BREGJE HEINEN MODELS 1960’S INSPIRED MINI SKIRTS IN ELLE GERMANY

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Bregje Heinen stars in ELLE Germany's August issue
Bregje Heinen stars in ELLE Germany’s August issue

The 1960’s are back with this editorial featured in ELLE Germany’s August 2016 issue. Model Bregje Heinen flaunts her legs in looks from the fall-winter collectionsof Michael Kors, Gucci, Bally and more. Photographed by Pasquale Abbattista and styled by Kathrin Seidel, the blonde beauty goes from cocktail lounge to city streets in the spread. For beauty, hairstylist Deycke Heidorn creates a modern beehivewhile makeup artist Paco Blancos gives her a smokey eyeshadow look.


The model poses in 1960's inspired mini skirts in the fashion editorial
The model poses in 1960’s inspired mini skirts in the fashion editorial
Bregje Heinen wears Coach minidress with gold details
Bregje Heinen wears Coach minidress with gold details
The model has a sixties moment in fur coat and miniskirt
The model has a sixties moment in fur coat and miniskirt
Bregje Heinen wears Gucci dress and heels
Bregje Heinen wears Gucci dress and heels
Bregje Heinen poses in Bally ruffle embellished minidress
Bregje Heinen poses in Bally ruffle embellished minidress
Bregje Heinen models Michael Kors Collection embellished dress and leopard print jacket
Bregje Heinen models Michael Kors Collection embellished dress and leopard print jacket
The model walks out in Michael Kors Collection leopard print coat
The model walks out in Michael Kors Collection leopard print coat

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WE FOUND DRUGSTORE MAKEUP DUPES FOR KYLIE'S BIRTHDAY COLLECTION

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The currently sold-out Kylie Cosmetics Limited Edition Birthday Collection. Photo: Kylie Cosmetics


The currently sold-out Kylie Cosmetics Limited Edition Birthday Collection. Photo: Kylie Cosmetics



Chances are, you missed out on Kylie Jenner's limited-edition birthday makeup collection, as most — though shockingly not all — of the items sold out rapidly. Then there's the even realer possibility that you didn't particularly want to drop $200 on it. But maybe you're still coveting those shimmering lip glosses and gold-tinged eye shadows. Good news: There's this thing called adrugstore, and it's stocked with an awesome array of makeup offerings. It's the perfect place to find (much cheaper!) dupes for Kylie's makeup collection.

We combed the drugstore beauty aisles (and, fine, the lower-priced items on Ulta.com) in order to find inexpensive dupes that could totally pass for Kylie's products. Just maybe not in an Instagram flat-lay. Sorry.

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Fabulous Find of the Week: Target Embroidered Peasant Top

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Embroidered details are definitely on trend for spring. With the resurgence of '60s and '70s, hippie-inspired styles, embroidery is everywhere, along with its friends fringe, suede, and denim. 

If you want to add some embroidery to your wardrobe, check out this week's Fabulous Find: a black, tie-front peasant top from Target. It's currently on sale for under $  , and it's the perfect flowy, breezy piece for warm weather (plus, you can take it to all those upcoming music festivals!). 

Interested? Then read on for a closer look:

The Top

Mossimo Supply Co. Embroidered Peasant Top in Ebony - at Target

Outfit Inspiration

Now, a few ideas on how to style this find:

Outfit #1

Products: BlouseJeansPlatformsBanglesNail Polish

For a fun, flirty take on this top, try pairing it with trendy flare jeans. Coral block-heel platform sandals add another trendy touch, but with a modern pop of color. Accessorize with feminine touches like stacked bangles and lavender nails. 

Outfit #2

Products: BlouseJacketJeansFlatsEarrings

For a casual, modern look, pair this blouse with green moto-detailed jeans. A worn-in denim jacket adds to the dressed-down, everyday feel, while black lace-up flats add a trendy touch. Lastly, finish with a pair of subtle yet contemporary stud earrings. 

Outfit #3

Products: BlouseSkirtBootiesBagHat

This all-out '70s look pairs this embroidered blouse with a throwback denim skirt. Add suede booties and a black wide-brim hat for a casual, country feel. Lastly, add some bright spring color with a mustard yellow crossbody bag.

