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18 Gorgeous Hairstyles With Bangs

18 Gorgeous Hairstyles With Bangs:

Hey my lovely ladies! We have new hair trend that we should all follow. I’m talking about bangs! We have seen them on the runways and the girls have started embracing this trend. So, for today I have an amazing collection of 18 gorgeous hairstyles with bangs. There are million of kinds of bangs on the Net, but I have chosen the best hairstyles for you and you should definitely check them out right now! All of them are marvelous and you should rock them out in your lifetime.

If you thought that bangs only look great on round faces,  you are wrong! There are a lot of types of bangs that fits to particular face shape. There are some advantages and disadvantages of having bangs that you should know! The angled bangs will make your face look thinner, while the straight across bangs will make your face look too short.

If you choose to try the bob hairstyle with bangs, be sure that you will completely chance your image. This hairstyle is perfect for the round-shaped face girls, especially the longer cut. If you want to make your face look bigger, then try the shorter cut! For more dramatic look, add some shades onto your bangs.

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I really like the side-swept bangs! They look stunning and they are one of the easiest type of bangs for maintaining. There are many ways to style them, like to pin them back or to do braid. Braided bangs look great and they won’t weight you down at all. What do you think? Would you dare to cut your hair?

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Thank you for reading! I hope that you have found this post interesting and that you are going to embrace this hairstyle trend that is going to hit the street soon. We all need a change in our life and the bangs are perfect for start. Celebrities are crazy about them and they have already cut their hair. Pick the hairstyle that works best for your face and try it out. You will look different and beautiful, at the same time!

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What Rumi Neely Did Next

What Rumi Neely Did Next:

Rumi Neely in Are You Am I's slip dress. Photo: Courtesy
Rumi Neely in Are You Am I's slip dress. Photo: Courtesy
Ever heard of an aglet? I’ve just stepped into a closed-off, wood-paneled room at Los Angeles’ Soho House, where Rumi Neely is schooling me on the term. It refers to the metal or plastic cap attached to the end of a cord. You can find them on a shoe’s lace or a jacket’s drawstring.

Or, in this case, dangling from the back of a silk camisole, which is a part of the Fashion Toast blogger’s just-launched clothing collection, called Are You Am I. The aglets on the white version are rose gold. The black version’s are gunmetal grey. For Neely’s achingly specific basics, the details were as important as the overall concept.

“I was getting more and more picky about the pieces I wanted, and thought, ‘Why am I not finding these seemingly achievable things?’” the 31-year-old tells me, proudly combing through her rack of made-in-Los Angeles samples. (Everything is manufactured here, too.) “These concepts materialized easily.”

Along with that silk camisole (retail price, $280), there is a deep-armhole tank ($90), an asymmetrical lambskin leather mini skirt ($380), and a raw-edge silk slip dress ($300), among other items. Neely plans to release new product on a rolling schedule in the vein of Everlane or Tamara Mellon, rather than seasonally. Are You Am I is currently sold via e-commerce, and at Los Angeles boutique Satine. Plans are in the works for a permanent SoHo storefront as well.

It’s become de rigueur for any popular blogger worth her followers to extend her digital brand into tangible product, either via a collaboration or a full-fledged collection. In November 2014, Into the Gloss’ Emily Weiss announced that she had raised $8.4 million in order to launch Glossier, her skincare and cosmetics line. In April 2014, Elin Kling introduced Totême, a minimalist range of separates that is sold at Net-a-Porter and The Line. That same month, Bag Snob founders Tina Craig and Kelly Cook debuted their very own accessories collection, Snob Essentials. And there are plenty more in the works.

While Neely’s move may not be so surprising, the Los Angeles-based blogger's path to this point was entirely unique. In many ways, Neely was the original model for the hundreds of personal style bloggers that came after her. While her contemporaries -- namely, Susanna Lau of Style Bubble and Bryan Grey Yambao, aka Bryan Boy -- developed significant, name-making followings in and outside of the industry, it was Neely who created the formula that stuck. Aspirational style + model looks + gorgeous photos = blogging gold.

Neely was raised in the Bay Area by a Japanese mother and an American father. Growing up, she developed a thrifting habit, spending hours scouring the racks at San Francisco charity shops. By the time she was an international studies major at UC San Diego, she had amassed quite the collection, and decided to open an eBay outpost. Nasty Gal may be the most famous of vintage e-tailers from that era, but there were hundreds of virtual storefronts like it in the mid-aughts. “My closet would be overflowing at all times,” Neely says. “The eBay thing came out of wanting to whittle that closet down to fit more weird stuff.”

To help sell the clothes, Neely had her then-boyfriend, Colin Sokol, photograph her in each look. Commenters would ask where she got her styling props, such as a pair of red pumps. The blog, launched at the end of 2007, spurred from those conversations.

Lau, who started her blog in 2006, was an early inspiration. But there was little else to reference, so Neely -- by design or not -- created her own genre. She became the laid back California girl who mixed high-and-low looks. The type who loves fashion, but isn’t a victim. She also used her model-esque stature to her advantage, posting photos of herself that mightn’t have been magazine-level quality, but certainly weren’t amateur. Early on, publications including Teen Vogue and Refinery29 featured her. By 2009, she was sitting front row at Fashion Week, and brands were eager to advertise on Fashion Toast, whether by gifting her product or sponsoring posts. The eBay store was gone by then, and she hired a modeling agency, Next, to negotiate deals with brands including Forever21 and Free People. She garnered a big following in Japan as well.

