Rent the Runway Opening Its First Brick-and-Mortar Store in NYC

Rent the Runway Henri Bendel

Designer dress and accessories rental site Rent the Runway is opening its first standalone store in NYC’s Flatiron District on September 3. This is great news for NYC-based fashionistas, who will be able to choose from a rotating selection of 850 dresses and 200 accessories from designers including Vera Wang, Marchesa, and Kate Spade. Dressing rooms will be conveniently stocked with iPad Minis so that shoppers can save their favorite outfits to a ”virtual closet” for future reference.

In addition to regular shopping, personal styling appointments can be booked online for $25, perfect for shoppers looking for a special occasion outfit. The store can also be booked for private, two-hour and full-day rentals, designed for bridal parties.

The 1,700 square foot space will be located at 16 West 18th Street, and will replace the existing shop-in-shop at Henri Bendel, which closes August 31.

Image via Fashionista

On The Road with Sasha Pivovarova in Chloé’s Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign

Chloe F:W 2014_3

Supermodels Sasha Pivovarova and Andreea Diaconu are the epitome of boho chic in Chloé’s fall campaign, where the two can be seen roadtripping in a convertible and frolicking through idyllic pastures while rocking fur and feather coats, flowy dresses and perfectly tousled tresses.

Chloe F:W 2014_1

All three images prominently feature Pivovarova’s accessories, including a pair of geometric tortoiseshell sunglasses and purple snakeskin handbag.

Chloe F:W 2014_2

The campaign was shot by Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in upstate New York. In addition to the print campaign, Chloé will be releasing an accompanying short film on on August 1. The teaser can be viewed on Chloé’s Instagram and Twitter feeds.


Images via WWD, Fashion Gone Rogue

Cupcakes, Cashmere, & Capsule Collections


Is there anything Emily Schuman doesn’t do? There is just no way that we all have the same amount of hours in a day as she does.

As the girl behind the world-famous lifestyle blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Emily has put herself in a position where she needs to do DIYs, cook gourmet meals, and put together flower arrangements on a daily basis–all while looking flawlessly fashionable.

Incase you thought this doe-eyed blogger was simply “lucky” or “not really a business woman,” think again! Emily’s latest entrepreneurial endeavor includes her own capsule collection for world-class retailer Club Monaco. A line–might I add–that she has designed, promoted, and marketed herself.

For those who are familiar with the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog, Emily’s line is 100% true to her own aesthetic, with clean lines and simple details.


The C&C blogger has held events this week in both New York and Beverly Hills to promote the collection, to which she even sported a bejeweled, backless mini dress from the line. Guests were given beautifully photographed look books and treated to a buffet of sweets (including, yes, cupcakes.) Emily took the time to meet and great every guests and was happy to pose for pictures with fans.

People sometimes complain that celebrity-collaborations in the fashion industry are simply marketing ploys, and the celebs are simply figureheads–but Emily has gone above and beyond to genuinely put her personal stamp on this line, and it is fully evident in the finished product.


The Cupcakes and Cashmere for Club Monaco collection consists of five pieces and a pair of shoes. View and shop the full line here.

Dior Cruises Through Brooklyn in Dior Cruise Collection


Last night, the fashion industry’s most highly regarded elite boarded chartered “Dior” ferries and crossed the East River to Brooklyn, New York for the Dior Cruise Show 2015. Celebrities in attendance included Rihanna, Margot Robbie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nicola Peltz, and many more. Dior even flew in 120 editors from various countries like Japan, Russia, U.K. and Germany. Overall, the guest list included more than a thousand names.


The runway itself took place in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard, right on the water. Guests wear seated on specially constructed bleachers at window level. The show was a fast-paced viewing of 66 of Dior’s latest looks, mostly consisting of blacks and greys, with the occasional pop of red and pastel blue.

The overall atmosphere of the night reflected the location, as Dior carried the navy/ocean theme throughout the event.



Controversial Designer Philipp Plein Heads to NYC

Monday morning German-born designer, Philipp Plein, announced he will be opening up a New York store to debut in September. The Swiss-based designer has been well-known for controversial ads, as well as memorable and intricate runway shows. His reputation has allowed for him to have massively well-known performers for his runway shows including Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea and Grace Jones, in addition to having famous models such as Naomi Campbell to walk those runways.


This comes as shocking news mostly because though he has a handful of stores in Europe, this will be his break into the U.S. market. He has had immense amounts of success and owns his company completely, with no outside investors taking part. Many are awaiting his debut to see just what kind of extravagant and outrageous outfits he will have in the new store, including a decorative sculpture of a skull holding 50,000 Swarovski gems, according to reports from WWD.

A visit down to the store come September will be completely worth it, if only to check this out.


Images via,

Recent String of Global High-End Heists: Who’s Robbing the World?


We’ve all fantasized about being Emma Watson in the Bling Ring, a movie about teenagers who rob celebrity homes for their designer-filled closets. Well, it turns our somebody out there is living a similar dream. On Wednesday, Céline’s Paris boutique on Rue François 1er was robbed, as was a Dior flagship in the same vicinity.

