Neiman Marcus Tests Discount Concept

Neiman Marcus is testing a discount retail concept for aspirational shoppers who fled the luxury chain when the financial crisis hit in 2008.

The 11,000-square-foot test store, part of the retail company’s Last Call clearance division, opened April 2 at Inwood Village, a popular outdoor shopping complex next to the wealthy University Park section of Dallas. It presents brand-name fashion and accessories, including Michael Kors, Badgley Mischka and Diane von Furstenberg, in an environment that looks like a hybrid of a boutique and an outlet. The emphasis is on contemporary apparel, handbags and shoes, and most prices fall between $45 and $300.

The sign out front reads “Last Call,” but the store will be renamed with a new brand soon, said Ginger Reeder, a Neiman’s vice president and spokeswoman.

An off-price Web site is planned for the fall — moments like this make us say thank you recession!
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Let’s Go With YSL to the Met

For the last few seasons, Yves Saint Laurent and the Metropolitan Opera have enjoyed a nice, symbiotic relationship. YSL gives the Opera a new, young audience; the Opera gives YSL another layer of cultural cache.

On Monday night, the French design house sponsored the gala premiere for the third time (they’re committed to one more).

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Vogue India Dispels Dark Skin Stigma With Beach Babes

Vogue India’s April cover featuring five darker skinned models is meant to tackle the stigma surrounding darker skin color in the country, Vogue UK reports. Gia Johnson, Nethra Raghuraman, Tinu Verghis, Ashika Pratt and Esha Gupta posed in bikinis for the “Dawn Of Dusk” spread.

The editorial reads:
“Every generation has its share of beauty myths. Perhaps it is time to bust this one. Time to say that as a magazine we love, and always have loved, the gorgeous colour of Indian skin…dark, dusky, bronze, golden–whatever you call it, we love it.”

(via Huffington Post)

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Naomi Campbell by Danil Golovkin | Vogue Russia April 2010

Will she ever retire? We hope not.. check Naomi out in the issue of Vogue Russia with an imaginative spread shot by Daniel Golovkin.

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DIY: Cartier Charity Love Bracelets

What’s not to love about Cartier’s Charity Love bracelets? In 2006, Cartier partnered with 24 high-profile and big-hearted Celebs including the likes of Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek, and more! Each satin cord signature bracelet has a dedicated Charity partner in a corresponding color, where the proceeds will benefit.

Hit up your local hardware store for small key rings and hex nuts for your version. Be sure to singe the satin cord knots with a very quick burn using a lighter- but be careful! Safety first!

(Via PS I Made This)

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Barbie and LeSportsac Collabo

LeSportsac and Barbie are collaborating to create a new co-branded bag and accessories collection for the Japanese market only. According to Tokyo Fashion, the collection consists of nine bags featuring Barbie’s silhouette, daisies, heels and handbags on a pink and black background.

Now we want people to develop their own opinions but this is just not doing it for us… what are your thoughts?

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Closing Note: Viktor & Rolf’s Multilayered Show

Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren returned to their roots as consummate showmen with a spellbinding fashion performance that had them using Kristen McMenamy as a living doll. In a reprise of their famed Russian Doll collection from 1999, Viktor and Rolf peeled dozens of layers off the model, who stood on a revolving platform in the center of the catwalk.

Each successive piece of clothing was then adjusted and fitted on another model as an individual outfit. When McMenamy had been stripped to just her flesh-colored corset, the Dutch duo reversed the process and piled on dresses, coats and jackets until she could barely stand.

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