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2014 Fiat 500L Lounge 5-Door Review & Test Drive

By Malcolm Hogan

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In America, some will surprisingly find embedded deep into the younger culture the desire to accept new-found fashion statements as well as new innovation. With the introduction of Fiat in the states, not only has the young culture accepted what is considered as a new ‘statement’ of rolling fashion, but every other age group has embraced the Italian brand with curiosity being the initiator.

The curious and inquisitive minds of just about every age group have taken on yet another endeavor to welcome the all-new Fiat 500L, dubbed the 5-Dorr Urban Utility Vehicle . We first had the Fiat 500 with a multitude of various trims already claiming its acceptance on US shores. The joint efforts of Chrysler and Fiat’s US synergy now birth the larger 5-door and 5-passenger Fiat 500L.

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The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L literally builds upon the foundational design of the current 500 with a stretched wheelbase, 5 doors, an economically fit drivetrain and crossover-like versatility. Having had the chance the drive the new Fiat 500L I was taken back to my preconceived thoughts of older European “larger” Fiats that were not so appetizing to the eye. For the new Fiat 500L, it brings about face that a mother can love as well as long-time friends – but not without expressing its self-proclaimed cute aspects in your own choice words.

The new Fiat 500L isn’t ugly; it just has a unique personality. Those who have already become acclimated to the current Fiat 500’s looks will have no qualms with falling in love all over with the 500L, especially when you get a good look at its larger bodily dimensions. The new Fiat 500L, to most, won’t fall into an obvious automotive category in America, though it will appease those who seek something different yet large enough to cutely transport humans and stuff. Basically, you can call it a wagon and avoid getting frowning faces from all of your friends.

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A total of 4 trim levels are available to choose from for the new Fiat 500L – all having the same engine starting with the Pop version getting a standard six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel wheels, tilt & telescoping steering column, cruise control, power-heated exterior mirrors and a Uconnect 5-inch touch screen LCD for operation of the audio system and Bluetooth functions. The next trim is the 500L Easy adding the choice of 3 roof colors, 16-inch aluminum wheels and availability of the 6-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission as an option. The Fiat 500L Trekking trim adds 6 exterior color choices and unique satin-silver body-bumper moldings and door handles. The top-range 500L Lounge trim adds the automatic transmission as standard equipment and you get chrome exterior mirrors, door handles and body side molding inserts. The Lounge version, as found on my test vehicle, opens up the availability to add on a dual-panel power sunroof encompassing most of the roof itself. One thing to …read more

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H&M Finally, Officially Launches Ecommerce in the United States

By Justin Fenner

Late Wednesday night, H&M made an announcement that’s been a long time coming: customers in the US can now shop online – which means shopping the brand’s upcoming Isabel Marant collaboration is going to be that much easier. The much anticipated collection will officially be the first of H&M’s collaborations to be sold online in the US.

“It’s finally here!” the Swedish retailer wrote in a Facebook post. “Our US online store is officially open in all 50 states. Great fashion is now just a click away!” Around the same time, the brand’s US Twitter account asked its followers, “Who’s ready to shop online?”

H&M said just a few weeks ago that it would be launching ecommerce Stateside in August, but that announcement came after a years-long cycle of repeated promises and delays. After its much-lauded collaboration with Lanvin, H&M said it would launch ecommerce at the end of 2011. Then, in 2012, the brand said in a financial statement that it would have to push the launch back to Summer 2013.

There were rumors that the ecommerce would launch this June, but those turned out to be false.

But none of that matters now: The “Choose Region” page that greets the site’s users now features a little shopping bag next to the link for the US site. The United States joins Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden (of course), and the United Kingdom on the list of countries that can shop H&M’s website.

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H&M Finally Begins Online Sales in the U.S.

By Reuters

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By Anna Ringstrom

STOCKHOLM — Budget fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz launched an e-commerce operation in the U.S. on Thursday, taking on rivals in the world’s biggest online market.

The initiative is highly anticipated and follows successive delays. But retail experts say H&M may struggle to make the kind of profits from U.S. e-commerce enjoyed by pricier rivals.

