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Redesigning Google Glass for Social Acceptance


Posted on January 28, 2014 by

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Google Glass’ ‘Curve’ Frame

When the strange-looking, futuristic Google Glass started popping up on the faces of our peers, we were curious, but couldn’t imagine wearing the device without attracting awkward looks and uncomfortable stares. Something was missing from Glass – the design lacked the ability to blend in with the crowd. Google Glass lead designer Isabelle Olsson spoke with Fast Company about the decision to make the piece of wearable technology… well, more wearable.

Despite an unbelievably enthusiastic embrace from the likes of Vogue and Diane Von Furstenberg, Google Glass has, up until this point, had a bit of a fashion problem, with brave wearers getting saddled with the unflattering nickname “Glasshole” for their blatant cyborg vibe. The prospect of public shaming doesn’t do much to persuade those on the fence about wearing Glass to opt for an accessory that evokes such strong reactions. For the less evangelical, the headgear looks too odd to even consider wearing in public.

One of the biggest deterrents for even tech-inclined people of the original device is that it stands out too much.

Olsson explained how simplicity and minimalism played a key role in the design of the new frames:

“There’s so many things that are overwhelming about our lives, especially technology,” she explained. “I think it’s our duty to simplify things, not to overwhelm people, not to add things, not to complicate things.”

The available shapes – Curve, Thin, Split, Bold – were designed to appeal to every type of Glass wearer. Now that the design problem is solved, the fashion-forward individuals who would rather blend in than stand out may find comfort in the new options. Wearable technology is the future and if it is to succeed, design proves to be of the utmost importance.

Read the article here.

Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves – The Investments


Posted on January 10, 2014 by

Every woman needs a killer wardrobe. Racking up hangers full of trendy pieces may satisfy short-term needs, but it’s the timeless wardrobe additions that make for worthy investments. These closet staples should be of high quality fabric and construction; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be from a designer or well-known label.

As far as trends, variety is important as the colorful or patterned pieces can be filtered in each season to update your wardrobe essentials. This year, Radiant Orchid is in the spotlight, but do refrain from purchasing 50 shades of purple and narrow it down to only a few pieces in your favorite fit or style.

The challenge is to find the balance between trendy and timeless as you collect these must-have items that will become the foundation of your wardrobe. Oh, and don’t be alarmed, where just one bag won’t do or when just one pair of shoes isn’t enough, collecting a few options is perfectly fine. Let the wardrobe building begin!


Interview Attire: Elevate and Modernize a Basic Look


Posted on November 27, 2013 by

One should never have to add any more stress to preparing for an interview than necessary. The least of your worries should be deciding what to wear. A timeless, classic look is fail-safe – all you need to do is add your personal touch and you’re ready to go.

Dress codes and expectations depend on the company (so do your research) and there is truth to the statement that the first impression is everything. For women, a blouse and pencil skirt combination is the go-to professional option, but how do you make it your own and stand out from the crowd? Let’s start from the bottom:

What to Wear

Color Palette: Black, White, Grey with Blush/Nude Tones

Footwear: Black shoes are versatile and professional. They must be clean and you have to be able to walk in them!

Left to right: Gianvito Rossi pointy-toe pumps / Yves Saint Laurent embellished pumps / Yves Saint Laurent high heel booties

Skirt: A grey or black pencil skirt that hits at the knee or five to seven inches below the knee. Anything shorter or longer is either too risky or too hipster, respectively.

Left to right: Proenza Schouler black skirt Victoria Beckham calf hair-paneled felt pencil skirt / Victoria Beckham pencil skirt / DKNYC black skirt

Blouse: Choose a blouse in white or black. Depending on the company, blush- and nude-toned blouses are an appropriate way to add a feminine touch. Be sure to test the fabric for sheerness before walking out the door.

Top to bottom: Michael Kors white blouse / Oscar de la Renta white blouse / H&M chiffon top / H&M chiffon blouse

Opportunity to elevate your look: We know, it’s hard to stand out in basics. Don’t be afraid to make it your own with accessories, but remember to keep it minimal.

Jewelry - An exceptional piece whether it’s classic diamond or pearl earrings, a bold cuff, or a statement necklace will do, but choose just one area in which to accentuate. Anything else must be simple and complementary.

Top to bottom: Reed Krakoff bracelet bangle / Coach bracelet / Stella & Dot cuff

Bag: A woman’s bag of choice says a lot – whether she wants it to speak for her or not. A structured, professional handbag allows for enough space to hide all of your belongings out of sight during the interview and holds its shape to complement your look versus take away from it.

Left to right: Givenchy black handbag / H&M black bag

Protect Ya Head [In Style] With a Beanie


Posted on November 14, 2013 by

Beanies, skullies, toboggans… Whatever you choose to call them, they’ve become the go-to accessory and wardrobe must-have for fall and winter. We’ll stick to beanie for this post and as seen on Rihanna, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and everyone else for that matter, they radiate style and function while adding a bit of playfulness to any look.