Yambao, whom she met front row at a BCBG fashion show, became a confidant. “What I love about Rumi is that…she's not a well-decorated Christmas tree,” he says. “She knows what works for her lifestyle, she knows exactly what she wants, she's allergic to trends and she's very specific.” What’s more, “she manages to keep a sense of mystery around her,” Yambao says. “Unlike other people, you won’t find her at every opening of an envelope.”

Those may be the qualities that pushed Neely forward, yet they are also why so many bloggers have often felt like her carbon copies. In person, Neely is shy. She understands that the work she does requires her to be a public figure, to welcome attention. Yet it’s obvious that it doesn’t come particularly natural to her. If she resented the Fashion Toast knockoffs that have come along -- some of which now have wider-reaching audiences than her own -- she’d never cop to it. “In terms of other bloggers that have come on the scene in the past few years, yeah, a lot of them tell me that they wouldn’t have started this if it wasn’t for me,” she says. “That’s such a crazy thing to hear. I never think about the far-reaching effects of some photo I took in 2008. But It’s cool. It’s the ultimate validation. And it’s a positive thing.”

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Another look from Are You Am I. Photo: courtesy. 
Instead, Neely has chosen to focus on what’s next: building her brand beyond the virtual. Are You Am I is self-funded: her team includes a pattern maker and a technical designer, along with her assistant. “I felt like it was time to do something different,” she says. "To use my audience to show my very specific angle. Because this is self-funded, I’m not trying to make someone feel like this is going to be a good idea. I don’t have to prove anything.” Neely is the creative mastermind, as her current boyfriend and photographer, Christopher Dowson, is quick to point out. Dowson is in the room for much of our interview, although he only speaks occasionally. They are both weary of the way Neely’s relationships have been portrayed in the press -- including an article that ran on Fashionista about blogger boyfriends -- and it’s very clear that they want to make sure I don’t have the same intentions.

I don’t. Mostly because that story has been told. I’m here to learn about the clothes. What struck me about the collection was not the silhouettes or the color palette -- I’m not shocked by a black slip dress -- but the finishing. The covered buttons on the silk tap shorts and the camisole, the raw edges of the slip dress, those aglets. It was all more thoughtful than expected. The collection isn’t cheap, but it’s also not outrageously priced. It includes the sort of pieces that Neely’s followers -- and the other bloggers who idolize her -- would undoubtedly find appealing.

But will it sell?

So far, Neely has approached the collection the way she has approached most of her career. Slowly, but deliberately. By introducing a few products at a time, she’s building a base that will hopefully include perennial favorites that are less likely to be discounted. A triangle bra -- something her fans have asked for specifically -- is in the works, as are more festival-ready pieces to launch right before Coachella. While she’d like to be in a few great national retailers -- Shopbop and Net-a-Porter are targets -- she's "not in a rush." Instead, she’s focusing on creating pieces that she, as a professional whose biggest asset is her genuine connection with her audience, can stand behind. “At a certain point, you need to take that next step and make yourself uncomfortable again. It’s good to throw yourself into something new and be really intimidated by it,” Neely says. “It’s also a complete dream come true. If I want to wear something, I can see a sample in three weeks.”

Highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week

Highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week:

A look from No. 21's fall 2015 collection. Photo: Imaxtree
A look from No. 21's fall 2015 collection. Photo: Imaxtree
Fashion Month is a marathon, not a sprint, and after two weeks of nonstop runway action in New York and London, we've made it to Milan.

The first day of shows in Italy's fashion capital definitely did not disappoint: Alessandro Michele presented his eccentric debut collection for Gucci, Fausto Puglisi sent models down the runway to a playlist that rivaled the "Night at the Roxbury" soundtrack and Philipp Plein made his ladies (excuse me, his "warriors") ride an actual roller coaster during the show. This stuff isn't for the faint of heart, folks, but it sure is exciting. Read on for our highlights of day one of Milan Fashion Week.

Stella Jean

Plaids! Prints! Tassels! Hand-painted coats! No, I'm not just shouting random fashion terms at you — this is just a smattering of the stuff that came down the runway at Stella Jean on Wednesday. A relative newcomer in Milan, the designer is already known for her whimsical — if not busy — collections, but the exaggerated shapes, interesting textiles and ultra-vibrant colors made for another charming showing. Sure, some of the styling seemed a bit overwrought, but examining each charming piece on its own makes it easier to digest. Highlights included long, menswear-inspired coats and trousers, Fair Isle sweaters and slouchy turtlenecks, and the aforementioned tassels in a rainbow of colors that adorned everything from socks to collars to the trim of jackets. Street style stars, start your engines.

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti's fall 2015 collection was the stuff of fairy tales. The rich, Renaissance-inspired looks came in seemingly every luxe fabrication known to man, including fur, suede, velvet, silk and brocade, with tapestry-esque embroideries and romantic details like gilded adornments and high lace collars. While the capes, ornate dresses and scarlet coats and trousers were gorgeous enough to have been ripped straight from a painting or an Elizabethan movie set, the looks that really set our hearts aflutter were the sheer, texturized dresses in black and white. With their high necks, bell sleeves, lace trimmings and masterful mixing of materials, these airy pieces are a fashion fantasy come to life, and we're thinking they will be a hit among the red carpet crowd.

