Marilyn Monroe was more than America’s most famous sex symbol—she was a style icon who continues to inspire generations of women. With her legacy in mind, Macy’s announced it will launch a line inspired by Monroe, with pieces ranging from $29 to $89, in stores and macys.com this March. “Marilyn Monroe’s appeal is legendary, and Macy’s is excited to launch a collection that draws inspiration from her timeless style,” Macy’s chief marketing officer Martine Reardon said in a statement. Taking cues from the ultra-girly style Marilyn was so famous for, the line includes tie-front crop tops, cherry-patterned sundresses, and, of course, polka-dot and halter-style dresses that cinch at the waist, inspired by her infamous white dress from 1955′s The Seven Year Itch. Click through the gallery to see all the extra-girly styles.
Jessica Simpson’s fifth fragrance is here! The new mom just released Vintage Bloom, a romantic summer floral scent with notes of raspberry, stardust peony, and cotton musk, available for $65 at macys.com. Want to score your own bottle for free? Follow @instyle on Twitter and look for a Tweet about this story at 4 p.m. EST. The first 10 readers to retweet will win a bottle! (U.S. residents only.) Good luck!
Plus, see more celebrity fragrances!
The season finale of Fashion Star aired last night, and Kara Laricks took home the top prize—a $6 million contract with Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and H&M! “I very specifically remember standing on that stage and thinking nothing but ‘I’m grateful,’” Laricks told InStyle.com exclusively. “It’s been a lifelong dream to be able to create a full collection, and see people shopping it and people loving it.” While the designer showcased collections for all three retailers last night, our top pick is the sleeveless tuxedo shift dress she designed for Macy’s ($79 at macys.com). With its sleek cut and black and white color palette, it’s the perfect canvas for bold accessories. “I want people to be able to celebrate each side of their personality,” Laricks said of her designs. “I design in a way that you can take any piece and determine how you want to style it and make it comfortable for you.” Congratulations, Kara!
See the rest of the show’s winning looks in the gallery!
Macy’s recently tapped Calvin Klein‘s Brazilian-born creative director Francisco Costa to design a capsule collection celebrating his home country, and now the line is here! Styles include architectural crepe and jersey dresses in the label’s signature neutrals. “The great love that I have for Brazilian architecture is represented here in subtle ways and in great cuts,” Costa told InStyle.com. “There’s a beautiful mix of materials, and the dresses are great for the city or the beach. It’s a Calvin-inspired product, but there’s a Brazilian ease and sensuality.” The lineup ranges from $135 to $185. Click through the gallery to shop it now!
Macy’s recently tapped Calvin Klein‘s Brazilian-born creative director Francisco Costa to design a capsule collection celebrating his home country, and now the line’s lookbook is here! Styles include architectural crepe and jersey dresses in the label’s signature neutrals. “The great love that I have for Brazilian architecture is represented here in subtle ways and in great cuts,” Costa told InStyle.com. “There’s a beautiful mix of materials, and the dresses are great for the city or the beach. It’s a Calvin-inspired product, but there’s a Brazilian ease and sensuality.” The lineup ranges from $135 to $185 and will land at select Macy’s stores and macys.com May 15th. Get your wish list ready—we want a lot of it!—by clicking through the entire collection in the gallery.
Macy’s newest guest designer is Doo-Ri Chung! ”My clothes have always been about making women feel elegant and modern, which is why I am so excited about this capsule collection,” the designer said in a statement. The line, priced from $39 to $159, will feature mini and maxi dresses, leggings and trenches, all in a palette of blues and grays with pops of red, black and orange. These are elements of her main line, which is loved by celebrities like Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Michelle Obama, who just wore a look by the designer to a state dinner in South Korea. The collection will land at Macy’s February 15th.
Plus, click through the gallery to see Giambattista Valli’s line for Macy’s, in stores October 26th.
What do Karl Lagerfeld and Madonna have in common? Beyond a shared love of couture and all things fabulous, Lagerfeld, like Madonna before him, is designing a lower-priced line for Macy’s. His yet-to-be named capsule collection will be sold in 250 Macy’s stores and online starting in September 2011. While sure to generate long lines at Macy’s stores come next fall, the collection isn’t a surprise to those who follow the Chanel designer—Karl alluded to a diffusion line when he opted not to show his signature collection during Paris fashion week, saying he was working on a masstige ready-to-wear line. But Lagerfeld is only the beginning. Once he kicks things off, Macy’s will feature a new lower priced designer line every two months starting in February 2012 with former John Galliano employee Kinder Aggugini, followed by Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Costume National, and Versace!
1. Check out Matthew McConaughey’s sexy new campaign for Dolce & Gabbana. [HuffingtonPost.com]
2. Jessica Simpson frolicks around in her new ad for Macy’s. [PeopleStyleWatch.com]
3. Sienna Miller and her sister Savannah were two of the many stars that turned out for the British Fashion Awards nominees announcement. [InStyle.co.uk]
4. Paula Patton has scored the female lead in Mission: Impossible 4. [JustJared.com]
5. Buy this Prada tote in Prada boutiques starting Friday, September 10, and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to New Yorkers for Children. [NewYorkersforChildren.org]
6. Work out with Jane Fonda! [People.com]