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Designer of the Month: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear

Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton:Fashionista Meets Royalty

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Victoria Beckham, the former Posh Spice, and wife of David Beckham has now made a name
for herself in the fashion industry in just a little over the past two years. Most recently we have seen Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz walk the red carpet in her designs. Being pregnant with the couples' fourth child has stopped her from continuously working on her new line, as the fall collection was a success. We saw many draped dresses from black and loose fitting skin toned dresses to bright red and yellow. Beckham still made room for her signature fitted dresses, using silk snake prints, pleating, and A lined gowns.

Most recently has Victoria Beckham caught the attention of Kate Middleton, who is scheduled to marry Prince William on April 29th, making it the wedding of the century. Both Beckham and Middleton have an outstanding eye for fabulous fashion, so it is not a surprise that the two petite British woman have made contact. It has been confirmed that Beckham has sent Middleton a requested selection of her designs but it is still a guessing game as if a wedding dress will be in the making by Beckham. Rumors will continue to evolve, because English woman can definitely keep a secret.


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Designer of the Month: Rag & Bone

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Founded in 2002, Rag & Bone had one goal in mind: to make clothes that they and their friends would love to wear every day. And that they have done! Each season designers Marcus Wainwright & David Neville continue to create innovative and classic designs for both men and women adding their own unique touch of style to every piece. Scottish Highlanders layering for an urban battle was the inspiration for the fall 2010 collection that included capes, sweater dresses, kilts, plaid scarves, and corduroy pants. Yes, many were swooning at their 32 looks during the fall runway show. Once you take a look you may want to run out and buy something from this collection. I do!

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Designer of the Month: Alexander McQueen

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Many of us who celebrate fashion know that there are few designers but many who emulate or copy others. Alexander McQueen was one of those rare originals whose style was followed by many. Fashion students, socialites and celebrities were all admirers of the late McQueen, who took his life on February 11, 2010 but will long be remembered. We celebrate his brief but memorable life and work.

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Designers of the Month: April 2010: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen hit the red carpet at Elle Style Awards 2010.
Ashley (left) in a vintage Christian Lacroix gown and fun Fendi platforms.
Mary-Kate (right) in a classic black Lanvin creation along with Bulgari jewels.
The twins grabbed the "Style Icon" award for their individual fashion personalities.

They are fraternal twins but prefer the term "individual pair," and have been famous their entire lives. Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Fuller Olsen are American actresses, best known for playing the role of Michelle Tanner on the sitcom Full House, both appearing in television and films since infancy. It didn't take long for Mary-Kate and Ashley's parents to realize that their two daughters were a gold mine in the making, leading them to co-found Dualstar Entertainment Group, a business with the singular goal of leveraging the popularity of these two live dolls. Before long, the Olsen's were doing mega business by heavily merchandising their image, with their likeness seen in clothes, books, fragrances, fashion dolls, magazines, movies and posters.

Since then, their lives have become so much more sophisticated and complicated than their products. At age 24, this duo is focusing on their interest in fashion choices, launching their own couture fashion label "The Row" named after famous Savile Row in London and a new line for the The Row, entitled "Elizabeth and James", named after their siblings. The Row consists mainly of expensive knit T-shirts with elegant french seams, and a few separates, like an oversize luscious fur coat, a perfect-cut blazer and a tight miniskirt. The line's palette includes: black, white, cream, gray, and a occasional shot of red, maintaining a simultaneous desire to be both hidden and noticed just like the image maintained by these two designers. Designing for Elizabeth and James the twins turned their focus to the contemporary market basing this line on a relationship between a young girl and boy, telling the story through the clothing. There are washed leather jackets, pencil skirts, cashmere sweaters, chunky knit jackets, silk and sequin mini dresses, oversize fur jackets, and cashmere coats. The result is a more affordable contemporary collection that is play on masculine verses feminine and casual versus dressy.

Mary-Kate and Ashley also have a line of tween-wear in Wal-Mart stores across North America for girls ages 4-14, as well as a beauty line called "Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls." Most recently they've taken us back to their roots with Olsenboye, their new collection of all-American wholesomeness, sold exclusively at JC Penney. The specific inspiration for Olsenboye is that every season brings the duo to a new city. This spring centers around New York City, home to NYU and a Starbucks on every corner. Wonder what cities will be up next? Maybe San Francisco inspired by Full House..we'll just have to wait and see.

No matter what this "individual pair" designs we can already see they've thought of everyone in their creations, realizing we are at a time when shoppers pay more attention to trends than brands by mixing bargain purchases from fast-fashion retailers with contemporary and designer labels, trying to create their best look at an affordable price.

From Wal-Mart to runway worthy the Olsen twins have cool all sewn up!

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