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Your Stylist: The right shoes for dancing like the stars, plus sheer and simple beach coverups

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column:

I saw your article titled "How to Toe the Line," and you mentioned a shoe repair guy for "Dancing With the Stars."  I've been curious about the footwear of the ladies on that show for a long time.  I would like to know where I could get shoes for recreational dancing similar to what is worn on that show.  I know that shoes with straps are best and the right heel is also important.  Could you send me that information if it is available to you? MH, Los Angeles
Danceshoes L.A. has some great dance attire stores stocked with shoes for every dance style from modern to ballroom. It sounds like you are looking for what in the dance world is called a “character shoe.”  These shoes have a 1- to 2-inch heel, round toes and a strap that crosses over the top of the foot and buckles like a Mary Jane. Jennie-garth-dancing-with-the-stars-300v110807[1]

These shoes are a pretty basic style and are perfect if you’re just starting out with dance lessons. Since dancing in heels takes ankle strength and solid coordination, you may want to start with the 1-inch heel and make your way up to 2 or 2 1/2 inches (which besides being for a more advanced dancer, makes the leg look uber long, which is especially important with those skimpy dance duds). The Capezio dance store in Hollywood ( 1779 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028) has a wide array of dance shoes -- including character shoes.

You may want to pay them a visit to get the right size and fit. There are also a few high-heeled styles that have satin straps and suede sole, which are a little lighter in weight as well as fancier looking than a basic character shoe.

I believe the more snazzy styles you are looking for are at the Capezio store and are called Latina and Giselle. These are strappy and come in shimmery pink, gold and black satin. Good luck finding your perfect shoes and, most important, dancing in them!

Kate-moss-435 After a couple of trips to the beach and one to Palm Springs this summer, I realize that I have trouble figuring out what to wear as a beach/bikini coverup without looking like I got too “ready.” What can I wear that will transition easily between the beach and the street? MK, Echo Park

I am big believer in clothing doing double duty. There’s no reason you need to have items that are specifically “beach coverups.” There are plenty of great basics that look really chic thrown over a bathing suit and topped off with a straw fedora and denim or cotton shorts.

I always love a slouchy button down (try your boyfriend’s or a men’s version) worn on top of a bathing suit and buttoned down a little lower than usual to keep the whole look airy and easy. You can wind a skinny belt around the shirt to define your shape and slip on some denim cut-offs to be street ready yet still beachy and comfortable.

Something slightly sheer is also cute. Look at how Kate Moss (pictured left) slipped a sheer black top over her bikini, showing that black clothing can actually be stylish and appropriate on the beach. Take a floaty, semi-sheer dress or tunic you may already have in your closet and wear it over a bikini. The print doesn’t have to be Coverupssomething tropical or scream “summer!” to make it a bathing suit cover (in fact, it really shouldn’t). Think simple, understated and something you probably already own to keep your summer look effortless and light.

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Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Top from left, Capezio dance shoes. / Capezio

Middle: Jennie Garth wearing Giselle-style dance shoes. / ABC

Middle-left: Kate Moss in a sheer coverup during a trip to the beach. / People

Bottom from left: Equipment sheer button-down shirt, $190; T Alexander Wang, $76; Joie floral dress, $149. / All at

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Angelina Jolie sparkles in Armani, Demi Lovato draws inspiration from Kim Kardashian, bedbugs invade retailers -- yuk!

Kim  Demi
Angelina Jolie wore a short, sparkly, black Armani cocktail dress at the Los Angeles premiere of "Salt" Monday night, while Brad Pitt looked casually elegant in Tom Ford. [People]

OK, we haven't really wanted to write about this, but recently Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister outlets in New York and a Victoria's Secret  have reportedly been infested by bedbugs. Apparently, unknowing customers have carried the critters into the stores. All we can say is "ewwww!" And from now on, we at All the Rage are washing any clothes we buy before wearing.  [WWD]

Gap's creative director Dennis Leggett has departed after 14 years with the brand. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Forever 21, the go-to place for fashion-forward teens, is adding maternity clothes, and some parents are aghast. [Wall Street Journal]

Kim Kardashian is flattered to be Demi Lovato's style icon. It's the reality star's curves and confidence that the Disney star admires. [People]

Cutouts, metallics and bandeau styles reigned at the Mercedes Benz swim fashion week in Miami. [InStyle]

Michael Bastian of Gant was thinking of Marilyn Monroe and the geeky men in her life when he came up with the idea for his first women's line. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

"Project Runway" judge Nina Garcia (who is also fashion director for Marie Claire) has signed on to be Target's fashion expert. [WWD]

A new survey maintains that women are at their most attractive at age 31, but maybe they've got it wrong. [Telegraph]

PopSugar is introducing a new Retail Therapy Game on Facebook. [FabSugar] (All the Rage plans to take it for a test spin and we'll tell you what we think later this week.)