H&M has prospered in the United States without a big online presence and is mindful of the likely impact on profit margins of the high shipping and return costs associated with such a vast country.

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However, with more and more shoppers buying clothes from home, the Swedish firm is speeding up its online roll-out to capture a slice of the growing market.

H&M has grown fast in recent years in the U.S., its second-biggest market, but has twice pulled back from announced dates for the online launch, blaming unexpected complexities in setting up an operation well-integrated with its stores.

Meanwhile, its main rival Inditex and others such as online e-store ASOS have expanded in the market, while Amazon (AMZN) is pushing further into apparel after eBay (EBAY) prospered with its fashion offering.

“You don’t want to lose out on being the port of call for younger shoppers. So H&M should really get in there,” Planet Retail consultant Isabel Cavill said.

Apparel has become one of the fastest-growing online retail segments. H&M has e-stores in eight European countries and says they are now as profitable as its bricks-and-mortar shops.

In North America, a quarter of clothing sales will take place on the Internet in 2030, up from 7 percent in 2011, Goldman Sachs (GS) predicts. Researcher Euromonitor International sees the U.S. online apparel market more than doubling in a decade to $41 billion in 2017.

“Generations of shoppers are growing up for whom the multi-channel is a basic expectation,” said Kantar Retail consultant Bryan Roberts.

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H&M has been struggling to work out a viable logistics model in the country, where many shoppers expect free deliveries.

“H&M is low-price, quite low-margin and makes it work by selling very high volumes. An issue with that is very high costs for shipping and, most significantly, returns. It’s a particular problem in the U.S.,” Conlumino consultant Neil Saunders said.

Up to half of fashion items sold online are returned. At H&M, a shopper may well buy up to three times as many items than at Zara or ASOS. Analysts place average prices at Zara at least 40 percent above H&M’s, with ASOS in between.

H&M’s U.S. online store offers free shipping but charges for returns. Items bought online cannot be returned in stores.

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Kate Middleton's Favorite Label Collaborates With Banana Republic

By Blue Carreon, Contributor

Before Kate Middleton, Issa was a little-known label in a world dominated by the likes of Donna Karan, Lanvin and even Jason Wu. That changed when Prince William and the would-be Duchess of Cambridge announced their engagement. Kate wore a silk blue wrap dress from Issa and immediately ignited a fashion frenzy. According to British Vogue, the Issa dress sold out within hours after the engagement was announced. Since then Kate has been spotted wearing different Issa dresses on several occasions, which has been instrumental in raising the profile of the brand globally. …read more

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Fall 2013's Star-Studded Campaigns

By Justin Fenner

Move over, models! A laundry list of celebrities have invaded the Fall 2013 campaigns, and they look just as good posing for still shots as they do giving lines to a movie camera. From Michelle Williams, who looks stunning in Louis Vuitton‘s latest handbag campaign, to Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge in Burberry‘s ads, there are lots of actors who shine brightly in this season’s best ads. A look at the ones that have caused the most buzz, here.

On Allie: Banana Republic dress, Massimo Dutti blazer. On Justin: Club Monaco shirt.

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Rihanna Confirms It: 2013's the Year of the Controversial T-Shirt!

By Randy Miller

Think there’s nothing scandalous about a plain white tee? Think again! The latest uproar to come out of the shirtmaking industry was today’s decision that Rihanna has won her legal battle against Topshop. The British retailer can no longer produce the tee design printed with her image, which the singer claimed could be misconstrued as official merchandise. The ruling from Justice Birss stated, “Topshop’s sale of this Rihanna t-shirt without her approval was an act of passing off.”

Gone are the days when judge’s chambers were restricted to suits and ties – t-shirts are having their day in court with not only Topshop, but also litigious streetwear from Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian label (which, let’s be honest, has its hands full) is currently facing a lawsuit with Nordstrom. The case was lodged by Peter Fonda, who was none too pleased to see his image on an Easy Rider shirt produced and sold without his permission. We’re spotting a trend here! …read more

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How Karlie Kloss Plans to Celebrate Her 21st Birthday

By Jen Michalski

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Beauty and the Beach: Kate Upton Stars in David Yurman's Fall Campaign

By Robert Khederian

If there’s one thing we love more than David Yurman‘s iconic twisted cables, it’s Kate Upton wearing David Yurman’s iconic twisted cables. The classic American model has been tapped by the brand to star in its Fall 2013 campaign, Beauty in Contrast.