No. 21

Set to a medley of David Bowie's anthemic "Let's Dance," Alessandro Dell’Acqua's fall 2015 collection for No. 21 was a beautiful exercise in contrast. From the very first look — which paired a menswear-inspired wool coat with gold brocade pants that we could see Bowie himself enjoying back in the day — the designer combined seemingly incongruous elements in a way that made for an interesting show. For instance, a classic, cable-like knit was worn under a metallic coat with a fur collar; a boxy, sporty pullover was paired with a ladylike, tropical tapestry skirt and a series of airy looks that layered monochromatic silk in a variety of textures and transparencies were lovely to watch walk down the runway.

Fausto Puglisi

Fausto Puglisi went with the "more is more" mentality for his fall 2015 show, and the opulence spanned from the clothing — which was bedazzled, printed, colorful and revealing — to the heavy metal accessories, to the soundtrack. Opening with a masterful mashup of Eminem's "Without Me" and Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams," then moving into a '90s power mix of "Rhythm Is a Dancer" and "I've Got the Power," the music was a delightful complement to a collection that was all about excess.

Making for a rebel-meets-royalty vibe, the standout items in Puglisi's show were the most ornate. Pieces of all fabrications were adorned with gold medallions, grommets, bright beading and pink charms that looked like coral. Flat combat boots — which are emerging as a major trend for fall — were studded as well, and models wore layers upon layers of chain necklaces, charm belts and, in some cases, a single, very heavy-looking earring. For fans of all things '80s, '90s and opulent, this collection will surely delight.

Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein took the omnipresent "athleisure" theme and really kicked it up a notch for his fall 2015 collection. Models, which the designer refers to as his warriors, wore jerseys, stoles and jackets emblazoned with his name — only his versions of the sporty pieces are made from fur and leather instead of cotton or lycra. Plein also sexed up jogging pants, sports bras, sweatshirts and sneakers (some of which had light-up bottoms à la LA Gear) with studs and exotic materials, and he paired the looks with equally luxe accessories, like giant fur backpacks and stoles. Oh, and there was also a functioning roller coaster and a live performance by Azealia Banks, which you can read about here.

Is Armani to Blame for Madonna's Fall Off the Brit Awards Stage?

Is Armani to Blame for Madonna's Fall Off the Brit Awards Stage?:

Perhaps a safety net would have come in handy. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty IMages
Perhaps a safety net would have come in handy. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty IMages
Usually when one thinks of a wardrobe malfunction, nip slips and clumsy taxi exits resulting in exposed thongs (or exposed everything) come to mind. But last night at the Brit Awards, Madonna suffered a new kind of sartorial mishap -- involving a very long Giorgio Armani Privé matador cape and a well-intentioned backup dancer -- that resulted in a fairly terrifying-looking tumble off the stage.

Post-tumble moment. The show must go on. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Post-tumble moment. The show must go on. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
To perform "Living for Love," her Madgesty made her grand entrance assisted by two shirtless, horned dancers holding the lengthy train of a hooded, red-lined silk cape encrusted with ruby and onyx Swarovski crystals (according to a press release from the brand). She then encountered some difficulty removing the dramatic layer to reveal the rest of her Armani Privé bullfighter-inspired outfit. (She visibly fumbled with the tie at the neck.) Then a backup dancer zealously attempted to whip off the cape -- that was still attached to Madonna -- which caused the legendary singer to fall backwards off the podium. Being a consummate professional (and spry from all those yoga classes), she recovered quickly -- popping right back up to successfully extricate herself from the cape and finish the performance.

"I could use some help here, guys." Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
"I could use some help here, guys." Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
But perhaps the impressive-yet-unwieldy cloak wasn't entirely to blame for cape-gate; sometimes these bungles come down to human error. The music icon later explained on Instagram that her "beautiful cape was tied too tight." Perhaps velcro next time, Mr. Armani?

UPDATE: Madonna went on "The Jonathan Ross Show" and, based on excerpts released Friday (the show will be broadcast Saturday), announced that she suffered whiplash from her fall. (Get well soon, Madge.) Meanwhile, Giorgio Armani wants to clarify that the situation was not his fault: “Madonna, as we know, is very difficult,” the designer told the Associated Press, via Page Six, after his Emporio Armani runway show Friday. “This cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn’t able to open it with her hands. That’s all there is to it.”

Watch the video below to see the incident for yourself.

'CR Fashion Book' Follows Up Beyoncé Cover With 7 Up-and-Coming Models

'CR Fashion Book' Follows Up Beyoncé Cover With 7 Up-and-Coming Models:

CR Fashion Book #6 Covers, from L-R: Karl Lagerfeld, Anthony Maule, Karl Lagerfeld
CR Fashion Book #6 Covers, from L-R: Karl Lagerfeld, Anthony Maule, Karl Lagerfeld
Model Molly Bair came seemingly out of nowhere this season, angrily stomping her way down runways in New York, London, and now Milan, demanding we notice her.

