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Frugal Fashion: Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel at a Lakers game

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

If you're looking for a little celebrity PDA, look no further than courtside at an NBA playoff game. When the Lakers took on the Denver Nuggets during Game 7 of the Western Conference quarterfinals last  weekend, Kanye West was spotted with his arm around Kim Kardashian, whispering and holding hands with the reality TV star, while Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were seen cuddling and making out between baskets.

Timberlake and Biel can really turn up the style dial for red carpet events, however it was refreshing to see the couple still chic but dressed down for a game. Timberlake cheered on the Lakers in a classic black henley, charcoal button-down, gray pants, worn-in boots and a plaid newsboy cap. Biel wore pastel blue skinny jeans, a sheer embroidered blouse, comfy cardigan and patterned flats.

Get Timberlake's relaxed look with the Ultra slim fit dyed chino pants by Calvin Klein for $69.50, Fox Reserve S/S Henley from for $24.99, Kill City pigment coated poplin shirt from for $34.99, Belfrey Wesleyan tartan plaid ivy cap from for $29 and the JD Fisk men's Denver boot from for $89.15.


For an outfit similar to Biels, try the Embroidered blouse from Zara for $89.90, Marled knit cardigan from Gap for $39.99, Strut sulphur jean in baby blue by Superdry for $98 and the Jersey floral skimmer flat from Wet Seal for $14.50.


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Frugal Fashion: Coco Rocha pretty in a peplum

Frugal Fashion: Christian Siriano hatless in pastels at the derby

Frugal Fashion: Marguerite Moreau at the Tribeca Film Festival

-- Jenn Harris

Top photo: Justin Timberlake, left, and Jessica Biel attend the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12. Credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images

Middle photo from left: Ultra slim fit dyed chino pants, $69.50 / Calvin Klein; Fox Reserve S/S Henley, $24.99 /; Kill City pigment coated poplin shirt, $34.99 /; Belfrey Wesleyan tartan plaid ivy cap, $29 /; JD Fisk men's Denver boot, $89.15 /

Bottom photo from left: Embroidered blouse, $89.90 /; Marled knit cardigan, $39.99 /; Strut sulphur jean, $98 / Superdry; Jersey floral skimmer flat, $14.50 / Wet Seal.

Frugal Fashion: Christian Siriano hatless in pastels at the derby


The hats at the 138th Kentucy Derby would rival any royal British social event, with stars such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Debra Messing, Cyndi Lauper and Mary J. Blige all donning oversized, elaborate headgear. It wasn't just women, either. Joey Fatone, for instance, wore a black-banded straw panama and Kellan Lutz an impish newsboy hat. But some attendees ditched the tradition and managed to look derby-appropriate, sans hats, in fun and flirty spring pastels.

Designer Christian Siriano, winner of "Project Runway" Season 4, attended the derby looking fierce in a pair of pastel blue trousers, a patterned T-shirt, blue blazer, shiny black shoes and his signature skinny rim frames. He appeared comfortable and chic in different shades of blue for just the right pops of color.

Siriano's blazer was a bold choice, helping him out on the red carpet without a headpiece. For a similar look, get the Oxford blazer from for $159. Pair with a patterned T-shirt, such as the Asos top with all-over native print from for $26.09 or the off white sponge pattern crew from for $36.


Continue the pastel theme with the tailored lightweight slim-fit khaki from $39.99 from or the Ben Sherman slim chino pants in oxygen blue from for $89.90. Try a pair of leather sneakers with white soles, similar to Siriano's, for a bit of polish to finish the look. Try the Clae Powell leather sneakers from for $110 or the Clae Hockney shoe, also from for $61.99.


These pastel blues, sleek sneakers and patterned tees will work as well for a summer party as the look did for the derby.


PHOTOS: Hats from the Kentucky Derby

Frugal Fashion: Coco Rocha pretty in a peplum

Frugal Fashion: Marguerite Moreau at the Tribeca Film Festival

--Jenn Harris

Photo: Designer Christian Siriano attends the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

[Updated] Frugal Fashion: Selena Gomez & Carlos Knight at the Kid's Choice Awards


Selena  Gomez and Carlos Knight

The Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards brought out the channel's hottest young stars to the bright orange carpet at the USC Galen Center last weekend. The show was notably more casual than, say, the Oscars or Golden Globes -- knowing there is a distinct possibility you may get "slimed" may be a contributing factor -- but the attendees managed to look appropriate and stylish without the floor-length gowns or tuxedos.

