Holiday shopping? It’s our fashion director’s forte (naturally). Here, she’s sharing her top gift picks. We suggest you take notes.

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November 12, 2014

Whimsical dressing is one way to escape the dreariness of the impending winter weather. Enchanted forests came to life on the Fall 2014 runways with leafy sets, embroidered animal motifs, and hooded capes, making a mysterious, dreamlike vibe one of the season’s most compelling trends. Here are five key items to complete your fairytale look.

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  1. Casadei Suede Butterfly Shoe. Rich black suede and butterfly appliques add a playful twist on the standard strappy sandal.
  2. Bottega Veneta Snakeskin Bag. A classic shape is made current with genuine green snakeskin and black hardware.
  3. Caruana Bordeaux Wool Hooded Coat. Pull on this luxurious coat – a wearable take on Little Red Riding Hood’s signature look – for extra warmth on dark winter days.
  4. Shoshanna Multicolor Printed Dress. Swap your usual LBD for dark graphic prints that evoke a sense of drama.
  5. gorjana “Buckley” 18K Plated Antler Drop Earrings. Delicate antler earrings are a subtle nod to the outdoorsy trend.

 

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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November 10, 2014

From Los Angeles to Brazil, these celebs caught our eye in floor-grazing dresses that flattered in all the right ways.

Best-Dressed Celebs

  1. Amy Adams stunned in a Gucci number with a plunging neckline, antique beading, and glass embroidery at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala.
  2. Olivia Palermo channeled a modern 70s vibe in a dress from Mango and her signature skinny belt to support jewelry designer Emar Batalha in São Paulo, Brazil.
  3. Selena Gomez stepped up her game in a sophisticated, figure-hugging Gucci gown at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala, keeping accessories to a minimum so this one-of-a-kind dress could shine.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 7, 2014

On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine finally announced their latest Fashion Fund winner (drumroll please): Paul Andrew. The British-born shoe and accessories designer has worked at major labels, including Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen, and notably outfitted Lupita Nyong’o with red pumps at this year’s Golden Globes.

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Impressed yet? This big honor puts him in the same league as past winners Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. Along with bragging rights, Andrew took home $300,000 and a yearlong mentorship with a fashion power player of his choice. His pick? Nike CEO Mark Parker. Andrew told Style.com, “The core of my business is great design with added comfort, and that is very much what Nike is about, too. I would love to be able to pick his brain and, ultimately, collaborate with him.”

With the prize money, Andrew plans to design the most-comfortable shoes on the market. Heels that look good and feel good? Sign me up ASAP.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

The goes-with-everything cable-knit sweater: it either lives in your closet or sits on your wish list. And while it looks great with skinnies and knee-high boots, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to style one. Here, Rue Stylist Emma L. offers up three ensembles that highlight this seasonal superstar.

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November 4, 2014

This time of year it’s easy to rely on a less-than-exciting uniform. I often step out in skinny jeans and a classic blouse or sweater. But a statement accessory – a feminine extra like an animal print or a string of pearls – can elevate your tried-and-true ensemble to an anything-but-basic look.

Most Coveted Statement Accessories

1. RED Valentino Bow Clutch. Leopard print is equal parts provocative and sweet in this bow-shaped silhouette.

2. Stella & Ruby Tassel Necklace. Choose a simple dark-hued or jewel-toned top for a contrast that will let these pearls shine.

3. Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum. With notes of violet and cedarwood, this French fragrance is both lovely and mysterious.

4. Dior Satin D’Orsay Pump. Don’t just save these for special occasions. These stilettos add just enough glam to dress up dark skinnies and a black crewneck sweater.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 3, 2014

The formula for an utterly elegant ensemble? Sideswept hair, a slinky gown, and glittering jewels. Then strike a pose like these starlets.

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  1. Jessica Chastain was the epitome of perfection in a pink Saint Laurent gown at the London premiere of Interstellar.
  2. Anne Hathaway matched a midnight-blue Richard Nicoll gown with a back necklace, dark eyes, and wavy locks for the Los Angeles premiere of Interstellar. Old Hollywood glamour, achieved.
  3. Camilla Belle wore a belted Carolina Herrera gown and Chopard diamonds at the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala in Hollywood, proving that you can’t go wrong in a classic silhouette and regal jewels.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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October 31, 2014

As if a new E! reality TV show isn’t exciting enough, Diane von Furstenberg is celebrating her new series, House of DVF, by dressing America’s leading lady. No, we’re not talking Michelle Obama – this time, it’s the Statue of Liberty.

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Six mini replicas of Lady Liberty will be trading their seafoam-green robes for one of DVF’s famous creations. The first of the statuettes was unveiled this morning on The Today Show, but if you’re in the Big Apple, keep an eye out for these ladies in the Meatpacking District, Columbus Circle, Times Square, SoHo, Washington Square, and Midtown East.

If I were the actual Statue of Liberty, I’d be feeling slightly underdressed right about now.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 29, 2014

K-Swiss began when two brothers worked together to create the first all-leather tennis shoe. And with this athletic heritagethe label has since provided classic American style on and off the court for almost 50 years. “K-Swiss has always been a ‘prep’ brand, from the country club to the city sidewalk,” says Lead Designer Jon Tang. Even now, its iconic white sneaker remains a wardrobe essential. Here’s how to make this tennis staple part of your everyday style.

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October 29, 2014

Getting around in extreme weather can certainly be a battle, especially when you’re trying to look chic while pounding the pavement. Take a cue from the fall runways and look for of-the-moment utilitarian details (think exposed zippers and oversized pockets) to elevate the pieces you’ll wear all season.

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  1. Movado “Sportivo” Watch. A sporty watch flawlessly complements your urban uniform.
  2. Rebecca Taylor Tweed Long Coat. This classic black-and-white tweed coat boasts deep front pockets that are big enough to warm cold hands and hold an extra pair of gloves.
  3. Design History Ribbed Fisherman Sweater. I want to live in warm, chunky knits all season. Comfy and cozy? Yes, please.
  4. Tom Ford “Alix” Leather Tote. Padlock your valuables to protect them from the perfect storm in the front pocket of this richly hued bag.
  5. Jimmy Choo “Youth” Waxed Suede Boot. Walk the walk in boots that already look like they’ve trudged through the snow. Tough hardware gives this pair an edge.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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October 27, 2014