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Frugal Fashion: Marguerite Moreau at the Tribeca Film Festival


It's time to retire your winter coats, bulky sweaters and rain boots for a lighter, brighter wardrobe. At the Tribeca Film Festival, happening now in New York, the stars stepped out in spring's hottest trends -- bright citrus hues and florals. Emma Watson attended the premiere of "Struck by Lightning" in a Miu Miu floral skirt, Michelle Williams hit the red carpet in a floral and neon pleated Giambattista Valli dress and Dakota Fanning was spotted at the Vanity Fair festival party in a pink dress by Lanvin.

"Caroline and Jackie" star Marguerite Moreau put spring's best trends together when she stopped by the festival photo booth in a purple, blue and yellow flower print dress. She framed her florals in citrus brights with a lemon yellow blazer and tangerine heels by Aldo, nail polish and lipstick for extra pops of color.


A floral print dress is a fun and flirty item that can last through the summer and into fall. Try the Ruffle floral belted dress from Delia' for $39.50, the DKNY jeans floral print dress from for $54.99 or switch things up with the flower print bandeau dress from for $60.


Rev up your wardrobe with a blazer in a yellow hue that's sure to turn some heads. Get the Caslon piqué blazer for $69 from, or for a even brighter, neon yellow try the BB Dakota Naples blazer from for $57. To really punch up the look, get the Ivanka Trump Indico heel in shiny tangerine from for $107.99 and Essie's nail polish in geranium for $8.

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.


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-- Jenn Harris

Photo: Actress Marguerite Moreau of "Caroline and Jackie" visits the Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio Sunday in New York. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Your Stylist: Revving up your spring wardrobe with '50s inspiration


Prada's Spring 2012 collection was not only eye-catching, with its 1950s automobile-inspired prints and flames shooting out from the back of shoes to look like a mint-condition car on the go, the line PradashoeSS12echoed a retro aesthetic common in Southern California. As fashion Joiecarsweatercritic Booth Moore says in her review of the line, there's a distinct feeling of the SoCal Kustom Kulture, which draws hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts to car shows and car clubs from L.A to San Diego.

The collection put a fresh spin on a retro theme. Incorporating the look into your spring wardrobe doesn't have to mean buying the Prada fire flame car shoes (though if those fall into your budget, then by all means wear them and bask in all the envious glances they'll get). I love the all-American look of this Joie Eloisa car sweater. CL Dot short h.w wmn

It can go preppy if worn with a crisp white collared shirt underneath or fun and '50s if worn with a fitted pencil skirt and kitten heels or the polka dot denim that's so hot this season -- Current/Elliott makes a cute green and white pair of polka dot skinny jeans and G Star does the abbreviated version, seen in their polka dot short shorts.

Givenchy350Cat eye sunglasses always bring that '50s vibe to any outfit. I love the rich red shade of this Givenchy pair. The cat eye shape in unexpected hues feels right this season and punctuates easy spring basics with a pop of color. UniqueVintagebag

This Pinky Lee "Deluxe" clutch is done in a sparkly red vinyl to echo the interior and seat of a '50s style car. It adds that quirky touch to a streamlined look of cropped capris, ballet flats and a tailored button down shirt -- ponytail optional.

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Top - A model in Prada Spring/Summer 2012 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week Sept. 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Left - Joie Eloisa car sweater, $298, at

Right - Prada car shoe/Prada

Below - G Star polka dot denim shorts at G Star store Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Left - Givenchy sunglasses, $350, at

Bottom right - Pinky Lee Deluxe Red Sparkle Handbag, $140, at





Banana Republic celebrates the Spring 12 Mad Men collection

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The fifth season of "Mad Men" is still weeks away, but there’s plenty of fashion-related merchandise branded with the show’s signature 1960s aesthetic to whet the appetites of fans eagerly anticipating its return.

Estee Lauder recently released a limited edition blush and lipstick, both housed in dainty gold cases inspired by actual Estee Lauder products from the 1960s. And Wednesday night marked Banana Republic’s Spring 2012 Mad Men collection, the second designed by Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen and Emmy Award winning "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant. JanieBryant_KiernanShipka_AmySmart_SimonKneen

Guests gathered at the Hancock Park home of Kiernan Shipka (a.k.a. Sally Draper,) to see the clothes displayed on a tableau of models. The tailored silhouettes and polished look of the line, which was inspired by the show’s country-club scenes, is not unlike the fall collection -- in fact, according to Kneen, several popular pieces from the fall line were brought back and done in brighter colors and with lighter details. A sand-colored, sleeveless, body-skimming dress with a polka-dot sash is the spring version of last season’s best-selling LBD with lace at the neckline. Accessories such as sunglasses, frame bags and kitten heels are also back, but in spring hues like beige and tortoise. Girly white eyelet dresses (like the one Shipka wore to the event) are on trend for spring and come at a much easier price point than the Louis Vuitton version.