Actress-singer (and Justin Bieber's girlfriend) Selena Gomez and actor Carlos Knight stood out in the crowd of mini-dresses and slacks in looks that were fresh and playful. Gomez, who took home the award that night for favorite television actress, stars on the Disney channel's "The Wizards of Waverly Place," while Knight plays Owen Reynolds in the Nickelodeon show "Supah Ninjas."

Gomez chose a cropped bustier and skirt, both from the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2012 ready-to-wear collection; orange and pink studded stilettos by Cesare Paciotti; and jeweled hoop earrings by Ippolita jewels. Gomez's bustier could easily transition from awards show attire to appropriate wear for next weekend's Coachella music festival, with cut-off jeans and maybe a flower in her hair. For a similar top, get the new romantics woven bustier by Free People for $78 or the textured foil crop bustier by Free People for $38 or Silence and Noise denim bustier from for $39.99.


Gomez chose a jewel-embellished, mixed-pattern skirt to pair with her bustier. For a versatile style you can wear with any top, try the Rare metallic PU skater skirt from Asos for $69.83. Add an extra pop of color in the Pablo pointed court shoes from for $140, and accessorize with the Hemetite crystal hoop earrings from Windsor for $12.90.


Knight appeared laid-back but polished in a striped T-shirt, knit blazer and relaxed khakis. He accessorized with a simple gray scarf and wore a pair of gray high-top sneakers with the laces left loose and untied. For a similar top, jacket and pants, get the Navy Marl and white stripe t-shirt for $32 from, American rag jacket knit blazer from for $79.50 and the 1969 denim washed garment dye khakis from for $59.95.
Knight's lightweight scarf is a nice finishing touch, perfect for a cool spring evening. Get a similar look with the Color foulard scarf from H.E. by Mango for $35.95. For a pair of gray high-tops, try the
Guess men's steady2 boot from for $110, just remember to loosen up the top and untie the laces. 

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Frugal Fashion: Olivia Palermo in spring prints

Frugal Fashion: Elizabeth Banks of 'The Hunger Games'

Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel model new Victoria's Secret swimwear

-- Jenn Harris

Top photos, from left: Singer-actress Selena Gomez and actor Carlos Knight attend Nickelodeon's 25th Kids' Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Bustier photos, from left: New romantics woven bustier, $78 /; Textured foil crop bustier, $38 /; Silence and Noise denim bustier, $39.99 /

From left: Rare metallic PU skater skirt, $69.83 /; Pablo pointed court shoes, $140 /; Hemetite crystal hoop earrings, $12.90 /

From left: Navy Marl and white stripe T-shirt, $32 /; American rag jacket knit blazer from, $79.50 /; 1969 denim washed garment dye khakis, $59.95 /

Bottom photo, from left: Color foulard scarf from H.E. by Mango, $35.95 / Credit:; Guess men's steady2 boot, $110 /

[Updated at 9AM April 8, 2012: An earlier version of this post stated that "The Wizards of Waverly Place" was on the Nickelodeon channel. It's on the Disney channel. ] 

Diane von Furstenberg celebrates new Gap Kids line

Diane Von Furstenberg + Gap Kids collection launches with a party in Los Angeles.
Choruses of "aww!" could be heard all over the Gap store at the Grove on Saturday afternoon, as guests to the exclusive launch of the Diane von Furstenberg + Gap Kids and Baby Gap collection got a look at the baby wrap dresses, printed onesies, mini sunglasses and sandals for the first time. 

Celebrities Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson, Bobby Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger, Molly Sims, Jessica Capshaw, Busy Phillips, Allyson Hannigan and Constance Zimmer joined Von Furstenberg, her friends and family at the private shopping preview.

And there was plenty of fun for the kids, including a puppy petting zoo, balloon art, paper-doll crafts and a special runway where Von Furstenberg demonstrated to fashion newbies and DVF fans-in-the-making how to strut their stuff for the camera. There were kid-friendly snacks too, including crudites in the shapes of animals, mac 'n' cheese and Orange Julius drinks served in special DVF sippy cups.

The collection, $20 to $120, in stores and online March 15, features pint-sized versions of iconic DVF pieces for girls ages newborn to 14, including graphic-print jersey dresses, T-shirts and leggings, swimwear and a blazer with patchwork details. A second collection is to be in stores for the holiday season.

