Introducing: Karolina Zmarlak, The Latest New York Designer You Need To Know About

Karolina Zmarlak Headshot2Karolina Zmarlak is an up-and-coming designer that’s super obsessed with perfect fit and versatility, creating clothes that truly cater to the modern woman. Karolina is the first-ever recipient of the prestigious New York City Fashion Production Fund—an award from the NYCEDC that helps emerging designers bolster their business and produce in NYC’s garment district. Though she’s relatively new, her line utilizes luxury fabrics and a level of craftsmanship that’s caught the eye of high-level costumer designers, including the team who dresses Julianna Margulies in “The Good Wife.” Beyond outfitting Hollywood, her collection—debuting on Gilt at noon—is focused on stylish, hard-working women who require personalization in their clothing to fit every facet of the day. We caught up with her to learn more about why her label goes the style mile in both aesthetics and performance.

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Q+A: Alexis Bittar On The Beauty Of Lucite And His Brand Of Maximalism

ALEXIS_PORTRAITBrooklyn tastemaker and jewelry designer Alexis Bittar has come a long way since selling his handmade designs on the streets of New York City’s Soho in the ’90s. Today, he’s got more than 200 employees and a seemingly endless supply of imagination, creating a new era of refinement showcased in his coveted Lucite, Elements, and Miss Havisham collections — back on Gilt today at noon ET. Read about his inspirations (antiques! punk rock!), and then shop the most lust-worthy Alexis Bittar pieces for spring.

StyleFile: When you sit down to create a new collection or collaboration, how do you begin? Are you an artist with a method to his creative madness, or is it a different experience every time?

Alexis Bittar: I look at historical references. I love antiques. I try not to look at other jewelry, but I do look at the runways and feel where I want things to go and what was missed. I try to harness that energy and embody it in jewelry.

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Need An Escape? OPI’s Island-Style Manis Are Just The Thing

Attention, those in need of a spring vacation (a. k. a. all of us): We’re in a tropical state of mind thanks to OPI and their new Hawaii collection. We teamed up with them to give you the beach break you need both virtually and in real life. Vote for your favorite mani in our Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the Polynesian paradise. The rest of us can channel the Aloha spirit thanks to OPI’s Little Hulas mini pack of four nail lacquers, complementary with a purchase of $75 or more in the Hawaiian Getaway Sale; plus, four cool manis to try with your new polishes. We tapped Valley Nails—NYC’s premier nail art salon—to create these exclusive island-style manis with the OPI Hawaii collection. Get the rundown below for the step-by-step how-to, and jumpstart your journey to umbrella drinks in bikinis.

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“Empire” Exclusive: Naomi Campbell Dishes on Playing Camilla Marks

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Forget getting dolled up for a Saturday on the town: The moment we most look forward to all week is officially Wednesday night on the couch, when FOX’s sizzling hit Empire unfolds in all its stylish, addictive glory. The season finale airs tonight at 8pm ET/PT, and to celebrate, we’re selling a killer Marc Bouwer dress worn by guest star Naomi Campbell, straight from the set—with the proceeds benefitting her charity, Fashion for Relief.

“Camilla works in the fashion industry, so her wardrobe and her look are very important,” Naomi tells us. “The looks that the stylists pull definitely help me get into character and get in touch with Camilla. She has a really fun wardrobe!” They have that in common—but that may be about it. “Camilla’s just so opposite of me,” Naomi says, “so I think we all tend to like things that are opposite of us, and things we can get to play out and say, ‘Oh, it’s just acting!'”

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