That Fashion Thing: Rodarte’s Cray-Brows Alert

Rodarte amped up their signature grunge at their Spring 15 collection shown at NYFW. Always having a bit of quirkiness and grunge-inspired looks from their collections, the sister designers took it up a notch, having the models sport faux eyebrow piercings. With a toned down beauty finish, this was the perfect way to pull together the collection and add that street meets high-fashion vibe that Rodarte does best.

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Model Mina Cvetkovic Backstage at Rodarte SS 2015 via Instagram @How_About_Mina

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photographed by nina westervelt via refinery29.com

Models Behind the Scenes of at Rodarte SS 2015

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Watercolor Details of Rodarte SS 2015 by @ReginaYazdi

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Watercolor Details of Rodarte SS 2015 by @ReginaYazdi

8 Reasons Why Julia Restoin Roitfeld Should Be Everyone’s #WCW

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I love bunnies and she loves bunnies, therefore she’s my #WCW! If you’re not already convinced here’s another 8 reasons why Julia Restoin Roitfeld should be everyone’s woman crush!

1. She’s Carine Roitfeld’s daughter

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2. Tom Ford declared her the definition of beauty.

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3. She likes to be put together all the time because dressing up is more about self-respect than dressing up because she has to.

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4. Growing up, she was never dressed in labels as her mum didn’t want her to be defined by them.

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5. She wants to be a sexier Martha Stewart.

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 6. She lives by the french saying “what you can do tomorrow you should do today”

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7. Her favorite childhood memory is at Disneyland.

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8. She’s the founder of Romy & the Bunnies, a place for new and expectant mothers to find inspiring stories of family, always with an eye toward style, beauty, and joy. And a place that you can find adorable illustrations like this one of Kim K + North.

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photos via: @juliarestoinroitfeld

That Fashion Thing: Moving Into New Dimensions

Do you ever just miss the days when you were able to watch a runway show in the simplicity of a large warehouse or a tent in the middle of the city?
No silly glasses, no chances of being in the splash zone, just pure fashion?
We wish we could say that we missed those days but we were never in attendance for any of those days, we do miss reading about them though. And if we were to have been there, we think we would have missed them. Even more so while reading about both Rebecca Minkoff and Ralph Lauren‘s shows over this past week.

Now don’t get us wrong, fashion and technology go hand-in-hand and that is something we would never want to change or take away. Though it is exciting and entertaining to mix the two together, it doesn’t always turn out as planned.

For starters Friday at Rebecca Minkoff, guests were stunned to receive 3D glasses that they had to use in order to get the full effect of the designers last five looks which were, what she calls, a 3D print. Unfortunately the designs were not as effective at afar and were better seen up close.
Overall, the display got mixed reviews. However, we have to applaud Minkoff for taking a risk and doing something unique and innovative. She was able to capture her audience and invite them to take part in her show in a new and different way but the fashion did suffer a bit. On the other hand, that is what fashion is about-trying new things. More and more we are seeing technology advancements and runway trends merging as designers look to find what the next best thing is going to be.

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With that being said, Ralph Lauren decided to use new technology not in the production of his clothes but instead the presentation.
So, if you have ever seen Disney’s World of Color, we are thinking it could best be compared to that-minus the princesses, villains and monsters, of course.
If you do recall, last night was not Lauren’s first venture into 4D. In fact, four years ago the designer had several blocks along Madison Avenue staged into a viewing of his collection that were projected on a building.
But, last night, he decided to take this seasons viewing to a whole other level. The 4th dimension for last nights viewing was water. Guests viewed Polo for Women’s spring collection projected on a fountain of water.
Not being the most effective way to view a collection, the images were blurry which made it difficult to make out details. Unfortunately, many on lookers were not impressed being more excited to see the attire than to see silhouettes and faint ideas of what the collection looks like.

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Again, we really appreciate the way designers are attempting to keep us intrigued, entertained and overall curious when they are introducing their line, but perhaps the old way just works a little better.
Looking onward, we are sure there are going to be many more high-tech experiences to be had at fashion weeks to come. It is only natural that fashion and technology continue to grow together and we are sure that soon they will be in seamless unison. Until then, we wish luck to all the designers who are going to and plan on taking risks such as these, may their efforts be more successful.

Images via Style.coma and Fashionista.com

Parachute Market Coming to LA on September 20-21

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Design fair and marketplace Parachute Market Ever Present will take place on September 20-21 from 11am-6pm, and will be the Debut event inside the new 15,000 square foot JF Chen showroom in West Hollywood. Bianca Chen of JF Chen and Parachute founder, Coryander Friend are co-curating the show, which will provide trade access to the general public by bringing LA’s top vintage furniture and object dealers together with new designers.

