In Character: Puss in Boots

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Personalities deserving of their spinoffs: Lauren Conrad, Wolverine, Flavor Flav, and Puss in Boots. I mean, that cool cat obviously knows how to accessorize. —erica

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A Janessa Leone hat that can be clutched to sell that whole I’m-just-a-sweet-kitty act.

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An Isabel Marant belt, ready to hold a sword that’s almost as big as he is.

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Over-the-knee boots from Alexander Wang that Donkey’s likely jealous of.

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Where They Were Then: Isabel Marant

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Want to look like a crazy-cool French girl? Then you’ve gotta hit up the craziest-cool French girl there is, Isabel Marant. See how she got to be such a BFD. —bea koch

1967 - Isabelle is born in Paris—yes, Isabelle, not Isabel!—to a model mother and photographer father. So kewl. After her parents divorce, she splits time between the two and travels to exotic spots in Asia, Africa, and India for family vacays.

1978 - Eleven years old and hoping to add a few inches to her slight frame, Isabelle puts pieces of cork into her Adidas sneaks (fast-forward to 2012 to see the trend this foreshadows). She also decides to change her name to Isabel, dropping the -le because four classmates use that spelling—boring.

1982 - When young Isabel can’t find any clothes she likes, she starts swiping her dad’s old dressing gowns and sweaters. Finally, she asks for a sewing machine to really up her game. 

1985 - Isabel teams up with a buddy Christophe Lemaire (who’s now head designer at a little ol’ company called Hermès) to sell a few designs to friends. Their success making pieces from, oh, red and white table linens motivates Isabel to ditch her plans to study economics and enroll at the big-deal Studio Bercot for fashion instead.

1987 - After graduating, Isabel works as a fit model for Parisian designer Michael Klein. She also hooks up with model-turned-designer Bridget Yorke and works on two collections for her label, Yorke and Cole, before assisting art director Marc Ascoli on maj projects for the likes of Yohji Yamamoto and Chloé.

1989 - Her first undertaking on her own: a jewelry line (which helps her land gigs designing accessories for brands like cult eighties fave Claude Montana).

1990 - Helping out with her mom’s sweater line Christa Fiedler makes her realize that, hey, she’s got a knack for this business, and she and her maman launch the short-lived knitwear label Twen.

1994 - Rebranding, Isabel establishes the co. that bears her name. Her goal? Making comfy, cool clothes for real girls. Her first fashion show is modeled by friends in the courtyard of an abandoned building in Paris. 

1997 - Isabel meets Jérôme Dreyfuss, who’s seven years younger and then an assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier. After some sweet talking on Jérôme’s part, the two become a couple.

1998 - Isabel starts doing guest collections for the popular French catalogue brand, La Redoute. And! She launches her I*M line in Japan and opens her first store in her hometown.

1999 - She really wants to sell to real girls—not joking. Isabel launches the lower-priced Étoile line, with a focus on jeans ‘n tees. 

2003 - Taking a break for family, Isabel gives birth to son Tal with now-husband (and now-handbag-designer) Jérôme.

2004 - Inspired by the new addition to her fam, Isabel adds some freshness to her offerings as well: a children’s line.

2006 - American fans go nuts when Isabel collaborates with Anthropologie—they had a pretty tough finding her clothes before then.

2009 - Her designs get real comfortable with the red carpet when celeb clients like Rachel Weisz and Sienna Miller start wearing them to splashy events.

2010 - Isabel’s Otway boots are such a massive hit that The Wall Street Journal devotes a whole story to the frenzy. And diehards in the U.S. of A. rejoice when Isabel opens a shop in Soho, just next door to her husband’s handbag shop (awwww). It girl Alexa Chung declares, “I buy everything Isabel Marant ever looked at.” We feel ya, Alexa.

2012 - If you thought those boots were a hit, get ready for her Bobby hidden wedge sneakers (the ones she basically dreamt up in 1978). They spur boatloads of copycats, and, for her troubles, Isabel’s named to the Vogue 120 list of movers and shakers under 45—tough competition.

2013 - Isabel collaborates with H&M, and people straight-up lose their shit. Pieces resell for three times their price on eBay, and the line gets rave reviews from shoppers and critics alike.

2014 - Bobby, Beckett, Poppy, Dicker—Isabel’s shoes have a habit of creating loooong waiting lists. The latest icon-in-the-making: the Holden sandal, which kind of looks like a jazzy spa shoe (or a fancy-pants Birkenstock).

