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Anya Hindmarch Build a Bag Fashion Week Interviews Style Video

Build Your Own Bag with Anya Hindmarch’s Charming Purse Personalizations

Fashion is more fun with British designer Anya Hindmarch around. Her runway shows are legendary for their theatrical, inexplicable settings: human conveyor belts, enormous domino mazes, true model homes, barren geometric spaces. She is outspoken, down-to-earth, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on account of her many contributions to fashion. She has a reputation for crafting curiously covetable accessories. (Her “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” tote took on a life of its own in the aughts.) She frequently stages crazy window displays in her stores, which can become guerrilla art installations in public spaces—like her Chubby Hearts over London series this London Fashion Week. And her quirky bag charms can be found on many street-style stars’ totes.

Now you can step into her unique process by creating your own bag through her Build a Bag collection. The online experience lets you select the leather color, bag strap and accessories to construct a custom creation and be an innovative bag designer in your own right—maybe even earning a medal, or at least treating yourself to a bag charm.

We spoke with the iconoclastic Hindmarch about her career, the Build a Bag program (including her own zany, luxurious purse) and why humor is so important to fashion.

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Cole Haan Extraordinary Women Interviews Style Video

Karlie Kloss and Christy Turlington Burns Are Extraordinary Women—but We Already Knew That

What good are expensive pumps with a broken heel? We like our style with substance. The same goes for our fashion icons: women who are merely pretty without purpose can’t reach the status of role model, even if they are supermodels. That’s why uber-models Karlie Kloss and Christy Turlington Burns are in a class of their own. Each lady founded an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of women. Christy is the founder of Every Mother Counts, an international nonprofit that helps provide skilled health care for moms-to-be and their infants. As the founder of Kode with Klossy, Karlie offers coding summer camps and scholarships for young women, with the hope of lessening the tech gender gap.

There really couldn’t be two better spokeswomen for Cole Haan’s “Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories” fall campaign, an exploration of the impact of our relationships and actions in the world.

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Behind the Brand: The Veronica Beards on Their New (Extremely Flattering) Denim Collection

Families aren’t always formed by genetics and upbringing. Sometimes they develop through shared affinities, creating non-biological kinships—families forged by bond, not by blood.

For sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard, founders of their mutually eponymous label Veronica Beard, that connection arose through a common love of fashion, specifically American sportswear—and that they married brothers.

We recently spoke with the designers about their new denim collection. Seems they share a love of good jeans, if not genes.

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Amy Smilovic Interviews Style Video

Behind the Brand: Tibi Founder Amy Smilovic Designs Clothes That Make Women Feel Powerful

Any working woman not already familiar with the label Tibi is at a serious professional disadvantage. Amy Smilovic’s line of sophisticated, modern styles could be our uniform—and we wouldn’t mind a bit. The designer understands what women need to feel empowered; it dates back to her first splurge on a DKNY power suit.

Hear about her design ethos and what excites her about the next generation of customers in the video below.

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GREY Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2017 Style Travel Video

GREY Jason Wu Goes to Hong Kong with Caroline Issa—Plus His Upcoming Capsule Collection with Diane Kruger

One of our favorite things about fashion is its ability to transport the wearer—in time (historic, seasonal) and in place (environment, geography). When we think of it that way, a dress seems like a small price to pay to be lifted out of our everyday existences whenever we choose. Wear a mod sheath and go to a galactic future, while a peasant blouse seems to occupy the pastoral past.

Jason Wu masterfully designs to send his customers on adventures. His sibling collection, GREY Jason Wu, caters to the modern city dweller, the kind of women he knows and regularly dresses. And the campaign for GREY’s pre-fall collection occupies a particular locale: Hong Kong, that Pearl of the Orient. For the shoot, Jason asked his pal and collaborator, Caroline Issa, to style the colorful, contemporary collection in the city’s retail-heavy Central district, largely on Stanley and Wellington Streets.

We spoke with Jason about his pre-fall designs and his upcoming collection with actress Diane Kruger (at Nordstrom in November!). He also shared a behind-the-scenes video of the Hong Kong shoot. We can’t wait to go.

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What’s Possible in Stretch Jeans?

The question is what’s not possible? You can do anything in stretch denim. PAIGE jeans are especially known for looking great while feeling pretty much like sweatpants. The brand is all about modern style combined with fabric innovation for comfort and flexibility.

That balance reaches a new level in TRANSCEND, the PAIGE collection that gets its stretch from a deft use of rayon and will never lose shape.

In the video below, see four guys test these jeans’ flexibility to the max.

SHOP: PAIGE

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Rebecca Taylor Interviews Style Video

Designer Rebecca Taylor Recollects on Red Shoes, Lace & Moms in 3 Short Films

We didn’t think it was possible to love designer Rebecca Taylor more. Her romantic yet modern, lacy but comfortable clothes inject a fun feminine element into our wardrobe and breathe fresh, delicate air into our closet’s empty corners. And after hearing about some of her influences (David Bowie, her mum), we adore her even more.

Get to know the New Zealand designer in these three short films.

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Gucci’s Pre-Fall Throwback Dance Party Video

British-born, Brooklyn-based photographer and videographer Glen Luchford has been capturing the ultra-engaging universe of Gucci for the past few seasons—the layers of colors, the wild embellishments, the nerdy/cool casting, the far-flung locations and their other-worldly, other-era moods.

All images courtesy Gucci 

To hype the pre-fall ’17 collection, the hairdresser-turned-photo-snapper co-produced a video campaign called “Soul Scene,” in which an all-black cast of models busts insane dance moves inside the Mildmay Club in London.

And we’ve got the whole gorgeous thing.

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Please Meet the Real Mademoiselle Chanel—and Your New Favorite Handbag Collection

2017 is the year of Gabrielle. You’ve known her all these years as Coco, but with today’s launch of Chanel’s GABRIELLE bag, Karl Lagerfeld truly gets us on a first-name basis with the ultimate style icon.

What’s more, this intimate invitation—and the handbag reveal that comes with it—is a call to all women everywhere to embrace their ultimate identity. After all, it was Gabrielle who said, “I decided who I wanted to be, and that is who I am.”

The Chanel Gabrielle bag

The Chanel GABRIELLE bag; all images courtesy Chanel

 

Chanel‘s message is all about the freedom of individuality and the exploration of self, so watch for gorgeous images of your favorite bold names and faces with GABRIELLE styles as the campaign unfurls. We’re excited to share the beloved brand’s new video, Gabrielle, A Rebel at Heart, with you today.

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More Magic: KENZO x Kahlil Joseph

Parisian fashion house KENZO is back with another extremely artistic short film directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose work you know from Lemonade. The film presents an engaging story you’ll have to complete with your own imagination, starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Jesse Williams, Kelsy Lu and Ishmael Butler. Butler also provides music (you know him from Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces).

Family friendly warning: there are a few swears.

Commercial tie-in: the video shows some aspects of our current KENZO selection for women and men, such as the triangular Bermuda print and lo-fi concert flier graphics.

SHOP: KENZO

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