-- Susan Denley

Left photo: Kim Kardashian. Credit: David Livingson / Getty Images

Right photo: Demi Lovato says she's inspired by Kardashian's confidence and curves. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Jaclyn Smith and Kmart celebrate 25 years of fashion teamwork

It's July 5 -- and that means you can buy a swimsuit on sale and start buying your fall wardrobe at the same time as retailers rush the seasons. [StyleList]

Remember Lady Gaga's anime-type eyes in the "Bad Romance" video? Some young fashionistas are trying to copy the look by wearing contraband "circle" contact lens that make the iris of the eye look huge. Eye doctors are alarmed. [New York Times]

Fashion grads from around the world win prizes in the international Mittelmoda competition in Italy. [Telegraph]

Meet MIKOH, a new whimsical and fun women's swimwear brand. The suits hug curves and have design touches, such as crocheted backs. [FabSugar] 

Do Frida Gustavsson, Ginta Lapina and Lindsey Wixson ring a bell? Maybe they should. They are among 15 of the latest "it" models gracing fashion pages today. [FabSugar] 

For more than 60 years, Paris' Repetto has been making ballet shoes for the likes of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. Now the artisanal company is teaming with Comme des Garçons to make ballet flats and other pumps for the rest of us. [Telegraph]

One of the first celebs to lend her name to mass-market fashion, Jaclyn Smith celebrates 25 years designing with Kmart. [StyleList]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Jaclyn Smith. Credit: WireImage

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Couture is booming? Iconic swimwear photos

Couture week Recession, shemession: Apparently couture houses are seeing a rise in demand. [WWD, subscription required]

Lily Cole will help kick off Paris couture week with the launch of her the North Circular knitwear label at Colette. [WWD]

Here's a clip of "Rachel Zoe" season 3, um sans Taylor Jacobson. [N.Y. Post]

Famously plus-size model Crystal Renn is looking rather svelte lately. [Huffington Post]

French Connection's new brand Pippa will debut at Bloomingdale's. [WWD, subscription required]

MAC and Disney plan to make magic with a villains collection. [WWD, subscription required]

Murad moves into teen, makeup lines. [WWD, subscription required]

From Kristen Stewart to Rihanna: Why red is the celebrity hair color du jour. [Daily Mail]

Video: Kelly Cutrone, Justine Bateman discuss Wonder Woman's makeover. [Huffington Post]

Photos of Khloe Kardashian are slimmed down for swimwear campaign. [Daily Mail]

Iconic swimwear photos (that may or may not have been Photoshopped). [StyleList]

Coming soon to bookstores: the Yohji Yamamoto story. [Telegraph UK]

Need something to read over the long weekend? Here are some books on American fashion. [Style Section L.A.]

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Christian Dior exhibit at the autumn-winter 2009 Haute Couture week in Paris. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Singular sensations: Chic one-piece swimsuits


The reign of the bikini is officially over. Sure, two-piece swimwear will always be popular — especially in Los Angeles, one of the bikini's greatest all-time runways.

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Fashion deal of the day: reversible swimsuits for little princesses


Little princesses love to dress up, no matter where they are.

If a little princess you know is spending a lot of this Memorial Day weekend at the pool or beach, she might appreciate a swimsuit that incorporates a favorite fantasy character and that can give her the chance to change her mind. The suit on the left is one of Disney's new reversible character suits, some with fairies or Disney princesses on one side and  -- presto chango -- a whole different look if you turn it inside out (in this case, colorful stripes on one side, solid on the other).

Kids' suits are on sale this weekend for around $12.99 on the Disney Store website.