In the Dior robbery, two masked men have made away with bags and shoes with an estimated value of $137,516, a Dior official told WWD. The value of the Celine heist has yet to be released.

All this comes just days after three men drove a stolen Audi through the front window of a Chanel store in London and made off with nearly 30 Chanel bags.

But the high-end heists don’t end there!

This past January, Connecticut, Virginia, New Jersey, and New York have all be hit a ring of smash-and-grab jewelry robbers who have stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry and watches.

Around the same time, thieves made a getaway from a Brooklyn liquor store with over $45,000 worth of booze!

So what’s going on? Why is the whole world suddenly being robbed?

Sure, Netflix decided that Orange is the New Black, but we doubt they meant high-profile crime should be a trend.

L’Wren Scott Found Dead In Her NYC Apartment

L’Wren Scott, famed fashion designer and Mick Jagger’s long time girlfriend, was found dead in New York this morning at 10:02. The 47-year-old was found by her assistant, who had received a text from Scott earlier that morning asking her to stop by, hanging from her doorknob with a scarf around her neck. New York Police Department is ruling it a suicide, though no suicide note has been found. Longtime boyfriend Mick Jagger, who is on tour and had just gotten into Australia, is shocked and devastated by the news according to a spokesperson of his.

L'Wren Scott & Mick Jagger Host Private Dinner At The Cafe Royal Hotel

The fashionista and icon was a former model who had walked the runways for the likes of Thierry Mugler and Chanel. In addition, she created her own label in 2006 which was popular and followed by many A-list celebrities. She was supposed to have a part in London Fashion Week last month with her label, but canceled claiming there were too many production problems. Our condolences to her family and loved ones in this tragic time.


Images via,, 

Feltraiger Sets Up Shop in Brooklyn


The super trendy, East Village menswear label, Feltraiger, is proud to announce the grand opening of their new retail location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this weekend. Famous for their American-made assortment of upscale and exclusive brand collaborations, the label felt Williamsburg would be the perfect fit for their “New American Classic” concept.

The new location is set to be the flagship for the label, and the design and layout of the Williamsburg store certainly measures up to that expectation. The exposed-brick walls, distressed wooden floors, and vintage crate fixtures make you feel like you are stepping into an old garage where classic rock legends used to rehearse. The atmosphere of the store, combined with the classic-cool merchandise, is nostalgic of all things manly-man.

Join the Feltraiger team for the grand opening weekend and an early viewing of the Spring line at the new store: 155 Grand street, Brooklyn N.Y.

Check out some of Feltraiger’s awesome graphic tee’s and killer flat-brims here.

feltraiger annexmag flagship store


ASTR Releases EP

ASTR, the newest music sensation to hit the streets of New York, has just released their EP ‘Varsity’ via Neon Gold Records on Tuesday. This EP provides listeners with 6 opportunities to engage in a unique musical experience. The duo, made up of vocalist Zoe Anna and multi-instrumentalist producer A.D.A.M have a style all there own despite their enchanting take on Drake’s popular song “Hold On We’re Going Home.” Anna’s vocals mesh seamlessly with A.D.A.M’s pop and semi-atmospheric sounding beats. Although they have just released their EP, their schedule has not slowed down. ASTR has headlined Neon Gold’s Popshop at the Westway in New York and will continue their trek around the world in February.




Images from Virgin Mobile and

Purchase this EP on iTunes here or on 10″ limited edition, pressed white vinyl here.

Varsity’ EP Tracklisting

We Fall Down


R U With Me

Blue Hawaii


Hold On We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)

Live Dates

02/05 – Neon Gold’s New Shapes Launch Party – Notting Hill Arts Club -  London, England
02/08 – Neon Gold Popshop @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
02/27 – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop -  San Francisco, CA
03/11 – 03/16 @ SXSW – DATES TBA – Austin, TX

ASTR’s SoundCloud || ASTR’s Official Website || ASTR’s Twitter

K. Flay Drops Junior Prom Remix

Junior prom_ annexmagazine

Garnering an abundance of fame and recognition, K. Flay has done it again. The rapper/producer provided her own unique twist on Junior Prom’s debut song, “Sheila Put the Knife Down.” The remix takes the most recognized part of the song, the vocals and puts them against a booming beat, perfect for any dance music craving. Junior Prom is comprised of two former members of The Rassle, Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger. The Brooklyn natives are releasing a self-titled EP (available for pre-order) on Feb. 4 with Elektra Records. If Junior Prom has become a newfound love, as they should be, be sure to check them out during their New York residency at Pianos.

Check out their tour dates below!

Junior prom2_annexmagazine

Junior Prom- New York Residency

1/8/13 @ Pianos w/ Canon Logic + Child Actor

1/15/13 @ Pianos w/ Kins

1/22/13 @ Pianos w/ Lips + Krystal Math

1/29/13 @ Pianos w/ The Dolls + Modern Rivals

Junior Prom’s Facebook //Junior Prom’s Bandcamp// Junior Prom’s Twitter