This year’s fair will include luxury boutique Just One Eye, clothing company Bliss and Mischief, and luxury lifestyle brand VMT, who will each have their own sections at the show. The fair will also include a new retail section of artisanal goods, entitled MARKET-MARKET, which is a precursor to a future retail endeavor for Parachute Market.

There are just 75 tickets available to the general public for the private VIP First-Access Preview which will take place on Friday, September 19 from 6-9pm before the fair officially opens to the general public on September 20. The VIP Preview event will be attended by dealers, designers, artists, curators and special guests. Over 3,000 people attended last year’s fair, and the number of attendees is expected to increase this year.

VIP Preview Event tickets are $65, and General Admission tickets are $10. For tickets and additional details visit ParachuteMarket.com.

 

Images via Parachute Market

Woman Crush Wednesday: Hailey Baldwin

Another Baldwin for you all this week, not Ireland but Hailey. Boy, have those girls got some good genes!

Our Woman Crush Wednesday Hailey Baldwin, has been spotted on the streets of New York with fellow best bud model, Kendall Jenner (it’s just Kendall now!) leading up to this year’s New York Fashion Week. With both girls having families in the spotlight it’s no wonder that the two have become cozy friends! Frequently appearing on each others Instagram, the recent-turned model duo will undoubtedly take NYC by storm!

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The 8 NYFW Newcomers You Need To Know About

With the kick-off of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in just a couple days, Annex gives you a sneak peak at some of our favorite upcoming designers debuting at NYFW.

1. Collina Strada

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This line is the perfect combination of vintage prints and brilliant ethnic patterns in a modern and sleek way. The designer, Hillary Taymour, originally began Collina Strada as a small collection for her fashion forward friends and then with some time it has grown into something unique and life-changing.

2. Sandy Liang

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The line to be debuted this week is the second collection from the New York based designer and with pastels, furs and larger than life proportions we are sure you will be impressed. The line is overall the perfect balance of feminine and modern classics and we think you might agree this will soon be New York’s former best kept secret.

3. Zoe Jordan

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Usually showing in London, Jordan was chosen by the British Fashion Council to take part in a program the offers contemporary designers to receive special mentorship. The sporty and chic line is great for anyone who likes to show their playful side.

3. Devon Halfnight Leflufy

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Upon exploring this website, there isn’t much more to say than urban-craziness. Based in Belgium, Leflufy was a finalist in this year’s H&M Design Award and is being stocked at Opening Ceremony, which seems to be the perfect home for him. The menswear will be showing as part of Made Fashion Week.

4. Edie Parker

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New to fashion week in a different way than our other participants, Edie Parker’s sought after clutches have been in the hands of fashionistas for years on the streets outside of fashion week. But, this year the beautifully crafted and witty line will be debuted at fashion week.

5. Amir Taghi

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Nuanced sophistication and class comes in the form of Amir Taghi this year. The persian culture inspired collection is just on the cusp of greatness. Taghi launched his first collection at age 15 and was enrolled at Central Saint Martins this summer.

6. Isa Arfen

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Futuristic and innovative, designer Serafina Sama has been showing in Paris for the past few seasons despite being based in London and this season will be showing in New York at Milk Studios. Already sold at Opening Ceremony and Net-a-Porter we are excited to have her modern simplicity in the states.

7. Hanley Mellon

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Nicole Hanley Mellon and her husband Matthew Mellon created this lifestyle brand making Hanleymellon.com the ultimate insiders’ lifestyle-guide. The original women’s luxury sportswear collection will be launching on ecommerce October 15. It is said that each collection will be inspired by a different global destination-sounds perfect for travel enthusiasts.

8. Kempner

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This is the line your grandmother would be able to get on board with. Meggie and Chris Kempner launched earlier this year with their grandmother being the main point of inspiration for the collection resulting in sophisticated casual wear with feminine and classic patterns.

Well, now that we are done with that, we suggest you do even more research on the designers listed above if you were attracted to any of them at all because we have a feeling that these are going to be the next big names to pay attention to.

Images via individual label’s websites

ANNEX EXCLUSIVE: Noel Fisher Dishes on His Nunchaku Skills & Favorite Co-Star

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Rising star Noel Fisher has an impressive list of over 50 film and TV credits under his belt, and is soon to become a household name, as he currently stars as Michelangelo in the summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fisher is best known for his roles as Mickey Milkovich in the hit Showtime series Shameless, and the 1500 year-old vampire Vladimir in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Pawn – Part 2. The 30 year-old Canadian actor has earned an impressive 67,000 Twitter followers and over 40,000 Instagram followers, with whom he shares everything from adorable photos of his new foster kitten to videos of himself showing off his nunchaku skills. This has been a whirlwind month for Fisher, as he not only enjoyed the smash-hit success of TMNT (the sequel is set for 2016), but also got engaged to his longtime girlfriend in Bora Bora this month. Noel Fisher sat down with ANNEX to dish on stunt training for TMNT, working towards your dreams and his favorite co-star thus far.

