March Fabness 2011, Round 1: Dior Bracket

Here’s the second bracket in MARCH FABNESS 2011, Round 1! The first is here. And check out the full bracket at MARCH FABNESS. Vote early and often!

Who’s the fabbest of the Dior bracket?

Red Carpet Predictions: Spring 2011

Get ready, dear readers, because it’s time to play stylist to the stars! I’m taking the most glitzy-glamorous, red carpet-worthy gowns from ALL the Spring 2011 runway collections – NEW YORK to LONDON to MILAN to PARIS – and I’ll be deciding which of your favorite celebs will be wearing them out on the town. Let’s have some fun!


Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011

ANNA KENDRICK will wear…

Commuun Spring 2011

ANNE HATHAWAY will wear…

Elie Saab Spring 2011

BLAKE LIVELY will wear…

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011


Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2011

CHLOE SEVIGNY will wear…

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2011


Christian Siriano Spring 2011


Julien MacDonald Spring 2011

DIANE KRUGER will wear…

Wes Gordon Spring 2011


Elie Saab Spring 2011

EMMA WATSON will wear…

Versace Spring 2011

FREIDA PINTO will wear…

Gucci Spring 2011

HEIDI KLUM will wear…

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011

JANUARY JONES will wear…

Valetin Yudashkin Spring 2011


A. F. Vandevorst Spring 2011

JESSICA BIEL will wear…

Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2011

KATY PERRY will wear…

Manish Arora Spring 2011


Gianfranco Ferré Spring 2011


Matthew Williamson Spring 2011


Collette Dinnigan Spring 2011

LADY GAGA will wear…

Manish Arora Spring 2011

and GAGA will wear…

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2011

and of course, GAGA will wear…

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2011

Vikto & Rolf Spring 2011

LEA MICHELE will wear…

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2011


Chapurin Spring 2011

MADONNA will wear…

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011


Carlos Miele Spring 2011


Alexis Mabille Spring 2011

MILEY CYRUS will wear…

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2011

RACHEL BILSON will wear…

Cacharel Spring 2011

RIHANNA will wear…

Gareth Pugh Spring 2011


Jason Wu Spring 2011


Chloé Spring 2011

SELENA GOMEZ will wear…

Victoria Beckham Spring 2011

TAYLOR MOMSEN will wear…

Chanel Spring 2011

TAYLOR SWIFT will wear…

Tibi Spring 2011

ZOE SALDANA will wear…

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011

And with that, your Spring 2011 posts are complete!

The Unmatched Beauty of Paris Fashion Week

I couldn’t narrow it down to a happy little number. There was too much beauty. So pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and put your feet up, dear readers, ’cause we’ve got some fabulous to see.

Paris Goes Punk


Balmain Spring 2011


Studded accessories have been a super-hot trend for months, and Balmain (thankfully) refuses to tire of it. This jacket is beyond perfection. It gives incredible edge and style to whatever you wear it with. And if you’re Lady Gaga, just wear it with a thong and you’re all set!


Balmain Spring 2011


This is easily the best pair of destroyed jeans I’ve ever seen. How did I not know until now that cigarette burns look AWESOME on clothes? And that ultra-faded tank is the essence of cool.


Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011


Joan Jett wigs were all over the Jean Paul Gaultier runway, giving a rocker edge to every single look. Unique twists on classic pieces also ruled this collection – like this bubble-hemmed corseted shirtdress and its somehow effortless, I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude.

Hello, Color!


Giambattista Valli Spring 2011


That is some impeccable draping. And the color-blocking is terrifically executed. Any woman could rock a dress like this. And that shade of orange is perfect.


Nina Ricci Spring 2011


Gorgeous look. Totally feminine and sweet, but incredibly fashion-forward. The design on the shirt is beautiful; complex, but not overdesigned. The skirt is heaven, and the colors scream spring. Matching the purse, but not the shoes, to the outfit was a genius styling decision. And best of all, all these pieces can be rocked separately OR together.


Lanvin Spring 2011


Who said you can’t wear red with pink? Lanvin proves that the combo of these colors can be utterly show-stopping. Dramatic and fabulous as they come – but I expect nothing less from Lanvin.

Hot Trends: Military & Lace


Valentino Spring 2011


There’s something so delicate and romantic about a dress like this. I love the skinny belt and the possibly studded, but perhaps just bejeweled shoes. The combination of such different textures is really intriguing. The dress is simple at first glance, but when you really examine it, it seems so meticulously designed and executed.


