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No need to wrap: Some 'gifts' headed straight home

No need to wrap: Some 'gifts' headed straight home

Getting up early on Black Friday for a little shopping? Doing your part on Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday, too? It's all in the name of gift-giving — or at least the guise of it.

December 01, 2013 1:00 pm
NYC stores trim their windows as gifts to the city

NYC stores trim their windows as gifts to the city

Forget window shopping, some of Manhattan's biggest and most storied retailers say their elaborate seasonal window displays are a gift to passers-by.

November 23, 2013 10:00 am
Swift shares catwalk with Victoria's Secret angels

Swift shares catwalk with Victoria's Secret angels

The Victoria's Secret Angels worked their magic on the catwalk Wednesday, weaving between chart-toppers Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy, and some fancy sets and stage tricks, yet somehow keeping the spotlight mostly on themselves.

November 17, 2013 9:30 am
Burch in beauty biz, using her measured approach

Burch in beauty biz, using her measured approach

NEW YORK (AP) — Tory Burch is now in the beauty business, the latest in a string of designers expanding their labels into a full face-to-toe look.

October 20, 2013 11:45 am
J. Crew adds Baby to its family

J. Crew adds Baby to its family

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Crew is courting customers for life, launching its new baby collection on Wednesday to go with its existing kids, womenswear and menswear.

September 22, 2013 10:15 am
Preview of spring styles at NY Fashion Week

Preview of spring styles at NY Fashion Week

Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn to a slew of early events.

September 09, 2013 12:00 am
Colorful Kors delves further into world of beauty

Colorful Kors delves further into world of beauty

Michael Kors can't really be called just a fashion designer anymore. He's a full-fledged lifestyle brand, and that lifestyle is about to add color cosmetics and several new fragrances.

September 01, 2013 10:00 am
This fall is time to get excited about new pants

This fall is time to get excited about new pants

Pants are always popular, especially with real women and real lives to lead, but they rarely spark a lot of excitement. What can you do with two legs and a waistband, after all?

August 17, 2013 2:38 pm Photos

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New Ts are heart of school nonuniform 'uniforms'

New Ts are heart of school nonuniform 'uniforms'

NEW YORK (AP) — The T-shirt is one of fashion's most basic items, but even with today's popular slim cuts, there's wiggle room to change up the style. That can be pretty important to the kids and teenagers who practically live in them but like to feel that they have something new when they g…

August 11, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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Can athletic gear solve a non-athletic problem?

Can athletic gear solve a non-athletic problem?

Pulling on the track jacket when the newscaster on the radio just said it was 7 a.m. and already 83 degrees felt a little weird. Maybe even crazy.

July 21, 2013 11:00 am
Teachers can use clothes to communicate with kids

Teachers can use clothes to communicate with kids

Back-to-school shopping doesn't have to be all kids' stuff. The wardrobe to complement that first opening bell can help set the tone for a teacher's year, too.

July 14, 2013 10:00 am Photos

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July 4 colors keep well in the closet

July 4 colors keep well in the closet

NEW YORK (AP) — Red, white and blue are at the heart of the Fourth of July holiday. Mix them. Embrace them. Wear them — and do it again on July 5. You can do it over and over again all year long.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am
Sunglass choices largely colored by their lenses

Sunglass choices largely colored by their lenses

Is seeing life through rose-colored sunglasses right for you? It might be if you're a fan of early-morning bike rides.

June 26, 2013 12:15 am
The devil in the details of 'Revenge Wears Prada'

The devil in the details of 'Revenge Wears Prada'

Who said fashion is all about the next new thing? Author Lauren Weisberger revisits her over-the-top characters from "The Devil Wears Prada."

June 16, 2013 12:00 am
Fashion world applauds de la Renta and Clinton

Fashion world applauds de la Renta and Clinton

NEW YORK (AP) — The big winners at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards on Monday night were Proenza Schouler for womenswear, Thom Browne for menswear and Phillip Lim for accessories, but the crowd seemed to have the most love for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

June 09, 2013 12:45 am Photos

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Vera Wang honored for her lifetime fashion passion

Vera Wang honored for her lifetime fashion passion

Vera Wang, arguably the queen of red-carpet dressing, didn't go into the fashion business with stars in her eyes.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am
Mix-and-match swimwear suits different beach vibes

Mix-and-match swimwear suits different beach vibes

For some women, it's just this way and probably always will be: The size of their swimwear tops and bottoms don't match. So, why not have some fun with it?

