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New Year’s Eve dressing: 28 metallic shopping picks to help you shine past midnight


New Years Eve 2013 Dressing

Photography: Runway by Peter Stigter; items by Carlo Mendoza (styling by Rei Briedis for

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There’s no time like the holiday season to bring on the bling in shiny metallics. On the runway, Marc Jacobs did it best in a gown (pictured above) laden with silver sequins. And for those other precious metals, we’re looking to Dolce & Gabbana, where tone-on-tone texture and all over patterns add a new dimension to the gold standard.
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The glamorous life: L’Wren Scott shares holiday entertaining tips


Lwren Scott Holiday Entertaining Tips

L’Wren Scott photographed by Bryan Adams

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Glamour is a favourite subject of designer L’Wren Scott, and when she calls me from her London offices to discuss Christmas and collaborations, talk soon turns to sequins and sparkle—namely those within her holiday capsule collection for Banana Republic, in stores and online now. Inspired by “glamorous entertaining and holiday at home,” the collection has glitz aplenty (sequined sweaters, brocade shift dresses, juicy jewel tones), but one perfect outfit does not a holiday hostess make.

’Tis the season for festive merry-making, and, given Scott’s affinity for all things gilded (not to mention rock star Mick Jagger is her long-time boyfriend), we couldn’t think of anyone whose holiday entertaining style we’d want to steal more. From vintage ornaments and Christmas-y scents to gorgeous gifts and what to wear, we ask Scott to share some of her favourite things of the season, because during the holidays, all that glitters is definitely gold.
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L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic: Peep the full collection in all its glamorous glory


L'Wren Scott Banana Republic Lookbook

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Your holiday wish list is about to get its heavy dose of glam by way of the newly released L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic collection look book. Two weeks shy of its December 5 launch date, here we present the 72 look collection in its entirety.

The designer’s first-ever collaboration brings a palette of lipstick reds, deep violets, emerald green and holiday-appropriate metallics. Quirky lip prints appear on everything from skirts and jackets to jeans, while sequins incrust cardigans and clutches. After dancing the night away in Scott’s party-ready cocktail dresses, relax in a pajama set, socks and blanket as you settle in and think of what to wear to the next get-together.

The wallet friendly collection, which ranges from $20 to $240, will be ready for purchase at select Banana Republic stores and online in just over two weeks. For now, here’s a peek at some L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic looks to get you into the holiday spirit. Read more »

Christmas Gift Ideas For Women: 48 picks under $250 for the fashion minded females on your list


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The holiday season is here and the ladies in your life deserve a little spoiling. Whether you’re shopping for mom, a best pal or your partner in crime, we’ve pre-empted the pre-holiday panic with 45 carefully selected Christmas gift ideas for women under $250. This gift guide is not only versatile but also completely shoppable with just a few clicks!

For the vixen in training, The Lady Eve is a comedic Old Hollywood lesson in badassery courtesy of Barbara Stanwyck. And what’s a vixen without the perfect pout: Tarte’s LipSurgence collector set is sure to fit the bill for even the biggest lipstick queen. For the girl who loves a little sparkle, we’ve found a glittering gem-packed set of J.Crew earrings and a Eugenia Kim floral headband perfect for special events season. Is she fashion obsessed? Have no fear, this season’s trends are perfectly wrapped up with a bright red all Seeing Eye Kenzo wallet, an Aztec print MinkPink jacket and pink bow-tied Ted Baker gloves. What’s more, Fabien Baron’s Kate Moss photo book is the ideal for holiday ogling.
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L’Wren Scott and Banana Republic are collaborating on a very glam holiday collection


LWren Scott Banana Republic

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“There’s a first time for everything,” as the saying goes. The same applies to high-low design collaborations, the newcomer here being the ever-glamorous L’Wren Scott. She’s taking her first foray into the world of fashion collaborations with a newly announced limited-edition holiday collection for Banana Republic.

A favourite of Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie, Scott is known for her love of all things glittering and gold (a recent collection featured 23-karat gold detailing), making her the perfect candidate for the glammed up, holiday fête-worthy line. The designer, whose brand embodies a much more red carpet-ready style (she is, after all, Mick Jagger’s girlfriend) than Banana Republic’s previous designer partner, Milly, commented on the announcement saying: “A partnership of this scale was a first for me, and I was very excited to find a true partner in Simon [Kneen, Banana Republic creative director and executive vice president of design].” Read more »

What’s in your bag, Milly designer Michelle Smith?


Photography by Michelle Nunes

Photography by Michelle Nunes

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In celebration of Milly‘s exclusive collection for Banana Republic, we got to rendezvous with designer Michelle Smith when she hit Toronto last week. Only hours from just getting off the plane from her Memorial Day long weekend vacation, Smith was all smiles while greeting media and diehard fans that eagerly anticipated her visit. With no time to clean out her bag from her holiday travels, we got an honest and filter free look into what the designer carries with her from day to day. From Smith’s daily cravings (granola bars) to her Instagram obsession (follow her @MillybyMichelle) to her love for science, we got see a whole new side of this designer mom’s life through the items in her bag.
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Summer Accessories: 50 must-have picks including flamingo heels, popcorn bags and more!


Summer Accessories

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With the sun finally showing its face big time, we are more than ready to break out our summer wardrobes. Cue a season of jean shorts, little white dresses and crop tops. And while we’re sure you’ve been stocking your closet with these wonderous items, we want to make sure you’re covered in the accessory department as well.

From sunset printed heels to a popcorn-inspired purse, we’ve rounded up 50 ultimate summer accessories, both inspired-by and ideal for this season and the many activity potentials it brings with it. Beach bags! Straw hats! Jelly flats! They’re all here, folks. So what are you waiting for? Get clicking!

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Fashion by Age: 59 ways to wear florals in your twenties, thirties and beyond


Fashion By Age

Or see fashion by age: IN YOUR 20s | IN YOUR 30s| IN YOUR 40s | IN YOUR 50s | IN YOUR 60s | IN YOUR 70s

How important is it to dress age appropriately? This is a question that, when asked, will generate a variety of different answers. Fashion by age is hardly a new phenomenon, but the contrast between what is or is not appropriate for certain ages has changed overtime. There may be some styles that are thought to be more suited to one age over another, but as we all know by now, fashion is never that black and white.

Keeping that in mind, check out our selection of the best spring pieces that work for a variety of different ages. From bright printed pants to classic blazers, these beautiful bouquet pieces can work for any age.
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