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October 04, 2013
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Paris Part Deux

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Paris Fashion week ended with a bang! Literally, there was a car crash on the set of Givenchy. But more surprising were the feminine draped dresses Riccardo Tisci sent out for Spring. Zabete said Valentino was the best fashion show she’s ever attended, hands down. And Celine had an 80′s moment, making the fashion set collectively gasp. Read below for all the juicy details!

Look 1: Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli called their collection “a fashion opera,” a bold statement you might say, but it was indeed just that fabulous. Departing from the usual girly party frocks, the lineup was a more grown-up assortment for the modern jet-settting woman. Rich, intricate, and heavy on the embroidery, these were world traveler clothes that channeled 70s Bohemian icon Talitha Getty and getaways to Marrakech…or Morocco, you tell me.

Valentino is not available online so come visit the racks at 477 Broome St. or contact ShopGirl!

Look 2: 80′s at Celine?! The world is stunned. And yet, punchy primary colors, graphic graffiti brushstrokes, Africa references and yep, 80s maximalism; all were used for a show that felt less like a Spring collection than a wardrobe mashup. But it worked! Pheobe Philo loves to shock us, but when she does it always feels right, and right now. The minimal, neutral look we now all so easily identify from Celine has become almost ubiquitous, on street style blogs as well as Zara windows, and when it’s getting knocked off, that’s when you know a trend is about to expire. Time for a change! So let’s follow Pheobe’s lead this Spring and let some color into our lives. Get a little loud. Have fun. And 80′s is always fun.

Celine is not available online so come visit the racks at 477 Broome St or contact ShopGirl!

Look 3: Riccardo Tisci also swung the pendulum at Givenchy. Having reached the pinnacle of right-this-moment trendiness with his Bambi sweatshirts, he changed it up with a much quieter, elegant collection this time out. The focus was draping, and it was sexy and womanly and best of all timeless. This is dressing for real life, nothing here looked destined for a street style blog or even vaguely knock-off-able. Again, every look was shown with flat sandals, which seems to be the right way to ground a dress these days.

Givenchy favorites in store: You must own a Givenchy sweatshirt this season, this is the boot shape you need now, the Nightengale bag is an everyday necessity.

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September 27, 2013
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PFW SS14: so far, so very good

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I’m baaaaack. Rested, rejuvenated and, more importantly, absurdly tan in late September. And while I had to say bye-bye to the beach, I’m so excited to be back in New York as Fall crisps up the air. It’s the most beautiful time in the city, and also the most bustling. It’s back to school, back to work, and back to fashion. So let us turn our eyes to the Paris runways, because the shows have not disappointed.

Look 1: Fact: Raf Simons has changed the game at Christian Dior. Under a beautifully surreal dripping canopy of flora, he sent out his signature minimal lady looks that have me wanting to disown my jeans and put on a skirt and pumps. The florals did not translate to the frocks, thankfully, which continue to be super simple and chic. Who else could make a candy-striped silk dress with a bubble peplum look downright sporty?

Christian Dior is not available online but come on in to 477 Broome and behold the genius.

Look 2: I’m thrilled KZ added Nina Ricci to its roster recently. It’s sexy and girly but never fussy. A question many designers have asked but few convincingly answered: How to modernize Victorian romance? Chop it off to mid-thigh, turns out. A watercolor print and ruffled high neck yet still date-appropriate. Yes please.

Nina Ricci favorites in store: Lace and crushed velvet cami (wear with jeans and pointy toe pump!), ruched front tank, my new favorite flap bag.

Look 3: Love me some Lanvin! Alber Elbaz had me at Jamie Bochert; my favorite grunge-goddess-model strutted out in the first look. It was like ladies who lunch meets glam rock David Bowie. It was glorious. Suddenly I need something lamé in my life, and it might have to be the icy pink blazer thrown over Jamie’s shoulders. Oh so nonchalant, oh so Parisian.

Lanvin favorites in store: THE best boots, I’d live in this cardi-coat amazingness, the dress we all need for Fall (wear with aforementioned boots!)