to control a major French fashion house, at the turn of the century. Chéruit got her start working as a dressmaker at Raudnitz & Cie House of Couture in the late 1880s, but her talent was so exceptional that she eventually took over the salon and its more than 100 employees in 1905, renaming it Chéruit. She helped launch the career of Paul Poiret by supporting his designs, won the praise of Vogue, and was one of the few couture houses that remained open during the WWI. Though the house shuttered in 1935, Chéruit’s influence in fashion design–and particularly female fashion design–can still be felt. In fact, it was Elsa Schiaparelli who famously took over Chéruit’s 98-room studio and salon, forever tying the two designers together.

Photo: MyStyleMatterz.com

Jeanne Paquin
Considered by many to be one of the first female couturiers, Paquin was known for her fashionable eighteenth century-inspired pastel evening dresses, as well as for her “publicity stunts”, which in early twentieth century Paris meant organizing fashion parades (the runway show predecessor) and sending outfitted models to society events like operas and races. Sacre Bleu!

 

 

Photo: Chanel.com

Coco Chanel
Obviously, Coco Chanel needs no introduction–her influence today is as strong as ever, as the house she founded remains one of the most coveted and respected labels in the world. “She introduced what are now staples of sportswear into womenswear, in part, by borrowing from the vocabulary of menswear,” Parsons’ Francesca Granata tells me. “Her relevance to fashion is incredible.”

 

 

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Jeanne Lanvin
Another female fashion designer whose house remains as relevant today as when she founded it is Jeanne Lanvin. Trained as a milliner and dressmaker, Lanvin began making clothes for her daughter that were so beautiful, a number of wealthy people began requesting copies for their own children, and the designer happily obliged. Lanvin was born–as a childrens wear label. Soon, though, mothers began requesting similar designs that they themselves could wear, and within years the business had grown to include womenswear, perfume and home design, making Lanvin the first designer to see the potential of a lifestyle brand.

 

 

Photo: The Met

Elsa Schiaparelli
“She really infused a level of humor into fashion and, in my opinion, is a precursor of what today we call experimental or avant-garde fashion,” Granata said. “In addition, she excelled at tailoring and was really influential in the development of
structured jackets for women.” No wonder, she’s getting a whole–well, half–a Met Exhibit.

 

 

Photo: Vionnet.com

Madeleine Vionnet
Considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, female or not, Madeline Vionnet is credited with introducing the bias cut and popularizing grecian style dresses, the shockwaves of which can still be seen today. “[Her] innovative techniques were widely studied and used by many of our great designers,” Jennifer Minniti, Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Pratt, tells me.

 

 

Photo: New York Times

Madame Grès
“While not as well known as Vionnet, Chanel or Schiaparelli, Gres was also an influential couturier,” Granata said. The designer is best known for her classically inspired floor-length pleated gown, and Minniti calls her “the master of the wraped and draped dress.”

 

 

Valentina
Valentina designed dramatic evening gowns for Hollywood’s elite, pioneering the notion of red carpet glamour. She was also one of the first to be known by merely her first name.

 

 

Claire McCardell
“[McCardell] is known as the inventor of american sportswear or ready-to-wear,” Minniti says. Which is, you know, a pretty big claim to fame. Her simple silhouettes and frugal use of fabrics (particularly during WWII) helped shape the democratic and casual sensibility that we associate with American ready-to-wear today. Her influence was so great that in 1950, President Harry S. Truman presented her with the Women’s National Press Club Award, making her the first fashion designer to be voted one of America’s Women of Achievement.

 

 

Bonnie Cashin
Along with McCardell, Cashin pioneered the concept of American sportswear or ready-to-wear as we know it. The designer started her career designing clothing for chorus girls in Los Angeles, eventually making it to the silver screen, creating wardrobes for seminal films like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Anna and The King of Siam. Among some of her innovations, according to Minniti, was the minimal use of seams and darts, and the introduction of layered outfits that suited her jetset lifestyle.

 

 

Photo: Getty

Barbara Hulanicki
Hulanicki’s Biba store, full of affordable mini-skirts, floppy felt hats, feather boas, and velvet trouser suits, became synonymous with the glamorous, rock n’ roll style of the period. She counted David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and Marianne Faithfull all as clients and in 1964, she gave a 15-year-old nobody by the name of Anna Wintour, her first job as a sales assistant.

