Couture Meets the Street

Is it possible that the house of Valentino has found a place in street style? It appears so! Valentino’s creative directors—Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli—will be recognized June 1 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the council’s International Award. Never giving up their place in the world of couture, they nonetheless have

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Sustainable Sunday: Spread Happiness

At NOVICA, the mantra is “spread happiness.” And spread it globally…to both artisans and customers. In association with National Geographic, Novica seeks to support artisans all over the world by giving them a free platform for selling their arts and crafts in a global marketplace. Through their work, the organization avidly supports fair trade and encourages

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Somersaults for Betsey

When the CFDA convenes June 1 to bestow honors on fashion’s celebrities, one of its most coveted awards—the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award—will go to Betsey Johnson, that somersaulting ball of energy whose career has spanned over four decades, including some tough years that included filing for bankruptcy and losing many of her stores. But the

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White Hot for Summer

Nothing screams summer like white. With the summer solstice due to arrive June 21, you still have time to add that special splash of white to your handbag wardrobe. Play up the drama of crisp white against your little black dress or let it dance with the vibrant colors of splashy summer prints. Popular white

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Master of the Unexpected

Mary Ellen Mark — the documentary photographer best known for her haunting portraits of adults and children on the margins of society — passed away in New York this past weekend at the age of 75. “I think it was the connection with people that astounded me,” Mark writes of her first experience photographing in her forthcoming

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Sword & Plough: Bags by Vets

The name SWORD & PLOUGH originates from an ancient phrase—”to turn swords into plough shares.” In a more modern translation, it means to take military technologies and materials and use them for peaceful civilian applications. That’s exactly what co-founders Emily and Betsy Nunez did when they created this unique company that recycles and repurposes military gear with a fashionable

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Playing on McQueen Psyche

For Londoners, 2015 has so far been a year filled with Alexander McQueen. The arrival of the “Savage Beauty” show has triggered so many homages to the designer that it’s been hard to follow them all. There have been multiple books, events, photography exhibitions — and finally, just as we’re approaching saturation point, there is a

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A Terrier Named Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo has teamed with the Brazilian illustrator Rafael Mantesso on a limited-edition capsule collection for pre-fall 2015. Mantesso owns an English bull terrier called Jimmy Choo and has been sharing his illustrations of the dog in various poses. They caught the eye of Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director, who commissioned Mantesso to create a series of drawings

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