My daily routine of perusing Net-A-Porter led me to something so simplistically new: the TTD, also known as the top tunic dress. However, I must give credit to Roland Mouret for this genius idea. The TTD is pretty much three pieces in one: a top when tucked into pants, a tunic paired with leggings, and a dress — rad. When shopping for TTDs, make sure to look for sleek shapes and solid colors for maximum versatility and always accessorize with tough elements. Three in one? It doesn't get better than that, folks.
Ashley Tisdale strutted her stuff wearing a mini purple leather sheath dress by Elise Overland. It's simple but far from boring. I like how the star styled her frock with a funky belt, black multistrap wedges, and chain mesh jewels for a youthful, hip vibe. Tell me, do you dig it?
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>> Budget cuts brought fewer European retailers to New York Fashion Week and fewer US retailers to London Fashion Week — Julie Gilhart of Barneys, for one — so instead, designers are meeting them at the one Fashion Week they all can't miss: Paris.
Those from New York heading across the seas to meet with potential buyers and hopefully secure sales are Brian Reyes, Alexander Wang, and Victoria Bartlett of VPL, who are all sharing a space, plus Elise Overland, Jason Wu, Erin Fetherston, and Justin Giunta of Subversive Jewelry. Diane von Furstenberg and Philip Crangi have already been spotted together at Tuileries, but The Ritz Paris is said to be the unofficial headquarters of retailer-designer-meet-and-greet activity.
The British Fashion Council is also investing itself in a trip to Paris — starting Friday, designers such as House of Holland, Osman Yousefzada, Felder Felder and Louise Gray will reside at the JTM Gallery on Rue de Richelieu, where international fashion press and buyers will have a second chance to peruse the collections; the hope, of course, is to increase investment in London designers.
90210 cutie Jessica Stroup is looking subtly tough in her baby blue leather jacket. Not to mention this jacket makes her baby blues pop. Gorgeous. You've probably already snatched up a black leather jacket, and if you're craving more buttery leather, shake things up with a colored leather jacket. I recommend sticking to jewel tones — purple, blue, burgundy — or neutrals. Let's face it: when it comes to leather, happy colors like orange and yellow just don't fly.
Want to see more of Jessica Stroup's style? Check her out on CelebStyle.com.
Heidi Klum took the spotlight more than once during the Emmy Awards in an assortment of fabulous outfits. Her onstage appearances ranged from elegant evening gowns to a (goofy) masculine suit. My favorite was Klum in that sexy black Elise Overland jumpsuit. Heidi worked it in every ensemble, but which look did you prefer?
On a dreary Fashion Week day, I popped into the Elise Overland Spring presentation. It was an evening function, so glasses were being sipped and — oh look, it's hottie Jamie Burke, blush — Safari-inspired clothes were being modeled. Elise Overland is no newcomer, and her clothes continue to receive praise and press alike. I caught up with the designer, who was chatting with friends Courtney Cox Arquette (who was friends with the show's stylist) and Laura Dern.
What was your inspiration for this Spring?
My inspiration was a trip to the Sahara. I wanted to capture those cool, nighttime earthy colors. A more romantic palette.
Were there are any big challenges this time around?
Not really, I think there are just constant challenges as a designer. Merchandising the collections is one.
Who do you envision wearing your clothes?
A strong woman, she can be any age; it's more of an attitude. She has a bit of a rock 'n' roll edge. She's sophisticated.
To read the rest of my exclusive interview and to see more of Elise's Spring collection, read more
Say what you will, but I often find myself rooting for underdogs. While most people ga ga over Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, I saw something more unique in Jenny Humphrey since episode one of Gossip Girl.
The same logic applies to them in real life. Ever since the first time we saw the budding beauty of a gang before the premiere of the show back in September, Taylor Momsen's hot pink poufy dress made my heart flutter. It was a great coming out dress because it was loud, fun, and demanded attention. Ever since then, I have kept my eye on Taylor and she has not let me down — not once. Whether she's wearing bright colors or an edgy metallic Elise Overland dress (left), she exudes an air of je ne sais quoi that can't be put into words.
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Last week, designer Elise Overland showed us around her studio and spoke to us about her A/W 08 collection. Overland will be drawing from Ski (a large 1970's era photograph of her father skiing poised in the middle of her inspiration board) and dance clothing in order to balance masculine and feminine elements and experiment with utility-based garments in a ready to wear context. The collection will also include special hardware (though how it will manifest, we shall have to see) inspired by antique pieces she's collected from all over the world. Overland's aesthetic is very much of the jetset boheme, when entering her studio one feels as though they've stepped into Miss Havisham's boudoir where stacks of records, plush chairs, and worldly treasures trivialize everyday obligations.
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