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In Fashion Start-Up News

I may be working at a tech start-up, but that makes me even more fascinated with start-ups that are directly related to my interests. Last week, two very big things happened. One fashion start-up got acquired while another with so much potential (so we thought) shuttered. So how does that happen? Competition? Because that’s just the nature of the game? I’ve been wondering about this for awhile and I don’t really have the research or the data to back it up, but I find it to be very very interesting.

Prior to Trunk Club getting acquired by Nordstrom officially, I had been reading about the rumors of this weeks before. Trunk Club is a shopping service for men who don’t like to bring themselves to shop at retailers or the mall. The Trunk Club man works closely with a stylist to share what his interests are and what he is most comfortable in and the stylist puts together a “trunk” – some of which you would find above and sends it straight to your doorstep. The items you like, you get to purchase while the ones you don’t can be returned back. I thought it was an incredible service. I witnessed someone receiving a trunk once and I wrote about it on Quora. There hasn’t been a really great equivalent for it for women other than Stitchfix, which I heard was a hit or miss sometimes. What I’m still trying to figure out is what being acquired really means. What will the Seattle retailer do with the Chicago start-up? How will Trunk Club change itself? How will Nordstrom incorporate themselves into Trunk Club? I have so many questions.

The second big piece of news is that Hukkster shut down last Friday. They had a pretty awful name, but a great idea and supportive backing. The star-up raised $4.5 million dollars in venture capital over the last two years. The start-up which allows users to save items they like on the websites of their favorite retailers and receive notification of when the price has dropped was founded by two former J. Crew employees. Additionally, it was backed by the Winklevoss twins. For an idea that would have gained so much popularity among people – women especially – I am surprised that it only lasted two years.

It’s not a bold statement by any means, but I think it’s clear that anything can happen in the start-up world. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. It’s amazing to be in this industry and I’m learning so much, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the years to come.

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Snaps for A Snapshot

Who: Nicola Peltz

Wearing: Stella McCartney bodysuit w/ a Dolce & Gabbana lace skirt.

Where: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” press tour in Berlin, Germany

We don’t normally feature someone for “Snaps for a Snapshot” nearly twice in one month, but when you dress as well as Nicola Peltz, how could we not?! The 19-year old has definitely caught our eye while on her tour promoting her recent film and while we hear the film isn’t really good, she’s totally nailing it with her outfits on the red carpet. I love how she paired a skirt with this body suit and kept it classy. The cutouts on the side add a little sexiness to this all white outfit.

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Madewell’s 2014 Fall Lookbook

I have a feeling that I have been cursed with a seasonal boredom disorder. I act like I am very excited for the upcoming season – in this case summer – but the second I see any sign of fall ie. fall lookbooks, I’m ready to move on. Summer isn’t even here yet! Let’s be real though it’s summer every day here in California. However, I am already longing for cozy sweaters, flannels, and fall skirts. Madewell’s 2014 Fall Lookbook has me very excited for snuggling up in my pieces and cleaning up my closet.

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Who: Diana Kruger

Wearing: Giambattista Valli Couture

Where: 73rd Annual George Peabody Awards

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Bee Shaffer Talks Being Anna Wintour’s Daughter

Independent of being Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer is kind of like a silent style icon. She doesn’t care about fashion all that much and works in the television industry for Late Night with Seth Meyers. However, when she needs to make an appearance like say… at the Met Gala she’s there. Bee is beautiful and her mother is the only name anyone would ever need to know in the fashion industry. Based off of the character “Miranda” in The Devil Wears Prada, everyone is naturally curious about what it’s like to call the ice queen Mom.

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Fashionista.com Receives A Makeover

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I didn’t get to do too much digging around, but yesterday one of my favorite fashion blogs, Fashionista, unveiled their new look and I am absolutely loving it. I don’t think there was anything really wrong with their previous layout, but one of my biggest qualms was having to continue to scroll down to read content. If I ever felt overwhelmed, it was because of that, maybe. With the new layout, photos accompanying the articles are brought right to the front. The text is much easier to read and timestamps – oh my gosh – the timestamps are much more visible! In the previous layout, I was either guessing or squinting my eyes trying to figure out the date. That’s just not a problem with the new layout.

Fashionista.com – we give you a thumbs up! Thanks for making my fashion blog reading so much easier.