Valentino Spring 2011


Gorgeous. Another fantastic Valentino piece that gives off a false sense of simplicity when it’s really a phenomenally put together garment. The lace just seems so luxurious. And even though she’s fully covered up, there’s so much sex appeal in all that lace beauty.


Alexander McQueen Spring 2011


Proving that true fashion lives on even after we’re gone, this season’s Alexander McQueen collection was absolutely amazing. Nothing strayed too far from McQueen’s unique vision, but every piece still felt new and exciting. I love this regal/military inspired jacket with the totally adorable and wearable skirt. It’s a great combination of silhouettes, and the little peek-a-boo at the shoulders is so charming.

Jaw-Dropping Gowns


Lanvin Spring 2011


Another mega-hit gown from Lanvin. Perfect spring muted pastel colors – the tan and camel colors were particularly hot this season, but few designers paired it with “real” colors in such a beautiful way. But that sort of smoky jade colored skirt is unbelievable, from the flow to the fabric to the color. The necklace and shoes are amazing; once again, Lanvin reminds us of why the Paris shows are unmatched in fabulosity.


Alexander McQueen Spring 2011



Alexander McQueen Spring 2011


The interwoven braids are astounding, and they perfectly match this Eve on the Garden of Eden’s Red Carpet vibe. The gold leaves and branches climbing up the bodice are astounding, the silhouette is classic McQueen. There’s something so ethereal about this. It took my breath away. And you can kinda see her nipples, but it’s subtle – at least compared to every other designer this season (let me tell you, nipples are BACK). Definitely my favorite look from New York Fashion Week.


Alexander McQueen Spring 2011



Alexander McQueen Spring 2011


But boy, did this dress bring the DRAMA. As Nate (this Diva’s boyfriend) said to me this week, Alexander McQueen was one of the only designers who could make non-fashionistas (read: straight men) believe that fashion can truly be art. I’m happy to see that the artistic genius of McQueen’s work lives on.

You know you love the runway! Paris is grand, but check out my recaps of London, Milan, and New York Fashion Weeks. And check back later for the EPIC Red Carpet Predictions post!

Milan Fashion Week’s Best Looks

Three fashion weeks down, one to go! Here’s the hottest looks Milan Fashion Week had to offer. Next stop, Paris!

5. Glammed-Up Classics

Moschino Spring 2011

The dress is simple, chic, and utter perfection. And although this look clearly has never heard Coco Chanel’s advice about taking off one accessory before you leave the house, this is as glamorous as simplicity gets. The beauty of this dress is its versatility – you could see a hipster-starlet like Carey Mulligan rocking it with no jewelry and a pixie cut, but this model is styled like the richest lady at the rodeo and she is still nailing it.

4. Can’t Get Enough of Coats

Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2011

I love the color – it’s like the love child of mustard yellow and olive green. And don’t we all need a good full-length trench to match our swimsuits? I know I do. Seriously, though, this coat is heavenly. Very rainy London afternoon (not that I’d ever dream of getting this coat wet).

3. Back to Basics

Versace Spring 2011

This is the perfect combination of retro and futuristic. We’ve still got a minimalist mod vibe (loving the buttons), but those straps modernize the look. And the shoes? I haven’t seen something so alien-chic since Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 collection. It’s amazing how Versace can provide such a strong point of view with such simple elements.

2. The Female Tux

Francesco Scognamiglio Spring 2011

I want  to see the celebrity who can rock this sexy cream tuxedo at a red carpet event. Totally luxe, totally chic, and you’ll be sure to stand out in a sea of glittery cocktail dresses and shimmering gowns.

1. Grandma Chic Done Right

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011

Half the fabric is my grandmother’s tablecloth; the other half is the upholstery on her couch. Yet somehow these two old lady fabrics combine into one sexy and breathtaking dress. The collection was filled with white lace vintage undergarment-inspired looks, with splashes of black lace, leopard print, and fabulous flowery prints thrown in for a little more sex appeal and intrigue. Most of the looks were closer to lingerie than wearable garments, but this dress bridged the gap. Romantic, sexy, and above all, luxurious.

If you liked Milan Fashion Week, you’ll love my coverage of New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week!