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EXCLUSIVE: JULIA S BY HENRYK IN ‘GREEN HOUSE’

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Dress Bianca Spender, Coat Discount Universe, Glasses Gucci, Rings Dinosaur Designs
Dress Bianca Spender, Coat Discount Universe, Glasses Gucci, Rings Dinosaur Designs

Photographer Henryk captures FGR’s latest exclusive which focuses on contemporary party fashion. Against a backdrop of plastic and wallpaper, model Julia S lounges in a mix of statement jackets, bold prints and metallics. Stylist Fleur Egan selects the designs of Gucci, Burberry, YSL and more. For beauty, hairstylist Natalie Anne Ayoub creates Julia’s short bob while makeup artist Amelia Axton gives her a dark red pout.


Dress Burberry, Jacket Raey, Bag Christian Louboutin, Rings Dinosaur Designs (On Him) Jacket Discount Universe, Glasses Gucci
Dress Burberry, Jacket Raey, Bag Christian Louboutin, Rings Dinosaur Designs (On Him) Jacket Discount Universe, Glasses Gucci
(On Her) Pink Blazer Daniel Avakian, Pink Shirt Kate Sylvester, Red Pants Kate Sylvester, Belt The Sleeveless Society, Sunglasses Gucci, Rings Dinosaur Designs (On Him) Jacket Wheels and Dollbaby
(On Her) Pink Blazer Daniel Avakian, Pink Shirt Kate Sylvester, Red Pants Kate Sylvester, Belt The Sleeveless Society, Chain Bag Burberry, Sunglasses Gucci, Rings Dinosaur Designs (On Him) Jacket Wheels and Dollbaby
Yellow Skirt Trelise Cooper, Bra Lonely Hearts, Coat Toni Maticevski, Belt Torrance, Hat Hatmaker
Yellow Skirt Trelise Cooper, Bra Lonely Hearts, Coat Toni Maticevski, Belt Torrance, Hat Hatmaker
Dress Discount Universe, Coat Burberry, Earrings Dinosaur Designs
Dress Discount Universe, Coat Burberry, Earrings Dinosaur Designs
Gold Blazer Torrance, Gold Skirt Torrance, White Shirt Alice McCall, Belt Torrance
Gold Blazer Torrance, Gold Skirt Torrance, White Shirt Alice McCall, Belt Torrance
Stripe Pants Daniel Avakian, Floral Dress Kaliver, Necklace Dinosaur Designs, Bag YSL available at Cosmopolitan Shoes
Stripe Pants Daniel Avakian, Floral Dress Kaliver, Necklace Dinosaur Designs, Bag YSL available at Cosmopolitan Shoes
Glasses Gucci, Skirt Toni Maticevski, Coat Wheels and Dollbaby
Glasses Gucci, Skirt Toni Maticevski, Coat Wheels and Dollbaby
Dress Discount Universe, Coat Burberry, Earrings Dinosaur Designs
Dress Discount Universe, Coat Burberry, Earrings Dinosaur Designs
(On Her) Pink Blazer Daniel Avakian, Pink Shirt Kate Sylvester, Red Pants Kate Sylvester, Belt The Sleeveless Society, Sunglasses Gucci, Rings Dinosaur Designs (On Him) Jacket Wheels and Dollbaby
(On Her) Pink Blazer Daniel Avakian, Pink Shirt Kate Sylvester, Red Pants Kate Sylvester, Belt The Sleeveless Society, Sunglasses Gucci, Chain Bag Burberry, Rings Dinosaur Designs (On Him) Jacket Wheels and Dollbaby

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HOW OLYMPIC GYMNASTIC LEOTARDS GET MADE

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Laurie Hernandez at Sunday's Olympic Games qualifications in Rio. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Laurie Hernandez at Sunday's Olympic Games qualifications in Rio. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Kelly McKeown has been in the business of Olympic gymnastic leotards for over 20 years: she cut her teeth leading up to the 1996 Atlanta Games when USA Gymnastics won gold for the very first time; and right now, she's in Rio de Janeiro cheering on Simone BilesGabby DouglasAly Raisman and the rest of the impressive 2016 team as they go for gold in the colorful, Swarovski-covered leotards she designed just for them. With USA Gymnastics coach Márta Károlyi's approval, of course. 

