Designer Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Christian Louboutin is the first name most women now associate with luxury footwear. With the brand becoming a household name, Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song about her Louboutins. I love Louboutin’s classic Platform Pump, which is incredibly simple and chic.

However, if you’re not ready for that type of splurge quite yet, check out the Go Max Justice pump from the Runway by Kmart collection. It mimics the signature red heel of Louboutin and features a beautiful checkerboard-like texture. Love!

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus) Go Max Justice - Black ($27.99, Kmart)

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus)

Go Max Justice – Black ($27.99, Kmart)

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear: Recreating the Look

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 ready-to-wear show was truly a feast for the eyes. The best way to describe it would be an explosion of rich textures and patterns, including velvet, lace, tweed, florals and animal prints. Your mother probably always told you to never wear these together at the same time; D&G brilliantly defies this style principle.

Layering is a recurring theme in this collection. Never afraid to push the envelope, D&G had models marching down the runway wearing black blazers with nothing but lingere-like leotards underneath. While I’m not suggesting you don one of these combinations for your next outing, there are a number of other looks from this collection that translate perfectly to the everyday setting.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Where am I going to find a gorgeous D&G-esque silk yellow dress with black lace accents?” This is where creativity comes in. Simply throw a black lace or delicate crochet scarf over a super girly yellow dress and you’re good! Complete the look with semi-opaque tights, a black tote and pumps.

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy's) Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)
Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal) Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy’s)

Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)

Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal)

Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Carolina Herrera Look: Rocking the Color of Royalty

Carolina Herrera Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear collection

Carolina Herrera Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

I love purple. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it used to be considered the color of royalty in the old world.

Looking through pictures of Carolina Herrera’s fall 2009 ready-to-wear show, my favorite outfit was, hands down, the one pictured here. How gorgeous is that shade of purple? I think that this is a perfect outfit for a holiday party, maybe even with a sleeveless dress as pictured below.

Wear the dress with black footed tights and jeweled flats if you want to channel the look that went down the runway at the Carolina Herrera show. If you want to give it your own twist, try jeweled pumps, closed or peep toe.

For your handbag, choose a clutch or shoulder bag in a different shade of purple for that “different yet harmonious” look. Keep the jewelry to a minimum since this look already contains plenty of jewels.

Goddess Chiffon Dress ($29.80, Forever21) UO Opaque Tights ($12, Urban Outfitters)

Lulu Townsend Sequined Satin Clutch ($29.95, DSW)

Jessica Simpson Shoes Dereck Pumps ($89, Jessica Simpson) Zigi Soho Cinda Jeweled Suede Flat ($44.95, DSW)

Goddess Chiffon Dress ($29.80, Forever21)

UO Opaque Tights ($12, Urban Outfitters)

Lulu Townsend Sequined Satin Clutch ($29.95, DSW)

Jessica Simpson Shoes Dereck Pumps ($89, Jessica Simpson)

Zigi Soho Cinda Jeweled Suede Flat ($44.95, DSW)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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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

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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