The Week in Celebrity Fashion

A quick break from the Spring 2011 collections to pop in on our favorite celebs and see who wore what this week.

The Front Rows

Kylie Minogue at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 show in Milan

You don’t even need to see the full dress to know how fucking good Ms. Minogue looks. The color and texture of that dress are astounding. The Louboutin shoes are killer, her legs look beautiful, and she’s basically glowing. Women half her age could only pray to look so good.

Cat Deeley at the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2011 show in London

Another gorgeous Burberry military jacket? Yes, please! Cat looks totally anglo-chic in her fierce coat, skinny jeans, and boots. Casual enough so she doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard, but effortlessly fashionable at the same time.

Taylor Swift at the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2011 show in Milan

My jaw dropped when I saw this photo. I could never imagine that T-Swift could look so fashionable. Don’t get me wrong, she always looks cute enough, but she’s all about the boring, red carpet-friendly white Grecian gowns, flashy red frocks, and glittery cocktail dresses. She usually dresses the way you’d expect a country-pop tween star to dress. But this is so many things I’ve never seen Taylor be before: urban, fashion-forward, and mature. The blouse and skirt as individual items are only okay, but paired together with that styling, they look totally hip. The textured stockings are beyond gorgeous, and I’d skin a puppy for those boots. The eyeliner is encroaching on Taylor Momsen territory, but the hair is gorgeous. Swifty, your new stylist deserves a bonus!

Rachel Bilson at the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2011 show in Milan

Well, there you go. From head to toe, that’s exactly what I’d like to wear for the rest of my life.

Fugliest Divas

Lea Michele in Jose Duran at the PETA Gala

Well, you can’t win them all. Those triangle boob-toppers are downright awful, as is the puckering on every single seam on this dress. The hem is a disaster, and the stiff fabric looks like it sort of just collapsed on the floor. The cut is unflattering, the dress itself is boring, and LEA! HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM READING MY BLOG? Don’t you know by now NOT TO WEAR DARK TOE NAIL POLISH ON THE RED CARPET?!

Christina Aguilera in Versace at the LACMA Awards

Can someone please tell me when Christina Aguilera turned into the drag version of Christina Aguilera? She’s like a caricature of herself, if that caricature taped his dick back while booty-dropping to “Dirrty” in a seedy gay club.

Best Dressed Nobody

Odette Yustman in J. Mendel at the You Again premiere

This biddie is starring in You Again, which in spite of having Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth and Cloris Leachman in it looks like it may be the worst move of all time. But HELLO, GORGEOUS! Even though it’s basically a carbon copy of the Jason Wu gown Diane Kruger wore to the SAG Awards, it’s still a refreshing look, particularly for a Hollywood noob.

Worst Dressed of the Week

Julianne Moore at the Iconoclasts season five premiere

I have so many questions. Are the pants dirty, or are they supposed to have smudges of white dust all over them? Who wears above-the-ankle strappy shoes with pants that almost reach them? Why are there so many buckles on those pants? What purpose could that possibly serve? Is she wearing a blazer with no shirt underneath? What unfortunate color are her toenails painted? Why do her feet look misshapen, pink, and angry? And why does she seem to have aged fifteen years in the last six months?

Stay informed on all things fabulous! Don’t miss my coverage of New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, and Milan Fashion Week!

The Best of London Fashion Week

Time to unleash your innermost Anglophilia! Let’s talk about the hottest looks on the runway at London Fashion Week.

5. Suit Up

Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring 2011

Vivienne Westwood is one of the main reasons that I love British fashion. She’s quirky and original, and this look embodies that. The suit itself is fantastic, from the slightly cock-eyed skirt to the supremely fabulous matching hat. Throw on some red lipstick and a few splotches of blue paint, and you’ve got yourself a look!

4. Joan Meets Betty

Paul Costelloe Spring 2011

The New York runways were all about the 1970s, but overseas, the 1960s were the trendy decade of choice. Perhaps Mad Men, the upcoming Jackie O biopic, and other 1960s nostalgia are bringing the era back, but regardless of who is to blame, this dress has Betty Draper meets Joan Holloway all over it. The soft, sweet colors and the way it flares out at the waist remind me of the iconic little housewife (played by January Jones), but the neckline, bodice, and simple sex appeal feel more like the ferocious redhead Joan (Christina Hendricks). But whoever this dress is, it’s certainly gorgeous (and miles shorter than either character would dream of wearing).

