Blog Posts by Julie Pereira, Thread Blogger

  • 91-Year-Old Style Icon Iris Apfel Peddles Handbags, Not Advice

    Iris Apfel unveiled her line "Extinctions" at Bloomingdales. | Photo by Julie PereiraThe word "legend" gets thrown around a lot these days, and in a world full of hyperbole and fawning interviews, it's hard to take that label seriously. But believe us when we say, the famously bespectacled Iris Apfel is every inch a legend. At 91 years old, Apfel has been monumentally influential in the worlds of interior décor, illustration, and style, and has even been honored with a retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Now, with her handbag line "Extinctions," Apfel has stepped out in to the design arena. The line features the nonagenarian's signature "more is more" aesthetic; with Mongolian lamb's wool purses in bright orange, fiery red, and cobalt blue, structured handbags in hunter green pony hair with geometric handles, and snake-print totes--all with a bright turquoise lining--this is a line we're seriously lusting over. We sat down with the legendary style icon to discuss her signature style, her new handbag line, and her ability to prove that

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  • Ten-Minute Holiday Hairstyles

    It's that time of year, again—no, not the holidays, holiday PARTY season. Whether it's a Yankee Swap fest, a New Year's shindig, or just an excuse to get dolled up and drink festive cocktails, we have the cutest and quickest hairstyles for all your partying needs.

    Ten-minute waves with a twist
    Try these "Stella Bobbies" from Anthropologie ($22) with waves like Camilla Belle. Photo Courtesy of Charley Gallay | Getty ImagesTen-minute waves are our way of saying, "waves that you don't need to obsess over." Life is too short to be spent torturing each and every strand of your naturally gorgeous hair in to a "perfect" curl that will only last as long as it took to read this sentence. This will work best if you've added some mousse or texturizing product to wet hair and letting it air dry (if you want to avoid bombarding your follicles with extra heat damage from a blowdryer), so while these are "ten-minute" waves, they do require a bit of forethought. Start by lightly (lightly, guys) misting dry hair with a light hair spray, and curl hair in sections. A hint for curls that really last? After you take the curled section

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  • The Best Hats For Your Toastiest--And Most Stylish--Winter Yet

    Ellie Goulding and Taylor Swift are hat pros.Fact: if you're not wearing a hat to keep warm, there's really no reason for it to be on your head (we're looking at you, hipsters), and unless you're Kate Middleton (and if you are, please call us and let's hang out), chances are you have very little occasion to rock a full-on formal fascinator. The perfect hat needs to hit that delicate balance between cute and functional, stylish and warm, and we have years of anecdotal evidence that this balance is not an easy one to strike. Thankfully, there is a wealth of cozy, non-crazy winter hats out there. We at The Thread have discovered the best ways for choosing the right winter hat and more importantly: how to style it.

    Wintery ActivitiesTraditional Fair Isle Hat, $28,
    Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding--whatever your game, you're going to want to keep that noggin nice and cozy (and protected, naturally. If you're a beginner in any of these sports, skip the hat for a headwarmer and securely-fastened helmet--safety first!). Take a page from British singer Ellie

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  • Selena Gomez Wows at The 8th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball

    Gomez looked radiant sans Bieber in Dolce & Gabbana | Photo courtesy of Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesYou may only know her as a singer (and actress, and famous bestie of Taylor Swift, and on-again-off-again girlfriend of Justin Bieber), but there is more to Selena Gomez than meets the eye. Did you know that Gomez is one of UNICEF's most ardent supporters? After getting involved with the charity in 2008 as the spokesperson for their Trick-or-Treat program, she was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in 2009--at 17 she was the youngest to be awarded that honor. Since then, Gomez has been hard at work promoting the charity that raises funds for impoverished and underprivileged children around the globe. She has personally visited countries like Ghana and Chile to raise awareness for issues like early childhood development and preventable diseases, and cites her work with UNICEF as an exciting opportunity to use her fame for positive change. How refreshing is it to hear about a young starlet using her fame for charitable purposed and encouraging fans to get involved?

    On November 27th, however,

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  • Grandfather in China Finds Fame as (Female) Fashion Model

    Photo courtesy of TmallIf you thought your grandpa was the coolest because he gives you candy or knows how to use a computer, we have some bad news for you: he might not be cooler than Liu Xianping, the 72-year-old grandfather from China who has reached overnight fame by posing in women's clothing for his granddaughter's clothing boutique. Liu told China Newsweek that he began trying on feminine outfits as a joke for his granddaughter, known only as Ms. Lv, after coming over to help her unpack new merchandise. It was then that the senior citizen began offering styling advice, and the two shared a laugh dressing him up. One thing lead to another, and now women all over the world are taking styling advice from Liu (and reportedly seething with jealousy over his enviably lithe gams). He's even getting compared to Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld! We’re not so sure about that--Liu smiles too much to be like the grumpy Kaiser--but we do know that some of the clothes he's modelling, like a bright orange cape and a