“Through design, styling, and imagery, we tell a story of contrast in all its mesmerizing beauty,” David Yurman said in a statement about the campaign, whose black-and-white images pair classic designs with new ones in a pair of settings that range from a sandy beach to a sleek and minimal studio.

Whether it’s her thickly knit sweater against the dunes of the beach, the opulent jewels against a minimal background, or simply the stark transitions of light and dark in the exclusively black-and-white campaign – David Yurman shows that contrast has never been more beautiful than in this Fall.

Photo courtesy of David Yurman

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It's in the Bag: See More Images From Michelle Williams's Louis Vuitton Campaign

By Justin Fenner

The first two ads from Michelle Williams’s Fall 2013 handbag campaign for Louis Vuitton caused so much buzz on their own that it’s only natural to assume the other images will get tongues wagging, too.

The photos, which were shot by renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh, feature Williams posing with the brand’s new W and classic Capucines bags and wearing Marc Jacobs‘s Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection for the house. The brand said in a statement that it chose Williams for her enduring beauty because she picks challenging roles.

And with talent like hers, this surely won’t be the last time we see Williams in a campaign like this. Get a look at all of her ads here in the gallery.

Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton

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GQ Is Under Attack, Courtesy of One Direction's Fan Base

Was Diane Kruger Having an Off Year?

By Randy Miller

Was 2013 not Diane Kruger‘s year? Vanity Fair may think so. Among the shocking omissions and additions to the annual International Best-Dressed List, the ultrastylish dresser was excluded after having ranked in 2012.

Which isn’t to say there weren’t some stellar dressers on the list, which happily includes Kerry Washington, Jenna Lyons, Dree Hemingway, Caroline Issa, Lara Stone, Charlize Theron, Stella Tennant, and Tabitha Simmons. Snubs (or decisions construed as such) aren’t uncommon when compiling a list – everyone’s got an opinion, after all – but a few names that appeared (or didn’t) made us sit up and take notice. …read more

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How To Find Your Passion And Start A Growing Business

By Geri Stengel, Contributor

After 9 years of co-running a successful company, Shecky’s, known for its Girls Night Out events that combine cocktails, shopping and networking, Claudia Chan wanted more purpose in her life. Open yourself up to opportunity You can’t know where opportunity lies, if you’re not aware of what’s going on in the world. Chan became a sponge, soaking up marketplace trends until she fixated on one: women’s advancement had stagnated. Whether it is the percentage of women leading Fortune 1,000 companies, serving on their corporate boards, holding political office or raising money to scale their businesses, the numbers had stalled. “You can’t be what you can’t see,” Chan quoted Marie Wilson, an advocate of women’s issues, and founder and President of The White House Project. It’s not that women don’t have potential, but as Chan added to the quote, “you cannot become what you do not believe.” Women need to be exposed to more female role models. Seeing women like themselves who have succeeded, makes the possibility real. It’s inspiring and shows a path to follow. Know what you’re good at How could Chan inspire and encourage women to break barriers? By starting a more purposeful women’s media company that could provide ambitious women with honest advice and stories of today’s leading female role models that they normally would not have access to. And by convening these women at live events, she could help them build the networks they need to achieve their goals. While women build deep relationships with each other, to unlock our potential we need to open more doors for each other just as men do. From her past experience, Chan knows how to throw events that foster bonding. She had done this for nearly a decade with Shecky’s. Now she had a bigger purpose. Her company S.H.E. Globl Media has launched two media brands since it’s March 2012 inception. ClaudiaChan.com, a website that shares hundreds of exclusive interviews with inspirational women from Somaly Mam to Christy Turlington Burns, and S.H.E. Summit — an annual June women’s week of events that brings the content to life. The brands are designed to inspire women to dream big and do big with passion and purpose  Chan evaluated the marketplace and found there was no direct competition. There were some high-end conferences, but no publication or conference connecting today’s women leaders with the masses. Since women approach their lives holistically, not separating personal from business, Chan’s content also combines leadership with lifestyle. Self funding your businesses requires creative marketing tactics Chan chose not to raise money, she funded the company herself. She bootstrapped everything, including marketing the event. She was creative in promoting her events, partnering with other brands that aimed to inspire women, from women’s organization 85 Broads to fitness chain Physique 57  to fashion brand BCBGMAXAZRIA among others. The tactic worked. Only in its second year, the S.H.E. Summit Week attracted thousands of women to its 100+ events across the U.S. and globally. Build a great culture around your team’s skill sets and passions Chan …read more

