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Kick-Ass Chicks: Marissa Smith of NYLON Magazine

We can’t imagine that being NYLON’s Senior Fashion Market Editor is easy, but Marissa Smith sure knows how to make it look FUN. We’re constantly checking in with Marissa to stay in the loop for upcoming collections and collabs, and thought it was about time we introduce you to our go-to girl. With a closet filled with color and checkerboard, we just had to take Marissa to the Brooklyn USA Diner for a bright and bold photoshoot. Checkerboard on checkerboard? Yes, PLEASE! Read on to hear about Marissa’s journey at NYLON, and why Vans have been her style staple from the start.

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China Machado (1928–2016) | photo Richard Avedon

China (pronounced ‘Chee-na’), born as Noelie Dasouza Machado in Shanghai, China, was an iconic fashion model.

Muse to fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and photographer Richard Avedon in the 1950s and 1960s, China Machado was the first non-Caucasian person to be featured on the cover of US magazine Harper’s Bazaar (February 1959).

In the early 1960s she became senior fashion editor, and later still fashion director, for Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked for 11 years.

–serafino-finasero 20161218

Patch Perfect

Quirky cool patchwork has never looked so good

The embroidered patch look popularized by soldiers and specialized groups decades ago has since become a way to make a fashion statement among today’s top tastemakers. Denim bedecked with floral iron-ons and sweatshirts emblazoned with witty badges are the new norm for girls who covet that ‘cut and paste’ style. Now you can get that DIY look from cool-kid brands like Thierry Boutemy and Stella McCartney, whose eclectic collections show off a mélange of patches and prints. Bring out your scrappy side with an assortment of collage-like clothing and accessories that are guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

The Patched Look

Libertine Fall 2014

Mary Katrantzou Fall 2014

LOVE Magazine Senior Fashion Editor Phoebe Arnold at PFW Fall 2014

Blogger Alexandra Pereira of Lovely Pepa

Shop Patched Style

Collage Patch Long-Sleeve Crewneck

Collage Patch Skinny Jeans

ETRE CECILE chest patch sweatshirt

STELLA MCCARTNEY patchwork design jeans

Patch Embellished Cotton Denim Shirt

Flower Patches On Boyfriend Denim Jeans

Lauren Moshi Color Patch Brenna L/S Pullover In Black

Pilcro Premium Hyphen Embellished Patchwork Jeans

Patched Leather Backpack

Royal Collage New Era 9Fifty Snapback

‘Ryne - Bunny Hop’ Patch Tee

Patched Cotton Canvas Jacket

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Jeans Orb T-Shirt With Patchwork Applique

Eye Patchwork On Leather Backpack

Like what you see? Shop more embroidered patchwork here.

china machado is a legend like harper’s bazaar refused to print her photos and then dick avedon threatened to break contract and stop photographing for the magazine unless they published her images and then she became the first non-white model on the cover and then after three years of working as a model with avedon exclusively, she became senior fashion editor and eventual fashion director of the magazine that refused to let her photos run in the first place like gag

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Time for some MAJOR fashion inspo! Music Editor Sergio Kletnoy and Stylist James Demolet posed with Lily during her fierce photo shoot for the June issue of Cosmo. Obviously, Lily KILLED it. <3 Which look is YOUR favorite?! 

For more from Sergio, follow him on Twitter and Instagram

Interview by Music Editor Sergio Kletnoy. Style by Senior Fashion Editor James Demolet. Photos by Ben Watts. 

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DAYS IN LA: SUPERSTAR KELLAN LUTZ PHOTOGRAPHED BY ARNALDO ANAYA-LUCCA FOR THE MAY 2014 ISSUE OF GQ JAPAN.STYLED BY GRANT PEARCE,SENIOR FASHION EDITOR: JACKY TAM,HAIR AND GROOMING BY KINDRA MANN AT THE WALL GROUP,PHOTO ASSISTANTS: NORMAN NELSON,NATHAN STEPHEN AND DEAN PODMORE,DIGITAL CAPTURE AND DIGITAL RETOUCHING BY VERSATILE STUDIOS NYC,DIGITAL OPERATOR: MARYLENE MEY,SHOT AT THE LEGENDARY BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL.

I absolutely love to bake, and I’m a sucker for a beautifully shot cake recipe that looks like a challenge. So last summer (before I started working at InStyle!), I was thumbing through the July 2013 issue and came across this star-spangled ombre cake.

I had been looking for the perfect red, white and blue dessert to make for the weekend, so this was a no-brainer. I was celebrating the Fourth at my parents’ lake house in Wisconsin and was also hosting a birthday party for one of my dearest friends. I followed the basics from the recipe and added my own twist. I started with blue on the bottom and worked my way up to white, pink, and finally, bright red at the top for a total of nine layers (yes, nine–the cake was more than a foot and a half tall!).

I topped it off with my own homemade frosting (a recipe I first discovered from Magnolia bakery, and one I have used consistently ever since), and dressed it up with multicolored sprinkles and a message to the birthday girl. It was one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever made, and it was definitely a crowd favorite.

Head over to InStyle.com for the original ombre cake recipe.

–Kim Peiffer, InStyle.com Senior Fashion News Editor

The Top Style Stars of 2014 

See who made the list and snag their on-point style

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, it’s time to look back on the best in fashion, from trends to trendsetters. Today, we’re spotlighting our top style stars of the year, including up-and-coming actresses, celebrities and fashion week-goers. There were a number of beautiful and seriously chic women to choose from, so the decision wasn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed our favorites down to 10. Scroll down to see the lovely ladies who made the list, and shop their styles with our hand-selected picks below!

1. Lupita Nyong’o

If there was one person who continuously killed it on the red carpet this year, it was rising actress and Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o. Her flattering, brightly-colored gowns and effortless poise caught our attention every time.

Lupita Nyong’o wearing a Prada gown at the 2014 Oscars

CUSHNIE ET OCHS zip front dress

VALENTINO a-line dress

The Coveted Headband

2. Annina Mislin

Fairly new to the frenzy of fashion week, Annina Mislin, an editor at C Magazine, stepped on to the scene in minimal, beautiful ensembles, styled with a close attention to detail. We soon found her to be an expert at what might sound oxymornic - simple, showstopping looks.

Annina Mislin at NYFW Fall 2014

Waxed-leather biker jacket

Leslie Button Down Tunic

Ilva Ankle Strap Sandals

3. Pernille Teisbaek

Fashion blogger Pernille Teisbaek of Look de Pernille has an exceptional knack for styling a mix of pieces together to create unique looks that are every bit cool. She combines bright colors with black and trends with classic items to create her own blend of fun and sophisticated style.

Pernille Teisbaek at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014

Poncho Coat

Faux Leather Skinny Jeans

Cut Out Cat Eye Sunglasses

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If you’re dying to try out this season’s pajama trend for yourself then you’re in luck! Mary Kate Steinmiller, our Senior Fashion Editor, shares some easy ways to make pjs look practical. 

Solutions include wearing just a top or bottom, and dressing the look up with fancy footwear or an accent piece of jewelry >>

Sweet (day) dreams!