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10 Looks We Love From Paris Fashion Week

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 9:10AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
<p>Perusing the shows and collections from Paris Fashion Week is always a good reminder of why we love this world so much. 


The attention to detail, the theater, the fabrics, the surprises. It's an amalgamation of craft and vision, and that's why it's always SO hard to choose favorite looks from the myriad of miracles. 


This time around, we chose 10 that seemed to personify not only the dexterity of this round of spring/summer shows but also the old and amazing ideas of fine ready-to-wear that were made new again. And by new, we mean completely amazing. 




Check out the looks that made the cut of killer runway moments.






Chanel: When we read that WWD declared Karl's latest delivery "Brilliant!" we really couldn't agree more. Just look at this tour de griege...well, brilliant!





Alexander McQueen: There was so much to love about this gothic-fairy'esque collection, but, when push comes to shove, we'll take a black lace and beaded pantsuit any day of the week.




John Galliano: If for no other reason, we should all consult Galliano when we need to be reminded that fashion is so much about risk, impracticality, and the unknown. At least those are the things that make it fun and inspiring...like this little number. It shouldn't work, but delightfully, it does.




Dries van Noten: Let's be honest, there's rarely a DVN collection that we don't like. However, this one, which was rife with soft, creamy pastels pierced with dark tones like this look, reminded us why this designer really can do no wrong.





Prada: Again, this is one of those looks that should likely be a disaster, but somehow Miuccia Prada is the kind of mad scientist that makes it a masterpiece instead of a mess.





Stella McCartney: Moments during Stella McCartney's show may have almost looked dowdy given the simplicity of the shapes and the palette, but in this designer's hands, an all-white suit like this is absolutely dazzling.





Louis Vuitton: What didn't we love about Marc's latest fanciful ode to Louis Vuitton? And yes, hands down, this is what we want to wear to our next party.





Fendi: One of the best recent collections from Fendi yet, this skirt look was reminiscent of something Sigourney Weaver might have worn on the weekends in Working Girl...only cooler.





YSL: Having just watched the old Yves Saint Laurent documentary, it seems this collection may have well dipped deep into the house's archives. While we adore all the references to the '70s, there's something utterly modern and yet still extremely YSL about this dreamy skirt "suit."






Celine: We can't imagine anyone on the planet other than Phoebe Philo who could mix oxblood with periwinkle and make it not only work, but SING.





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Style Watch: 2011's Top Trends!

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 9:01AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
<p>No one can deny that 2010 was a seriously good year for fashion. But with a new year on the horizon, it's the top trends of 2011 that have our full attention. If you track back to any of ourFashion Week roundups, you'll see that there were plenty of trends to get excited about. And now, with spring right around the corner (well, almost!), we're circling back to get you up to speed on what you need to prep your closet for. So, without further adieu, here are the best and biggest trends of 2011...and yes, we're already on the hunt for pajama bottoms.

1. That '70s ShowFrom the wide-leg trouser to the sexiest classic halter top, the '70s are back (again!) in a big way.

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Above, from left: The '70s trend on the spring 2011 runways at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Tory Burch.

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Above, from left: The '70s trend on the spring 2011 runways at Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Thakoon, and Rodarte.









2. The Return Of MinimalismPhoebe Philo started it at Céine this year, but for 2011 it's all the other silky, simple separates, neutral tones, white-washed palettes, and future-friendly utilitarian details like paramilitary straps that have positioned this trend as a Big One for 2011.

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Above, from left: The minimalist trend on the spring 2011 runways at 3.1 Philip Lim, Richard Chai Love, Yigal Azrouël, Rag & Bone.

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Above, from left: The minimalist trend on the spring 2011 runways at Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, and Calvin Klein Collection.









3. Going LongDowdy or not, fuller, longer, smarter looking skirts, dresses, and their maxi siblings have been giving minis a major run for their money. Call it a grown-up moment; You can bet your bottom dollar that, come spring, those thighs of yours will be staying nicely undercover.

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Above, from left: The long skirt trend on the spring 2011 runways at Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander; Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection.

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Above, from left: The long skirt trend on the spring 2011 runways at DKNY, Givenchy, Dries van Noten, Proenza Schouler.











