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Frugal Fashion: William and Kate go cowboy chic on their overseas tour

CowboykatePrince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, might have finished their overseas tour of parts of Canada and California, but we're still buzzing. We just can't get enough of the duchess and her confident, elegant style.

The newlyweds are now old pros at dressing for public appearances. While in the U.S., Catherine wore a flowy Alexander McQueen gown to the BAFTA "Brits to Watch" gala, a hand-painted silver dress by Jenny Packham to a charity polo match in Santa Barbara and a white and navy ensemble to paint with kids at an art center in L.A.'s skid row. But who knew the royal couple would look so good when they went country in jeans and cowboy hats?

These outfits came out when Kate and William made an appearance at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Canada. The look was a far cry from something the duke and duchess would wear to tea with the queen, but it's difficult to watch a lively herd of livestock in heels.

William kicked off the Calgary Stampede in a blue and green tartan plaid shirt, a pair of blue jeans and boots, while Kate wore a pair of dark denim jeans, Temperley London rodeo shirt, boots and a silver buckled-belt. The couple stayed clear of the sun in matching crisp white cowboy hats.

To get Kate's look try a white blouse with a prairie feel like the French Connection vintage grace shirt (below, left) for $39.99 at For some country ruffles try the silk georgette blouse from for $24.80.


For a rodeo, a nightclub or even a leisurely Sunday afternoon, there's no need to throw down a couple of hundred dollars for jeans. For a great pair of jeans under $100 try the Frances 18 low-rise boot cut jeans by Silver Jeans Co. for $75, Meltin Pot jeans from for $45 or the 1969 perfect boot cut jeans by Gap for $69.50.

For her accessories, Kate went the traditional western route with a bold silver-buckled belt and cowboy boots. Lasso the look with the Relic two-tone etched buckle belt from for $24 and the American Eagle Outfitters suede desert boot for $59.50.


The prince, looking more like a stylish Texas ranger in his rodeo gear, perfected the look of a modern cowboy. For a similar shirt, get the Polo Ralph Lauren slim custom-fit plaid sport shirt for $39.99 from, American Eagle Outfitters plaid button down for $39.50, Cockpit navy blue plaid shirt for $44.99 from or the eco-conscious Swell the Josh Organic flannel shirt for $39.50. from Just remember to roll up the sleeves!


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Target collaborates with Calypso St. Barth on a summery capsule collection


Target's newest fashion collaboration comes just in time for summer. The mega-chain has paired up with easy-breezy resort-wear company Calypso St. Barth for an island-inspired capsule collection.

Encompassing apparel and accessories for women, girls and babies -- in addition to a clutch of home furnishings -- the collection includes printed maxi dresses, sweet little shorts, classic tunics and a array of knee-length sundresses, from off-the-shoulder to strapless beach-coverup styles.

We're eyeing one of the sporty beach totes available in the collection, featuring graphics and prints that recall the swingin' St.Tropez scene in the 1960s.

Ranging in price from $1.99 to $79.99, the collection will be available May 1 through June 11 at all Target stores and at

The line will also include a selection of petite and plus-size looks -- a long-overdue add-on, considering how many collabs Target has done over the years that have been sized down slightly for juniors, including the Alexander McQueen and Rodarte team-ups.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photos: Looks from the Calypso St. Barth for Target collection. Credit: Target

Frugal Fashion: Material Girl Kelly Osbourne shows her spots at Coachella

Kelly Every spring, when the hot desert sun sets in Indio and the sounds of the Coachella music festival dance through the air over eager, buzzing fans I can't help but wonder one thing: What are they all wearing?

As our fashion critic Booth Moore put it in a recent article, "never mind the music." OK, of course Coachella is about the music; it's a music festival after all, but Moore couldn't be more right. The bikinis, cut-off shorts, tanks and fringe that have become festival staples hardly make a de rigueur dress code, but year after year the fashion industry takes notice of music industry big-wigs and the distinct Coachella style of their fans.

Kelly Osbourne was among the stylish festival attendees at the Empire Polo Club where the event was held. The 26-year-old former reality television star has some serious fashion chops as the co-host of E! channel's Fashion Police with Joan Rivers and the new face of Madonna's Material Girl clothing line. She wore a fun and flirty navy polka dot dress, gray and black loafers with socks and a floppy straw hat. Osbourne wears the classic print with a sense of modern glamour and her exposed socks give her look that signature Osbourne funky twist. 


