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Entertainment

How to Massage Your Dog

How to Massage Your Dog

Buddha Dog’s Canine Masseuse Shows Us the Proper Technique

Dear Mom,

You think it’s easy dozing most of the day, begging for biscuits, nipping at your heels, and barking at squirrels?

Okay, it is. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want a massage, like the one certified animal masseuse Pam Holt gives to our L.A. editor’s best friend, Agnes, in today’s video.

All it takes is a little kneading and gentle stretching on your part to give me improved flexibility, energy, and overall happiness. Plus, it’ll help my anxiety. (I know I sometimes get a little cray cray when you leave.)

Also, can I have a treat? Please and thanks.

Love,

Spartacus Brownie Von Lickety Jones Jr.

P.S. I accidentally humped the cat yesterday.

For more information about Pam Holt and dog massage, go to buddhadog.com.

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Beauty

Nails at Alexander Wang

Nails at Alexander Wang

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Usually, we’re content not knowing what goes on behind closed doors (they’re shut for a reason).

Except when it comes to New York Fashion Week. The backstage madness is half the appeal, especially since the manicurists, hairstylists, and makeup artists are the best in the biz.

So we elbowed our way back — amid slews of photogs, models, and publicists — to see what beauty trends might emerge next season. We talked nails at Alexander Wang (above), hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and makeup and hair at Marc Jacobs.

Though the product and stylist recommendations are indispensable, we admit the dominatrix-inspired hair at Marc might be more on the conceptual side.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t try it in private.

Want to know what else is in? Check out our spring trends video (starring designers and store owners) and visit The Dossier for ongoing show coverage.

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Beauty

Hair at Marc Jacobs

Hair at Marc Jacobs

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Man, this hairstyle is tight. No, literally: Mononymous Redken stylist Guido slicked models’ locks back into taut, dominatrix-inspired ponytails for the fall/winter Marc Jacobs show on Monday. In this video, he describes the process and why he likes the look.

For more beauty tips, watch our backstage videos on makeup at Marc Jacobs, hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and nails at Alexander Wang.

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Beauty

Makeup at Marc Jacobs

Makeup at Marc Jacobs

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Nana, who’s been wearing the same Avon blush since 1963, may not seem like the most fashion-forward lady. But designer Marc Jacobs and makeup artist François Nars beg to differ. In this video, Nars talks us through Jacobs’s granny-inspired fall/winter 2011 look.

For more beauty tips, watch our backstage videos on hair at Marc Jacobs, hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and nails at Alexander Wang.

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Beauty

Hair at Behnaz Sarafpour

Hair at Behnaz Sarafpour

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Pretty, natural-looking curls — not ringlets — were the look at Behnaz Sarafpour’s fall/winter 2011 show. In this video, Bumble and Bumble stylist Laurent Philippon demonstrates his technique for getting the hairstyle just right.

For more beauty tips, watch our backstage videos on hair and makeup at Marc Jacobs and nails at Alexander Wang.

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Fashion

This Season's Must-Have Items

This Season's Must-Have Items

Designers and Store Owners Share Their Must-Haves for the Coming Season

A wall of 20-degree days and sidewalk perma-sludge make it hard to imagine life without galoshes and sleeping bag-style overcoats.

Which makes dreaming of spring fashion all the more irresistible. So, in today’s video, we asked nine designers and store owners to tell us their must-haves for the coming season — from head-to-toe white to bold prints.

Our panel: Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato, Erin Beatty at Suno, Isaac Mizrahi, Jen Mankins at Bird, Kyung Lee at Albertine, Neil Blumenthal at Warby Parker Eyewear, Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K, Mara Hoffman, and Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson at No. 6.

A fine group, indeed. And despite the variation in taste, we found there are a few core looks that will be ubiquitous this spring.

A scarf that covers the whole face is not one of them.

For more spring trend reports, bloggers’ personal obsessions, and show coverage, check out our Fall 2011 Fashion Week site, launching today. Want to see the catwalk in person? Enter to win two tickets to designer Rebecca Minkoff’s fall/winter 2011 show this Friday at Lincoln Center. 

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Fashion

How to Wash a Sweater

How to Wash a Sweater

Tips from The Laundress

We’re not going to name names, but we know someone — definitely not one of our editors — who doesn’t wash her sweaters. (“Why dry clean when you can Febreze?”)