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How you wear them and how you style them is up to you, but beanies are crazy-versatile and great for a casual day look that can easily be transitioned into late night. Turn heads while keeping your own head warm in a beanie of any shape, size and color. Check out some our favorites below:

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 Left to right: Modekungen / John Lewis / Revolve Clothing / Barneys / Reebok / PacSun / River Island / Liberty London

5 Things to Consider Before Changing Careers


Posted on October 31, 2013 by

It’s safe to assume that every professional on the planet isn’t happily trotting down their career paths. A large part of our business is to make sure this isn’t the case, but it can take some trial and error to find the right fit. Things don’t always work out as planned, and when you decide it’s time for a change, the decision to forge a new path may present itself as the best course of action.

5 Things Career ChangeIs a career change in your future? If you’re thinking about making a switch, unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as some of us tend to think. Be advised, changing careers isn’t the same as changing your major. The latter keeps you safe within the confines of university walls until graduation while the former can leave you bewildered and at the mercy of a shaky job market.

Passion isn’t enough, and the urge to do something different won’t be enough to convince hiring managers. At the end of the day, it comes down to experience. If you’re serious about making a change and you’re ready to take the necessary steps, switching it up isn’t impossible – it’s just not simple. The information below is from our team of recruiters who’ve advised numerous candidates in situations similar to yours. (more…)

Barneys New York and Jay Z to Release “A New York Holiday”


Posted on September 25, 2013 by

Sagmeister & Walsh's Shopping Bag for BNY SCC. Photo: by George Chinsee via WWD

Sagmeister & Walsh’s Shopping Bag for BNY SCC. Photo: by George Chinsee via WWD

No, “A New York Holiday” isn’t a hip-hop song collaboration with Jay Z rhyming as Barneys sings the hook; but, it is a pairing worth some hype. This holiday season, the luxury retailer and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter are partnering on a promotion that involves the hip hop mogul collaborating with an impressive list of designers on a collection of limited-edition holiday products.

Each brand worked with Carter on custom creations to be sold at the BNN SCC Gallery (Barneys New York and Shawn Corey Carter). Pieces from the collection are centered around the idea of New York from a creative perspective and inspired by Jay Z, a native New Yorker and successful musician and entrepreneur. His color scheme of choice includes white, black, silver and gold.

Items include a tailored jacket from Lanvin, a black leather backpack from Balenciaga, a printed scarf from Balmain, a hoodie from Rick Owens, and a leather duffel from Proenza Schouler (it’s important to note this is the first men’s bag designed by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for their label). Moncler, Hublot, Acne, Roc Nation and Just Don are a few more brands on the list that includes a well-rounded mix of designers, brands and indie labels.

Stutterheim Raincoat

Stutterheim Raincoat

Balenciaga Black Leather Backpack

Balenciaga Black Leather Backpack

The Elder Statesman Cashmere Blanket

The Elder Statesman Cashmere Blanket











Prices range from fairly reasonable – $70 for a Barneys cotton T-shirt – to pretty pricey – the Stutterheim coat will retail for $675. On the higher end, the Shawn Carter by Hublot 45 mm watch with black alligator straps, deployment buckle and yellow gold movement is going for $33,900. How’s that for a price range? Twenty-five percent of all sales will go toward the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

The collection goes on sale Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 at barneys.com and the Barneys flagships in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.

Photos by George Chinsee via WWD.

Industry News: Friday, September 20, 2013


Posted on September 20, 2013 by

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LVMH’s Newest Acquisition: Nicholas Kirkwood The Telegraph
The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton umbrella is expanding to include a majority stake in London-based designer Nicholas Kirkwood.

Miuccia Prada Commissions Contemporary Artists for Spring Show WWD
The Spring 2014 runway was set against a background of portraits of “an active, strong woman” as interpreted by six contemporary artists.

Fendi’s Public Exhibition, Making Dreams, Opens Tomorrow Vogue UK
Costumes from films including Evita and The Royal Tenenbaums will be on display at Milan’s Cinema Manzoni.

Crop Tops: Be Cool In This Hot Summer Trend. Catch My Drift?


Posted on June 14, 2013 by

Midriff, that is. Uncovering those arms and legs might not be enough to beat the heat this summer, so why not opt for a little more exposure? Sunblock is highly recommended, of course! One of this season’s hottest trends is the crop top – a staple in anyone’s wardrobe if you’re looking for a fun, simple look that’s equal parts versatile and unique.

Crop tops are completely interchangeable with any look, and since you’re only revealing a few inches of that toned waistline you’ve been working on, you don’t have to worry about showing too much.

Pair a crop top with high-waisted shorts, combat boots and a fun hat for a funky-edgy look. For the girly look, go for a white crop top with a floral skirt, chunky necklace and metallic sandals.  These not-too-short, not-too-long tops can still have a cameo moment on a cool summer night – just layer with a light-weight cardigan or a flannel, and you’re out the door!

Crop Tops


Look One: Black Fedora $23; Marine Crop Top $15; High Waisted Shorts $45; Combat Boots $99

Look Two: White Bralette $15; Floral Skirt $31; Pearl Bracelet $47; Gold Sandals $33

Look Three: Red Flannel $32; Black Bustier $62; Black High Waisted Shorts $67; Converse $65