Blake Lively’s 5 Most Timeless Looks

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. If you count the Look of Love, here are six timeless looks from Blake Lively. Photo: Julian Mackler/BFAnyc.com

This Friday marks the release of Age of Adaline, in which Blake Lively stays forever 29. Her character’s timelessness inspired us to dig into Lively’s sartorial archives. She’s nearly guaranteed to appear on every best dressed list. In honor of her movie, here are her most timeless looks.

1. Blake in timeless, backless, sexy (and pregnant) black, sporting sparkle gems.
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Photo: Ryan Kobane/BFAnyc.com

2. Doing ’70s glam in a way that still feels totally current at the CFDA Awards.
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Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

2. Two words: Hollywood Goddess.
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Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

4. Perhaps the glowiest human on the planet:
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Photo: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

5. A sparkly micro-mini might not be timeless on just anyone, but on Blake, it’s signature perfection. Legs like that deserve the spotlight.
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Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Andreja Pejic’s 5 Most Beautiful Moments

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Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Andreja Pejic has been a hot topic of fashion since she was Andrej — the model’s gorgeous (and previously androgynous) looks have garnered her attention, campaigns, and runway since she was first scouted. The recent completion of Pejic’s gender confirmation surgery is happy news for the model. It’s happy news, too, for Make Up For Ever, who just confirmed Pejic as a new face of its brand. This makes Pejic one of the first transgender models to book a major beauty campaign.

In celebration of Andreja Pejic becoming a face of Make Up For Ever, we’re rounding up the model’s most beautiful moments.

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Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

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Photo: David X Prutting/BFanyc.com

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Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

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Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

 

Celebrating Downtown’s Brand New Max Mara Whitney Bag

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View of the new Whitney Museum. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Downtown’s got a brand new bag. Along with a new museum (hello, Whitney, opening in May), a new skyline (what’s up 1WTC), and a plethora of restaurants and attractions that are bound to pop up around them, we’ve got a new accessory with which to carry our essentials below 14th Street. Renzo Piano, the starchitect for the Whitney Museum, also had a hand in the Max Mara Whitney bag, an homage to the building itself.

On Wednesday evening, the chic  (Pari Ehsan, DJ Harley Viera-NewtonLauren Remington Platt, Claire Distenfeld, Genevieve Jones, Natalie JoosJohn Buffalo Mailer, Nicolas Niarchos) gathered at the Boom Boom Room atop the Standard hotel to fete the new bag — the purse and the view of the new museum both on view for revelers to enjoy.

The limited edition bag (carried by Milly Piano) comes in a light blue to reflect the color of the new Whitney building, and only 250 are available. The bag, proceeds of which go to the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will also come in three sizes and three colors: black, tan, and bordeaux. The bag is a tribute to the Whitney building, also designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

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Rachelle Hruska and Pari Ehsan. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

 

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Maria Giulia Maramotti and Harley Viera-Newton (wearing Max Mara) next to the “Whitney” bag designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop for Max Mara. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

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Renzo Piano, Milly Piano (with the “Whitney” bag), and Luigi Maramotti. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Happy Birthday, John Waters! Celebrate by Shopping His Kooky Style

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Photo: John Waters at the 2014 CFDA Awards. Photographed by Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

A fondness for polyester suits, offbeat tailoring, and Comme des Garcons puts filmmaker John Waters in a sartorial category all his own. When asked to host the CFDA Awards, (the Oscars of fashion), Waters couldn’t help but rib a few designers — a $28,000 Marc Jacobs dress? “The man has expenses,” Waters joked — and he can crack jokes, if only because of his own affinity for multi-thousand dollar pieces that, if not appreciated properly, might look… off. But then, maybe that’s the whole point. So on the occasion of John Waters’s birthday we dive into his style, and celebrate with a little shopping centered on the John Waters aesthetic of merry, bargain bin-esque, Fashion with a capital F. JohnWaters_BFA_shopping_BlackBook John Waters (from left) photographed by Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com; photographed by Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com Fashion (clockwise from left): printed leather continental wallet; pailette embellished boot; vintage double collar blazer; wide leg trouser; striped blazer; perforated Oxford shoes; deconstructed jacket, all Comme des Garcons.