Diane Von Furstenberg + Gap Kids collection launches with a party in Los Angeles
"Normally, I don't like to do things for kids," Von Furstenberg said over lunch on Friday. But she said that when the Gap approached her and she met the company's new president Art Peck, she was persuaded.

Her design team was responsible for coming up with the styles. "I wanted to do it myself, because if you do something like this, it has to be the real core of the brand." And she said she is thrilled with the results. "I think it's absolutely adorable. I think it's going to be a huge success. And they could use it."

Von Furstenberg follows a long line of high-end designers entering the kids market, including Stella McCartney, who collaborated with Gap Kids on two collections before launching her own Stella McCartney Kids in 2010.

-- Booth Moore 

Upper photos: Left to right, Diana von Furstenberg and actress Molly Sims attend the world premiere of the GapKids + DVF Collection at the Gap store in the Grove on Saturday. The designer shows her newest fans how to strut their stuff on the runway. Actress Constance Zimmer and daughter Collette. Credits: Albert Michael / StarTraks and John Sciulli / WireImage

Lowerphotos: Left to right, Von Furstenberg and friends. Von Furstenberg and her daughter, Tatiana von Furstenberg. Credits: Albert Michael /StarTraks and John Sciulli/WireImage


World AIDS Day: Gap, Nike, other fashion retailers get involved

Gap RedThursday marks World AIDS day, a day for people worldwide to unite and fight HIV, support those living with the virus and remember those who have died. Some fashion retailers are getting involved by releasing special clothing items to support the cause.

-- A|X Armani Exchange has partnered with dance4life, a nonprofit organization that educates young people about HIV through dance, and model Doutzen Kroes to release an exclusive T-shirt.  The shirt features a photo of Doutzen with the words "Dance-Dance-Dance" across the front. The shirt will be available starting Thursday for $35 in all A|X stores and online at All profits from the shirt will go to support dance4life education initiatives and related programs.

-- Designer Isabel Marant teamed up with Gap Red (Gap clothing's partnership with Global Fund to raise money to eliminate AIDS in Africa) to design a printed T-shirt for Gap. The shirt is $34, with 50% of every sale going to the Global Fund. The T-shirt is already sold out online, but you can call your local Gap store for availability.

-- Gap is also offering a special-edition Anchored in Hope (PRODUCT) RED T men's shirt in charcoal gray for $24.95. Fifty percent of the profits will be donated to the Global Fund.

-- Nike has come out with a Nike (RED) x World AIDS Day collection that includes special-edition Cheyenne backpacks, peacoat-style Destroyer jackets and a Nike (RED) Zoom Meriwether shoe. The collection will be available at select stores starting Dec. 1 and on

Fidelity Denim
-- Fidelity Denim has designed a special edition of its signature Scoop Skinny jean in bright red. The jeans are available on the website for $205, with 100% of the profits going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Know of another World AIDS day fashion-related promotion? Please share it with us in the comments below.


Cowardly Lion costume from 'Wizard of Oz' on the auction block

Courteney Cox and Nicole Kidman curate sales on Rue La La

The charity trunk shows: Elephant Heart necklace helps the troops

-- Jenn Harris

Photo: The A|X Armani Exchange dance4life T-shirt. Credit: Armani Exchange.

Bottom photo: Fidelity Denim Scoop Skinny in red. Credit: Fidelity Denim.

Frugal Fashion: Hilary Rhoda in animal print at 'Young Adult' screening


If you've flipped through a fashion magazine in the last five years, you're sure to recognize  Hilary Rhoda's face. She's the all-American beauty with the signature killer eyebrows. At 18, the Maryland native captivated the fashion world when Nicolas Ghesquière handpicked her to walk in the Balenciaga spring show in 2005.

Since then, Rhoda has appeared in campaigns for Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Givenchy. She has walked the runways for the world's top designer labels, including John Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld and Oscar de La Renta, to name a few.

Off the runway, Rhoda has mastered the art of understated elegance. She manages to look nothing less than perfect whether she's wearing a gala gown or jeans and a T-shirt.

She recently made an appearance at the Cinema Society and Dior Beauty screening of "Young Adult" at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room in New York. She was contemporary casual chic in a pair of stiletto camel leopard-print jeans by power design duo Current Elliott, a silk button-down blouse, blazer and classic pointy black heels. She accessorized with a thick black belt and cozy camel beige cowl neck scarf. 


