• Celebrity-Approved Ways to Style Your Little Black Dress

    For an instant mood-booster, slip into something a little more glam

    While you’re likely très familiar with the little black dress (LBD), it probably doesn’t feel like that these days. Like most of the world, you’ve probably traded in your statement dresses and Insta-worthy lewks for sweatsuits and PJs. Look: It is what it is. BUT, fear not for your once-adventurous self—because there are still tons of ways to inject some fun into your everyday ’fits. Here are some celeb-inspired at-home lewks that you can recreate for remote date nights, Zoom birthday parties or random weeknight photoshoots. Go ahead and dust off your fave LBD, or use this as an opportunity to find a new one….

    The most valuable layer

    If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last year, it’s that the right layers can make any ’fit look brand-new. (Hands up if you were also a chronic outfit-repeater on Zoom this past year!) Singer Jhene Aiko proves our point with the above look, pairing a leopard print blouse with this *red-hot* babydoll dress. Spice up a sleeveless LBD by layering with a top or blouse of your choice…for style AND warmth.

    This coat is the GOAT

    Another one that’s perfect for colder temps (and cuddle season), teddy coats truly are the greatest fashion invention of all time, and Ashley Graham has reminded us that. Paired here with a black bandage mini dress, you can practically feel how comfy she must be in it! Whether you’re travelling to distance-visit with someone in your bubble, or wanna be extra cozy from the couch, this look is the one. Swap Ashley’s kitten heels out for fluffy boot slippers and you’ve got yourself a winner.

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    Accessorize, baby!

    There’s nothing like a bold, bright headband with a simple black dress. Exhibit A: Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan looking as glowy as ever. Boxy shift dresses are particularly perfect for wearing at home because they’re obvs comfy AF and can easily be dressed up or down. This winter, make like Lady Featherington and glam up your coolest black dresses with some statement hair accessories and a shimmery makeup look.

    The knit is it

    Don’t start ditching your fave knits for your LBDs, now! While you might want to dress up to feel good in a form-fitting LBD this winter, comfort will almost always end up being the motive. Especially when you’re at home. Listen, ain’t no shame in throwing a cute knit cardi over your ’fit like Dua Lipa does above! It even looks chic with the right styling. Pro-tip: Keep a cute knit within arms’ reach at all times no matter what you’re wearing.

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    All about the boots

    Talk about upping the heat with a shirt-dress and boots combo! Kourtney Kardashian is definitely serving a case of business on the top (for work calls) and party on the bottom (for after-work Zoom drinks, ofc) with this fiery ensemble. And the best part about this one? It’s super easy to recreate. Just pair a shift or shirt dress with tall boots of your choice. Or better yet, go for thigh-high socks ’cause these days we’re all about equal parts gorge and comfy.

  • Why Hill House Home’s Nap Dress Was So Popular in 2020 – WWD

    Hill House Home’s Nap Dress has been a hit since it made its debut in 2019, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, the cult-favorite piece has been experiencing explosive growth.

    At a time when many brands were experiencing sales declines and fewer customer purchases, the five-year-old Hill House Home was seeing the opposite. The brand experienced major year-over-year revenue growth in 2020 with an overall increase of 275 percent, which was mostly due to Nap Dress sales. The Nap Dress category on its own saw a year-over-year increase of 1,120 percent.

    “The point of the Nap Dress has always been to have a garment that is comfortable and makes you feel really put together,” said Hill House Home founder and chief executive officer Nell Diamond during a Zoom call. “It can also carry you from making your toddler breakfast to your Zoom meeting with your boss to theoretically going out to dinner with your friends.”

    Despite its timeliness, the Nap Dress was not a response to the pandemic and its subsequent fashion trends. The brand launched the dress in 2019 and trademarked the name in January 2020. Hill House Home, which also offers home products such as bedding, bath, sleepwear and kids’ apparel, has been dropping new iterations of the Nap Dress regularly in small collections since its inception that have sold out within minutes. Diamond says that out of the Nap Dress’ six styles, its Ellie Nap Dress — a maxidress with ruffled sleeves — is the brand’s most popular.

    The Nap Dress’ popularity was fueled in part by quarantine fashion trends, as loungewear became the preferred style for many as they worked from home. The loungewear trend evolved into an inclination for fashionable pajamas, which fits with the brand’s Nap Dress name. The style has also gotten a boost of interest thanks to the recent Netflix hit show, “Bridgerton,” whose characters often wore house dresses while they lounged at home.

