Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I Love Isaac Mizrahi!

November is practically here and pretty soon shiny envelopes with pretty paper invitations to Holiday parties will be popping through the mail slot ...

What to wear?

I'm a little black dress with string of pearls girl and I recommend Target for your holiday suare' needs. Isaac Mizrahi has designed some haute holiday frocks for under $60.00 and who can say no to that price?

Visit Target today and get your Isaac on!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Women in Uniform: Plus-Size Military Couture…

Atten hut, Ladies!

Today I want to share Plus-Size military couture with all of my favorite double-digit divas.

I heart military wear; there is something so sexy, yet anti-establishment and edgy about it… I find that any olive green garment with an army patch is perfectly haute. Military inspired frocks are all the rage and no matter what size you are, everyone looks good in olive green.

I want to give a salute to Kiyonna.com & Torrid.com for offering Plus-Size Military Couture to all the dazzling, Double-Digit Divas out there!

My Favs...

Kiyonna’s Military Wrap Dress:

Torrid's Olive Ribbed Bottom Army Jacket:

Men may be hot in uniform, but women are dead sexy!

P.S. Stay away from the icky camouflage; the pattern is less than slimming and you could be mistaken for a hunter!

P.P.S. Get FREE SHIPPING at Kiyonna.com thru Nov 30th, 2006! The lovely women at Kiyonna.com contacted us @ Couture In The City, and they are offering all of our Couture readers FREE SHIPPING for all orders over $75.00! Just type in the code, "FREE COUTURE"

80's Style, here to stay? Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

When Gwyneth stepped out this weekend in this YSL belted stunner, it was affirmed to me that 80's style was here to stay. The newest era of this trend is mirrored in exctly what she's wearing...think "Dynasty" with less hairspray and more toned down jewelry.

Then, you have 80's fashion offenders like the notorious Mischa B.

Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton

I have to admit...the 80's style tulip skirt dress from Bebe is cute...I even like her mall bangs. However, the footless tights push it over the edge, and I don't even want to talk about the shoes. Mischa almost gets the new 80's look right. However, if you want to do the 80's style toned down prom dress look, take some cues from Angie Harmon...

Angie Harmon
Angie Harmon

The style of dress? A flattering and unique look from Christian Dior. The color? Subdued. The accessories, hair and shoes? Minimal. THIS is how you do 80's flashback with a contemporary flair. Love it.

Do it up LeFashionista indie designer style with one of our fave looks, the Satin Bubble Dress from Prospect 44.

Satin Bubble Dress $150.00

So what are your thoughts? Is the new 80's look fab, or is it time to move on? Did Mischa get it right? Will the trend for footless tights never end? All this and more, on the next edition of Couture in the City.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

I Heart BodyRocks Jewelry!

BodyRocks Jewelry designs are timeless, yet fashion current and are fabulously fresh for 2007.

BodyRocks Jewelry is adding a little romance to their jewelry collection with their new breathtaking Pilot Mountain Turquoise Heart Pendant on 14 kt Gold-fill chain with lobster clasp.

Sophisticated and elegant, hearts are always in style; they are glamorous, and a sign of passion. Hearts are synonymous with romance and the BodyRocks Pilot Mountain Turquoise Heart Pendant necklace is the perfect gift.

Turquoise is projected to be hot in 2007, it goes with any outfit and this versatile piece will complete any fashionista’s wardrobe. A flawless multi-tone turquoise heart pendant dangles delicately from a full 20 inches of Gold-fill chain and the high-quality lobster clasp completes the design.

BodyRocks Jewelry's 2007 pieces are not available on their website yet, but can be viewed and purchased by inquiring with owner Nancy Shebby at the following link: http://bodyrocksonline.com/contact.php

Add some romance to your wardrobe with BodyRocks Jewelry.

Visit www.BodyRocksOnline.com today and be prepared for many compliments!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Le-Fashionista.com: Sexy Earring Favorites, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

April Star Davis - Garnet Earrings - $50

14K gold-filled earrings with hessonite garnets.

