MARC JACOBS COLLABORATES WITH MTV JUST IN TIME FOR THE 2016 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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A look from Marc Jacobs resort 2017. Photo: Marc Jacobs
A look from Marc Jacobs resort 2017. Photo: Marc Jacobs

When Marc Jacobs presented his resort 2017 runway show this summer, we were immediately entranced by the lively, nostalgia-heavy ode to the '80s. The collection was filled with acid-wash colored denim, studded leather jackets and a particular sweatshirt bedecked with the iconic MTV logo born from the very same decade (it's very much our favorite piece from the collection).

It's perfect timing (and more importantly, perfect marketing) that the American designer would pair up with the musical entertainment network just in time for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which will kick off Sunday night in New York City. Starting this Friday, Aug. 26, the brand will release an exclusive capsule collection that will be available for pre-order online at MarcJacobs.com and at Marc Jacobs locations around the world. The collaboration is an extension of the MTV-focused resort 2017 pieces, as well as a few more new styles. In addition to the sequined, oversized cashmere sweatshirts from the runway, there will also be logo T-shirts and canvas tote bags in bright, kitschy colors. 

The label is also bringing some brand awareness to the awards show itself — though most celebrities and musical artists are already fans. As guests make their way down the red carpet on Sunday, they'll have the chance to take photos in the specially designed MTV Instagram booth, aptly titled #IWantMyMJTV, where they can have video portraits taken by photographer Dennis Leupold against an oversized MTV logo. (Be sure to check your feed once the red carpet wraps up.)

You can place your orders online for the upcoming collaboration as early as 3 a.m. EST on Friday, at which point you'll only have five days to get your MTV; the pre-order window closes Tuesday, Aug. 30. 

Click through the gallery below to see the entire Marc Jacobs x MTV collaboration.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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For those of you who have never come across these tales, I'd highly recommend them not only for the stories/illustrations, but also for the detailed notes that trace the source of the stories, which were mostly passed down in an oral tradition. 

Today, the original books are out of print, and can only be purchased from third party sellers or used bookstores. For years, the series was one of the most banned books in America, because of the nightmarishly detailed artwork. Luckily, the stories are unchanged and retain the same, spooky addictiveness that had us biting our nails and turning the pages years ago.

The three outfit sets below are based on three of the five chapters that this book is divided into. The first and last chapters are both titled "Aaaaaaaaaaah!" but I skipped the latter because it is a humorous section. I also skipped the third section because of a lack of a general, unifying theme. 

1. Aaaaaaaaaaah! (Jump Scares)

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This outfit is based on the first section of the book, which consists of jump scares and is focused on the performative aspect of traditional folklore and campfire scary stories. It celebrates the heart of scary storytelling and origin of many frightening legends, and does not contain any truly morbid or disturbing elements, in my opinion. 

To create this look, I was inspired to incorporate an eye-catching color to represent the drama and the memorable aspect of these jump scares. The red coat I've used embodies that level of drama, and the rest of the outfit is simple for balance.

Of course, the devil is in the details: ripped jeans, skeleton socks, and dark burgundy boots. 

2. He Heard Footsteps Coming Up the Cellar Stairs

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The second section of the book is my personal favorite: the ghost stories. I initially picked up these books because of my interest in ghosts, so I created an outfit set to represent the fluidity and abstract quality of spirits – as we typically imagine them. I chose a muted color palette to represent ephemerality, and chose the dress for its ability to showcase movement. 

The look is heavily inspired by the ghastly (but ultimately harmless) woman who appears in the story "The Haunted House," which includes one of the most memorable and truly terrifying images in the entire series. 

The outfit is supposed to be ambiguous when it comes to season, but I did want to hint at windy conditions. The shoes are light tan and are modeled after the ancient gladiator tradition, and the lipstick is similarly pale. The hairstyle has an almost-hidden braid, with messy waves for a sophisticated, yet relaxed finish. 

