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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 Boutiques.com 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 Boutiques.com 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!

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Are you addicted to high heels for the elevation they provide? (Paging Jessica Simpson!) Then you’ll love the new “skyscraper” heels by Romanian designer, Mihai Albu, so named because the towering sandals add 12 impressive inches to your height.

“Heels have an advantage because (many women) don’t have long legs,” Albu told the Associated Press. “They reposition the waist.”

The high heels are hand-crafted and cost about $1,525. One style features three wedge sandals that are stacked to make one very tall shoe. (See photo, left.)

Other styles feature chunky platforms and colorful rosettes. (More photos below.)

We love the height that these sandals would add to our frame, but we can’t help asking a silly question — how is anybody supposed to be walk in these things?

Never mind, fashion has never been about function anyways.

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AP/Vadim Ghirda

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.

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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Nicole Richie in her kimono dress.

Filmy cardigans, kimono silk dresses, and sexy cropped leather jackets comprise Nicole Richie’s “Winter Kate” Spring 2010 collection. Named for the middle names of her daughter, Harlow, the 40-piece collection employs lots of vintage silk crepe and vintage silk chiffon embellished with fringe, embroidery and cotton macrame details.

“The Spring 2010 collection reflects [my] love of ethereal flowing clothes: easy to wear, simple, yet romantic and feminine at the same time,” states her website.

Do you love? Shop Winter Kate online at Nordstrom’s. Prices range from $125 to $495.

More pictures from the collection, below…

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Brian Wolk and Claude Morais: the designers behind Ruffian

Macy’s announced last week that it will launch a men’s fashion line which they’ll call Threads & Heirs.  The line will go on sale in 200 Macy’s stores nationwide starting March 2010.  The line will be produced by LF USA’s Oxford Collections. Part of the line will also be designed by Ruffian, which is a New York notable luxury design line. This is yet another design house/retail chain collaboration. Since most are for women, this is notable because this is for the guys.

Ruffian is a line by designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais.  They’re critically acclaimed designers who have extensive fashion training and a lot of success designing for women.  They draw their inspiration from cinema, European court culture and American iconography. They’re also coming off of a collaboration with the Pennsylvania-based Anthropologie chain of stores.

In an interview with Style.com the two designers talked about what designs the upcoming line will have:

We did great shirts and jackets and blazers in linen, cotton, and plaid. For us, it was personal—we pulled out our favorite pieces from our wardrobe. My favorite plaid shirt, Claude’s favorite blazer—and maybe that’s kind of Ruffian. But it’s so important, I think, because if you love something a lot, generally other people will, too. A lot of it was kind of inspired by where we live, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Just walking down Bedford Avenue every day, or riding on the L train, is an inspirational journey. We took lots of pictures of boys from our neighborhood and started from there. We were really lucky—Macy’s was really receptive and really gave us free rein.

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Threads & Heirs design preview

The Threads & Heirs line will not only have luxury designer cred.  It will also be affordable. According to the Macy’s press release, the line will “offer great value”.  It will have tops and jackets prices from $24 for a t-shirt to $99 for a jacket.  The target customer is the 20- to 40-something year old male who is both style conscious but also price sensitive.  The style is described as “cool style with a slim silhouette and unique trimmings.”

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bargainista on coats

I’m sharing this information because I’m silly. You see, I moved to New York recently, but all of my winter stuff is still in storage in San Francisco. Now, I have a ton of warm stuff because I just moved back from Seoul, South Korea. My plan was to get back home to California before the winter chill hit, but that hasn’t quite worked out.

What that means is I had to find inexpensive but still cute coats and outerwear ASAP.

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Good for me I was watching TV this weekend and had a chance to see this on CBS’ The Early Show. They had a segment with “Real Simple” magazine’s Jaimee Zanzinger. The title of the segment is Bargainsta Winter Coats. With all of the stuff I have, I just saw no reason to spend a lot on a new coat when hopefully I’ll go back and fetch all of my stuff in a few weeks. It’s just that the heaviest thing I have is a leather jacket. However, based on this segment, I bought something today from the WalMart website. I’m glad I saw it.

