Kate Lanphear Tapped by Google to Lead Its Fashion Week Search Project

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Google is going to look a little bit different throughout this upcoming New York Fashion Week, and it is thanks to Kate Lanphear’s expertise and skills in the field. Former editor-in-chief of Maxim, Kate Lanphear got tapped by the giant to lead the brand new Google Fashion Week search project, the results of which are already effective starting from today.

Kate Lanphear Tapped by Google to Lead Its Fashion Week Search Project


More stylish and infinitively more practical, Lanphear’s Google restyling will make the searching engine look as a sort of fashionist mecca for everybody, from those who head to Google to browse through the latest news, to those who can’t wait to take advantage of the long-awaited see-now-buy-now formula.

Part of Lanphear’s new search project allows more flexibility for the brands too, as they now have more control on how to promote their schedules, clothing proposals and shopping locations, as well as make it possible for their contents found on the search engine to appear more ‘human’ rather than robotic.

As reported by WWD, “the special Google fashion week content is accessible through Google Search on a mobile phone, and users can see the content by either searching ‘Fashion Week’ or ‘designer + Fashion Week’,” too. It will surely end up being extremely useful for anyone who is going to be busy jumping from one runway to another throughout the next weeks, not to mention those brands that are selling their products right after the show for the first time ever.

When looking for labels such as Burberry (which recently teamed up with Google for a video project in November), Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford on Google, customers will bump into Kate Lanphear’s human-curated contents, which will in return instantly direct us to videos, images, e-commerce shops and inspirations from the runway shows.

Kate Lanphear’s Google experiment is, of course, social-media-ready too, with relevant stories, feeds and posts from designers and influencers being instantly available as soon as we type our fashion-related keywords on Google. Having a glimpse of what’s happening backstage will be easier too, and such a lessening process between high fashion and customers will likely help the labels sell out their pieces even faster (as well as reach a wider audience).

You too, if you happen to be a street style enthusiast or part of the fashion industry world, could take advantage of Lanphear’s new project, as it indeed values creativity rather than algorithmic numbers.

As reported by Google’s product manager Cameron McKnight, Lanphear’s new look aims, in fact, to “bring fashion week to life in a new way,” with brands themselves being able to post all their contents through an experimental Google search product.

As for the fashion houses, the list includes up to 50 different labels, such as (aside from the aforementioned ones) Christopher Kane, Prada and Hermès.

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REDValentino Fall/Winter 16/17 Collection

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By Butterboom Writers  

REDValentino’s new Fall/Winter collection takes on the seen-everywhere ruffles and sheer, giving them touches of romanticism and femininity. High on our must-buy list are the sheer midi skirts with lace embroidery, which adds a bit of edge to an otherwise dainty piece.  

Then there are the floral high-neck dresses in textured black or floral prints in autumn hues like ivory, rush and beige. Not forgetting that we’re heading for colder weather, REDValentino has also launched a range of coats as part of the collection – our favourites are the peacoat and military capes with folksy embroideries.

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Anthony Vaccarello Ends Eponymous Brand to Focus on Saint Laurent

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Appointed as Saint Laurent’s new creative director in April, Anthony Vaccarello has just confirmed he is ending his eponymous brand to better focus on the French Maison’s seasonal creations and runaway shows.

Anthony Vaccarello Ends Eponymous Brand to Focus on Saint Laurent

Rumors that he was going to put his 8-year-old eponymous label on hold (starting from this October) began spreading around as soon as the Belgian designer replaced beloved Hedi Slimane as the Maison’s creative director. Quickly it became a reality when Vaccarello himself declared they were not only rumors, but rather a fact.

Now, with roughly more than four weeks separating us from his first-ever debut runway show with Saint Laurent at the Parisian Fashion Week, Anthony Vaccarello’s decision to put his namesake label on hold took a different path, with the designer actually ending it for good.

“This adventure has been amazing but I now feel the need to fully focus on this new project,” explained Vaccarello in an official statement, thanking also “everyone who supported his brand since its launch in 2008 and made it so successful.”

Although knowing one’s limits and being willing to concentrate on one project is as humble as it sounds, many are already showing signs of dissatisfaction.

Famous for his second-skin sensual designs for Versus Versace (he has always been one of Donatella Versace’s favorite designers), Anthony Vaccarello’s sultriest and more glam-rock creations always amazed those who assiduously followed his eponymous line’s seasonal shows. Many were actually looking forward to seeing how he had planned to artistically separate such different lines in terms of styles, designs and motifs.

Filling in the big shoes Hedi Slimane left is, however, an extremely hard task to complete, and Anthony Vaccarello knows it. Even harder is trying to create something new out of one of the fashion industry’s most visionary, innovative and cosmopolitan legacies. Saint Laurent Paris (when working as the Maison’s creative director, Slimane dropped the “Yves”) requires dedication and creativity, and we know Vaccarello is a glutton for punishment when it comes to fashion.

He was also specifically chosen for this position due to his balanced aesthetics and at times even masculine motifs (the latter were dear to Yves Saint Laurent himself too), so we understand he may prefer to put all of his energy into one (big) label in order not to disappoint any expectation.

“Anthony Vaccarello impeccably balances elements of provocative femininity and sharp masculinity in his silhouettes. He is the natural choice to express the essence of Yves Saint Laurent,” declared Yves Saint Laurent’s CEO Francesca Bellettini back in April.