To get Osbourne's spotted Coachella look go for a polka dot dress like the pleat-front polka dot dress from Delia's for $39.50 or the polka dot strapless dress, also from Delia's, for $39.50. For more about how to wear the polka dot trend check out tips from our resident stylist Melissa Magsaysay here.

A large floppy hat is essential when you want to have your fun in the sun and keep your skin protected. Step out of the shade in the super versatile Merona wide brim floppy hat for $12.99 from, the Elona floppy hat from for $19.90, or the Kinda Shady hat with bead detail from for $28.

The polka dot dress and hat would look great with a strappy pair of sandals or heels but Osbourne's socks and loafers are ideal if you want to mix things up. For more of a menswear look try the LifeStride woman's arbor loafers for $24.99 at For a softer look with a bow, carries the Ciao Bella Moxie loafers for $49, and for an updated penny loafer, carries the Rocket Dog Malinda flat for $34.95.

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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Photo, top: Kelly Osbourne attends Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 16 in Indio. Credit: Christopher Polk /Getty Images.

Dress photo: Pleat-front polka dot dress and polka dot strapless dress, both from Delia's. Credit:;

Hat photo: From left, Merona wide brim hat from Target; credit: Elona floppy hat from; credit: Kinda Shady hat from; credit:

Shoe photo: LifeStride arbor loafers from Famous Footwear; credit: Ciao Bella Moxie loafers from, credit: Rocket Dog Malinda flat; credit:

Sneak peek at the Target Go International designer collective


Fans of the hit fashion collaborations between Target and high-end designers such as  Zac Posen and Erin Fetherston have been anxiously awaiting the next designer mash-up by the bull's-eye discount department store. On March 13 the much anticipated Target Go International Design Collective will finally make its way online and into Target stores across the U.S., giving fashionistas on a budget the chance to snag any of 34 dresses from 17 past Go International designers. Thakoon, Alice Temperley, Libertine, Paul & Joe and Rodarte, to name a few, have all designed dresses for the collection. For a sneak peek of all 34 dresses available for sale, see our photo gallery below.


-- Jenn Harris


Target throws a party to celebrate its Go International designer collective 

Splendid Littles for Target makes its debut

William Rast for Target

Anna Sui for Target

Rodarte's new line for Target

Photo from left: Rodarte for Target slip dress in peach, $49.99, and the Behnaz Sarafpour for Target silk Georgette lace dress, $44.99. Credit: Target.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Galliano deserves another chance, says unexpected source

Ajohn Paris Fashion Week is over, but we're still hearing about John Galliano, who was famously fired by Dior on the eve of the shows after a bar fight in which he allegedly hurled anti-Semitic comments and after a video surfaced showing him in the midst of another similar rant. Now Philipe Virgitti, the male half of the couple Galliano insulted at the bar, says he doesn't think the designer is anti-Semitic. "For me, it was a simple bar dispute," Virgitti said in an interview. "I would like Mr. Galliano to benefit from this unhappy story by drinking a little less and getting back to making the dresses and shows that he did so well." [The Cut]   

Target celebrated five years of its Go International series of designer capsule collections --and the re-release of 30 of the top styles -- with a party Thursday night at New York's Ace Hotel attended by stars including Chloe Sevigny, Liv Tyler and Lake Bell and designers such as Richard Chai, Tracy Feith, Thakoon Panichgul and Anna Sui. [Racked] 

Matthew Williamson is the next designer to produce a capsule collection for Macy's, as part of the department store chain's strategy to woo hip younger customers. The 30-piece collection has a 1970s bohemian flair and will go on sale April 13, priced from $50 to $300. On tap after Williamson? Karl Lagerfeld. [FabSugar]

A classic fragrance is skewing younger too, with the planned April launch of  L’Air de Nina Ricci, described as the "next-generation L’Air du Temps." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

It's not the only one: Guerlain is coming out with a new version of the 86-year-old Shalimar (my personal favorite once upon a time.) [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Gilt MAN, the members-only fashion sales site for men, has engaged well-dressed New York Ranger Sean Avery to curate a series of three weekly sales, each focusing on a different phase of the life of a style-conscious professional. First up on Friday  is “At Work,” to be followed on subsequent Fridays by  "night on the town" and "ultimate weekend" looks. [Gilt MAN] 

Make Up Forever is out to prove its foundation does its stuff. The photos in a new ad campaign are unretouched -- and that's certified by a notary public. For the beauty industry, this is pretty shocking news! [Style]

--Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano. Credit: Horacio Villalobos, EPA 


[Updated] Frugal Fashion: Beyoncé courtside at the NBA All Star Game

LgyazancFashion was probably the last thing on the minds of die-hard basketball fans as they watched Sunday's NBA All Star game at Staples Center. With Kobe Bryant claiming his fourth All Star Game MVP title, LeBron James snagging the second triple-double in NBA history and Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant scoring 34 points, it was easy to focus on the basketball, but what about the ladies? There are plenty of female sports fans -- I happen to be one of them --  but sometimes the game alone isn't enough. Luckily, Hollywood tends to take over the courtside seats, and, to be honest, half the fun of watching the game is spotting the celebrities.

At the All Star Game, Justin Bieber shared some laughs with Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz kept his cool with his shades on and perennial Lakers fan Jack  Nicholson took in the game with his son. But leave it to power couple Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z to steal the show.

Beyoncé looked fierce in a burnished champagne-colored top with a plunging neckline, ultra dark skinny jeans by J Brand, vertiginously high sparkly Christian Louboutin pumps and large diamond gold and silver earrings by Bavna.

OK, she may have looked a tad over-dressed for a basketball game, but since it was the All Star Game,  her glammed up look was completely justified. The outfit would have easily taken her to pregame cocktails and an after-game dinner or party. The shirt and jeans are versatile enough to wear every day and the shimmery Louboutins and larger-than-life earrings would be perfect for a date night.


Beyonceblousevs A good pair of skinny jeans is a no-brainer investment. Here are a few to get you through the year: William Rast for Target skinny jeans in dark wash for $17.49 from Target, Blank NYC dark 'classic' stretch skinny jeans from for $26.99, or the Heritage 1981 faded skinny jeans from Forever 21 for $19.90.

Beyoncé's top was uber cute but a little low cut for my taste for everyday wear. For something that will give the same look in a pretty champagne color try the Sheer blouse from Victoria's Secret for $38. The buttons will let you choose how low you want to go and the sheer material gives you the option to amp up the sex appeal with a bra or go the more conservative route with a slinky solid-colored tank underneath. Glitterheelstillys

To elevate any outfit's fun factor bring in the glitter pump. They're sparkly, they catch the light and they tend to be sky-high. What's not to love? They also tend to be on the pricier side with Louboutins costing well over $500 a pair. Not to fret. Tilly's carries a pair of equally swoon-worthy glitter pumps by Qupid for only $24.99.

To finish Beyoncé's look you'll need a pair of statement earrings. If you have the dough to go for the real stuff, get those diamonds! If not, Kohl's has some great fashion jewelry earrings that will let you make a statement on a budget. For a color duo snag the Sonoma life + style gold-tone teardrop textured earrings for $7.80. If you're in the mood to go for the gold the Simply Vera Vera Wang gold-tone knotted teardrop earrings are $8.40. [For the record: Updated at 2:40 PM Feb. 23, 2011 an earlier version of the post stated that the price of the earrings was $9.10]


I'd argue that the best thing about this outfit is that you can put it together for well under $100, but the shoe diva in me says the glitter pumps make it primo.

Happy shopping!

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

-- Jenn Harris

Photo top: Singer Beyoncé Knowles during the 2011 NBA All Star game at Staples Center on Feb.20. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

[Updated: A previous version of this post stated that LeBron James had two triple-doubles.]

Frugal Fashion: Joy Bryant at the Essence Black Women in Music event

JoyJoy Bryant is part of that rare breed of fashion model-turned-actress who actually becomes a successful film star. The beautiful 34-year-old has starred alongside Denzel Washington in "Antwone Fisher," Kate Hudson in "The Skeleton Key" and Jessica Alba in "Honey."

As a model, Bryant has appeared in ad campaigns for Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and Cover Girl, modeled in the Victoria's Secret catalog and snagged a Teen Vogue magazine cover.

Although Bryant may have made it as an actress, currently starring as Jasmine Trussell on NBC's "Parenthood," it's clear that when she dresses for events she hasn't forgotten her roots in fashion.

During an appearance at the Essence Black Women in Music event in February, Bryant looked fun and flirty in a floral print dress and black leggings. She toughened up the girly dress with a military-style jacket and dark grayish-brown ankle boots that were just a tad rugged and her cross-body brown bag with fringe gave her a little hippy-chic vibe.