D Celestine Limited - Windsor Earrings -$38

Flat, teardrop shaped shell beads are wire-wrapped to gold-plated, filigree components, with 14/20K gold-filled earwires. The color of the shell is brought out by an iridescent finish - so pretty!

Kris Nations - Faceted Black Onyx and Gold Earrings - $164

Stacked faceted black onyx stones woven in 14k gold filled chains. Measures approx. 1.5 inches long, and 3/4 inch wide. French earwires.

Fat Free - Peacock - Plum - Gold / Pink - $79

100% Italian Lambskin w/ Swarovski Crystals

Claudette - Cherry Tree Earrings - $100

A charming tree of pink pearls, rhodochrosite and pink mother of pearl
flower are suspended under an eye catching hoop of 12kt gold filled wire.

bijou X - Winsome Hoops Dangles - $45

Except for those moments when the dangles brush up against your neck, these 3 1/4" L. hoop earrings feel barely there. To wear them is to understand the definition of the word, 'winsome'. ('winsome'- from an Olde English origin meaning "joy".)

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Fab Fashion Blogs Friday

Kate Spade NY Sale

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You'll find a number of beautiful limited edition collectibles included in this sale. [Chic Alert]

Halloween Ready Made Outfit: Mary Kate Olsen

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Twelfth Street By Cynthia Vincent Cashmere Zip Hoodie | $272 at Nordstrom

If you’ve been dying to dress in the effortless, rock ‘n roll style of Mary Kate Olsen, Halloween is your chance to do it without looking like a poser. Bear with us–achieving MK’s look means a lot of black, a lot of layering, and a lot of accessories. And after you’ve got the outfit down, don’t forget to slouch a bit as you’re walking, and make sure the hoodie on your sweater is worn over your disheveled and nappy hair.

"Mary Kate Olsen" Fashion Formula = Black Hoodie + Men’s Oversized Tee + Skinny Black Jeans + Dark Sunglasses + Studded Belt + Quilted Handbag + Oval Ring + Peep Toe Pumps.

Clutch a Leopard Bag with Gold Leather Trim from Myna Bags as a Stylish Carryall for your Essentials

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The incredible cute factor of this "Raquel" clutch is a great inducement to travel light. Available at MightyFlirt.com. [Fashiontribes]

Give Yourself A Bangin' Booty

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Destiny's Child aren't the only ones who can sing about being bootylicious. Now you can too! Here are two new ways to boost your butt without having to do thousands of lunges and squats.
Belive it or not, Wonderbra is getting into the butt-enhancing business. read more

Betsey Johnson Frame Bag

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Betsey Johnson Frame Bag: This season is filled feminine sophistication. Whether in accessories or clothes, there seems to be an air of maturity and fashion that I am very excited about. The Betsey Johnson Ruffle Frame Bag is a perfect example of this. [Brown 712]

Ivanka Trump vs. Rosario Dawson

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Silver belles: The Donald’s daughter wowed in J. Mendel at an NYC awards show. Dawson put on the silk evening gown for a gala in NYC. [Who Wore It Best?]

Jewelry Sale for Breast Cancer
This past weekend, I had a jewelry to help raise money for my friend who was doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It was a fab little event, complete with snacks, wine, spoon fudge samples (yummy!), raffle, goodie bags for the first 20 people to show and lots of fundraising! read more [Shopaholics Anonymous]

Release Your Inner (Vixen) Bunny?
I hate Halloween. Why? Maybe my core group of friends embraced the ‘costume change’ at our theme parties and it’s lost the novelty. Maybe mixed childhood memories of fluffy bunny costumes that took weeks to sew, but only minutes to be teased at…or the year mom put cocoa paste on her face and went as Aunt Jemima (so politically incorrect) and escorted me trick-or-treating. Maybe it’s that I got sick of going as a witch four trillion times. read more
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Double-Digit Divas: Plus-Size Fashion Around The Web

Hi Ladies!

