Universal Standard Alex Waldman Polina Veksler Interviews Style

Universal Standard Is Breaking the Plus-Size Industry with Their Beautiful Clothes

Before an event, Universal Standard cofounder Alex Waldman lamented to her friend Polina Veksler: “I have nothing to wear.” Puzzled, Polina wasn’t convinced that such a thing could be true for someone within such close proximity to Fifth Avenue. But really, Alex had nothing to wear.

“I think that’s when the penny dropped for Polina,” Alex says of her Universal Standard cofounder. “Non-plus women don’t know how difficult it is to find decent plus-size clothing.” The two friends decided to take action by creating their own plus label, introducing elevated, quality clothing to women of every size. “We want Universal Standard to break the plus-size industry,” says Alex, who, along with her cofounder, seeks to make fashion more accountable for its representation of women. “We would really like to lead this movement in the right direction.”

We caught up with these fierce female entrepreneurs to learn more about how their brand shatters the status quo of the plus-size industry and to find out what’s in store for their fashion revolution.


Designer Robert Rodriguez Interviews Style Video

Behind the Brand: Robert Rodriguez Loves Outerwear, Proportions and Volume

Robert Rodriguez’s namesake label centers on clean lines, decadent fabrics and classically tailored silhouettes. Current, never trendy, understated—but completely contemporary—the Robert Rodriguez woman is above all always true to herself.

The creative director muses on his fall collection, and his undeniable love of outerwear and volume in our interview.


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Behind the Brand: Rebecca Taylor on What Makes Fashion Feel Special

Rebecca Taylor’s feminine-chic aesthetic is an ode to her upbringing and her mother, who made a lot of the designer’s clothes growing up. We spoke with Rebecca about growing up in New Zealand, the beginning of her brand in her Brooklyn apartment and the modern versatility that makes her line endlessly appealing—plus her advice on how to be a sexy, confident woman, much like herself.


Lafayette 148 New York Interviews Style Video

Behind the Brand: Emily Smith of Lafayette 148 New York on Defining a Signature Style

The Lafayette 148 New York woman is a BOSS. Her unyielding style relies on an expertly crafted and efficient uniform of silk blouses, tailored trousers and A-line dresses that effortlessly transition from the desk to dinner. Confidence is her signature style (so long as it comes in leathers, fine cottons and cashmeres).

Emily Smith, woman-in-charge and creative director of the label, finds her muse in this contemporary working woman. In the video below, Smith reminds us that the secret to being in charge is an unwavering authenticity and integrity.


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Unisex Spring Style with Stutterheim and Rick Owens

Spring is here and days are full of sunshine and rain. One way to dress for that kind of crazy weather variance is to combine thin waterproof jackets, loose pants and high-tops. With your jacket on or off and you’re ready for anything.

SHOP: Stutterheim jackets | Rick Owens pants | similar Nike shoes



’70s Glam: You Should Be Dancing

All that’s good and gorgeous about the ’70s is back this season in a big way. And it’s all about being inspired by the beauty of the era. Think less bohemian and more Studio 54—the Charlie perfume girl, a young Anjelica Huston or Bianca Jagger.

This trend is showing up in everything, so there’s a piece that everyone can incorporate this fall. Find it in bow blouses, faux-fur chubbies and vests, platform shoes, flared-leg pants, hats, feathers and bold accessories.

Just be sure to keep it clean and simple. It’s about evoking a little ’70s-era chic, not dressing for a disco-themed costume party. It’s retro. It’s glamorous. And it kind of makes us want to do the hustle.

Shop ’70s Style.

Bow-Neck Dress: Adrianna Papell Print Tie Neck Shift Dress
Faux-Fur Vest: Vince Camuto Faux Fur Vest
Flared Jeans: 7 For All Mankind® ‘Jiselle’ Flare Leg Stretch Denim Jeans
Platforms: REPORT ‘Diane’ Sandal
Bold Ring: Guinevere Fan Ring
Hat: Nordstrom Wool Fedora