hype secretsales
I was browsing through SecretSales today and stumbled on a brand I hadn’t heard of before: Hype. What stood out to me immediately was the range of super affordable prints and colours in ‘all over’ items like maxidresses and jumpsuits.

At just over 5 feet tall, it is pretty unusual for me to be attracted to ‘all over’ items (due to risk of visual swallowing). Because these prints confuse the eyeline, however, they are perfect for body types; small to tall, bite-size to bootylicious. With the right accessories, easy pieces like these can quickly turn into summer staples. I do love stumbling on unexpected favourites.

Kanye West Backpack
Though I’m not at all surprised by it (haters gon’ hate), Kanye West‘s debut Spring/Summer 2012 collection has – undeservedly – been ripped to pieces by critics.

Though, no, the skill and direction of Prabal Gurung is not yet there, it wasn’t there at Gurung‘s first show, either. Hype and pretense alone does not build a dream collection, and I think with the man attached to the brand, everyone’s expectations were of couture expertise.

Rant and rave until you’re blue in the face if it untickled your fancy. I actually thought Kanye pulled together a promising collection. A collection more interesting than many other established designers have produced this season – a sincere reflection of his commitment and passion. The entrepreneur created instant must-haves; an oversized fox fur backpack, a salmon dress with two angled zippers, and a nude bandage dress with mummy-like cut outs.

It is a task to avoid the stereotype of a celebrity designer and it is normal to expect a ‘nameless’ new designer to have their first few seasons chock full of learning curves and small mistakes. Mr. West has set off on the right foot. View Post

Karl Lagerfeld Macys
If you have yet to hear of Macy’s “Impulse” department, you will soon find it’s hype inescapable. Why? Karl Lagerfeld has designed a capsule collection for them (no really, I’m serious)!

With a campaign full of Coco Rocha goodness – shot in Lagerfeld’s library in Paris – the 45 piece collection (priced between $50 and $170) is sure to fly off the racks. Karl said:

“To me Macy’s is the perfect department store in the US where everybody can find what they’re looking for without ruining their budget.”

With that said, when it comes to designer collaborations, we can’t all afford to buy one of everything, can we? For that reason, I have curated a list of the ten best pieces from the collections – the ones that scream “Chanel”.

1. Dress, $124.
2. Blush dress, $99.
3. Ruffled dress, $119.
4. Collared dress, $139.
5. Brown jacket, $119.
6. Scarf, $49.
7. Leather short, $79.
8. Tweed dress, $129 (top pick!)
9. Belted tweed jacket, $169.
10. White blouse, $99.

The collection goes on sale at 235 Macy’s across America and on macys.com on August 31.

W Boy Meets Girl Ryan Gosling Michelle Williams Blue Valentine
W Magazine cover for October 2010. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Sexy promotion for upcoming movie Blue Valentine. The question on everyone’s mind: after getting so much hype at Sundance, why do the pair look like they have no chemistry? Is Photoshop to blame?

The Devil Wears Prada Truth Anne HathawayThe Daily Mail recently sat down with Lauren Weisberger, whose novel, The Devil Wears Prada, was based off of her own year-long experience as Anna Wintour’s (or Meryl Steep‘s) assistant at Vogue. The book was translated into 27 different languages and sold in 31 different countries, and the film version grossed $300 million at box offices globally. The fascination with Anna Wintour’s former assistant was undeniable.

And just as we expected, she dished some dirt – most notably, how her own experiences differed from that of the movie.

On whether she got dressed from the Vogue closets like Andy:

“[I] never got to raid the closet because I never had time, although the other girls did and they wore the most fabulous things to parties. And I never went to Paris. French Vogue provided Anna with assistants when she was over there.”

On her in-office footwear:

“Unlike Andy I couldn’t force myself to wear high heels…I wore these horrible, black platform boots with a thick rubber sole because there was no choice. And even though for a couple of weeks I made the boot-to-high-heels switch under my desk, I just had to forget it in the end. She would stare at them in disgust and it was a stare that conveyed her displeasure pretty clearly.”

On writing her book:

“People have said it was “boss betrayal”, but that wasn’t what it was. I worked there for a year and it was a hell of a year — crazy, exciting and hard… When it was published, people kept saying “It’s so brave of you to write this”, but it wasn’t bravery — it was stupidity and complete naivety.”

On Vogue’s reaction to the book:

“…What sent the biggest message of all was that silence. The book was getting so much hype and so much publicity, but not a single Conde Nast publication mentioned a word — not my name, the title, anything, and that pretty much told me where they stood on that.”

Weisberger’s next novel, Last Night At Chateau Marmont, hits bookstores this week.