It takes guts galore to work it in front of a camera, particularly as a style news anchor on live TV. You've gotta know your shizz, think on your feet, and rock a ravishing face with grace while you're at it. That's why we give mad props to E! News correspondent Catt Sadler—she's always perfectly composed and the picture of well-versed perfection (you don't win an Emmy for phoning it in!).
And once we got to know the press star, one thing became clear: None of that camera quip is an act. Catt's brimming with down-to-earth Midwestern charm and has an unabashed personality that makes you want to instantly BFF her. She's truly the whole
Photographed by Molly Cranna
Are you a programmer with a passion for fashion or a fashion guru with some tech-savvy mates? Well, clear your weekend calendar and take note: The CFDA, Condé Nast, and Decoded Fashion have just announced the world's first ever Fashion Hackathon. And, we're helping sponsor the techy-fest, too.
Here's the rundown: Engineers will have 24 hours to create a mobile fashion app, and the top three submissions will pitch on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, during the Decoded Fashion Forum. Plus, the competition awards $10,000 to the winning idea to help bring the app to life.
This hacking awesomeness will be judged by some of the biggest names in NYC style, including Zac Posen, Uri Minkoff of Rebecca Minkoff, Steven Kolb, Susan Lyne of GILT, and Dirk Standen of Style.com. If you aren't sold yet, get this: Refinery29 readers get an exclusive 10% discount for tickets to the finale. Just use the code R29 at checkout. The Fashion Hackathon goes down Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 3, while the Decoded Fashion forum and the Hackathon finale will take place on Thursday, February 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lincoln Center. Hack on.
Photo: via Decoded Fashion
Cat Deeley's one of those chicks with boundless energy, likeability in spades, and the right kind of risk-taking style. So, it seems only natural that so many peeps tune in to her show, So You Think You Can Dance, not just for the sweet moves, but to peep the British host's always-exciting costume changes.
When we met her at the construction site that is her new Benedict Canyon home, things were hectic (there's still no running water!), but she was all smiles and stellar attire. With contractors drilling away, the former model threw together luxe looks on the fly. Impressive, right? Take a gander at the on-air glamour-girl's foxy frocks and casual weekend wear, and find out how she manages to make all the madness seem like one wondrous walk in the park.
Unlike no-duh traditional designer labels like Louis Vuitton and Chanel, many modern-day designers (especially Americans) have names that are a little more inspired. Ahead, we've broken it down for you and revealed how the brands you love got their names, from one designer with an obsession with Godard films to others who — as most good things typically do — got it from their mamas.
So, when the doors swung open to her Fashion District space, we found exactly what we expected, plus so much more: oversized (and personalized!) dreamcatchers, industrial work benches, talons that are scary chic, and, of course, a healthy dose of her singular style. Want to see one of the most inspiring three-dimensional mood boards we've come across? Click through to tour Pamela's creative HQ and see the NY design darling hard at work (and at play!).
Go inside Pamela Love's badass NYC studio and take a peek at her to-die-for gems.
This city is totally unpredictable. The weather, the people, the everything. Fact is, in S.F., you can easily meet a lawyer who moonlights as a dominatrix or a schoolteacher who spends nights DJ'ing at the Make-Out Room. That's what makes this town so appealing—we love to keep 'em guessing!
That’s why when we headed to upper Fillmore Street last Sunday to observe the upper crust in their native habitat—perhaps brunching with pals or shopping at one of the many swank boutiques—we weren’t completely shocked to find that Pac Heights' most stylish residents and visitors were packing a bit more edge than frou frou. Perhaps it was the Cherry Blossom Festival in full bloom down the street or maybe the fancy pants were taking the day off and replacing themselves with sweats. Either way, we found quite a few chic—and somewhat unpredictable—peeps worth snapping. Check them out and keep on keepin' it real, S.F.
Photographed by Jasmine Gregory
After the Paris Hilton-style publicity stunts of the early '00s, L.A. has gotten a bad rap for gauche girls using pups as mere accessories. While we most certainly don't advocate that behavior, we have to say: Seeing a stylish lady on the street with her canine cuddlebug is way more swoon-inducing than eyeing a new PS1, or a killer pair of heels. To get your mid-week tail wagging on, we've scoured the squee-inducing world of Lala pups to bring you pics of the prettiest duos of wow-worthy women and their pooches. And after seeing these snaps, you'd better believe that whoever said you can run with the big dogs or sit on the porch and bark, was right!
The next big fashion thing to come out of the Bay Area? We're putting our money on footwear label Freda Salvador. The brainchild of friends Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo (former designers at S.F. brand Anyi Lu), the new luxe line won't hit stores until fall, but we're already head over heels for it.
Crafted in Palomo's native El Salvador and with a name inspired by the one and only Frida Kahlo, the shoes utilize fine Brazilian leathers and graphic pony-hair prints. Plus, a fact that's especially refreshing to hill-savvy S.F. gals: The duo's debut collection is stuffed with infinitely walkable, wearable, and versatile wonders, including flat booties, equestrian-inspired boots, and oxford-loafer hybrids that feature sleek removable vamps.
One look at these designs, and we should have guessed just how adorable the pair's rustic-chic Sausalito studio would be! Click through for the Shoe Stalking/Studio Stalker double-header, with a bevy of beautiful outfits thrown into the mix.
Photographed by Jasmine Gregory
This post was originally published on April 23, 2012.
So now that designers are considering resortwear as fun alternatives for those who want warm weather luxury in their day-to-day (instead of the collections belonging to the elite few who can afford a yearly trip — and its matching wardrobe — to the Maldives), the offerings are more Miami-ready than ever. Pop-inspired colors and Art Deco inspirations meet wearable, smart tailoring, short suits and cropped jackets made for Ocean Drive, and bold shift dresses aren't just for the gilded class but a lady-on-the-go. In other words, resortwear is less about lounging on la playa and more about energy, color, and spunk (sound familiar, MIA?).
So peep the pieces that're not only inspired by our city but are now inspiring our wardrobe (see how that works?)...because today's resortwear isn't just for the chosen few.
Photo: Courtesy of BCBG Max Azria
Fact: Both the blogging world and street style photographs are being taken over by the delightful duo of arm parties and statement clutches. Another fact: We can't seem to get enough of their mix-and-match combos in eye-popping, weather-ready hues. Now, we know many of you have your stash of bangles, wrap bracelets, and chunky watches...but for the most part, compact clutches — while small and perfect for a night out — rarely get their due. This oversight, to us, is total shame, since these babies work wonders when rotated throughout you closet to punctuate any ensemble.
With summer around the corner, downsize your purse and turn the heat up on color by taking a cue from our salute to the little bag that could (and would, and should). From Mondrian art deco pieces to fun florals, these tiny powerhouses don't have to be a big investment. To make your love affair with mini-bags even sweeter, each bold and bright option rings in at under $100. Pretty clutch, right?