In 2006, McKeown joined GK Elite, the world's largest gymnastics apparel company, where she is now the executive vice president of design and corporate relations. It's a multi-part business: GK Elite sells all kinds of competitive all-star cheerleading and gymnastics apparel, designs sideline cheerleading team uniforms in a licensing partnership with Under Armour, owns swimwear company Dolfin, has a licensing agreement with Cirque du Soleil and is about to launch a leotard collection with Disney. But perhaps most excitingly, the company designs and manufactures leotards and uniforms for the women's and men's Olympic gymnastics team in a triangulated partnership with Under Armour and USA Gymnastics. It is an eight-year agreement that is halfway through, and involves the design of leotards not just for the Olympic Games, but also for all major USA Gymnastics elite events including the World Championships. 

I spoke with McKeown last week before she took off for Rio about the design process, how the technology of leotard design has changed throughout her career and how she and her team approach designing USA's leotards differently from those for other countries. (That's right: Dutch and Russian gymnastics are also officially outfitted by GK Elite.) Read on for our conversation. 

Simone Biles at Sunday's qualifications. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images
Simone Biles at Sunday's qualifications. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

How does the design process work for Olympic leotards? How long have you all been working on this?

That process really takes about two years— making sure we're on the same page with USA Gymnastics and with Under Armour and looking at some different options and then drilling it down into more of a direction with what resonates well with the athletes and with their leaders. Márta Károlyi, being in charge of the women's team, she's definitely the final decision maker when it comes to what the leotards should look like. 

[Each gymnast will get] eight competitive leotards and 12 training leotards. There’s sometimes a lot more of a playful vibe when it comes to the training leotards, and a very regal chic.... We laugh because we call it a prom gown for competition. Because these girls, at that level, do not go to prom. They live in the gym and they forgo so many things that are normal to a teenager in school. They want to walk out onto that competition floor and feel beautiful and feel confident and so Márta Károlyi does an amazing job of making sure they have that elevated look, very chic and beautiful and very sparkly. We always have tons of crystals on the leotards.

What happens after the sketches are narrowed down?

I fly down to the Károlyi Ranch [the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Texas] throughout the years, several times, and have meetings when the team is there for their monthly training. After we get through the sketch section and decide on the ones we want to make into prototypes, we go through that process all over again. Then we finally sign off on the line and we produce and manufacture custom-fit leotards for each and every girl.

But the Olympic trials only just happened in early July. How do you turn those around so fast? 

It’s very difficult. It is so intensive because some of the leotards have almost 5,000 crystals on them, like 4,995 crystals. There are some really heavily embellished designs. Months before Olympic trials, the top girls all get sized. 

When we're looking at leotards, Márta will have different girls try on the same leotards, because she just wants to see if it's flattering on their bodies. She wants to see color-wise, because we have such a diverse mix of athletes, to see if it's good for everybody or if it's not good for everybody. 

Getting the fit exactly right must be very important. 

When you think about these girls — for the most part they are teenagers and a few of them are maybe 20, 21 — on the biggest stage of the world in our sport, on a field of play, cameras on every inch of your body, you can't have a wardrobe malfunction. 

And there are some girls who are just so ripped in the shoulders, like Simone [Biles]. Because her back and her shoulders and her arms are so muscular, we have to compensate for that in that area because she has to be really comfortable when she's moving around. Engineering the custom fit is a very big part of what we do and our company does.

Simone Biles at Sunday's qualifications. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Simone Biles at Sunday's qualifications. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

What are the biggest changes you've seen in the past 20 years?

The fabrics just keep getting more and more techy with the stretch and recovery. But we also have all the finishes of the foils and holograms and then embellishments — the sublimation technique, which is the printing process that we have a team of graphic designers here create. They use all of their techniques to create beautiful art that could not be used for cut and sew, like to do gradients and to do stars that are bold and fade away.

Do the team uniforms always need to red, white and/or blue?

Historically, they are a little bit more patriotic. We had some years when they had fashion colors in the mix, with pinks and purples and things, but I think people will be excited to cheer USA on this year and feel that they know what country they are coming from.

Can you give us any hints about what the competition leotards will look like?

I don’t know what they are going to wear for team and individual, nobody knows until the day of the event and they keep that top secret.

It's part of Márta and USA Gymnastics' ethos to have that be one of the "wow" factors when the girls walk out onto the floor. You are wowed by everything visual, from their performance to how they're going to present themselves. 

Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands at Sunday's qualifications. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands at Sunday's qualifications. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

GK Elite has also designed the leotards for the Russia and the Netherlands teams since 2000. How is that process different?

