As promised, Karlie Kloss shot a commercial for one of this season's most legitimately interesting designer collaborations, the Neiman Marcus and Target Holiday 24 Collection. The two retailers have tapped 24 CFDA designers to create a 50+ item capsule range which'll be available at both stores. Do you love cool stuff? Do you love American designers? Do you love the holidays? Most importantly: DO YOU LOVE DESIGNER COLLABORATIONS? Then this is the designer collaboration to trump all designer collaborations. I say. (Although I don't neccessarily love all of those things.) And Karlie totally agrees with me.
The supermodel does her high-ponytail thing in the commercial, which includes some chic skipping and post-Nineties Vogueing. For the most part, she's a captivating presence, but it does sometimes seem like she can't quite decide whether she's playing it straight or hamming it up. It's kind of like what Tyra Banks might act like on camera, if she had a sense of restraint.
Today is the day retailers and marketers refer to as Cyber Monday, Black Friday's little brother. Cyber Monday doesn't have everything all figured out, but the kid's got a lot of pluck. He could even one day surpass his big sister, Black Friday. I wouldn't be surprised at all.
There are so many deals on the Internet today, you don't even need to know where to look. If there's something you've been planning to buy online — or if there's something you once even thought about buying online, today is the day to do it. I don't even really think I need to tell you where to go to find discounts, because pretty much every e-tailer is offering BIG SAVINGS. Even the luxury kids.
Barneys, for example, is offering up to 40% and free shipping.
Also, this Giftlab White Horn Amplifier (which sold out the second Gwyneth Paltrow advertised it on her Goop holiday wishlist) is on sale for $1.69 right now, down from $24.99 (not kidding!) on Amazon. If you have Prime, there's even free shipping.
Want more hotttt tips? I did my Cyber Monday shopping during Black Friday ("Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" are more marketing gimmicks than distinct events), and bought practically everything (by "everything" I mean six things) Uniqlo was selling, due to some obscene discounts on cashmere which then led me down a rabbit hole of faux fur ear muffs and footless sweater leggings. Free shipping for orders over $100, and everything's already been delivered to me. It's almost disgusting how efficient and wonderful online shopping is, when you consider the human cost associated with selling clothing for a pittance and road-runnering it to people's apartments. I mean, it is disgusting. Still, I'll be damned if I'm not totally cozy and totally cute all winter long. Yeah, I'm a hypocrite.
Cyber Monday would be way better if it were followed by Reality Check Tuesday.
It’s that time of the year again when you really HAVE to buy new footwear out of necessity and not just indulgence. So, it should be some on-trend winter boots as well as a pair of hot party heels that are taking precedence on your shopping lists right now. Finding the perfect pair of winter essentials is never an easy task, but here are a couple of collaborations about to hit the high-street that should help you to narrow down your search just that little bit.
CJG at Topshop
Just in time for the festive season, Topshop’s heiress, Chloe Jade Green, has created her second shoe collection for the high-street giant, and by simply looking at the pics of her gorgeous new range, we’re guessing that it’s set to be equally as successful as her début line. This time around, she aims to mix girlish elegance with an element of rock, so the line is comprised of sky-high heels, rock chic biker boots, and dainty ballerina flats. Just like before, each pair is completed with her trademark green sole. Hit those festive parties in a pair of her studded peep toes (below left, £115), or stylishly trek through that winter snow in a pair of her biker boots (below right, £165). Shop the entire collection at CJG for Topshop.
Maison Martin Margiela for H&M
When Maison Martin Margiela recently hit H&M with his avant garde pieces, we were super excited that we could channel our inner Gaga and dress a little bit more out there… as well as add a little bit of French chic into our loud British wardrobe! Duvet coats and gloved handbags aside, the collection also features some very fashion-forward footwear. Traditional winter boots are injected with a couture twist, as heels go Perspex (below left, £199), as do the party heels (below, right £149), which would look perfect with an array of Christmas party dresses. Check out the full collection here.
Sure, you can make the jump over the border to snap up the States' famed Black Friday deals, but why make the journey when there are some fashionable bargains to be had on your doorstep? Whether you're looking for some Christmas gift ideas on Black Friday, or have your eye on a new LCD TV come Cyber Monday, there's ample excuse to buy Canadian. Here I've picked out some of my favourite deals that go live this week.
Shopping Goliath Sears is running a Black Friday weekend, starting Thursday and ending Sunday. There's plenty of 50% off sticker tags spread across boots, outerwear and women's apparel, with a few of the must-have pieces being a fuchsia Attitude by Jay Manuel coat with detachable fur collar ($99, down from $200), the Jessica/MD sequinned bolero jacket ($23.99, down from $69.99), and Jones & Co lace-top shutter pleated dress ($69.50, down from $139).
If you're looking for luxe leather, Danier is always the place to go, and with some crazy savings you'll be decked out like catwoman in no time. They have a lamb leather bomber priced at $149 (with $300 savings) and glazed leather crossbody bags for $69 (down from $129).
Garage is pocket friendly at the best of times, but from today until Black Friday, they're offering a whopping 40% off EVERYTHING and $1 shipping. Yes, that's their entire store, which includes this front tie polka dot chiffon shirt ($17.94, down from $29.90), a high-waist sequinned skirt ($17.94, down from $29.90), and an open stitch lurex sweater ($22.14, down from $36.90). Don't you think the sequinned skirt would look utterly adorable teamed with ankle booties and a cashmere sweater?
Finally, The Bay is not to be outdone by anyone since they've been holding their One Day Sales since November 14. What does that mean? Well, each day The Bay will release a price-busting sale item that is only available for 24 hours. So far they've offered Lord and Taylor leather gloves for $30 (down from $100) and a Guess down puffer jacket for $79.99 (down from $198). The only way to keep track of the day's offerings is by visiting the website every morning or liking their Facebook page. For Black Friday and Cyber Monday the store is having what they call "special super saving deals," so get snooping!
Topshop has found its latest designer gem in Aussie-born, London-based jeweller extraordinaire Jordan Askill. Amidst being nominated for a British Fashion Award, winning an Elle Style one, having Bond girls parade his fine craft down the red carpet, and creating a slew of short films and art sculptures, Askill has designed a seven-piece capsule collection of wallet-friendly trinkets for the British retail behemoth.
The collection was inspired by a trip he took to Egypt three years ago, playing up the designer’s attraction to sculptural pieces and fantastical creatures. This time it’s a majestic panther carefully scaled down to form the centerpiece of the collection, its raw chiseled head protruding from the gold and silver-plated brass. In an interview with Topshop, Askill says the team was supportive of his ideas and his style of craft, “particularly when it came to attention to detail and quality.”
That attention to detail is further evident in the kitschy-cute charms dangling from cuffs, charm bracelets, and three-dimensional pendant necklaces. Askill wanted to make the capsule not only classic but personal: “Each piece is precious like a locket with detachable pendants that you can keep with you or pass on to your friends.”
The collaboration puts Askill among the ranks of Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, and J.W. Anderson, who have all had their artistry confirmed in recent years through being plucked by the discerning hand of Topshop.
Jordan Askill x Topshop is up online now, and lands in stores at the end of the month.