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We recently attended the Payless Spring 2009 preview, and are excited to announce the continuation of fabulous designer styles by the likes of Abaete, Lela Rose, and Alice + Olivia. In addition to the designer collaboration collections that we love,  two pleasant new surprises are on the way: a  hand-dyed collection by Lela Rose in silhouettes that you will actually want to wear to a wedding or formal occasion  and the incredibly innovative (not to mention adorable and afordable) green footwear collection.

We were most impressed with the incredible consideration put into the eco-line, dubbed Zoe & Zac, making everything from the upper materials, soles, rubber, detailing and more in an eco-conscious way.  Payless partnered with Summer Rayne Oaks, a model-activist,  spokesperson, and consultant in sustainable development to make sure the collection was ground-breaking in the realm of green and stylish. We can’t wait to get at least a few pairs once they hit stores in April of 2009!

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Fashion Pulse traded in their converse sneakers for patent leather pumps on October 30th for the Saks Fifth Avenue party honoring creative director Damiano Biella of Escada and benefitting the Free Arts NYC organization. The party remained on the second floor of Saks, centered around the Escada boutique, which of course had clothing to die for displayed on rotating live models and complete with oversized ruffles, interesting pleat detailing and baby-soft cashmere jackets. Besides the free cocktails and eclectic fashion crowd, we most enjoyed the evening send-off via a live performance by Duffy, singing four of the songs from her debut Rockferry album.

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After much hype, Tyra Banks’ new reality show, Stylista, finally premiered this week on the CW. The show features eleven slightly more stylish Anne Hathaways who must bend over backwards to win the approval of a Meryl Streep-like Anne Slowey, ala the Devil Wears Prada. And for what? The winner gets the coveted position of Junior Editor at Elle magazine — a role that we never saw prior on the masthead…`

We’re hoping the competitions get a little more cutthroat, relevant, and entertaining, because we really didn’t see a reason for any of the contestants to go home after last night’s “layout” challenge, and we think Anne’s elimination catch-phrase of “You’re not the right fit,” belongs on a show about making shoes instead of working for a fashion magazine. Nonetheless, we’ll be tuning in next week to find out who gets sent to the hospital after crumbling under the pressure to impress scary Slowey!

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Enough about L.A and LC, it’s time for New York City and The Hills’ nice-girl Whitney Port to take center stage! MTV confirmed last week that Whitney will star in a spin off series called The City, that will chronicle her life as a Diane Von Furstenberg employee in New York. We’re excited to hear that Whitney will finally get a love interest, and her own drama-filled group of friends. The best part (at least for us) is that DVF will appear on the show — so it has to be good! The City will premiere in the spring of 2009.

Tyra’s America’s Next Top Model sidekicks, Jay Manuel and Miss Jay, are getting their own show, too, called Operation Fabulous. The dynamic duo will travel around the country giving “high-fashion” makeovers to normal people. Top Model fanatics shouldn’t despair — Jay says the two will definitely continue to appear on the original show!

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Whose collection did you love? We thought at first, we loved Kenley’s then Korto’s, then Leanne’s… this could potentially have been the best runway show to date, as far as clear choice for the winner not being directly obvious.

Images from BravoTV.com

Images from BravoTV.com

We love that Nina said “No doubt” – when asked by Heidi if they were sure they made the right decision. There’s something so admirable and charming about Leanne’s modesty and mellow personality that’s completely refreshing to the fashion industry. Her work speaks for itself, and she doesn’t need to have an attitude or make a fuss to make a statement and get her work noticed. Brava Leanne!

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On last night’s “New Haven can wait” episode of Gossip Girl, television’s most fashionable best frenemies made amends, but their Ivy League styles were still at odds. A stuffy and traditional Blair achieved the classic intellectual look with ties, bows, cardigans, plaid, and pencil skirts. The charmer, Serena, gave the New Haven campus a breath of fresh air by choosing a more updated scholarly look, with a cute purple and white striped blazer, knee high boots, and short, yet classy dresses.

Are you more of a Blair or a Serena? Get Blair’s look with this Satin Headband with a Bow ($3.80, Forever 21), and for $245, the exact L.A.M.B High Waisted Plaid Skirt Blair wore can be yours from Nordstrom. If you’re on Team Serena, get these Dominika boots ($180, Aldo) and this LaRok Chieftain Fitted Jacket, now on sale for $177.90 at Nordstrom.

In other news, our little ingénue Jenny has quit school so she can give a major fashion designer her opinion, full time. Our first instinct was to roll our eyes, but maybe we’re just jealous…


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We just checked out the recently launched Destination Style NY By Pat Field for HSN.com. The designer/stylist extraordinaire of  Sex & the City, Lipstick Jungle, Kath & Kim, and The Devil Wears Prada has larger than life style sense, and now makes it affordable for everybody via her apparel, jewelry, and accessories. Our favorites? Definitely the Noir for Patricia Field Metalwork Inlay Glass Ring ($44.95), the Noir for Patricia Field Charm Dangle “Love” Key Chain ($29.95), and the Destination Style New York by Pat Field High Waist Skirt ($49.95).

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Images from BravoTV.com

Images from BravoTV.com

Jerell got aufd tonight — we kinda saw it coming, since he basically disregarded Tim’s comments, which is usually the kiss of death. Plus, the wedding dress — it definitely was highly reminiscent of the dress he did for the last challenge he won… In any event, I still can’t help but find it kind of funny that the last six designers standing get to show at Bryant Park, in order for the audience not to “leak” who won. So Jerell, and Suede, and Joe Faris get to show after all — is that fair?