What Couture In The City needs is some posts about Plus-Size fashion!

A friend of mine works retail at a Mall (she hates it) and when we get together she tells me all of her nightmares and struggles as a sales-girl. She told me (get ready for this) that any size in the double-digits, (size 10 and up) is considered "Plus-Size."

I had never heard that before; I was under the assumption that plus-size started at 14W and up... What are your thoughts?

There are many online Plus-Size sites with fabulously fashionable garb; I am a firm believer that at any size, any woman can look attractive, confident and stylish...

So, travel with me around the web and take a gander at these Plus & Posh sites:

Torrid.com - Torrid is a sexy fashion brand empowering plus-size young women to feel beautiful and feminine! Torrid has fashionable dresses, outer-wear and more! AND they actually use Plus-Size models... Sizes 12-26!

B&Lu.com - B&Lu was started by 2 sisters who wanted to offer the world a fashion resource for plus-size young women. Their styles are HAUTE and mainstream, while being edgy and individualistic. The models they use are sultry and sexy! Sizes 14 to 30!

OldNavy.com - Old Navy.com has 'Women's Plus' fashions from sizes 16-26. From career wear, to night out on the town wear, this is a fabulous resource! Oh... and their price-points ROCK!

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Le-fashionista.com Top-Pick of the Day: Beloved by Sophie Charm Bracelet

Yellow Floral Charm Bracelet - $35

This one of a kind charm bracelet is made of many autumn shades charms and beads and a pair of yellow floral shell charms, 7.5 inches long.

Shop Beloved by Sophie @ Le-fashionista.com

Blame the album, not the shoes …

Jessica has really gone down hill in my opinion, her new album, “A Public Affair” is a piece of filler trash; her outfits as of late are atrocious and, well, you know the rest... BUT I saw this girl at the mall wearing the most adorable shoes ever and I asked her what brand they were and she said, “Jessica Simpson.”

WHAT? Doth my ears deceive me? Jessica Simpson put this adorable foot candy out?

Although you won’t be dancing to her new tunes in them, Jessica Simpson has put out some fabulous shoes that are well priced, good quality and hot, hot, hot.

My Fav: “AMY” in Pewter Metallic Cracked Crocodile - Only $89.00 @ Sole Struck

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fab Fashion Blogs Wednesday

Coach Shoe Trends for Fall 2006

Is it just me or does Coach have some of the best shoes for fall 2006? I don't actually own any Coach shoes...yet...but maybe it's time to add a pair or two to my collection?

Couture in the City's favorite

Keira Slingbacks - $228 - The steel color makes a great statement this fall 2006 - try a new color, metallics are still in either way. Not to mention the platforms are hot.
[Source] Shopaholics Anonymous

Halloween Style

Sick and tired of kiddie costumes for Halloween? Don’t want to be stuck dressed as a witch again? We don’t blame you…here at LeFashionista, we celebrate fashion 365 days a year…and especially on Halloween. Check out these “haute” costume ideas for some great creepy couture:

Marie Antoinette: Thanks to Kiki Dunst and Sofia Coppola, this costume is going to be a big hit this year! Though heads should roll for creating such a boring movie (sorry, bad pun), the costumes and cinemetography were gorgeous, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t steal this style. If you can’t find a costume, then get a giant curly powdered wig, lace fan, corset and other French Revolution-era costume pieces. If your significant other is tagging along, have him dress as Louis XVI for an added touch. Bonus Points for creating a costume where it looks like you are carrying your own head. read more
[Source] Designer Fashion Addicts

Omiru Poll Results: Layered Necklaces are In
We asked: Are Layered Necklaces In or Out?

Pictured: Lee Angel Oval Link Necklace | $425 at Scoop NYC.

You said: Layered Necklaces are still In. 58% are still all over this trend, while 14% think they’re Out. The remaining 28% think this jewelry trend is On the Way Out.

