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Frugal Fashion: Rashida Jones at the Sundance Film Festival

Rashida Jones

Red carpets at the Sundance Film Festival are a little different. Park City, Utah, in January is too cold and snowy for the usual thin dresses, cut down to there and slit up to here. Instead parkas, scarves and knit hats rule.

The festival's most stylish set -- and we're counting Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell and Rashida Jones -- are braving the weather wearing long-sleeved minis over tights, casual ponchos, skinny jeans and boots.

Jones showed how to dress stylishly for a party last weekend at a dinner for the cast of her screenwriting debut "Celeste and Jesse Forever," a romantic comedy starring Emma Roberts and Elijah Wood. It was a star-studded evening on Main Street with guests including Jones' parents Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton; Andy Samberg, Chris Messina and film director Lee Toland Krieger. Jones shone in a textured black Olivier Theyskens for Theory dress and chunky gold jewelry by Lia Sophia. She kept warm under a cropped tuxedo blazer, ribbed tights and combat boots.


RashidablazerblogJones dressed in all black, but the charming details of her skirt and large buttons on her blouse buttons added definition to the single color palette. For a similar effect, try the Asos mini dress with circle inserts from for $80.57.

Jones' look can also be achieved with a button-up blouse and textured skirt. Try the Pink Tartan scalloped tiered skirt from Last Call by Neiman Marcus for $84.50 with the drop armhole button front blouse from for $48.

Jones' fitted, cropped blazer added a bit of warmth and polish. For a similar piece, try the classic cropped blazer from for $27.80.

A pair of ribbed tights are a smart way to conquer cold  weather in style. Try the Hanes Silk Reflections control-top ribbed tights for $10 from To finish the look, slip into the Steve Madden Graanie black leather combat boot with heel from for $91 or the Vince Camuto Vestas boot from for $129.


These pieces will keep you warmly chic for all your upcoming winter soirees.

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


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-- Jenn Harris

Photo: Actress Rashida Jones attends the "Celeste and Jesse Forever" dinner at Acura Studio on Jan. 20 in Park City, Utah. Credit: Jerod Harris / Getty Images for Acura

Middle photo, from left: Asos mini dress with circl inserts, $80.57 /; Drop armhole button front blouse, $48 /; Pink Tartan scalloped tiered skirt, $84.50; Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

Jacket photo: Classic cropped blazer, $27.80 /

Bottom photo, from left: hanes silk reflections control-top ribbed tights, $10 /; Steve Madden Graanie black leather combat boot, $91 /; Vince Camuto Vestas boot, $129/

New York Fashion Week: Olivier Theyskens does it again


Olivier Theyskens, the designer who last year garnered near unanimous accolades from the fashion crowd for his first collection for contemporary label Theory, did it again for fall.

Again, the colors were mostly dark and moody, and the silhouettes long and loose. We're talking slim, floor-skimming skirts that flared at the bottom. Jeans were pleated at the top, tapered and acid-washed. There were also full-legged trousers and rust-colored flared cords.


The jackets he introduced for spring (with a triangle cut out of the back of the collar, to allow the shoulders to slope forward slacker-style) were back. But they had more special details than before, such as notched lapels and creased full sleeves.


Theyskens' key new piece for fall is the maxi-length coat, which came in all sorts of fabrications, one with a pretty silvery sheen and flyaway pleats in back. That piece was a segue into the more formal evening looks, such as a black lace shirtdress and a dramatic black finale gown with a double layer skirt.

The fancy materials (Theyskens showed at least one fur) come at a cost. And though this collection isn't yet approaching the five-figure price tags his gowns for Rochas and Nina Ricci commanded, it's inching up. The most expensive piece, a goatskin coat, will cost about $3,500.

But the bulk of the collection is still about $120-$1,495. And it's a lot of design for your buck. 

-- Booth Moore in New York

Photos: Looks from the Olivier Theysken Theory fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Olivier Theyskens' Theory collection to hit stores Thursday

Theyskens At last, Olivier Theyskens' first collection for the contemporary fashion label Theory is hitting stores Thursday.

