PART OF TOPSHOP'S RUNWAY COLLECTION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SALE IN SEPTEMBER

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Backstage at Topshop's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree
Backstage at Topshop's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

Ah, consumers and their perceived demand for instant newness. Topshop Unique, the fast-fashion retailer's higher-priced runway collection, is the latest brand to go (partially) see now, buy now. It will offer select pieces from what it's calling a "September 2016 collection" for sale immediately after the presentation during London Fashion Week on Sept. 18 — both at the show venue, Old Spitalfields market, at select Topshop stores around the world, and online. The rest of the collection will hit stores and the site on Nov. 11.

"The starting point for the Unique collection is always the celebration of British style and its rich heritage, so we feel Spitalfields provides the perfect backdrop to showcase our new collection," says Creative Director Kate Phelan in a statement. "With a history steeped in over 350 years of selling to the general public, we also feel it's a fitting venue in which to debut our 'Runway-to-Retail' concept."

Topshop joins the ranks of an increasing number of brands who have expedited the time between runway show and retail floor either completely (such as Kate Spade, Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford) or through special capsules (such as Prada, Courrèges, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Creatures of the Wind, Versus, Banana Republic and more). 

As a fast-fashion brand that primarily sells directly to its consumers, Topshop and its Unique line are in an interesting position. Most of its shoppers, already accustomed to constantly rotating fresh product, aren't looking to spend £55 to £1,000 (about $70 to $1,300) on the retailer's most elaborate collection. But as the prestige value of a long-lead runway show has dramatically waned over the last year, it's actually surprising Topshop didn't start this process sooner. 

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Every Year Without Fail, This Accessory Pops Up at Fashion Week

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Classic designer bags may pair well with every outfit, but come Fashion Week, the most stylish ladies don't want versatile, polished, or even superchic: they want options that'll stand out in the crowd. So they hunt for statement-making styles that'll do just that, pairing their vibrant — yet totally on-trend — ensembles with clutches and crossbodies that are a quirky kind of cool. From Skittles to phones to cheeky little sayings, see the silly purses that have popped up during the last few seasons. We can't wait to see what Spring '17 holds!A little something sweet.Time to hop it from show to show.We agree.Yes, girl.Sealed with some style.You mean the bag, right?We gotta hand it to her: this is cute.What a doll!Story time!

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This Is The Natural Girl’s Alternative To Sephora

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When you think of Sephora, is it rows upon rows of trusty products you envision? Does your heart lurch to try every last thing in the store? This is what we experience when we enter the beauty mecca—but lately, another retailer has been eliciting the same response. Credo is a San Francisco-based company focused on curating the best of clean beauty, carefully selecting brands and products that are sourced ethically, formulated with healthy ingredients and promise actual results. With locations in SF and New York (as well as a fully stocked website), Credo elevates the natural beauty experience with sophisticated storefronts, beautiful packaging and knowledgeable staff—just the right amount of gloss without seeming intimidating or out-of-touch. As we think it’ll be the next big thing in beauty (thanks in part to an industry-wide shift towards more conscious consumption), we tapped Credo’s founder Shashi Batra for a crash course on what makes the store so special.

WHAT WAS THE IMPETUS FOR CREDO?

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Credo's NYC storefront. Photo: Courtesy

"We set out to create Credo because we saw no place where this emerging group of beautiful brands (we identified over 100 of them), could find a place to present themselves in an environment where there was expertise, elegance and beauty. Our mission is to change the way people think about what they put on their bodies. We do this by providing a destination that has the most comprehensive collection of beautiful, effective and safe beauty brands and products in the world."

HOW DO YOU VET PRODUCTS FOR THE STORE?

"We start with our Dirty Ingredient list. Every brand we consider must not have any of the ingredients on that list. From there we evaluate the formula—efficacy, texture and scent—the packaging and the overall raison d'être. As merchants we also try to understand its fit within the assortment we already have to make sure we are filling the gaps and not overwhelming the customer with too many choices. We also consider price points, as we want to carry easily accessible options for our customers."

WHY ARE CONSUMERS GETTING MORE INTERESTED IN CLEAN BEAUTY?