Well, not only are we paying attention, but so are some of the most important people in the industry — like Carine Roitfeld, who chose Bair to appear on the cover of forthcoming CR Fashion Book issue 6. Considering the magazine's last cover star was none other than freakin' Beyoncé, this is a pretty big deal for Bair and fellow fresh faces Sarah Brannon, Stella Lucia, Antonina Petkovic, Issa Lish, and Julia Hafstrom who also appear on the black and white covers shot by Karl Lagerfeld. And the adorable model in braces on the color cover? That's Kitty Hayes, shot by Anthony Maule.

The theme of Issue 6 is jolie laide, a French expression meaning "beautiful ugly," which is often used to describe Prada. As Bair recently told CNN, she's "embracing that alien, rat, demon, goblin, gremlin sort of vibe and going with it," so we think she's already got a handle on this jolie laide thing herself.

St. Vincent's Annie Clark Achieves Peak Aesthetic

St. Vincent's Annie Clark Achieves Peak Aesthetic:

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Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images
The Brit Awards happened in London Wednesday night, and when we rounded up the best of the red carpet, one very stylish lady snuck past us: Annie Clark, a.k.a St. Vincent, a.k.a. the dream #aesthetic.

Styled by Avigail Claire, Clark wears look three from Balenciaga's spring 2015 collection, a playsuit with sparkly hips and sheer sleeves. The all-black ensemble is topped off with a coat (because it is still cold, after all) and sheer tights, which are something of a (practical!) staple for Clark.

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Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images
All that black is broken up by a pair of red patent sculptural heels. Also, I am still unclear on how she manages to do the jacket-as-cape thing and not come off as an enormous asshole. What is the secret, Annie?!

Clark is back to dark brunette after experimenting with various shades of bleached-out platinums and lilacs when her (Grammy-award winning!) album "St. Vincent" debuted last February. Hair stylist Pamela Neal let Clark's locks go wild and curly. Things got particularly interesting on her face: Not only is there a bright red lip, but makeup artist Lucy Gibson also swiped a bit of yellow eyeshadow above the crease of Clark's eye.

Not a look a lot of people could pull off...but then, I remain unconvinced that Annie Clark is even a real person.

Lupita Nyong'o's Pearl Oscars Gown Stolen, Donatella Versace Gives a Tour of Her Office

Lupita Nyong'o's Pearl Oscars Gown Stolen, Donatella Versace Gives a Tour of Her Office:

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Oscars. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Oscars. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Talk about a pearl jam. Actress-turned-style-icon Lupita Nyong'o's Oscars gown was stolen out of her London West Hollywood hotel room on Tuesday. The gown, a Calvin Klein original, is worth $150,000 and made from 6,000 Akoya pearls. {TMZ}

Donatella Versace sat down on Wednesday with Vanessa Friedman for an emotional interview, discussing the designer's Milan office and how the memory of brother Gianni Versace motivates her to keep the brand relevant. {The New York Times}

Dutch model Lara Stone goes into the woods with Interview Magazine. Photographed by Peter Lindberg, the black-and-white editorial shows a barefaced Stone living the simple life. {Fashion Gone Rogue}

Zendaya forgave Giuliana Rancic for making an offensive comment about her dreadlocks, but Melissa Rivers posted a photo to Instagram on Thursday of the singer embracing the late Joan Rivers, assuring viewers that "Fashion Police" has "nothing but love for Zendaya." {Instagram}

"America's Next Top Model" contestant Mirjana Puhar was tragically murdered in a triple homicide Tuesday in North Carolina. Tyra Banks, who offered up her condolences to the young woman's family following the news, says that "she was a vivacious and promising young woman." {Just Jared}

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Kanye West Cries on BBC Radio Talking About Louise Wilson

Kanye West Cries on BBC Radio Talking About Louise Wilson:

Kanye West attends the memorial service for Louise Wilson. Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
Kanye West attends the memorial service for Louise Wilson. Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
Kanye West sat down with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on Thursday for another sure-to-be-legendary interview, and in between talking about giving Nori a sibling ("I'm practicing VERY hard! I try as many times a day as I can!") and meeting Ralph Lauren ("Meeting Paul McCartney was like meeting Ralph Lauren, like whoa — the greatest of their field, the greatest of all time."), he also talked about attending the memorial service for the late Central Saint Martins professor, Louise Wilson, who passed away last May.

"You know, I went to Louise Wilson's memorial, the greatest fashion instructor of all time, and I'm talking about of all timers," he says. "So Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time of any fashion school ever, notorious for not letting people stop at a seven, at an eight, pushing people to a twelve."

West continues to list off Wilson-educated designers — Phoebe Philo, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz, Christopher Kane — as examples of those designing at a twelve. But beyond educating the designers which have so clearly influenced him, West also says that Wilson gave him personal advice.

"The last time I saw her, we had a dinner at Hakkasan which is my favorite restaurant in London," he tells Lowe. "I think she knew she was going to pass and she just wanted to give me some words of advice going forward. She was asking me about my daughter, my wife, and she said, 'So many students, they don't give it their all, and the problem is, as soon as they do anything halfway good when they're two years old, three years old, their parents clap.' And she just looked at me and she said, 'Kanye, don't clap.'"

"I didn't know we were going to lose her," he continues. "She told me, she said, 'Thank you for the times where we came to performances,' and this really meant a lot to me, she would..." he begins before he breaks down into tears. Lowe gives him a moment to collect himself, and when he agrees to change the subject, West adds, "That's never happened to me in an interview before."

Fashion is clearly more than a passing interest for West, who spent much of the interview explaining why it's so important to him. "I believe the world can only be saved through design," he says, and you can hear the rest in the full interview below.

