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Banana Republic celebrates the Spring 12 Mad Men collection

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The fifth season of "Mad Men" is still weeks away, but there’s plenty of fashion-related merchandise branded with the show’s signature 1960s aesthetic to whet the appetites of fans eagerly anticipating its return.

Estee Lauder recently released a limited edition blush and lipstick, both housed in dainty gold cases inspired by actual Estee Lauder products from the 1960s. And Wednesday night marked Banana Republic’s Spring 2012 Mad Men collection, the second designed by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen and Emmy Award winning "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant. JanieBryant_KiernanShipka_AmySmart_SimonKneen

Guests gathered at the Hancock Park home of Kiernan Shipka (a.k.a. Sally Draper,) to see the clothes displayed on a tableau of models. The tailored silhouettes and polished look of the line, which was inspired by the show’s country-club scenes, is not unlike the fall collection -- in fact, according to Kneen, several popular pieces from the fall line were brought back and done in brighter colors and with lighter details. A sand-colored, sleeveless, body-skimming dress with a polka-dot sash is the spring version of last season’s best-selling LBD with lace at the neckline. Accessories such as sunglasses, frame bags and kitten heels are also back, but in spring hues like beige and tortoise. Girly white eyelet dresses (like the one Shipka wore to the event) are on trend for spring and come at a much easier price point than the Louis Vuitton version.

But it was the menswear that seemed to be the big hit of the evening. Fitted polo shirts paired with slim seersucker pants and light-colored suits, tailored to fit like Don Draper’s, drew some comments from the crowd. Several people pointed and nodded at the sharp-looking suits, with one guest saying, “Janie really knows how to dress a man.”

-- Melissa Magsaysay


'Mad Men' shares a lesson on beauty

Estee Lauder launches Mad Men collection

Banana Republic launches a 'Mad Men'-inspired collection

Top photo: The Banana Republic Mad Men spring 2012 collection. Credit: Banana Republic

Lower photo: Janie Bryant, Kiernan Shipka, Amy Smart and Simon Kneen. Credit: Banana Republic

Jason Wu for Target goes on sale, but when?


When can I start buying the Jason Wu for Target Collection?

That's a question online shoppers are asking.

We all know -- if we've been paying attention -- that when stores open at 8 a.m. Sunday, the collection will be there, ready to be scooped up. But what about online? Midnight? And if it's midnight on the East Coast does that mean 9 p.m. Saturday on the West Coast? Or will it be 8 a.m. online as well as in-store?

And again, if it's 8 a.m. on the East Coast, what does that mean for the West Coast? Do we lose our chance to buy, or need to be awake and at our computers by 5 a.m.?

My head is spinning. And Target is being pretty coy about it. All its website says is "February 5." And on its Facebook page it is sidestepping the issue.

One commenter approached it directly: "Target: What is the big secret about the start time for Jason Wu online? Don't you WANT people to buy and be happy? Whoever made the decision about being so secretive gets the the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award!"

Target's Facebook response: "We'll let you know as soon as the collection is live on the site!"

That doesn't help shoppers like me AT ALL.

My guess: Target is trying to avoid having everyone go online at the same time and crash the website -- as happened with the Missoni for Target collection in September.


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--Susan Denley

Photo: Actress Jamie King attends Jason Wu for Target private launch event at Skylight SOHO on Jan. 26 in New York. Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Target.

Sneak Peek: Alberta Ferretti's Impulse collection for Macy's

Alberta Ferretti

The capsule collection Alberta Ferretti is designing as part of Macy's Impulse series looks dreamy and ultra-feminine in a couple of sketches released Wednesday.

Macy's announced this week that Ferretti is its latest design partner in the series, and that her collection will go on sale April 17, just when we'll be wanting floaty, delicate clothes for spring and summer.

Prices range from $49 to $119. Colors will include orange, pink and teal offset by muted whites and tans, for a breezy feel, "reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast,"  according to press materials.

I'm ready! 


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--Susan Denley

Sketches courtesy of Macy's

Reformation, Spring & Clifton collaborate

Reformation, Spring & Clifton
It was while vacationing on the shores of Montauk, N.Y., that designers Michelle Zacks (Spring & Clifton) and Yael Aflalo (Reformation) tapped into their Southern California roots to get inspired for a collaborative resort collection. After coming across a vintage Baja jacket (or Drug Rug) at a local surf shop, they were inspired to rework the oversized shape into colorful fitted silhouettes, mixed with denim, leather and cashmere.

The result is a collection with a streetwise vibe that puts a modern spin on '80s skate and surf wear.

“I would say that our collective teenage years spent in Southern California played a role in the look of the collaboration," Zacks says. “References include surf and skate culture, music, art and downtown New York City meets SoCal.”