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Weather Vain: Anchorage, Alaska - 34 and Clear

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I’m going to save my first adventure to the City of Lights and Flowers for a time of year when there are, you know, flowers, but if you happen to be in AK today, here’s what I think you should wear—and what you should do! —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Carven turtleneck, for cozying up to some seafood at Marx Bros. Cafe.

+ Frame Denim jeans that aren’t too fancy for some reindeer sausage.

+ Floral Kenzo gloves—because it’s too frosty to really experience any of the stunning natural scenery.

+ A Baggu bucket bag as caramel-y as a Bavarian Hefeweizen from Glacier Brewhouse.

+ An Isabel Marant coat, with a hood! In case your ears get chilly.

+ A K/LLER bracelet that would look fiiiiine resting on the bar at Hotel Captain Cook.

+ Velvet slip-ons c/o Rag & Bone that are cozy enough to watch the Alaska Aces play some ice hockey.

There’s a whole lot of “Weather Vain” to be had if you’re looking…

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Weather Vain: Cincinnati, Ohio - 14 and Mostly Cloudy

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Man, it’s cold today in Cincy. So bundle up—and try not to let the chill hold you back. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A winter coat—from Suno—that’s more sleek than it is snowman.

+ A Baggu tote that coordinates with Metropole's seared radishes and  baked cranberry beans.

+ Knee-high boots, from Cynthia Vincent, for stomping around Over-the-Rhine.

+ A Eugenia Kim hat that shields as much of your noggin as possible.

+ An Isabel Marant sweater, ideal for cozying up for a movie at Esquire Theatre.

+ J Brand jeans that are laid-back (and worn-in) enough for a visit to Rhinegeist Brewery

+ A Jennie Kwon ring that won’t get in the way of any of your frigid-weather gear.

+ Acne gloves that would look great wrapped around a macchiato from Collective Espresso.

All the “Weather Vain” you can take! All you gotta do is click here.

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Medal Heads: 21 Ways to Support Team USA (With Your Clothes)

The Olympics are upon us—and NBC’s not gonna let you forget it. Are you ready to let your patriotism shine? Huh? Here, 21 pieces from way-cool designers to make bobsledder Aja Evans, figure-skater Gracie Gold, and all-around badass Billie Jean King proud. —erica

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Clockwise from top left: MSGMIsabel MarantClare VivierEmma Cook,Loeffler Randall, DannijoThierry Lasry.

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Doug Johnston.

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Lena Wald.

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Clockwise from top left: Sophie Hulme3.1 Phillip LimEtoile Isabel MarantRaquel Allegra.

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Emma Cook.

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Salti.

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Clockwise from top left: Herschel Supply Co.KenzoSherriff&Cherry,KenzoLizzie Fortunato.

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Tabitha Simmons.

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Weather Vain: Indianapolis, Indiana - -13 and Mostly Cloudy

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Yes, that’s right: NEGATIVE THIRTEEN. So better bundle up, Indy. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Pure (non-Ugg) coziness in the form of Jeffrey Campbell boots.

+ Black leather mittens by Carolina Amato—as slick as the lobby of The Alexander hotel.

+ A super-serious down coat Helmut Lang—’cause you got to.

+ A stripe-y Eugenia Kim hat for scoping out the local street art. From your car. 

+ K/LLER earrings that have a certain icicle-ness about them.

+ A big ol’ Jérôme Dreyfuss bag—to carry everything you could possibly need so you don’t have to go outside, like, ever.

+ A CdG CdG creation that’s technically a scarf…but could pass for a blanket.

+ Isabel Marant cords—this is not a day for tights.

+ A quilted Rag & Bone sweatshirt that’ll warm you up as fast as a ribeye (and bread pudding?) at St. Elmo will.

Dealing with some cray forecasts on your end? Check out our “Weather Vain” archives.

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Lena Wald Gives Us a Way-Chic Tour of Paris’s Left Bank

This will make you want to take a two-year trip to the city, too.

