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Alexander Wang For H&M: 5 Things You Need To Know

Say what you want, but the collaborations between H&M and famous fashion houses are in high demand from the moment they’re launched. Fashionistas everywhere flock to the nearest H&M stores (or, you know, browsers) to shop their favorite looks. Clothes are flying off the racks and general madness ensues… and it seems that this will be the case once again this fall.

Come November, we will be able to shop the latest designer collaboration: Alexander Wang X H&M.

Here are 5 things you need to know, while you wait to hit the “Add To Bag” button:

1. LAUNCH DATE: The collection will launch in select H&M stores and online at hm.com on November 6th. Before that, you can watch the launch event live from New York. The live streaming will start on October 16th at 8:15 PM EST on the H&M website.

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Photo from the Alexander Wang HM lookbook.

2. EARLYBIRD: The first look from the collab was worn by Rihanna during New York Fashion Week. She sported leggings and a crop top, both with the word “Wang” written across them.

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Rihanna wearing Alexander Wang HM total look.

3. GET SPORTY: Unsurprisingly, the theme for the collection revolves around sports. With this collection, Alexander Wang treats us to a fine selection of sporty-luxe pieces that are as true to his design aesthetics as they are to H&M’s price points. The collection includes both womenswear and menswear and, judging by the lookbook, it will massively pump up our street creds. Scuba dresses, sweatshirts, leggings, gloves, beanies, sweatshirts, knee-high socks and parkas – they all speak of a credible and action-ready street-style collection.

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The first Alexander Wang HM teaser.

4. THE WANG EFFECT: If you love his designs, you’ll want to show them off! Most of the pieces in the collection, from beanies to tops, gloves and socks all prominently display the designer’s name: WANG.

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Photo from the Alexander Wang HM lookbook.

5. IT’S A FIRST: This is the first time H&M collaborates with an American designer. Alexander Wang has launched his namesake brand back in 2007. Ever since, his name has become synonymous with a cool, effortless and often sport-themed chicness. All the IT girls have flocked to wear his latest clothes and killer shoes, and for good reason: he knows what’s cool and he knows how to put his own signature spin on it.

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Photo from the Alexander Wang HM lookbook.

So, what do you think about the latest H&M guest-designer collection?

Photos via vogue.com

What To Wear With A Leather Jacket: 10 Inspiring Looks

Wondering what to wear with a leather jacket? Well, how about something like this:

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Flare Magazine, December 2011; photo via fashionindustryarchive.com

OK, just kidding. While this type of editorial looks are oh-so-pretty in the pages of magazines, things are not that simple in real life. The truth is, there are countless ways to wear a leather jacket, depending on its style, color and shape, but also on the occasion.

You probably have a pretty clear idea about how to wear your leather jacket. But it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, so it might be time to try out something new. Here’s some inspiration to get you going: 10 out of the box looks, all of which involve a leather jacket. Enjoy:

01. Pair your leather jacket with.. jeans

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This is the perfect look for the weekend, when you don’t feel like getting too dressed up, but going out looking frumpy isn’t an option either. The boyfriend jeans and the leather jacket look almost feminine when paired with a hat and some low heels, right?

02. Pair your leather jacket with… a short skirt

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A simple and chic look that is easy to throw on and go, any day of the week. All you need is a bouncy skirt, a simple tee and a leather jacket and you’re good to go.

03. Pair your leather jacket with… a midi skirt and heels for a date night

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Dare to make an excellent first impression with a look that is neither too romantic, nor too boyish. The leather jacket will look softened up next to that delicate skirt – and his heart might do the same!

04. Pair your leather jacket with… a long skirt for daily wear

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For this look, the key is pairing a maxi skirt with a distressed leather jacket. Perfect for running errands around town.

05. Pair your leather jacket with… a pencil skirt for a day at the office

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Who said only blazers can pave your way to success? A leather jacket can look just as tough if chosen wisely. Go for a more ladylike style and pair it with a pencil skirt for a powerful office-ready look.

06. Pair your leather jacket with… a lace pencil skirt for dinner with the parents

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This is a tricky one… keep it soft and feminine with a lace pencil skirt in a sweet color in order to balance out that leather jacket. Everyone around you will be smitten!

07. Pair your leather jacket with… sequins, for a special occasion

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Add a whimsical touch to your look by wearing a sequin skirt with that leather jacket of yours. Just keep the rest of your look as simple as possible – you certainty don’t want to overdo it!

08. Pair your leather jacket with… a LBD for a formal occasion

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Looking clean, polished and on trend has never been easier. Choose a sleek little black dress and wear it with your regular leather jacket. For a pop of color, add red accessories and a red lip.