There’s a worn-in, punky look to each of the pieces, particularly the Baja jacket with leather sleeves and the leather short shorts with a panel of bright, woven fabric running down the front.

It’s a different approach to the typically airy and juicy-hued look of resort -- beachy vacation pieces for the cool downtown girl.

Reformation x Spring & Clifton pieces range from $85 to $300 and are available at Reformation Los Angeles and

Reformation L.A: 8117 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90015


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: A look from Reformation x Spring & Clifton. Credit: Reformation


Sunglass Hut Artist Series features guerrilla knitter

As it has started to get colder here in Southern California, the idea of sweaters for your sunglasses struck me as funny. And Sunglass Hut has got 'em, sort of.

For its annual Artist Series, the sunglasses chain has collaborated with Austin, Texas-based yarn artist Magda Sayeg, otherwise known as Knitta, on three limited edition styles (pictured above) for $130 each at (As part of its partnership with the charity foundation OneSight, $30 from each pair will go to help support and restore clear vision for people in need.) 

At the forefront of the guerrilla knitting movement, Sayeg founded the knitting graffitti crew KnittaPlease in 2005 after so many unfinished knitting projects. Since then, she has yarn bombed everything from a Central Park bench to a bus in Mexico City, as well as organizing community-based knitting projects to beautify urban areas. 


A recent installation on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City was commissioned by the North Brooklyn Public Arts Commission and the New York City Department of Transportation. Sayeg has collaborated with Absolut Vodka, Madewell and other brands, and her first solo exhibition was held last year at Rome's La Museo des Esposizione. 

In December, her work will be on view in Los Angeles at the Standard Hotel downtown. Or it could be before then, on a pair of toasty sunglasses on your face.

-- Booth Moore  


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Knitta sunglasses courtesy of Sunglass Hut. Magda Sayeg's "Art" project. Credit: Jack Edinger. Sayeg's crochet-covered bus. Credit: Cesar Ortega.

Warby Parker opens a shop in shop inside Confederacy

Warby Parker, the New York-based company that sells prescription eyewear for $95 and donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for each pair sold, has a new shop in shop in the Hollywood boutique Confederacy.

The bulk of Warby Parker’s business is done on its website, where customers can peruse frames (both optical and, since last spring, sunglasses) upload pictures of themselves and virtually try on frames before ordering. But the brand has been steadily rolling out little shop in shops in select U.S. boutiques to make it more convenient for people to physically try on frames and place an order.

The first L.A outpost is housed in Confederacy, the designer and contemporary clothing and accessory boutique owned by stylist Ilaria Urbinati and DJ-actor Danny Masterson. “It’s personally one of our favorite stores in L.A.,” said Warby Parker co-founder and designer Neil Blumenthal, who, along with business partner Dave Gilboa, is in L.A this week to celebrate the opening of the brand’s shop in shop. “I love the '40s-'50s look of the store. It’s very much the same aesthetic as our line.”

The Warby Parker optical and sunglass collection is now at Confederacy. Bring your eyeglass prescription and an order can be taken on the spot. Also, the crazy-cool frames that resulted from a collaboration between Warby Parker and Suno will be available November 8th. For anyone who loves colorful, printed frames in oversized shapes, these are a must-see.

Warby Parker shop in shop at Confederacy: 4661 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Celebs, fashion solk fete Miriam Haskell for Decades

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Warby Parker for Suno sunglasses $175 at  Credit: Warby Parker

Celebs, fashion folk fete Miriam Haskell for Decades collection


Miriam Haskell, the costume jewelry brand that has been around since the 1920s, has gotten a Miriam Haskell for Decades (1)glammed-up 1970s-style revamp, courtesy of Decades. Not that the jewelry line, started by Haskell in 1926, needed much -- chic women such as Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball and Coco Chanel (a fellow fan of Miriam Haskell for Decades 3 costume baubles) were customers of Haskell, and the brand has continued to appear on women who appreciate the detailed craftsmanship (each piece is still handmade in New York) and affordable price tag. 

It was the heritage behind the Miriam Haskell line that attracted Decades owner Cameron Silver. “We went through the Haskell showroom and archives and the stuff was amazing,” said Silver, who was clad in a black velvet Louis Vuitton tuxedo jacket and custom Miriam Haskell cufflinks at the Tuesday night celebration for the launch of the collection. “Seeing everything and learning more about the incredible history of the brand made me have much more reverence for the house. Miriam Haskell really revolutionized costume jewelry and she was this incredibly liberated young woman to start her own business.”

Expanding on the deeply rooted DNA of the house, Silver collaborated with Gabrielle Fialkoff, president of Haskell Jewels, to create the Uptown/Downtown collection. “We haven’t done a collaboration like this in, well, decades — no pun intended!” said Fialkoff, who initially met Silver when they spoke on a Council of Fashion Designers of America panel about costume jewelry.

