International Fashion For Women

Leave a comment

Kim Kardashian Is Now Copping Kylie’s Style

The Kardashian-Jenners are notoriously adept at making gym gear look paparazzi-ready. This week, a mere 48 hours after Kylie Jenner was photographed wearing leggings and a leather jacket to lunch, big sis Kim was snapped in basically the exact same outfit. Who’s the copycat now?

Yesterday, she grabbed lunch with a pal in Beverly Hills in yoga pants and Nikes, topped with a moto that looked so much like Kylie’s it might actually have been. It’s a decidedly low-key getup for Kim, who’s known to change into Givenchy stilettos and body-con Balmain before stepping out in public. But, the laid-back outfit, elevated with a few luxe accessories, is just as flattering — if not more so — as one of her Hervé Léger dresses of yore. Maybe she should dress down more often. Get your minds out of the gutter — we don’t mean it like that.

Ahead, cop Kim’s style for yourself.

Like this post? There’s more. Get tons of style secrets, insider shopping dish, fashion news, and more on the Refinery29 Fashion Facebook page!

Kim Kardashian was spotted grabbing lunch in Los Angeles wearing yoga pants, Nike trainers, and a BLK DNM leather jacket that looked like it came straight out of Kylie Jenner’s closet.

A classic you can wear with everything, even — yep — yoga pants.

“High-impact” means you can wear these to work out really hard. Or, to eat a big lunch. Your choice.

Sometimes, you want to show just a little bit of skin.

Whether you’re strolling or sprinting, these kicks look cool.

The perfect purchase if you like your bags like you like your french fries: buttery and crinkled.

When you’re a Kardashian, you can’t leave the house without a little Yves Saint Laurent.

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

The Best Shoes To Buy On Amazon

35 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts On Etsy

Where To Find The Best Lingerie In NYC

from Refinery29
via refinery29


Leave a comment

18 Non-Cheesy Dresses To Up Your V-Day Game

Dressing for a holiday usually comes with a stack of unspoken assumptions — and that’s never more true than when it comes to Valentine’s Day. But, this year, we’re not going to fall into that trap. We refuse to end up with an overtly sexy or super-girly new item in our closet that we most certainly won’t want to wear for, say, the next 364 days.

How does one dress for an evening of romance without ending up looking like Valentine’s Day Barbie? To solve this conundrum, we decided to turn to the pros. Ahead, nine of L.A.’s top stylists share their ultimate picks this season for a non-cliché —but, still totally stunning — badass V-Day dress. 

Stylist: Sissy Sainte-Marie

Clients Include: Felicity Jones, Kylie Jenner, The Dreslyn

“Before you book your Valentine’s weekend in Palm Springs, lock down this number from Maiyet.”

“I’m always waiting and hoping for some special occasion to wear a dress as gorgeous as this one from ACNE,” Sainte-Marie says. “Valentine’s Day is a great excuse.”

Stylist: Kris Zero
Clients Include: Kate Bosworth, Shailene Woodley

“I love this dress! Super-comfy, affordable, L.A.-made — and, I love the duo behind it!”

“I’m obsessed with this,” Zero says. “I love the sleeve and the ultra-feminine ruffle!”

Stylist: Shirley Kurata

Clients Include: Peter Jensen, Miranda July, Oliver Peoples

“A pink dress that has a great sleeve detail and a peekaboo back. And, for those that aren’t into pink, this Honor dress also comes in black!”

“For those of you that just can’t do pink, you can’t go wrong with a chic LBD on Valentine’s Day,” Kurata says. “But, for those who love color like me, this Roksanda dress adds a nice sliver of color.”

Stylist: Anita Patrickson

Clients Include: Chanel Iman, Michelle Rodriguez, Emma Watson

“Take a page out of Kate Moss’ book with a simple silk slip. Keep your hair slightly messy, and add a black simple shoe to complete the look.”

“Sophisticated and stylish, this dress has a red carpet ‘wow’ factor without showing it all off,” Patrickson explains. “Sometimes, it’s good to play a little hard-to-get and leave a few things to the imagination!”