Don’t be That Girl. Clean knits yourself (even cashmere!) with help from Lindsey Wieber Boyd, co-founder of The Laundress. In today’s video, she demystifies the sweater-washing process, from removing pills and stains to proper drying.

Want to keep washing? Check out our video on cleaning a coat in the washing machine. Seriously. To prove how doable it is, Wieber Boyd demonstrated on her vintage Chanel jacket. (It’s wool, but the procedure also works for down.)

Now a certain someone — no one you know — won’t have to keep her arms down on the subway.

For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the videos, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.

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Fashion

How to Wash Jackets and Coats

How to Wash Jackets and Coats

Tips from The Laundress

You wear your coat every day during winter. Why not wash it once in a while? In this video, The Laundress co-founder Lindsey Wieber Boyd demonstrates the simple way to clean outerwear at home using her gorgeous, vintage Chanel coat.

For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the video, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.

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Fashion

A Very Luxurious Holiday Season

A Very Luxurious Holiday Season

Dedicated Video: NET-A-PORTER.COM

Dashing through the snow,
In a sparkly designer dress,
And sky-high Christian Louboutins.
From where? Take one guess.
NET-A-PORTER.COM.

Shop the latest trends from more than 300 of the hottest designers, including Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Stella McCartney and many more. With an abundance of divine dresses, sensational shoes, exquisite jewelry, fabulous bags and gift cards, NET-A-PORTER.COM’s holiday gift finder is a style maven’s Christmas wish list come true.

NET-A-PORTER provides around-the-clock advice from expert fashion advisors, same-day delivery throughout Manhattan and express delivery worldwide, along with a hassle-free return-and-exchange policy. Plus, your gifts arrive perfectly presented in its signature packaging, so the gift wrapping is done for you.

Welcome to a wardrobe wonderland.

Shop the holiday gift finder online at net-a-porter.com/gifts.

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Fashion

5 Ways to Wear Cosabella Jeans Leggings

5 Ways to Wear Cosabella Jeans Leggings

Behind the Scenes at the Swirl Photo Shoot

No matter where you stand on the “Are leggings pants?” debate, you can’t deny their appeal: They’re supremely comfortable, stylish, and flattering (when worn correctly).

Here to ensure the latter is Swirl stylist Brian Primeaux, who put together five great looks for today’s video, featuring Cosabella Jeans leggings. All the leggings you see will be for sale on Swirl starting October 12 at 11 a.m. EST.

Further incentive to stock up: You’ll get free shipping on your order when you enter COSALEGS at checkout.

Shop online at swirl.com. Sale ends Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m. EST. 

 

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Fashion

An Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Minkoff

An Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Minkoff

The Designer Tells Us Her Story

We’ve been in love with Rebecca Minkoff for ages, from her early days as a T-shirt designer to her just-launched shoe line. And, of course, the in between: a stunning ready-to-wear collection and, most notably, her drool-worthy leather handbags.

So it only makes sense that we’ve partnered with Minkoff to sell — starting today — a curated collection of her bags at 50 percent off. We’re talking five-zip clutches, studded satchels, and even witty pouches (a Swirl exclusive).

In this video, Minkoff shares how she got her start (it wasn’t always easy), her inspirations, and some of the items she’s selling on Swirl. We’ll take one of everything, please.

Shop online at swirl.com. Get $20 off when you spend $50 or more on any Swirl sale (excluding wine) through Friday, October 1, with code SEPTSAVE at checkout. Rebecca Minkoff sale and pouch offer end Thursday, September 30, 11 a.m. EST.

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Fashion

Two DIY Accessories for Less than $5

Two DIY Accessories for Less than $5

An Easy DIY from P.S. -- I Made This

Put the puffy paints and fleur-de-lis-shaped stencils down. This isn’t that kind of craft.

P.S. — I Made This genius Erica Domesek (who has an amazing new book out) makes DIY fashion that is as much a statement as anything from the runways — and a lot less expensive.

In today’s videos, she shows you how to make a fringe scarf from an old T-shirt (above) and a statement necklace from scraps of fabric. They both cost next to nothing to make and require little more than a good pair of scissors.

