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Hautelinks: Week of 2/11/10


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Before we get into our usual weekly list, I just wanted to take a moment to talk about Alexander McQueen. For those of you who haven’t heard, the designer passed away earlier today, in an act that marks a crushing loss for the fashion industry and those who loved him.

McQueen was one of those designers who set the bar for the rest of the industry. He never followed the crowd and was constantly innovative, boundary-pushing, and truly a cut above the rest. Whether you were a fan of his work or not, if you love fashion, it’s impossible not to appreciate his incredible legacy. He will truly be missed.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

* Halston Heritage launches at ShopBop. Who else is excited?

* Remember way back in the 2000’s, when people wore trucker hats, matching track suits, and rubber gardening clogs with holes in them? Ah, retro style at its worst! Reminisce with this list of the decade’s worst fashion faux pas.

* Oh god. Jersey Shore is a new style inspiration for some.

* Not sure how exactly to wash some of your favorite clothes? RealSimple has an awesome laundry guide that will tell you how to get everything in your wardrobe spotlessly clean.

* Looking for a specific logo or graphic tee? Shirtseek is your new best friend – it’s like the google of t-shirts.

* Do nice clothes make you less approachable to men? It’s an interesting article, but I think any boy who would be intimidated by a stylish woman is not exactly dating material. And who wants to give up their designer duds for a guy? Am I right?

* Peggy (from Mad Men) in real life – she’s gorgeous, not to mention intelligent AND stylish! Love her.

* Yes, please: Alice + Olivia make Keds sparkle. Finally, a pair of sneakers we would totally wear out in public.

* Can’t make it to NYFW? Don’t worry – Calvin Klein is streaming his FW show live online! You could also follow these twitter users for more NYFW updates.

* Tiara, one of our interns who volunteered at Fashion Week in the past, recommends reading The Daily Front Row, NYFW’s go-to newspaper, for all the Bryant Park updates.

* The Day Before fashion documentaries which debuted this past Sept. during NYFW on the Sundance Channel will return for a second season with Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Jeremy Scott and Narcisco Rodriguez as subjects.

* How to Dress for Fashion Week is great style advice, whether you’re going to the tents at Bryant Park or not.

* You don’t have to be a shoe addict to agree that these are beautiful. The process that goes into making them is inspirational, as well.

* Aw, Lauren Conrad designed a bracelet for charity. It’s cute!

* Yikes – a scary unretouched photo of Madonna posing for the Fall ’09 LV campaign was just released. To be fair, Madge is looking pretty good for 51 (and, like all women, shouldn’t be expected to be flawless), but I guess the ad is a testament to the magic of Photoshop!

* Need a new look? You could always enter to win a $10,000 makeover with the editors of Vogue!

* MAC has teamed up with Lily Pulitzer to create their newest nail polish called “In Lillyland”. It’s a great preppy pink for spring.

* Rachel Zoe shows us how to update the LBD.

* Justifying the splurge: is a Chanel bag really an investment? In a word: yes.

* More proof that Google is attempting to take over the world: get ready for Google Fashion!

* If you have trouble walking in heels, check out these tips on rocking heels from Fashion Week pros, including experts like Miss J. Alexander!

* Ha! Gooping to the Good Life is a hilarious look at one woman trying to take all of Gwyneth Paltrow’s internet newsletter advice. The results are funny and definitely good reading.

* Taylor Jacobson (from The Rachel Zoe Project) shares her wardrobe essentials. Her picks are (not surprisingly), similar to her former boss’s!

* Snowed in? Do this Proenza Schouler DIY (and tell us how it comes out!).

* Still feeling the winter blues? Watch Chanel’s gorgeous details video and pretend it’s spring.

* Lip gloss AND a magic eight ball all in one… just try to focus with this in your purse.

* Lady GaGa and Cyndi Lauper each made a new MAC lipstick for Viva Glam! Even better, all proceeds go to fighting AIDS, a cause we can all get behind. Also, see this video of the ladies discussing the campaign with Diane Sawyer.

* Itching to shop for spring? Check out Lucky’s list of 9 cool trends to buy right now!

* Where Should I Eat? Chain Restaurant Edition (Flowchart) is kinda genius, and might be sorta useful!

* The NY Times reports on a shortage of men on college campuses. Do you notice this phenomenon at your school? Let us know your thoughts.

* Sustainable fashion: what does green mean? is a long but informative article on the green fashion movement.

* An interesting link from a CF reader: high heels may actually harm your back and brain?! Say it ain’t so!

* We might not be children but we can still enjoy books with pictures. Here’s a preview of some gorgeous fashion books all debuting within the next month or so.

* Umm… PajamaJeans? I don’t know what to think.

* This updated, flirty, and glam ponytail is perfect for sporting events, like the Super Bowl.

* What will they think of next? The newest LV bag puts your emotions on a GPS.

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8 Responses to “Hautelinks: Week of 2/11/10”

  1. 1
    February 11th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I am completely shocked and devestated by the news regarding Alexander McQueen. His work must live on in his memory. So tragic. =(

  2. 2
    February 11th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I sort of get the idea of men being turned off by women who look too done-up – they see it as high-maintenance, expensive, and oftentimes stuck-up goes along with those two. I get the fear, & think a lot of times they’ve probably been proven right, but there are plenty of well-dressed ladies out there, I think, who could prove them wrong if given the chance.

  3. 3
    February 11th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Alexander McQueen was my favorite designer ever. He had a fun, playful vibe to his shows and his designs. He also seemed like a very warm man in interviews. I think a lot of people will miss him–and not just his designs. He is and will continue to be a legend. I hope the fashion industry realizes what a genius they have lost. RIP Alexander.

  4. 4
    February 11th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for the sustainable fashion link! I am very interested in eco-fashion – although I think that the article overlooks the possibility of thrift shipping (probably because there is so much emphasis on designing rather than re-purposing).

    I would LOVE to see a college fashion article (or series) on environmentally friendly fashions, or even just more tips for thrift shopping.

  5. 5
    February 11th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    RIP Alexander McQueen…I got a call super early this am from my best friend who adores him and his work. His pieces with houndstooth are so beautiful and striking.

    On a lighter note, though – omgrofl@)!)!))@#**@* at the pajama jeans.

  6. 6
    February 11th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I’m sad that this week’s links includes the dating article from the NYT. I’m a UNC student, and I can honestly say that it isn’t representative of our university at all. Sure, I’ve noticed the gender ratio in some of my art & liberal arts classes, but in terms of dating, I’ve never let my boyfriend cheat on me, and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

  7. 7
    February 12th, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I thought the writer of “nice clothes make you less approachable” was making a hilarious parody article. Then I realized she might be serious, and I hope that’s not the case.

    She claimed that men afraid of all her nice designer labels, but in the every instance she quoted, the men directly commented on a poor personality more so than fashion. For example, she said was shocked her husband left her for a women who dressed really low key, even as he was saying it was because the writer was always insulting his looks.

  8. 8
    February 12th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Ugh, that article on campus female-to-male ratios was a little disturbing. I went to all-girls high school, and was SO relived when I went to an engineering college. 70% guys!
    Guys are great to hang out with, but I wouldn’t want to compete for them so much. It goes to their heads too quickly (like it did in the article).
    How messed up is it that girls feel they have to put up with cheating just because the guys have “so many options”!

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