4. Printed MatterEven if everyone is copying, we still can't get enough of prints. And spring/summer basically turned up the volume: think bigger, louder, more playful and expressive than ever, from the sweet fruit prints at Suno and Prada to bold animal prints that were...well, everywhere.

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Above, from left: Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Prada.

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Above, from left: Givenchy, Diane von Furstenberg, Suno, Z Spoke.











5. Block Party—The palette for the season was super intense with bright orange, turquoise, honeysuckle pink, and yellow dominating. A lot of designers played with pairing multiple intense colors together, which provided a beyond bold effect.

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Above, from left: The bright color trend at Peter Som, Karen Walker, Christopher Kane, Rachel Roy.

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Above, from left: The bright color trend at Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Z Spoke.











6. Pajama GameLoose and lovely loungewear inspired many a runway with drapey weekend trousers, matching printed tops and bottoms, and nightgown-esque slip dresses. While this might be one of the tougher trends to pull off, it offers an interesting nod to the shift in modern sportswear...sexy, casual, and very appealing.

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Above, from left: The loungewear-inspired trend on the spring 2011 runways at Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Thakoon, and Ralph Lauren. 

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Above, from left: The loungewear-inspired trend on the spring 2011 runways at BCBG Max Azria, Proenza Schouler, Karen Walker, D&G.





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The 10 Most Outrageous Fashion Week Stunts

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 8:56AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
You can't underestimate the importance of shock value in the world of fashion

Some of the most memorable style moments have been ones that confused, mystified, and intrigued us all at the same time (think Gaga's raw meat dress). While pulling an outrageous act can sometime backfire (Janet Jackson's Nipplegate scandal, anyone?) it will undoubtedly attract loads of attention. 

And all press is good press... right? After all, you know what they say—fortune favors the bold. 



Here are 10 stunts from Fashion Week that we'll never forget.




A man dressed as Waldo was spotted at the Charlotte Ronson show during the spring '09 shows. Unfortunately, there wasn't a single striped stocking hat in her collection.




Jezebel writer Sadie Stein carried her large doll to this season's NYFW in an outfit matching her own. Surprisingly, she was a street style hit!



A blonde, plastic doll-human was seen all around this London Fashion Week, and even got herself snapped by Jak & Jil. So that's what it takes, huh.



Notorious call girl Ashley Dupre crashed the fall '09 Yigal Azrouel show where Kelly Cutrone and her staff at People's Revolution sat her front row. Cutrone was fired following the snafu.



3 stuntwomen staged the first ever vertical fashion show for High Street Fashion Week in Oxford Street, London on September 2010. High street, indeed!




We couldn't have done this roundup without talking about the king of stunts, Sacha Baron Cohen. His fashion news presenter alter ego, Bruno, crashed the runway at Agatha Ruiz de la Prada in September of 2008, displaying his expert skill in layering.




In Seoul, Korea, a department store celebrated its opening on August 2010 by hosting an underwater fashion show. Models swam around tanks while wearing traditional hanbok dresses.




Gaga's wig designer Charlie Le Mindu might have wanted to make sure his wigs were the focus of his runway show in September 2010, but sending down naked models might have been counterproductive.



Oh, PETA—always willing to flash a boob or two in the name of animals. Topless protesters stripped down at Lincoln Center this fashion week promoting "to-die-for" looks that no one had to die for.



Balding, topless models with whiskers walked the runways during the Patrick Mohn show at 2010 Berlin Fashion Week. Disturbing only begins to explain the collection.
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The 20 Prettiest Dresses From Fashion Month

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 8:51AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
Despite the inundation of new shoes, bags, jackets, and jewelry to look at, there's nothing like an inspirational, fantastical, gotta-have-it-now dress to get our credit cards hiding in fear. The spring 2011 runways were chockablock with frocks that rocked, and we've revisited our favorite designer shows to pick—in our opinion—the prettiest dresses of the season. The finalists, below.