Theyskens' Theory collec­tion includes gray silk pleat-front, wide-leg pants ($425); a black lambskin mini dress ($895); a black cotton skirt in spring's new ankle-skimming length ($295); blue velvet wedge pumps ($465) and a stretch wool blazer cut with a notch so it slips off the shoulders slacker-style ($595).

The biggest assortment will be at the Theory boutique on Melrose Avenue. The collection will also be available in the Century City and South Coast Plaza Theory stores.

-- Booth Moore

Photo credit: Theory

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Halloween inspirations from Taylor Momsen and 'Glee's' version of 'Rocky Horror'

-- Our Jenn Harris has given you a lot of Halloween costume ideas recently, but here's another one, thanks to FabSugar: Taylor Momsen. The rocker and "Gossip Girl" actress can be recreated with some thigh-high fishnets, a slashed tank, short skirt, matte maroon lips and lots of eye makeup. Lots. 

-- For more Halloween fashion inspiration be sure to tune in Tuesday night when the cast of "Glee" recreates "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Think of the costume possibilities; Dr. Frankenfurter, Magenta, Riff Raff -- my head is spinning!

-- I never quite think of Hogwarts and fashion at the same time, but now comes word -- possible spoiler ahead -- that Fleur Delacour (played by Clemence Posey) will wear a wedding gown very, very, very similar to a dress from Alexander McQueen's 2008 collection. [Lela London]

-- Designer Issey Miyake has been tapped to receive Japan's prestigious Order of Culture, which is slated to be bestowed by Emperor Akihito next week at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. [WWD]

-- Japan Fashion Week wrapped up its five days of runway shows last week, but the event attracted fewer international buyers than usual. [WWD] (Subscription required)

-- California pro surfer and part-time model Anastasia Ashley appeared on MTV's "World of Jenks" Monday and talked with host Tom Jenks about topics both personal and more public -- such as their shared enthusiasm for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal, for which they have both been spokespeople. [Contact Music]

-- Olivier Theyskens, already designing the Theyskens for Theory line that will debut for spring, has been named creative director for the Theory label. [WWD] (Subscription required)

-- Elie Tahari is telling people his passport is his new fashion accessory. In less than a month, the designer has been tending to business in Newport Beach (where he opened a boutique at Fashion Island), Beverly Hills, London, Istanbul, Turkey, Israel and New York. [WWD] 

-- Christian Siriano plans to expand his, um, cheap shoe line for Payless to 20 styles for fall 2011. [The Cut] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: In "Glee's" version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Chris Colfer, left, plays Riff Raff and Dianna Agron is Magenta. Credit: Adam Rose / Fox

Alexander McQueen -- the next chapter and other designers on the move

Burton A flurry of hirings and firings in the fashion industry this week, most notably at Alexander McQueen, where Sarah Burton has been appointed creative director. Burton is a longtime colleague of McQueen's, who began working with him in 1996. She has been the head of women's wear design since 2000. 

Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen, said in a statement: “We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on the role of creative director. Having worked alongside Lee McQueen for more than 14 years, she has a deep understanding of his vision, which will allow the company to stay true to its core values. Sarah is extremely talented and under her creative leadership we are ready to enter a new phase in the brands history.“

Robert Polet, president and CEO of Gucci Group, added: “As a business we remain absolutely
committed to the Alexander McQueen company, which has proven to have strong customer loyalty
and has shown to be a resilient brand in the aftermath of the tragic loss of its founder. Sarah has real talent, a close understanding of the brand, and the vision necessary to take it forward. We will be giving full support to Sarah and the team in the coming years"

Burton was born in Manchester and educated at Central Saint Martins. Gucci Group has a substantial commitment to the McQueen brand, which has five stand-alone boutiques around the world and hundreds of retail accounts, so there was no chance that it was going to be shut down. Several names were bandied about as possible replacements for McQueen, including Gareth Pugh, who has a similar dark vision to the late designer's. But replacing one big personality with another was probably not the right thing to do straight off. While no one will be able to approach McQueen's genius, Burton seems like the logical person to try. 

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Designer Olivier Theyskens' ascension in the fashion world was nothing less than meteoric. At 20, the lank-haired youngin' dropped out of design school to create his first collection. Soon after, Madonna wore a gothic-inspired Theyskens dress to the Oscars, putting the designer's name on the map on an international scale.

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