Jewelry designer Lena Wald and her boyfriend made the call to move to Paris with their sons two whole weeks before leaving. The verdict after two years in the city? Best decision ever. “I loved that you didn’t have to go looking for things to do,” says Lena. “You could just walk outside and be somewhere beautiful, or you would stumble upon something going on that you didn’t know about.” And though she and her fam have been back in L.A. since 2011, Paris’s 6th arrondissement is still her home-away-from-home. Here are some of the former haunts that she misses most. —meghana gandhi

Food

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Pizza Chic
“This place is great for kids. It’s owned by the people who own Merci, who are the founders of Bonpoint—so it really is chic. And the pizza is fantastic.”
(13 rue Mézières)

Le Comptoir du Relais
“This restaurant is in the Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain. It’s a bistro by day, a gastro by night—and it’s really delicious. It’s very difficult to get in, because they give preference to people staying in the hotel, but you can sometimes get a reservation.”
(9 Carrefour de l’Odéon)

Tan Dinh
“This place serves amazing Vietnamese food. I went here with Kelly Wearstler, who says she dreams about the soup.”
(60 rue de Verneuil)

L’épicerie des Saints-Pères d’Olivier Pitou
“We used to love this little market. The owners have an amazing flower shop (called Flower) across the street.”
(23 rue des Saints-Pères)

Huilerie Artisanale J.Leblanc et fils
“This place was on my street. The company has been around since 1878. They have the most amazing pistachio oil, and they also have pine nut oil and walnut oil. It’s all delicious. It tastes very pure.”
(12 rue Jacob)

Sights

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Deyrolle
“This taxidermy shop is so old-school. It’s like nowhere else in the world. You can only find it in Paris.”
(46 rue du Bac)

Serge Gainsbourg’s Apartment
“The building is covered in graffiti and has become a memorial because people write notes about Serge on it. The artist Space Invader even did a little Serge Gainsbourg on the building.”
(5 bis rue de Verneuil)

Shopping

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“This shop has all of the furniture that I love: Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Serge Mouille. They have some of the best examples of work by these designers (besides, of course, the pieces that I curate at Maxfield Gallery!).”
(18 & 33 rue de Seine)

Isabel Marant
“This store was also on my street, so I would pass by it all the time. She always uses good fabrics, including a lot of natural fabrics. I just like her sensibility—it’s easy to wear.”
(1 rue Jacob)

Galerie Yves Gastou
“This store has a great mix of furniture. They have a lot of amazing pieces from the forties, fifties, sixties, and seventies.”
(12 rue Bonaparte)

Karry’O
“She has great vintage jewelry—including some important pieces—as well as some new things. It’s a fun jewelry shop.”
(62 rue des Saints-Pères)

Lena’s new edition has us feeling all kinds of patriotic—check it out now!

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In Character: Violet Beauregarde

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Obviously when you watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you cheer for Charlie. But if he hadn’t gotten a golden ticket? I would have been rooting for Violet. Here, how to copy her look (before she had to be sent to the Juicing Room). —erica

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A sailor-inspired Labour of Love getup in a foreshadowing color.

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A bright red Carven belt—as attention-grabbing as her record-breaking gum-chewing.

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A fitted blue Isabel Marant jacket that Miss Cornelia Prince Medal back in Miles City, Montana, would have been toootally jealous of.

Head here to get your “In Character” fix!

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Next Level: Embroidered Pants

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Ready to put on some fancy pants? Oh, GOOD. ‘Cause we have just the pairs for you. —erica

LEVEL I: The gray stitching and abstract motif on these guys is so subtle-cool—which is basically Isabel Marant's M.O.

LEVEL II: These Band of Outsiders pants say, “I have really dope parties at my summer house in Newport.”

LEVEL III: Though these 3.1 Phillip Lim puppies can totally go dressy, how good would they be with a half-tucked white tee?

LEVEL IV: Mara Hoffman is not afraid to go there. Clearly.

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Next Level: Red and Blue

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While red and blue can be plenty patriotic, they don’t have to be. Here, four ways to embrace the combo without looking like you’re wearing the designs of Betsy Ross. —erica

LEVEL I: This Holst + Lee necklace plus and white button-down and jeans equals throwback Lauren Hutton.

LEVEL II: Good luck losing this way-bright Rebecca Minkoff bag in a cab.

LEVEL III: The pattern may be bold, but everything else about this Tucker dress is so simple and preeeeetty.

LEVEL IV: Yah, yah—Isabel Marant is the queen of the fashion high-top. But this pair has an old-school, minimalist vibe that makes them a real standout.

So much more “Next Level” thisaway!

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