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The Hot List: September 2010

This month’s The Hot List story looks at the new Chanel collection, Nicholas Kirkwood’s new Pop art-inspired shoes, and Luella Bartley’s new book!

The Hot List: September 2010

Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week is in full swing, and London, Milan, and Paris are set to follow suit! From runway looks to backstage beauty to fashion week street style, the industry is in frenzy over the influx of fashion, fashion, fashion! For those that can’t handle the chilly days of fall, the Spring 2011 collections will provide you with all the inspiration you need to get through the colder months.

Les Khakis de Chanel Collection
On Friday, the newly-reopened Chanel boutique in New York played host to a slew of Chanel fans and a special Fashion’s Night Out-only collection: Les Khakis de Chanel, a trio of military-inspired nail colors. Specifically: Khaki Brun, an earthy mushroom brown; Khaki Vert, a chic army green; and, Khaki Rose, a dusty rose-pink. Happily, if you missed Fashion’s Night Out, you can still get your hands on the set: they’re available at Chanel boutiques and select department stores, as well as online at, for $25 each.

The Day Before
If fighting the crowds at Fashion Week isn’t your thing, the Sundance Channel is happy to provide you with a front row seat via The Day Before. The Day Before series documents the behind-the-scenes action that takes place in the final hours before a major fashion show and this year, they’re profiling some major names: Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Versace, and more. You can catch The Day Before on Sundance Channel from September 8 through September 13.

Japanese Fashion Now
Japanese fashion is well-documented, whether it’s via street style blogs, books like Fruits by Shoichi Aoki, or channeled on stage by stars such as Gwen Stefani. The latest way to get your Japanese fashion fix is at New York’s Museum at FIT—on September 17, the museum will open a new exhibit on modern Japanese fashion, covering everything from Yohji Yamimoto to Issey Miyake to Comme des Garçons. The exhibition runs from September 17 through January 8.

Elle’s 25th Anniversary
The October issue of Elle magazine is the 25th Anniversary issue—that’s 25 years of fashion, style, shopping, and beauty inspiration from Elle! To celebrate, Elle profiled 25 women under 25 on four different covers. The four lucky ladies—Gabourey Sidibe, Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox, and Lauren Conrad—talk about their twenties, their careers, and what scares them most about life after 25. Celebrate with Elle by picking up a copy of the 25th Anniversary issue when it hits newsstands on September 21.

Picture Me
American model Sara Ziff—perhaps best known for her starring role in D&G and Tommy Hilfiger campaigns, as well as turns on the Balenciaga and Prada runways—has catapulted her career in another direction: documentary director. Picture Me: A Model’s Diary takes an inside look at the highs and lows of the modeling world—from making six-figure pay checks to dealing with the enormous pressure. Picture Me premieres at the Angelika Film Center on September 17.

Tucker by Gaby Basora for Target
Tucker by Gaby Basora’s capsule collection for Target is sure to brighten up the dreary days of fall, thanks to its summery selection of bright retro colors (olive, burnt orange, tangerine and cobalt blue,) and playful prints (polka dots, animal accents, paisley, and ethnic motifs.) Don’t despair if you’re in the mood for cold weather, though. There are enough hooded jackets, trench coats, and faux Persian bomber jackets to meet your fall needs! The collection is in Target stores, as well as online at, now!

Alexa Chung for Madewell
Fans of Alexa Chung’s signature London “it” girl aesthetic can rejoice: her collaboration with Madewell is in stores now. Knee-length swing skirts, denim overall dresses, Peter Pan-collared dresses, high-waist shorts, menswear-inspired button-down shirts, skinny jeans, velvet tea dresses and chunky knit sweaters—all these, and more, can be found in the collection! To get your hands on the Alexa Chung for Madewell collection, head to a Madewell store, or visit Prices range from $48 for a printed tee to $295 for a knit coat.

Nicholas Kirkwood’s Op Art Collection
Footwear genius Nicholas Kirkwood has teamed up with the estate of eighties Pop artist Keith Haring on a series of Pop art-inspired shoes that are sure to make your closet just a light happier. Plus, the 12-style collection includes the very first Nicholas Kirkwood ballerina flat, making it perfect for the girl who snubs heels. The Keith Haring by Nicholas Kirkwood range will arrive in stores in February 2011. If you can’t wait, Kirkwood is launching an 8-day online pop-up shop during London fashion week.

Luella’s Guide To English Style
British designer Luella Bartley may have shuttered her eponymous line last year, but she hasn’t been sitting still. Next month, Bartley will release her first book—Luella’s Guide to English Style. Featuring drawings, diagrams, photos and essays, the tome examines what it is about English style that makes it so revered—from Kate Moss’s admired rocker-chic aesthetic, to the smart-meets-shabby vibe that Londoners have perfected. Luella’s Guide to English Style will be published on October 14. You can pre-order a copy from for £11.49.

Images: Chanel, Elle, Fourth Estate, Getty, Madewell, Melissa Hom, Nicholas Kirkwood, Sundance Channel, Target

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