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Top: Hunting Season, Originally $350, now $295 with code OPRAH, hunting-season.com
Bottom: Magaschoni, Originally $48, now $38 with code OPRAH, magaschoni.com
The case that is currently clinging to my cell phone is metallic red and while it sparkles and protects my phone as it gets jostled around in my bag, it doesn't do much else besides look good. So when I came across these three innovative options from Speck that multitask and give my phone some personality, I couldn't wait to trade mine in:
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Catherine Edouard Charlot's Brooklyn studio contains a lot of the things you'd expect to see in a designer's workspace: bright spools of thread, stacked copies of Women's Wear Daily, a collage of magazine photos tacked to a bulletin board. Then there are the 691 umbrellas. Stuffed in bins and strewn in piles on every surface, they range from black nylon throwaways to delicate floral parasols. Many are half-dissected, their fabric snipped from its wire skeleton, awaiting transformation into one-of-a-kind raincoats, totes, and Audrey Hepburn–inspired sheath dresses for Charlot's unconventional fashion line.
Charlot, 46, calls her designs "upcycled" (a term popularized by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their seminal 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle), which means they're not just recycled but made more valuable in the process. In addition to discarded umbrellas (Wall Street is a rich hunting ground), she uses old upholstery, canvas, even yoga mats.
The idea struck her during a rain-soaked commute in 2002. She'd moved to New York in 1994 from her native Haiti, and worked administrative jobs while taking a class at the Fashion Institute of Technology (she'd learned to sew at age 13 in Port-au-Prince). When she couldn't find a waterproof bag, Charlot made one out of an old umbrella. The gray plaid tote was so eye-catching, it inspired her to launch her business, Himane, in 2004 (naming it for her mother back in Haiti).
These days Charlot sells leather clutches and canvas bags at boutiques around New York—but still carries that original plaid tote, frayed seams and all. "I hate to throw things away," she says. "I can't."
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Bold. Bright. Expensive. These are three of the words that usually come to mind when I think of Versace, a fashion house known for its vibrant prints and dresses that leave little to the imagination. (Remember Jennifer Lopez's navel-baring gown at the 2000 Grammys?) Lucky for you, this Italian brand has teamed up with H&M—meaning you'll be able to score Versace's sexy signature style for less than a quarter of the regular price when the collection hits stores on November 19th. O's creative director Adam Glassman says the star-studded fashion show that took place last week in New York City—with an after-party complete with performances by Prince and Nicki Minaj—was nothing short of what you'd see in Milan. His favorite piece that came down the runway: a studded black leather trench. Or if you're looking for a dress that will turn heads your next cocktail party, you might want to consider this flashy fuchsia silk shift, at left ($199).
JIA, originally $680, now $600 with code OPRAH600; jiacollection.com.
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Inspired by Oprah to create a vision board, Panamanian artist Marisabel Bazan started painting (instead of cutting and pasting pictures) as a way to project her dreams. Fast-forward five years, and Bazan's art is now splashed across LeSportsac backpacks, tote bags, and wristlets. One of our favorite styles (at left) is a screen-printed version of Bazan's Vida Linda butterfly painting (the original incorporates Oprah's name—one of her biggest influences—into the design). And this ultra-bright duffle won't just stand out on the luggage carousel, but it's a reminder to dream big.
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So...what's your beauty or fashion dream? Want to walk in sky-high stilettos but only wear flats? Spent your life in the sun but wish you had a porcelain complexion? Lucky for you, O is looking for candidates in the New York City tri-state area with a beauty or fashion fantasy. Whether you have the soul of Rapunzel but have never grown your hair past your shoulders or want to embrace your inner glamourpuss but don't know how to wear makeup, we'll pair you with an expert who'll give you the look of your dreams. Tell us why you want to make a change and you could be chosen to be part of an upcoming story.
If you live farther away, we still want to know--what kind of instant-makeover would you want? Tell us below.
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