Fendi Debuts Personalized Fur Keychains for Fall

Fendi Debuts Personalized Fur Keychains for Fall:

Fendi fall 2015. Photo: Imaxtree
Fendi fall 2015. Photo: Imaxtree
Ever since Fendi hung fuzzy owls from its handbags in fall 2013 and debuted Karlito — the cutesy fur bag charm that's created in the likeness the brand's Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld — in fall 2014, the ultra-luxe keychains have been among the most coveted statement accessories out there. The Italian house turned these "Bag Bugs" into monsters for spring (you've likely seen their squinty eyes in more than a few street style photos this season), and on Thursday in Milan, it unveiled its newest iteration of the hot item: An initialed fur keychain, complete with a mini Lagerfeld head topped with a mohawk.

Some of the top models in the show — Anna Ewers, Lindsey Wixson, Kendall Jenner — clutched bags that were adorned with fur balls in a rainbow of colors, each one personalized with an individual initial. Fendi's fall 2015 collection was filled with neutral (though highly texturized) looks, so these fun embellishments really made the accessories stand out. Despite their cute factor, the bag charms don't come cheap: A Karlito would set you back around $1,750 when they were still in stock. But, if Fendi's new initialed "It" item isn't in your budget, you can easily pull another styling trend that was seen at the show — carrying a Bird of Paradise flower that peeks outside of your bag for an instant splash of color.

'LW' is for Lindsey Wixson. Photo: Imaxtree
'LW' is for Lindsey Wixson. Photo: Imaxtree

Tyler's Cher Horowitz Approved Socks

Tyler's Cher Horowitz Approved Socks:

The other day, I was recounting to Lauren how in the sixth grade, I was insistent on dressing exactly like Cher Horowitz — plaid skirts, platform shoes, knee high socks and all.

It definitely did not make me cool at my school where Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle ruled supreme, but Lauren pointed out that it's pretty much right in line with my #aesthetic as an adult, and I have to admit: She's got a point. I'm thinking of attempting pretty pastel knee highs come spring (thinking being the key word), but while it's still freezing cold, a nice thick pair in black is a good starting point. I can layer them over tights with my Doc Martens now and wear them bare-legged with flats in a few months.

Falke Cozy Wool Knee-High Socks, $44, available at Bloomingdale's.

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Prada Sweetens Things Up for Fall

Prada Sweetens Things Up for Fall:

Prada's fall 2015 show. Photo: Imaxtree
Prada's fall 2015 show. Photo: Imaxtree
Prada kept its guests waiting on the streets outside of the venue until 6 p.m. sharp — the time when the show was scheduled to begin — but immediately made up for the delay upon entry. A bar was serving sweet-looking pink and green drinks (some with a cherry on top) and waiters passed around cute, mysterious bites in the same color palette. On our way past the cocktail hour and into the show space, we moved through multiple boxy rooms — with walls painted in an alternating order of the aforementioned hues — to find our seats. All together, this painted a clear picture of what we were about to see walk down the runway: A collection that was pretty in that off-kilter way only Miuccia Prada can pull off.

Set to an orchestral track that sounded like it could have been the theme music for a ‘50s or ‘60s sitcom, the first looks out were suits in a neoprene-like fabric worn over shiny satin collared shirts. Early on, I caught a bit of a retro housewives vibe, thanks to the well-coiffed side ponytails held in place with rhinestone barrettes; the rubbery, treaded flats that recalled gardening shoes; and elbow-high evening gloves in colors that reminded me of the dishwashing kind — although Prada’s versions of the latter were made from ostrich. Prada put her twisted touch on a number of classic pieces, like tweed coats, ladylike dresses and trousers that were woven in bright colors and accented with strips of clashing fur, large bows and metallic, button-like adornments. A pattern that was almost molecular in shape appeared throughout, as did plenty of ostrich, including a divine sherbet lime green coat made from the material.

The finale looks were a series of party dresses and separates in the neoprene-esque material. With their youthful silhouettes, bows and sparkly floral appliqués, they all seemed fit for retro prom queen. As for the accessories, oversized perspex flower brooches (some embellished with rhinestones), sci-fi sunglasses, macaron-colored handbags and double strapped Mary Janes that ranged in shade from sunshine yellow to a satiny, ballet pink, were all so lovely that I’m already thinking about ways to sweeten up my look this fall.

Click through to see the full collection.

Gap Hires New Head of Design from C. Wonder

Gap Hires New Head of Design from C. Wonder:

A Gap store. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A Gap store. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Late last month, Gap announced that creative director Rebekka Bay would be leaving the company and that it would be eliminating the role of creative director entirely. The move was a disappointing — Bay did great things in her previous role at Cos and gave us high hopes for a turnaround at Gap — but not surprising. It had to replace her design leadership in some capacity, though, and on the company's fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday afternoon, Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck gave the name of her replacement: Wendi Goldman.

As promised, Goldman isn't a creative director. Rather, her title is Executive Vice President, Gap Product Design and Development. Sounds corporate, no? In a statement, Jeff Kirwan, Global President of Gap brand describes her as "a commercially-driven, customer-focused leader with deep fashion and apparel experience."  She'll be overseeing Gap's women's and men's businesses, as well as GapKids, babyGap, GapFit, GapBody and Maternity.