Stylist: Ashley Furnival

Clients Include: Rodarte, Elle Fanning, Kate Mara

“I love the flirtiness of this dress — it’s sweet while still being cool. The neckline is also very flattering. Sometimes, you don’t have to be obviously sexy to still be sexy!”

Kenzo Torn Flowers Dress, $985, available at Opening Ceremony.

“This dress is just cool and sexy. A super-easy dress. All you have to do is tie your hair up and wear a great pair of earrings, and you are done!”

Stylist: Jenny Ricker

Clients Include: Winona Ryder, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel McAdams

“I love the playful, sweet, floral fabric and the effortless romance of this look.”

“I love the elegance of this dress — chic, but with the dramatic keyhole neck,” Ricker says. “It’s sexy and reminds me of something Anjelica Huston would have worn in the ’70s.”

Stylist: Lwany Smith

Clients Include: Morgan Dixon, Fashion Gone Rogue, Cream Magazine

“This timeless, A-line silhouette is just as flattering as it is versatile. There’s something so effortlessly sexy about a mock neck and long sleeves, contrasted by a shorter hemline.”

“This is perhaps the coolest take on the sweetheart neckline,” Smith says. “There’s nothing cheap or cliché about this lace-and-loose-silhouette combo.”

Stylist: Marissa Peden

Clients Include: Bella Thorne, Shailene Woodley, Jena Malone

“This simple, classic piece is so young and innocent, but flirty enough thanks to the flouncy, short hem. It would be great with a black heel and red lip.”

“This dress is a perfect Valentine’s Day option because of its lovely pink shade,” Peden says. “It’s a subtle nod toward conventional Valentine wear, without the cheesiness.”

Stylist: Tara Williams

Clients Include: Olivia Wilde, Tia Mowry, Lauren Conrad, Jaime King

“It may be just me, but there’s something incredibly superhero-esque about a short leather dress. I love the idea of doing a classic leather dress on a first date. Timeless, edgy, and completely unforgettable.”

“For Valentine’s Day, this needs nothing but a killer pair of heels,” Williams says.

Lipsy Michelle Keegan Loves Lipsy Belted Mesh Detail Pencil Dress, $133.03, available at ASOS.

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

Can Amazing Style Also Be Really Messy? (Yes, It Can)

The Red Carpet Pics You Didn’t See This Weekend

Engaged! 7 Insanely Cute L.A. Couples

from Refinery29
via refinery29

Leave a comment

SNL’s Vanessa Bayer Channels Her Inner Sex Goddess In This Fifty Shades Spoof

The hilarious Vanessa Bayer uses her comedic chops to take a bite out of the Fifty Shades of Grey hype in this ad for Audi. The Saturday Night Live comic takes on the role of a new and improved Anastasia Steele, one with terrible boundaries and a whole toy chest full of goodies.

As people come in and out of the elevator, she breaks out the handcuffs, flexes her Kegel muscles, waves around some anal beads, and tries to wheedle a couple into a threesome. As Ana would say, oh my! Who needs Christian Grey when you can try and hump a stranger in an elevator?

Bayer introduced the Audi ad by tweeting that her sex tape leaked. Pretty funny stuff. Maybe she should audition for the sequel?

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

Jimmy Fallon’s Saved By The Bell Reunion Was Just A Little Bit Epic

The Women Of SNL Reunite For Glamour, Spread Lady Love

8 People Who Can’t Even Handle The Magic Mike XXLTrailer Right Now

from Refinery29
via refinery29

Leave a comment

8 Things You Need To Know This AM

On his wedding special, Lance Bass revealed that he stayed in the closet for two decades because of his involvement with *NSYNC.

This map documents the most commonly held job in every state between the years of 1978-2014. Be prepared to see the word secretary a lot.

Excited for Better Call Saul‘s big premiere this weekend? Catch up on all things Saul Goodman (if that is his real name) with AMC’s new comic book prequel to the prequel.

Baz Luhrmann is making a period drama for Netflix called The Get Down about the emergence of hip-hop in 1970’s New York City.

This mesmerizing map renders Wikipedia pages into a 3-D galaxy you won’t be able to stop exploring.