3. The Little Grey Dress

My definition of a new classic: You never knew it until you saw it, but you’ve been wanting it your entire life. That’s exactly how I feel about this dress. It feels so fresh and modern, and yet it belongs in every woman’s closet. It’s amazing that such a simple dress in such subdued colors can be such a showstopper.

2. The Truly Perfect Military Coat


If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a thing for coats. Seriously. Ladies, you can have your shoes and purses and belts – just give me trenches, peacoats, waistcoats, tuxedo jackets, blazers, and the like. And very few designers make a better coat than Burberry. This coat-dress is beyond perfection. I love the military design elements – the olive green color, the double-breasted cut, the big buttons, the wide shoulders – and it’s perfectly accessorized for the runway. The slim fit from the waist and in the long sleeves sexes up the otherwise masculine details. Perfect from collar to hem.


1. From Modern to Mod

Paul Smith Spring 2011

Project Runway just did a challenge on what the modern Jackie Kennedy would wear, but I think Paul Smith hit the nail on the head better than any of those designers. The silhouette is classic as can be – perfect simplicity. The flowery print is vintage-looking, as are the white polka dots, but together they create something modern and stunning. And like the Burberry coat, this look is also completed by a skinny yellow double-wrapped belt, which gives it a funky, downtown pop. I’ll take the shoes as well.

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New York Fashion Week’s 10 Best Looks

10. The Retro Swimsuit


Vintage-style swimwear is one of my favorite fashion trends. Bandeau tops, high-waisted bottoms – I’ll take that over a barely-there string bikini any day of the week. And in this gorgeous color, with the matching sweater and shoes? Who could possibly say no to this?

9. Lady in Red


From the way Project Runway is going, I’m not sure Valerie will actually make it to the top three, but her collection said otherwise. Architectural and feminine, like season 2 winner Chloe Dao. I hate the fake-looking wigs she used on every damn model, but this dress is truly stunning. It’s got complexity and intrigue but still feels classic.

8. Mad Men Meets Babydoll


The fabric choice is mod-chic, but the babydoll length is totally 90s. I love the sleeves and the way it flares out, flattering her teensy waist. A classically beautiful shape and print.

7. Architectural Chic


Totally modern, totally gorgeous. All those lines would be overwhelming if the dress wasn’t broken up by the clean white stripes in the middle. And that white sheer underlay? Delicious.

6. A Skirt for the Ages


Well, looks like I’ve found my new lawyer-chic ensemble. A crisp button down and a skirt with serious attitude is all a professional woman needs. That draping is so meticulous and it completely modernizes a classic outfit. I love the black bow at the waist, and I like that the skirt has some volume without making her look hippy.

5. Color Me Fabulous


Marc wins the award for best use of color. He didn’t hide behind taupes and whites – Mr. Jacobs went all out with gorgeous, rich, unique colors (and it happens to match my Ted Baker purse perfectly). Say what you will about the prairie-girl silhouettes – those colors are the only ones I want to wear this spring.

4. A New Silhouette


I’m just obsessed with the shapes of these pieces. Totally fresh and totally Vera. And that hair is so perfect for a Vera show – a pumped-up, volumized classic.

3. Hervé Strikes Again

Hervé Léger Spring 2011

Hervé Léger is beloved by celebrities for making skin-tight, incredibly body-conscious dresses. His infamous “bandage dresses” have been worn by the likes of Elisabeth Moss, L, Kim Kardashian, Anne Hathaway, Victoria Beckham, Blake Lively, and countless more starlets. He also nailed the number three spot in my post last season about the ten best looks from Fall 2010 (for a dress later worn by Lea Michele). And he’s back with a vengeance this season, with more awe-inspiring designs that show off a woman’s body like never before. Gorgeous, architectural, and above all, totally smokin’.

2. The Perfect Print


Fabulous silhouette and fit, but it’s the print that makes this truly unique. Those colors are beyond incredible. I hope this print shows up all over the runway this spring.

1. The Modern Classic


That fade from nude into navy is gorgeous. Such a dramatic effect in such a simple and timeless dress. Voluminous on the body, angelic on the top – a beautiful dress for any woman.

Need more NYFW? Check out the worst looks, the hottest trends, and the best collections from New York Fashion Week. And for all your overseas fashion needs, don’t miss out on the best of London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week!



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