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  • 2012 American Music Awards: Red Carpet Moments That Shined

    From industry heavy hitters to young up-and-comers, the 40th Anniversary of The American Music Awards was full of head-turning style and more “wow” moments than we can handle (well, almost). The Thread hit the red carpet in Los Angeles to check out all the gorgeous stars of the music world--like pop-punk legend Cyndi Lauper and "American Idol" champ Jordin Sparks—and asked the stars what makes a red carpet look really sparkle. The answer may surprise you (hint: you're never fully dressed without one!). But, whether you prefer Taylor Swift’s sparkling Zuhair Murad mini, P!nk’s unexpectedly cool leather and tulle Catherine Deane dress, or Nicki Minaj’s eye-catching Monique Lhuillier gown, we have all the AMA red carpet moments that shine!

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  • Ladies of The American Music Awards

    Girls not only run the world, it looks like we run the American Music Awards, too. Since it began in 1973, female artists have been owning the stage and outdoing all other performers with memorable costumes, captivating songs, and unforgettable dance moves. From bad girl Rihanna to Sasha Fierce herself, some of the most indelible performances in AMA history have been by our favorite lady musicians.
    Rihanna rocking out. Courtesy of Dick Clark Productions
    Rihanna performing "Wait Your Turn" and "Hard" in 2009
    Before she was "Talking That Talk," RiRi was "Rated R." To promote her then-new album, she appeared on the AMA stage complete with a (fake) neck and chest tattoo that spelled out "RATEDR" and a white bondage body suit with bullet stud accents. This dangerous look cemented her "Good Girl Gone Bad" image and has to be one of our favorite performance looks of all time. She looks like if Cat Woman and Leeloo from "The 5th Element" had a lovechild--in a good way.

    Janet Jackson singing "Control" in 1987
    Prior to her controversial Super Bowl

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  • "Anna Karenina" Costume Designer Talks With The Thread

    Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina Photo Courtesy of Focus FeaturesThe story of Anna Karenina is not a happy one. Centered on adultery, jealousy, and hypocrisy (spoiler alert!) it does not have a happy ending. The newest cinematic adaptation of Tolstoy's novel, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, hits on all the misery of the original story, while adopting a lush, theatrical visual style. Director Joe Wright, whose work includes 2005’s "Pride & Prejudice" as well as the Oscar-winning "Atonement," has again enlisted the work of Jacqueline Durran, the multiple Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning costume designer whose work on "Atonement," "Pride & Prejudice," and "Vera Drake" has earned her a spot in a pantheon of iconic costume designers like Edith Head.

    Being that this is Durran's third film with Wright and Knightley, we asked Durran how involved they were in the design process. "Extremely involved,” the designer insists. “Joe Wright always has a very clear vision about the film he's about to make, and he always makes a very clear starting

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  • Fashion That Makes Us Sad: Jean-Flops

    DaniKshoes / EtsyThough the recent spate of in-your-face jeans trends has made us re-think our standards about denim (floral jeans? whiskers? jeans shirts with jeans pants, a la the cowboy tuxedo ? We're in!), every women has to draw the line somewhere. And that line is the Jean Sandal Boot. Made from vintage blue jeans by Israeli Etsy designer DaniKshoes, this unimaginably odd footwear is handmade, one-of-a-kind, and sports four useable pockets. On its website, DaniKShoes touts the Jean Sandal Boot as "fun that never goes unnoticed!" and is selling them for $140 a pop.

    All jokes aside, we're wondering how one could possibly style these. Maybe with a pair of matching jeans tucked in to them? (A sort of denim version of the movie "Inception"--you could have jeans within jeans!) What we really want to know is how you get them on: Fingers crossed it's a zipper fly—we can't imagine buttons would be easy to work at ankle-level (though they might make the fun never go unnoticed).

    If these boots aren't

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  • Cardi-again: How to Breathe New Life into Your Old Cardigans

    If you're anything like us, you have about a bagillion cardigans in your possession. Long, cropped, printed, solid, nubby-knit, or embellished--these sweaters are the unsung he`roes of your closet. You can wear them to work, layer them under jackets, throw one on over a sundress, and, if you're Kate Middleton, you can even wear one to your wedding (well, the reception). But just like every other article of clothing you own, sometimes you just want to switch it up. Here are four unexpected ways to wear your old knit standby that will have people in awe of your style savvy.

    Kirstin Sinclair / Getty ImagesDrape it

    This is the easiest update we can think of--you don't even need to put your arms through the tiring effort of using sleeves! Just rest the sweater on your shoulders like Fashion Blogger Tala Samman did this February in London. This is a big hit with street style stars as it gives any outfit an instant, easy dash of relaxed chic. Try with a more eye-catching cardigan--one in a bright color or print or even an

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