Crazy for Chloe (Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection)

Chloe 2009 Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

Chloe 2009 Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

Chloe–the French label always at the pinnacle of style and luxury while constantly reinventing itself and pushing the boundaries.

The outfit to the left is gorgeous, but you’re probably saying to yourself “How can I make this high fashion look wearable for my everyday life?” The answer lies in finding pieces that have a similar color palette to the Chloe outfit but with slightly tamer lines. For example, choose a blazer and top whose colors mimic the navy and light pink used by Chloe–but also have less ruffles and frills and a more form-fitting silhouette.

Think about what makes the outfit what it is. To me, what stands out the most is the combination of gold and navy, so I would definitely look for a gold belt to wear with the blazer. Adding a belt over a blazer is not something I’ve ever really experimented with, but since structure is always big in the fall, I think now is the perfect time to do so.

This post got me thinking about whether all couture is truly wearable for us common folk. After sleeping on this question, I’m ruling that yes, it is. Maybe not in its exact original form, but it is always possible to borrow an element from the runway that you love, modify it to suit your style/body shape/preferences and you’re good to go. After all, fashion is about imagination and creativity.

Matty M 'Goddess' Silk Top ($88, Nordstrom) Voile Women's Military Velvet Blazer ($19.99, www.overstock.com)

Women's Metallic 1.5-cm Faux Leather Belt ($13.99, www.overstock.com)

Allison Daley Flat-Front Pants ($28, Dillards) Naughty Monkey Hide Out ($95, www.piperlime.com)

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Hungry for Hermes

Hermes Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection

Hermes Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection

For the last couple of years, I’ve found myself anxiously waiting for the Hermes fall collection. Filled with fabulous pieces that appeal to one’s fantasy, it never disappoints. While I usually find myself drawn to the rich color palette often used by Hermes, I’ve chosen something far more reserved–yet equally stunning–for this week’s look from the runway.

This fall, look to sleek, off the shoulder and one sleeved designs. There is something deliciously mysterious in keeping one arm completely hidden while fully revealing the other. The experts at Hermes cinch the dress at the waist with a black belt, whose tough texture stands out against the delicate fabric of the dress.

Hermes makes it known that ankle booties are sticking around this year, pairing it with sheer black pantyhose. While it is still warm enough, you can skip the hose and show off those legs. The ankle boots with skirts and bare legs look has been frequently spotted around Hollywood lately.

Put together, these three pieces make for a sharp, ‘stop ’em dead in their tracks’ look. Just what we’d expect from Hermes.

Young Fabulous & Broke One Shoulder Dress ($106, www.shopbop.com) Lace Ruffle Belt ($8.99, Charlotte Russe) Type Z Edie Black Kid Suede Boots ($59.85, www.overstock.com)

Young Fabulous & Broke One Shoulder Dress ($106, www.shopbop.com)

Lace Ruffle Belt ($8.99, Charlotte Russe)

Type Z Edie Black Kid Suede Boots ($59.85, www.overstock.com)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

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How to Be a Bargain Balmain Beauty This Fall

Balmain Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection

Balmain Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection

A lot of the past week for me was spent glued to photos of the various fall collections coming out. Just heavenly.

The outfit I’ve chosen today from Balmain’s ready-to-wear collection drew me in because of its chic simplicity. If you do not yet own cropped black pants, go out and get a pair! This classic style is on-trend year after year, it seems, and is one of those pieces in the “mega-versatile” category. Balmain matches the trousers with a loose, zebra-esque print top–a design I’m seeing a lot lately. Charlotte Russe presents its interpretation of the look in a muddy grey, which also works equally well with black bottoms.

You can carry this look into evening, maybe replacing the flats with a slinky pair of heels and adding a cute clutch. The it-factor of the daytime version, meanwhile, is without a doubt the stylish comfort that the outfit provides.This is definitely the look to emulate if, like myself, you feel your best and most confident when you do not have to worry about moving in 5 inch heels or avoiding a possible wardrobe malfunction in a tiny dress.

Zebra Slouch Top ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Zebra Slouch Top ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Cropped Trousers ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Cropped Trousers ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

BCBGirls 'Sole' Flat ($78.95, Nordstrom)

BCBGirls 'Sole' Flat ($78.95, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Loving Lanvin for Fall 2009

Lanvin 2009 ready-to-wear collection

Lanvin 2009 ready-to-wear collection

With fall almost here, designers are back to experimenting with all kinds of rich fabrics, textures and dark colors. Mmmm.

And what better way to kick off the season than with a silk dress? Lanvin included a belted one in its Fall ready-to-wear collection. Love the capsleeves, which add a subtle, sexy touch to an appropriate-for-daytime dress.

The Antonio Melani dress below features ruched detailing at the neckline. This is perfect for fall, whose runways are currently being dominated by draped, ruched and layered fabric. The deep shade of gray just screams glam and leaves plenty of room for accessorizing with jewels and gold. For shoes, platform pumps are still the it thing, with so many great colors to choose from for next season.

I’m dreading the fall cold and lack of sun, but all the fab clothes and accessories coming our way do make up for it!

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Antonio Melani "Lydia" Dress ($95.40, Dillards)

Antonio Melani "Lydia" Dress ($95.40, Dillards)

Almond Toe Platform Heel ($15, Wet Seal)

Almond Toe Platform Heel ($15, Wet Seal)

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The Look: Givenchy Resort 2010

Givenchy Resort 2010 Collection

Givenchy Resort 2010 Collection

There really is nothing better than a simple pair of black pants and a crisp white shirt. Givenchy included an interpretation of this timeless combination in the 2010 Resort collection.