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Kate Moss x TopShop lookbook

If Kate Moss’s name is on anything, everyone’s ears immediately perk up. Her long lasting relationship with Topshop has brought so much success to the retailer and there’s no doubt that it won’t happen again. Her highly anticipated collection for Topshop has something for everyone from tailored pieces to dresses that you can’t wait to wear out. Each piece is clearly inspired by the pieces from Kate’s own wardrobe. Prices will range from $70-$1,200 and available for purchase online and in stores at Topshop, Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, and ShopBazaar.com. Here are some pieces that we’re pretty excited about:

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Sephora Releases One-Time Use Nail Polish

Nail polish itself isn’t a costly purchase, but when you buy one of those small containers, you’re saying to yourself that you believe that you will use it more than one time. Sometimes, that is just not the case. After using one time, the realization sets in that the color just isn’t for you. And if you’re like me then you’re the type of person that wants the same thing in varying colors for no reason at all. Yep, if you guessed it – I am exactly that same way with my basic clothing. I really love this idea that Sephora is releasing a set of one time use nail polishes. It’s a game changer. And knowing me, I’ll naturally just do my best to see if I can try and make it last for more than just one time! (Because isn’t it kind of the challenge?)

At 24 different shades from Sephora’s own nail polish collection, the set will cost $39 and start selling in stores and online this May.

More of a nail pen-like pod than a traditional glass bottle of nail varnish, each one is designed to hold only the amount of polish needed for painting all 10 nails with two coats each. You basically pop off the cap to expose the brush, put a little pressure on the bottle, and paint away.

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Snaps for a Snapshot

Who: Keira Knightley

Wearing: Chanel

Where: Chanel Fall 2014 RTW show

I absolutely love this illusion of tiny waist!

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Chanel’s 2014 Fall RTW in a Super Market

Every season, Chanel is always a show that I look forward to. It’s not one that we always feature because maybe at that point in time, I don’t find their collections to be all that wearable, but if there is anything that I am more fascinated by than the clothes, it’s the show itself. For his Fall 2014 RTW show, Karl Lagerfeld created a faux super market with branded items like pasta, canned goods, and even home goods. It was apparent that a whole lot of detail went into planning the show and the thing about this is that had it been an ordinary show – the audience members would never even notice these details.

This show was not an ordinary one though. After each model walked out on the runway, they continued to stay and mill about the grocery store as if they were actually shopping. This made me wonder what the true underlying message is I think Fashionista said it perfectly:

[The set] spoke to the clothes in such a big way, in terms of a grocery store being the great equalizer. All types of women — from hip, young things to polished doyennes — inevitably need to pop into one for some reason or another. So you had girls in crop tops and leggings — so many leggings, from pink and shredded to glittery and purple…not to mention black and white tweed — to fancy ladies in classic skirt suits, like the one who walked out in a pink ensemble, accompanied by a personal butler to carry her myriad Chanel shopping bags.

After the show ended, guests and show attendees were invited to take home a complimentary fruit or vegetable, but naturally some people tried to actually loot the other goods. Can we blame them? Wouldn’t you want pasta out of a Chanel box, too?!

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Snaps for a Snapshot

Who: Kerri Russell

Wearing: Balenciaga

Where: Late Show with David Letterman taping

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Madewell Spring 2014 Lookbook

The best part about living in California is that you don’t have to wait as long for spring to come around! I can never really complain about winter while living here anyways and if it is cold at all, I know that that will soon be passing. Madewell has been one of my favorite stores for the last few years and every year I am never disappointed by their collections especially for spring. This week they unveiled their latest lookbook for Spring 2014 and naturally, we’ve already picked a few favorites.

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Football Helmets Getting a Fashion Upgrade

Leave it to the CFDA to create another amazing collaboration between 48 fashion designers and re-designing some stale NFL football helmets.

“This is the first time that the Super Bowl will be held in the New York region and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate by joining Bloomingdale’s and the NFL in merging fashion and sports with the creation of these unique helmets,” said Steven Kolb, CFDA CEO, in a statement.

Starting January 15th, each newly designed helmet will be up for grabs in an auction at Bloomingdales.com. For every helmet sold, 100% of the proceeds will benefit towards the NFL Foundation. The bidding for each helmet will start at $248 which kind of makes sense since this is the 45th Super Bowl. Here are some of my favorites:

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