She's not a stranger to the company, having spent eight years early on in her career in product and merchandising at Banana Republic before spending 11 years at Limited Brands. More interestingly, though, she's coming directly from the recently deceased C. Wonder, where she served as EVP and chief product officer. Not the most gleaming spot on her resumé, but we'll give Gap's decision-making the benefit of the doubt here.

Peck, who just came on board as chief executive earlier this month, reaffirmed on Thursday afternoon that he knows Gap is in dire need of a revamp. The executive team isn't satisfied with the brand's performance, he said, noting that the women's business in particular hasn't been on the improvement track it needs to be on — that being the reason for the leadership shakeup. Although Gap Inc.'s net sales grew 2 percent in 2014 to $16.44 billion, its namesake brand's sales sunk from $6.3 billion in 2013 to $6.1 billion in 2014.

Gap's turnaround is going to take time, and it will be a while before we see a significant change in product in stores. Peck says that the team has already bought the majority of its inventory through 2015, and Kirwan is working to make what product changes are still possible at this point, although those improvements will be pretty marginal.

Peck's banking on a "relentless focus on product" to get the brand back on track. Let's see how Goldman handles the job.

Nasty Gal Raises Another $12.7 Million

Nasty Gal Raises Another $12.7 Million:

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso at TechCrunch Disrupt last May. Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso at TechCrunch Disrupt last May. Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images
There's now more fuel for Nasty Gal's fire, it seems: according to a new SEC filing, the trend-happy retailer has just closed $12.7 million in funding.

It's a significantly smaller round than the $40 million it raised from Index Ventures in August 2012, although that discrepancy isn't a bad thing — the company probably just doesn't need as much money right now. That said, it's not as much as Nasty Gal had hoped to bring in this time around. The filing states that the total offer was for $16 million, suggesting that's how much the retailer wanted to raise.

It does look like Index Ventures was involved in the raise again, since partner Danny Rimer's name appears on the filing alongside Nasty Gal's founder and executive chairman Sophia Amoruso, its new CEO Sheree Waterson and its CFO Bob Ross.

A rep for Nasty Gal didn't immediately respond to request for comment as to what the funding will go toward (perhaps more brick and mortar stores?), but we'll update when we hear back.

Update: According to a release from Nasty Gal's team, the round was led by Enjoy CEO Ron Johnson, with participation from Index. Johnson will be joining Amoruso, Waterson and Rimer as the company's fourth board member.

Highlights from Day 2 of Milan Fashion Week

Highlights from Day 2 of Milan Fashion Week:

Looney Tunes looks from Moschino's fall 2015 collection. Photo: Imaxtree
Looney Tunes looks from Moschino's fall 2015 collection. Photo: Imaxtree
Fashion Month is a marathon, not a sprint, and after two weeks of nonstop runway action in New York and London, we've made it to Milan. Read on for our highlights of day two of Milan Fashion Week.

Max Mara

"Beach babe" certainly isn't the first phrase that comes to mind when you think of Italian label Max Mara. But, with a giant screen playing a soothing clip of waves crashing under blue skies as the show's backdrop, that's the woman we saw for fall 2015. According to the show notes, the collection was inspired by a series of photographs taken in 1962 by George Barris, which capture Marilyn Monroe on the sand wrapping herself in towels and a cozy grandpa cardigan. On the runway, models showed off the outerwear that Max Mara is known for by channeling the late icon's mannerisms, seductively grasping coats shut with their crossed arms. Joan Smalls even wore a Norwegian cardigan that looked just as cozy and classic as the one Monroe sports in the famous photo from over half a century ago.

Though the dusty color palette of sand, ivory, pale blue and rose read very "beachy," the collection also harked back to Monroe's bookish early days as a UCLA student, with tight, cashmere knits, tasseled loafers, cat eye glasses, houndstooth separates and chic cable knits thrown into the mix. To round out the overall theme, ultimate California "It" girl Gigi Hadid opened and closed the show, clutching her camel blanket coat closed as if she'd just stepped off of a breezy shore. I think Monroe would be proud.

Blugirl

A boy-meets-girl aesthetic was in full effect at the Blugirl show on Thursday, and with full, bouncy curls and shiny red lips, models showed off what the show notes refer to as this "dual personality." Masculine overcoats, wide-leg trousers, Price of Wales checked suiting pieces and brogues were worn alongside (and sometime paired with with) girly florals, diaphanous long dresses, sparkly embroideries and fur coats. To give the more boyish looks a ladylike touch, leather belts were worn to highlight the waist. While the head-to-toe patterns were at times a little too loud, one of the bookish pieces — simple sweater vests, plaid skirts, smart outerwear and the aforementioned shoes — would be a very cute addition to any back-to-school wardrobe come September.

Fendi

At Fendi, models entered the runway from behind one of three rotating Roman columns, a good indicator that the fall 2015 collection would be rich in architectural elements and geometry. There were column and apron dresses in leather and rectangular panels of the fabric attached to skirts (which were paired with very crisp shirting), making for clean lines that still looked unlike anything we've seen before.

Outerwear made up a large chunk of the collection, and it was good. And ranged from long, lean coats with oversized buttons, to patchwork fur and leather, to more voluminous, slightly ballon-shaped pea coats and puffers so large they can only be described as duvet-like. (However, none of them were quite as magnificent as the fur with a double stripe at the bottom that Lindsey Wixson wore to close the show.)