Animal prints are everywhere this fall, with snakeskin, cheetah, zebra and leopard prints showing up on clothing, accessories and even iPad cases. These prints continue to be hot items for the holiday season. For Rhoda's jungle look, get her Current Elliott stiletto camel leopard print jeans at Nordstrom for $198. For some budget-friendly options, try the Andrew Charles animal printed skinny twill jeans in a snakeskin print from for $59.99, snow leopard printed jean from for $39.50 or the Tripp NYC leopard jean for $66 from 


Rhoda kept the rest of her outfit subtle, letting the leopard print remain the protagonist. For a similar tame blouse get the Sparkle & Fade boxy chiffon blouse for $59 from And for a classic black heel, try the  Flax Ninewest pump on for $69.


Accessorize like Rhoda with the Frenchi waffle knit infinity scarf for $22 from and a classic  Leather belt from for $16.50 or the Pieces Flamini belt for $18.18 from

Each piece is a versatile closet staple you’ll be able to recycle throughout the seasons. Animal print for spring … why not?

For more tips, resident stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay gives us the scoop on how to wear the season's hottest animal prints.

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Frugal Fashion: Cara Delevingne's cocktail dress with an edge

Frugal Fashion: Jessica Biel sparkles at GQ 'Men of the Year' party

Frugal Fashion: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn's' Kristen Stewart in a mini

-- Jenn Harris

Top photo: Model Hilary Rhoda attends the Cinema Society & Dior Beauty screening of "Young Adult" at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on Nov. 18 in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker /Getty Images

Jean photos, from left: Andrew Charles animal printed skinny twill jeans ($59.99); snow leopard printed jean ($39.50); Tripp NYC leopard jean ($66)

Blouse and shoe photos: Sparkle & Fade boxy chiffon blouse ($59); Flax Ninewest pump ($69)

Accessories photos: Frenchi waffle knit infinity scarf ($22); leather belt ($16.50); Pieces Flamini belt ($18.18) 

Fashion News: Chelsea Handler, Jennifer Lopez win Glamour awards

Chelsea Handler, Jennifer AnistonDesigners Donatella Versace and Marc Jacobs were among the presenters and Tory Burch among the recipients at Glamour magazine's annual awards presentation Monday night. Other honorees included Chelsea Handler (shown here with presenter Jennifer Aniston), Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Steinem, Lea Michele, Cindy Sherman and three generations of Bush women: Barbara, Laura and Jenna (now Jenna Bush Hager). [USA Today] 

Dakota Fanning's advertisement for Marc Jacobs' Oh, Lola! fragrance has been banned in the UK. The ad shows Fanning looking younger than her 17 years wearing a sweet, dotted-swiss dress, semi-reclined with a large bottle of perfume in her lap ... kind of between her legs. She looked too young and too provocative for the British Advertising Standards Authority, which had received several complaints about the ad.[Telegraph]

Makeup maven Bobbi Brown celebrated her two decades in the beauty industry at a soiree at the U.S. ambassador to France’s residence in Paris on Tuesday night. [WWD]

For the first time, Macy's plans to open at midnight on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the retailer announced recently. It joins lots of big-box and electronics stores in getting the holiday shopping season started earlier and earlier. [Huffington Post]

Now comes word that nearly 1,000 Gap Inc. stores, including Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta locations and Gap Inc. outlets, plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day itself this year, really getting the jump on holiday competition. [The Cut]

I may be the only person on the planet who abhors this trend. I'd prefer for my family to relax together, not be thinking about heading to the mall to buy things on the most stressful shopping day of the year. What do you think?


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-- Susan Denley

Photo: At the Glamour Women of the Year awards, winner Chelsea Handler, left, with presenter Jennifer Aniston. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Glamour Magazine

New York Fashion Week: Gap


Following the dismissal of the head of global design Patrick Robinson in May, and recent financial struggles, Gap has been plotting a brand reinvention. Putting an emphasis on denim (and the denim studio in Los Angeles) was a start. And so was presenting the spring collection, a design team effort, at fashion week.


The San Francisco-based company's Vice President of Merchandising Mark Breitbard said that the collection of colored jeans, chambray shirts and wind breakers, candy-stripe T-shirt dresses and flat sandals is a "step forward," characterizing the pieces as "colorful, American and optimistic," and adding that Gap expects to announce a new design director soon.

