#FlashbackFriday: Style Icons of the Mod Movement

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Clockwise from top left: Mary Quant; Audrey Hepburn; Nancy Kwan; Edie Sedgwick; Brigitte Bardot; Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes; Jackie Kennedy; Jane Birkin; Twiggy

Sixties-inspired dressing was one of the biggest trend takeaways from the Fall ’14 shows — and rightly so, considering the wealth of iconic references, from the micro hemlines championed by Brit designer Mary Quant to the splashy color-coordination of power girl groups like The Supremes and The Ronettes. And while the modern slant on mod is certainly an homage to the era, you can go for subtlety with pieces from our Fall Trend #6: ’60s Moment sale, featuring throwback favorites revamped for right now: Think sleek knee-high boots, geometric shades, and streamlined dresses in psychedelic prints. But don’t fret if you missed your shot at the rest of our trend series: We’ve got the fix with The Fall Trend Shop, your destination for the season’s best bets, updated weekly with a brand new trend to obsess over. Take a cue from our vintage roundup of the decade’s ultimate style-setters, then get shopping for a seriously chic, this-minute look.

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Pack It Up: Erin Fetherston’s Pro Tips


Erin Fetherston’s fast-paced lifestyle relies on her first-class traveling — and packing — skills, right down to her night-out accessories. Good thing the NYC designer is sharing her expertise in a new online video series, “Charmed, I’m Sure“, a collection of quirky DIY shorts detailing everything from pulling off the perfect ponytail to packing your evening clutch like a seasoned pro. And Fetherston’s even got you covered when it comes to much larger baggage: Check out her travel tips and shop a stylish fleet of luggage in our Tumi sale, on Gilt now.

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The StyleFile Q+A: Lady Gaga’s Stylist, Brandon Maxwell

lady gaga tony bennett_final Practically any celebrity stylist can put a girl in a gown and tell her she looks fierce, but it takes a true mastermind to dress the perpetually boundary-pushing icon—not a word we use lightly around here— known as Lady Gaga. That job falls to stylist Brandon Maxwell, who works with the pop queen to create the most memorable, expressive looks in the game. They teamed up for her flashback style on the new album she recorded with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, and the results are unsurprisingly on-point. Download the album now on Gilt, then catch up with Brandon to learn about the method behind their collective (brilliant) madness.

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Behind the Scenes: Backstage at Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2015 SHOW

| Mrs. Herrera with model Ysaunny Brito |

The flashbulb-flooded scene at New York Fashion Week is de rigueur for Carolina Herrera, who showed her Spring 2015 collection last week at Lincoln Center. She debuted her namesake line more than three decades ago and was recently honored with the Museum at FIT’s Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion, but the veteran designer still jumps head first into each season, starting with a focused inspiration: “When I began designing this collection, I decided that I was was going to literally take the color code of a tulip and it would determine the colors. I took a simple bloom digitized into a spectral palette of color from vibrant pinks, iris blues, majestic purples to gray tones, and soft yellows.”

This season, Mrs. Herrera’s signature sophistication — back on Gilt today with stunning gowns, cashmere knits, and more — gets a high-tech twist. Traditional floral motifs are “pixelated in graphic prints with chiffon overlays and appliques on techno crepe and techno pique fabrics,” Mrs. Herrera explains. “I wanted a collection full of drama and the large over-scale flowers and graphic prints created just that.” The beauty look delivers an equally modern punch: The team worked with master stylist Orlando Pita to “create a futuristic take on a bow, similar to the way that I tie my belts,” Mrs. Herrera shares. M.A.C.’s Diane Kendal created a “Classic Carolina” face — defined cheekbones, a light blush on the cheeks, and a bold pop of color on the lip.

Check out more backstage snaps from the show, then shop our latest edit from Carolina Herrera now on Gilt.

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| The design team collaborated with Manolo Blahnik for the collection’s shoes |

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