With spring fast approaching, a floral print dress is the perfect way to escape the dark, muted colors of winter. There are many varieties available in terms of colors and print size, but Bryant's choice of a dress with a smaller flower print allows her to layer other pieces without clashing.

For a floral print dress that can easily go from daytime shopping to a night out with friends, Macy's, Forever 21 and Asos all have some great frugal finds: Be Bop Dress from Macy's for $36, the Vero Moda Winter Floral Frill Sleeve dress on Asos for $39.45 and the Chloe Floral dress from Forever 21 for $15.80.


Layer one of these military-inspired jackets over your dress to keep warm: Keely Twill motor bomber from Delia's for $29.99, Military Knit Jacket from Forever 21 for $32.80, or the Surplus jacket from Old Navy for $44.50.


I actually contemplated keeping this week's frugal shoe finds to myself and ordering 10 pairs of each but I realized there are plenty of cute boots to go around. Target has the uber cute Mossimo Supply and Co. Kamara ankle boots for $10.48, The Cassy Distressed ankle boot from Delia's is $19.99 and the Three Flap Flat Boot from Wet Seal is $14.75.


Cross-body bags are a great buy because they are super versatile, functional and comfortable to wear. Here are some frugal picks for under $40: Sonnenberg bag by Aldo for $19.98, Braided Strap cross-body bag from Tilly's for $16.99, BDG Double Buckle bag from Urban Outfitters for $38 and the Brown cross-body bag from Delia's for $24.50.


I don't know a single L.A. fashionista that doesn't own a pair of plain black leggings or tights, so definitely go with a pair you already own. And if you don't? This look will still look great without the leggings.

Happy shopping!

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

-- Jenn Harris

For more photos of Joy Bryant's style check out a gallery below:


Photo, top: Actress Joy Bryant arrives at the second annual Essence Black Women in Music reception honoring Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monae in Los Angeles on Feb. 9. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

Dresses, from left: Be Bop Dress from Macy's. Credit: Macy's. Vero Moda Floral Dress from Asos. Credit: Asos. Chloe Floral Dress from Forever 21. Credit: Forever 21.

Jackets: Keely Twill motor jacket from Delia's. Credit: Delia's. Military Knit Jacket from Forever 21. Credit: Forever 21. Surplus jacket from Old Navy. Credit: Old Navy.

Shoes: Mossimo Supply and Co. Kamara boots from Target. Credit: Target. Cassy Distressed boot from Delia's. Credit: Delia's. Three Flap boot from Wet Seal. Credit: Wet Seal.

Bags: Sonnenberg bag from Aldo. Credit: Aldo. Braided Strap bag from Tilly's. Credit: Tilly's. BDG Buckle bag from Urban Outfitters. Credit: Urban Outfitters. Brown cross-body bag from Delia's. Credit: Delia's.

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Michelle Obama gives some love to new designer. Rodarte won't get love for 'Black Swan.' And Jennifer Aniston had no love for the 'Rachel.'

Michelle Obama greeted Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday morning wearing an ensemble from Roksanda Ilincic's fall 2010 collection. It's reportedly the first time the fashion-forward first lady has worn an outfit by the Belgrade-born designer, who studied and works in London. [WWD]

Arachel Remember the "Rachel," the hairstyle made famous by Jennifer Aniston back in her "Friends" days (pictured)? The look was copied by legions of women, but Aniston reveals to Allure magazine that she hated it! [StyleList] 

Rodarte, the Los Angeles-based fashion house that designed ballet costumes for "Black Swan," won't get credit if the film wins for costume design in the many Hollywood awards shows this season. Instead, Amy Westcott will take the credit because she received the "front credit" as costume designer for the film, while Rodarte's Mulleavy sisters, Laura and Kate, only received a back-end credit for the 40 costumes they created. [Fashionista] [Hollywood Reporter]

AnnaLynne McCord wears nothing but purses in new ads for Marc Ecko's handbag line. The campaign launches in March. [People]

For grown-up Hello Kitty fans, the cute little kitten has a new makeup collaboration with Sephora. [BellaSugar]

M Cohen Handmade Designs plans to open a shop at 8362 W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles, according to the "Coming Soon" sign in the store window. Israeli designer Maor Cohen creates men's, women's and unisex jewelry. [Mondette]

We told you last week that mass retailer Target plans to expand into Canada; but now it looks like there's going to be a legal battle over who owns the rights to the name Target up north. There's already a small Canadian chain called Target Apparel. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Bria Murphy, the 21-year-old daughter of Eddie and Nicole Murphy, will be the new face of Dark & Lovely, the leading beauty brand for women of color. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Jennifer Aniston, sporting the "Rachel." Credit: Andrew Eccles / NBC

Shopping: Splendid Littles for Target makes its debut


Los Angeles-based casual-wear brand Splendid, famous for its ultra-soft fabrics and trendy silhouettes, is the latest label to collaborate with Target on a capsule collection.