But I think the collection was really about getting back to basics, which is what Gap needs to do -- start with a clean slate.


New York Fashion Week: J. Crew

New York Fashion Week: Rodarte

New York Fashion Week: Tory Burch

-- Booth Moore in New York City

Photos: Looks from the Gap spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jesse Lirola /  Getty Images

Frugal Fashion: Evan Rachel Wood at the Venice Film Festival

Evan Rachel Wood Early September in Southern California marks the start of cooler, post-summer nights and for many, the sound of school bells. The beginning of a new school year is a time for fresh starts, hitting the books and the perfect first impression outfit.

Even women beyond school age are experiencing "first-day-of-school" outfit jitters as they plan their fall wardrobes. Finding a fabulous everyday outfit to wear is difficult enough, but if you're on a budget, it can be especially daunting.

Not to fret. Some key closet staples will have you looking your best through winter, into spring and beyond.

At the recent Venice Film festival in Italy, Evan Rachel Wood made an appearance at the "Mildred Pierce" photo call in what could be the quintessential back-to-school or start-of-fall outfit. She wore a white ruffled blouse, Dolce & Gabbana black vest with leopard back, black cigarette leg trousers and Christian Louboutin Bibi 140 Kid Pumps. Her menswear ensemble looked sophisticated and, most importantly, comfortable.

Each element of Wood's look can be a back-to-school or fall work staple, worn together or  paired with any number of items you might already own. For a similar ruffled blouse, get the Eryn Brinie ivory gauze ruffle blouse for $58 from or the women's raw-edged ruffle top from Old Navy for $16. Pair the blouse with pants for fall, a maxi for spring or shorts in the summer.


Wood's vest adds a menswear twist to her ensemble, but can be a fun addition to any look. For a classic vest, get the slim vest from the Gap for $59.95 or for something a little funky, the BCBGeneration vest for $39.99 from Kohl's also carries a fun, light weight vest, the LC Conrad pintuck ruffle vest for $28. Wear with trousers like Woods, or try with a pair of jeans and white T-shirt or over a dress.


Cigarette leg trousers are must-have items that will take you through the seasons. For a pair similar to Wood's trousers, get the Ponte cigarette trousers from Topshop for $40 or the Warehouse cigarette pant from Asos for $87.82. Wear with a sleeveless top and heels for a night out or a T-shirt and flats for more casual wear.


Grab some comfortable shoes, and you're ready for a fashionable first day of school.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


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Photos, from top: Evan Rachel Wood is shown at the  'Mildred Pierce' photo call during the recent 68th Venice International Film Festival. Credit: Claudio Onorati / EPA.

Blouses, from left: Eryn Brinie ivory gauze ruffle blouse, $58 / Women's raw-edged ruffle top, $16 / 

Vests: Gap slim vest, $59.95 / BCBGeneration vest, $39.99 / LC Conrad niptuck ruffle vest, $28 /

Pants: Ponte cigarette trousers, $40 / Warehouse cigarette pant, $87.82 /

Downtown Los Angeles stars in new Gap ad campaign

Gap New LA Design Studio

In case you missed it in Monday's Los Angeles Times, San Francisco-based Gap has made downtown Los Angeles the focus of a new advertising campaign for its 1969 Premium Jeans line.

Creative design offices for the 1969 line relocated to a 5,400-square-foot space in a former cigar factory in downtown Los Angeles last year, our Business section compatriot Andrea Chang notes in her report, in hopes of boosting the authenticity of the 1969 brand that launched in 2009, "and to better position it against the region's high-end labels such as True Religion, J Brand and 7 for All Mankind."

Monday, the company announced that the loft space is the star of its new "1969: L.A. and Beyond" marketing campaign, which will use video vignettes, fold-out magazine spreads and Gap store window displays across the country to acquaint potential customers with the West Pico Boulevard space and its L.A. environs.

According to Chang, the vignettes will be posted at Gap's Facebook page as well as online video sites, and the print campaign is expected to appear in fashion magazines like Vogue and Glamour.

"This is the center of creativity," Chang quotes Gap's newly hired global chief marketing officer, Seth Farbman, as saying in reference to the City of Angels.

As the Image section staffers roll up their sleeves and get ready for an upcoming issue devoted to all things premium denim, we couldn't agree more.


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: The creative design offices of Gap’s 1969 Premium Line, located in downtown Los Angeles, are featured in Gap’s new marketing campaign. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


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