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Dressing for Fame: Petra Flannery on Styling Hollywood’s Elite

If celebrity status is conferred in red-carpet appearances, then no actress today can compete without the help of just the right stylist. As Kerry Washington once told Glamour after she noticeably upped the sartorial ante, “There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet.” A carefully crafted collaboration between stylist and client, the perfect look can create an indelible impact on agents, casting directors, and those of us watching from the sidelines.

The Outnet Toasts Five Years With An Anniversary Collection Of Exclusives

To celebrate the half-decade mark, e-comm haven The Outnet is rolling out an 17-piece collection of exclusives by a topnotch spate of designers. The accessories and apparel items are primarily reissues of classics, retooled in some cases for the occasion. As for the bevy of labels getting in on the birthday action? The likes of Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, Balmain, Vionnet, Issa, and Equipment. The slew of signature items will get its very own cover gal: Chanel Iman will front the fifth anniversary collection's global ad campaign.

Genetic Denim Gets A Boost From Major Investors, Jimmy Iovine and Peter Morton

Genetic Denim is on track to transform from a jeans label into a lifestyle brand, thanks to a successful second round of funding via two big-name investors. Peter Morton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Café and Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and co-founder of Beats Electronics, are the newest financiers for the L.A.-based label, which was founded by Ali Fatourechi. The financial influx will aid the small denim label, which currently bankrolls 30 employees and has annual sales around $50 million.

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Mary Katrantzou For Adidas [Vogue UK] The designer is bringing her wild prints to the sneaker label for a long-term partnership...Vanessa Friedman Is Moving Into Some Big Shoes At The New York Times [Adweek] But with her solid plans to expand global coverage, the new fashion director and chief fashion critic seems prepared for the gig...How I Got Here: Janie Bryant, Mad Men Costume Designer [Telegraph UK] As the show wraps up, Bryant reminisces on dressing the likes of Don Draper and Joan Harris...

Our Favorite Dresses From Spring ’15 Bridal Week

Something old, something new, something Bali, something blue. That was our takeaway from the Spring ’15 bridal collections presented in New York over the last few days. Despite the influx of new labels and big retailers (such as J.Crew and Anthropologie) entering the market in recent years, most women still want a traditional look for their big day, and so there was no shortage of white lace, tulle, beading, and couture-like embellishment on the runways. What has changed is the broader scope of nuptial ceremonies that designers are addressing.

Banana Republic Hires Marissa Webb

Earlier today, Gap Inc. announced the newest addition to its executive team at Banana Republic: New York-based designer Marissa Webb. In her role as creative director and executive vice president of design, Webb—who spent more than a decade at J.Crew before launching her eponymous label—will guide Banana Republic’s overall creative direction, as well as lead global product design for the men’s, women’s, and accessories departments. She will report to Jack Calhoun, the global president.

Now Shopping: The Clothes on Your Body

Calling Big Brother…Yesterday, DKNY hosted a fashion-centric Easter egg hunt at its Madison Avenue flagship. The event apparently served to test Awear Solutions’ new clothing chips, which, via an app, aim to make garments one sees on the street instantly shoppable. That’s exactly what I want: random people walking up to me on the sidewalk and scanning me with their iPhones. Great. I miss the days of catcalls and the occasional “Where’d ya get those shoes?” R.I.P.
—Katharine K. Zarrella

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