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Weekly Pull: Wet Hot American Summer

Last week of August a.k.a the hottest month of summer. Time to try to stay as cool as possible while not giving up on our note worthy style sense.

Here are 3 stylehaus looks to work this week. 

1. Sophisticated Summer

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Clover Canyon two piece set; Top $195, Skirt $230

2. Boho Babe

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Camelle dress $275, Jared Jamin Head Piece 

3. Nightlife Stunner

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Clover Canyon top $260, AS by DF skirt $180

Fierce 14: Fashion’s Best & Worst From The 2014 VMAs

On Sunday night, we witnessed the typically extravagant spectacle of today’s (although probably not tomorrow’s) hottest music and most debatable trends. Awards Shows, in particular ones aimed at the youngest possible demographic, are notorious for their bizarre mishmash of youthful elegance and youthful folly. We’ll let the pictures speak (mostly) for themselves in this send up the the best and worst red carpet ensembles from 2014’s MTV Video Music Awards.

the delightful

1.  Iggy Izalea in Versace Atelier

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2.  Demi Lovato in Lanvin

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3.  Solange in H&M

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4.  Nicki Minaj in Saint Laurent

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5. Kim Kardashian in Balmain

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6. Miley Cyrus in Alexandre Vaulthier

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7. Beyonce Nicolas Jebran Couture

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the depressing

1. Amber Rose in what happens when you let your man pick out an elegant gown. 

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2. Katy Perry in what happens when you think you’re funny but you’re really not. 

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3. Taylor Swift in what happens when you try wearing an embellished gymnastics uniform

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4. This is what happens when you are a breathing bratz doll. 

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5. This is what happens when you design your own hot pink and black corseted jumpsuit

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6. This is what happens when you think dressing like Anna Nicole Smith is edgy. 

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7. This is what happens when you think rainbow brite hair makes you cool.

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Wedding Attire Do’s and Don’ts

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With Marina’s Wedding rapidly approaching, we’ve been stressing about looking perfect for the stylehaüs founder’s big day. You have to somehow pull off a chic, comfortable, and family friendly ensemble without sacrificing youthful charm and on trend details.  Here are our tips of what to wear and what not to wear when attending an ultra stylish wedding. 

1. Something Blue

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Isshō dress $395, Jared Jamin Necklace

Do: 

It’s always fun to play off of the bridal superstitions of what you must wear on you’re wedding to have a decent marriage. Clean cuts and simple details is the way to go when picking out a wedding ensemble and this Isshō dress from Stylehaüs is a perfect option.

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go crazy on the blue. This is not a blast from the past dress. Ruffles, glitter and strange hues of blue are a big no. You want to gracefully blend into the fashionable crowd. Not stick out and have everyone, including me, give the “what were you thinking” look.

2. Spring Fling

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Lauren Stucky dress $569, Diamond Cuff (contact for pricing)

Do:

Outdoor wedding can get hot, sweaty, and bugs will be flying everywhere. Not my style, but, if you are the chosen one to attend such a wedding, here’s what i would choose to wear. The cut outs in this stylish dress will give you the chance to stay cool but it’s also covering up enough that you’re not going to be stealing the eyes of all the creepy single men.

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3. New York Wedding

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RVN dress on sale for $330, Jared Jamin Necklace $600

Do:

Put fashion on the most important list. Dresses that mimic art deco styles from 1920’s New York are usually chic and spectacular.. 

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Don’t:

take the 20’s appreciation literally. It’s not Halloween just yet. 

Cathy Horyn’s 5 Fiercest Fashion Feuds

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I’m paying homage to the baddest bitch in fashion you don’t know enough about: Cathy Horyn. The New York Time’s brash and brilliant head of fashion journalism struck awe- and not a small amount of rage- of diva designers for 15 years. Cathy stepped down from her post as NYT fashion critic in January, to focus on taking care of her dying partner and writing that long anticipated novel. 

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Utterly fearless and brutally insightful, Cathy Horyn’s biting critique and accurate analysis of every major player in the fashion industry earned her a large and loyal readership. Not to mention the grudging respect- and sometimes even surprising friendship- of the powerful designers she judged fearlessly.