3. Other Dangers

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Skipping the third section in the book (essentially “everything else”), the fourth section, entitled “Other Dangers” delves into contemporary dangersand is much more realistic and plausible than most of the other tales. These cautionary tales frightened me much more than the other stories because of the real possibility that the events could actually occur.

For example, one of the tales ("Highbeams") reveals that a pickup truck closely following a young, female driver is actually preventing a man hiding in the back seat of her car from attacking her. It's chilling because it could actually happen, and who knows what would have happened without the attentive truck driver's help?

I created a modern, but decidedly feminine look to speak to this story. As we all know, it pays to be cautious, but it is also disheartening that women sometimes have to sacrifice a feminine style or hide their shape for safety reasons. 

The color palette, however, is a bit dark because I do want to maintain the idea of fear and anxiety portrayed in the story. The look is a bit playful and incorporates the feeling of slight uneasiness or confusion. 

Lastly, I threw in the planner because planning ahead is never a bad idea, especially when you're exploring unknown territory. 

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Interview: Masanori Morikawa for Christian Dada

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One sits up when one gets wind of a brand with a name that riffs on Dior and the absurdist Dada movement. A name like that speaks volumes about the label’s intent: high and low meet to play on established tropes – one of the ordered world of haute couture and the other of the purposefully senseless and disorderly realm of post-war art.

The story the clothes tell is one of the street fused with classical fashion silhouettes. What Christian Dada is, then, is a story of the old and the new, the young and the old, the submissive and the rebellious.

Its new store in Singapore is emblematic of that. Following interest and backing from local investment group D’League, the brand has been able to establish its first retail flagship outside of Japan: a spacious, modern and black-heavy store on Orchard Road. Black perforated metal is folded angularly to form seats that look like rocks. The idea here is a Japanese zen garden – a symbol of Japanese calm amid punk modernity.

Christian Dada got its start in 201  with roots in repurposing vintage garments through an almost Helmut Lang type of lens. The brand has since grown to become a Tokyo fashion week presence and having a place on the Paris fashion week schedule.

The man behind the brand: Masanori Morikawa, whose design talents lie mainly in his graphic punchiness, level of craft (the embroidery work on Christian Dada pieces are a standout) and an ability to simultaneously fuse two things the French have struggled with – rock-n-roll and high fashion. Here, we pick apart – with the man himself – what makes the Dada brand tick.

Masanori Morikawa FW16

My grandparents were in the embroidery business, so my interest in fashion grew very organically. I attended a fashion school in Japan and then I worked under Charles Anastase in London.

How did it feel to show your collection at Paris fashion week?

I am still in the learning phase, but I don’t see anyone else who is showing a collection at my age. So I feel like I could be a beacon for a younger generation, and that means a lot to me.

You showed your women’s collection at Tokyo to commemorate the launch of the line. What do you think about fashion week in Japan compared to Paris?

I think there are so many things in Japan that need work. Timing is one thing – they’re showing too late. Another thing is that now anybody and everybody can join and show their collections in Tokyo regardless of the level of their creations, which should be changed in order to make it better.

Masanori Morikawa FW16

You’ve said before that Japonist clothing is worn only by non-Japanese people. Why do you think that is?

Japanese people in general, tend to think Japonism is old-school. Having said that, it is now becoming a trend and I feel like people, even the Japanese, are more open to it.

Who do you design for – is there a Christian Dada muse?

Of course I think about fans who wear Christian Dada, but if I think about it too much, my creations will lose their focus. To avoid that, I design for myself – just as I like it. I’d rather get inspiration from interesting things that are happening around me.

What would you say is a Christian Dada design signature?

It is imperfect and ever-changing daily.

What are you currently obsessed with?

To find clothing to match my loafers.

What kind of clothing do you absolutely hate?

Clothes without love.

