Milly

December 21, 2012 by  
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“She’s smart and not concerned with being beautiful, but she is beautiful,” said Michelle Smith of her contemporary customer. While the Milly girl may not be concerned with her looks, she does care about being stylish and, according to Smith, “shops pre-fall for fashion pieces as well as essentials.” In the smart basics category were tapered and cropped trousers (an of-the-moment silhouette) and a soft black leather pencil skirt. As for the fashion, Smith showed a not-your-grandmother’s-tweed jacket trimmed in leather and tricked out with metal tips at the base of the zipper, as well as a flattering sheath dress that mixed two kinds of custom French tweed with a “gumball” lace. Feathered skirts and whimsical owl-print separates were a total hoot.
—Brittany Adams
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Chado Ralph Rucci

December 20, 2012 by  
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Our review will be posted shortly. See the complete collection by clicking the image at left.
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Style Report: The Lace Dress

December 11, 2012 by  
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Lace Dresses

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Looking for a party dress for an upcoming holiday party?  Check out a stylish lace dress.  Inspired by celeb style, lace dresses are very popular this season.  Most lace dresses feature intricate details and usually require very little accessorizing.  The lace dress is also very versatile.  Most lace dresses are designed with class and work well for several types of functions, ranging from church banquets to an evening out with your significant other.

Check out some of our favorite lace dresses!

What do you think about the lace dress? Would you rock a lace dress to a holiday party?

Jason Wu

December 10, 2012 by  
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“There’s definitely a dark side to Jason Wu,” the designer told this reporter last month. Dark isn’t exactly the right word for pre-fall, which is a sexy ode to Antonio Lopez and his “Girls” Jerry Hall and Grace Jones. Still, Wu’s reputation for ladylike clothes must be starting to feel confining. On the runway in September, Lillian Bassman’s influence sweetened the provocative Helmut Newton touches. Here, the designer was in full-on retro-fabulous mode. Bordeaux sequins were embroidered onto the black stretch tulle of a glove-tight gown, eelskin was sliced into a figure-loving dress, and mink was dyed black and white and chevroned onto a leather coat.

The glam era has been done by just about every designer you can name. With the Mauricio and Roger Padilha-edited book on Antonio Lopez that was published earlier this year, we’re bound to see further incarnations. Wu is treading on familiar ground, even though he did include signatures of his own like stripey knits, dressy shorts, and deluxe parkas in the mix. In any case, if his concept lacked originality, he managed to make up for it in its execution. Take a cocktail dress made from tweed overlaid with organza that was stitched in place, creating a sort of quilted effect—nobody was doing that in the seventies. In the end, it’s a positive to see him pushing himself past his comfort zone.
—Nicole Phelps
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St. John

December 9, 2012 by  
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Miss Wu

December 8, 2012 by  
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Make way for Miss Wu, a new contemporary collection from Jason Wu that taps into his more carefree, playful side. Priced between $ 195 and $ 795, it allows the designer to reach a younger audience. “In the beginning, Jason Wu was much girlier, and as I’ve matured, so has my aesthetic. But there’s still a part of me that loves that French gamine look, and now I’m able to fully explore that with this line,” he explained at a studio appointment earlier this week. Speaking further to the differences between his two customers, Wu said, “The Jason Wu woman is manicured. She’s done. She’s polished. Miss Wu is a little more offbeat and her clothes have a slightly lived-in appearance. Miss Wu will do a clashing print with an off-color floppy hat.”

The debut Spring lineup, which hits Nordstrom stores next month (the retailer will exclusively sell the first two collections), features staples including soft striped sweaters, geometric-print silk blouses, boxy leather shifts, and tailored trenches. Wu put the emphasis on timeless, rather than trendy, and that was refreshing. Some of the pieces were twists on his design signatures. A white cocktail dress came with the kind of intricate beading we’d expect from Wu’s namesake collection. Hand-painted feather and “photo negative floral” prints exhibited the same attention to detail. Wu has already finished designing the Miss Wu Fall collection and seemed genuinely excited about this new protect. “It’s easy when it comes from an honest place,” he said. “I never had to search for Miss Wu.”
—Brittany Adams
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Theyskens’ Theory

December 7, 2012 by  
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Maternity Style: Dressing Your Bump

December 7, 2012 by  
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One of the first tasks for newly pregnant women is learning to establish their “maternity style”. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience and time for any woman. However, it can be a little challenging finding a “stylish” wardrobe for the ever changing pregnany body.

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Establishing Maternity Style with Ease

Whether the idea of maternity clothing is exciting or frightening, establishing maternity style is not as difficult as many believe. Depending on your pre pregnancy weight, your pregnancy warbrobe could consist of all new clothes or simply making the best of items already in your closet. As with any type of fashion stylying, one of the first rules is knowing your body and what works best for you.
We’ve pulled together a few tips and ideas to help the newly pregnant mom to be struggling putting together a stylish look.

To Buy Maternity Clothes or Not

Some women are super excited about maternity clothing and some women despise maternity clothing.  Contrary to poplar belief, in most cases, maternity clothing is not a requirement.  With the exception of pants or slacks, most regular sized clothing can be worn during pregnancy.  There are also belly extenders that can extend the wear of pre pregnancy slacks and pants.

If larger clothing is needed, there is the option of buying regular clothing in larger sizes.  Not all maternity clothing is super stylish.  If you fancy yourself a “fashionasita”, some of the standard maternity tunics, tops and dresses will hardly meet your standards.  However, simply going up a size or two in regular clothing may present several stylish alternatives to maternity clothing.  Depending your pre pregnancy size, plus size clothing may also be an option.

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Where are the CUTE Maternity Clothes

If you are excited about shopping for maternity clothes, don’t let this article discourage you!  There are TONS of stylish options for the fashion forward mother to be!  Check out some of our favorite maternity styles!

Calvin Klein Collection

December 6, 2012 by  
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Monasticism and sensuality. That’s an unlikely combination, but it’s one that’s always turned Francisco Costa on, and he delivered on both fronts with a pre-fall collection that was at once covered-up (we can confidently say we’ve never seen sheared mink dickies until now) and provocative. The provocation came not only courtesy of the deep-V plunge of a leather tunic and thigh-high slits on narrow, below-the-knee skirts, but also via unusual fabric choices, like the rubberized vinyl of a trenchcoat in a color that Crayola once would’ve called flesh.

Overall, the silhouette was quite elongated. Costa experimented with narrow shoulders, and full, almost rounded sleeves on jackets with extra-wide lapels. “The future is about new construction,” he said after the presentation. “You have to show something new. We really worked on that.” Exposed seam allowances on the exterior of the garments could’ve created a raw, unfinished feeling, but on the contrary, these clothes felt quite polished. Credit for that goes to the luxe, organic materials he juxtaposed that vinyl with—materials like alpaca, double-faced cashmere, and calf. Editors walked out into the December chill wishing for Costa’s wide-lapel, double-breasted coat in vicuna.
—Nicole Phelps
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3.1 Phillip Lim

December 5, 2012 by  
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