Unlike the legions of bloggers and commenters who dare not insult the powers that be (because they have nothing to lose) or occasional gentle rebuke in major publications (who dare not alienate potential advertisers/coveted invitations/rungs on the social-climbing ladder), criticism from Cathy Horyn strikes a nerve.

Or vein.

Or occasionally a spurting jugular. 

If you don’t have time to peruse the 1,123 articles Cathy Horyn penned during her time at The New York Times (and really who does), here’s a breakdown of the biggest scandals and fiercest feuds of Cathy Horyn’s marvelous career.

1. Oscar de la Renta

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When Cathy Horyn won the CFDA award for fashion journalism back in 2002, Women’s Wear Daily celebrated the event with an article, “Does The New York Times Hate Fashion?” complete with a quote from Oscar de la Renta who argued that: “Cathy Horyn is not one who loves fashion or enhances fashion in any manner. There are personal commentaries and digs, not only about the designers, but about people who attend the shows, which I consider unnecessary and unprofessional in reviewing a collection… I’ll say it. I’m not a coward.”

The battle reached a boil in September of 2012, when Cathy wrote a scathing review of Oscar’s latest collection, dubbing him the “hot dog” of American fashion. Oscar’s rebuttal was swift and public. A few days later, Horyn opened her WWD to see a full-page ad from De la Renta calling her a “stale 3-day old hamburger.”

In a Harper’s Bazaar Essay published just this month, Cathy Horyn made a surprising revelation: “A lot of people find it surprising that I’m friendly with Oscar de la Renta even though he once took out an ad in Women’s Wear Daily calling me a “hamburger.” (I had sportingly used “hot dog” in my review of his Spring 2013 collection.) This was silly business—it is a silly business—but if there’s one thing I know from covering Oscar for three decades, it’s that he’s intensely competitive. A good fight, even a phony good fight, magnifies power. It also creates a ton of publicity, as Oscar reminded me with a grin when I saw him a few weeks later.”

2. Hedi Slimane

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In October of 2012,  Hedi Slimane debuted his highly hyped, ultra anticipated debut for Saint Laurent. Yet NYT’s infamous fashion critic Cathy Horyn was pointedly not invited. Apparently Saint Laurent’s it-kid new Creative Director was still sulking about a piece Horyn wrote 8 YEARS before, in 2004, about Raf Simons. In the piece, Cathy had the gall to dismiss one of Slimane’s pieces (specifically a cut of slim pants) as imitations of Raf Simons pants. 8 years is quite a long time to hold a grudge, but apparently Hedi was determined to serve revenge cold by withholding a coveted invite to his triumphant new St. Laurent show.

Unperturbed, Horyn reviewed the St. Laurent Collection from home, and shockingly decided that she didn’t much care for Hedi Slimane’s new St. Laurent looks anyhow. Horyn’s deliciously dismissive review derided the collection as “a nice but frozen vision of a bohemian chick at the Chateau Marmont. Or in St. Tropez.” In a fit of petulant pique, Slimane lashed out on (what else) Twitter, tweeting that Horyn was a “a schoolyard bully and also a little bit of a stand-up comedian,” and “publicist in disguise.” Horyn’s flippant response? “It’s silly nonsense to me.”

3.  Lady Gaga

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In September of 2011, Lady Gaga penned a piece for V Magazine slamming Horyn’s style of criticism and posing the rather pretentious question, “When did the pretense of fashion become more important than its influence on a generation?” Clearly, Gaga takes her meat dresses and see through jump suits very seriously, and considers her increasingly outlandish apparel as art rather than shameless attention seeking.

Not satisfied with writing a magazine article dismissing Horyn’s work, Gaga decided to milk the feud for all it’s worth via a song. Lady Gaga released a single called “Cake Like Lady Gaga,” including lyrics like “Cathy Horyn, your style ain’t dick” and, classier still, a schoolyard taunt aimed at Horyn’s sickly partner, Art Ortenberg, braying “Ortenberg, you can suck my dick.”

4. Tommy Hilfiger

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In 2010, Cathy Horyn penned a blistering, snarky, not even pretending to be remotely nice review of Tommy Hilfiger ‘s aesthetic, brand, and most recent collection. She began with an elaborate comparison of Hilfiger’s Spring 2010 to a pruned hedge. “My thoughts kept returning to those obsessively clipped privet hedges on Nantucket and in the Hamptons. They look so artificial — and one must assume they look that way because their owners are made anxiously uncomfortable by the sight of an ungroomed one.” 

