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Kerry Washington celebrates her new 'Scandal' collection for The Limited

The Limited's head designer Elliot Staples, left, "Scandal"

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“Scandal” star Kerry Washington, beaming in a sexy floral dress, shared the spotlight with some very good clothes at the launch party for her new “Scandal” collection for The Limited on Monday night at the downtown IAC building.  These, displayed on a loooong line of models standing on a raised platform, definitively conjured Olivia Pope. And it’s Pope, the ABC-TV hit show’s popular character,...

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Vera Bradley launches leather collection

Vera Bradley has introduced a leather collection to

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Vera Bradley may be known for its bright paisley prints and travel-friendly fabric duffels, but this fall the brand is launching something completely different

The accessory retailer recently announced the release of a leather collection made up of quilted totes, wristlets and backpacks. Available in fun fall hues like taupe and burnt orange, as well as classic black, the line is priced between...

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Urban Outfitters under fire for red-stained Kent State sweatshirt

Urban Outfitters is facing criticism for selling a

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Retailer Urban Outfitters has come under fire (yes, again) for selling a "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt featuring blood spatter-like markings, an apparent reference to the Kent State shootings in 1970.

Four students were killed and nine were injured when the Ohio National Guard opened fire during a Vietnam War protest.

According to the listing, which has since been removed, the questionable...

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Free styling, fall fashion trunk show

Pictured here is a cashmere cowl pullover with

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Through September

The Sunset + Spring department (women's ready to wear and outerwear) at BLOOMINGDALE'S is offering free one-on-one styling consultations all day throughout September at both the Roosevelt Field (516-873-2700) and Walt Whitman Shops (631-425-6700) locations.

Sept. 4

SEEK NEW YORK, a personal shopping and styling company, is hosting an extended version of its popular...

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Target announces line inspired by upcoming 'Annie' remake

Annie for Target by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus will

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Target's designer collections have always taken inspiration from the runway, but its newest collab is set to pull from the big screen.

The retailer has announced it is partnering with Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, the costume designer for Jay Z and Will Smith's upcoming "Annie" remake, to create a collection of girl's apparel and accessories.

The line features fun mix-and-match pieces inspired...

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Ralph Lauren brings wearable tech to US Open...and the future to you

Ralph Lauren's new "Polo Tech" shirt debuts at

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Ralph Lauren is launching the activewear of tomorrow today at the U.S. Open in Flushing, outfitting six ball boys with a new high-performance “Polo Tech” shirt that measures physiological data like heart and breathing rates, transmitting it via an app to a smartphone. And up-and-comer Marcos Giron—the No. 1 singles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association—will wear the state-of-the-art shirt...

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Bridal trunk shows, C. Wonder charity fundraiser

Bridal Reflections is hosting a special preview of

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Through Sept. 18

C. WONDER is taking 20 percent off a purchase of $100 or more when you drop off gently used clothing, shoes or accessories at a participating store. The donations go to Fashion Project for resale online, with 55 percent of the proceeds of each sale benefiting Look Good Feel Better, a program helping women manage the effects of cancer therapy on their appearance. Long Island...

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Sarah Jessica Parker visits Nordstrom Roosevelt Field

An fan and her baby were on hand

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Show biz and the shoe biz collided at Nordstrom Roosevelt Field on Saturday afternoon as Sarah Jessica Parker made a personal appearance to meet fans and sign their purchases of her swanky shoes, boots and bags from her newish SJP collection.

About 150 diehard fans lined up with shopping bags in hand to meet the actor – many waxing poetic about her famously fashionable “Sex and the City” character...

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Valley Stream boutique opening, NYC sample sales

You can celebrate Luxe Boutique's grand opening in

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Aug. 19Saks Fifth Avenue has the AKRIS PUNTO trunk show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the newest collections and the brand's stylist; appointments suggested; 631-350-1311.

Aug. 20At BLOOMINGDALE'S, Cycle for a Cure with a one- to three-minute spin on a stationary bike to support the fight against AIDS and get a $10 bMoney gift card at Roosevelt Field and Walt Whitman Shops; anyone can enter to...

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3 new ways to cleanse your skin

Spa Sonics's Face and Body Polisher is available

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Cosmetics giant Clinique has jumped into the cleansing system market with its new Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, featuring two distinct bristles: The white side is gentle for large areas like the cheeks, the smaller green side is stiffer for areas that tend to clog. It's battery-operated and can be used in shower or tub, $89.50; at clinique.com.

Spa Sonic's Face and Body Polisher...

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