We all know a gal — or, ahem, happen to be a gal — with expensive taste. She's fancy, traipsing around town in Louboutins, partying in Prada, and always with her eye on the high-priced prize. So what do you get the girl who has everything? When money is no object, gift her with a bejeweled silk-chiffon top ($330) or a chic pair of suede ankle boots ($750). Click through to check out all of my high-end picks for your posh pal.
>> We don't usually need an excuse to douse ourselves in jewels, but that said, the holidays are the perfect time to get decked out in your finest. After all, what is a great little black dress without fresh accompaniments? Check out our favorite jewelry finds — from an intricate stone necklaces to standout rings — in the slideshow.
Julianne Moore's fresh color combo just furthers our point that unexpected pairings can be powerful. Her fuchsia top ($30, originally $90) and burnt-orange pencil skirt mesh perfectly, while black platforms give a sexy lift to the look. I'd finish with a classic croc clutch ($69, originally $120) and keep it simple with the jewels to achieve the same style. Click the items above to shop a similar look.
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Alexis Bittar is a recurring theme in my week — and a welcome one to boot. On Saturday, I met the designer himself at an intimate Accessories Panel hosted at DVF's Meatpacking District HQ. Yesterday I rocked my favorite lucite Bittar cuff, and today, this crystal-encrusted lucite horn earring, available exclusively at a new invite-only destination AHALife.
Curated by style doyenne Iris Apfel (I aspire to be this woman, to be clear), this one, singular sensation (I'm tempted to sing) earring is crafted of Bittar's signature lucite and adorned in multi-colored Swarovski crystals. I love the idea of letting this be the star of a look, and perhaps balancing with a small and simple stud in the alternate ear.
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Shimmer and shine are proving to be an undying trend for a number of New York Fashion Week attendees. At the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway presentation alone, we spotted Meredith Melling Burke in a nude sequined top, another attendee in black sequined shorts, and Brit rocker Liela Moss giving her own take. Get Liela's look, above, with Notify leather pants, a black sequin tank, and accessorize with a red bag for extra pop.
Left to right: Liela Moss at 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2011 show, Pink Tartan Sequined Tank Top ($265), Banana Republic Abb Ring ($25), Alexis Bittar Gold Necklace ($195), Marni Bag ($1,300), Notify Stretch Leather Pants ($900)
Drew always rocks the red carpet. She was every inch the cool girl last night at the London premiere of Going the Distance in a McQ by Alexander McQueen draped olive green dress, gold embellished belt, and creamy suede pumps. Her ombre highlights toughen up the look and preach her individuality. With Justin Long by her side, she was brimming with style substance.
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>> CFDA Pairs with Magazine That Isn't Vogue for First Time —Harper's Bazaar and the CFDA are joining (marking the first time the CFDA has paired with a magazine other than Vogue) for the Accessories Bazaar; the initiative showcases up-and-coming accessories designers in an exhibit which coincides with New York Fashion Week and will be located nearby Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. The Bazaar, which kicks off with a cocktail party Sept. 13 and will be open to Fashion Week attendees for the next two days, will feature the Spring 2011 collections of 18 jewelers, milliners, footwear, handbag and small leather goods designers, among them Alexis Bittar, Philip Crangi, Albertus Swanepoel, Alejandro Ingelmo, Fenton/Fallon's Dana Lorenz, Pamela Love and Dean Harris, in a gallery-like setting (rendering, above left).
We don't see enough of Ms. Ricci. When we do, she's always smiling and stylin'. She attended the Whitney Museum Art Party last night in NYC in a textured ivory Herve Leger dress. The lightness of the dress creates cool contrast with her dark coloring. Black satin pumps and a bronze clutch keep things mellow — the perfect Summer in the city look.
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After yesterday's CFDA Awards was the afterparty atop the Meatpacking District's Standard Hotel. Many A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker called it a night after the main event, but other revelers continued their good times. Irina Lazareanu was one of the first to bound in with friends like Carmen Kass. Jason Wu and Alexander Wang, meanwhile, held court at the bar. Alexander passed out kisses to celebrate his Swarovski award for accessory design, but he grabbed one special friend to steal a moment of rest admiring the space's impressive city views.
Elsewhere, Jamie Bochert made the rounds with her fiance Michael Pitt, J. Crew's Jenna Lyons posed for umpteen photos, and Alexis Bledel cozied up to Dree Hemingway. Many more models and designers mingled around the room including Donna Karan, Christopher Bailey, Liya Kibede, and Rag & Bone's David Neville.
Last night's CFDA Awards brought out a gaggle of impeccably dressed stars to Lincoln Center in NYC — Sarah Jessica Parker in McQueen, who gave a speech for the late designer, Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs, and Gwyneth Paltrow in Michael Kors, to name a few. But besides the fashion, the much-anticipated awards were handed out to this year's lucky nominees. Without further ado: Marc Jacobs won for Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year went to Rag & Bone, and Fab favorite Alexis Bittar scored Accessory Designer of the Year. Congrats!
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