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jack mackenroth and becky newton

jack mackenroth and becky newton

We ran into one of our favorite people, the incredibly-talented Project Runway Season 4 contestant Jack Mackenroth during New York Fashion Week. He graciously agreed to field some of our most important fashion week-related questions!

FP: What collection just completely blew you away during NY fashion Week?
JM: I have to say my favorite collection was Christian Siriano. I was so proud of him I cried like a baby. He took his concepts to a whole new level. The construction was so complicated and gorgeous. He took the concept of puff sleeves and opened them up into strips of fabric. So fierce. Every look was absolutely amazing!

jack & rubin singer

jack & rubin singer

I also loved Rubin Singer and for men I thought John Crocco pulled out an amazing collection for Perry Ellis. He really pushed the aesthetic of the Perry Ellis brand and was much more fashion forward then I’ve ever seen. I loved the khaki fabric with the embroidered polka dots. I missed Diane Von Furstenberg and I was so bummed. I heart her!

FP: Was there a particular trend you saw that you loved?

JM: It seemed like the season of the paillette. I saw leaf shaped paillettes, clear paillettes, matte and shiny — all different shapes and sizes. I loved it.  I also think the trend of sheer and flowing fabrics is here to stay. It was everywhere. Also — harem pants. EWWWWWWW. They were everywhere. Not cute.

FP: Who was your favorite celebrity sighting?

jack, ana ruiz, and vanessa williams

jack, ana ruiz, and vanessa williams

JM: My absolute most favorite celeb sighting was at the Patricia Field fashion show! First of all it was a fabulous party atmosphere put on by MAO PR, and was full of drag queens and fashion superstars. I was in the front row sandwiched between Judith Light, Becki Newton, Ana Ruiz, and Vanessa Williams (all from Ugly Betty). They were so hilarious and nice.

FP: What was your favorite freebie?

JM: Ooooh–Perry Ellis gave out a fab bottle of cologne. I got an MP3 player at the Valentino party and a gorgeous watch at the opening of the Fossil store on 34th street.

FP: How did you “decompress” after fashion week? (I went out of town, even if it was just to Connecticut, for the weekend!)

JM: You know what? I didn’t get to at all. The next day I had to write a speech and powerpoint presentation for The US Conference on AIDS in Fort Lauderdale. I left 3 days after fashion week and just got back. Now I have to make a wedding dress out of 3000 white condoms for the Condom Couture fashion show for an Evening of Hope HIV benefit in San Francisco on October 15th.  Then I have to make a chocolate Wonder Woman costume with Zac Young, the pastry chef from Butter, for the Chocolate show on November 6th. Woo-hoo!!

FP: We heard that you and Kevin Christiana have something in the works – can you reveal a bit about it to us?

JM: Yes–It’s very exciting. We are co-hosts and co-designers on a new “re-design” show where we work with one female candidate each episode and we ambush her wardrobe and remake them into some fabulous creations. It’s a little bit Project Runway meets Queer Eye (with only one queer) and it has a really cute hook that makes it original… We also hope to rope in some of our favorite designers throughout the season.

FP: When you have your next show, who are the three people you would most definitely have in the front row?

JM: If I ever show at Bryant Park I would want my mom, Tim Gunn and Linda Evangelista sitting in the front row.

FP: And last, of all, we’d love for you to analyze three looks from New York Fashion week for us:

look #1) Herve Leger by Max Azria
JM: I am a child of the 80s and 90s and I loved the origianl Herve Leger and am digging the update. It takes a killer bod to wrap yourself in “ace bandages” but I love the shimmer and it would make a woman look gorge!

look #2) Alexandre Herchcovitch
JM: I thought this collection was very conceptual rather than wearable. I liked some of the prints and some of the great military details but I don’t think you will be seeing crotch ruffles on the streets anytime soon.

look #3) William Rast
JM: I really like this look by William Rast; I would wear the entire look. Denim seems to be moving away from the overdone back pocketing and dark wash, and back to the distressed look of the 80’s. I love the tee and the jacket.

A special thanks to Jack Mackenroth for sharing his thoughts and pictures with Fashion Pulse!

– Julia DiNardo

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Poor Suede, we’ll miss you and are sorry you got the axe! As Season 5 of Project Runway is coming to a close, we were ready to see Kenley go this episode, just as we were ready for Joe Faris to leave last time. She’s sticking around for at least another week, quite true to Project Runway‘s motif of keeping “the drama” around until the end. No one though, should ever disrespect dear Tim Gunn, and for that alone, we were ready to see Kenley pack up and head out. Although Korto is wildly talented, it just seemed also that Jerrell had this challenge in the bag as the winner– what happened?? Stay tuned for more “ins and outs” of Project Runway, and for the time being, check out the fabulous coverage of the five finalists’ shows at Bryant Park, compliments of Nitrolicious.com.

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We love checking out the latest “Red Carpet Fashion”, and this year’s Emmy awards provided plenty of looks for Fashion Pulse to analyze! While it can be quite fun to also gawk at those who will most likely be on a “Worst Dressed” list, we chose to just focus on our favorites. We particularly love the celebs that aren’t afraid to go for bright colors and voluminous dresses!

Fashion Pulse Favorites:

Brooke Shields

America Ferrera

Christina Applegate

Felicity Huffman

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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This week we’ve brought together some of our favorite fashion blogs and publications from the Best of the Web, or B.O.W. group:

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