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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

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 Billboard.com.

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 Billboard.com. “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 Billboard.com.

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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New York Fashion Week (Feb. 11 to 18) is off to a red hot start. Thursday night was the Red Dress 2010 Collection by The Heart Truth featuring 20 celebrities wearing 20 different red dresses designed to “celebrate the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.”

See the photos and decide which is your favorite dress!

Heidi Klum in John Galliano:

The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010

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Alexander McQueen Fall-Winter 2008-2009 Ready-to-Wear collection- Paris

The fashion world is reeling at the terrible news of the death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (pictured, right, in 2008).

The 40-year-old McQueen was found dead today at his home in London. News reports state that McQueen died of an apparent suicide, with one source stating that he was found hanged.

The fashion designer, whose full name was Lee Alexander McQueen, was reportedly depressed following the death of his mother on February 2.

“Lee McQueen influenced a whole generation of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs,” Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, told reporters.

News of the fashion designer’s untimely death was announced on his blacked-out website:

ON BEHALF OF LEE MCQUEEN’S FAMILY, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN TODAY ANNOUNCES THE TRAGIC NEWS THAT LEE MCQUEEN, THE FOUNDER AND DESIGNER OF THE ALEXANDER MCQUEEN BRAND HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD AT HIS HOME. AT THIS STAGE IT IS INAPPROPRIATE TO COMMENT ON THIS TRAGIC NEWS BEYOND SAYING THAT WE ARE DEVASTATED AND ARE SHARING A SENSE OF SHOCK AND GRIEF WITH LEE’S FAMILY.

LEE’S FAMILY HAS ASKED FOR PRIVACY IN ORDER TO COME TO TERMS WITH THIS TERRIBLE NEWS AND WE HOPE THE MEDIA WILL RESPECT THIS.

London Fashion Week, taking place February 19 to 23, will be missing one of its most brilliant stars.

Jennifer Lopez donned a black, strapless mini-dress from Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton to attend a book party for her makeup artist, Scott Barnes, in New York on Wednesday night.

She wore the dress with a pair of Satin d’Orsay Années Folles heels from the Christian Louboutin Spring 2010 collection, and finished her look with a small, black clutch.

Below, see how it was styled for the runway.

Music for Relief has put together an impressive lineup of artists for “Haiti, Download to Donate”.

“Haiti, Download to Donate” is a mixtape of original songs to support the Haiti relief effort.

Artists include: Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, Slash, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Kenna, Enrique Iglesias and Lupe Fiasco.

Download the album, and donate whatever you can no matter how large or small to help. Click here to get started and to learn more: Download to Donate.

Music for Relief is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and prevent such disasters. Since its beginning in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $3 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents and planted over 810,000 trees to help reduce global warming. Music for Relief was found by the band Linkin Park.

Source: Look to the Stars – Download Music To Bring Relief To Haiti

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named Ellen DeGeneres and Tim Gunn Woman and Man of the Year for 2009.   They were chosen because of their exemplary examples in promoting causes that PETA supports.

In 2008 Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, decided to go vegan.  In the pursuit of this choice, Ellen has also been active in educating the public on veganism:

…ever since she and her wife, Portia De Rossi, decided to ditch all animal products in 2008, Ellen has made sure that her wildly popular talk show includes features to raise people’s awareness of animal issues.

In addition to educating the public via her show, PETA also notes that, “Ellen also created pages on her Web site that feature insight, info, and tips about cruelty-free living. Visitors can find recipes, read about why Ellen went vegan, learn where to shop, and more.”

The man of the year is Project Runway’s Tim Gunn. As mentioned, Tim narrated the PETA video named “Fashion Victims” in 2009.

The connoisseur of class, the guru of good taste, the titan of tact (I could go on all afternoon with these) narrated our video exposing skin-crawling atrocities suffered by animals who are slaughtered for their pelts, and the media have been buzzing ever since. Tim recently told the L.A. Times, “Wearing fur is like wearing a big sign reading, ‘I’m in favor of inflicting cruelty and pain on animals as a fashion statement.’ Unspeakable torture is inflicted on dogs, cats, bunnies, raccoons, foxes, minks, and myriad trapped, helpless creatures in the name of fashion—yes, dogs and cats.”

In addition to that Tim Gunn is the chief creative officer for Liz Claiborne and there is “zero fur” in that line.  In addition, they credit the absence of challenges involving fur from Project Runway to Tim’s influence.

Maybe this will influence more notable names in fashion to openly reject fur.

What do you think?  Will Gunn’s influence more fashionable people to reject fur?

Source: PETA.org’s Blog – The PETA Files – PETA Names Man and Woman of the Year

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Just a couple more days until Christmas, so it’s time to get that shopping done!  Of course, now ordering is a lost cause because the gift won’t arrive in time.  However, I’m going to list a few products with their links in the hopes that either 1) you live close enough to one of these stores so that you can zip out and get it or 2) that it gives you an idea for something you can get at a nearby store.

#1 – The Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask – $14.00.

I love sleep masks, and this one is a replica of the one Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  They’re great when you’re traveling to help you sleep a bit more sound. This one is satin lined with an elegant trim and terry backing.

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As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Rodarte has designed a collection for Target which will go on sale from December 20th to January 31st.

Here is a video from Style.com shot by 13 year old, Tavi Gevinson, writer of the Style Rookie blog.  She caught up with Kate and Laura Mulleavy as they were out in “the middle of nowhere”, aka North Dakota, shooting the ad campaign for the collection.

This collaboration is inspired by a trio of films: Harold and Maude, Bonnie and Clyde and Rosemary’s Baby.  The pieces will be priced between $9.99 to $79.99. As the muse for the line, Tavi has worked with the Mulleavy sisters since August.  What a lucky girl!

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