Purple Reign

One of my only memories of purple is that when I was in high-school, I had a bright purple eye-shadow that I used to wear religiously. It really brightened my eyes, and made them pop against my auburn hair, I think it was by Revlon and was $4.99. 

 

This is really my only memory of my relationship with purple. However, thirteen years later, I could use a POP, and I think  it’s time to reach out to my alumni association and broker a reunion.

 

Come Spring 2012, pastels are going to be everywhere. We saw it on the runways, we see it every day in colored jeans prancing around Manhattan, and, in beauty as well… (Could it be, my bright eye popping eye shadow coming back ??!!) In my opinion, though pinks, greens, and blues will abound, I think one of the breakout colors of the season is going to be a light colored pastel hue of purple. Like a lilac, but with more oomph. 

 

And by then my foray into a darker purple will have balanced out. Winter will turn to warmer days and tepid weather, dark colors will fade to light with the season and everyone will not just look, but feel warmer. I have already started up wearing my new Revlon lilac gloss prematurely. 

 

And so it’s also perfectly fitting that the very pair of shoes that I eyed for months, stalking and hunting like a wild animal after it’s prey have now entered my clutches, and just happen to be lilac. In this case, rather then my wild jungle instincts, I have Bluefly.com to thank for the capture, but even with a victory as sweet as this one, they will still stay in hibernation until the weather and the season deems appropriate. 

 

And then, as Prince so brilliantly forecast, purple will in fact, REIGN supreme… and so will I. 

 

 

Purple Maxi dress: H&M on sale for $10

Shoes: Chanel

Bag: Jimmy Choo

TODS Violet and Gray Lace up sandals- $580.99

 

 

Inspiration: (from left to right; Rag & Bone, Richard Chai, Jen Kao)

The Top Five Colour Trends from Spring Summer 2012 Runways: Pastels, All White and Metalllics
 
 

One Phrase Reviews: Christian Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and more!

And the Spring 2012 fashion weeks come to an end with the last collection stomping down the Parisian runway. Read our one phrase reviews of the collections that graced the runways. Don’t worry! We’ll be back with our fun reviews come February for the Fall 2012 fashion weeks.
Dries van Noten — Wear your vacation
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Felipe Oliveira Baptista — A whole new meaning to making sure your fly is up
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Gareth Pugh — Robochic
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Limi Feu — The starving artist collection
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Mugler — “This is what happens when you run with scissors…”
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Nicolas Andreas Taralis — Deconstructed Chic
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Pedro Lourenço — Astronaut Couture
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Rochas — ’50s Disco
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Rue du Mail — Everyone wants to wear their chromosmes
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Ann Demeulemeester — Goth Hippie
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Balenciaga — ’80s video game characters clothing
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Balmain — The flirtatious cowgirl
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Carven — The little girl, grown-up
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A.F. Veandevorst — Ready for a toy soldier combat
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Nina Ricci — Kate Middleton when it’s just her and Wills
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Sharon Wauchob — Featherweight Champion
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Rick Owens — Models-to-go Bag
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Sacai — Preppy goes edgy
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Christian Dior — Too posh to deal
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Vionnet — Warning: You will attract butterflies if you wear this
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Vivienne Westwood — Dumpster Diving Chic
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John Galliano — A walk in the park
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Hermès — Don’t even think about exposure
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Givenchy — First Job in Fashion
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Stella McCartney
— The beach bum is putting in some effort
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Kanye West — My cleavage brings all the boys to the yard
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Lanvin — Bring on the shoulder pads
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Viktor & Rolf — How big was the needle to sew this together?
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Jean Paul Gaultier — What’s more scary: the clothing, the hair or the full body tattoos?
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Chloe — Plain Jane
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Yves Saint Laurent — That color palette is to die for.
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Chanel
— Sugar plum dreamland attire
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Valentino — The dress form of doilies
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Louis Vuitton — The spring fairy collection
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Miu Miu — Someone should close the curtains.
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Elie Saab — The colors may not be hot but the dress is scorching!
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[Images by style.com]
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>Spring 2012 Fashion Week Coverage
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>MTV VMAs Watch: Beyonce is Pregnant; Lady Gaga Wore Flats
>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.