Here is a link to the video segment: Bargainista Winter Coats

(Note: the model wearing the Uniqlo coat comes out third, but the info on the screen says the gray coat she’s wearing is from Old Navy. It’s not. The coat after that one is the Old Navy coat.)

Put something in the comments if you know of any other great places to get inexpensive coats and outerwear. Everyone is watching their bottom line, so let’s help each other out!

Stay solvent AND stay warm!

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It’s been a few years since a Julie Frederickson got unceremoniously tossed out of the Bryant Park tents for daring to interview Anna Wintour.  To Anna’s credit, however, she answered Frederickson’s questions.  It was the publicist, Kelly Cutrone, who went ballistic and tossed her.  My how things have changed!

As you know, OpenFashion.com has been on Twitter and Facebook for the last few weeks following the fashion week shows happening in New York, London, Milan and Paris. The shows, the clothes and the buzz are exciting and fun to keep up with.

However, once the shows got across the pond to Europe, the innovation kicked up a notch.

It started with Burberry Prorsum broadcasting live from London Fashion Week.

Screen shot from the live Burberry Prorsum show

screen shot from the live Burberry Prorsum show

Then in Milan Twitter simply blew up when Federico Marchetti, the CEO of an Internet site Yoox.com, and bloggers  BryanBoy, Tommy Ton, Garance Doré and Scott Schuman got the front row at the D&G show.

Today Alexander McQueen had brilliant webcast of his Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2010 runway show today at 2:15pm Paris time. He paired with SHOWstudio, which is headed by photographer Nick Knight.  SHOWstudio is known for incorporating innovation into how they present fashion to the world and just opened a space in London a few weeks ago.

In an interview with WWD, McQueen talked about wanting to break new ground in how the public views fashion by making it more accessible.

“I want to break new ground in the way the public sees and understands fashion,” McQueen told Women’s Wear Daily, fashion’s top trade journal. “I want to generate something for a wider audience,” he added, acknowledging he is embracing new media such as Twitter with great passion. Weary of seeing snippets of his shows on YouTube, he joked, “Really, what I’m aiming for is world domination.” (quote from star.com: Alexander McQueen brings once-exclusive show online)

If you missed it, the webcast link is up on McQueen’s website: Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis Spring/Summer 2010 webcast.

Hopefully, it will stay up so that everyone who wants to see if gets a chance. It’s a great 17 minutes.

screen shot of the beginning of the McQueen SS10 show

screen shot of the beginning of the McQueen SS10 show

screen shot of the end of the McQueen show

screen shot of the end of the McQueen show

You can follow McQueen on Twitter at @McQueenWorld and SHOWstudio here @SHOWstudio.  Both McQueen and SHOWstudio get top marks for innovation. The runway setup and video cameras on rails just made it all a great show.

Burberry and McQueen aren’t alone. Others are planning to join this web trend.

  • Louis Vuitton has been promoting its planned October 7th show very aggressively on Facebook: Louis Vuitton Women Spring/Summer 2010 Live Fashion Show on Facebook. Last I checked, there were over 46,000 people who’d RSVPed that they’d “attend”.  Since we all know 46,000 people won’t be there in person, that means all of these people have indicated they’ll watch the webcast.  People will have 24 hours to view the show.  Then, I guess, the video will be taken down.

LV Live on FB

Let’s see how many make the time to tune in tomorrow live.  There were so many people trying to view McQueen’s show that there simply wasn’t enough bandwidth and many didn’t have a chance to view it live. If the response to the Vuitton show is similar to McQueen’s the same thing might happen.

We’re witnessing the democratization of fashion, and that’s incredibly exciting!

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Now it’s been days since the end of New York Fashion Week.  In fact, London Fashion Week has come and gone, and Milan Fashion Week is two days in.

However, people are still talking about the Spring Summer 2010 Rodarte show.

Here is the video from Style.com. The video includes Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sister duo designers themselves, talking about how they “destroyed” the fabrics and only then were they beautiful.