420 Friendly Fashions: Dress Like Your Favorite Chic Stoners

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Happy holidays. to the 420 friendly! Whether or not you’re partaking, get in the holiday spirit by getting into the look of film’s chic stoners – think of it as a little sartorial inspiration on this green holiday. From Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider to the eternally perfect Penny Lane, we’re celebrating in style.

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Freeman’s Sporting Club pique shirt; Calvin Klein Collection suit jacket; Calvin Klein Collection suit trousers; Burberry London woven silk tie; Garrett Leight California Optical detachable front sunglasses

 

Kate Hudson’s Penny Lane in Almost Famous
“It’s all happening,” just as soon as your put your shearling-collared coat and round frame sunnies.
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Michael Kors shearling coat; The Row by Linda Farrow Gallery sunglasses

Milla Jovovich as Michelle Burroughs in Dazed and Confused
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House of Holland boyfriend jeans; Christopher Kane boyfriend jeans; Saint Laurent fringed suede vest

 

Jane Fonda in Klute
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Marc Jacobs mini skirt; Robert Cleregie over the knee boots; APC trench coat  

Olivia Wilde and H&M Launch a Very Eco-Chic Capsule Collection

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Should you find yourself headed in the direction of Times Square today, we highly recommend grabbing some of your less-loved clothes from the back of your closet. In exchange any old wares to you donate to H&M‘s garment recycling program you will receive 20% off the store’s new Conscious Exclusive Collection–and a chance to meet its spokesperson, one Ms. Olivia Wilde.

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Kicking off the celebration will be a host of eco-conscious brands and celebs gathered together to fashionably toast the cause. The glam list of attendees and brands representing includes Blake Lively (Preserve), Lauren Bush Lauren (FEED), Studio One Eighty Nine (Rosario Dawson), and Lily Kwong (Amour Vert).

The collection is housed in a raw birch structure with sustainable metal inlays–delineated and distinguished from the rest of the H&M shopping experience. Beyond Times Square, however, collection will reach over 200 locations globally.

The clothes themselves are highly elevated and made with recycled, conscious materials as well as high in style–a mostly minimalist aesthetic including stacked-heeled sandals, an organic linen and silk sleeveless gown, a sleeveless cocktail dress made from organic hemp and silk, and a jacket made from organic leather. Other materials include tencel, recycled wool, and sequins.

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Cheers to guilt-free shopping.

The Creators: Ryan Roche

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Ryan Roche photographed by Mark Seliger for BlackBook

The fashion designer Ryan Roche lives on 12 acres in the town of Hurley, about 100 miles from New York. Her studio is in the barn. Despite the distance from the city, she’s managed to integrate herself into New York’s fashion elite–she’s a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist and was nominated for this year’s LVMH Prize for young designers. It’s her deft touch at creating cozy knits for the cool chick that first brought international attention to her designs. Her inventive sweaters envelope the body in ultrasoft crocheted cashmere, and each is charmingly personal from the start. It takes the knitters in Nepal (from the fair trade women’s cooperative Roche works with) eight days to complete just one.

“There’s some magic between me and the head knitters in Nepal who know my work so well, because we’ve worked together for so long,” Roche says.

Roche maintains a high standard of social responsibility in her manufacturing processes, and as her customer base and product lines grow, Roche plans to continue this consciously elevated approach. The shearling Roche introduced for spring is a rescued byproduct of the industry, colored with natural dyes. She’s headed to Peru soon to scout for another knitting cooperative–as her brand grows, she’ll need more hands on deck. These skilled knitters and seamstresses don’t exist only in far-flung locales; there are, as Ryan says, “incredible small factories [in New York] that are holes in the wall.…I love the idea of supporting New York manufacturing as well.”

Don’t think that these small operations will limit the designer. The relationships she has with her manufacturers are built on trust, a quality that allows her creative endeavors to thrive. She’s also looking to learn from the successes of industry greats like the socially and ecologically conscious Stella McCartney, whose company Roche looks to in admiration as she expands business.

Rather than creating fault lines between her brand and the pulse of the world’s fashion capital, the fresh air surrounding Roche in upstate New York allows space for innovation. In her secluded studio, away from the distractions of the city, originality blooms.

This article appears in the spring 2015 issue of BlackBook on stands now.