Stylebook: ModCloth design contest, plus Kate Middleton wardrobe spending revealed

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Calling all aspiring designers: Want to see your ideas transformed from sketches to stylish ensembles? Online vintage clothing retailer will make that wish a reality for five applicants in its second Make the Cut contest.

Sketches of apparel fit for a winter garden gala will be accepted until 12:01 p.m. Monday. The top 30 entries will be posted on ModCloth's Facebook fan page for voting. The five favorites will be produced and sold on during the holidays and appear in Teen Vogue. A $500 prize also will be awarded for each winning sketch.

Winners will be announced Aug. 6. For details on how to apply, visit

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New location for NCJW consignment designer store: The Pittsburgh section of the National Council of Jewish Women has found a new home for its Designer Days Boutique at 5873 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. The expanded space offers selections from upscale designers such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Anna Sui, Calvin Klein and more.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Information:, or 412-441-0330.

Kate Middleton wardrobe spending revealed: The Duchess of Cambridge has wowed the fashion world during her inaugural year as British royalty with cobalt blue, sheer stockings and a slew of looks oozing with understated elegance. Apparently, it came with a steep price tag.

Father-in-law Prince Charles has reportedly dropped more than $50,000 (35,000 pounds) since January on clothes Ms. Middleton wears for "work-related" functions, according to the Daily Mail. Hubby Prince William's salary of nearly $70,000 (44,000 pounds) isn't enough to shoulder the costs of her couture wear.

Nordstrom flagship coming to Manhattan: The Seattle-based department store chain will open its first full-line store in New York City at 225 W. 57th St., between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, near Columbus Circle. The 285,000-square-foot space will occupy seven stories. It is slated to open in 2018.

Versace's latest venture -- custom-made jewelry: Donatella Versace marked the first day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with the announcement that her label will unveil this month a line of hand-sculpted rings crafted with a rainbow of precious stones (think diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, etc.).

"As a designer and a collector of fine jewelry, I have always wanted to offer the same quality of craftsmanship in jewelry as we offer with the Atelier Versace fashion collection," Ms. Versace said in a release. "Each individual ring from the collection is a work of art."


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