It’s not conventional beauty but beauty created from torn and scarred things, which, honestly, is a bit more beautiful because it’s been distressed.  I think of it as the beauty you see in the eyes of a woman who has suffered through something horrible, but the photographer catches something about her that makes her radiant.  Think of a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi who is being held under house arrest in Burma aka Myanmar.  She is pretty, but there is a tortured beauty about her that’s moving.

Image courtesy of the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit website

Image courtesy of the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit website

It’s a beauty you have to reflect upon a bit to appreciate.

The New York Times’ fashion blog The Moment put together all the rave reviews for the show:

  • “The ravens rose at Rodarte. With a smoke-filled runway beneath them, models wore outfits resembling the contradictory symbol of darkness and survival.” (Associated Press)
  • “A spectacular and the original display.” (Fashion Week Daily)
  • “Urban warrior princesses, patchworks Amazons whose ragged finish and spaghetti-like entanglement of materials was shockingly new.” (Fashion Wire Daily)
  • “The most dramatic, intense and striking craft work came from Rodarte, where the sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy create clothes with a story literally woven in.” (International Herald Tribune)
  • “The Mulleavys, Kate and Laura, know a little something about playing dress-up.” (Los Angeles Times)
  • “A glimpse of devastation with a shot of futuristic glamour that we can only hope to adorn ourselves in once the world ends as we know it.” (Refinery 29)
  • “Married primitivism to the sisters’ ongoing interest in futurism.” (Style.com)
  • “Filled with ripped and wrapped dresses made of fabric distressed in a half-dozen ways, this dramatic collection wowed.” (StyleList)
  • “Somewhat bizarre thought-processes resulted in some bizarrely beautiful clothes.” (The Daily Telegraph)
  • “Some wonderful pieces with a daring that would scorn a reality-TV style show.” (The New York Times)
  • “True to form, there was little — let’s be honest, nothing — in the collection that could be worn to most offices. These are clothes for artists, special events and collections. It’s hard to imagine that they could even be dry cleaned. Yet they get you thinking.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • “Those Rodarte girls sure know how to work a theme.” (Vogue.com UK)
  • “If spring was another feather in the caps of Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy — and it was, no question — the plumes would be black.” (Women’s Wear Daily)

The pictures and video from the show has great designs with intricate craftsmanship.

These sisters are on a roll! In just they won the women’s wear designer of the year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. They’ve also announced an upcoming line for Target and, let me say, the Target designer lines always seem to work well. They will also work with William Morris Endevor to develop collaborations and publishing products. It’s going to be interesting to see how they’ll leverage the cult following that they have now. However, I’ve no doubt that they will.

Here is the complete show from Swarovski TV in two parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

You can watch the full video of the show on their website: Rodarte (it’s a few clicks to get to it – basically video and then Spring 2010).

Here are pictures of every look in the show from Style.com: Rodarte Spring 2010 – Complete Collection

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So who do you think rocked the red carpet at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards?

I’ve always been a fan of simple and sleek lines, bright colors and great accessories.  I’m all about “less is more”. That seemed to be the theme a lot of designers and celebrities liked too.

Maybe the classic lines and understated details are reaction to these tough economic times. Whatever the reason, this was a very well-dressed group!

I decided to use video instead of pictures, so I’ve linked to a bunch of TV Guide video interviews from last night’s red carpet. You can see them all on TV Guide’s YouTube channel.

Check them out.  Yes, there are some stars and great looks that are missing.

However, if your favorite isn’t here. Let me know who it is!

Chandra Wilson:

Glenn Close, Holly Hunter and Marcia Gay Harden:

Padma Lakshmi:

Seal and Heidi Klum:

Hayden Panettiere:

Christina Applegate:

Leighton Meester:

Kristin Chenoweth:

Jane Krakowski:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus:

Dana Delany:

Cobie Smulders:

Vanessa Williams:

Mariska Hargitay:

Kate Walsh:

Rose Byrne:

My favorite? Blake Lively’s Versache low cut red dress.

Pick yanked from Bonnie Fuller's Twitter Stream

Pic yanked from Bonnie Fuller's Twitter stream - click to read Bonnie's tweet!

It was simple yet just stunning.

Thanks to TV Guide for such a great YouTube channel!

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