For every fashion enthusiast, keeping abreast of the industry tastemakers and influences both past and present is key for your fashion IQ – and to decorate your apartment. We’re talking fashion coffee table books and their duality as beautiful objets d’art (and conversation starters!) to adorn your shelves and as lessons in fashion from the greats. Here you have our hand-picked top 10 list, ranging from the beginner’s guide to fashion, Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels, to the new print magazine, Rookie Yearbook One, by the youngest member accepted into the fashion industry, Tavi. And, let’s not forget the color bible, Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color, which breaks down every color by name.
Though these didn’t make the cut, Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent and Opening Ceremony’s self-titled 10-year anniversary book, Opening Ceremony, are both new, notable and deserve a spot on your coffee table.
1. FASHION: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels
2. Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
3. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
4. Christian Louboutin
5. Yves Saint Laurent
6. Rookie Yearbook One
7. What On Earth Are You Wearing: An Encyclopedia of Fashion
8. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
9. Annie Leibovitz at Work
10. In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine
Leave it to the Brits to inspire regal top coats. Originating as a military garment, the top coat has made its way from uniform to modern fashion statement. This fall, Rebecca Minkoff introduces the Jamison Jacket – a nod to the traditional top coat style updated with black faux fur sleeves for both extra warmth and panache.
We like to say that Rebecca’s fall outerwear does “double duty,” keeping the perfect balance of fashion and function. Find your favorite RM fall coat here.
Fashion Squad (rocking an RM clutch) appears to be looking for something...think she's playing Seek & Shine?
We’ve all played our fair share of hide-and-seek in our childhood backyards, homes and parks. Now that we’re all grown up and doing our thing in The Big City, not to mention the majority of our apartments are a perfect square with zero nooks & crannies for any games other than Monopoly, we’re resorting to a scavenger hunt around New York City.
Oh, and P.S. – We’re giving away pieces from Rebecca’s new jewelry collection to three lucky winners. (Do we have your attention yet? Thought so!)
This game is called “Seek & Shine” and here’s how to play: Starting tomorrow morning, October 17th, follow Rebecca Minkoff’s clues on Twitter (that’s @RebeccaMinkoff) around NYC for your chance to win an exclusive piece of jewelry at one of our favorite spots. (Hint: These RM haunts are just as glamorous as the jewelry itself – that’s right, get those wheels turning…)
May the quickest RM fan win!
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Musing on our month-long celebration of jewelry – and all things glamorous and metallic, for that matter – it’s no surprise that gold is making a big appearance in our jewelry-inspired board on Pinterest: Layer It On. From armor-esque runway looks to metallic makeup to golden gowns, we’ve got the golden touch – and it’s just in time for planning your holiday party attire, might we add. Check it out and get inspired!
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According to Jay Gatbsy, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Well said, Mr. Gatsby. When October rolls around in NYC, our boots are ready to be dusted off, paraded through freshly fallen leaves and escorted stage-front at the CMJ Music Marathon. As hundreds of artists invade Manhattan and Brooklyn for five days and nights of plugged in, amped up tunage, we are a little giddy at the prospect of new music. Our favorite bands are all in town and it’s time to populate a playlist for pumpkin-carving sessions.
While ears get some much-needed auditory rejuvenation, there will be plenty to feast eyes on as well. Leave it to the musical ladies of CMJ to hit the stage in style. Whether you dig Kimbra’s outlandish prints and prismatic colors, Alex Winston’s bold simplicity, or the head-to-toe black of the Dum Dum Girls, these mic-wielding mavens are sure to inspire. (Be warned: Taking notes from them may cause grand illusions of rock stardom.)
For trekking from Terminal 5 to Mercury Lounge and elbowing your way to the front row, the Rebecca Minkoff Wes Moto Jacket is the perfect concert look with just the right amount of sheen to reflect stage lights, strobes and potential disco balls (depending on where you find yourself at 4 a.m.). Opt for a cross-body bag like our Mini 5 Zip to leave one hand free for Instagramming and the other for your beverage or impromptu air-drumming.
The music doesn’t stop from October 16th – 20th, so here’s a playlist to get you ready for the week ahead with songs from the Walkmen, Skaters, Capital Cities and more of our festival favorites.
It’s truly a marathon, so preparation is key – get your lineup priorities straight and make your schedule beforehand here.