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Dolce & Gabbana 

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With lace, florals, and frills, this Dolce & Gabbana dress could have gone wrong, but somehow it ended up just as fresh as spring dew. We could imagine Carey Mulligan in this.
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Galliano always puts a smile on our faces, and this liquid-sunshine Christian Dior gown has us grinning from ear to ear.
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Marc Jacobs' spring collection was super '70s. This glamorous wine-colored satin dress gives us visions of Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.
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There were so many gorgeous dresses at Marchesa's spring show. We like this one in particular because it calls to mind a vintage gown found in a magical attic trunk (cobwebs still intact).
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Valentino 
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This gilded spring Valentino dress is equal parts sweet and glitzy
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Gucci 
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We couldn't resist the rich emerald hue of this spring 2011 Gucci cocktail dress. It reminds us of some chic, exotic bird.
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Is this red-carpet ready or what? This Zac Posen gown is sheer drama. Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively will be fighting to wear this one.
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With so many prints and frills on the spring runway, we were drawn to the incredible simplicity of this understated Calvin Klein Collection dress.
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The harness on this fishtail Temperley London gown belongs on a madam in a saloon-town brothel. But maybe we're just letting our imaginations get away from us.
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Carven 
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For everyday dresses, this Carven frock is our top contender. We wonder if Alexa Chung has already placed her personal order yet.
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Always using a hodgepodge of prints and fabrics, Peter Pilotto is one of fashion's most adroit mix masters. This sheer dress has the lightness of silk scarves
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Prabal Gurung 
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Feathers are tough to wear without feeling like an ostrich doing burlesque, but this champagne strapless dress' length and proportions are so lusciously classy.
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Vicky's got the dress thing down pat, and this long black dress with sleeves and a slit is way sexy for its ilk.
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Lanvin's usually great for flowing, ethereal concoctions, but we haven't seen a LBD so subversively sexy in a long time.
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Alexander McQueen 
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Sarah Burton payed homage to McQueen's sensibilities while injecting some movement and fluidity into his high-drama dresses. This was our favorite example of the meshing of the two worlds.
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Catherine Malandrino 
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Anyone getting married soon? This twisted goddess dress is made for walking down the aisle.
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Chanel 
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We couldn't have a dress roundup without including Chanel. This flirty drop-waist frock updates the '20s silhouette for the modern woman.
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10 Spring 2011 Awesome Trends!

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 8:38AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
1. The Re-Return of the Wide-Leg Trouser—For some of us, the high-waisted, wide-leg trouser will never really go out of style. So, when we saw it popping up on practically everyone's runways—the sidewalks outside the shows, included!—we knew these '70s-inspired bottoms were back with a vengeance. And Marc, Tory, and Tommy all fashioned them to perfection.


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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Tommy Hilfiger.Photos courtesy of the designers.



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2. A Zest For Orange—Rich mango, persimmon, ripe pumpkin—however you slice it, bold orange was one of spring's sweetest color trends. And whether paired with white at Marc Jacobs or with bad-girl booties at Chris Benz, this intense shade feels fresh once again.


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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Carlos Miele, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Chris Benz.Photos courtesy of the designers.

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3. Futuristic Militaristic—We have to honor Victoria Bartlett for planting the seeds of this trend when she first launched her line VPL in 2003. And this season, a venerable army of otherworldly whites, straps, and harnesses all pointed to a more ethereal, somewhat abstract take on the more traditional military trends of seasons past.



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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Alexander Wang, VPL, Rag & Bone, Altuzarra. Photos courtesy of the designers.
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4. A Full Skirt Moment—The mini craze that has swept closets and women's gams for the past few years has slowly given way to longer hemlines (could that century-old connection to a conservative economy be true?). But spring's skirt obsession wasn't so much about restraint as it was about elegance and sophistication. And the styles we spotted at Marc Jacobs, Suno, and Band Of Outsiders were nothing short of serious statements themselves.

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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Suno, Vena Cava.Photos courtesy of the designers.
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5. The All-Day Pajama Party— We're not sure how practical it is, but we really, really loved all the many plays on pajama dressing, from Karen Walker's sleepy-time head-to-toe look to Suno's slouchy dotted silk trousers.
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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Karen Walker, Vena Cava, Suno, Band of Outsiders. Photos courtesy of the designers.
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6. The Old-School Halter Neck— Something about the many appearances of gorgeous halter-necks and unusual necklace-like cinching methods reminded us of a certain someone's mom from her very glamorous summer days spent by the sea in Ibiza. Almost universally paired with long, languid summer gowns, this little detail yielded lots of impact.


