Feeling Blue

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Chanel’s Blue Sating nailpolish is THE color to be wearing this Fall and Winter.  Last year dark purples and black were the 2 colors that were seen on fashionista’s fingers everywhere.   Skip the lighter blues you may find at the drug store, and opt for the deeper shades that don’t scream “I have blue nails!”  From afar it should not be apparent exactly what color your nails are.  OPI also has a new dark blue polish available.

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Pretty in Plaid

Marc by Marc JacobsDowntown Manhattan hipsters, and Los Feliz idie rockers, are all wearing a similar pattern this Fall…Plaid.  The streets of Silverlake are starting to look a bit more like Seattle circa 1991.  Fortunately, the plaid look is coming back with a stylish vengeance, rather than in a sloppy grunge style.  Plaid dresses are being paired with Jimmy Choo ankle boots, and plaid shirts are worn with black skinny jeans on both men and women.  This trend is available to people with all budgets.  Thrift stores are a great, and “green”, place to purchase plaid items.  Urban Outfitters has many chic plaid pieces that are fitted and stylish for under $100.  Alexander McQueen takes on plaid this season in a gorgeous red and black plaid dress that retails for over $5,000.  Whatever your budget may be, plaid is easily accessible, versatile, and the perfect pattern for you this Fall. 

FASHION WEEK FALL 2008

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Still clamoring to get your oxford pumps, opaque black tights, mod dresses and skinny belts that were the hit for this fall/winter? Well, this week the tents are back up in Bryant Park and holding shows from over 80 top designers who are displaying their Fall 2008 collections.  Celebrities, fashionistas, and ladies who lunch are in the trenches of the front rows viewing the trends for next winter, while most people are still trying to catch up with the winter season we are currently in. 

 Trends for Fall/Winter 2008

  • Feathers everywhere
  • The bandage look of Herve Leger
  • Form fitting dresses
  • Bare shoulders-strapless
  • Beaded flapper girl look is sticking around for next season
  • Feminine looks are being incorporated into Fall: pastels, tulle and florals were seen on the runways mixed with edgier leather and black pieces

Arrivederci Valentino!!!

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Valentino Garavani has been designing fine fashions for the world’s elite for over 45 years, and has dressed movie stars, socialites, and royals around the world.  The Italian designer finished his incredible career this week with a final fashion show at the Musée Rodin in Paris on Wednesday, displaying his Spring/Summer 2008 haute couture line.  Supermodels, celebrities, and his loyal clients attended the show which featured his stunning red gowns.

Valentino gained worldwide fame, and became a household name, when Jackie Kennedy hired him to design her a new wardrobe following the death of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.  His couture only label was sold to HdP in 1998 for an estimated $300 million.  Valentino has been known for his flamboyant lifestyle and high living.  His presence will certainly be missed in the fashion world, but he is leaving at the top of his game.  Bravo!

The Valentino line will now be designed by former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti.

CIAO VALENTINO!

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weapons fit for the runway

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Yes, these fashionable looking gadgets are weapons marketed for women.  The company Taser International has just introduced the C2 model of its stun gun, which comes in pink, purple, leopard print, and other designs aimed to get the attention of girls.  This controversial weapon gives out a 50,000 volt jolt that short circuits brain activity. 

This taser costs around $350 and is tiny enough to through into your purse as you would  a cell phone.  The item is causing a big stir among law enforcement professionals, who claim that these easy to obtain tasers may end up in the wrong hands.  All but 7 states allow these weapons, though most countries around the world ban civilians from using tasers. 

Tasers can be a great form of self defense for women, though it is highly suggested that the user go through training before carrying the weapon.

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