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The Golden Globes took place tonight in Los Angeles and the stars looked ravishing. Which dress is your favorite? Take a look…

Natalie Portman is pretty in pink.


Sandra Bullock sports heavy bangs.

Angelina Jolie is stunning in green.

Anne Hathaway is glamourous in a long sleeved, backless glittering gown with shoulder pads.

Jennifer Lopez in a white gown with sparkly net capelet.

Helena Bonham Carter unleashes her creative and playful side in a witchy-poo outfit.

Michelle Williams in a ruffly, full length gown.

Eva Longoria is boring in black.

Olivia Wilde in a glittering ball gown.

January Jones in a risque red gown.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan on from Google

Google just got a whole lot cooler. Yes, that Google… The search engine and online advertising giant.

Google has launched the fashion and shopping website that uses the power of advanced search, celebrity and designer profile ’boutiques’ and a ton of personalization features.  Google, known more for its web indexing, algorithm expertise and technology prowess than its sense of style , hired and collaborated with “taste-makers” to make the site a desirable destination.

Google engineers picked taste-making brains, and produced a beta  site that is only for the ladies in the U.S. market right now. But it has great potential to go global, once they iron out the kinks and find out what users like and dislike, want more or less of, etc.

Here’s how Google’s director of product management, Munjal Shah, depicted the collaboration with taste makers on in a recent blog post.

We asked them not just to curate 10-50 great items they loved, but also to teach our site their style and taste. They did this by telling us what colors, patterns, brands and silhouettes they loved and they hated. They took a visual quiz that taught the site to understand their style genre: Classic, Boho, Edgy, etc. Our machine learning algorithms use this information to enable you to shop all of the inventory in the style of that taste-maker, on top of the 50 items they’ve hand-curated.

The site has advanced filtering options so you can see a ton of image and style options in one place. Options include inspiration photos, a way to complete the look, visual search availability and, of course, a slick new app for iPad users.

No iPad yet? Don’t worry. You can still experience the site from any old web-enabled computer.

Happy boutique browsing!

Lady GaGa's meat dress and accessories designed by Franc Fernandez; styling by Nicola Formichetti; meat purse jewels by Rodrigo Otazu; diamond jewelry by Guiseppe Zanotti and New York Vintage. (Photo: Franc Fernandez blog)

Are we still talking about the meat dress Lady Gaga wore at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday? In a word: yes.

It was the hot topic at US Weekly’s 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers bash in New York City this week. Celebrities said Lady Gaga’s outfit was “incredible” and “courageous,” but actress Kristin Chenoweth summed it up when she quipped, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in it, but go girl!

Amid rumors as to its authenticity, the designer of the meat dress, Franc Fernandez, has revealed that the frock is 100% beef. “The dress is indeed real meat from my family butcher,” Fernandez told MTV Style News.

Not surprisingly, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called the meat dress a “smelly, decomposing flesh dress” that posed a potential health hazard for spreading E. Coli bacteria.

We have to admit: the raw meat dress, while expertly fitted to Lady Gaga’s curves, does look rather gory on the dress form. Silence of the Lambs, anyone?

Photo: Franc Fernandez blog

Designer Rafe Totengco

From stylish celebs to everyday glamour gals, designer Rafe Totengco’s handbags are a staple in many chic closets. Eva Longoria, a longtime fan, asked Rafe to design her bridesmaids’ clutches for her 2007 nuptials to Tony Parker. (A similar style of the one-of-a-kind minaudiere is currently available.)

“I design for a woman who likes to stand out from the crowd, a woman who appreciates fashion but isn’t obsessed with it,” Rafe tells Open Fashion. “She’s got her own sense of style: sexy, individual and confident. She’ll mix vintage pieces with high street and designer labels. She likes to have fun with clothes.”

Open Fashion snagged an interview with the popular designer and peppered him with questions. What’s the must-have bag for Fall 2010? What is the one color handbag that every woman should have in her closet? Read on…

"Orchid" clutch by Rafe

How many collections do you produce each year?

I design 3 collections a year. Fall / Winter, Spring / Summer and Resort / Holiday.

What was the inspiration for your Fall 2010 collection of handbags?

This season I was channeling the unique characteristics and lifestyle of the Brooklyn girl, her edgy, yet relaxed sense of style. Foldover totes and cross-bodies serve as stylish yet functional pieces for perusing a vintage flea market or enjoying a bite to eat at hot spot Dumont. Clutches, minaudieres, hobos and shoulder bags are updated in luxe washed leathers, marbled metallics, pleated snakeskin and crinkle patent leathers. Crystals and beads embellish Italian moiré printed suede while studded fringe adorns buttery soft leather. The Rafe girl is checking out the latest art exhibit at PS1 and moving to the sounds of LaRoux on the dance floor at Deity.

Rafe Ruched Chocolate handbag

Rafe "Ana" foldover tote in chocolate

My inspirations are as varied as the women who wear them. This season’s rich color palette evokes the brushstrokes of artist Francis Bacon with colors that include warm earth tone colors in taupe, grey and brown hues and rich Bordeaux and green shades.