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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Vena Cava, Calvin Klein Collection. Photos courtesy of the designers.
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7. Another Study In Neutrals—Maybe it's Phoebe Philo's influence at Céline permeating everyone's mood-boards, or perhaps it's just the chaotic energy out there in the world that's driving designers to simplify their palettes, but spring was no stranger to neutrals—especially those warm and soothing shades of sand, camel, and ivory all nicely framed with dark swipes of black.

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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Richard Chai Love, Yigal Azrouël, Rag & Bone. Photos courtesy of the designers.
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8. Long and Longer—Again, instead of showing more skin—during a season that loves a lot of it!—designers like Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, and Tommy Hilfiger all chose to show less with lots longer skirt and dress lengths. Skimming the floor with knee-high slits or sheer fabrics, these ankle-grazing styles gave the season a much more grown-up, almost serious appeal.



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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Prabal Gurang, Rag & Bone, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection. Photos courtesy of the designers.
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9. The Prettiest Chartreuse Ever—No shade seems to garner as much controversy as chartreuse. No, it's not for everyone, but thanks to Miuccia Prada back in the day, we're occasionally introduced to this somber green shade in surprisingly chic ways. And such was the case this season, when designers like Rodarte, Jason Wu, and VPL all ventured into chartreuse territory with abandon...and wonderful results.

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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Rodarte, Jason Wu, Proenza, VPL. Photos courtesy of the designers.
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10. Dolman Sleeves, Please—Blouses have been gravitating to fuller, boxier, cropped cuts for some time now, so it was no surprise to see so many designers playing around with even fuller silhouettes and classic dolman sleeves. Some of the blouses we saw referenced vintage surf hoodies, while others felt very modern and almost evening-like. Our favorites: Yigal Azrouël and Vena Cava, who managed to give this typically casual piece an old Hollywood sophistication. We loved!
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Above, from left: Spring 2011 runway looks from Karen Walker, Yigal Azrouël, Vena Cava, Rag & Bone.Photos courtesy of the designers.




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Shine on me

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 7:26AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
This is the trickiest of party looks to master and its so easy to overdo!

Find inspirations from Miu Miu, Lanvin, Balmain, and remember the key to nail this look is to not shine from head to toe (at the same time!)

Keep sequins to separates, paired with more casual pieces. Add an edge to a jewelled dress with a pair of ankle boots or flats and opt for vintage-worn or matte sequins..



 Alexander McQueen studded leather boots for £720






Sequined silk top from banana republic, £59.50



Sequined Polyester bag, £30, by Miss Selfridge





Sequined viscose dress, £160, by French Connection





Sheer sequin dress, £195, by All Saints






Sequined denim shorts,£250, by 7 for all Mankind






Wool and silk dress, £3900, by Miu Miu



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Spark-ly Orb Purse, £135, by Vivienne Westwood




If you are too chicken to add bling to your wardrobe, then try these smaller versions..


Anton Heunis Filigree Swarovski crystal cuff, £85



Carolee Pink mix crystal statement cuff , £175 




Erickson Beamon New World Swarovski pearl and crystal bracelet £270


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Peek-A-Boo!

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 10:54PM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
We’ve seen sheer on runways here, there, and everywhere for the past several seasons. But in 2010, daring starlets like Blake Lively and Emma Watson took transparency to the red carpets, offering fans suggestive glimpses of bare skin. At the Paris Vogue Bal Masqué—arguably the fashion fête of the year—diaphanous dressing was practically mandatory.
Editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld set the tone in a Givenchy number with a few well-placed leopard spots (a hint that she was about to take a leap?). The dresses that supes Mariacarla, Natalia, and Lily D.
slipped into for the occasion, meanwhile, left just as little to the imagination. And see-through isn’t just for after-dark, as this photo of Abbey Lee Kershaw demonstrates, although it does help to have legs up to your neck.
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Abbey Lee Kershaw, in a chiffon skirt, exiting the Gucci Spring show.
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Joan Smalls, in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, at the closing party for Marina Abramović's The Artist Is Present exhibition at MoMA.



