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Black Leather Coat at Victoria Beckham

On another brutally cold day last February, this guest at the Victoria Beckham show brought out the big guns: a black leather shearling coat, incredibly warm no matter what the weather.

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Aymeline Valade at Jason Wu

When the thermometer drops down to the low 20s in New York, my mind goes back to the bitterly cold days outside St. John’s Center during last winter’s New York Fashion Week. And guess what? The next NY Fashion Week is just five weeks away, so it’s time to start brainstorming about what to wear now.

Model Aymeline Valade bundled up with panache outside the Jason Wu show with a wrap, Alexander Wang bag and warm hat for a look that’s cozy yet chic.

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Black and White Print Sweater, Madison Avenue

We are fully into sweater season now, but sweater dressing doesn’t have to be boring. Big graphic prints and fair isle patterns are showing up on the streets. On Madison Avenue, an oversize black, gray and white horse print sweater added graphic punch to a monochromatic outfit.

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Ada Kokosar at Gucci

Stylist Ada Kokosar wore a pale peach No. 9 dress and black (faux?) fur jacket and matching hat to the Gucci show. The look is romantic and moody, though the sleek cut of the dress keeps it modern.

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Seeing Spots, Outside Moschino

If you haven’t noticed, polka dots have been everywhere this fall/winter 2012, a trend that was spearheaded by Marc Jacobs with his F/W 2011 collection. Loved this metallic polka dot dress outside the Moschino show in Milan. If you do not dare to do all-over polka dots, opt for something more subtle but equally fun, like these sheer polka dot stockings by Falke.

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Black Hat and Red Coat, Soho

Though the mildness of this December strikes me as ominous for global warming reasons, at least it has fashion benefits. We have more flexibility getting dressed – there’s no need to get totally bundled up in ski gear yet. A wide-brimmed felt hat like this one is all you need on a 40-something degree day. It creates a dashing silhouette with a red coat and cap toe boots.

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Red and Orange, Soho

Love her offbeat mash-up of different shades of red and orange plus the mixture of textures: silk, knitwear, and flannel.

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Fashionista Gift Guide 2012

There may be some fashionistas out there who aren’t materialists, but if so, I have never met them. You don’t have to break the bank, though, to get the look and feel of luxury. Here are 20 gift ideas for the fashion person in your life – and most are under $100!

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Tiffany Hsu at Balenciaga

Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford buyer Tiffany Hsu wore the coolest blue quilted dress to the Balenciaga show. The dress designer is Chictopia (like the website but not), but it’s not available in the West. The cobalt blue suede shoes are the perfect accessory.

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Flared Skirt, Outside Gucci

It’s all too easy to fall into the jeans/pants rut when cold weather sets in, but remember: there are some great options in skirts. I’m especially loving skater and flared skirts like this one, which are so flattering and versatile. Pair it with black tights and a blazer and it’s instantly winterized.

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Cara Delavigne, Outside Missoni

This year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show was one of the most over-the-top in recent memory, with not just a $2.5 million diamond bra but performances by pop stars Justin Bieber and Rihanna, who looked so good on stage she could have been a Victoria’s Secret Angel herself. But I was especially enthralled with new girls like Karlie Kloss, Magdalena Frackowiak and Cara Delevingne, seen here in a signature quirky tomboy look after the Missoni show. So great to see these girls strutting their stuff for millions of viewers!

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Miu Miu Mirror Paillette Dress, Outside Prada

On 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York, the shop windows are sparkling right now with rhinestone embellished shoes (Miu Miu) and mirrored backdrops for mirrored dresses (Naeem Khan at Bergdorf Goodman). This Miu Miu mirror paillette dress seen outside the Prada show would be an irreverent and fun take on holiday party dressing. The dress is sheer, but I like how she has worn black underneath to keep it simple. Pair it with sexy sheer black stockings in cold weather.  (more…)

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Vintage Sweatshirt, Outside Missoni

Love how this guest at the Missoni show combined a vintage Indianapolis sweatshirt with stilettos and a YSL clutch. Like many people in the fashion industry, she starts out with a comfortable, casual outfit then adds amazing accessories to make it chic.

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Black Dress and Feather Collar, Outside Rochas

This black dress with lace sleeves and an exuberantly over-the-top gray feather collar layered with a big necklace should be a good inspiration for holiday party dressing. If there’s ever a time to go all out with fun accessories, it’s during the holidays.

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Red and Black Coats, Soho

I love it when people coordinate with their dogs – if only they could all dress this stylishly! Both owner and dog wore red and black for a walk in Soho recently.

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