We all loved Jimmy Fallon’s Saved by the Bell reunion, but for one writer who worked behind the scenes, it was a dream come true.

Did you know there’s a word for the opposite of schadenfreude? Let’s all try to use it more in 2015. 

HBO will debut J.K. Rowling’s new miniseries, The Casual Vacancy, on April 29.

lancebass-embedPhoto: Stewart Cook/REX USA.

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

Lily Collins Made A Teen Mom Rom-Com (& It Works)

John Mayer Interviews The Super Bowl Sharks

Taylor Swift Visits Interactive Taylor Swift Exhibit, Incepts Herself

from Refinery29
via refinery29

Leave a comment

Inside Stacy London’s Divine Brooklyn Apartment

Within moments of stepping into Stacy London’s Brooklyn apartment, we felt completely at ease. It was airy, fluid, and filled with objects that seemed carefully considered, not staged by a decorator. It’s common wisdom that a space’s energy reveals much about its owner, and in this case, it couldn’t be more true. We were totally smitten with London’s easygoing nature — “Feel free to move anything around!” — and the way she talks about her home not just as a crash pad, but as a memory-filled sanctuary she’s created in the 10 years she’s lived there.

Fresh after the premiere of her new show Love, Lust or Run (where she makes over women with extreme style), she was ready to spend some time in repose in her sacred space. She kindly chatted with us about style transformation, trying new things (swimming!), and her intense obsession with Etsy. 

And, when her darling 18-year-old feline, Owl (who has lung cancer), threw up on the couch, we watched with admiration as she handled it with the greatest aplomb. Three and a half hours later, we had enough transcripts and photos to write our biography. But, we didn’t want to leave. Not so secretly, we’re hoping to get invited back for one of her famed Game of Thrones viewing parties. She makes a mean muddled gin cocktail. 

You’ve been in this space for 10 years now. What is your relationship like with it?

“The big thing about this renovation is how much I’ve changed. I wanted everything to be shiny and sparkly in the beginning, and I was thinking all sorts of details and trim on the walls… But, I’ve changed so much since I was on What Not to Wear and left and started all these other projects. I feel so much softer. My house didn’t reflect that; it didn’t feel homey — it felt kind of like a museum.

“Recently, a lot of [making it different] was just moving things that I already owned around to different places. The leopard ottomans that are now in the dressing room were upstairs. I had a huge orange rug that had a giant pink flower on it. If you Google, you can see the old apartment, and you’ll be like, what happened?”

London arranged her art-gallery style within cubbyholes, making her TV fit in seamlessly and unnoticed.

Tell us about your dinosaur and dragon collection.
“I love inserting humor into a space. I can’t stand when you go into someone’s house and it feels like a mausoleum. If you don’t have tchotchkes, I don’t trust you.”

Your space has a such a mix of pieces from different eras that it’s hard to put a finger on it.

“I don’t like one style only. It’s weird if you’re going to do Italian modern with French country — that’s a little tough to pull off sometimes. But, what I have here is the result of being in this space for 10 years. It was my first apartment buy, and I had no idea what I was doing. It’s taken 10 years of moving through this space to understand what I wanted it to feel like. That’s why I have such huge respect for architects and interior designers. The way you understand space is key. I haven’t completely figured it out, but I’m getting there.”

Her love of Darth Vader can be seen throughout the apartment, from nesting dolls on her bookshelves to this artwork by her friend photographer Alex Brown.

The women on your new show have pretty extreme dressing choices, and a lot of it stems from self-image issues. What was it like working on such deep issues?

“I wanted to let them take me to some place… I think it took one season to figure what works.
For example, Tanika is a pool shooter, so I had her take me to shoot pool because I suck at it. And, it wasn’t in the episode, but you see how she’s empowered [that] I’m thrown off. So, a couple of the episodes later, you have me doing things where I’m making a total fool of myself.”

Also, these jeans!

“When I bought these in 1999, everyone was like, what the f*** are you doing? Back to the future. I don’t even think Diesel would think of making them now, it’s funny.”