Needless to say, you should always have a white shirt and black pants in your closet. You can wear them year-round, layering with with heavier pieces when its cold and with a ton of colorful accessories when its warm.

Givenchy pairs these classic pieces with black leather ankle strap sandals. With new additions such as the Studded Gladiator Flats, Charlotte Russe has been on fire lately with all kinds of super sexy shoes at really great prices–perfect way to top off your Givenchy-esque look. The studs on the shoes nicely balance out the ultra-feminine ruffles on the shirt.

Wear it to work, wear it on a date–if the word “versatile” could be described with an image, this would be it.

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Rampage Ruffled Woven Halter Top ($34, Dillards)

Rampage Ruffled Woven Halter Top ($34, Dillards)

Nygard Collection Stitch Detail Slim Ankle Pants ($46.80, Dillards)

Nygard Collection Stitch Detail Slim Ankle Pants ($46.80, Dillards)

Studded Gladiator Flats ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)

Studded Gladiator Flats ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)

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Stealing the Look: Bagdley Mischka Spring 2009

Bagdley Mischka Sring 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Bagdley Mischka Sring 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

There is something undeniably sexy about Victorian-inspired items, which often tend to mix together all sorts of opulent textures. Such is the rich look created by Bagdley Mischka as part of their Spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection, where opposing elements such as delicate lace and metallic jewelry play a prominent role.

There is no question that a white dress is perfect for summer–especially this year, when neutrals are all the rage. Bagdley Mischka uses a sleeveless dress and a short sleeved cardigan on top, cinching the two at the waist with a belt. However, you can easily recreate the look with a lacy short-sleeved frock.

When it comes to accessorizing the dress, don’t be shy! Over-the-top opulence is an important part of this look. A shiny gold multi-strand necklace, as used by Bagdley Mischka, creates a beautiful contrast against the white fabric. The gold element is also reflected by the hardware on the white hand bag.

Don’t forget to thrown on a pair of brown wedges or platform sandals that have either dark jewel accents or even more gold hardware. You may think combining so many textures together is a faux-pas, but if Bagdley Mischka did it, then you know its ok!

Qian Pearl Strands Classic White Lace Mini Dress ($36, www.angiehearts.net)

Qian Pearl Strands Classic White Lace Mini Dress ($36, www.angiehearts.net)

Multi Strand Metallic Bead Necklace ($9.80, Forever 21)

Multi Strand Metallic Bead Necklace ($9.80, Forever 21)

Enzo Angiolini 'Waters' Shoe ($89, Zappos)

Enzo Angiolini 'Waters' Shoe ($89, Zappos)

Lola Marie Bag ($47.96, www.bagbaus.com)

Lola Marie Bag ($47.96, www.bagbaus.com)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Inspiration: Anna Sui Resort 2010 Collection

Anna Sui Resort 2010 Collection

Anna Sui Resort 2010 Collection

If you’ve visited any fashion and/or celebrity blogs this week, chances are you’ve seen the sneak peek photos of designer Anna Sui’s new line for Target, which is inspired by the four leading ladies of Gossip Girl. However, the collection will not be released until September. Sadly, those of us who can’t wait to get our greedy little shopper paws on this clothing that will help us look like Blair and Serena will have to wait.

In the meantime, check out this outfit from Anna Sui’s Resort 2010 collection. I love the idea of dressing up loose-fitting boyfriend jeans and an edgy graphic tee with a shiny, textured jacket. If you are a fan of looks that say both glam and “I don’t give a damn,” this is the outfit for you. To avoid an overly grungy look, I suggest sticking with a tee that has a hint of bright color such as yellow or orange.

Women have known for years that heels can instantly dress up denim. This style secret is especially handy when it comes to ultra-casual, rolled up boyfriend jeans. A sexy heel and lots of straps will do the trick. Our shoe-obsessed readers will probably be interested to know that the Charlotte Russe Patent Cuffed Sandals pictured below were  recently chosen by the style mavens of WhoWhatWear.com as one of the best summer shoes under $100.

London Times Satin Bolero ($44, Macy's)

London Times Satin Bolero ($44, Macy's)

Babes And Fast Cars Tee ($12.80, Forever21)

Babes And Fast Cars Tee ($12.80, Forever21)

!iT Jeans Ellie Boyfriend Jeans ($78, Nordstrom)

!iT Jeans Ellie Boyfriend Jeans ($78, Nordstrom)

Patent Cuffed Sandals ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)

Patent Cuffed Sandals ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)

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Dolce & Gabbana Look: Looking Glam, Going Green, Paying Less

Dolce Gabbana Pre-Fall 2008

Dolce Gabbana Pre-Fall 2008

I laugh every time I remember that The Devil Wears Prada scene in which Andi (Anne Hathaway) meekly asks how to spell Dolce & Gabbana during her first day of working for a fashion magazine. It seems almost absurd to think that someone today could not know this iconic fashion house. [Read more…]

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Marvelous Miu Miu for Summer

Miu Miu Resort CollectionPrada’s line Miu Miu never ceases to amaze me. Every single design is so fresh and feminine. In this case, I can’t get over how  classy yet comfortable this cute summer ensemble from the resort collection looks! [Read more…]

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Styles from the DSquared Fall 2009 Show Without the (Financial) Damage

DSquared Fall-Winter 2009

DSquared Fall-Winter 2009

I realize that for us mortals it may seem way too early to be thinking about fall and winter clothes. But when I saw this outfit from the DSquared Fall-Winter 2009 show, I couldn’t resist including it! This combination has the art of effortless layering down to a T. [Read more…]

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