Rafe Studded Grey handbag

What is the one color of handbag that every woman should have in her closet?

A grey bag! Because I consider grey a neutral and it works well whatever the season.

What is the absolute must-have handbag for this Fall?

It would be our “Ana” fold-over tote made of washed lambskin. You can wear it as a cross body or a tote. Two different ways to wear the same bag — who can say no that?!

And now, to copy a question you have posed to other designers: What are your 3 Absolute Style Do’s and Don’ts — and why?


  • Say Please, Thank you and you’re welcome. Good manners are always in style.
  • Invest in good quality shoes, they finish your sartorial sentence and your feet will thank you for them over time.
  • Take a long good look at yourself before leaving your apartment. Sometimes you catch the oddest things about your outfit upon closure inspection. “Better safe than sorry” I always say.


  • Think that just because the 80’s are back, that you should be all over it. Some trends aren’t appropriate for everybody.
  • Under dress ever! Make an effort and you’ll feel better, especially when everybody tells you how fabulous you look.
  • Bother with cheap handbags made of questionable materials, you’ll be sorry when they start peeling against your skin and on your clothes.
New York Screening of NINE Co-Hosted by Martini

Pop icon Madonna and her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes will soon be debuting a juniors fashion line exclusively for Macy’s called “Material Girl.”

But according to Madonna, it’s her daughter that will be doing most of the designing. “I just stand in the background and go, “That’s cool. That’s not cool,'” Madonna recently told

Stella McCartney, says Madonna, is to blame (or credit) with instilling in Lourdes (nickname, Lola) the desire to design. “Lola has been bothering me for ages about designing clothes,” Madonna told “Stella McCartney is a good friend of mine and she got her mind thinking when Lola was a little girl, about 8 years old. She started giving Lola fabrics and inviting her into her showroom and asking her opinion on things, giving her sketch books and stuff like that. Stella always pushed her.”

With an early exposure to fashion design, perhaps it was inevitable that Lola would dip her sketch pencil in the pool, too. “I have a lot of friends who are clothing designers whether it is Gaultier or Dolce and Gabbana,” says Madonna. “[Lola] has been around all of the shoots I have done and all of the campaigns I have done. She is always hanging out backstage. The last two tours I have done, she has been working in the wardrobe department. On this last tour she dressed all of the dancers.”

What can consumers expect to see in the new Material Girl line, set to launch this fall? Jeans, shoes, fingerless gloves, necklaces and other accessories — much of it inspired by Madonna and Lola’s love of dance, reports

It’s been a brutal winter here in New York.  However, it’s Easter weekend and the sun is bright.

It’s time to peel off the layers and enjoy the great spring dresses.  Here are a few picks to get you started!

I’ll break this up by price categories: Under $30, from $30 to $100, and $100 and above.   To keep things simple, I’m going to stick with casual dresses for this post.

Under $30:

$19.99 from Target: Merona® Women’s V-Neck Dress – Pink Floral

$29.80 from Forever21: Flower Patch Minidress

$14.00 from Wal-Mart: Faded Glory – Women’s Crochet-Trim Print Dress

From $30 to $100:

$39.50 from Uniqlo: Women’s Silk Cotton Short Sleeve Smock Dress

$88.00 from Aqua Striped Silk Dress

$89.50 from Long Floral Dress

$100 and above:

$248.00 from LILLY PULITZER Lara Shell-Print Sleeveless Silk Swing Dress

$128.00 (on sale now for $88.99) from  Jessica Simpson Dress, Ruffled Neckline Butterfly Print

$128.00 from Nordstrom.comt: Eliza J Beaded Sateen Shift Dress

That’s only nine dresses.

There are so many cute dresses out there for spring!

Click around and if you find some that you just love, please share them with us in the comment section!

I dare you to tell me this isn’t fashion related. 😉

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We just luuurve the newest evolution in gladiator sandals by Chloe. Paired with khaki shorts or harem pants this season, it’s an oh-so-chic look that will have you channeling your inner warrior — whether you want to or not. Look out world!

Now, if only we could scrounge up the $595 to buy them.

UPI POY 2009 - Entertainment.

If you hurry, you can own a piece of Oprah — her closet, anyway. From March 1 – 11, the talk show maven is auctioning off her previously used clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories.

Check out Oprah’s whole collection on eBay.

Each item has a starting bid of $100. Just three hours after bidding opened today, a red Carolina Herrera dress that Oprah has worn on the show was already up to $810, and there’s more than a week left in the auction!

All proceeds from the sales will go towards financing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.

The utility jacket is everywhere right now and for good reason — it’s the perfect slouchy lightweight coat to add some grit and gravitas to a frilly spring dress and casual flats. Here are five of our favorites:

1. Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket by J. Crew. ($148) Check out more utility jackets at the J. Crew website.

J. Crew "Boyfriend Fatigue Jacket"

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