Omiru’s take: We love the drama that Layered Necklaces create for an outfit. With the ability to take a simple outfit from vanilla to cookies & cream, Layered Necklaces are an essential in this era of mannered, ladylike dressing to give outfits a bit more flavor. In order to take full advantage of this jewelry trend, we recommend pairing necklaces with compatible colors but wildly different textures.
[Source] Omiru

Sweet Bakelite Bits Accessories Are Fashioned from Vintage Plastics, Silver & Brass

The new fall collection is out! Snap 'em up while they're hot (and still available!) at RubyLane.com.
[Source] Fashiontribes

Lash Out "It"

Celebrity lash-fever has spread all over the world. False Eye LashesMadonna’s personal makeup artist Gina Brooke, who helped create the singer’s disco-inspired look, is credited with setting off a false eyelash frenzy by commissioning a pair of Shu Uemera mink lashes for Madonna. Oprah ordered 200 pairs of the real fur lashes. Let’s not forget Madonna’s other commission fluttering 1.2 carats of diamonds at $10,000 a pair. read more
[Source] The It Lists

Every Woman Loves Jewelry!

Looking for something unique and really eye catching when it comes to jewelry? Something special with a cutting edge design? If so then whether you're a fashion forward professional business woman or just someone who strives to remain stylish, you'll quickly fall in love with Lila & Rain. read more
[Source] Chic Alert

Pace Yourself With MioPink

Mio Watch has created three adorable special-edition watches, called MioPINK, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only do I love the charitable aspect of these watches—10 percent of proceeds to go the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation—but I also love the look. After all, it's not often you find a sports watch that's both functional and stylish.
[Source] FabSugar

Bag Alert! Hayden-Harnett Online Sample Sale!

If you love shopping online, sample sales, and handbags, have we got a deal for you! Hayden-Hartnett is having their first ever online sample sale. Don’t miss this chance to peruse plenty of purses priced at a steal. October 25-27, 2006.
[Source] Second City Style Blog

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There is nothing "Juicy" about this handbag...

I hate, wait, scratch that, DESPISE the new Juicy Couture 'Back to School Velour Small Bowler'; I think it looks like an 8th grade home-economics class project gone horribly wrong.

You know that Juicy is getting lazy when they start using their cutting floor scraps to make a handbag. Just because you have an ugly bag, some plaid fabric and a sewing machine, does not mean that an atrocity like this should be placed on the market. For shame, Juicy.

Looking at this train-wreck of a bag, I started singing Fergie's London Bridge song and now I'm just irritated because I cannot get that blasted tune out of my head.

Dear Juicy,

Please stop trying to be Burberry and get back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Designer Tip of the Day: Winter Boots for Women

When it comes to winter boots for the 2006 - 2007 seasons, women have loads of options. Booties, ankle boots and knee-high boots are all hot, and no matter what you're heel preference is, there's plenty of variety.

Here are some of the hottest trends to look for:

Winter Boots with Fluffy Collars: Ankle, mid-calf and knee-high boots can all be found with fluffy collars this season. From faux fur to shearling, and lots of fluff to bits of fluff, it's definitely the season for luxurious trim.

Slouch Boots: Slouchy shafts can be found on both dress and casual styles this season. Especially hot boots that combine the loose uppers with belts and straps.

Belted Winter Boots: And speaking of belts and straps, they're hot! Look for them on everything from urban styles with flat heels, to high heel stunners.

Lace-Up Boots: With styles ranging from those inspired by the Victorian era to edgy urban casuals, there's no shortage of lace-up boots this season. In addition to making the boot easier to get on and off, laces add a bit of pop to even the simplest of winter boots.

Source: About.com

Futuristic Fashion: Balenciaga's 2007 Collection

Balenciaga has transformed their runway models into Cyber-Goddesses with their new futuristic, Sci-Fi reminiscent collection. These hot, she-droids rock the runway with sultry safety goggles, elongated and sleek black jackets, dresses jigsawed from patent leather; & space crew shirts with wide shoulders and high white collars.

Looking at the collection, my head swarms with images from futuristic flicks such as Terminator, The Matrix, Mad Max, Tron and even Star Wars.