May 26, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Sarah Hyland shares her beach-bound thoughts

Sarah Hyland shares her beach-bound thoughts

You might not be able to take the New Yorker out of Sarah Hyland, but the actress - and now swimsuit model - is happy to be parking herself at the beach.

May 17, 2013 12:00 am
Ferragamo updates classic shoe with attitude

Ferragamo updates classic shoe with attitude

When Salvatore Ferragamo wanted to reboot its classic Vara shoe style, it turned to young tastemakers and asked them to put their spin on it.

May 05, 2013 12:00 am
Model Erin Wasson aims to make the flash last

Model Erin Wasson aims to make the flash last

Erin Wasson was doing the model workout: a mix of dancing, running and jumping. And she was doing it fully dressed - in heavy fall clothes on the first truly warm day of spring - with her hair and makeup done.

May 04, 2013 2:45 am
Espadrilles: Go-to shoe on fair-weather days

Espadrilles: Go-to shoe on fair-weather days

If you're craving a little more summer in your springtime wardrobe and you're hesitant to break out the white pants (it's OK, but that's another conversation), try espadrilles.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Prom fashion turns into red carpet moment

Prom fashion turns into red carpet moment

You might as well roll out the red carpet in front of the school gymnasium or hotel ballroom and line it with parental paparazzi: Prom season provides many girls a chance to have their moment in the spotlight.

April 20, 2013 4:05 pm Photos

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Kardashian's maternity woes prompt a style lesson

Kardashian's maternity woes prompt a style lesson

To be stylish and pregnant, you need to embrace your new shape. You have to celebrate it. But you also need to be aware of it, and not keep wearing your regular wardrobe - even if it's a size up.

April 04, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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Fading into the woodwork can be a good thing

Fading into the woodwork can be a good thing

Does your outfit blend into the woodwork? We're not talking in a boring, bland way, but in a complementary one.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am
Rainy day pre-emptive strikes and quick fixes

Rainy day pre-emptive strikes and quick fixes

It's not a question of if you'll be caught in a springtime shower; it's a question of when.

March 27, 2013 12:00 am
Camo, neon aren't college basketball fan favorites

Camo, neon aren't college basketball fan favorites

The neon-colored jerseys and camouflage-covered shorts debuted by six teams in their postseason conference championships ahead of the NCAA men's basketball tournaments weren't well received in the press or social media.

March 23, 2013 2:00 am
'Girls' costume designer advises on lingerie

'Girls' costume designer advises on lingerie

The four lead characters on HBO's "Girls" wear bras and underwear, and so do real women.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
Rachel Zoe hits shuffle on the tune of her collection

Rachel Zoe hits shuffle on the tune of her collection

Rachel Zoe went a little more tailored - and a little tougher - for the new season, shaking off some of the bohemian rock-star girlfriend that she has often given the crowd at New York Fashion Week.

February 19, 2013 12:00 am
Kenneth Cole returns to fashion week on his terms

Kenneth Cole returns to fashion week on his terms

Cole returns to New York Fashion Week on Thursday after a seven-year hiatus, seemingly putting his hand on everything before the runway lights go up: the clothes, the shoes, the handbags, the hashtags.

February 09, 2013 12:00 am
Models on 'The Face' say tough skin is a must

Models on 'The Face' say tough skin is a must

A pretty face helps, but it's a tough skin that makes a model a success. Who better to teach that than Naomi Campbell?

February 07, 2013 12:00 am
Tough guys like warm toes, too

Tough guys like warm toes, too

It's those little things that can stop you in your tracks, say outerwear insiders, so designers and manufacturers have worked to satisfy them.

January 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Chilly Golden Globes carpet gets haute in red

Chilly Golden Globes carpet gets haute in red

There were many stars in fiery hues as they chatted through chattering teeth at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

January 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Does 2013's style trend spell end of trendy?

Does 2013's style trend spell end of trendy?