 
 

One Phrase Review: Spring 2012 Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni & more

Another fashion week comes to a close; Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 produced interesting collections. Here are the phrases that come to mind:
Aquilano Rimondi — Victorian curtains, re-purposed.
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Bally — Modern Jackie O
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Dolce & Gabbana — CHICquita Banana Girl
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Marni — Groovy, flower power
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Missoni — Finally, Big Bird has a mate.
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Salvatore Ferragamo — Prints done right
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Versus — “Defense! Defense!”
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Dsquared2 — Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” wardrobe
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Gianfranco Ferre
— Belting is hip and not just at the hip
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Giorgio Armani
— The upper east-side mom
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Roberto Cavalli — The Greecian Goddess
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>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.

 
 

One Phrase Review: Spring 2012 Burberry, A.L.C. & more

As London Fashion Week comes to an end, we take a look back at all the collections. These phrases come to mind:
A.L.C — I’m an Editor, okay, Mom.
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Aquascutuum – “Red pill or the blue pill.” – The Matrix
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Burberry Prorsum — Jinxing spring weather to be cold
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Christopher Kane — Architecturally floral
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Erdem — Mary Poppins-wear
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Giles — The Swan Princess…circa spring 2021
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Louise Gray — Burning my eyes.
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Mark Fast — Grandma’s hobbie went trendy
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Michael van der Ham — The only designer to mix prints but remain classy.
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Pringle of Scotland — Fun with menswear
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Todd Lynn — What a professional women’s athlete would wear to dress up
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Mary Katrantzou — Reminiscing the Wizard of OZ flower meadow scene
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Temperley London — Finally, a semi-tame collection from London.
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Osman — A step up from the country club
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Z Spoke by Zac Posen — The ’70s seductress
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Twenty8Twelve — “I just came from the beach.”
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Roksanda Ilincic — “Go big or go bigger”
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David Koma — Tribal beauty
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Meadham Kirchhoff — Didn’t know there was a fashion week for clowns
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Kinder Aggugini — The rebel librarians have made their debut.
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[Images by style.com]
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>Spring 2012 Fashion Week Coverage
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>MTV VMAs Watch: Beyonce is Pregnant; Lady Gaga Wore Flats
>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.

 
 

Trendtastic: NYFW Spring 2012

Hard to believe NYFW is already over! Check out the trends we can’t wait to wear next spring!
All Weather Leather
Monique Lhuillier and Mackage are just two of the brands that incorporated leather into their spring looks. The skins didn’t overwhelm the looks, but added a definitive touch of edgy elegance.
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You’ll attract more than just bees wearing this trend. Spring flowers were all over the collections from DVF to What Goes Around Comes Around .

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Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2012


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What Goes Around Comes Around Spring 2012

Unexpected Print Pairings
What Comes Around Goes Around, Thakoon, and Chris Benz were just a few of the designers that mixed and match prints and patterns to create unique looks. If eccentric style is your thing, this trend is for you.
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Chris Benz Spring 2012


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Thakoon Spring 2012

’80s Brights
Relive the ’80s with neon pieces by VPL and Chris Benz.
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Chris Benz Spring 2012

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VPL Spring 2012

Wind-Machine Dresses
The way the dresses floated at Vivienne Tam, Monique Lhuillier and Luca Luca, it was as if each one came equipped with an invisible wind machine.
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Vivienne Tam Spring 2012

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Luca Luca Spring 2012


Pleats
I usually avoid pleats at all costs, but they are big next spring. Victoria Beckham and BCBG Max Aria have declared the trend.
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BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012

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Victoria Beckham Spring 2012


Grunge
’80s colors are having an extended moment, and ’90s style is coming back too. Marc Jacobs, Billy Reid and Rachel Comey‘s looks seemed to channel Boy Meets World‘s Corey and Topanga.
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Marc Jacobs


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Billy Reid Spring 2012


Fall Colors
While many collections embraced spring’s bright colors, many designers implemented a darker palette usually associated with fall including Mackage, United Bamboo and Marc Jacobs.
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Mackage Spring 2012