Kristen Stewart stepped out in sheer Chanel Haute Couture at the 2010 Met Ball.
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Lily Donaldson was red hot in Dior at Paris Vogue's Le Bal Masque.
Elena Perminova and Natalia Vodianova looked fierce at the Paris Vogue party.
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Leighton Meester wore a Marc Jacobs Spring look to the Nashville premiere of Country Strong.
Bianca Brandolini d'Adda and Lapo Elkann, at Paris Vogue's Le Bal Masqué
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Karolina Kurkova, under translucent wraps, at a Cannes Film Festival bash
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Lady Gaga was relatively tame in a one-legged Alex Noble lace bodysuit and Phillip Treacy mask at the 2010 Brit Awards.
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One of this year's biggest sheer supporters, Blake Lively, went with a burgundy Elie Saab dress at a Tiffany & Co. event.
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Mariacarla Boscono, in a feathered Givenchy couture headpiece, with the designer, at the Paris Vogue fête
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Daphne Guinness, in a Givenchy Resort look, with Stefano Pilati at an Art Basel party.
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Gwen Stefani chose an Ann Demeulemeester silk top for a night out at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
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One of this year's biggest sheer supporters, Blake Lively, went with a burgundy Elie Saab dress at a Tiffany & Co. event.
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At a Dazed & Confused party during Fall fashion week, Lou Doillon's jumpsuit had a well-placed pocket.
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Rihanna turned heads in lacy Elie Saab at the American Music Awards.
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At the Elle Style Awards, Mary-Kate Olsen opted for a Givenchy skirt; Ashley wore her Christian Lacroix Couture gown backward.
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 Emma Watson wore a lace Rafael Lopez frock to the London premiere of the latest Harry Potter movie.
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New Years Party dresses

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 2:01AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
<p>When that clock strikes twelve you want to be looking like a princess, so if you haven't already found your perfect NYE party frock then read on. We have the best from the latest trends and prices to suit all pockets, so go out, have fun, looking fabulous and Happy New Year!







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This bobby dazzler of a dress ticks all the boxes and you will feel like a million dollars. It's sexy, sparkly and such a bargain that you can't go wrong. Plus you can take off the straps and wear again in the new year
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Tied up in knots

This charcoal beauty is the pefect party dress for anyone wishing to dress dark and the twisted fabric adds just enough drama without too much fuss. The one shoulder detail is just SO now




Purple haze

If you think Dannii won this year's stylewars on X Factor, then why not hit the town in one of her project D dresses. This aubergine frock is divine and the timeless shape means you will be able to wear it into the new year and beyond




Layer Cake

Another one of Miss Minogue's creations this stunning dress is quite possibly the best LBD we have seen this season. The ruffled skirt is oh so stylish and the waistband nips you in all the right places



Tipping the velvet

This dress proves you don't have to spend a fortune to look fabulous on New Years Eve. The bodycon shape and velvet fabric are bang on trend, plus the turquoise hues are so striking. What more could you ask for?
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Gold rush

Sequins, sequins, sequins! This fiesty gold number will leave you shimmering the night away. Embellishment at its best and with a scooped back to boot, this frock will ensure you're the one turning heads into the New Year



Flapper feeling

Sticking with the sequins this mid-length Topshop dress seriously ups the glamour stakes. The metallic pallete oozes sophisication and the 1920's shape will flatter any figure. This dress looks like a fabulous vintage find and will leave you looking a million dollars!




Born in the 80's

Channel your inner wild child in this black and gold frock and storm the dance floor this NYE.  A modern update with an 80's feel, this party piece will leave you at the top of the fashion pack this party season




Smooth mover

If you are loving the velvet trend then this cute babydoll dress is the perfect frock for the festive season. The mixed blue pallete and draped detail make for a stunning party look. Team with strappy gold sandals and you're good to go



Bright night

If you want to  stand out from the crowd this fuscia number packs bags of attitude. The vibrant colour is traffic-stopping and a great choice for girly girls this NYE