Although the brand is synonymous with the sexy, sun-kissed California look, its Target offering — Splendid Littles for Target — is focused to lure fashion-minded new moms rather than club-cruising beach bunnies.

The baby and toddler line is a lower-priced version of the brand's own collection for tots, Splendid Littles, which spins out stylish, high-priced looks for the swing-set crowd (think $68 jersey dresses cleverly tailored for toddlers).

Featuring clothes, bibs and blankets for newborns through Size 5T toddlers, Splendid's Target collection — which will be available through late March — features far fewer bells and whistles than are present in its luxury line but retains the brand's vivid color palette and signature striped fabrics.

Looks for little gals include striped bodysuits, a lavender ruffled halter-neck dress with a matching striped cardigan, a blue-and-pink striped tunic with coordinating leggings, and a striped pink-and-navy hoodie and T-shirt dress.

Diminutive dudes, meanwhile, can gear up in striped bodysuits, hoodies and collared shirts with solid-colored long sleeves sewn on underneath (for that "baby grunge" look).

The collection features a mix of cotton, spandex, polyester and modal and "offers the same great, optimistic style and clean aesthetic as Splendid Littles, made in soft yarns for an ultra-luxurious, yummy feel," said Jonathan Saven, president of Splendid.

And bringing home that yummy feel is now far less expensive. Prices for the Target collection range from $6.99 for a set of striped bibs to $29.99 for a cute newborn sleep set, which includes a blanket, a striped body suit and a pocket-sized striped cap.

In other shopping news this week:


Unique Vintage Monday: The Burbank boutique will unveil its newly expanded and renovated space, having ballooned from 1,000 square feet to just over 4,000 square feet. The store will carry an even wider selection of new clothing and accessories inspired by styles from the 1920s through the 1960s, as well as a smidgen of true vintage looks and prom and evening frocks.

2013 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 742-6210. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Hurley Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz art exhibition openings Tuesday and Saturday: Surf and skate brand Hurley unveils two art exhibitions titled "Psych Optic Black Light Fuzz" and featuring the work of artist James Marshall, who creates under the pseudonym Dalek. The first, debuting Tuesday in Laguna Beach, features Dalek's conceptual installations, including a fluorescent, multidimensional sculpture that is described as a "free-form interactive optical illusion." The second will kick off Saturday night in Costa Mesa with a live performance by musicians King Buzzo, Duane Denison, Steve Turner and Haze XXL.

Tuesday opening reception: 225 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach. (949) 494-7907. 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 3. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Saturday opening reception: Hurley Gallery Space, 1945 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 28. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Carolina Herrera spring 2011 trunk show Thursday and Friday: Peruse Carolina Herrera's latest collection — this one inspired by traditional Korean clothes and botanical plates collected in the 18th century — at this two-day event featuring an informal modeling presentation.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Designer Salon, 9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (310) 275-4211. 1 to 4 p.m. each day.


Decadestwo.1, Chanel sale through Jan. 15: Designer resale store Decadestwo.1 has teamed up with sibling boutique Decades and the Fashionista website for an online-only sale of vintage and secondhand Chanel pieces, including a quilted calfskin skirt, a denim button-front day dress and — naturally — structured jackets. Enter the code CHA20 at checkout to cash in on the discount.

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: A newborn sleep set from the Splendid Littles for Target collection.Credit: Target.

William Rast for Target serves up buttery leather -- and a bunch for the boys

William Rast for Target
The 5-year-old William Rast label boards the Target train on Dec. 19, and unlike most of the retailer's designer collaborations, this one has a lot to offer guys -- including T-shirts, button-front shirts and hoodies for him; skirts, faux-leather shorts, jeggings and embellished loose-fitting tank tops for her; and a range of five-pocket denim and outerwear pieces for both.

Even if you aren’t familiar with the name William Rast, you’ve probably heard of one of its co-founders: singer-actor Justin Timberlake. The pop star launched the denim-heavy line in 2005 with Trace Ayala, a childhood friend from Millington, Tenn. (“William” is the first name of Timberlake's

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