Luxe Embroidery
Tracy Reese, Jenny Packham, Kluk CGDT at the Arise “Made in Africa” show presented dresses embroidered with beaded flowers and other luxe elements.
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Tracy Reese Spring 2012

[Images by Getty Images]

 
 

Circa 1992: Marc Jacobs Spring 2012

Marc_Jacobs_Spring_2012_New_York_Fashion_Week_Bluefly-crop.jpgThe term “luxe grunge” is way overused, so forgive me as I employ it to describe Marc Jacobs‘ spring 2012 collection. Shown on the last day of New York Fashion Week, there’s really no other phrase to describe the skirts crushed into folds that morphed into tiers, or the picnic check printed onto diaphonous tank dresses. It’s Marc Jacobs so the craftsmanship is not in question, but some of the looks are.
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>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.
[photo courtesy of Getty Images]

 
 

The Hyphenated-African: Arise Magazine’s Spring 2012 “Made in Africa” Show

Arise_Magazine_Made_in_Africa_Spring_2012_New_York_Fashion_Week_BLUEFLY-crop.jpgFor the third year in a row, Arise Magazine produced a group show of African designers, this time giving seven rising design stars the opportunity to present their vision to the global fashion community. It’s always an over-the-top affair traditionally followed by an open invitation to get your drink and grub on at a lavish hotel after party featuring a special celebrity guest (last year Ciara gave a surprise performance at the Plaza Hotel). This year was no different.
Every seat in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall theater, from the orchestra to the nose bleeds, was topped with a goodie bag stuffed with swag including a copy of the magazine (no small get considering the glossy’s $10 ticket price). Singer Leona Lewis closed the show, performing her hits “Bleeding Love” and “Better in Time”. The after party in Le Grand Salon of the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel on Central Park South was epic, as expected, as rumors that the pied piper himself, R. Kelly, would perform were proven true.
But back to the collections created, respectively, by Asibelua, Tsemaye Binitie, Bunmi Koko, Jewel by Lisa, Lanre da Silva Ajayi, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, and Kluk CGDT. Incorporating European, American, and Asian influences, the lines presented were a reflection of a hyphenated-African sensibility borne of dual citizenship, and exposure to multiple influences. Traditional African prints, fabrics, and silhouettes were referenced, but not as explicitly as one would expect from a show called “Made in Africa.”
Fati Asibelua (her look pictured here on Sessilee Lopez) opened the show with a striking plaid-houndstooth-African print play presenting maxi skirts, mini dresses, and skinny clam diggers in the patchwork pattern alongside chic tie-dye caftans, and floor-length dresses. She also used fluid fabrics printed with traditional African patterns to fabulous effect in ultra-femme dresses, jackets, skirts, and tops.
Stella McCartney design team alum Tsemaye Binitie followed Asibelua’s collection with crisp whites, greys, and neutrals with the odd pop of fuchsia. A goth leather ensemble was also thrown into the mix. I can’t see the same girl having the collection’s silky t-shirt dress, and the leather leggings with sheer batwing oversized sweater in her closet.
Bunmi Koko sent her models swinging onto the stage in swaths of pollen yellow, cantaloupe, indigo, and aqua fabric. In terms of fabrication, Koko introduced many concepts: hi-low hem dresses, pleated palazzo trousers, bustier bodice dresses, sheer tanks with panels of fabric swinging from the boobs, a dark dress with a bright yellow diamond-shaped pattern strategically placed just under the bum of the dress… and in many instances I heard myself parroting the Project Runway judges’ panel. She needed to edit and distill. As did Lanre da Silva Ajayi.
Ajayi’s “Labour of Love” collection was an overwrought explosion of textures. Knit applique on sateen, lace embroidered onto tweed, and what looked like ostrich feathers trimming pencil skirt pockets and embellishing skirts and dresses. But all was forgotten when Ajayi stepped onto and off the stage in a scary tumble. The house jumped to give the designer a standing o when she did her do-over victory lap.
Jewel by Lisa’s “Vintage Love” looks were a haute homage to ’60s and ’70s African style. The Nigerian designer whose full name is Lisa Folawiyo presented mod concept dresses, blouses cut like safari jackets, and fearless print and color pairings that were fresh and modern.
French-Ivorian designer Pierre-Antoine Vettorello attempted to conjure Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen, leapfrogging decade references with a collection that presented 1940s cigarette girl separates, and 1980s punk scene flourishes involving what looked like “hair” standing on shoulders and “teeth” biting their way out of the tops they were sewn onto.
South African design pair Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit’s Kluk CGDT line presented several sheer tulle styles embroidered with strategically-placed African lace flowers. It was a fresh and exciting concept, I wish had had more time in the oven.
Bella Naija has visuals of each designer’s collection.
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>MTV VMAs Watch: Beyonce is Pregnant; Lady Gaga Wore Flats
>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.
[photo courtesy of Getty Images]

