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Balenciaga: A Spaniard in Paris, Master of Us All

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After shooting BurdaStyle’s project of the week in Central Park last Thursday, I skipped across town to Park Avenue for the Balenciaga exhibition at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute. Curated by Vogue European Editor at Large Hamish Bowles, “Balenciaga: Spanish Master” showcases over seventy of the couturier’s much-lauded designs, distinguishing itself as the first exhibition to consider the influence of Spain’s culture, history, and art on native son Cristóbal Balenciaga.

What We Wore: Winter Coats

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What’s the first sign that winter is coming? Snow? Nope. Christmas lights? No, no — I declare that winter has arrived when the BurdaStyle staff starts to wear winter coats! Winter in NYC not as cold in upstate Buffalo, NY or as sunny in Puerto Rico, but we do need to pile up some layers to keep us warm in the cold, windy and snowy days ahead.

Insights from Parsons The New School for Design - Hollywood's Bad Boy Designer: The Raymond Driscoll Collection

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Home to a wealth of records that help to document the history of design, The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives offer great insight into the lives and works of the famous and the unsung. Insights will regularly cover collections or items from the Archives that relate to research areas, events, or exhibits taking place throughout Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory.

To Lee, With Love

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At today’s British Fashion Awards in London, photographer/videographer Nick Knight showcased a short tribute video to his late friend, Alexander McQueen, in honor of the designer’s posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design. Complete with an exclusive track by Bjork, the short film is beautiful, haunting, and truly moving. I think McQueen would have approved.

Fashionista.com's Panel "How I'm Making It: What It Takes To Be Successful In Fashion"

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Last night I trekked over to the Cantor Film Center at NYU in near freezing temperatures and gusty winds to hear a pretty awesome panel of up-and-coming designers and retailers give their advice on how to get started and survive in the often cut-throat and unpredictable industry that is fashion. Timo Weiland, Rebecca Minkoff, Jeff Halmos from Shipley & Halmos, Nellie Partow, Michael Mente from FarFetch.com and Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai from Odin shared their backgrounds, how they found their passions and what they’ve learned along the way. I took notes to break down a few of the more reiterated topics which I hope may help inspire some of you to be fearless and go after your dreams!

A Step Closer to Protecting Your Designs?

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Last week the fashion world was abuzz with talk that the highly touted Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (or IDPPA for short) had made it past the Senate Judiciary Committee and was on it’s way to the House for final approval. The passing of this bill has the potential to be huge for designers who for years have been unsuccessful in trying to copyright and protect their designs in the U.S. Over the last decade or so we’ve seen “fast fashion” stores like Forever 21 and H&M use these loopholes in copyrighting as the backbone of their business, causing a chain effect that blocks designers who cannot compete with the low prices and large quantities of their fast fashion counterparts and allows these quick-turnover retail stores to rely solely on their ability to pirate work and doesn’t challenge them to create their own.

What We Wore: Un-Bling Bling

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Bejeweled, Bedecked, Bedazzled!

Well… not really. While the BurdaStyle crew loves a little bling (I can’t believe I’m still saying that word in almost-2011), as usual we put our own unique spin to the standard diamond and silver variety. We opt for the crafty, the practical, the one-of-a-kind pieces that is a truer reflection of our personality than some grandiose idea of what wealth looks like…whatever that is.

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest, slightly bling-less, accessories we’ve been wearing lately:

Martha Stewart's Holiday Craft Sale

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If you’re in New York this Saturday, December 4th stop by the Martha Stewart offices in the Starrett-Lehigh building on 26th street between 11th and 13th avenues to get a start on your holiday shopping and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. From 12-6 pm come pick up one-of-a-kind, handmade items from amazing artisans and crafters, meet the Martha Stewart staffers and maybe get inspired to make some of your own gift projects for the holiday season!

Secrets of Neapolitan Tailoring

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Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary on Neapolitan tailoring by the creative group, Kid Dandy. I don’t know which is more beautiful: the stunning shots of Naples or the perfectly tailored suits!

Organizing Your Digital Life With Style - Sponsored Post

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Meet Stitch magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Tricia Waddell + Free Satin Clutch Tutorial Download

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Bringing a decidedly stylish and modern edge to traditional sewing and craft, Stitch Magazine has carved a niche for itself as one of the premier biannual publications for contemporary sewing. Full of projects, resources, tips and ideas, Stitch is a great guide for any sewer, no matter whether they’ve been at it for years or are just starting out. We sat down with Stitch Editor-in-Chief Tricia Waddell to get the scoop on her favorite crafts, inspirations and what’s next for the future of Stitch.

What We Wore: Earthy-Chic Shoes

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Nestled in little offices in Midtown, New York, amid three-piece suits, khakis and wool skirts, lies the BurdaStyle crew, a bunch of bouncy creative types who love to sew, crochet and discuss cooking recipes. We’re certainly a unique bunch, to say the least, and it shows in our style.

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OptiTex Offering Free CAD Pattern Making Webinar

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For those of you using or interested in using the OptiTex CAD software, they are offering a free webinar this Tuesday, November 23rd at 2pm EST. Even if you don’t use the software to draft your patterns, trainer Julia Shaw will be demonstrating general pattern making techniques in real time that you can use with or without the software. The webinar is free but you must register is advance. For more information on this and future OptiTex webinars check out Fashion Incubator and to learn more about OptiTex software head over to their website.

Lanvin for H&M

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Ladies…hold on to your wallets. Lanvin for H&M launches in select stores this weekend and in the worlds of fashion blog darling Bryan Boy, “It’s going to be a bloodbath”. What do you think about Alber’s collection for the high-street chain? Will you be camped outside your local H&M waiting to get your hands on an affordable Lanvin frock?

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