But it was the menswear that seemed to be the big hit of the evening. Fitted polo shirts paired with slim seersucker pants and light-colored suits, tailored to fit like Don Draper’s, drew some comments from the crowd. Several people pointed and nodded at the sharp-looking suits, with one guest saying, “Janie really knows how to dress a man.”

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Banana Republic launches a 'Mad Men'-inspired collection

Top photo: The Banana Republic Mad Men spring 2012 collection. Credit: Banana Republic

Lower photo: Janie Bryant, Kiernan Shipka, Amy Smart and Simon Kneen. Credit: Banana Republic

Your Stylist: Spring’s sporty surf style

There's more than just a glimmer of Southern California's sporty beach, surf-inspired aesthetic coming from designers for spring
There's more than just a glimmer of Southern California's sporty beach, surf-inspired aesthetic coming from designers for spring. Plenty of pieces seen on the runways, as well as what's trickling into retailers now, Lisa_marie_maillot_frontbring to mind '80s Maui and Sons and Body Glove, combined with the street-wise edge of Vision Streetwear and Powell Peralta. It's as if the gritty, sandy surf-and-skate scene of L.A was translated by designers such as Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone and Lisa Marie Fernandez and worked into their collections.

So for L.A residents and, really, people all over the world who grew up during the '80s and '90s wearing bright, beachy pieces created in Southern California, it won't be hard to digest the vivid highlighter colors, athletic piping and racer back-cut tops that will be popping up everywhere.

Lim, an Orange County native, has tapped into his youth, turning out sporty pieces in sherbet colors. There's a '70s athletic cut to the silk shorts and pants he's known for, and plenty of breezy tank tops perfect for layering under a cream blazer.

Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville were also inspired by '70s surf style, and their 995ragbonesurfdresssplashy printed leggings and aquatic-hued clothes are hitting stores now.  78Chloeforopeningceremony

Wang put his signature grungy spin on sporty silhouettes, which are feminized with rosy floral prints. Some mesh items have a particularly skate-like appeal, not surprising because the designer has tapped the skater image in the past.

And Fernandez, a swimwear designer known for vivid color and sexy, body-conscious pieces, collaborated with Britain-based designer Peter Pilotto on a spring collection of bikinis, high-neck one-piece swimsuits and strapless, skin-tight dresses -- all reminiscent of a wetsuit.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Upper photos: From left, looks from the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone spring-summer 2012 runways, Credit: Yannis Vlamos /

Center photo: Lisa Marie Fernandez for Peter Pilotto, Lisa Marie Maillot in Wing, $435 at Credit: Lisa Marie Fernandez

Lower left photo: Rag & Bone "Surf" dress, $995 at Credit:

Lower right photo: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony T-shirt, $78 at Credit:

Gen Art makes a return to the runway


Gen Art, the organization known for fostering new talent in fashion and film, stopped operations 18 months ago, but this season it made an impressive return to the L.A Fashion Week lineup.  

Held at the former cathedral of St. Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, the event drew a slew of excited guests including a solid group of media and buyers to the gaggle of goody-bag-toting revelers who seem to pop up at every fashion-related event this time of year. Genartss12wearehandsomedearcreatures  

Zoe Saldana played host for the evening, mentioning in a pre-show chat that she is a huge supporter of new designers and is always on the lookout for new talent, not only to wear, but also for her website My Fashion Database (an “IMDb for fashion” she launched two years ago with her boyfriend Keith Britton).

“We want to continue to affiliate ourselves with organizations that support young, up-and-coming talent,” said Saldana, clad in an Antonio Berardi cocktail dress and Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe pumps. “Everybody starts somewhere.”

For a few of the lines that showed Saturday evening, the runway that sliced through the middle of the former cathedral might be that “somewhere.” 

The lines that showed at this season’s Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion were: We are Handsome, Dear Creatures, Odylyne, Chambers, 71 Stanton, Funktional, Stand and Deliver, as well as accessory lines Geneat71stantonSticks and Stones, Iman Toloui, Plomo and Tomtom.