A voracious reader, London has shelves filled with books on everything from philosophy (she graduated from Vassar with a double major in 20th-century philosophy and German literature) to fiction to health. The fourth row down is a shelf devoted to books her friends have written.

An apartment is never done. Stacy is in the process of having these chairs reupholstered. Farrow & Ball paint and her own framed target-practice sheets make a subtle vignette.

So much of Love, Lust or Run is about bonding with the women. How do you decompress after filming?

“It’s a little hard on me, I will admit. I have trouble with the concept that someone has come to trust me so much from watching me on television that they will confess a lot to me. Most of the time, [those conversations] are too heavy to film. I have a problem internalizing all that and taking it home with me.

“It’s one thing for me to be like, ‘That pant looks great on you.’ It’s another to be like, ‘Wow, let me help you with your self-esteem issues.’ I can’t say I’m an expert in psychology, but I’m an expert in empathy and what it feels like to feel shitty about yourself. And, that’s the only way I can approach it.

“So, when I come home, I have to cuddle with Owl [her adorable cat]. I have to watch something I’m obsessed with on Netflix. If you haven’t seen The Fall, season two, get on it!”

The artwork “I Love You but I’ve Chosen Darkness” was a commissioned piece from one of Stacy’s favorite Etsy artists. The “Wallpaper” was purchased from Paula Goldstein.

Stacy took out the wall that separated the dining room and the living room (formerly a master bathroom) and created this stairwell with nooks. Walking down the steps makes you feel like you’re entering another world.

We’re in love with the strong reflection on this piece, as well as the black-and-white pairings.

What’s something energizing you right now?

“I started swimming in saltwater pools. I have a Russian teacher named Tatiana. She is amazing, and the person teaching me it’s okay to fail. It’s very much a physical and metaphysical exercise. I hate it because it’s cold, you get wet, it takes forever. And, there is not a truly waterproof [head] covering out there… I own every Olivia Pope cap. Synchronized swimming? That’ll be my next show.”

A bright bedspread balances sweetly against the pale, pinky-peach wall that separates her bedroom from the stairwell.

In the bedroom, there’s a mix of modern (the word art Stacy made herself) and vintage (the bust with jewels).

What’s your purging philosophy?
“I have a sale every year. Everything is $40, and whatever I make I match and then donate to the animal-rescue center.”

How has your own style changed?
“On What Not to Wear, [my style] became a persona. The pencil skirt and the top. Or, the sheath dress. And, that was it. Now, on Love, Lust or Run I mostly wear jumpsuits. Things that are much baggier, less formfitting. I wouldn’t say trendy, but much more modern. One of the criticisms of What Not to Wear was that we were turning everyone into this Midwest mom, and I couldn’t do that to these girls.

“I wanted to be a mentor and role model, and show them how to walk the line by doing it myself. So, I wear leather pants in [the show], and lots of things I would never have done. I feel much softer with interior design and fashion. And, I’m having this funny thing about vintage again, which I haven’t had since college. I still believe there are rules, but more importantly you have to learn them to forget them. There is a way to be creative, to be free-spirited while flattering your body.”

Of course, we talked beauty, too. And, no, the wrinkle-free thing is not just on TV. She’s that flawless.

Darth Vader and Lulu Frost never got along so well.

What are you still uncomfortable about?

“I will confess, I don’t know how to pose, [even after] all the years I’ve been doing television. What are my good angles?! It’s so funny, because in video I can move around, I have my personality, I can make jokes.” (We thought she was quite a pro, though.)

What’s your entertaining style?

“I don’t like to cook, but if other people do the cooking, I love making cocktails. My go-to is a gin and jam muddle. There’s a fantastic jam maker [in Brooklyn] who would make these mixtures, and so I started playing around with gin and blackberry jam and cut in jalapeño and cucumber. Raspberry and limes together — all sorts of things. And, it’s good over crushed ice.”

Can you tell us about your saints?

“I go through phases with different objects. Here’s Mary, and that was my grandmother’s name. This is black tourmaline I got on Etsy. A friend of mine who is a spiritual life coach said that if you need protection and strength, black tourmaline is good for that. And, then, Saint Jude, the patron saint of impossible and difficult cases.
Because, you got to have some of that. I have two huge Saint Michaels downstairs, and that’s to vanquish your enemies.”