Psychological takedowns of banal prep do not happen nearly enough. The gems kept dropping from Cathy Horyn’s mouth as she sneered “For Mr. Hilfiger, the runway may be paved in imitation fieldstone, as it was on Sunday night in the Lincoln Center show space, but it’s still a big Sisyphean ball of khaki. Materially, the output will never exceed the creative input, and so he, Mr. Hilfiger of New York, Nantucket and Mustique, is doomed to repeat himself. Or, more accurately, the Hilfiger design team is.”

5. Alexander Wang

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In September of 2010, Horyn did the unthinkable to anyone in fashion not named Cathy Horyn: she dissmissed the young fashion darling du jour. Horyn has some choice words for fashion-world darling Alexander Wang, saying that Alexander Wang is “not a great designer, though he probably would be happy to accept any laurels that people want to toss him, but he is clearly a shrewd guy.” And the analysis went downhill from there. Some choice barbs:

“Even the most talented, surprising postmodernist designer can seem to have his feet planted in concrete compared to the weightlessness of Alexander Wang”

 “Mr. Wang doesn’t really have courage in the traditional sense of trying something new and difficult, but he does have China. Nearly all of his clothing is now produced there”

“But don’t fret for the 26-year-old Mr. Wang: the combined whiplash of globalization and the Internet all but guarantees that these clothes will look new to someone”

And, my favorite opening ever of a runway review:

“Fashion doesn’t have much of a past now that everything is instant, and don’t expect clothes to look coherent or a designer to have a consistent style. Of course, this new condition in fashion may strike you as messy, shallow, dependent on borrowed ideas and visually boring, but don’t worry: like nausea, this feeling will pass.”

Monroe Mantras: Top 10 Marilyn Monroe Quotes

Marilyn Monroe. Need we say more? Her famous curves and old Hollywood demeanor has us drooling over her and her sense of fashion, self, and life. Here are my favorite quotes from the fabulous woman herself. 

1. Marilyn on Shoes

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2. Marilyn on clothes

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3. Marilyn on smiling

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4. Marilyn on keeping it classy

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5. Marilyn on stars

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6. Marilyn on two faced people

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7. Marilyn on fear

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8. Marilyn on lovers

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9. Marilyn on imperfection

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10. Marilyn on herself

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Sophisticated Schoolgirl: How To Rock The Plaid Mini

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 11.17.36 AM Plaid skirts can be chic, not childish. Inspired by Yves St Laurent Runway for Fall 2014 and the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of ‘Outlander’ I’m teetering on the verge of tartan mania. Wear the sophisticated Scottish miniskirt with a wafting white box top or prim button up, Tall (but not too tall) boots, and a touch of androgyny for contrast. Your balancing details might include a chunky, menswear inspired timepiece or a sensible (if sensationally luxurious) structured handbag. When rocking the plaid mini, DO  mix and match plaid on plaid, and wear bold back glasses to hipster up your “school girl” vibe. DON’T wear over the knee socks- too Halloween- but below calf socks are preppy pretty.  I took 3 runway looks and created trendy yet timeless ready to wear ensembles guaranteed to score top marks in the school of life. 

INSPIRATION

1. Charles Anastase

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2. Balmain

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3. Marc Jacobs

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REALITY

1. School House Haute

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Bernadette Red Plaid Mini Skirt $29, MANGO Pebbled Bucket Bag $40, Otto New York Solid Gigi Top $282, Nine West May Jane Pumps $89

 

2. Academia Azure

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House of Holland Skirt $370, Topshop Crop Top $16, French Connection Blazer $69, Alexander McQueen Grey Loafers $645

3. Epic Emerald

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Jil Sanders Skirt $580, Gingham Plaid Crop Top $42, Cecilia Oxford Booties $259, Teen Vogue Glasses

     

Weekly Pull: Anything But Basic Black

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Black is by far the boldest neutral, and all black ensembles have long been a staple of fashion elite for a very real reason. No other hue holds such a sophistication cache as effortless ebony, with icons like Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld lauding it’s slimming, timeless, and fantastically flexible virtue.

