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Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture Channels 40’s Femme Fatale

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture Channels 40’s Femme Fatale

John Galliano has sent a much more tamed Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection down the runway than say, even in the previous season. Although still colourful, fiery bright color pallet was set aside, giving room to pastels and rich chocolates with an obligatory splash of fuschia here and there. Even the silhouettes, while still dramatic, were more, dare I say, minimal. Cinched at the waist for a classic hour-glass shape. But these aren't demure 40's housewives we're talking about. With fiery bright lips and dramatic black eyeliner, the looks were more reminiscent of 40's movie heroines projecting an almost aggressive allure rather than debutantes.

Tight pencil skirts, oversize New Look full skirts and long trails. All cinched tightly at ...

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture Opens Couture Fashion Week

Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture Opens Couture Fashion Week

The young couturier, Alexis Mabille, opened Couture Fashion Week in Paris today with his Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection.

Mabille, staying true to himself - not believing couture and ready-to-wear shows should be separated - sent models down the runway in a rather eclectic mix of pieces. Here we have coquettish cigarette pants, in white or floral print, matched with a white or black cinched-waist jacket, just-above-the-knee full-skirt strapless dresses and old world glamour gowns channeling a Grecian goddess. Especially brave were the multifunctional last few looks. Starting out as an new-look type gown, the oversize full skirt - easily untied by the model - was turned into a cape, revealing a cute 60's over-the-knee dress.

Today, John Galliano for Christian Dior, ...

Swedish Hasbeens For H&M Collaboration Brings Back The Clog

Swedish Hasbeens For H&M Collaboration Brings Back The Clog

Thought the clog trend Celine started last year was over? Think again. H&M announced their collaboration with the iconic Swedish Hasbeens shoe label. This spring they'll bring the classic Swedish Hasbeens wooden-sole to the masses.

Swedish Hasbeens For H&M collaboration includes three wooden-soled styles - gladiator style strappy wedges, heeled summer sandals and peep-toe slip-on wedges. What makes this collaboration even better is that the shoes are made from environmentally friendly materials, which is not something you can say often about fast fashion.

When normally you'd have to pay anywhere between $200 and $300 dollars for a Swedish Hasbeens pair wooden-sole sandals, this spring you'll be able to purchase the three styles of Swedish Hasbeens For H&M under $100 dollars.

"These Hasbeens for ...

Christian Lacroix Designs For Desigual: Desigual By Monsieur Lacroix Fall 2011 Preview

Christian Lacroix Designs For Desigual: Desigual By Monsieur Lacroix Fall 2011 Preview

Christian Lacroix may not be able to produce collections under his own name - to which he doesn't have the rights since the closing of his namesake label, but that certainly doesn't stop him from doing what he loves. Under a new name - Monsieur Lacroix - Lacroix struck a partnership with the Spanish clothing brand Desigual.

The first Desigual By Monsieur Lacroix Fall 2011 collection was sent down the Barcelona Fashion Week runway consisting of 30 pieces. "Haute couture mixed with the urban and casual Desigual prêt-à-porter," so Desigual promises us. The next collection, for Spring 2012, is supposed to be even bigger and better.

Lacroix said of the partnership, "I was awestruck by the first girl dressed by Desigual that ...

Irina Lazareanu Clothing Line ‘Irina L’ Launches In Japan

Irina Lazareanu Clothing Line ‘Irina L’ Launches In Japan

Irina Lazareanu's new clothing line Irina L reads like her own closet - laid back rock'n'roll pieces with a vintage vibe. Lazareanu's line Irina L has found it's home in Japan and rightfully so.

Pieces like the black & red check dress or the leather motorcycle jacket are staples of any punk rock wardrobe. But in a true model-off-duty style, the rock'n'roll elements are balanced out by more refined pieces like blazers and jackets. Here high-fashion meets rock'n'roll.

If you ever needed a good reason to visit Japan ...

Going Greek With Versace Spring 2011 Accessories

Going Greek With Versace Spring 2011 Accessories

The Versace Spring 2011 was a roaring success. Rigorous body conscious dresses and pencil high-waisted skirts combined with cropped jackets showing just enough midriff to make it sensual, not vulgar. Cutout details, draped fringe and the Greek key pattern were integrated so well into the pieces that they didn't loose their minimalist feel. Clean use of bright colors - red, yellow and turquoise - contributed to that effect as well.

The Greek key was also used on belts, handbags and even sandals, in contrasting color, the pattern turned each and every one of those into a statement piece.

The campaign advertising Versace Spring 2011 accessories features a nude January Jones with nothing but the shoes and bags on her. Available in ...

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 Jewelry Lookbook Modeled By ‘It’ Girls

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 Jewelry Lookbook Modeled By ‘It’ Girls

Instead of using models, for Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 jewelry lookbook, sixteen faces to watch, in other words It girls, were chosen to model the 60's inspired jewelry.

In the mix we have the actresses - Nathalie Love, Lina Esco, Hailey Gates and Rinko Kikuchi, the Rolling Stones royalty aspiring model Alexandra Richards and the occasional aristocrat Miss Mary Charteris. From DJ's, to TV presenters, to party girls, this bunch sure is ... talented.

The Row Pre-Fall 2011 Collection Is Simply Sharp

The Row Pre-Fall 2011 Collection Is Simply Sharp

The Row Pre-Fall 2011 collection is a clear proof of Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's progress as designers. In the short time The Row exists, the aesthetic has progressed from rather deconstructed silhouettes and simple draped maxi dresses to a coherent blend of chic and sophisticated, perfectly tailored, office wear.

Still in muted color palette of dark neutrals and the occasional pop of camel or white, The Row Pre-Fall 2011 gives us a lot of pants. Straight-leg, wide-leg, skinny or short. In leather or wool. With simple tops or smart jackets. Plunging V-necklines are balanced out with long bottoms and the naive Peter Pan collars with the more aggressive leather shorts or skirt. And the maxis. Equipped with deep skirt slits, they ...

Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2011 Collection Is Oversize Coat Heaven

Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2011 Collection Is Oversize Coat Heaven

The new Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2011 collection makes me long for winter. Next winter.

Accentuating gray, black, navy and camel base colors with green, burgundy, mustard and the occasional orange, McCartney created a very fall appropriate color palette oozing with vintage vibes. Using geometric prints and clever cuts she created chunky knits and shift dresses both sophisticated and cute.

The main stars of the McCartney Pre-Fall 2011 collection are of course the oversize double-breasted boxy coats. Some in camel, others in navy and black, these coats are the ultimate nostalgic chic.

Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 Is All About Prints And Knits

Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 Is All About Prints And Knits

About the only thing Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took from Spring 2011 and continued into Pre-Fall 2011 are the neon colors, giving us a fiery pink sleeveless number and an orange wool coat. For Pre-Fall 2011 Proenza Schouler envisioned much, much longer hemlines and a wide array of Peruvian Ikat patterns, Guatemalan stripes and tribal prints. Statement knits, McCollough and Hernandez said, is what Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2011 is all about.

Unlike the previously sexy and coquettish Proenza Schouler school girl, for pre-fall she traded in her minis and lacy numbers for comfortable knee-length shorts and hippie Peruvian chunky knits. Even the more polished looks consisting of a tailored black coat is matched with a slouchy pant or ...