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Photography shot by the RIKER BROTHERS

Annex: How do you relate to the pizza loving, nunchaku using, Michaelangelo?

Noel Fisher: I really like that Michaelangelo is the life of the party and has the biggest heart – the biggest in the group – and he keeps everyone together. He’s very innocent, a big walking bundle of love for all of his brothers.

A: What was the wildest thing you did to prepare yourself for such an iconic role?

NF: Well, the coolest thing I did (actually the production did for all of us) was when we got to New York, we were trained by the stunt crew, 87 Eleven. We got to train for like a month straight with all of our weapons so that we can be as comfortable as possible with handling all of our weapons, to just to get to train and step into these roles.

 

A: From Final Destination to Twilight to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Who has been your favorite actor/actress to work alongside with?

NF: Can’t really choose one, they were all really great! I would have to say Bruce Greenwood – he has this massive career and I think he’s a really underrated actor. A wonderful person. He creates this really great vibe on set and I’m sad that I didn’t get to hang out with him as much as I would’ve liked.

 

A: What advice could you leave our readers, who one day, hope to play roles as major as the one’s you’ve played? 

NF: There’s a book that I read – and still continue to read – and it’s called, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (not to be confused with The Art of War). It’s written from the writer’s perspective on how to accomplish things, build towards your dreams if you will, be that acting or writing, or even getting a six pack! Wonderful book, beautiful perspective. It talks about resistance and what you can do to move past your resistance period. It’s truly a great book for anyone to read, not only for aspiring actors, musicians, or whoever.

 

By Claire Wong & Candice Lee

Man Crush Monday: Jamie Blackley

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Have you seen If I Stay yet?

You know, the movie with the heart wrenching previews that make you want to cry every time you see them? Yeah, thats the one.
We can’t deny we’re excited to spend 2 and a half hours alone with Jamie Blackley. He is all the heart-throb you need to end your summer on a high note.

Only 23, Blackley has already got a vast filmography including titles like; And While We Were Here (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).


But this is only the start of a very promising career for our man crush, with upcoming projects including; Kids In Love(2014), as well as an untitled Woody Allen Project(2015).

Big beautiful brown eyes, just the right amount of scruff, a jawline that could kill and talent that has taken him all over and around Hollywood, what more could you ask for?

Originally from the UK, it is very obvious that moving forward there will be a new leading man in town and we are happy it is going to be this guy!

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Obsessed: Chloe Moretz in Dolce & Gabbana for ‘If I Stay’ Premiere

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We’re completely #obsessed with the calm-goth Dolce & Gabbana gown that our #WCW Chloe Grace Moretz decided to wear last night at the premiere after-party for her upcoming movie ‘If I Stay,’ based on the YA novel of the same name. The Dolce & Gabbana number is certainly on trend, as it alludes to the matching crop-top and skirt ensemble with neutral toned makeup that has been a red carpet favorite as of late.

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#TBT: We Know What You Did This Summer

As the summer comes to a close, we would like to take this throwback Thursday opportunity and highlight what some fashionable peeps were up to during these past few months. In case you were having a fabulous summer and you missed what your favorite bloggers were up to, we’ve got you covered!

We picked Instagram’s busiest bloggers this summer and came up with a lowdown on all the great stuff they did. From new business ventures to travel adventures, these girls did it all and they definitely looked their part.

Blogger by blogger, here are what some of your favorite fashionistas were up to this hot-hot summer.

WARNING: The content that follows may cause you to experience a slight case of FOMO, but in the past tense, so maybe just good old jealousy?

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Attended to BeautyCon 

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Traveled to France

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Traveled to Sicily

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Traveled to Ibiza

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Traveled to NYC

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Traveled to Morocco

Kristina Bazan:

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Kayture was nominated for best photography blog at the 2014 Bloglovin awards

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Traveled to Mykonos with Louis Vuitton

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Traveled to India

Chiara Ferragni:

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Traveled to Los Angeles

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Featured on InStyle Germany’s August Cover

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Featured in a campaign for Philips headphones in Hong Kong

Road tripped through SoCal

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Traveled to Arizona with Lovers & Friends

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Chiara Ferragni Shoes launched on Revolve Clothing

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Traveled to Dubai

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Traveled to New York

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Traveled to Shanghai

Hit one million subscribers on her Youtube channel

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Attended OutsideLands

Her first episode of Beauty by Mail was released via her Youtube channel JennImTeenVogue

Teamed up with Teen Vogue and Simon Malls for a back to school challenge

Partnered with ThreadSence to shoot an adorable shopable video with ready to wear styles for fall and back to school!