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Jackie O-La La

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Jackie-O has been influencing the world of fashion for years. Her iconic style will, for many years to come, be adored by people all over the world, and is regularly referenced and reinterpreted in fashion.

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Exposed Zippers: In or Out

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Exposed zippers have been seen on the international runways for the last few seasons, but I have more recently begun to contemplate their role in fashion. Zippers are not only a functional closure— today they are being used more widely as accessories (necklaces, bracelets, embellishments) and can be super-exposed (on the outside of silk satin or down the front of a dress). What do you think about this exposure?

Quilt Your Colors

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I would venture to guess that most of us are garment, accessory, and crafty type sewers that rarely dabble in quilting. Oh sure, I’ve occasionally made a quilt – it’s a great way to use up scraps or put to use some fabulous fabrics that I would otherwise not know quite what to do with, but I’ve never made a quilt that can be considered a work of art. However, I might just have an excuse to make one… Quilt Your Colors contest sponsored by Joann’s. Grand prize not only includes a new sewing machine, but a $2,500 cash prize and plenty of sewing swag.

Project Runway Remake Challenge Presented by Rowenta

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BurdaStyle is incredibly excited to announce a partnership with Rowenta and Project Runway! On the first episode of this season’s Project Runway, contestants were asked to take an item of clothing from another designer’s wardrobe and refashion it into a brand new garment. We know our BurdaStyle members are just as creative and we’ve decided to give you the chance to show your stuff in our very own Project Runway competition.

Take Flight

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I think it started with the amazing shearling flight jackets Christopher Bailey sent down the Burberry runway for Fall 2010, but I’ve been having a bit of an Amelia Earhart moment. From her cool jumpsuits to her smart trousers and expertly knotted scarves, the first lady of flight was undeniably chic.

New Exclusive Dedicated Email Launching

Hey Everyone,
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A Bittersweet Farewell

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Hey everyone,

After three amazing years I’m sad to say that today is my last day at BurdaStyle. In October I will be making the move from New York City to the island of St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Working here has been amazing and so much of that has been because of you, the community! I have had so much fun coming up with competitions, seeing your incredible talent in the creations and getting to know all of you.

Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Making a Top Hat, Part 2

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In the last installment we began making a top hat using buckram for the base and millinery wire along some of the edges. Now let’s finish the hat!

Fashion Week is Here!

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I can’t believe fashion week snuck up on me again! In New York, the tents are up at Lincoln Center and the excitement is intense. This season also sees another installment of Fashion’s Night Out, which now takes place in over 15 countries from France to Russia to South Korea!

The Trend is Jeggings

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Right now, the hot trend in fashion is the Jegging. An alternative to skinny jeans, jeggings look like denim, but are much softer and have more stretch. Thinking about making a pair of your own? Try BurdaStyle’s Carol legging, Jalie 2920, or Kwik Sew’s latest pattern, 3807.

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Featured Member: laurwyn

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am a European girl. I come from Belgium and after a while spent in Ireland, I now live in The Netherlands, in Tilburg.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I have three first things… Does that count?

My first hand sewing happened when I was 4 or 5. My Grand Ma’ was a seamstress, and when she looked after me, I would look at her too. She taught me the basic hanstitch and I made basic Barbie dolls tube dresses (no hem, and a belt in old nylon from broken tights)

For 20 years, nothing. Then, last Halloween, I decided to make my Fiona dress (from Shreck) with green IKEA curtain fabric. I did two huge rectangles, sew them together, and then I pinched uneven darts on myself.

For a few months, nothing! After receiving my first sewing machine, I started my first project this April 2010. It is on this website. After ripping way too many stitches, I was really proud of the end result. And I still enjoy wearing that dress.

Are You Mad?

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Are you obsessed with the TV series Mad Men? I have to admit I have never seen the show, but I cannot escape the reality of TV shows infiltrating my psyche in this day and age. In short, I have indeed swooned over the Emmy Award winning, madly cool costume design from Mad Men and want to highlight the celebrated style this week.

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All That Jazz

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Twice a year Governor’s Island in New York plays host to cool cats and jazz babies from all over the city for it’s bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. From ladies in drop waist dresses and fascinators to guys rocking fedoras and three piece suits, it’s a scene straight out of a Fitzgerald classic and a wealth of fashion inspiration.

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