All Saints Fall Picks

If you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, you know that Megs, Hilary and I all have really different, distinct tastes in accessories and clothing. Megs tends to lean toward clothes with a hippie vibe, Hilary likes clean-lined, modern neutrals and I like lots of industrial black mixed with occasional bold prints and colors.

Joanna Hillman Tom Ford

I’m not going to lie, one of my favorite aspects of fashion week is seeing people who exude style walking in and out of the shows. There are lots of people who try too hard, but some just have it, and Joanna Hillman, Senior Fashion Market Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, might be my top fashion crush right now.

Bloomingdales Lookbook Animals

Since fashion’s Internet explosion, the art of lookbook production has changed quite a bit. What used to be straightforward product catalogs that brand and retail employees used for reference have turned into artistic spectacles, pored over extensively in the style-conscious corners of the Web.

Bloomingdales Fall 2012 Designer Lookbook

Bloomingdale’s is among the most storied of American retailers, and if you don’t include it in your regular online shopping rounds, you’re missing out. Beyond the brands that you might expect to find, Bloomingdales.com also offers lust-worthy pieces from the likes of Chloe, Giuseppe Zanotti, Ferragamo and more, including some of the hottest shoes and handbags that you’ll want to have on your radar for Fall 2012.

Saks Contemporary First Look

We spend a lot of time talking about accessories (and with good reason), but a concern that’s equally important to an accessory’s design and quality is how it interacts with your wardrobe. No handbag, shoe or piece of jewelry is an island, and it’s the overall picture that’s important; you want your outfit to be more than the sum of its parts.

PurseBlog-NAP-CFDA-Picks

Today is a huge day in the fashion world. Tonight is the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards, and this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the CFDA. If you don’t follow the insider scoop on the industry, you might not know about the CFDA, but they are an integral part of American fashion.

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It’s tempting to call Betsey Johnson “obvious,” but to do so would be to entirely miss the point. Of course she’s obvious. She’s built an empire on being just that, and with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj emerging as major pop culture style influencers, it’s hard to underestimate the impact that Betsey’s punk-rococo aesthetic has had on both fashion and entertainment.

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Monique Lhuillier is a collection that I always enjoy seeing but never expect to surprise me; the designer’s roots in bridal always portend beautiful dresses both short and long, plus lots of red carpet options. Lhuillier’s collections are generally pretty in a way on which everyone can agree.

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Most fashion watchers have mental lists of designer that we don’t think get enough credit, and these pictures of Cynthia Rowley Spring 2012 from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York should say a lot about why Rowley has been on mine for some time.

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Because BCBB Max Azria is a brand that’s so widely carried an advertised, most of us probably have some preconceived notions about what the brand’s collections will look like: pretty, contemporary, wearable. While those adjectives translate into strong retail sales, they can sometimes make for a forgettable runway, which is a problem for a collection that’s shown so early in the show season.