For the most part, I love this collection; it is sleek, chic and fabulously futuristic. Nicolas Ghesquiere is a God of a designer and I applaud him for bringing his vision to light.

Where I draw the line is the C-3PO leggings; some things are best left to the movies.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Fashion Designer Tip of the Day: Halloween, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton

Kate Bosworth
Kate Bosworth

Want a very chic way to celebrate Halloween this year? Forget the candy and kiddie costumes and host your own black and white ball, complete with Harlequin masks, pink champagne and tons of debauchery. Bonus: Your costume is a fabulous frock that you can wear again and again!

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Fashion Mishap of the Week: Zooey Deschanel

Shiver Me Timbers...

by Jillian

ARRR Maties, I'm Zooey, the worst-dressed pirate on the seven seas of sinful outfits...

Okay, I know that Pirates 2 was pretty popular and everything, but WTF is up with this ensemble? AND what's with the bow in the hair? I got it, she woke up and said, "I want to look like a pirate today, but I am NOT wearing the bandana, I hate bandanas!"

Zooey Deschanel is usually so fashion forward, she was my idol; I loved her and then she turns around and struts a nightmare like this... she's 20 seconds away from being busted for shop-lifting. It's a sad world.

All this outfit needs is a plastic sword, & an eye-patch.

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Ready Made Outfit: Out for a Drink

Marie Marie Pocket Dress | $435 at Shopbop

If you’re heading out to a chichi bar anytime soon, consider wearing this equally elegant ensemble. Looking long and svelte, you’ll be the most stylish girl in the room. It’s all about the details: the pockets on the dress, the stirrups on the leggings, and the round toe on the pumps. Don’t be surprised if both guys and girls complement your look.

"Out for a Drink" Fashion Formula = Dress with Pockets + Gold Necklace + Stirrup Leggings + Round-toe Pumps.
[Source] Omiru

Pop Goes Hogan

Pop, the magazine, has gone retail. And in tribute, Hogan has taken part in the ‘Pop Goes to Dover Street Market’ gimmick. Dover Street in London that is. A unique collaboration with Pop editor-in-chief Katie Grand, the ‘Guitar’ bag is originally inspired by the shape of a guitar’s soundbox. The shoulder strap is customised with the Pop logo overprinted onto the leather. There are TWENTY pieces sold exclusively at Dover Street Market for £690! You wanna double that for american prices….
[Source] Designer Fashion Addicts

Armani to Design Katie Holmes' Wedding Gown

The rumors were true! An Armani spokesperson tells us, “Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have asked their longtime friend, Giorgio Armani, to design all of the wedding attire for their upcoming marriage.”
[Source] Off The Rack


NOTE: Image from Getty Images

I saw a couple clips of the young, trendsetting celeb crowd on TV a couple days ago, so I thought I'd hunt down some pictures. Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan were especially looking great, but I just have a picture of Lindsay to share today. I picked her outfit b/c Paris's was pretty but kinda boring. Nicole's was super cool but kind of a weird combination - it worked, but I could never pull it off. So, here's Lindsay Lohan looking fab as always:

I love the whole outfit she's wearing - the tights, the (looks like) ankle booties, and especially the dress - it's gorgeous!
[Source] Shopaholics Anonymous

Bebe's Luxe Look at L.A. Fashion Week

The youthful fashion brand Bebe is going upscale. Not only does the brand have the chic Mischa Barton as the face of its ads, but it also just unveiled a new high-end accessories line called Neda designed to appeal to more sophisticated consumers. And on Wednesday, Bebe revealed a Spring 2007 collection at L.A. Fashion Week that proves the label is leaning toward a more high-end look.
[Source] FabSugar

Stylish, Yet Practical, an Anya Hindmarch Bag in Winter White is a Savvy Way to Give So Much Black a Rest

Impeccably turned out in eggshell pigskin. Available at Net-a-Porter.com.
[Source] Fashiontribes

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