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chanelfavoritelookFrom Russia (and Paris), with Love — Karl Lagerfeld readily admits his Russian inspirations for this pre-fall collection: the Ballets Russes, Constructivism, Byzantine jewelry, and Slavic folklore. Aptly named “Paris-Moscou”, the collection was full of red, over-the-top furs and embellishments, leather leggings, and fringe. I absolutely was fascinated by the amazing headresses and thrilled with the revival of muffs.
Although it was nearly impossible to pick one look as my favorite, I ended up going with the show-closer, this amazing dress and head piece that succinctly melded several different trends of the collection into one. I loved the way the scalloped layers of the bodice appeared to be breaking away from the ombre portion of the dress.

Julia DiNardo

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There’s just so much to love about this look — the soft versus hard elements, the amazing color palette, the sculptural bodice of the Grecian-inspired dresses. Laura and Kate Mulleavy are no one-hit wonder, and you can surely tell by the distinct looks in their Spring/Summer 2009 collection that this sister designing duo are certainly here to stay. The collection overall expressed a sense of cohesiveness rarely found this season, traveling from lightness to darkness with a sense of laid-back ease.

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired this Wednesday, and as always, it gave us motivation to go to the gym, and showed us how to spice up our lingerie with random items like flowered lattice! Perhaps this is why the craft queen, Martha Stewart was in the audience.

This year one of the most prominent trends on the glittering runway was greek goddess meets Xena Warrior Princess. Adriana Lima sported arm cuffs, Karolina Kurkova wore a leather half-corset, and most of the models’ legs were laced up with ribbons. This style was a departure from the typical cute and glitzy looks seen in previous years.

Of course if the Victoria Secret models were to be any sort of actual Greek warrior, it would most likely be Athena. Cue the long and flowing sheer drapery — Miranda Kerr’s gold leaf necklace, and Alessandra Ambrosio’s gold wings. Still, no Victoria Secret Fashion Show would be complete without Heidi Klum strutting around with a giant, twinkling, pink bow attached to her back! But our favorite part of the show? Watching Marisa Miller cure her pre-show nerves with a chocolate glazed doughnut! We loved watching silly backstage moments like these amidst the runway footage. It showed us that maybe we’re not so different from angels afterall!

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Suit jackets have never looked better, thanks to one of our most favorite Brit designers, Stella McCartney. For her spring ’09 collection, McCartney transformed the mundane office staple into a chic, lanquid, and sexy addition to a myriad of different looks. We saw it take the form of McCartney’s signature jumpsuit, a bathing suit, and layered over a cocktail dress. She spiced up the tone of the collection by pairing sheer blazers with even more see-through glitteryjumpsuits and leotards underneath. Although the jacket was undoubtedly the star of the show, McCartney expressed her dimension and versatility as a designer with provocative black bondage and chandelier-like frocks. Had we been there, we would have given Ms.McCartney a standing ovation alongside show crasher Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter ego, Bruno.

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As always, Miuccia Prada has created a line that redefines the style of glamourous and youthful women with her nickname Miu Miu label. Her S/S 2009 collection worked Ms. Prada’s quintessential quirkiness to perfection; the models somehow looked effortlessly sophisticated in tattered burlap tops and pleated aprons, some in deep red, aborigine, or streaked with graffiti. The collection took a more contemporary turn when the burlap morphed into a shiny satin that made theses dresses certainly worthy for a night on the town. The looks lent their way into a parade of printed, pleated dresses resembling classic European paintings and mosaics. We loved the styling idea of contrasting a short and simple black skirt with a longer intricately painted apron – very chic, very Italian. The belt trend has been with us for a while now, and we’re almost ready to move onto to a new variation- perhaps it could be Miuccia’s “grembiuli” — after all, what Miuccia says, goes.

-Sarah Ferguson

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I am obsessed, and I mean obsessed with the Chanel two-toned opaque tights from the Fall/Winter 2008 collections, and are even more in love with the sheer version that paraded down the spring 2009 runways this season. chaneltightsfa08As far as practicality goes, the thicker version is more appropriate for the wind-tunnel gusts and frosty New York winter, but shall we dare pay the price tag — that soar above $200 for these babies? You know the answer to that. You can get the best of both sheer and opaque worlds via these Either Or Tights for a whopping $14 at Urban Outfitters. They’re  sure to fit my desire for the trend, as well as my budget! Okay, so they don’t have the chic littel “double C” logo across the ankle, but I am willing to spare a few hundred for that, don’t you think a more worthy investment might be to get a cute new outfit to accompany the tights instead?

-Julia DiNardo

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How many times can the classic Chanel suit, shoes, and bag be reworked and refreshed each season? Apparently, an infinite amount, as Karl Largerfeld has once again made the staples of the maintain their covetable classification. New shapes, details, and accessories are the way to add excitement to the storied house, and Karl and his team didn’t hold back one bit this season. From boudoir-like shoes decked out with feathers to new shape and chain positioning for the quilted signature bags, there’s plenty here to set Chanel-lover’s hearts ablaze. The suits received the festoon treatment, with oversized ties, bows, and detailing that you know came from King Karl himself — heavy chainlinks! And last, this review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the jewelry; it managed to accomplish both vintage and futuristic elements that worked with tweed suits,  trenches, long, loose cardigans, and prim blouses.

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