Masanori Morikawa FW16

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Hailey Baldwin Launches a Capsule Makeup Collection

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Hailey Baldwin has just got off to a good start in the fashion industry, quickly becoming one of the world’s leading top models. Now, following in the footsteps of other equally talented and renowned supermodels, Haley Baldwin is launching a capsule makeupcollection along with Australian label ModelCo, with products due in November 2016.

Hailey Baldwin Launches a Capsule Makeup Collection with ModelCo

As reported by WWD, 19-year-old Hailey Baldwin’s exclusive makeup collection consists of 25 items with price tags ranging from 55 AUD for a contouring palette ($42 USD according to the current exchange) to 25 AUD for a lipstick (19 USD). Given the fact that the American beauty has over 7 million followers on Instagram, ModelCo couldn’t miss the chance to promote the capsule collection via a hashtag, which, of course, is already going viral: #TheBeautySquad.

As if a viral hashtag wasn’t enough to make the beauty aficionados run amok on Instagram, Baldwin just promised all of her 25-stockkeeping-items will make you look as a walking Snapchat filter (if you follow her on either Snapchat or Instagram, you already know Hailey is a huge filter-lover herself and means business when it comes to filtered selfies).

“The Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo range is all about my signature go-to beauty products. I have always loved the world of beauty and was thrilled to be given the chance to show my creativity by collaborating with a cult-cool brand like ModelCo. I feel that ModelCo has a modern, innovative approach to beauty and I love that my fans can now create my personal beauty style. My product range is affordable, accessible and combines quality and femininity for a photo-finish inspired look and feel. Think filter-esque hues, sleek packaging and premium formulas,” revealed Baldwin.

To put it in other words, the Hailey Baldwin x ModelCo makeup collection will work perfectly fine whether you are just looking for something new to revamp your beauty routine, or even something super fancy to show off when you are going for a night out with your squad.

As for the quality of the products, those who are familiar with the beauty brand know ModelCo is quickly making its way among the main beauty brands, becoming popular internationally. Ever since Shelley Barrett launched it in 2002, ModelCo has been growing especially thanks to its gorgeous color palettes and tanning products, which are one of Australia’s best-selling products (more and more customers prefer a faux tan to a yearlong sun exposure, which could damage the skin).

Barrett, who before founding and working as ModelCo’s CEO was a model agent, has tapped iconic Elle MacPherson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to work as ModelCo’s brand ambassadors throughout the years, and is now willing to turn her brand into a more millennial-approved kind of label, focusing not only on makeup, but fashion too.

“ModelCo is all about the no makeup makeup look, we’re all about natural glamour – I’m not a makeup artist, unlike a lot of my competitors. We’ve always said ModelCo is a fashion-based beauty brand. What we’ve done is we’ve taken a Millennial girl who is of the now and we’ve literally tailored each product to her and what she wears and what she uses,” concluded Barrett.

The Hailey Baldwin x ModelCo capsule makeup collection is going to be available at both brick-and-mortar ModelCo stores in Australian, and online at modelcocosmetics.com.

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Natalie Alyn Lind, Mollie King, & Emma Roberts

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Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Natalie Alyn Lind, Mollie King, and Emma Roberts. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Natalie Alyn Lind's Camo Cool

Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

Actress Natalie Alyn Lind enjoyed a day of shopping in Vancouver wearing a layered look with a pop of camouflage print. 

Natalie rocked black high-waisted shorts, a white short-sleeved button-down (which she tied up into a knot) and a camo print jacket tied around her waist. She completed her look with black ankle booties and a trendy gray wide-brim hat. Natalie's outfit is great for the transition into fall with its darker color scheme and layers for shifting temperatures. 

Outfit Inspired by Natalie

Natalie Alyn Lind Outfit

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You can't go wrong with a classic black and white color palette à la Natalie's look. Pair black twill or denim shorts with a white button-down short-sleeved shirt for a simple, chic combo. Add playful edge by throwing in a print like camo, in the form of a light jacket. This camo bomber jacket is a cute piece that feels very "fall," and is great for layering. Wear it tied around your waist like Natalie for a super cool yet functional look.