As usual with Fendi, it's the accessories that we really expect to make a splash. Aside from the fur bags and colorful, monogrammed charms that hung from them, the furry booties — which were shown in black, grey, ivory, tan and peach — looked as cozy as they did chic, and we're willing to bet that they'll be quite popular among the fashion crowd come fall.

Moschino

Jeremy Scott's designs for Moschino are nothing if not loony — in just over a year at the Italian label, he's already referenced SpongeBob, McDonald's, Barbie and Budweiser — so it shouldn't be too surprising that the designer looked to the actual "Looney Tunes" for his fall 2015 collection.

With a Crayola-bright color palette, the first looks out were cartoonish in Scott's signature way: Models wore long, shiny puffer coats, double-brimmed baseball caps, quilted overalls and comically large backpacks, none of which we could imagine wearing in a real-life scenario.  Then came the literal cartoons: Streetwise versions of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and more— all dressed in chains and sneakers — were plastered on sweaters, jerseys and baseball pants, followed up later by a teddy bear motif that, lo and behold, is already up for sale on Moschino's website.

Never one to skimp on the streetwear inspiration, Scott also showed lots of denim (much of it patched with metallic gold), oversized sweats layered with heavy chain accessories, bright orange camo and, for the finale looks, graffiti galore. Impressively intricate tagging adorned the gowns that closed the show, one of which was even accessorized with a handbag that was nothing more than a branded can of spray paint hung from a gold chain strap. We're already placing bets on how long it will be before Katy Perry debuts one of these babies on the red carpet.

Karl Lagerfeld Will Present Fendi's First Couture Collection in July

Karl Lagerfeld Will Present Fendi's First Couture Collection in July:

Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini during the Fendi show on February 26, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini during the Fendi show on February 26, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
At 81 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld shows no intention of slowing down. Quite the opposite, in fact.

After Fendi's spring 2015 runway show in Milan on Thursday, the fur-focused Italian house, for which Lagerfeld is the creative director, announced it will debut its first "Haute Fourrure" collection during couture week in Paris this summer. Lagerfeld also shows Chanel's Haute Couture collection during that week, so it is difficult to imagine how he will design two -- in fact, he may be the first designer to do so. But if anyone can do it, it's Lagerfeld.

WWD reports that the show will take place on July 8 and will give the brand's robust in-house fur atelier an opportunity to be more experimental.  “Haute fourrure will set a differentiation between Fendi fur and the rest," Fendi CEO Pietro Beccari told the trade. He noted that fur is a significant part of the brand's business, most popular in Hong Kong, followed by Japan, Korea, Russia, the UK and the U.S.

Lagerfeld has had a superhuman workload throughout his career,  having worked on Fendi since 1965, Chanel since 1983, and on Chloe at different points in the '60s, '70s and 90's. In 2014 alone, he produced eight ready-to-wear collections and two haute couture collections, in addition to designing his eponymous line. At this point, what's one more couture show?

A representative from Fendi did not immediately return a request for comment.

A look from the Fendi fall 2015 collection. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
A look from the Fendi fall 2015 collection. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
Feature image: Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini during the Fendi show on February 26, 2015 in Milan, Italy. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

From Marc to Giles, Supermodel Erin O'Connor Is Enjoying Her Runway Return

From Marc to Giles, Supermodel Erin O'Connor Is Enjoying Her Runway Return:

Erin O'Connor walking the runway for Marc Jacobs (left) and Giles (right). Photos: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images and Ian Gavan/Getty Images 
Erin O'Connor walking the runway for Marc Jacobs (left) and Giles (right). Photos: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images and Ian Gavan/Getty Images 
In a fickle industry where models can now become 'It' girls merely six months after they are discovered, Erin O'Connor continues to stand the test of time, 18 years after she made her runway debut. Known for her striking androgynous look and short hair, the British model has actually done it all: She's appeared in campaigns for Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Givenchy; walked for Alexander McQueen, Valentino couture, Christian Dior couture and too many more to name; appeared on covers of Vogue; worked closely with friend Jean Paul Gaultier, including as the face of his fragrance, Fragile; appeared in films and television shows; produced a hair-care line; and founded Model Sanctuary, a safe haven for young British models and designers, now run by the British Fashion Council.

After giving birth to her son in the summer of 2014, O'Connor made her return to the runway by opening Marc Jacobs's fall 2015 show, followed by an appearance in London at the Giles show. The model, who also appears on the cover of Rankin's Hunger magazine, spoke with Fashionista about modeling post-baby and landing exclusives for some of her favorite designers.

How does it feel to be back on the runway this season?

Well, it's felt like quite a high, actually, and prior to walking again in the collection, I had my baby, so I've been off for quite some time, growing a human -- Albert -- and loving him and knowing him and nurturing him. So in essence, being on the runway felt like an extraordinarily alien place again. I kind of felt like I had to conquer my nerves to get back up there. In the end, it felt like a small but significant triumph for me personally, because when you're a new mom you're used to walking down the road and if everything's intact, you feel like its been a good day. You're just pushing your pram and then all of a sudden, you're on an elevated stage with all eyes on you. It was definitely a bit of a mind reset, I think, to get to that place of being physically looked at.