    Diamond was inspired to create the Nap Dress based on her own style. A self-proclaimed “dress girl,” Diamond wanted a garment that was versatile enough for her life as a business owner and a mother and a dress that combined comfort, style and value. Despite the garment’s name, Diamond explained the Nap Dress isn’t specifically intended for sleep, but is meant as a comfortable option to take the wearer through their day.

    Hill House Nap Dress: How the Nap Dress Became the Most Popular Fashion of 2020

    Hill House Home’s Ellie Nap Dress. 
    Courtesy of Hill House Home and @DiamondAlicia

    “For me and for the business as a whole, this garment can literally be the thing you wear when you’re having your coffee every single morning, but also something that feels celebratory enough that you can wear it when you get the [COVID-19] vaccine,” she said. “That’s everything that we want to create because I think those moments are both of the fabric of life and we really want to be there for women along those milestones and in the everyday.”

    Hill House Home’s most recent Nap Dress launch was its holiday collection, which offered its popular styles like its Ellie, Athena, Caroline and Katherine Nap Dresses in tartan and gold brocade prints. Diamond said the launch “sold out further than our most aggressive projections in minutes.”

    The brand is unveiling its latest Nap Dress launch, the English Garden collection, on Wednesday, which introduces new Nap Dress styles as well as new prints. The collection unveils the Nima Wrap Dress, a mini wrap dress in a mint-colored silk and a trellis pattern, the Tati Silk Teddy dress, which comes in two trellis-patterned colors, and the Sabrina Dress, a knee-length, short-sleeved dress.

    The collection also introduces new fabrics and colors, including the brand’s first black Nap Dress, a green trellis-patterned print, a light blue color and a gold jacquard fabric in the brand’s Ellie, Athena, Nesli and Caroline Nap Dresses. The collection ranges in price from $100 to $225.

    While the Hill House Home’s Nap Dresses experienced tremendous growth, the brand’s bath and bedding products also saw an increase in sales, which Diamond credits to customers wanting to invest more in their homes during the pandemic. The brand is planning on translating its success with the Nap Dress over to its bedding collection by offering bed sheets in the same prints as the Nap Dress later this year. The brand is also working on a bridal collection for April and kid’s Nap Dresses for May. New Nap Dress styles and fabrics are expected to debut in June.

    Going forward in 2021, Diamond plans to expand the brand, and its Nap Dress category, in a sustainable way.

    “One of the core tenants of our business has been to not be creating waste,” she said. “We really don’t want to create this glut of products that go out of style in a couple of months and are really trend-driven or seasonally dependent. We really love our hero products and we want them to last. It’s important to us to have that thesis, but at the same time we don’t want people to feel like they weren’t able to get something they wanted.”

    Hill House Nap Dress: How the Nap Dress Became the Most Popular Fashion of 2020

    Hill House Home’s Athena Nap Dress. 
    Courtesy of Hill House Home and @Amaka.Hamelijnck

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  • Lana Del Rey shares images teasing new song ‘White Dress’

    Lana Del Rey has shared two new images on her Instagram page, teasing a new song called ‘White Dress’.

    The track will be the first song on the musician’s forthcoming new album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, which is due to be released next month.

    Del Rey first shared a photo of a woman rollerskating in a white dress with the words “It made me feel… made me feel like a God” written in pink beneath.

    The second image featured the same woman with white angel wings on the landscape behind her. That picture had the song’s title, ‘White Dress’, written in pink underneath. See both images below now.

     

    ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ has been delayed several times from its intended release date of September 2020, but will finally arrive on March 19.

    The tracklist for the record is as follows:

    ‘White Dress’
    ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’
    ‘Tulsa Jesus Freak’
    ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’
    ‘Wild At Heart’
    ‘Dark But Just A Game’
    ‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’
    ‘Yosemite’
    ‘Breaking Up Slowly’
    ‘Dance Till We Die’
    ‘For Free’

    So far, Del Rey has shared two songs from the record – ‘Let Me Love You Like A Woman’ and the title track. The latter was released in January and features the star singing: “I don’t care what they think/ Drag racing my little sports car/ I’m not unhinged or unhappy/ I’m just well.

    Around the track’s release, the musician discussed the state of America in an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. Del Rey called the then-outgoing President Donald Trump “a reflection of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism”.

