My favorite trend from Paris Fashion Week

So very French! Sexy meets sophisticated at Nina Ricci during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Jacques Brinon - AP

Billowy, alluring, revealing…but not a trace of tart-like, in-your-face sex appeal. This, my friends, is the new sexy. In Paris last week, hemlines for evening hit the floor and trailed behind their catlike wearers as they stomped down runways at Yves Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Dior, and Valentino to name a few.

But don’t unplug your Stairmaster just yet, the longer hems were paired with ultra sheer fabrics: chiffon, organza, and lots of lace. The result? The ultimate peekaboo effect with lingerie (and in some cases bare bottoms!) clearly on display.

How can you rock this runway look in the real world come spring? Try boyshorts or lace leggings underneath to create a little more mystery. And take tips from the runway, like pairing your ensemble with sleek hair, minimal jewelry and classic makeup, such as a retro red lip.

As for shoes, this is my favorite part: footwear paired with see-through frocks on the Paris runways were clearly missing something–sky high platforms. When your derriére is hanging out, it’s a must to stick with classic stilettos, peep-toes, or a feminine strappy sandal. More classic, less hooker. You gotta’ love it.

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On trend and office-ready, tartans and plaids are the patterns to “check” out this fall.

Vogue UK: focus on Tartans for Fall

For a look that’s on trend and office-ready, Vogue UK says tartans, plaids, and checks are are right on point. I’m wild about this look because I adore fashion steeped in tradition, and these patterns have deep roots.

Reappearing every few years on fall runways, designers have found a way, again and again, to make timeless plaids new and fresh. However it’s the style-minded career girls and too-cool high school chicks who mix, twist and reinvent the trend, giving it the street cred that ultimately yields a true fashion following.

Their roots in the traditional make tartans, plaids and Prince-of-Wales check perfect for the office, for school, and for professional settings. Yet the versatility and diverse array of prints leave plenty of room for the fashion slave to inject the look with his/her personal style and create a quirky, elegant or straight-up rebel look that’s all their own.

For tips and inspiration on making the trend work for you, check out Vogue UK’s feature on Tartan and mind-blowing slideshow below:

Tartan Army – fashion trend and tips on VOGUE.COM ( UK).

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For Spring/Summer 2011, hemlines drop it like it’s hot

Spring is in the air...and the shop windows

The New York Times reports in a recent article that hemlines are hitting the floor again this spring. The Times’ Ruth LaFurla reports that according to Holli Rogers, the buying director of online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter, “A year ago, a movement toward sweeping skirts was in its ‘incubation phase,’ but by the time we were planning what to carry for spring, long was definitely a full-on trend.”

I’ll be bold and argue Ms. Rogers that, while she is correct the trend took a while to catch on, the reason wasn’t the usual consumer fear to try something new. Um, did you see last year’s long hemmed frocks?? They were all pretty disgusting.

The maxi dress craze of last summer totally turned me off. Bold prints and overwhelming silhouettes were maternity-gone-wrong, especially on the 5’4″ and under set. But this season, the garish tie-dye and stiff, apron-like fabric have been replaced by sweet bohemian attributes: fluid, flowing fabrics, vintage pastels, scaled-down florals, and crochet lace insets.

I’m totally ready to rock this sexy 70’s vibe all summer long. Who’s with me?

Comment with suggestions for hot accessories to wear with this look!

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Lady Gaga carried down the red carpet in a “womb” at 2011 Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga arrives at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

Okay, is this how we follow up the meat-dress-and-meat-purse ensemble? That meat getup was totally gross, by the way. Carried down the red carpet in a partly translucent “womb”, Lady Gaga made her grand entrance at the Grammy Awards in downtown Los Angeles.

I can only imagine what the mignons who toted her around were thinking: “Is this what it takes to be a backup dancer? I quit.” What’s next? At this point, she will have to arrive on her next red carpet in a coffin with her mignons dressed as pall bearers, completing a twisted circle of life.

Get more pictures and info from my official review of this spectacle in my latest article for L.A. Fashion Trends

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BAFTA Awards 2011, London: Jessica Alba on the red carpet

London rain couldn't stop Alba from shining on the red carpet. Photo: WENN for Vogue UK

Are you kidding me? Jessica Alba is just too beautiful to believe sometimes. I don’t even have anything to say, really (and that’s impressive considering I’m a writer.) I don’t happen to care a whole lot about the BAFTA Awards; I just felt compelled to post this photo of Alba because she looks stunning. Vogue UK confirms this satiny, royal blue, floor-length gown is Atelier Versace.

The photo is perfect: simple blue against the red carpet, and notice the sea of ladies clad in black fading into the background. For more amazing photos of celebs like Thandie Newton and Emma Stone on the red carpet, as well as BAFTA 2011 details, check out Vogue UK’s full story below:

BAFTA Awards 2011 – red carpet ( UK).

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Sunday, Feb 13th packed with heavy hitters for NYC Fashion Week

Derek Lam, Lela Rose, Calvin Klein…….

Alexander Wang RTW Fall 2011……….Tory Burch, Max Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg

Behnaz Sarafpour, Tommy Hilfiger……

And that’s not even everyone! I will certainly post once, but if you’d like to see more, please visit the DBS homepage and click on Fashion Week 2011, and for constant updates throughout the day, follow me at:

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Dallin Chase brings wearable looks to New York Fashion Week, Fall 2011

Photo by Robert Mitra for WWD

Stripes and animal print put a funky 80’s twist on black and grey separates. Nice to see some casual comfort on New York fashion week runways. Women’s Wear Daily analyzes the new line in-depth in this great review with a full slide show; click below:

Dallin Chase RTW Fall 2011 –


Photo by Robert Mitra for WWD

Photo by Robert Mitra for WWD


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