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Revolutionary Ideas for Independence Day Style

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Between Poldark, Outlander, Turn: Washington’s Spies, Sons of Liberty and the BBC miniseries Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the colonial period is everywhere these days. And while we love the romance and epic storylines told through the eyes of soldiers, servants and time travelers, we’re becoming more than a little obsessed with the period clothing that keeps gracing our screens. Hooped petticoats, stays, waistcoats and three-cornered hats—what’s not to love about the clothing of the late 1700s? With the Fourth of July only days away, it seems appropriate to honor that Revolutionary War style we can’t get enough of. So here are three modern outfits inspired by traditional Colonial clothes: Colonial Cute: Revolutionary Style 2 by rachelcarterya featuring Dolce&Gabbana Gingham…

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Turning heads at the Met gala’s China: Through the Looking Glass

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When it comes to the ultimate in fashion, the Hollywood award shows take a back seat to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition opening night gala–there’s a good reason it’s called the “Oscars of Fashion.” The brainchild of Anna Wintour, this year’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. The world’s fashionistas turned out in jewel-drenched splendor to show off the latest couture. Some followed the theme, some went couture crazy and some played it safe. But we’ll leave the modest frocks to others. Here are the outfits that really turned our heads. Recommended reading: Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People by Hamish Bowles & Chloe Malle (Abrams; 2014) The museum’s Costume…

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Edward Gorey meets Tim Burton for Miss Peregrine style

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There are lots of things to love about Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s series. The first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is not only a New York Times bestseller, but it introduced us to a new kind of young adult novel: a story that is interwoven with real (and very creepy!) vintage photographs. The sequel, Hollow City, was published on February 24, and the film—directed by Tim Burton—should be out next year. Miss Peregrine’s tells the story of Jacob, who travels to an island in Wales where he finds the old and abandoned Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But it quickly becomes clear that the home might have housed children who were quarantined for a very good reason—and that…

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4 Royal looks that would make Cinderella jealous

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Aside from Little Red Riding Hood or Puss in Boots, Cinderella is the only fairytale that’s really all about the clothes. Think about it: this story would not exist without a well-placed shoe. Not to mention the fairy godmother’s gift of a gown. Or even the dress the mice and birds assembled in the Disney cartoon. More than any other iconic fairytale heroine, Cinderella relies on a good outfit. Which is why we’re so inspired by the new Cinderella movie hitting theaters on Friday. It’s a live action version of Disney’s famous adaptation of the Grimm fairytale, and it promises to deliver all the magic and sparkles we’ve come to expect. Now what to wear to the premiere? If, like…

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Breaking the code of Bletchley Park fashion

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The Imitation Game may not have won Best Picture at the Oscars, but it was still one of my favorite movies of the year. Moving, smart, with a flawless performance by Benedict Cumberbatch—what’s not to like? Plus, there’s just something so wonderful about 1940s fashion. From fitted sweaters to smart suits, the clothes in this movie are almost as good as all the code-breaking. Speaking of code breaking, there has been a definite Bletchley Park trend in TV and movies lately. The Imitation Game is mostly set at the iconic British WWII code-breaking headquarters, giving us an inside look at how the secret facility actually ran. But they’re not the only ones—last month I binge watched Bletchley Circle, a British…

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Oscar style hits and misses when Styling the Stars

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The 87th Academy Awards were last night and people won Oscars and stuff. But let’s focus on the most important part: the fashion. This year the red carpet was a mix of Old Hollywood, modern glamour, and a few outlandishly bizarre choices. Just the way we like it. In my opinion, it was the classic Hollywood influences that made the night. From jeweled shoulder straps to sleek silhouettes, this year’s award show was all about old world style. And I should know: I recently got my hands on Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren’s book, Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive (Insight Editions). This unique collection combines rare photographs, anecdotes and costume details spanning from the…

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Melt those winter blues with some lit-inspired tropical style

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It’s about that time of year, when the temperatures are sub-zero, the snow is piling up in slushy hills, and it feels like winter will never end. I am officially over the charm of icicles and outwear; all I want is hot sand under my feet and a margarita in my hand. But alas, the bank account doesn’t necessarily agree with my need for a vacation filled with palm trees and swim-up bars. So in the meantime, I’m only dreaming about heading to the tropics—and fantasizing about what I’d wear if it ever gets above 50 degrees again. Luckily, there are tons of tropical-based books to tide me over until summer (or if I magically win the lottery). To keep…

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New Year’s Eve style

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New Year’s Eve can be a tough holiday to dress for. Finding plans is sometimes hard enough, let alone finding that perfect NYE look. But have no fear—whether you’re chilling on the couch or crowding into a Manhattan bar, we’ve got an outfit for you. Here are four different looks for whatever your New Year’s Eve plans may be: Out on the Town New Year’s Eve is the one holiday where you can get away with dressing like a disco ball, so why not go all out? This bright, flashy dress screams fancy New Year’s Eve party. So whether you’re hitting the newest club or the hottest party in town, just remember that you can’t go wrong with gold sequins…

