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  • Ferragamo has launched its own entry into the signature bag category this week, the Fiamma named for founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s late daughter.

    Ferragamo launches signature Fiamma bagMay 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Perhaps the “It” bag’s star just burned too bright. Those must-have handbag wonders, which flew out of stores before dropping into sudden oblivion, have given way to something more enduring: signature bags. Ferragamo launched its own entry into the category this week with the Fiamma, named for founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s late daughter, who was the force behind Ferragamo’s first handbag collection in the 1970s.

  • Karolina Kurkova attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” on Monday in New York.

    Old-world glamour in black and white at Met galaMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Old-style glamour — especially in black and white — ruled the night air as stars of Hollywood and the fashion world converged on the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening for the annual Costume Institute gala, the biggest event on the New York fashion calendar. This year, the glamour quotient was raised a notch: Whereas last year’s theme was punk, this time women were focusing on flowing gowns, and men were asked to dress in white tie.

  • A woman looks over a racing program before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

    Images: Kentucky Derby fashionMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    For some the Kentucky Derby is all about the horses, for others it's all about the hats, lots and lots of hats. Even some of Hollywood's favorites got into the act.

  • Clothes shopping for plus-size teens can be frustrating in general, but shopping for a dream prom dress can be a tear-inducing, hair-pulling morass of bad design and few options — especially for girls who want a dress that hugs the body instead of tenting it.

    Prom dress shopping can be perilous for plus-size girlsApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric — dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus size women. But the New Jersey high school senior had no interest in buying a loosefitting style for her senior prom, even though it was all she could find in a size 16 or so at nearby stores. So many stores, Giorno said, “never have anything that’s a little more sexy or a little form-fitting, or anything like that for my age.” Shopping for a dream prom dress for plus-size teens can be a tear-inducing, hair-pulling morass of bad design and few options.

  • Zooey Deschanel collaborated with designer Tommy Hilfiger on the “To Tommy, From Zooey” collection. A self-described “fabric nerd” known for her bright blue eyes, long bangs and retro-inspired dresses, Deschanel spent two years collaborating with Hilfiger to create a collection of flirty frocks based on her own personal style.

    Deschanel talks fashion, Prince and ‘New Girl’Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Zooey Deschanel is almost bubbling over with excitement: Her show “New Girl” is a hit, she just released a pop song with Prince, she’s working on a movie with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, and now she’s sitting in a Tommy Hilfiger store filled with racks of dresses she helped design. It’s fitting, then, that bubbles are a theme of her new fashion collaboration with Hilfiger, To Tommy From Zooey.

  • Consumers can subscribe to companies like Birch Box to receive monthly shipments of beauty product samples.

    Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routinesApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s a beauty product fan’s dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. The trend started a few years ago with companies like Birch Box charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it’s recently taken off with dozens of options.

  • Jennifer Maples, left, and Kristen Nevdal, senior assistant DuPage County public defenders, show off the many ties available, usually for defendants going on trial.

    When it comes to trial, clothes make the defendantApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    While preparing clients for trial, one of the biggest issues facing DuPage County Public Defender Jeff York is often his client's wardrobe. “I usually will ask my client, 'If you're going to church with your grandmother, what would you wear?'” he said. That's when a special wardrobe closet at the public defender's office often comes into play.

  • Celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe promotes her second book, “Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour,” in New York.

    Relax, Rachel Zoe is not judging your outfitApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you happen to spot celebrity stylist and designer Rachel Zoe out and about, do not worry. She’s not judging you. The woman responsible for dressing the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Garner swears when she’s “off the clock” so to speak, she’s not a fashion cop.

  • Donate a formal dress, enter to win Yorktown prom prize giveawayMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Yorktown Center in Lombard is offering girls age 16 and older a chance to win an Ultimate Prom Prize Package if they donate gently used formal dresses, accessories and/or unopened makeup by Sunday, April 6. One raffle ticket will be awarded for each item donated.

  •  Iconeme Ltd., founded in November by partners Jonathan Berlin and Adrian Coe, will unveil the technologically enhanced dummies, which can transmit information about the clothes on display direct to mobile devices.

    Shop windows go digital as dummies get smarter to boost salesMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Three years after fashion retailers started outfitting mannequins with cameras to monitor shoppers, a London-based startup has devised models that can talk to customers — via their smartphones. Iconeme Ltd., founded in November by partners Jonathan Berlin and Adrian Coe, will unveil the technologically enhanced dummies, which can transmit information about the clothes on display direct to mobile devices.

  • Kourtney Kardashian started with baby girls’ designs for the Kardashian Kids Collection.