Photo: Maryquant.com

Mary Quant
Quant was instrumental in the mod fashion movement, and is widely credited as the inventor of the miniskirt and of hotpants. While the new styles were certainly meant to be risque and sexy, they also represented growing liberation in women’s fashion–and we owe much of today’s skin-baring styles (and the ever-smaller outfits of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha et al) at least in part to Quant.

Photo: Getty

Sonia Rykiel
Rykiel’s super soft dresses and sweaters–and most famously “The Poor Boy Sweater,” which covered Elle in 1967–earned her title of “Queen of Knits,” a name, which the designer’s label continues to live up to today.

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Katharine Hamnett
Not all influential designers are couturiers. Hamnett’s slogan t-shirts may seem run-of-the-mill now, but at the time they were revolutionary–and, as Minniti points out, their design “continues to be copied [by countless companies and designers today.]”

Photo: Vogue

Rei Kawakubo
“In the 1980s, together with Yohji Yamamoto, she revolutionized Paris fashion, by introducing a style of dress that merged Western and Japanese influence and was notably distinct from 1980s high fashion,” Granata explains. “Following the principle
of wabi-sabi, her 1980s work employed ‘poor’ and seemingly battered material and posed a challenge to body-hugging silhouette popular during the period.” To this day, Kawakubo remains one of the most beloved (and unconventional) designers of our time.

Vivienne Westwood
We can thank Westwood for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Without her, safety pin shirts, sky-high platform shoes (like the ones Naomi Campbell famously tripped in), plaid pants and, of course, expertly draped dresses would not nearly be so chic.

 

 

Betsey Johnson
Johnson’s over-the-top, thoroughly modern designs captured the youthquake movement in the early 70s, making her a favorite of style icons like Edie Sedgwick, who was Johnson’s house model and wore only Betsey Johnson in her last film, Ciao Manhattan. Betsey also pioneered the end-of-runway cartwheel, for which we are forever grateful.

 

 

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Diane Von Furstenberg
As everyone knows, Furstenberg was instrumental in revolutionizing womenswear with the introduction of her famous wrap dress–but her work as the CFDA’s president, nurturing young talent and helping to set healthier standards within the industry, is equally as important.

Photo: Getty

Carolina Herrera
The recipient of the CFDA’s prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, Herrera has built an empire on her elegant, chic wares and is credited with making the white shirt a must-have staple in every woman’s wardrobe.

Photo: Getty

Vera Wang
Best known for creating some of the world’s most recognized bridal gowns (ahem, Kim Kardashian), Wang’s empire also includes a ready-to-wear line, diffusion line for Kohls, tuxedo line, and multiple fragrances, marking her as a formidable businesswoman as well as designer.

Photo: Getty

Donna Karan
As the role of women in the workforce began to change, with more and more women rising to the top of the career ladder in leadership or managerial roles, so too did their wardrobe. Karan was responsible for developing stylish staples for the everyday career woman, that were comfortable and gave off an aura of power–clothes that Karan, as a career woman and mother, would also want to wear.

Photo: The Met

Miuccia Prada
The breadth of Prada’s designs–from the nylon handbags in the mid-80s that made her famous to Spring 2012′s critically acclaimed fifties-inspired collection–is truly inspiring. Suffice to say she will remain an iconic designer for decades to come.

Photo: Getty

Stella McCartney
Besides the feminine, flattering, and easily wearable sensibility that has made her label such a success, McCartney has also been a pioneer in vegan and environmentally-conscious fashion.

Photo: Getty

Phoebe Philo
It’s no secret the Philo is one of the most respected and powerful designers working today: She’s responsible for making Celine, and previously, Chloe, cool again and tops just about everyone’s list as #1 girl crush. In addition to being an excellent fashion designer, a pregnant Philo blazed a trail when she decided to scale back her Fall 2012 show due to a looming delivery date, garnering praise from other female designers for sticking up for her priorities.

Photo: Getty

Kate and Laura Mulleavy
In the seven years since founding their Rodarte label in 2005, the Mulleavy sisters have taken the fashion industry by storm, winning numerous awards and honors, a multitude of A-list fans, and even a handful of museum exhibitions. If fashion’s history has so far been filled with talented, business-savvy women, there’s no doubt that these two will earn their place alongside those famous names in the future.

 

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