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Jil Sander Fall 2011

Structured bags ruled supreme at Jil Sander, a noticeable juxtaposition to the deconstructed shapes and Warholian flashes of colors in the clothes. The bags and clutches, of which there were a smattering of, included stiff envelope handhelds and granny double-handled handbags that were in dark, muted colors that, to be honest, didn’t really pop. Architectural … Continue reading “Jil Sander Fall 2011”

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Versace Fall 2011

This was a collection that seduced, not sizzled. Which isn’t exactly a bad thing, depending on who you ask. Donatella Versace, for fall, showed exactly how adept her hand is at the art of design, not for one moment forgoing glamour in favor of the dreaded P word: practicality. This show very much emphasized the … Continue reading “Versace Fall 2011”

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

While the ready-to-wear had a decidedly Sixties “Mad Men” aesthetic to it, Tomas Maier’s fall Bottega bags were noticeably sportier and more relaxed in their shapes, many of them elaborately hand-worked in construction. Adding variety to the mix was the use of innovative materials to further illuminate the eccentric effect, illustrated, for example, in a … Continue reading “Bottega Veneta Fall 2011”

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Natalie Portman in H&M

It’s nice to see that, despite the world being her oyster, Natalie Portman isn’t beyond wearing cheap-chic. Can you blame her, though, when it looks this good? For a Vanity Fair cocktail soiree in Hollywood Thursday night, the “Black Swan” star–and major Oscar contender–donned an H&M dress from the Swedish fast fashion retailer’s upcoming Conscious … Continue reading “Natalie Portman in H&M”

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Oscars 2011: Best Dressed

Jennifer Hudson in Atelier Versace Not only has she lost half her body weight, but Jennifer Hudson set the Oscar bar high with her deep orange Atelier Versace gown. The draping around the bodice complemented her new svelte self while her folded skirt with full train (kept smooth with Versace platforms) looked modern, slick and, … Continue reading “Oscars 2011: Best Dressed”

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Fendi Bags Fall 2011

Classical silhouettes resigned supreme in the bags at Fendi’s fall show. Overscaled in size and popping in bright colors, the handhelds featured nifty longer straps that made them instant cross-bodies. I love the roomy shape of the Fendi day bag for fall; it harks back to an iconic shape Fendi has shown since the days … Continue reading “Fendi Bags Fall 2011”

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