The biggest trend in fashion for the new year might just be that there isn't anything especially trendy.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Stories not stones give some jewelry its value

Stories not stones give some jewelry its value

It's the story, not necessarily the stone or other bells and whistles, that gives jewelry shared between generations its high value.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Fashion designers drawn to causes near and dear

Fashion designers drawn to causes near and dear

Fashion designers sometimes get to wear their hearts on their sleeves, making their personal connection to charitable causes part of their public lives.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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2012 styles that made our heads turn

2012 styles that made our heads turn

Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on, and consumers respond to, is buzz.

December 20, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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There's detective work to do for party dress codes

There's detective work to do for party dress codes

Even if dress code is addressed, it's probably "cocktail casual" or "holiday glam," which can mean a whole lot of things to different people.

December 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Emerald green is Pantone's top color of 2013

Emerald green is Pantone's top color of 2013

Emerald is no longer green with envy. The rich, vibrant shade is Pantone LLC's Color of the Year for 2013, beating out all the other shades of the rainbow.

December 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Some gifts fall into the love-it-later category

Some gifts fall into the love-it-later category

Have you ever said "thank you" through clenched teeth? The gift in that nicely wrapped box was so not what you wanted: comfy clothes instead of designer duds, or a kitchen gadget instead of a shiny piece of jewelry.

December 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Known for photos, Vogue's Coddington pens memoir

Known for photos, Vogue's Coddington pens memoir

The last time Vogue creative director Grace Coddington was impressed by fashion, she was at a Balenciaga runway show in Paris.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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What's shaking fashion? An adult-quake

What's shaking fashion? An adult-quake

This season's clothes aren't taking their cues from club kids, college students or teenage rebels. There's something grown-up about some of the most popular looks: They're a little refined and very wearable, but they've avoided being stodgy or, worse, just plain old.

November 18, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Michelle Obama picked Kors for Election Night

Michelle Obama picked Kors for Election Night

As Michelle Obama stepped on stage with her husband in Chicago early Wednesday morning, she accepted her role not only as first lady but fashion tastemaker for four more years — this time, wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress.

November 11, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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James Bond's closet hits a lot of timeless looks

James Bond's closet hits a lot of timeless looks

If he's particular enough to like his martini shaken not stirred, James Bond probably likes his trousers trim not tight.

November 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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The steps to finding the Cinderella wedding shoe

NEW YORK (AP) — No offense to Cinderella, but she sort of had it backwards. The shoe should be at the end of the to-do list for a wedding fairy tale.

October 05, 2012 12:00 am
Fast-forward fashion: Spring catwalk shows begin

Fast-forward fashion: Spring catwalk shows begin

Fashion insiders pride themselves on being ahead of their time, and, with the start of New York Fashion Week this last Thursday, they began previewing the outfits that will land in stores and in magazines for the spring season.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am
Serena Williams stars in new NFL gear ads

Serena Williams stars in new NFL gear ads

Football fans will soon be pulling out their jerseys, but a few have gotten a jump on the season: Serena Williams, Melania Trump and Condoleezza Rice are among the NFL fans who'll be appearing in ads promoting team-themed apparel and gear in a campaign called "It's My Team."

August 09, 2012 11:00 am
Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin dishes anti-dryness beauty tips

Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin dishes anti-dryness beauty tips

Natalie Coughlin has been in the pool as long as she can remember, building the muscles and learning the discipline that would lead her to 12 Olympic medals.

August 04, 2012 10:00 am
Teens putting their own spin on personalization

Teens putting their own spin on personalization

As the thousands of Sophias and Isabellas and Jacobs and Masons born this past year will learn when they go to pick up their backpacks off the soccer field or sort their duffels in college dorms, their names aren't as unique as they are.

August 02, 2012 12:25 pm Photos

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Kate Hudson has a full fashion life, including PJs

Kate Hudson has a full fashion life, including PJs

Despite having a closet that most women would envy, Kate Hudson likes staying in her PJs for as long as she can into the day.

July 28, 2012 4:00 pm Photos

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Fox's Ed Henry goes with squares to add flair

There's not a lot of room for Ed Henry to make a style statement. The Fox News Channel chief White House correspondent pretty much has to stay in the box that is your TV screen.

July 22, 2012 12:00 am
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