Pastel princess

If pretty pinks are your thing then you can't go wrong with this little number. You'll be flashing just the right amount of skin and the gem-encrusted black waistband will do wonders for your figure
£65.00, lipsy.co.uk




Green dream

This statement green dress will ensure you have an electric night this NYE. The colour palette is brilliant and bold and it has been worn by former The Hills star Stephanie Pratt. Get her look this New Year's Eve!
£60.00, lipsy.co.uk




Lovely leopard

Show off your wild side with this leopard print dress. Lipsy knows how to rock a print and the one shoulder style is THE party shape of the season. The frills adds extra oomph to make you look like the queen of the jungle on the big night
£55.00, lipsy.co.uk




Rock the party

If you are loving the leather trend then why not rock out at NYE in this Zara number. Ok so it is a little different but throw on some statement gold jewellery for one seriously chic look. And you will be able to wear it into 2011 and beyond!
£119.00, zara.co.uk




Golden ticket

This smart little dress may be simple but it oozes sophistication and timeless style. The subtle gold detailing will give you glamour without overdoing the glitz and the fuller skirt shape will hide any problematic lower halves 
£39.99, zara.co.uk




Flower power

This gorgeous little number is designer style at high street prices, something Zara does oh so well. The intricate flower detailing spices up the simple shape and the bow waistband finishes off the perfect party look
£39.99, zara.co.uk




Sheer delight

Shift into the new year with this sparkly Dorothy Perkins dress. The nude lining gives an update to the lace trend which has been huge this year. And the embellishment is festive and oh so fun!




Bright light

If you are looking for all out bling this new year then this is the dress for you. Stunning silver sequins will ensure that you light up any party and the frill sleeves finish the outfit off to perfection. Make a statement!




Snow queen

Celebs have been taking to the red carpet in winter whites and creams in their hoards so why not step out looking like a snow queen in this tiered number. The ruffles are stunning and the embellished neckline means no need to think about neck attire.




Blue magic

Go against the grain and opt for blue instead of black on your big night. The ruffles are oh SO cute and the sheer fabric is sexy but subtle if you don't want to flash too much flesh. Simply stunning!








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Balenciaga - Spring 2011 RTW

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 1:47AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
<p>The first thing that you noticed at Nicolas Ghesquière's terrific Balenciaga show was the casting. He opened with a trio of unknown girls with short, spiky hair that his team cast from the street, and he closed with the biggest super of them all, Gisele Bündchen. In between: Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy, and Stella Tennant—all of whom were very nearly bare-faced. "It was important not to disguise them. I didn't want clones," the designer said before the show.

Ghesquière made references to the house's past—a famous leaf-paneled dress of Cristobal's apparently influenced the cocooning shape of pied de coq coats; an antique clock in the Balenciaga atelier inspired a new range of watches—but this wasn't an "archive" show. Nor was it one of the designer's bold leaps into the future. The through lines here: a teddy boy-meets-punk masculinity (for the first time in his tenure at the house, Ghesquière showed creeper-ish flats); wet-looking, plasticized textures; and, once again, the places where the handmade and the technological meet. The last dress, for instance, was finished with couture techniques near the neckline, but a laser machine made the precision cut that separated the bodice from the skirt.

"It's a reaction to a certain kind of sexiness," Ghesquière said. "It's about individuality." That's not necessarily so different from his thinking last season, but if Fall was conceptual, this produced some fantastic, utterly wearable (not just once-and-it's-over) clothes. The list is long and ranges from houndstooth outerwear with a graphic punch (the pattern made from plastic-y faux leather) to sleeveless, backless button-down shirts spliced together from mismatched neon lace to the streamlined, comparatively simple tuxedos to quilted leather moto jackets to the closing pair of spare yet technically complex dresses. Who but Ghesquière could make real life look this interesting?





Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

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Eliza Cummings (NATHALIE)


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Saskia de Brauw (VIVA)

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Britt Maren (WOMEN)

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Miranda Kerr (IMG)

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Bambi Northwood-Blyth (ELITE)

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Ashley Smith (MARILYN)

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Lindsey Wixson (MARILYN)

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Delfine Bafort (FORD)

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Aymeline Valade (WOMEN)

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Jamie Bochert (ELITE)

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Kinga Rajzak (IMG)

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Liu Wen (MARILYN)

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Jana Knauerova (FORD)

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Arizona Muse (NEXT)

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Anabela Belikova (SILENT)

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Bo Don (MARILYN)

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Chanel Iman (ELITE)

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Katie Fogarty (NEXT)

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Valerija Kelava (OUI)

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Amber Valletta (DNA)

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Ann Catherine Lacroix (ELITE)

Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Carolyn Murphy (IMG)

Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Patricia van der Vliet (ELITE)

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Stella Tennant (MARILYN)

Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Carla Gebhart (VIVA)

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Kori Richardson (IMG)

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Lisanne De Jong (NATHALIE)

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Kasia Struss (WOMEN)

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Melissa Tammerijn (NATHALIE)

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Caroline Brasch Nielsen (ELITE)

Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Johanna Kneppers-Corbel (WM)

Balenciaga Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Daria Strokous (WOMEN)

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Kirsi Pyrhonen (DNA)

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Mirte Maas (WOMEN)

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Julia Nobis (ELITE)

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Freja Beha Erichsen (IMG)

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Gisele Bündchen (IMG)

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Nicolas Ghesquière

Verdict - Very Rock and Roll.. Would have likes to see a bit more of accessories.. Love the use of prints..
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John Galliano - Spring 2011 RTW

Sun, 12/26/2010 - 1:31AM by Head2Heels 0 Comments -
<p>When it comes to unearthing an evocative muse, John Galliano is famously and extravagantly skilled. 


For Spring, it was the fictitious-sounding but real Maria Lani. Passing herself off as an actress, she conned the crème de la crème of the twenties Paris art scene (Matisse, Léger, di Chirico, Chagall, etc.) into painting her portrait and then absconded with some 50 works.

And so the stage was set. That's an appropriate metaphor, considering the venue (the grand Opéra Comique), but it also speaks to the current iteration of a Galliano runway show, which is so much about theatrical elements cushioning the actual fashion. That can prompt critics to question the validity of the latter, but these looks, each meant to be a portrait of Lani with many variations on hair and makeup, had an undeniable beauty that went to the heart of what Galliano does best.

There was the daywear of trenchcoats in lace-edged leather and sheer organza; and then for evening, gorgeous white Poiret-esque gowns with silver beading, and Empire columns with constructed bustiers and a cascade of embroidered petals or feather-trimmed silk. Another standout: the black trench on Yasmin LeBon, with a hem of floral embroidery and flat tiers of ruffles.

Like many others, Galliano used catwalk vets like LeBon, Marie-Sophie, and Angela Lindvall. Seeing them vamp on the gold mirrored runway, you could blur your eyes and pretend it was 1998. Even if it didn't hare off into unexplored territory, today's exuberant and inspiring presentation, which climaxed with a shower of gold confetti, managed to delight a weary fashion crowd. And that's saying something.







John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Karlie Kloss (NEXT)


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Irina Bondarenko (ELITE)


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Siri Tollerød (MARILYN)

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Hannelore Knuts (ELITE)

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Karmen Pedaru (ELITE)

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Jacquetta Wheeler (VIVA)

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Lindsey Wixson (MARILYN)

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Coco Rocha (MARILYN)

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Audrey Marnay (VIVA)

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Ataui Deng (ELITE)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Michelle Alves (ELITE)

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Sasha Pivovarova (IMG)

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Carmen Kass (SILENT)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Georgina Grenville (NEXT)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Ksenia Kahnovich (IMG)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Snejana Onopka (SILENT)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Thana Kuhnen (NATHALIE)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Anouck Lepère (IMG)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Angela Lindvall (IMG)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Yasmin LeBon (ELITE)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Arizona Muse (NEXT)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Melissa Tammerijn (NATHALIE)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Alina Baikova (NEXT)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Frida Gustavsson (IMG)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Marie Sophie Wilson (VIVA)

John Galliano Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

Inga Savits (VIVA)

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Natalia Semanova (ELITE)

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Laura Blokhina (VIVA)

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Suzanne Von Aichinger

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Verdict - WOW!  Even with the gold flashy runway, my eyes were just on the clothes and nothing else.. Brilliant use of colors!!
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