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THE BARNEYS WAREHOUSE SALE IS MAKING A SURPRISE COMEBACK IN BROOKLYN

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The signage at the Barneys downtown flagship in New York City, Photo: Dimitrios KambourisThe signage at the Barneys downtown flagship in New York City, Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

Industry OGs will no doubt remember the heyday of Barneys New York's biannual brick-and-mortar warehouse sale (the department store launched a permanent e-commerce home for Warehouse back in 2013), but after sitting last year out, we're happy to announce its triumphant return — in Brooklyn.

The sale begins this Wednesday and will stay open through Sept. 14 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Note: The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the first two days and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 5.) According to the fine folks at Barneys, the sale will include "thousands of men's and women's ready-to-wear and accessories styles," and for the first time ever, Barneys is switching up its locale and setting up shop in Williamsburg, at 280 Metropolitan Avenue. This could also be your very last chance to experience a Barneys warehouse sale IRL. According to a rep, the retailer does not have any future plans for more sales. 

Follow Barneys Warehouse on Instagram to keep up with all the happenings, and seriously, set your reminders now. Happy hunting!

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Hermes, Givenchy, D&G and more here are the most expensive and lust worthy fall 2016 handbags

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Clothes may come and go but bags are for life! Long after your seasonal outfits have lost their fashion currency, your bags will remain a solid investment with their staying power. That’s why even experts are impressed by the way Birkins seem to double and triple in value over time. This season, smart shoppers should make a savvy style choice with a couple of investment bags instead of trendy outfits. But as you know “investment” is just another word for splurge! Purseblog’s Amanda Mull has put together a list of the season’s most expensive bags that will have you reaching for your credit card in no time. These bags are big on color and embellishments and swagger, not for the shrinking violets!

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Dolce & Gabbana Enchanted Clock Box Bag – USD$13000
With a fantasy clock motif, a snakeskin trim and a dreamy star pattern, this bag reminds us of a few of our favorite fairy tales. It comes with a leather lining, removable mirror and shiny gold hardware. A classic boxy shape and a top handle make this one of the prettiest bags of the season. Whether you wear it out for a magical day or an enchanted evening, this adorable accessory should be on your must-have list this fall. Purseblog named it the most expensive embellished bag of the season.
Buy here – Saksfifthavenue

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Fendi Peekaboo Large Calf Hair Satchel Bag – $7,250
Fendi’s second contribution to this list is their exquisite calf hair Peekaboo bag. This handbag style has an enduring appeal which is magnified by this design which uses dyed calfhair leather. The top handle bag features a rich brown leather lining to contrast with the multicolored exterior. It’s roomy 12″H x 16″W x 6″D dimensions means that you can fearlessly store all your essentials in here and still have space to stash some extras.
Buy here – Neimanmarcus

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Givenchy Python Antigona Bag – $9,150
We can’t get enough of this neo classic bag with its intriguing shape and its contrasting combination of exotic python, lizard, ayers, ostrich, crocodile, and goat skins. From the sleek structured shape to the palladium hardware and the top handles, everything about this bag screams “Boss”. We love the idea of this as a work bag for a lady in charge, but it’s also great for casual days out when you want your accessories to do the talking.
Buy here – Neimanmarcus

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Hermès Jypsiere Bag – $9,750
Hermès’ chic take on the messenger bag is available in a riot of colors. Red, blue, green burgundy, you name it and Hermès has got it. The front swivel clasp reminds us of other Hermès classics like the Kelly and Birkin, but this design is much more casual and fun. We also love the fact that this is a unisex bag that you can shamelessly steal from your boyfriend whenever the mood strikes!
Buy here – Hermes

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The Row Alligator Two for One 12 Bag – $42,000
The Olsen twins’ bags always seem completely exorbitant right up until you remember that Birkins can sell for millions at auction. This sunny yellow croc leather bag features flat alligator handles a detachable shoulder strap and even a small matching pouch. Wear it like the Olsens would, with a relaxed black maxi dress and oversized sunglasses.
Buy here – Barneys

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The Row Sling 15 Ostrich Leather Hobo Bag – $11,500
This ostrich hobo bag is already sold out at Neiman Marcus and it’s hardly a surprise. From the slouchy crescent shape to the shoulder strap with cutouts, there’s nothing we don’t love about this bohemian handbag. Its features include a supple leather trim, decorative tassels and gold tone hardware. This relaxed shape is usually more of a summer pick, but be rebellious (as the Olsens would be!) by pairing it with leather leggings and a chunky knit sweater.

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Alaïa Laser-Cut Leather Shoulder Bag: Fresh Cut

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Alaïa Laser-Cut Leather Shoulder Bag

Thank you, Alaïa! Just when you think bucket bags are getting boring, one comes along that reinvigorates the love of the trend. Credit all their trademark laser-cut handiwork. These intricate details are insane! Acute, perfect, elaborate, and precise, they’ve infused the design with delicate, studded flower embellishments for awesome texture.

But the price is as insane as the bag is covetable. Usually only a touch more structured than your slouchy hobo, buckets air on the casual side of the bag spectrum, so it’s especially hard to conceive of spending close to four grand on one. Then again, if you’re going to do it, you might as well go all-out – and super-practical in black leather that goes with everything. Alaïa laser-cut bag on NET-A-PORTER for $.

Wear with: Go ahead and break the bank with Anthony Vaccarello’s two-tone, star cut-out miniskirt, straight off the runway. Anthony Vaccarello skirt  on MATCHESFASHION.com for $.

Alaïa Laser-Cut Leather Shoulder Bag

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