We have distributors in those countries but after the World Championships this year in Scotland, I flew from Scotland over to the Netherlands and met with the Dutch team and we started really getting serious about designs for this upcoming year. I've flown to Russia several times to work directly with the team. This past year I didn't; we handled everything through our distributor and via email and phone to get things finalized and pushed across the finish line there.

Have you noticed different aesthetic preferences in different countries?

The vibe is different from country to country, which makes our job a lot easier because what USA wants isn't what the other countries want, and vice versa.

[The Netherlands] flag and their country's colors are different so there's kind of a fun play on introducing red, white and blue with some orange, which is very unique. In our country, our flag color and our country's color are the same.

Gabby Douglas trains in Rio. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images
Gabby Douglas trains in Rio. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Does the color of the field of play impact your design process? 

Completely, yes. The first thing that we need to know is, what is the color of the floor. One of the reasons that Márta loves the girls in pinks and reds and purples has been, historically, because not only do they look glamorous and beautiful, they highly contrast the royal blue mats that are on the floor. And those mats are a pretty standard color. In Rio, the floor color is a creamy white, but not a bright white, and it has a green border around it. And that's the first time in history that we've actually had that color combination. [The Rio mats] opened up a whole other world of, well, maybe blue is not a bad color, because it's going to highly contrast the white. So [blue] wasn't off the table anymore.

How do the Olympics impact GK Elite's business as a whole?

So many little kids get excited about the Olympics and start tumbling in their living room watching, and moms will sign them up for gymnastics classes at that entry level and beyond. It’s just perfect timing as enrollment spikes after the Olympics, we have that customer to cater to and it's a new and exciting look for us. Right after the Olympics, the replicas will be available for sale. 

Actually Gabby, Ally and Simone — all three of those Olympians are GK's endorsed athletes. We have a contract with each of the three girls and we also have that with [2008 Olympic individual all-around champion] Nastia Liukin, who is commentating for Olympics gymnastics in Rio. They also have their own signature collection, so we work together and get the inspirations that they have in mind. We put together a collection for them and then they approve it. It has a co-branded signature on the actual leotard.

It sounds like you all are very close with these athletes and this team. 

You get to become friends and feel like you're very invested with them. Back in the 2012 Olympics in London, I sat with Kyla Ross’s mom and she squeezed my hand as her daughter was out there on the floor. And it just makes you love that sport even more because you're feeling it from so many levels: from the athletes and the parents and us as a family. And then as a business. There are so many layers to it, that makes my heart so happy seeing it. There is so much passion in this sport.

Gabby Douglas competing in the individual all-around final at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Gabby Douglas competing in the individual all-around final at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

This interview has been edited and condensed. 

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Fabulous Find of the Week: Nordstrom Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

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Everyone needs a classic, polished, wear-everywhere bag in their closet. And if I had to choose just one, it would be this week's Fabulous Find: a sleek, black faux-leather crossbody bag from Nordstrom. Its gold details and partial chain strap make it look higher-end, but in fact this bag is now on sale for under $  . What a deal!

This bag is just big enough to carry your essentials, but small enough to easily sling over your shoulder. Its classic, minimalist look makes it wearable for both casual days and a formal evening. But best of all, it will never go out of style! So what are you waiting for? Snatch it up while you can.

The Bag

BP. Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in Black - $   at Nordstrom

Outfit Inspiration

Ok, so this bag really does go with everything -- but here are some outfit ideas, just in case you need a little inspiration:

Outfit #1

Products: SweaterJeansFlatsBagSunglasses

For a casual-cute look, pair a cropped striped sweater with distressed skinny jeans. Lavender flats add a pretty, feminine touch to the outfit, too. Lastly, add simple black accessories (for example, try balancing out the classic bag with trendy, modern sunglasses). 

Outfit #2

Products: BlouseShortsBagOxfordsNecklace

For a semi-dressy occasion, try pairing high-waisted shorts with a printed blouse. A gold charm necklace adds just a hint of sparkle. And to make this outfit practical for exploring around town, pick a pair of comfortable oxfords and throw your essentials in your crossbody bag. 

Outfit #3

Products: DressHeelsBagEarrings

This sophisticated, feminine look would be perfect for a brunch date, family gathering, or other special springtime event. Though it starts with just a simple chambray shirtdress, the accessories make this look both polished and fun. For some pretty pastel details, slip on a pair of yellow ankle-strap heels and jeweled statement earrings, and don't forget the finishing touch: that classic crossbody bag!

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