 
 

Presentation Trumps Pretension: Stephen Burrows Spring 2012

Stephen_Burrows_Spring_2012_New_York_Fashion_Week_BLUEFLY-CROP.jpgOn the last day of New York Fashion Week, you want to be at a Stephen Burrows show. After a week of surly-faced girl parades, it’s nice to see the models actually smile. (Some even showed teeth!) Presentation trumped pretension as the models had fun with their moment on the catwalk, performing old school spins halfway down the runway, and giving into exaggerated poses. Anna Cleveland, daughter of Burrows BFF and legendary model Pat Cleveland, practically performed an interpretive dance with her scarf, twirling it like the ribbon in an Alvin Ailey solo. The clothes were fun too — a 1970s-evocative “sailor in the city” swirl of red, white, blue, and yellow, with the occasional growl of animal print — which was the point Burrows seemed to be pushing. Point well taken.
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>Spring 2012 Fashion Week Coverage
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>MTV VMAs Watch: Beyonce is Pregnant; Lady Gaga Wore Flats
>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.
[photo courtesy of Getty Images]

 
 

One Phrase Review: Spring 2012 DVF, Marc Jacobs, & More

One phrase came to mind when we saw these Spring 2012 collections
Tommy Hilfiger – Mrs. Roper’s Moo-Moos are back.
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Marc by Marc Jacobs — The Professional Hipster Collection.
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Charlotte Ronson — The Williamsburg Hipster.
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Diane von Furstenberg – Bees will swarm around these girls.
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Donna Karan — Cougars on the prowl… ow!
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Betsey Johnson — Let’s play pretend.
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Rachel Zoe — “I’m so Over This.”
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Victoria Beckham — Anna Kournikova-Wear
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ADAM — What a little girl thinks she will dress like when she grows up.
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BCBG Max Azria – Spread your wings… literally
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Christian Siriano — So Posh…Spice
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Jason Wu — Have you seen my shoes?
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L.A.M.B. — Ready for a Fun Night Out
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Luca Luca — Where’s my crown?
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M. Patmos — Workwear doesn’t have to be boring.
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Peter Som — Twiggy, Circa 2011
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Suno — I wish I was a Girl so I Could Wear This
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Thakoon — Someone Had Fun Mixing Fabrics
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Yigal Azrouel — London calling.
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Zac Posen — The Sex and the City Girls Would Cry Over These Dresses
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Vera Wang — Sexy
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More…
>Spring 2012 Fashion Week Coverage
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>MTV VMAs Watch: Beyonce is Pregnant; Lady Gaga Wore Flats
>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.

 
 

Safari, So Good: Michael Kors Spring 2012

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Completely safari-inspired, Michael Kors chose animals prints, earth tones, and cargo cuts for his spring 2021 collection. Every look was street ready (or jungle ready) with infinite mix and match possibilities. It’s a very accessible collection. Rachel Zoe, Brad Goreski, Zoe Saldana and Micahel Douglas were in the house to take in the show.
More…
>Spring 2012 Fashion Week Coverage
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>MTV VMAs Watch: Beyonce is Pregnant; Lady Gaga Wore Flats
>Get inspired by Giuliana Rancic’s amazing shoe collection
>The Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton Wore McQueen; is Now a Duchess.
[Image courtesy of Getty Images]

 
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