TBT: Meredith Rollins at Rebecca Minkoff SS2015

Throwback Thursday: I am still thinking about this colorful Tracy Reese paisley skirt my friend and Redbook EIC Meredith Rollins wore to the Rebecca Minkoff show in NY. It would be great go-to piece for holiday cocktail parties.

 

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Xiao Wen Ju in Kenzo, After the Show SS2015

Colorful knits can be like visual vitamin C during a long winter and make great holiday gifts. Model Xiao Wen Ju wore a pink, blue and black sweater, scarf and top by Kenzo after walking the show in Paris.

 

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Michelle Elie in Comme des Garcons, Outside Kenzo SS2015

“These are my wings,” Garage Magazine’s Michelle Elie said of her leather Comme des Garçons halter and sleeves outside the Kenzo show in Paris. A huge supporter of designer Rei Kawakubo, Elie treats fashion like wearable art, not just something to wear. It’s always refreshing to see during fashion week. The shorts are Jil Sander.

 

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Cherche Midi

It was 25 minutes past our reservation time on a Tuesday night, and still our table at Cherche Midi hadn’t materialized. Aside from the wait, this can be a bad sign about a newish restaurant. Are the servers overwhelmed? Or the kitchen? Yet Shane McBride, the chef of Cherche Midi, who looks like someone you probably wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley in Dublin, was leaning against the kitchen pass through, completely unperturbed. 
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Cocktail Dress Inspiration: Anna Dello Russo in Balmain

The holidays are the time to rock a serious cocktail dress, like this beautifully beaded and fringed Balmain leather dress on Anna Dello Russo, seen here at the Nina Ricci show in Paris. The tribal look gives it an amazing tough-chic vibe.

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Fendi Bag: Helena Bordon at Nina Ricci SS2015

 

Who would have thought that Fendi bags would still be so popular more than a decade after the Fendi baguette craze? And yet that seems to be the case, with many a fashionista toting them around this past fashion week season. They’re also a little more practical than investing in just the “monster” charm. Helena Bordon paired a Fendi bag with blue and white pajama style pants and an orange coral necklace at the Nina Ricci show in Paris. Full length shot, after the jump. 
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How to Style It: Olivia Palermo at Nina Ricci SS2015

I love the color burgundy at this time of year. I also love warm turtleneck sweaters, but hate looking schlumpy. Of course, Olivia Palermo managed to style all these things to look quite chic. At the Nina Ricci show in Paris, she ignored the “rule” about not tucking your sweater into your skirt or pants and tucked her burgundy turtleneck sweater partway into a pencil skirt of the same color to emphasize the waistline. Then she topped it with a big statement necklace and added nude heels for a ladylike look. Brava.

 

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Claudette

So a new French bistro opened in the neighborhood. This wouldn’t be so remarkable if it weren’t for the closing of so many bistros in Greenwich Village and the East Village over the last decade – often to become a TD Bank – but Claudette, started by the guys who brought you perennially popular Rosemary’s, was big news from the start. “It’s right around the corner from your apartment,” my mom said when we dined here on a random Monday night, months after it opened. “You should make it your neighborhood place.”

“We haven’t been able to get in until now!” This was sadly true.
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Black and Blue: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Balmain SS2015

I still love the classic combination of black and blue, especially in winter when all black gets so boring. Top model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore a black and blue tuxedo jacket, black leather mini and black ankle boots and monogrammed navy blue bag to the Balmain show in Paris. It’s also amazing how she color-coordinated with her bodyguard – on purpose? The jet setter recently contributed a travel checklist to Who What Wear Daily that was totally personal and totally fascinating – check it out here.

 

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Snakeskin Print Vest, Outside Balmain SS2015

 

When the weather gets tough, leather vests and pants are an even tougher shield against the cold. At the Balmain show in Paris, a guest wore an embossed snakeskin-giraffe print leather vest and green leather leggings. Chic armor.

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Blue Mood: Irene Kim at Ann Demeulemeester SS2015

The cobalt blue color that Stella McCartney popularized does not seem to be going away anytime soon – in fact it could soon be a welcome pick-me-up during winter. Irene Kim of Irene Is Good wore a cobalt blue fur by Bedni and an Ann Demeulemeester top to the Ann Demeulemeester show in Paris.

 

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Jamie Bochert, Outside Bottega Veneta SS2015

Model and musician Jamie Bochert wore a plaid Prada dress after walking the Bottega Veneta show in Milan. The once-controversial grunge look has now become a timeless classic.

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Sunshine or Clouds: Anya Ziourova at Giambattista Valli SS2015

Anya Ziourova brought a clever clutch by the other prominent Anya in fashion – Anya Hindmarch – to the Giambattista Valli show in Paris. One side of the clutch has a cloud with rays of sun, the other a cloud with lightning bolt. Either way, Ziourova was prepared for the weather in a sharp white trench by J.W. Anderson.

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Colorful in Chanel: Eleonora Carisi at Giorgio Armani SS2015

I love this fun, candy-colored Chanel print on Eleonora Carisi’s floaty silk skirt. The takeout container Chanel bag was another covetable item seen on the streets this past fashion week.

 

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Going to New Lengths: Christine Centenera at Bottega Veneta SS2015

Vogue Australia’s Christine Centenera wore a Christopher Kane cut-out top and a slitted skirt that fell to mid-calf level to the Bottega Veneta show in Milan. This was the new hem length on many an editor at the spring/summer shows.

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