For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. Like how our editor Lauren’s hair is braided? Learn to do it.

cake gallery!On tonight’s episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, contestants create sweets from cocktails. Yes, booze brings the party, but cake is crucial. Check out our gallery of favorite gateaux, curated by editor-at-large (and TCJD judge) Dannielle Kyrillos.

this week on swirl!
fluxus!
Up to 55% off Fluxus
Believing art and life should freely mingle, former Project Runway star Jeffrey Sebelia offers avant-garde designs made with comfy fabrics. Let your clothes reflect your good taste and street smarts while they’re up to 55% off on Swirl.

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Fashion

How to Make a Statement Fabric Necklace

How to Make a Statement Fabric Necklace

Great Ideas from P.S. -- I Made This

For this video, Erica Domesek, the clever crafter behind website P.S. — I Made This, creates a simple-yet-elegant statement necklace. All you need are scissors, scraps, and ribbon.

For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. And if you haven’t already, check out our other video with Domesek: How to Make a Fringe Scarf from an Old T-shirt.

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Fashion

Tips for Wearing a Longer Skirt

Tips for Wearing a Longer Skirt

How to Make It Flattering, Not Frumpy

Microminis are great for their leg-lengthening sex appeal, but they make everyday tasks (exiting the subway, tying your shoes, sneezing) downright risqué.

That’s why we’re so glad below-the-knee skirts are back. We’re not alone in digging the look: We spotted versions in the fall 2010 collections of Charlotte Ronson, Rachel Roy, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Madewell by Alexa Chung, to name a few. But how do you wear them without looking like a homely Anne of Green Gables extra?

In today’s video, NYC-based stylist Peju Famojure has brand recommendations, styling suggestions, and advice for wearing them with socks and heels.

Even those in the leggings-are-pants camp will have no reason to skirt this trend.

For more below-the-waist fashion advice, check out our gallery of legwear for fall

new york fashion week spring 2011!
ann yee!
Want to know what it takes to be a model? How clothes make it from the designer’s mind to the runway? Check out Chris Benz’s casting session and Ann Yee’s magical workplace, part of our inimitable Fashion Week coverage.

this week on swirl!
tom scott!Tom Scott Pop-Up Shop
Score Tom Scott’s clever knits until 11 a.m. EST, then head to the grand finale of the week when we restock goods from the fall collections of our featured designers. Hurry to Swirl, before it pops down!

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Fashion

Victor-John Villanueva Paints Lynn Yaeger

Victor-John Villanueva Paints Lynn Yaeger

T-Shirts Available at Debut on Fashion's Night Out

When we heard artist Victor-John Villanueva was painting T-shirts with the likes of renowned fashion writers (Simon Doonan, Lynn Yaeger, André Leon Talley, and more) for Début’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration, we had to see him in action. So we ventured to his upper-Manhattan studio with our Flip — and the rest is history.

Available September 10, 8-10 p.m., at Début, 298 Mulberry Street, between Houston and Bleecker Streets (212-343-2717). All shirts are $200, and proceeds go to SCAD.

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Fashion

A Peek Inside the Swirl Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop

A Peek Inside the Swirl Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop

5 Designers You Must Buy

Like what you see in DailyCandy’s Fashion Week coverage? Visit the Swirl pop-up shop. Starting September 8, the site will be selling the F/W 2010 ready-to-wear pieces (everything you see in this video) from designers Ann Yee, Bodkin, Samantha Pleet, Tom Scott, and Whit. Our editors are already drooling over the merch. Still not a Swirl member? Join here.

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Fashion

Designers Behind the Scenes: Dear Creatures

Designers Behind the Scenes: Dear Creatures

Swirl Sale Begins July 19, 2010

Living together is one thing. Living and working together all day, every day (yikes), is something else entirely.

Yet cutest couple ever, designers Bianca Benitez and Rob Sinclair, pull it off beautifully. The result: their amazing line, Dear Creatures. 

In our video, hear about their inspiration — and get a sneak peek of everything that’s going to be up for grabs on our sample sale site, Swirl, starting July 19. We’re talking sailor-inspired tanks, jean shorts with removable suspender-style straps, and patterned rompers (our favorite), created exclusively for us.