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

7 Super-Small Spaces We Could Actually See Ourselves Living In

9 Pillows That’ll Be The Life Of The Couch

The Best (& Worst) Cities For Millennials Are…

from Refinery29
via refinery29

Leave a comment

Where To Find The Best Lingerie In NYC

Single or taken, there’s one thing we all know about the most romantic day of the year: lingerie shopping and Valentine’s Day go hand-in-hand. And, we get it. There’s something about lacy undergarments that can really get the va-va-voom going in any relationship — even one you haven’t started yet. But, the thing about those super sexy bras and panties, especially around V-Day, is that the designs (and colors) can get a little, well, cheesy. We’re talking tons of reds and pinks, hearts, bows, sequins — the works.

Our solution to the madness? Steer clear of the mass rush at Victoria’s Secret and instead, hit up one of these local New York boutiques for all the support you need. 

This East Village boutique has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for over a decade now, and it’s one of the city’s most-trusted spots for a reliable (and hearty) selection of lingerie favorites, like Stella McCartney, Lonely Label, and Eberjey. Owner Cindy Hahn handpicks every piece in the store and takes a modern, somewhat kitschy approach to the store’s inventory. For Valentine’s Day, she’s offering up semi-sheer briefs, heart-shaped nipple pasties, and a (more shocking) body cage garter belt. Plus, the store’s open until 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, so you still have time to pick up those last-minute goodies you’ve been procrastinating on.

Azaleas, 140 Second Avenue (between East 9th Street and St. Marks Place); 212-228-5842.

A delicate, lady-like bralette.

Very high-fashion, no?

This Nolita hotspot (of Japanese origin) screams luxury, as every piece is crafted with the utmost precision and focus on fit and comfort. Their “III Step Decolletage system” is a life (and breast!) changer, and, they offer free alterations on of all their items. Things they consider essential this Valentine’s Day? Silky camisoles and form-fitting bras for the perfect lift and coverage. Not in the neighborhood? Bradelis also has locations in Flatiron and Flushing, so there’s no excuse not to hit the boutique closest to you.

Bradelis, 211 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-941-5629.

An LBD for the bedroom.

It’s the little touches that go a long way.

Brooklyn Fox Lingerie
The ultimate cool-girl haven for all things underneath. Not only are we obsessed with this Williamsburg shop’s seriously awesome interior (can’t all stores be inanely sleek and minimalist and topped with a chandelier?), but their selection is on point for every bra and panty we could ever dream of. Leopard L’Agent briefs? Check. Semi-sheer Cosabella bras? Check. Sexy (and a bit #NSFW) lace Maison Close pieces? Check, check, check. We’re particularly in love with their V-Day lingerie gift sets: especially this one in a non-traditional neon green. Go ahead, dare to be different.

Brooklyn Fox Lingerie, 132 North 5th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street), Brooklyn; 718-599-1555.

Très chic!

A non-cheesy way to wear red on February 14th.

This cutesy, Union Square boutique makes the task of finding the perfect-fitting bra seem a little less daunting. When she first opened the doors to Journelle in 2007, founder Claire Chambers created an empire that sparked a cult-like following for its high-end inventory, which includes La Perla, Elle Macpherson Intimates, and Bourdelle, as well as its own eponymous label. Self-described as “a place to shop for lingerie for women who had outgrown Victoria’s Secret,” the shop offers luxe, non-cheesy pieces for any occasion, including V-Day. This year, it’s all about “reinventing the one-piece,” letting just the right amount of skin show, and upping your loungewear game (as they say, you never know who you’ll meet in your dreams!).

Journelle, 3 East 17th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway); 212-255-7800.

Upgrade your pajama selection with these babies.

Who doesn’t love a bold blue?

Sugar Cookies
Pop by the nearly 10-year-old Chelsea store to be greeted by Kodi, the shop’s resident pup, while you browse the exquisite collection of lingerie — it includes designs by everyone from Hanky Panky and Cosabella to Natori and Gossard. The selection boasts a little something for every style, occasion, and price point (although for Valentine’s Day, they suggest going a little naughtier than usual), and owner Susanne offers personalized consultations and tips for finding the perfect piece for you.