--Susan Denley

Photo: Reversible suit on the left, two-piece with ruffles on the right  Credit: Disney Store

Tax-day deals from Trina Turk, Sonya Dakar and Westime

1_580_FULL Tonight (April 15), Trina Turk is offering a tax-relief night of “Champagne & Shopping” by taking 20% off new spring and summer styles including swimwear and accessories at Trina Turk boutiques. If you’re close to Newport Beach, Turk will be at the Fashion Island boutique to greet shoppers.  In L.A., the Trina Turk 3rd Street boutique will launch its annual vintage sale with clothing and bags starting from $28. The 20% sale also applies to purchases made online 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As fans are aware, Trina Turk’s fashions have a Southern California resort-feel with vibrant hues, signature prints and sleek silhouettes.

8008 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 651-1382. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

581 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. (949) 717-7881. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Starting today (April 15), Sonya Dakar is taking 20% off any in-clinic skincare service, including the new Apple Stem Cell anti-aging treatment (regular price $495 for 90 minutes) featuring a lactic and phytic-acid peel along with an LED-light mask treatment. Through Sunday, you can also receive free shipping on Sonya Dakar skincare products ordered online using code: freeship.

9975 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (888) 647-6692.

Ongoing through April 30, Westime is paying the sales tax on all watch purchases at its West L.A. and Beverly Hills boutiques. The sales-tax promo also covers phone orders and lay-aways made this month but can’t be combined with other offers.

Perhaps it’s time to treat mom, dad or grad to a new watch.

10800 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 197, Los Angeles. (310) 470-1388. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills. (310) 271-0000. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

-- Max Padilla

Photo: A spring 2010 look from Trina Turk. Courtesy Trina Turk.

Victoria's Secret's Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel celebrate Swim '10 premiere at Trousdale

Victoria’s Secret celebrated the premiere of its Swim '10 collection video, starring bathing beauties Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel, with a fete at Brent Bolthouse and Darren Dzienciol's new nightclub Trousdale on the Sunset Strip.

A testosterone-heavy crowd -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Brand, Josh Lucas, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Piven, Henry Duarte and Craig Robinson -- came out to watch the clip and eye Victoria's Secret models Ambrosio, Kerr and Swanepoel. Nicole Richie dropped by (fiance Joel Madden manned turntables with brother Benji) along with Paris Hilton. Simi Valley's Kylie Bisutti, who won last year's Victoria’s Secret model search, also did a turn on the red carpet.  

-- Max Padilla

Swimsuits are sold poolside at Standard Hotels

Boardshorts-300 If you left your last swimsuit hanging on a shower hook at a Cabo resort, you'll probably be intrigued by a new amenity at Standard Hotels this month: poolside vending machines offering Quiksilver board shorts and bikinis. Standard Boardshorts by Quiksilver (also available in the hotels' boutiques and online) are based on the brand's classic 1970s-era two-snap waist and scalloped-leg style, and feature colorful graphic prints from 1980s. The shorts' contemporary touches are a mid-thigh inseam (the better to avoid overexposure) and Quiksilver's high-tech diamond dobby fabric that stretches if you decide to hit the waves, dries quickly and won't chafe.

The board shorts' prints evoke the essence of each of the four hotels in the chain. The downtown Los Angeles Standard trunks are black with red and white polka dots, reminiscent of the hotel's rooftop bar. The Standard Hollywood's shorts feature gray stars on a blue background. The New York hotel's suit is, of course, black on black. And the Standard Miami's is white -- with "Miami Vice"-like retro-yellow trim.

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FINA and the Speedo LZR Racer: slippery suit, slippery slope


It appears that FINA, the international governing body of swimming, has finally realized what the fashion world has known since the first caveman had the hem on his saber-tooth tiger skins taken up so he could quickly leap for the nearest antelope unencumbered. What you put on your body is sometimes as important as what you put in your body.

On Friday, FINA issued a fashion edict of sorts, banning the type of full-body swimsuits that include some styles of Speedo’s LZR Racer, which some think give competitive swimmers an unfair edge because they use NASA-developed technology to decrease friction. Michael Phelps wore one to break records at the Beijing Olympics.

To add insult to style injury, FINA stipulates that men’s suits are to extend no more than knee to waist and women’s suits from shoulder to knee. (Heaven forbid anyone dare make the humble patella the slightest bit more aerodynamic.) The best part is the requirement that swimsuits be made only from “textiles.” No longer can a mediocre swimmer rely on swim trunks crafted from the souls of sea anemones or butterfly wings dipped in polyurethane.

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