California may be the most colorful Coast, but LA’s regal residents can be spotted in head to toe black during every Season and occasion. Here are two stylehaüs outfits that put a modern, breezy twist on all black. Playful, flirtatious, and impeccably suited for late Summer heat waves, these looks effortlessly combine timeless sophistication, lightweight luxury, and 2014’s biggest trends. 

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Odylyne Black Lace Tiered Maxi Dress, $335. 

Jet Black Jet Set

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ASbyDF Quilted Top, $205, and ASbyDF Quilted Skort, $180, topped by Jared Jamin Headband, $200. 

Rogue Rubber

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Rubberized heels are all the rage.

Blame the inexplicable resurgence of blocky Birkenstocks and chunky Designer sandals that seem a dead ringer for your Mom’s Tevas: what was once categorized as the ultimate footwear faux pas is now the epitome of cool. Hipster alt-fashion has made a significant impact on high fashion, and the rad rubber worn by models at some of Fall 2014’s most fabulous shows are just a natural progression. The rubberized heels everyone you want to look like will be wearing next Season are a strangely appealing hybrid between the ‘ugly sandal’ trend and ‘cool kicks’ so popular amongst street style bloggers and the rappers they listen to.

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Like the sneaker wedge pioneered by Isabel Marant pioneered and subsequently copied by virtually everyone, rubberized shoes are a sportier way to wear heels while still saying “I’m not trying as hard as you”. Thick, sneaker-like soles with a matt, neoprene shellac stomped down the Runways at Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenzo, DKNY, and Coach. Styles at Prada and Tommy Hilfiger paired accentuated rubber bases with chunky straps and dramatic details such as colorblocking and jewels.

Move over, sneaker wedge; there’s a new shoe sheriff in town.

And it’s made of rubber.

Here’s five fantastic shoes guaranteed inspire your need to rock that rubba. 

1. Rubberized Prada 

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2. Dior Does Rubber 

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3. Kenzo Neoprene Rubber Wedges

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4. Nasty Gal Rubber Glam Rock

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5. Preppy Rubber From Victor & Rolf

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Weekly Pull: Clover Cray For Fall 2014

cctop Stylehaus just received our first shipment of Clover Canyon’s Crazy Creative Fall 2014 Collection and we may faint in ecstasy. Check out these 3 Clover Canyon ensembles and prepare to get fabulously fresh for Fall 2014.

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Lana Del Rey isn’t the only fan of exotic embellishments! Brash and buoyant tiger lily embellishments and high contrast pop prints are pushing into Fall. Designers like Duro Olowu, Carven, Dior, and Dries Van Noten sent out models wearing patterns straight out of the Amazon. These natural accents are a far cry from your mother’s pastel floral. For Fall, it’s all about BIG and BOLD- with high contrast, meticulously jagged lines, and ultra saturated colors. You could just work one major pattern, but why not go for a full on head to toe homage to the soon to be dear departed rainforests?

We love this Clover Canyon James Joyce Neoprene Top & Skirt Set.

2. Haute Highlander

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90’s are back back and beyond back so obviously we’re brining back Clueless era plaid. Celebs like Selena Gomez and Katy Perry have been recently sited sporting the perfect plaid ensemble.

We paired these Clover Canyon tartan menswear pants with a black velvet Lauren Stucky tank top and Safi Miran handbag for an amazingly polished take on the haute highlander look.

3. The Psychedelic Girl Next Door

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The psychedelic patterns Clover Canyon is known for manage to be both crisp and complex, with heavily saturated colors accenting geometric patterns and lean, languid swirls.

Fall 2014’s Donegal Neoprene Top is an ideal example of innovation on another plane, particularly paired with Genetic Denim Lost Boy Shorts and Sparkly Ebony Supra Kicks. 

Top 10 Andy Warhol Quotes

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Andy Warhol would have been 86 yesterday, and the pop art savant waxed pithy wisdom and irreverent insight at every turn. Here’s Andy’s 10 best witticisms to inspire you through the most tedious Thursday.

1. Andy Warhol on Hollywood

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2. Andy Warhol on getting what you want

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3. Andy Warhol on the superficial

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4.  Andy Warhol on the benefits of boredomAndy4

5. Andy Warhol on fame and future

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6. Andy Warhol on good things

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7. Andy Warhol on going out

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8. Andy Warhol on falling apart

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9. Andy Warhol on changing things

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10. Andy Warhol on getting away with art

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