Standouts included a menswear line called Chambers that had a heavily grunge feel throughout seen mainly in varsity style jackets with leather sleeves and flannel button-downs tied around the waist of wax-coated skinny jeans. The medley of Nirvana songs that served as a soundtrack helped drive the early-'90s sentiment home. Contemporary women’s label 71 Stanton sent out a sporty lineup of racerback tanks, sheer paneled hooded jackets and paper bag waist shorts in summery colors like melon and off white. There was a simple ease to the entire line but a fresh and sporty twist that made it stand apart from the typical contemporary collection. 

Stand and Deliver didn’t deliver the most original collection (a lot of black leather, spikes, studs and a dash of S&M) that carried the moody influence of Gareth Pugh mixed with the more youthful and darkly bedazzled look of Balmain. They even staged a mosh-pit fight between two male models, adding a punk attitude to the already overt rebellious references. 

In the leafy courtyard of the space, several accessory lines presented their spring/summer 2012 collections. Each was impressive for their strong direction, focused and well-edited collections and understated approach to design. A Portland-based jewelry line called Sticks and Stones used natural materials like fossilized deer mandibles and woolly mammoth ivory to create cuff links, tie bars and pendants (which were hung on contrasting recycled red chain; some of the fancier pendants were speckled with tiny black diamonds). The pieces make as much sense for a department store as they would for an Exploratorium gift shop. “I’m a bit of a science nerd,” said Sticks and Stones designer Stephan Alexander. No kidding.  Genartstandanddeliver

A locally based and made bag line called Iman Toloui showed just a few styles, including a satchel style bag and tote. The line is super simple, offering each style in just straightforward black or brown leathers, minimal hardware and easy, classic shapes.

Also L.A. based, Tomtom jewelry is made by architect-turned-designer Elena Coleman Howell who applies her architectural design skills to accessories. The result is angular pieces like triangle (shark tooth-shaped) pendants made from blue agate and hung on a bronze chain and rough cut crystals encased in chevron-shaped bronze.

It was nice to see Gen Art back on the scene, curating a solid lineup of promising talent and giving them somewhere to showcase and hopefully catapult their fledgling lines.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Top: Looks from Chambers (left), Odylyne (middle) and Funktional (right). Second from top: Looks from We are Handsome (left) and Dear Creatures (right). Third from top: A look from 71 Stanton. Bottom: Models "fighting" in looks from Stand and Deliver. Credits: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Top talent lands in L.A. at British Fashion Council event


Just days after Concept L.A Fashion Week commenced at the Ace Gallery on Wilshire, a group of  established and all British designers moved in to present their spring/summer 2012 collections to editors, buyers and stylists.  Erdem1 

The event called London Show Rooms is put on by the British Fashion Council and brings together an impressive group of top talent all representing Britain. The designers at the inaugural L.A leg of London Show Rooms (it was initially launched in 2008 in Paris, added New York and a men’s presentation in Paris in 2010) include E. Tautz, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll and Roksanda Ilincic, as well as a “ones to watch” group including Louise Gray and David Koma.

All the designers were present and excited to talk about their lines as well as their feelings on Los Angeles. “I love L.A.!” said Erdem Moralioglu, who is known for his use of vibrant color and quirky, ultra-feminine prints that sell at Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus here. He landed in town just a few days earlier after stopping in Vancouver for work, he heads to Seattle after L.A for an appearance at Nordstrom, but had a checklist of things to do — like try wheat grass and go to LACMA — while in Southern California for the week. “I love the idea of women pairing my pieces with something unexpected,” he RoksandaIlincicsaid. “And I think women in L.A are great at that. They will mix it up and maybe wear a floral dress with flats or an Alaia sandal.” His spring/summer 2012 collection was full of ladylike dresses made from 1950s girdle fabric (genius) and smattered with various bold prints that felt fresh and appropriately springtime. _JSF6969

It wasn’t just Erdem’s collection that popped with crazy bright color against the stark white walls of the Ace Gallery. Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic and shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood all showed super-bright lines filled with bold patterns and angular cuts.

Marios Schwab had a slightly darker tone to his line, but there was plenty of texture (diamond cutouts all over fitted cocktail dresses and sequins adorning the under layer of evening dresses). The young designer was influenced by film noir and incorporated the light and shadow effect by layering ultra-light black tulle over solid-colored fabric or simply crafting an entire gown out of a thin spray of the stuff — a sequin bodysuit underneath showed through just enough for a little nighttime pizazz. _JSF6927  

London Show Rooms started Monday and ends Wednesday with a party at the Mondrian Hotel. But, despite the quick trip, a few of the designers managed to squeeze in a little field trip to the Westside over the weekend, hitting up the Vintage Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. “Roksanda got this amazing Balenciaga dress and I picked up some Alaia pieces for my sister.” Moralioglu said.