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Tuxedo, Jill Biden Dress Send Message – WWD

    Vice President Kamala Harris put the spotlight on L.A.-based Sergio Hudson Wednesday night, wearing a tuxedo look by the Black designer for the inaugural celebration in Washington D.C..

    Harris wore the black pile sequin cocktail dress with a floor length tuxedo overcoat of cashmere wool lined with silk satin, while speaking during the event, which featured performances by Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen and more. 

    Reached by phone in Atlanta, en route from Washington back to L.A., Hudson was emotional: “As a father of daughters, African-American daughters, it means more to me than any project I’ve ever done,” said the designer, who dressed Michelle Obama in a dramatic purple suit and duster coat earlier in the day. “To be a part of something this historic, it’s changing the landscape of how my daughters will see themselves in the future. Being a part of it, I’m so honored.”

    First Lady Jill Biden, rocking out to the concert music in the White House with President Joe Biden and their family,  also went with a symbolic fashion choice: a cream lace embroidered cocktail dress by Gabriela Hearst, known for her sustainable production practices, with embroidery reflecting the federal flowers from every state and territory in the U.S..

    Hudson said he had been working with Harris team throughout the campaign, and that he initially designed a to-the-floor gown for an inaugural ball. When plans for the ball were scrapped, he regrouped and created a shorter dress in just two weeks. The coat, he made in the last two days.

    “When I was dealing with her team, they treated me just like Ralph Lauren or any other designer. I felt respected in that way,” he said.

    Hudson, who has dressed Jennifer Lopez, Amy Poehler and other stars in the past, said he hopes dressing Harris will be a boost to his business, and that he wished stores were not shut due to the pandemic, and that he could do trunk shows in the following weeks.

    “I want to normalize African American designers being American sportswear designers. We don’t just do urban wear, or crazy couture looking clothes. We are your Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. That’s the lane I want to be in, that has not been carved out, but as we saw today, for a person of color, the door can open wide for everyone. Today, it was the signal to the world I can go toe to toe with any designer.”

    First Lady Jill Biden, rocking out to the concert music in the White House with President Joe Biden and their family, wore a cream lace cocktail dress.

     

  • Thom Browne Wants to Dress Joe Biden, Jill Biden and Kamala Harris – WWD

    “Everyone should celebrate the inauguration,” said Thom Browne. “Dressing Michelle Obama was one of the most important things I have ever done,” he added of the tie-silk coat and dress ensemble he made for her to wear to the 2013 presidential inauguration, which put his women’s  business on the map.

    This time, not only would he love to dress incoming First Lady Jill Biden, but Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and President-elect Joe Biden, too — and he’s gotten interest from the incoming administration. His take? “They should dress appropriately, timeless and classic, it shouldn’t be a fashion thing.”

    About that fashion thing, though — it should come as no surprise that Browne was a Cub Scout. “I was seduced by the uniforms,” the designer said during a Zoom review of his pre-fall women’s collection. “But I only lasted a day. It wasn’t for me.”

    Even though he hung up his neckerchief, the trappings of scouting, hunting and hiking continued to fascinate him, as they have the broader fashion audience seeking refuge in the socially distanced great outdoors during COVID-19.

    So for his women’s pre-fall collection, Browne took his gender-fluid tailoring through field-and-stream, with Norfolk coats and jackets (beautifully snug, belted and box-pleated, named after the Duke of Norfolk), hunting tartans, whimsical salmon-and-bear toile de jouy patterns, and new-classic duck boot-brogue shoes and boots — with rubber treads shaped like cable knit from the designer who lives for the details.

    In a world stuck in sweatpants, Browne is and always will be a suit man. But this season’s lean coats and jackets, tidy pleated skirts and long, low-slung trouser skirts did have a utilitarian spirit, in sturdy mixed plaids and repp stripes, some worn with down-filled shearling jackets and puffer blazers.

    The corset was a versatile addition to the wardrobe. (He also designed them for men.) “Think of it like a vest,” Browne said of the striped silk fabric cinchers, boned and laced up the back, worn over white shirting and under jackets. A dramatic trenchcoat with a pleated striped silk back was also notable, adding a sense of movement to the designer’s strict aesthetic.

    Despite the pandemic reality, he didn’t ditch black tie, or that bit of extra in the form of 3D silk string scouting knots on tweed, and falling daffodil petal embroideries on gray flannel. “Everybody is speaking about dressing down, but I love pushing the idea of dressing up — not occasion dressing, but for everyday,” said Browne.

    Well, maybe for one occasion, on Jan. 20.