I wanted to wait until I felt really ready and then, of course, I realized early on that that day was never going to come. Luckily for me I was thrown in the deep end with one of the most extraordinary designers in the world [Marc Jacobs], and also his loyal stylist, who's been very loyal to me, Katie Grand.

What was it like to open that particular show?

It was so empowering, but equally it was a stance. It felt like he was saying -- it doesn't matter who you are, what age you are, what your life circumstances are. This is about a sprit and it's about a certain attitude and he wanted the show to be powerful. And what a great compliment that he felt that by me walking out first it would in some way help to set that tone. I suppose internally, I got to catch up because when I was thrusted onto that runway, I started to really, really enjoy it. That's the thing, it felt very instinctual and a very natural place to be. I suppose it's the anticipation beforehand that can be a head wreck, but when I was out here, I felt very free and able and happy to do my job, which essentially that's what it is -- and of course it helps when the clothes are great, the atmosphere is out of this world and it was a wonderful show to come back to. I had been on maternity leave and I only just got back in the new year so it was a bit of a moment, one of those career-defining moments where the hair goes up on your arms and you know you might never have one of those again. And it's great that I got it 20 years later, having worked for him almost two decades ago for the first time.

Has having a baby changed the way you walk or the way your body moves?

I didn't know how I was going to move until I got out there. You never really get much of a rehearsal, so you're actually rehearsing while the live event is happening. You just wing it and hope for the best. I know what you mean, for me, my body has served me so well not just as a professional model but on a very human level. And so to be a woman and to be working and physically showing that I'm ready and able -- yeah, I think I put a little extra kick in my walk. It felt all of a sudden really powerful to be there. Things like ribs and hips and things like that, they don't necessarily go back in for quite some time post-partum, so I kind of use what I got and make the most of it. You've got to enhance what's there, you can't detract from it. And he was wonderful, he just remade the dress [to fit my body].

What about Giles's show?

Giles is a completely different mood altogether. He's an extremely down to earth person, but his imagination is often quite dark and gothic which I think, image-wise, suits me well. We're a good marriage in that sense, I think. The most apparent differences were that Giles wanted something very theatrical, he wanted us to move as characters and take the stage and come up with our own interpretation, if you will, so that's equally very nice but then again incredibly different. It had more a couture line to it. And it was a really nice experience to be back in London as a Brit model coming on at the end of the show, kind of like a naughty surprise.

Do you have a favorite city for fashion week? 

I don't distinguish between cities, but I do favor the designers that I have had loyal relationships with and thus far in both cities I've worked with my favorites. I want to see what Milan holds and Paris, who knows. It's still light years away, we still have ten days before that kicks off.

So we will see you on the runway in Milan?

Yes, and Paris. It's very funny both shows [so far] have been exclusives and I don't think that I have done an exclusive since the '90s. I wasn't sure those still existed, but there's a rumor out there that they do, so I just went with the flow.

Why do you think that is?

I don't know. Essentially, it's not up to me. As a model you do collaborate with a designer, but it is their vision. What you do is you bring it to life -- that's how you support it. So I suppose they have a very defined image that they wanted to portray.  In both collections they've felt like I've been relevant to that. And maybe that's why it's ideal for me, because obviously being a relatively new mom too, it's great with child care issues because, of course, I want to be with my son as much as possible. But it is important that I get to do both, I feel very fortunate.

There is so much turnaround in the modeling industry. How have you lasted so long without burning out?

I'm celebrating 20 years this year, so it feels like an absolute feat to still be around and equally I think on both sides, that the industry is still receptive to me and that I still enjoy working with them. I don't feel any restrictions anymore and I want to keep on doing what I know how to do. The pace of the industry has changed a lot and I’m not suggesting I work every day, but when a project has meaning it's really great to be asked to be a part of that. For me, it was different in a sense that when a girl began her career, there was a feeling that you could cultivate and grow into yourself; you had time to do that, you had years of experience to be the best that you could be. I really admire a lot of the new generation of women walking today because they have to learn at such a furious pace. And they don’t often get to exhale, to enjoy the moment and to kind of process what they’ve just done. They are hard-working and it's their time and it's their moment and I think that's really important to acknowledge as an older model coming back now. And how great that we get to share the same stage--there's a reason that we are all there together in all of our diversity.

And the designers who want that diversity recognize how important it is. 

They aren’t just supporting it, they are instigating that and I think it's really healthy. They are adopting this freestyle individuality again, that's what I sense, that characters are very much coming through again and they’re embracing women individually.

You started the Model Sanctuary to support young models through the pressures of entering the industry. Do models today still need that support?

It was practical support more than anything else, but what I really hoped to achieve on their behalf was to create a really positive creative space. It was really about getting young models and equally young designers together to brainstorm and to listen to one another and equally to feel heard and so they could understand the pressures on both sides. It's crucial that we appreciate how fast-paced the lives of our young talent can be.

I really believe it's a bit more challenging growing up these days. We have everything so fixated on immediacy, the gratification of having everything upon us. And you’ve moved on to the next before you’ve really allowed yourself to process what's happened, if that makes sense. That's a lot to do with the power of social media and there are two sides to that--there's the positive and, of course, the more challenging side. So really it's about giving some real human physical space.

What's next for you after fashion month in 2015?

I’ve got some really great options on my chart, so lets see what happens. It just feels good to be in that headspace again.

This interview has been edited and condensed.