09. Pair your leather jacket with… shorts for Sunday brunch

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An easy and cool look that is perfect for the first part of the day. Plus, you’ll appreciate that it’s comfortable – nothing will ruin your disposition while swapping stories about the night before…

10. Pair your leather jacket with… a soft dress and boots for a gallery opening

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This cool and edgy look would fit right in with the vibe of a newly opened gallery – but that’s not to say you couldn’t also wear it to the after-party! For the perfect mix of high and low, pair some wild booties with your otherwise delicate dress and step into the night.

Here’s one more suggestion on what to wear with a leather jacket, for when you feel like being extra fabulous. Because… why not?!

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How To Wear Oversized Sweaters: 7 Fabulous Looks

Ever wondered how to wear oversized sweaters so that they look just right? The basic look is not hard to plan out: take an oversized sweater, add some skinny jeans and you’re good to go, right?

Well, things can be a little bit different if you’re going for an out of the box look. Think: short skirts, pencil skirts, maxi skirts or leather leggings. Hey, even the classic oversized sweater and skinny jeans combo can look majestically different if styled right. Remember, the devil is in the details…

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #1: With Skinny Jeans

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The oldest trick in the book is to balance out the volume on top with some tight fitting bottoms. But if you want to flex your styling muscles, go for a preppy look and add a (chambray) shirt into the mix and a pair of platforms.

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #2: With Leather Leggings And Sneakers

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For a more casual twist, pair the sweater with a pair of (faux) leather leggings and some sneakers. After all, we shouldn’t sacrifice style for comfort even on our laziest days.

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #3: With A Short Skirt

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Paring a mini skirt with a large, oversized sweater can be so much fun! Keep the proportions in check by having the skirt end a little lower than the sweater, so it can actually be seen. Bonus points if you’re going for a matchy-matchy color pallet: it will make your look more harmonious.

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #4: With A Pencil Skirt

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This is a sleek look that you can wear to feel powerful and comfortable at the same time. Since you’re all covered up at the top, go for a pair of ankle booties to give the ensemble a sharp edge.

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #5: With A Maxi Skirt

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OK, you may need a bit of courage for this one… but it’s worth it! Play with the contrasts by adding a casual, oversized sweater to a delicate maxi skirt. You can elevate the look by adding a fancy necklace or a bright lip (or both!) and you’re ready to hit the town!

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #6: With Shorts

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This may not be a look that you can wear all winter long, but you can certainly get away with it in fall. Allow the shorts to be seen by tucking in your sweater and, why not, try out this look with a pair of thigh-high boots as well.

How To Wear Oversized Sweaters #7: By Itself

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This might be breaking into sweater dress territory, but if your sweater is large and long enough, why not? Make sure to have a contrasting shirt peeking underneath, as it makes for an unexpected detail.

Hats For Fall 2014 – What And How To Wear

What’s the no. 1 cold weather accessory you should never be without? If you answered hats, you’re right! Clearly, scarves and gloves don’t fall back behind, but there’s nothing like a chic and cozy hat (or beret!) to keep your head from freezing over during those early fall mornings.

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So let’s see which are your best choices for fall. Ahead, three types of cold weather hats that successfully tick off both the coolness and the practical requirements on the list.

Hats Fall 2014: Beanies

What a no-brainer, right? Beanies are ridiculously easy to find and to incorporate in an outfit. You can pair them with dresses, jeans, heels or sneakers for an instant boost of coolness. Choosing a black beanie is always a safe bet, but only unusual colors will truly make you the center of attention. A neon beanie, for example, looks fantastic when paired with a dark or gray ensemble. Also, for a bad-ass look, pair any type of beanie with leather leggings and an oversized cardigan or blazer.

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Hats Fall 2014: Structured Hats

From wide-brim hats to fedoras or boater hats, the options are pretty much endless. A simple, structured hat goes perfectly with high heels or with sneakers and it adds a feminine touch to any outfit. For an out-of-the-box look, wear a red fedora with a matching lipstick and keep the rest of the ensemble easy and simple. If you’re going for a more sophisticated look, a fine fedora, some kick-ass leather leggings, high heels and a faux fur should do the trick. Bonus points if the result is an all-black look. Hot!

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Hats Fall 2014: Berets

Berets might have been MIA until now, but they are surely coming back in style! For the Fall/Winter 2014 season, numerous designers (Rodarte, Ermanno Scervino, Ralph Lauren) have sent berets down the runway and the result was stunning! Paired either with skirts of with trousers, we have to give it to them: berets definitely look modern and cool again. For a day-to-day look, pair your beret with a skirt and a sweater – so easy, right? Add a leather jacket to the mix to balance out the look and you should be good to go. Paris, here we cooome!

beret modern look for fall