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Style Notes: Fashion Weighs In on Apple Watch; Manolo Blahnik to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Your pre-Coachella fashion news.

With pre-orders available beginning on Friday, the fashion community is abuzz with talk about the Apple watch. Fashion designers including Adam Selman and Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg chatted with i-D magazine about whether we can expect to see fashion elites wearing the Apple watch anytime soon. Though Sibling designer Cozette McCreery says she'll be wearing the watch ("oh yes, totally"), others are not so sure. I guess we'll have to wait and see if Apple's wearable tech has a more successful run than Google Glass. [i-D]

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Swatch, Tag Heuer and the maker of Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox, are all reportedly looking to get into the smartwatch market in the next year — but with a focus on longevity and style that the watch specialists are known for. [WWD]

Despite all the smartwatch hype, Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola is one company that is not having any of it. In an ad for its latest watch, the Runwell, the company brags, "A watch so smart it can tell you the time just by looking at it." Oh, snap. [Detroit Free Press]

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High-fashion consignment e-tailer The RealReal just got some real big funding — to the tune of $40 million from Industry Ventures. By taking designer luxury items from sellers and safely storing them in warehouses prior to a sale, the S.F.-based e-commerce company has become a serious competitor to the likes of eBay and Amazon in the used luxury goods market. [Forbes]

Manolo Blahnik — whose name was on everyone's lips in the early '00s thanks to a certain Carrie Bradshaw — will receive a "career-crowning" Couture Council of Artistry and Fashion Award from FIT's museum. The 72-year-old shoe legend will be joining Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Carolina Herrera as a recipient of the prestigious international award for lifetime achievement. [The New York Times]

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