The best part: Everything’s 65 percent off the retail price. And that’s something we can live with.

 
Sale begins July 19 exclusively at swirl.com.

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Entertainment

Fair Folks & a Goat Opens

Fair Folks & a Goat Opens

Get Your Goat

If you were invisible, you’d attend premieres on Clooney’s arm (unbeknownst to him), carry your dog (so onlookers think he’s flying), and lounge in rich people’s apartments.

At Fair Folks & a Goat, you can do the latter — no superpowers required.

The appointment-only boutique/tea salon/art gallery is in a beautiful, address-undisclosed UES apartment next to the park — and every single thing in it is for sale, from one-of-a-kind antique furnishings to clothes from Archive Vintage.

Cofounder/curator Aurora Stokowski, featured in today’s video, hopes it will become a place for friends to congregate, shop, learn new things, and meet cool people.

All you have to do is e-mail her to get the shop’s address.

And show up in the flesh.


For more information or to make an appointment, go to fairfolksandagoat.com. And take a peek inside the shop.

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Fashion

Daniel Storto Gloves

Daniel Storto Gloves

Undercover Glover

You’ve been known to have cold feet, an icy stare, and a frozen heart. 

But chilly hands? Never. ’Cause you cover your phalanges with beautiful gloves by Daniel Storto.

For today’s video, we visited the genius designer/artist at his studio in — get this — Gloversville, New York (the glove-making capital of the U.S. ’til about 1950), where he hand-makes all his wares.

Storto, who’s collaborated with Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Bob Mackie, and Derek Lam, generally sells his custom accessories for hundreds of dollars. But for a limited time, he’s selling a special elbow-length black pair for just $25 (!) on his site. (Check back: He’ll be putting up a new style with a similar price every few months.)

We’re kind of obsessed with the idea of wearing long, ’40s movie star-style gloves year-round.

It’s just plain hot.

gloves!
For more information or to order gloves, go to danielstortogloves.com. To see more of Storto’s gloves, visit our photo gallery.

Did somebody up and put a ring on it? We partnered with Crate & Barrel to give away a dream wedding — worth a whopping $100,000 — to one lucky couple. To enter, go to crateandbarrel.com/ultimatewedding.

Music: Courtesy of Follow the Train
Photos: Courtesy of Stephen Piersanti

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Fashion

Five Designers, Three Looks, One Editor

Five Designers, Three Looks, One Editor

Put Some Clothes On

Glitz! Glamour! Real Housewives and mini bloggers in the front row!

Fashion Week is fun, but let’s be honest — it’s a lot of hoopla for seven minutes of runway time. No wonder some designers choose to forgo the frenzy.

In today’s video, we feature five of our local faves who opted out — Gerlan Jeans, Lewis, Loeffler Randall, Jeffrey Monteiro, and Lauren Kovin — and asked ’em to dress our intrepid editor in three never-before-seen looks from their fall 2010 collections.

In less than two minutes of stop-motion photography, you’ll see a huge jacket made of yarn, a gorgeous evening gown, expertly tailored blazers, and an eyeball-print jacket.

And not a Jersey Shore kid in sight.


For more information on the designers, go to gerlanjeans.com, lewisnyc.com, loefflerrandall.com, jeffreymonteiro.com, and laurenkovin.com.

For more New York Fashion Week coverage, check out our Dossier. Two more days of madness await.

Music: Courtesy of The Soft Pack

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Fashion

LaQuan Smith Clothing

LaQuan Smith Clothing

Barely Legal

When you turned 21 … Well, you don’t remember turning 21. (Shots of Aristocrat will do that.)

When LaQuan Smith turned 21, he was dressing Lady Gaga and Rihanna and creating a stunning, ocean-inspired collection for New York Fashion Week. No big.

The Queens-based women’s wear wunderkind in today’s video is the ultimate follow-your-dreams success story: He taught himself to sew on his grandma’s machine, made his own designs, showed up uninvited to fashion parties, introduced himself to the right people, and voila.

Maybe you’ve seen him around town. He’s the one in sequins and six-inch heels. He’s so hot Kanye once stopped him to approve, “I like your style.”

We’d have to agree.


For more information, go to laquansmith.com. For custom orders (before he gets too big), e-mail info@faag.us.