Relaunch alert! Chaiken and Capone, a label known for its tailored pants, is coming back. So, why now? Call it good timing. “As denim’s dominance over the market has begun to fade, I found this the perfect time to come in with the perfect pant,” designer Julie Chaiken (inset) told us when we caught up with her today. Chaiken, who bought out partner Pamela Capone in 1998 and had stopped using the name Chaiken and Capone, will relaunch the label with Bermuda shorts, blazers, skirts, dresses and pants (left). “The line has grown and evolved, but it is generally still speaking to the same customer,” she said. “And I have expanded the scope of the design to fit a bit of a broader audience.” That means you can expect to see some of her classics, only reworked with new fits, both tight and loose. Check out the revived Chaiken and Capone when it hits Barney’s Co-op and Cusp stores next month.
For brides who dream of walking down the aisle in a designer gown—like Carrie Underwood‘s strapless Monique Lhuillier—but don’t want to pay full price, the Internet may hold your answer. Rent the Runway announced it would launch a bridesmaids’ dress rental service this month, and a new flash sale bridal site named The Aisle New York (like a Gilt.com and RueLaLa.com), just launched this week. Already the site offers gowns, veils, shoes and jewelry, including dresses by Lhuillier (dress shown is $2,899, down from $4,840) and Angel Sanchez, plus Oscar de la Renta accessories, and a percentage of each sale goes to charity. Sure you can’t try anything on (though you can make returns for a fee), but it’s definitely a new way to approach saying yes to a dress. Tell us: Would you rent or buy your wedding gown?
Ivanka Trump already successfully launched a jewelry line and a handbag line, and now she turned her attention to shoes. After announcing her new business venture last year, Trump’s first-ever footwear collection is now in stores. The spring line ranges from classic pumps and flats to embellished stilettos and heels, and she also included a series of white pairs, perfect for those shopping for bridal looks. “The most exciting part of this venture is actually seeing women wearing my shoes,” Trump told us. “Just the other day, I saw a woman on Fifth Avenue wearing a pair of pumps from my collection. She looked great and so stylish—it was inspiring!” The shoes—which Trump wore on this season of The Apprentice—are available at Nordstrom and online. The best part? Every style is under $200. See photos of Ivanka Trump’s new shoe collection in the gallery.
The following is a guest post from one of our favorite blogs, DecadesTwo.1.
There are lots of questions when you’re trying to build a fabulous fashion closet. How do you choose the ultimate LBD? What trends will last? And the list goes on (and on and on). But online consignment shop Decades Two.1 co-owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos (pictured) want to help. That’s why the duo will answer all your sartorial questions during a live Facebook feed at 4ET/1PT (video will be live at that time). For tips on fashion must-haves and what to look forward to in 2011, be sure to check it out.
1. Nicole Richie chose America’s Next Top Model winner Nicole Fox to be the model in her Spring 2011 lookbook for Winter Kate. [Nylon]
2. Catch behind-the-scenes clips of Gerard Butler posing for L’Oreal. He’s a good model! [Crushable]
3. MAC released makeup that looks like denim (in every wash you can imagine). [Denimology]
4. Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez recently launched his own clothing line named RAR It Fitz Fashionz. Kids these days. [Racked]
5. Those awesome spiked Louboutins that are ever so popular? Some airports consider them weapons! [Nice Kicks]
6. Get a peek inside Brad Womack of The Bachelor‘s Austin home, which has a white shag rug. Thoughts, ladies? [People]
White tees are looking fabulous lately. Michelle Obama left Hawaii last night wearing her plain top with a colorful pink and purple animal print skirt; Kate Bosworth attended the Hollywood Style Awards last month wearing Jil Sander‘s white-plus-mint green look from the label’s spring 2011 collection; and Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi complemented her minimal Dolce & Gabbana top with a colorful D&G floral skirt this fall. How do you like to wear your white tee? Tell us in the comments!
We’re only a few days into the new year, and we’re already thinking about swimsuit season! That’s because the Victoria’s Secret swim catalog hits mailboxes tomorrow, and we’ve got a sneak peek of what to expect. South African model Candice Swanepoel landed the cover (left), posing in a gold triangle top, and you can find fellow VS Angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Erin Heatherton and Adriana Lima on the pages inside. Watch an exclusive preview of the the new swimwear from Victoria’s Secret, including an animal-print bikini modeled by Adriana Lima, below.