    Kourtney Kardashian talks up new kids lineMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s no secret the Kardashian family loves fashion. And now they have launched a clothing line at Babies R Us stores called Kardashian Kids. If you have a baby boy, though, you’re out of luck. The line is just for baby girls up to 24 months. “I think girls’ (clothing) was easier for me to wrap my head around,” said Kourtney Kardashian.

  • Fashion experts say spring looks often include jackets, especially this year.

    Spring fashion in Chicago means bright jacketsMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Spring fashion in the Midwest means finally shedding snow boots and down coats to embrace jackets and colorful scarves in bright colors and prints. “For Chicago, really trendy women find ways to incorporate jackets in their spring wardrobe because we have to layer here into May,” said Farissa Knox, founder of the Chicago-based website What R U Wearing?

  • Lupita Nyong’o wore Prada at the Oscars on Sunday.

    Lupita Nyong’o’s ice blue or JLaw’s bright red?Mar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    That’s a wrap, Lupita Nyong’o, but may all the best dresses keep coming your way. With a supporting actress Oscar now in her possession, a tearful Nyong’o concluded a red-carpet season Sunday night as a fashion darling for sexy silhouettes and colors that wow. She didn’t disappoint at the 86th Academy Awards, wearing a pale blue Prada goddess gown and a sparkly gold-and-diamond headband from Fred Leighton. Nor did Jennifer Lawrence in a $2 million, 100-carat diamond necklace from Neil Lane to accent her girl-on-fire orange-red strapless dress from Dior.

  • Rosary High School senior Monica Powers, left, and sophomore Shea Vero model dresses during the 4th annual Rosary National Honor Society dress sale and fashion show Sunday in Aurora. The event raises money for scholarships given to incoming freshmen.

    Rosary students get dressed up for charityFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students at Rosary High School in Aurora held their 4th annual dress sale and fashion show Sunday afternoon to raise money for scholarships given to incoming freshmen. The sale, sponsored by Rosary’s National Honor Society, featured students modeling gently used dresses in a runway-style fashion show.

  • Twin sisters Courtney, center in blue headband, and Ashley Quigley traveled to Guatemala last year to help build a home for a needy family. The 17-year-old Barrington High School seniors are the organizers of a fashion show in Barrington that benefits families and children in Guatemala.

    Barrington teens help kids in GuatemalaFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    From inspiring fellow students to engage in service, to giving new homes to poor families in Guatemala, two Barrington sisters have been spreading a lot of good around the world lately. Twins Courtney and Ashley Quigley, 17-year-old seniors at Barrington High School, are the organizers of “Hope's in Style,” a student-led fashion show that raises money to help build homes for poor families in Guatemala.

  • U.S actress Hayley Hasselhoff wears a design created by Plus Size Fashion during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 at Vinopolis in central London Friday.

    The Hoff’s daughter: Respect for plus-sized modelsFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fashion weeks are not the friendliest events for larger women — or anyone else not tall, slim and perfectly put together. But Hayley Hasselhoff says there’s no reason why plus-sized models shouldn’t get the same recognition as stick-thin ones. The 21-year-old model and daughter of Baywatch star David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff was making her debut catwalk appearance Friday at London’s Plus Size Fashion Weekend.

  • The Marchesa Fall 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    Red-carpet looks inspired by Scotland at MarchesaFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, of the designing duo behind Marchesa, a label extremely popular on the red carpet, presented a whimsical collection based on the theme of the Scottish Highlands. Not that there were bagpipes, or anything that looked like your typical kilt.

  • The Derek Lam Fall 2014 collection is modeled during New York Fashion Week Sunday.

    Derek Lam goes to his cozy place at Fashion WeekFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    From roomy cashmere in pale lavender to nubby boucle in a pleasing blue, there was barely an outfit on Lam’s runway Sunday that you wouldn’t want to curl up in.News: But not all. Open slits on several dresses were held together by gold beads in colors that included navy and marine blue. They were perhaps too risky for the average girly girl, though she remains the one he loves.

  •  Lindsey Vonn wears Cynthia Rowley as she participates in the Go Red For Women-The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show during Fashion Week in New York.

    Lindsey Vonn struts the runway — with crutches Feb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    They weren’t ski poles. They were crutches. But when Lindsey Vonn raised them in the air triumphantly Thursday evening, she got the same kind of cheers she might have gotten at the bottom of a mountain, after a victorious ski run. Even if this wasn’t a ski run but a runway. Vonn, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist who had to forgo the Sochi Games due to a bad knee injury, was clearly making the most of her time off the slopes as she joined some 20 other women at the Red Dress Collection, an annual event that has become the traditional kickoff to New York Fashion Week.

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