Celebrities have been hot for studded ankle boots since Chloé released their ridiculously popular “Susan” (right, on Kate Bosworth) in 2008, and with Isabel Marant’s updated, higher-heeled Americana (left, on Kate Moss) take on a similar pair, it’s only a matter of time before every starlet is sporting them on the street once again. I hesitate to call it a mere trend, because these shoes have serious staying power — just ask eternal trendsetters like these two Kates, who have both worn theirs with surprising regularity when you consider that they have, like, every awesome thing ever at their beck and call. I’ve had my eye on the booties for years, and while I imagine it must be very satisfying to own ‘em, the best thing about a super-popular shoe is that it often “inspires” plenty of more reasonably priced versions. Cop this celeb favorite look for way less, after the jump! Keep reading »
I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about the cupcake-y dress Keira Knightley wore to the “Anna Karenina” UK premiere, but one thing is for absolute certain: her makeup was gorgeous. Keira is, you know, one of the most naturally beautiful people alive, but makeup artist Lisa Eldridge made the very best of the actress’s features for the occasion. She said of her decision to focus mainly on a feline smoky eye, “I wanted to create a soft, pale, and pretty makeup that had a romantic feel but was careful to add strength around the eyes so the overall look wasn’t washed out against the dress.” Lisa, who spoke to Grazia Daily just after the event, used Chanel products to create the look (Keira is the brand’s beauty ambassador). Get the full scoop after the jump, but don’t be put off by the potential costliness of recreating it — I’ve also included my top product picks for taking Keira’s cues at a more affordable price range. Keep reading »
I have very expensive taste, as I am often reminded by my boyfriend, who has gotten to witness this firsthand for many years. That’s why I was so excited to come across this Garden Ring by Fantasy Jewelry. It’s inspired by one of my all-time FAVORITE jewelry collections, Dior Fine Joaillerie: Milly Carnivora and Incroyables & Merveileuses, in which massive stones are surrounded by enameled flowers and stone-encrusted sweet insects. Dior’s website is one to easily get lost in, and there is even a short three-minute film about how these amazing baubles are crafted. The inspiration for this particular ring is no longer for sale through Dior, but check it out here and I am sure you’ll agree that for a mili-fraction of the price, this is a great interpretation. [$25, Fantasy Jewelry Box] Keep reading »
Lauren Conrad, from MTV’s The Hills unveiled her fall 2008 collection, le vie en rose, recently. I’m not really impressed because I’ve pretty much seen every piece somewhere else. She changed up the fabrics or added a little detail here and there, but the feel is no different from everything else being offered by trend-driven retailers. And the prices are ridiculous for what she’s selling ($58 leggings, seriously?). Now I’m not a proponent of stealing from a designer, but since LC borrowed heavily from the trend world, I decided to peruse the Web for less expensive versions of her clothing.
Lauren’s Inspiration Look: Zoe Dress, $230
Less Expensive Version: Halter Necklace Maxi Dress, $29.80
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