For a warmer day, sandals or flats would work with the outfit, but black ankle booties will give this look an edgier feel perfect for the upcoming season. Complete the look with a gray wide-brim hat, another fall staple. 

Look 2: Mollie King's Printed Palazzo Pants

Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

Singer Mollie King was spotted out in London in an eye-catching ensemble featuring a super bold print. 

Mollie wore a pair of gold and black chevron print palazzo pants, balancing out the pattern with a more understated black sleeveless top. She accessorized with a black choker necklace, one of the hottest trends of the moment, along with a delicate metal necklace and a black crossbody bag. Mollie's stylish, unique look is ideal for a night out on the town.

Outfit Inspired by Mollie

Mollie King Outfit

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You will definitely stand out from the crowd in printed palazzo pants! This black and white pair features an abstract chevron print reminiscent of Mollie's, and these also double as fab beach pants. For a night out look, balance the bold print and wide-leg cut by wearing them with a simple yet chic satin camisole with a lace neckline. You can also get the look by pairing them with a black tank and bralette, as Mollie did. 

Accessorize with a trendy choker necklace – this one has a more delicate chain necklace attached, perfect for emulating Mollie's look – and a black crossbody bag. Since palazzo pants tend to be long, wear them with tall wedge sandals that will help lengthen the look of your legs and allow the pants to flow as you walk.

Look 3: Emma Roberts's Patchwork Bomber Jacket

Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News
Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News

Emma Roberts ran some errands in L.A. wearing a cool, laid-back look that is awesome for the back to school season. 

Bomber jackets have been trending for a while now, and the hottest bomber jackets for fall feature embroidery or patches. Emma embraced this new look, pairing her patched green bomber jacket with cropped straight-leg jeans, red high-top sneakers, and cat-eye sunglasses. The patches and Emma's bright sneakers give her functional look a playful, eye-catching twist.

Outfit Inspired by Emma

Emma Roberts Outfit

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To get Emma's look, start with a bomber jacket that features patches, or test your DIY skills by buying some iron-on patches and giving your current bomber jacket a fun update. 

Emma wore a black bodysuit underneath her jacket, along with a pair of cropped straight-leg jeans with a raw hem. This bodysuit looks like a tank top, making it totally wearable for most occasions.

Give the ensemble another trendy touch by rocking some cool cat-eye-inspired sunglasses, and a pop of color in the form of red Chuck Taylor high tops (or any other sneakers of your choosing). Sneakers are the ultimate comfy option for walking to class or running errands, and a brightly colored pair makes a fun statement.

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FRESH START: H&M TAKES UP TO 50% OFF ON FALL ESSENTIALS

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H&M A-Line Skirt $17.99 (was $24.99)
H&M A-Line Skirt

Fall is just around the corner, and H&M is giving shoppers a head start on autumn2016 deals with a new sale. Expect up to 50% off on casual styles perfect for when those temperatures drop. From lightweight pullover sweaters to a-line skirts toChelsea boots, these pieces are great for the new season. Take a look at the standouts from the sale below and shop more at HM.com.


H&M Ribbed Jersey Dress $9.99 (was $17.99)
H&M Ribbed Jersey Dress
H&M Fine Knit Sweater in Stripe $12.99 (was $24.99)
H&M Fine Knit Sweater in Stripe
H&M Chelsea Boots $17.99 (was $34.99)
H&M Chelsea Boots
H&M Rib Knit Jersey Top $9.99 (was $17.99)
H&M Rib Knit Jersey Top
H&M Fine Knit Sweater in Plum $12.99 (was $19.99)
H&M Fine Knit Sweater in Plum
H&M Off-the-Shoulder Dress $19.99 (was $24.99)
H&M Off-the-Shoulder Dress
H&M Shoulder Bag with Tassel $12.99 (was $24.99)
H&M Shoulder Bag with Tassel 

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