Crazy for Chloe (Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection)

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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)

Loving Lanvin for Fall 2009

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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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StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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. You can be at your best look with Tahitian Pearls complimenting the dress.

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

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4