The presence of the London Show Rooms in Los Angeles is certainly a bright spot in the lineup of fashion events happening this month. The presentation was simple, straightforward, organized and really let the talent in the room shine. Top stylists and buyers (Ron Herman himself was in attendance at the first day of the event) showed up to see the collections. Many didn’t attend London Fashion week and were seeing everything for the first time. In any event, the opportunity to show the work up close was important and may ultimately be effective in gaining exposure for British designers here in L.A.


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— Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Participating designers with their models at the British Fashion Council's London Show Rooms; a model wearing a look from Erdem's spring-summer 2012 collection; designer Roksanda Ilincic, left, with a model wearing a look from her collection; shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood; Marios Schwab with a model wearing a look from his collection. Credit: British Fashion Council

L.A. Fashion Week and designers featured on KTLA tonight


I’ll be talking about local design talent and the events surrounding L.A Fashion Week this evening at 8:40  on "KTLA 5 News Sunday Edition."

Join me and designers Bryan Hearn, Alana Hale, Chambers and the brand Alternative Apparel who will all be displaying looks from their spring/summer 2012 collections live in studio.

The Concept L.A. Fashion Week event has commenced but Style Fashion Week, L.A Fashion Weekend and Gen Art have yet to happen.

Find out more about the events and get a closer look at some super talented L.A designers.


Concept L.A Fashion Week spring/summer 2012

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— Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from left: Designer Alana Hale; menswear from Gen Art designer Chambers. Credits: Alana Hale; Chambers

Concept LA Fashion Week spring/summer 2012

The high temperatures on Thursday soared even higher inside the air conditioner-less Ace Gallery in mid-Wilshire, where the first night of Concept LA fashion week, a mix of fashion and art presentations, took place.

People flocked into the second floor space, many of them dressed like '90s club kids -- skin-tight body  suits with Grace Jones-esque hoods, giant platform creepers and wacky sunglasses worn indoors (Gaga would be so proud)

Peppering one long hallway was a series of art and fashion installations. A line called Curly V (designed by a guy named Curly V) who previously worked for Jeremy Scott before going out on his own, featured '60s dresses with paper flower skirts done in pastel colors Sandgconcept

Next door, Halloween seemed to come early. Makeup artists Melanie Mills and Summer Rose had women dressed in full-on feather gear for an installation called “Futuristic Ice Hunters.” There was even a live owl sitting on a branch. When I asked a guy standing in front of the installation to help me make sense of the presentation, he replied, “I dunno. I just brought the owl.”

Nuvula was the first runway show, sending out about 60 looks, some repeats or a dress in several color ways.

Nuvula1The line, designed by Rebeca Victoria, had a bunch of different themes and inspirations informing the often circus-like look of the collection. Kimonos, fencing vests, flapper fringe, plaid and sporty piping popped up throughout the lineup. There was no cohesion and about five too many ideas happening. The show notes stated the 1920s, 1930s, Asian luxury, Art Nouveau and the fragility of butterflies as themes for the spring 2012 line, all influenced by the 5-year-old brand's signature themes of ballet, the circus, abstract painting, the '60s, dandyism, Elizabethan times and rock and roll -- this was also stated on their show notes.

Despite the mishmash of whimsical plaid shirts caged in by body harnesses, fringe and kimonos, there were some promising pieces.

The sporty, bamboo fabric (the line is entirely green and uses natural fabrics) racer back tops and dresses with bright piping looked well made and had a true direction. Nuvula should edit all around (maybe also cut the five-minute operatic performance that opened the show--lovely but with absolutely no connection to the presentation) and focus on the colorful, sustainable and well-made sporty items.

It was Mad Max meet Michael’s arts and crafts at the S&G show. There were a lot of ombre dyed linen S&G1 pieces with cuffs and hems shredded and some looks had small, random pieces of fabric around a model’s midriff or more ombre linen this time tied halter-style around the neck and back.
The post-apocalyptic approach to dressing can certainly be interesting and dramatic, but at times it was pretty literal. The high point here was the leather jackets. Particularly the men's fitted black leather styles that would be a welcome staple in most stylish men’s wardrobes. Also, a few crochet items had a nice, tactile and earthy feel to them.