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Put down that book! Five perfect looks for holiday parties

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Holiday time is also party time. From cookie making to office bashes, it seems like everyone in your life is putting on their best clothes and partying like there’s no tomorrow. It can be hard to find just the right outfit for all these different events, but have no fear—we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to dressing for almost any holiday get-together. The Ugly Sweater Party Ugly Sweater Party by rachelcarterya featuring black skinny jeans Just because the sweater’s ugly doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit has to be. Black jeans and chic boots are a great way to play off all those bright red & green patterns. Plus this is the perfect time to play up those accessories—drop…

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Clothing Makes the Musketeer: Talking with BBC’s The Musketeers Costume Designer Phoebe De Gaye

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Most people’s typical workday involves an office, budget meetings, and a little water-cooler talk. But not for Phoebe De Gaye, costume designer for BBC’s The Musketeers. She has concerns that might seem foreign to the rest of us—like bullet holes, corsets and how to hide padding during a sword fight. But that’s what makes her job so exciting and fascinating. Check out some of her beautiful designs in The Musketeer’s trailer:   What’s it like dressing stars and working on a swashbuckling show? BookTrib had the pleasure of asking De Gaye about that and more: BOOKTRIB: You’ve worked on projects as varied as The Forsyte Saga, Lark Rise to Candleford and now The Musketeers. While they all fall under the…

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Back-to-school looks inspired by classic characters from literature

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Labor Day has passed, which means summer is almost officially over and its time for kids (and adults) everywhere to head back to school. Want to be the best-dressed student walking the halls? From first grade to grad school, BookTrib has got you covered. Here are five back to school outfits inspired by iconic characters from classic literature: Elementary School Style inspired by Ramona Quimby   Ramona Quimby by rachelcarterya featuring a bib statement necklace Everyone’s favorite 8-year-old is a bit of a tomboy, bright, and definitely rowdy. So her style needs to be fun and bold, with lots of colors and clashing patterns. Plus the candy-like necklace and polka dot backpack are perfect for an imaginative girl like Ramona.…

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Living in style with Rachel Zoe

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How often do you daydream that a celebrity stylist would come and make over your closet? If you’ve had this fantasy, chances are the stylist you’ve imagined was Rachel Zoe. A renowned Hollywood stylist, editor of The ZOE Report, Zoe now designs her own line of contemporary clothing. Her new book, Living In Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour (Grand Central, March 25), with a foreword by Diane Von  is almost as good as a stylist visiting to your closet. Maybe you’re not sure if you really need a style makeover, though. If you’re having trouble determining whether you’re on the fashionable path or in a deep rut, Zoe identifies six good reasons to take another look at your…

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Ever wonder what Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s party?

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Ever wonder what modern-day Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s house party? Or what twenty-first century outfit Anna Karenina might chose to throw herself in front of a high speed rail? Well, wonder no more—here are four modern outfits inspired by some of your favorite classical novels. But first, the covers to inspire your contemporary creations. Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennett knows how to dress herself for a party. And this Stop Staring dress is a more modern silhouette of the Regency dresses she’s used to. Throw in a little (*ahem* cheap *ahem*) bling and she’s all ready to catch Darcy’s eye while house music blares on in the background.   Anna Karenina If any classic novel heroine could pull…

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Take my Palm, let’s (not) see the Beach

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My earliest memory of Palm Beach was a visit with my parents when I was about eight. We stayed at a Holiday Inn (long since razed) on South Ocean Boulevard. My dad loved it for the tennis court, and the pro—named Buck like my grandfather—who taught me the art of the drop shot. Forty years later, I spent two weekends house shopping with a friend, helping him decide to buy a townhouse in a nifty location at Sloan’s Curve, down a shaded private lane inside a large high-rise apartment complex right at the corner where South Ocean Boulevard becomes a stretch of eight-, and possibly nine-, figure homes. It was on the ocean, had a nice private pool and hot…

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Escaping the Pinterest trap

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Pinterest is one of those websites that we all secretly (or not so secretly) hate, but can’t seem to stay away from. Between the gorgeous pictures of rooms that we can’t possibly afford and the DIY projects that promise ease and simplicity only to leave us sobbing in the corner after a weekend spent mod-podging (whatever that is), Pinterest can sometimes seem like a reason to give up on design all together. But it doesn’t have to be like this.  Reading through Sandra Nunnerley’s gorgeous design book Interiors (powerHouse Books, $70.00) inspires a new approach to interior design. The book is on the one hand a record of and advertisement for Nunnerley’s work as a designer, but beyond that, its…

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