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A Graphic Print Blazer From Nordstrom For Work And Play

By Courtney Rosica and Heidi Wildemann, Contributor

Whenever has their annual sale going on, we always find fabulous pieces on pre-season and end-of-summer sale and at least just as many at full price. Our predicament is that we always fall hardest for those pieces that aren’t marked down. Euphemistically we like to think this is a direct indicator of our fashion forwardness and ability to forecast trends. In reality, it’s just very inconvenient. …read more

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Shunning Plus-Size Shoppers Is Key To Lululemon’s Strategy, Insiders Say

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Back when she still worked at a Lululemon Athletica store in downtown Philadelphia, Elizabeth Licorish was struck by the contrasting ways the company showcased different sizes of its wildly popular yoga pants.

Most of the merchandise was presented out on the floor, hung on the walls, or folded neatly in cabinets for all the world to see. But the largest sizes — the 10s and the 12s — were relegated to a separate area at the back of the store, left clumped and unfolded under a table.

These larger offerings were rarely restocked, said Licorish, who worked at Lululemon for four months in 2011. The only styles available in those sizes were old designs whose fashion moment had long since passed.

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Shiona Turini Named Fashion Market Director At Cosmo & Melissa Kramer Named Fashion Director At Essence

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Who Can Deny It? Obamacare Is Accelerating U.S. Towards A Part-Time Nation

By Chris Conover, Contributor

Denialism may be too strong a term.[1] But there seem to be a lot of people arguing that Obamacare has little or nothing to do with the rise in part-time employment. Some deny the rise is even happening, while others are content to deny that Obamacare is the culprit. Admittedly, it takes a little detective work, but if we systematically review the available empirical evidence in an even-handed fashion, the conclusion seems inescapable: Obamacare is accelerating a disturbing trend towards “a nation of part-timers.” This is not good news for America. …read more

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Nicola Formichetti Officially "Too Busy" For Lady Gaga

By Justin Fenner

Nicola Formichetti’s list of jobs in fashion used to be long – and we do mean long. But in a recent interview, the designer, stylist, and fashion executive said he’s cut one big commitment from his life: Lady Gaga.

“She’s going to be my BFF forever, but my ex-assistant Brandon is heading that project,” he told WWD in an interview about his work as the creative fashion director at Uniqlo. (He’s also currently the artistic director of Diesel and the fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan, for those keeping track.) “I’m too busy with [other commitments]. I’ve done two albums with her, it’s been like five years, and you know, I’m always going to be involved somehow, but I cannot do it every day. She changes 12 times a day; it’s insane.”

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Meet the Star of Avicii's Latest Video: Denim & Supply

By Randy Miller

What happens when music and fashion collide? If Grammy-nominated Avicii and Denim & Supply’s “Wake Me Up” video is any indication, it’s a perfect harmony of style and sound. In the coproduced single (the first from the album True, which will be released on Sept. 17), the duo bring together the rustic strum of guitar with the equally earthy vibe of Ralph Lauren‘s Fall 2013 designs, most notably a navy military jacket that appears prominently throughout.

Of the innovative collaboration, David Lauren explained, “Ralph Lauren is always looking for ways to break new ground with innovative advertising . . . Avicii’s music, combined with Mark Seliger’s legendary experience shooting fashion and music icons, has allowed us to showcase the brand to our customers in an entirely new way.”

If you were as enamored with the video as we were – and the four minutes wasn’t nearly enough – wait until you see our exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the stylish shoot. …read more

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