The concept of Concept is cool. A gorgeous gallery (nevermind the heat) decked out with young, passionate artists, designers and revelers who love to get dressed up and attend a party. Last season’s lineup of talent was maybe just a bit more focused as well as complementary to each other. But to hone in on the fashion show aspect of the event, only one word comes to mind -– edit. There is no need to show every sample in every color and size. A designer’s message and vision are so much clearer when an audience (much less a buyer) doesn’t have to visually weed out the random bits.


Emily Factor teams up with jewelry line Alex and Lee

Zoe Saldana to host Gen Art's return to L.A fashion week

Concept Fashion Week bring art, fashion and culture together

--Melissa Magsaysay


Top: Nuvula fashion show at Concept LA Fashion Week Gen Art held at the Ace Gallery, 5514 Wilshire Blvd., on Thursday. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

Middle: S&G fashion show at Concept LA Fashion Week Gen Art held at the Ace Gallery on Thursday. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

Middle left: Plaid with harnesses from Nuvula/ (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

Bottom: A leather jacket from S&G/(Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)

Emily Factor teams up with jewelry line Alex and Lee

Emily Factor may be a twenty-something, recent Central Saint Martins grad, but the designer shares the same 1970s, artsy sensibility with Alex and Lee, the jewelry line that was started more than three decades ago and combines hand-woven cord with fossils, stones and recycled objects. _MG_8816

Factor first saw a few vintage Alex and Lee pieces at Decades and was an instant fan of the intricate, hand-dyed and woven statement necklaces. "We share a brain," she said of jewelry designers Greg Francke and Lee Brooks, during a presentation of her spring/summer 2012 that was shown at a downtown art gallery Wednesday night. Their similar aesthetic was apparent through the heavily printed, diaphanous pieces from Factor that were anchored by heavily textured, colorful jewelry from Alex and Lee.

Leather clogs, sandals and boots from Calleen Cordero pushed the boho vibe  a bit further, but this was no tired trope through the same luxe-hippy look so many L.A brands love to churn out in a more commercial manner each season. The artistic quality and handmade, hand-dyed details from each designer came through in a subtle and natural way.

And the event marked a return to fashion for the Alex and Lee line, which has essentially had a decade-long hiatus. The design duo also recently did the jewelry for Proenza Schouler's resort collection and plan to get back into retail and creating new pieces.

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Looks from Emily Factor's spring/summer 2012 collection worn with Alex and Lee jewelry. Credit: Todd Oren

Beauty Report: Strong eyebrows on spring 2012 runways

NARS_Thakoon_SS12_Model 1 The soft side of the spring 2012 collections is getting an interesting juxtaposition seen in the hard-edged and heavily defined eyebrows created on model's faces at shows like Derek Lam and Victoria Beckham.

The most extreme case (thus far) was at Altuzarra, where designer Joseph Altuzarra referenced  Elizabeth Taylor’s signature strong brows and makeup artist Tom Pecheux translated them to look almost vinyl, they were so extreme. 
Models at Thakoon sported cotton candy-looking hair and glow-y skin. Makeup artist Diane Kendal said that she focused on a strong, classic brow because the collection was so colorful. She kept the face natural, with a little pink on the cheek for healthy color.

At Victoria Beckham, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil to create the arched and full effect. She stated that she wanted models to look “sporty” and “handsome.”

Fluffier, caterpillar style brows abounded at Derek Lam, where Tom Pecheux darkened brows using pencil from Estee Lauder. The severe brows struck a nice contrast to the lemon yellow eye shadow that was swept across models' lids. Dereklamvictoriabeckham222012

But regardless of whether strong eyebrows were part of the beauty concept or not, it’s clear that full and almost angular brows are what are big in fashion. Even with just a little combing and light pencil,  brows are basically looking bigger, meaning you can give the tweezers a rest and channel your inner Brooke Shields.

But for those of us who plucked them all out during our "grunge phase" that might be much easier said than done.

--Melissa Magsaysay


Runway Rundown: Tommy Hilfiger spring 2012 menswear

New York Fashion Week: Derek Lam

New York Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham

Photos: Top left, Thakoon spring/summer 2012. Photo credit: Nars

Bottom left, Derek Lam spring/summer 2012; photo credit: Estee Lauder. Bottom right, Victoria Beckham spring/summer 2012; photo credit: Lancome




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