by Amy Wicks
WWD/Thomas Iannaccone It's that time of year when the fitting rooms at your local department store are full of girls trying on potential prom dresses. I don't know about you, but I have such wonderful memories of prom. I wore a vintage cream-color dress (with gloves--I know) and dark blue Stuart Weitzman shoes that I have to admit, I still pull out from time to time. The whole look cost around $400, and at the time I thought that was kind of extravagant, but it turns out I have nothing on the girls who are attending prom this year. A new survey from Visa found that on average, families will spend $1,139 on prom this year. This figure is up 40 percent from 2011, when they spent $807.
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When I saw Visa's report, I figured that large increase in prom spending was probably tied to buying fancier dresses. It turns out the answer is more complicated than that. "In today's world, teenagers and young adults have lost most of their discretionary buying power," said
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Wed, May 1, 2013 5:51 PM EDT
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While ELLE cover star and Brit Rita Ora has certainly made her mark on America, she's a girl with some serious hometown pride.Ora will be joining forces with the British Designers' Collective Boutique at Chic Outlet Shopping's Bicester Village as a brand ambassador to host the pop-up's launch on May 2. The event will feature top designers including Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders, and Preen, while encouraging shoppers to discover the new crop of design talent.
In honor of the occasion, we caught up with the festive songstress on why she's an advocate for British fashion, how she defines her personal style, and the vintage Celine Dion T-Shirt she'll never part with.
How did you first get involved in supporting Bicester Village's British Designers' Collective?
I've been going to Bicester Village since I was young, my mum and dad really loved that place, and I always used to stock up on clothes. I love the fact that it supports great British designers.Read More »from Rita Ora Gets Candid About Her Style
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By Leah Bourne, The VivantRead More »from 12 Things You Need to Know About the New Queen of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima
Queen Máxima Just yesterday the Dutch celebrated the coronation of a new king and queen of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima. Being obsessed with all things royalty, here, 12 things you need to know about the new queen.
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1. She's Argentinian. No, Máxima's doesn't hail from the Netherlands herself, she is from Argentina.
2. She is a descendent of royalty. Through her father, she is a descendant of King Afonso III of Portugal and his son King Denis of Portugal and many noble families of the Iberian Peninsula.
3. Her father has a controversial past. Máxima's father was a cabinet minister during the regime of Argentine President Jorge Rafael Videla, and was believed to be involved in the "Dirty War," a period of state sponsored terrorism in Argentina during the 1960s.
4. She has a business background. Máxima worked for Deutsche Bank in New
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, May 1, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
The Kentucky Derby is coming up soon and I don't know about you, but this time of year always has me feeling inspired to don a big frilly hat and sip on a mint julep or two. There's something about the derby that is just so fascinating and there is absolutely no better excuse to channel your inner fashionista. You can go as big, as bold and as lady-like as you please! When dressing for your derby fete, think pretty floral prints, candy colored pastels, feminine pumps, wide-brimmed sunhats and fluffy fascinators. Click through for 7 fabulous derby fashion finds! - By Cyd Converse
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You might wanna shield your eyes from this year's big fashion trend -- in a good way: Super-bright neon hues were the unofficial trendy uniform for attendees at this spring's super-hip Coachella music festival in Palm Springs. Concertgoers sported some seriously bright kicks, caps, and mini dresses this year... and looked fab doing it!Read More »from How to Wear Neon Without Looking like You’re 12
For those of us who didn't get to party in Cali, even if your memories of wearing Day-Glo colors involve unfortunate Lycra T-shirt-and-leggings combos in your awkward middle school years, there's good news. Snag these fluorescent accessories for a chic way to rock the neon trend now… without flashbacks to the days of braces and boy-girl mixers.
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Now this is an innovation worth telling your girl posse about: At MilkandHoneyShoes.com, you can design your own quality, fashion-forward heels. Use the site to create a stiletto with serious flash, like this one we dreamed up.
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- TheKnot.com | Fashion – Wed, May 1, 2013 10:41 AM EDT
If you're like me, what you wear on your feet is just as important than what you wear on top. After seeing so many gorgeous new gowns at bridal fashion week, my brain was spinning with how I would pair some of my favorite dresses with killer matching shoes.
By Jennie Ma for TheKnot.com
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 4:37 PM EDT
Laundry: like it or loathe it, it’s got to get done. Or does it? Maybe not, if the creator of a new no-wash shirt has his way.Read More »from The Shirt You Don't Have to Wash—and Other Clothes that Rarely Get Too Dirty
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Clothing company Wool & Prince, founded in New York City by entrepreneur Mac Bishop, has developed the “better button-down,” a tailored men’s shirt that can be worn for 100 days straight with “No washing. No dry cleaning. No wrinkles. No odor.” Funding has come from a Kickstarter campaign, which had already pulled in more than $167,000 on Tuesday—putting it $135,000 past its goal way before its May 22 deadline. While the retail price has yet to be announced, shirts are available to Kickstarter investors for $98 each.
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Bishop, 24, whose family owns the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon ("Fashion is in my blood, I guess you could say," he told Shine), created and trademarked the "Cotton-Soft" wool fabric after six months of
- The Vivant | Fashion – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 3:56 PM EDT
By Spencer Cain, StyleCasterRead More »from Following Ann Curry Scandal Matt Lauer Buys $1.4 Million Yacht and Names it ‘Resilient’
Matt Lauer It's no secret that Matt Lauer has had an incredibly difficult year. The "Today" co-anchor was deemed responsible in the media for his former co-host Ann Curry's incredibly controversial departure from the show. Numerous reports labeled him as beyond difficult, cold, and essentially a 55-year-old male diva. So, as anyone with a $25 million annual contract would do, Lauer has decided he needed something to help him relax at this $15 million Hamptons mansion-and therefore bought a $1.4 million Hinckley T38 yacht.
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The brand new yacht is named "Resilient"-and frankly, given the public beating he's taken recently, we can only assume it's a way of keeping his confidence high. It could also refer to his marriage with model Annette Roque (the duo have had ups and downs over the years, with a divorce petition filed-but removed-back in 2006).
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 11:53 AM EDT
After I posted slide shows of my kids' proms on Babble here and here, I was sent a link to Disney's Forever Enchanted Spring 2013 Collection of prom dresses. I didn't even know Disney made prom dresses, but who better to create a gown fit for a princess, right? After scrolling through the pictures, I decided I wanted to go to prom just so I could wear one of those gorgeous gowns. Better yet, I wanted a 'do-over'! I want to trade in the fluffy, frilly, pale peach Gunne Sax dress I wore in 1988 (and the big hair that went along with it) for one of these beautiful gowns (and a straight iron for my hair). This got me thinking about how styles have changed through the years. I put a shout-out to my readers on Facebook, asking for their prom pics and as usual they came through with flying colors! I know you'll enjoy this slide show of prom dresses from 1959 to the present! - By Dawn Demalas Meehan
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