All these concepts are channeled into the collections that will start modestly enough with a capsule holiday line, then build up to a sprawling portfolio that includes everything from cheerful ceramic plates to playful stationery to rugs, bedding, garden tools, and candles. There will be accessibly priced men’s and women’s clothing that reflects Ellen’s enduringly classic, collegiate style (leavened with dresses that suggest Portia’s understated, feminine sensibility). All will be sold through the E.D. Web site (launching in spring 2015), retail partners (still to be named), and pop-up shops. Ellen’s strategy may not be novel—this is the era of Aerin, Martha, Blake, Gwyneth, after all—but her endgame is ambitious. She envisions nothing less than global brand domination, to reposition herself as the design icon of elevated-lifestyle taste. “When I someday decide to stop doing the show,” she has said, “my entire focus is going to be design.”
System’s new issue features a 100-page portfolio by Juergen Teller of the four cover stars Lara Stone, Stella Tennant, Liya Kebede, and Saskia de Brauw. Perfumer Daniela Andrier at Givaudan created a special scent for each of them, which was infused into the paper band that wrapped each issue. Tennant, posed in men’s briefs, expressed some concern that people might think her fragrance was Teller’s jockey shorts. No worries—it smells more like the paper of the magazine. Stone’s, on the other hand, has a nubile, candy-ish aroma—a cliché maybe, but truly the scent of a blond bombshell.
If you've ever tried to DIY your own Yasmin Sewell look or assemble a crop-top ensemble worthy of Shiona Turini, you're probably in the target audience for Refinery29's new street-style-inspired book, Style Stalking. The coffee-table tome, out today, features all your favorite street-style stars showing off their most snap-worthy looks. Christene Barberich, Refinery29's editor-in-chief, and Piera Gelardi, the site's executive creative director — the book's co-authors — sat down for a chat, in a manner of speaking: The jet-setting Barberich was at the airport en route back from a fashion week, while Gelardi, who logs plenty of miles on her own, was in New York, recovering from the previous night's Alex Wang x H&M spectacular.