Sugar Cookies, 203 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth avenues); 212-242-6963.

Make a statement!

Simple and delicate.

Uye Surana
Made right in the heart of New York City, Uye Surana’s namesake label features hand-dyed and crafted products of the highest quality (and sex appeal). The majority of her undergarments feature a mix of material (sheer mesh with lace, for example), lending themselves to an ideal fit and comfort. Not only has her lingerie been spotted on Girls, but they’re also currently in the midst of their January sample sale. We recommend jumping over to their site ASAP.

Uye Surana Studio, 373 Broadway, Space #E20 (between Franklin and White streets); 212-966-6528.

Fancy a flirty little nightie?

Silk and lace?. It’s decadent and comfortable.

It’s no secret here at Refinery29 that we love Valentine. And, if its name wasn’t enough, this friend-run business touches on everything we look for in lingerie: simplicity, style, and comfort. While they don’t have a brick-and-mortar location in New York just yet (consider this our plea for one ASAP!), you can order the little lacy garments (like the signature Shangri-La bra and Josie thong) online for a quick delivery. Plus, if you’re looking for something extra special, splurge on one of their collaborative gift sets.

Valentine, available online.

Oh so feminine!

A little bit of lace goes a long way.

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

6 Women Who Are Redefining Wellness In New York City

4 Epic Reasons To Bundle Up & Brave The Cold

13 Of New York’s Most Stylish Twosomes

from Refinery29
via refinery29

Leave a comment

How To Dress Sexy Without Freezing Your Butt Off

We know we’re not alone in our nostalgia for temperate spring days, bare ankles, and flowy skirts. Today’s #ThrowbackThursday Instagrams seem to have a theme: sunshine, skin, and general warmth. This February, most of us in the U.S. (Hawaiians, Floridians, Arizonans, and Southern Californians, we see you gloating) are still packing on the layers — bracing for six more weeks of winter after Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Monday. Still, we’re not giving up on dressing sexy for nights out just because the weather forecast is less than optimal. Below, we’re sharing five realistic ways to wear summery pieces — like crop tops, open-toed pumps, and cutout dresses — this winter, without fear of frostbite.


The Crop Top
Falling at our midriffs, crop tops aren’t entirely functional when wind chills make the outside temperature feel like minus-20 degrees. Paired with high-waisted pants, though, a cropped silhouette is much more wearable, especially when you complete the outfit with a cropped jacket and ankle boots with lug soles. These days, you never know when extra traction will come in handy.


The Cutout Dress
We love dresses with those triangular cutouts below the bust as much as anyone, but they can look a bit silly when it’s this cold outside. Our compromise: Try layering over a crisp, white turtleneck for a winter-ready feel. Put the finishing touches on with a roomy wool coat and nude booties. 


The Leather Miniskirt
Leather is a thick fabric — one that sees the most wear in the fall and winter months. Paired with a graphic sweater, lace-up boots, and a floor-length coat, this mini is an ideal piece for even the coldest days. Tights, however, are probably are a necessary addition.


The Backless Shirt
Who’s to say what’s seasonally appropriate? As long as you remember to layer, layer, and then layer some more, even seemingly impractical pieces become full of possiblity. Take backless shirts, for example: Style one with an insulating bomber jacket and high-rise jeans, and you’ve got the perfect getup for happy hour at your favorite neighborhood bar. 


The Open-Toed Pump
We’re not above wearing open-toed shoes in the winter. We are, however, real about it. As long as you’re adding socks or tights to your outfit, you’re golden. No one likes a case of cold feet. 

Like this post? There’s more. Get tons of style secrets, insider shopping dish, fashion news, and more on the Refinery29 Fashion Facebook page!

Like what you see?How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

The Best Shoes To Buy On Amazon

Taylor Swift Brings Her NYC Uniform To L.A.

30 Gorgeous Engagement Rings We Found On Etsy

from Refinery29
via refinery29