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Valentino Coat, Chanel Bag and Jeans, Outside Valentino

This is the kind of high-low mix that stylists and editors love: a très chic (and expensive) Valentino coat and Chanel matriochka bag worn with a down-to-earth pair of ripped boyfriend jeans. Even if you can’t throw on your best Valentino and Chanel, you can take a cue from this girl: this fall’s shredded boyfriend jeans are best worn cuffed with heels, especially if you’re petite.

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Ulyana Sergeenko at Valentino SS2014

Designer Ulyana Sergeenko wore a beautiful blue dress of her own design to the Valentino show in Paris, combining it with a gray sweater underneath. A great mix. Detail shot after the jump.  (more…)

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Leather Vest and Military Dress, Outside Rag & Bone

A great tough-chic look on a guest at the Rag & Bone show.

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Goth Look, Outside Gareth Pugh

Happy Halloween, the Goth-iest holiday of them all! This was an amazing look outside the Gareth Pugh show in Paris. Close up of her spiderweb cape, after the jump.

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Maria Loks at Dries van Noten

Model Maria Loks wore Dries van Noten’s vertical stripe top when exiting the show in Paris, styling it nicely with a crisp white button down underneath. Also note the running shoes, a popular footwear choice for a lot of models and photographers during fashion week. I definitely had shoe envy!

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Black Floral Top and Skirt, Outside Louis Vuitton

A super cute but ladylike look outside the Louis Vuitton show. She’s also carrying the new Louis Vuitton bag.

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Maria Kolosova at Gucci

Maria Kolosova of Kyklamasha and Harper’s Bazaar Russia wore a pretty black and white polka dot dress to the Gucci show in Milan. The ace of hearts playing card clutch she carries is by Urania Gazelli – a big hit among the fashion girl crowd. Love how the red matches the lining of the dress. Detail shot of the bag, after the jump.  (more…)

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Hamish Bowles at Elie Saab Couture

A little menswear for you: Vogue columnist Hamish Bowles’s choice of a plaid suit in summer 2013 seems prescient now that plaid is everywhere on the streets for men and women. Also love how his socks match his shirt.

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Throwback Thursday: Amanda Murphy in the Paris Metro

One day during Paris fall/winter 2013 fashion week last February, some photographer friends and I got on the metro to go to the next show and saw the most beautiful girl just sitting there. She was obviously a model, but none of us had laid eyes upon her before. When we introduced ourselves, she said she had only been in one show so far: Prada, which had an exclusive arrangement with her to open and close that show.

That was Amanda Murphy, and in a mere seven months she has become one of the top 20 models in the world, appearing in Prada print ads and numerous runway shows this past fashion week. I don’t know if she still takes the metro anymore, but we’ll be looking for her.

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Black and White Print Pants, Outside Rochas

Here are more of the new pants for you, looser, expertly tailored, and a little bit cropped in this case. Another development seen on the spring runways as well as the streets: playing with volume in the back of jackets and tops. Designers like Sacai have taken a cue from traditional Japanese garb and added an unexpected pouf to the back of jackets and tops, as on this one. Click through to see the jacket in profile.  (more…)

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Silver Margiela Pants, Outside the Carven Show

One of the biggest takeaways from the S/S 2014 fashion weeks is the new shape of pants. They’ve gone from the skinny “jeggings” type silhouette to something looser and more relaxed, in a variety of unexpected materials from leather to this silver metallic Maison Martin Margiela pair seen outside the Carven show. Love how she has mixed them with a soft and fuzzy cropped sweater for contrast. And yes, they should be worn with heels.

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Giovanna Battaglia at Rochas

A really fun moment with Giovanna Battaglia outside the Rochas show in Paris. She wore a (vintage?) Alaia leopard print dress and yellow Fendi bag. Très chic!

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Take the Survey: Sustainability in Fashion

Photo courtesy of A Clean Future

What goes into your fashion shopping choices: simply looks, price and quality, or something more? OK, you are probably not as much of a pack rat as this girl in the photo, but fast fashion has made it all too easy to snap up new pieces without thinking much about where they came from or where they will end up.

Meanwhile, try shopping at Whole Foods without the same level of awareness. The food industry has surpassed the fashion industry in labeling products in terms of sustainability, with more consistent, clear standards across the board.

A Clean Future, a think tank dedicated to evaluating and documenting climate change and sustainable initiatives, has developed a survey to gauge consumer awareness of sustainability in fashion. This summer I helped test and tweak the survey before it was released to the public. Take it to share your ideas. They’re using the results to recommend new practices for communicating sustainability information to consumers.

Survey: Fashion and Sustainability

Otherwise the big pile o clothes is just an elephant in the room.

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Miroslava Duma at Hermes SS2014

Such a cute black and white rooster print coat on Miroslava Duma at Hermès. It’s by A.W.A.K.E., a new London-based label that was spotted on several tastemakers this past Paris fashion week. The bag is Hermès, the matching black and white spats Valentino.

Another styling note: how to wear fall’s voluminous coats if you’re petite like Miroslava? Cinch them with a belt.

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Carine Roitfeld at Hermes

If there’s anyone who knows how to rock a sexy pencil skirt, it’s Carine Roitfeld, seen here in all black at the Hermes show, and subject of the fashion documentary Mademoiselle C.

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