Today’s Fashion Headlines. March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Whitney Port’s New (and Cheaper) Line

Whitney Port is launching a new line, WE by Whitney Eve, exclusively for Apricot Lane boutiques around the U.S. The budget-friendly collection — which boasts five styles for spring and a fuller line for fall — includes a black catsuit ($130), cream skirt ($104), cream blazer (left, $130), navy dress (right, $119) and cream blouse ($93).

Port launched her first line, Whitney Eve, in 2008, in the midst of her run on MTV’s The Hills. The line has always earned mostly positive reviews from fashion critics, and Port was lucky enough to show her fall 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week last month.

To celebrate her WE line, Port is throwing a “garden tea party” at Apricot Lane’s Ardmore, Penn., store on April 19, giving shoppers a chance to peruse the collection and meet the designer.

Iris Apfel Probably Hates Her Jimmy Choo

Iris Apfel loves fashion in many ways. So, the high heeled shoes that were named after her probably won’t be on the list. Yesterday, Jimmy Choo launched a new shoe in “ultimate homage to the grand dame of idiosyncratic fashion”. The Iris shoe, “inspired by the inimitable style of fashion innovator and doyenne of ethnic embellishment, Iris Apfel,” is a hand-woven leather sandal with a five inch killer heel, embellished with a cascade of resin chip ornaments, retailing at £895.

When asked by WWD for her views on the worst trend in current footwear, she responded: “Those big platforms and insanely high heels. They look like an orthopedist’s delight. I don’t see anything beautiful about them.”She continued to say that she likes “clean-looking shoes. I don’t mind if a shoe is embellished, but it has to be well designed. Manolo’s shoes seem perfectly designed. He knows what he’s doing. And there’s nothing that beats a classic pump.”

Vera Wang’s New Makeup

Vera Wang is planting her flag in a new business: color cosmetics. Wang, along with the BeautyBank division of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., will release a 74-stockkeeping-unit color collection in April. Exclusive to Kohl’s and, the Simply Vera Vera Wang color line complements the designer’s multifaceted brand with the retailer. “… A pop of color is such a gorgeous way to let your natural beauty shine through. It’s the ultimate accessory,” said the designer about the collection.

Many of the products, which range in price from $16.50 to $39.50, straddle the line between color and treatment ­— a necessity for Wang, who is religious about protecting her skin, she said, noting that it also “creates the perfect canvas” for colors to follow.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source: People; Telegraph UK; WWD
Photo: WWD

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