"It’s happening for many reasons. One is the wealth of information that's out there empowers people to know what they are consuming. Another is the existence of similar parallels in consumer categories where sustainability, ethical sourcing, environmental impact and health are already key factors in decision-making, food being one obvious example. Furthermore, the overall shift to conscientious consumption and a healthy lifestyle innate to millennials [are influential factors]."

WHICH BRANDS ARE INNOVATING IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY SPACE?

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Goop by Juice Beauty at Credo. Photo: Courtesy

"Kjaer Weis, African Botanics, De Mamiel, Plume Science, Suntegrity, RMS, Pai, Marie Veronique, Lake and Skye, Reverie, Tata Harper and Goop by Juice Beauty."

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR RECOMMENDED NATURAL BEAUTY "STARTER KIT"?

  • Pai Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleanser – "A great cleanser for day or night that is very gentle but effective at removing makeup. This alcohol-free cleanser will leave your skin feeling moisturized and is great for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin."
  • January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist – "This toner is amazing for reducing redness and preventing breakouts. It’s healing, soothing and moisturizing."
  • Maya Chia Super Couple Ultra Luxe Serum – "This serum does not mess around—not only does it prevent wrinkles, it also brightens skin, is super moisturizing and helps fight against free-radical damage."
  • Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream – "A moisturizer great for all skin types that delivers hydration and UV protection."

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Banana Republic Fall For It All

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Banana Republic Fall Collection: We are bursting with all things new this month, as the cool air settles in and makes itself at home.

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It’s all about taking that chill and translating it into stylish layers of versatility and amazing outerwear that we are deeming our best collection yet.

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The final layer is earning its title of “top coat” with exquisite new attention to detail and unexpected shapes and patterns for men & women.

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“We wanted to make statement pieces that are also investment pieces” Josephine, Women’s Design. Mission accomplished – from soft alpaca, to structured wools; textured plaid to moto-inspired cocoon jackets, these are the covetable pieces earning the top spot on coat racks everywhere.

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New arrivals include sweaters, sweaters and more sweaters. It’s the season to stock up on new colors and patterns; cardigans, turtlenecks and chunky cables.

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Fall for it all! A crisp new month. Fresh new arrivals. A whole new you.

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Taylor Swift Wears a Neon Yellow Two-Piece Look, Accessorizes It as Only She Can

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Nary a day goes by that Swift doesn't set foot outside her apartment in some cute, charming, wearable look we kick ourselves for not thinking of first. Here, a catalog of every single impressive outfit.For an evening out to dinner in NYC, Swift wore a neon yellow two-piece, top-and-skirt look. She accessorized the sunny statement with a navy pullover, beige sandals, and a bright pink purse.

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KATE MIDDLETON WEARS — SURPRISE! — L.K. BENNETT AGAIN IN LONDON

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Kate Middleton visiting the YoungMinds Mental Health Charity Helpline in London. Photo: Neil Mockford/GC Images
Kate Middleton visiting the YoungMinds Mental Health Charity Helpline in London. Photo: Neil Mockford/GC Images

After Wednesday's charity event for Youthscape, Kate Middleton continued raising awareness for her favorite cause, children's mental health, with a visit to the YoungMinds headquarters in London on Thursday. Though we're used to seeing the Duchess of Cambridge repeat outfits, her latest look is a new one. The nude-colored accessories, however, are Middleton signatures. We almost wonder if she stocks multiples of that L.K. Bennett "Nina" clutch.

It comes as no surprise that, like Wednesday's outfit, the red dress is by L.K. Bennett. Middleton sported a similar version from the British line last year at Wimbledon, which had a slightly longer hemline and sleeves. 

Of course, the knee-length dress she wore on Thursday, called "Eugenia," is sold out, but there are plenty of alternatives available online. If you still want to go for a British designer, this Alexander McQueen cap-sleeve dress is strikingly similar. New York label Parker offers a budget-friendly look-alike, while Rebecca Taylor designed a fit-and-flare dress, too, which is made from a textured knit and comes in a lighter shade of orange-red.

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