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…makes its season four debut on November 14, 2007.

Can’t wait.


Bright, showy colors in rich, flowing fabrics are calling. And Jil Sander answered. The Fall trends of bright color will continue into the Spring if one is to look at what Raf Simon offered the public. What’s great about the collection is that even though the hues are eye-popping, the tailoring is subdued. It’s what’s needed for this upcoming season.

In contrast, I had a look at Agatha Ruiz De La Prada’s collection (in truth, a designer that I’m unfamiliar with), and what can I say? To quote Nina Garcia, the collection is aesthetically not pleasing. The colors are exciting, to be sure, but the cuts and drapes of the designs do not call to me.

[Photo source: Getty Images]

About a month ago, I wrote that Erin Fetherston would be creating a collection for Target’s GO. International. I read this news on Target’s own press page. While it is true that she is designing a line for Target, it won’t hit stores until November (a misreading on my part). Instead, it is Alice Temperley, whose Spring 2008 collection I adore, bringing her vision to the chain store. Though she is a British designer, it seems to me that what she’s designed for Target has a bit of a French country flair.

I’m excited. I’ve made plans to buy the sailor pants in ebony.

What’s the most important part of the prime time Emmys (or of any awards show, for that matter)? The red carpet, of course. Tonight was no exception. I can’t tell you who won what award, but I will point out the dresses that I liked and the dresses that I wasn’t crazy about.


Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum

Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell

Ali Larter
Ali Larter

America Ferrera
America Ferrera

Christina Aguilera performing with Tony Bennett
Christina Aguilera performing with Tony Bennett

Oh no!

Christina Aguilera arriving

Christina Aguilera on the red carpet

Sarah Chalke
Sarah Chalke

Hayden Panetierre
Hayden Panetierre

[Photo credits: Yahoo!; Getty Images]

COS, Collection of Style, is the newer line available through H&M, the bastion of inexpensive trends. The first COS store opened this past spring in March. What they offer are classic staples that one could use as companion pieces to the more trendy wares that H&M produces.

Saturday began London Fashion week, and COS showed its collection for Spring 2008 at the Royal Academy. The pieces, which while still affordable, have a higher price tag than the clothes at H&M. For the fashionista who has to follow a more conservative dress code in her office, I would suggest COS clothing with a bit more flashy accessories (accessories that won’t have the boss raising her eyebrows in disgust, of course). Hey, even if the concern isn’t about a dress code, still go ahead with the bold accessories. It’s fun!

Look 1

Urban Outfitters

Look 2
COSSigerson Morrison

Look 3
COSAmerican ApparelOh Deer!Gustto

Look One

1. Black bowtie dress, COS [COS]

2. Grey opaque tights, Urban Outfitters, $12

3. Gray suede ankle boot, Rampage, $60 []

Look Two

1. Strapless black dress, COS

2. Gold bangles, Bing Bang, $209 []

3. Red patent wedge heels, Sigerson Morrison, $314.99 []

Look Three

1. Grey belted shift, COS

2. Lemon yellow boat neck top, American Apparel, $24 []

3. Taupe patent pump, Oh Deer!, $90 []

4. Cala clutch, Gustto, $360 []

[Photo source: COS collection, Getty Images]

When it comes to style, Paris fashion seems to be an inspiration for a number of designers. This season is no exception. Between Paris-based Catherine Malandrino and London-based Alice Temperley, both of whom showed in New York, there was attention given to overtly feminine silhouettes (Malandrino) and a hearkening to an era gone by (Temperley). Temperley’s Spring collection recalls the “Paris, Je t’aime” editorial spread in Vogue‘s recent fall issue, although Temperley’s 1920s version is more beach-like, perhaps Saint-Tropez in 1925. Malandrino’s collection, on the other hand, pushed ruffles and pleats, and bold hues.

Catherine Malandrino

Alice Temperley

[Photo source:; Getty Images]

Tonight was the debut of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style on Bravo. There are not enough words in the English language to express how much I respect Tim Gunn’s thoughts on style. I even bought his book this summer. He’s quite the erudite fellow. The show, in my opinion, is a bit different than the average makeover show.

For starters, he got Catherine Malandrino, a designer whom I admire. Then there’s the overall advice that Tim gives the candidate. He’s not catty like his Queer Eye… and What Not to Wear (US version) counterparts, which I find welcoming. However, there is Veronica Webb who does bring out the claws, but even still, I found myself enjoying this show. Seeing what La Webb will have on in each shot is, at the very least, worth the price of admission.

It’s a show that I know that I will find myself tuning into each week.

la fashionista has had an interest in fashion and style since childhood when she first saw her mother dress in the various fashion of the 80s. Her mother was also a great seamstress, which was a definite influence on la fashionista's foray into fashion. Sadly, her mother's sewing talent did not get passed on to la fashionista.

But that doesn't mean that she doesn't still love talking about fashion. Because she does!

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