The Uptown pieces are all gold in color with layers of clear and iridescent beads and some metallic embroidery. Downtown has an edgier feel, but still with an overt sense of glamour, done in a dark silver-rhodium color.

There is a definite '70s flare, mixed with a touch of Art Deco, running throughout the collection, seen in large Swarovski crystal links, angular statement necklaces and fringy gold tassels hanging off a braided gold belt.

Necklace“I said, ‘Let’s just sex it up,’ ” proclaimed Silver about his direction for the collection. “I love the toggle clasps and Swarovski crystal rings. All these were elements in the Haskell canon but had to be looked at with a fresh eye. Even the button earrings would look fresh on a young woman.”

A few of Silver’s friends came wearing pieces from the collection, working the vintage-inspired baubles into more modern-day looks. Kristin Davis wore a bold necklace with a flirty LBD, while Alice Eve paired some intricately designed drop earrings with a strapless, red vintage Moschino number and super high Brian Atwood pumps.

Prices for the line range from $250 to $1,500 and are available now at the Decades Boutique on Melrose Avenue and at Nordstrom starting in November.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Top photo: Christos Garkinos, Alice Eve, Kristin Davis, Liza Mae Carlin, Cameron Silver and Gabrielle Fialkoff at Miriam Haskell for Decades launch event. Credit: Stefanie Keena

Jewelry, from top: Miriam Haskell for Decades Downtown Gunmetal and Quartz cuff, $600; Miriam Haskell for Decades Downtown Gunmetal and quartz pendent necklace, $680; Miriam Haskell for Decades Uptown Gold and crystal necklace, $800. Credit: Miriam Haskell

Banana Republic dresses up wine bottles

CdB_BR_Cab_approvedThe pairing of fashion and alcohol is no huge stretch. We’ve seen Jean CdB_BR_Chard_approved  Paul Gaultier put a Piper Heidsieck champagne bottle in a sexy red corset and Pucci dress up a sleek bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

The trend is going more mass market this holiday season as Banana Republic has paired with Northern California winery Clos du Bois on a stylish label that will adorn their best-selling blends.

Banana Republic’s creative director Simon Kneen has illustrated two labels especially for Clos du Bois two most popular wines — the North Coast Chardonnay and North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.

It’s no corset, but these bottles are also much more accessible than a bottle of champagne wearing couture covering. The Chardonnay is $16.99 and the Cabernet Sauvignon $18.99. Both are available beginning Nov. 1 at

-- Melissa Magsaysay



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Photos: Clos du Bois' Banana Republic Cabernet Sauvignon, left, and Chardonnay. Credit: Clos du Bois

Fashion News: Ashley Greene covers Allure magazine

Ashley GreeneAshley Greene of "Twilight" fame is on the cover of November's Allure magazine. And she dispels rumors of a feud with Demi Lovato, with whom she shares an ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas. [Us]

Designer Doo-Ri Chung dressed First Lady Michelle Obama for a state dinner last week, and now she has been tapped to do a capsule collection as part of Macy's Impulse series (following in the footsteps of design stars Karl Lagerfeld and Giambattista Valli). Her collection is scheduled to hit stores in February.  [The Cut]

Italian Vogue has launched Vogue Encyclo, a kind of Wikipedia for the fashion-focused. Anyone can contribute, but Vogue editors will edit the copy before it posts. [Fashionista]

Calvin Klein gave a rare public interview Monday night, chatting with Fern Mallis in an installment of her  92Y lecture series. He spoke on a variety of topics, from his childhood to paragliding. “Every day is a new adventure and I enjoy life. It’s all fun,” he said afterward. [WWD] [Styleite]

Christian Louboutin is contesting the court decision that said it does not have exclusive rights to make red-soled shoes. [WWD] (Subsciption required.)

Rihanna has settled with photographer David LaChapelle for an undisclosed sum after he sued her for copying his work in some scenes in her video for the hit single S&M. [Telegraph]


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: Ashley Greene. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Sneak Peek: Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only line at Macy's

Giambattista Vally for Impulse Only at Macy's
Giambattista Valli's capsule collection for Macy's, due to launch Oct. 26, features feminine fabrics and the bold prints for which the designer is known.

The line is being slowly unveiled, with a few photographs out now of flirty cocktail dresses, leopard print pants outfits and other items.

Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only at Macy's
The line -- formally called the "Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only at Macy's" collection -- includes skirts, blouses, lightweight jackets, pants, graphic tees and dresses. Prices range on average from $50-$150.

Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only at Macy's
It's the first venture into "affordable fashion" for Valli, who is the fourth designer in Macy's Impulse collaboration series, which started in February.


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-- Susan Denley 

Photos: Looks from Giambattista Valli for Impulse Only at Macy's, which is to go on sale Oct. 26. Credit: Macy's



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