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For me, this is a very sad story. We sent out a tweet about it on March 5th linking to an article in The Independent. This is how that piece starts out:

The photograph shows a starkly handsome Chinese man walking with a model’s measured gait, and wearing a rag-tag but well co-ordinated overcoat on top of a leather jacket. His eyes peer into the middle distance, in what one fan described as “a deep and penetrating way”, and he strides confidently forward.

But this is no catwalk model. This is a homeless man in the city of Ningbo. And now a band of web followers are calling him the coolest man in China.

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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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After last year’s recession-reserved red carpet styles, the 2010 awards season is showing us a crop of much more daring choices.

The colors covered the range and included whites, neutrals, bold brights and blacks coupled with romantic details like beading, dramatic drapes, pretty ruffles and delicate flounces.

Everyone was a lot more comfortable taking a risk. Most of those risks paid off.

Here are OpenFashion.com’s top 10 best dressed and a couple of honorable mentions.

The Top 10

Drew Barrymore’s champagne Atelier Versace  gown:

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image from the WSJ.com - (l-r) Donna Karan; Norma Kamali; Ralph Lauren; Getty Images; Donna Karan; Getty Images; Elie Tahari; Tommy Hilfiger

One benefit of having a fashion blogger who is also a tech geek and tech blogger is more topics!  I just wrote a post over at The Next Web titled: 20 Fashion Apps for the iPhone. Of course, you can check it out there (in fact, please check it out there too.)

Here I get to sort through that list with more of a fine-toothed comb. For you lovelies, I’ve ranked them by iTunes ranking and have thrown in five more I think look good.

Here you go!

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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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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.

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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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Christian Siriano fans! Rejoice!

The word on the street is his SS10 show was fierce!  However, are we surprised by this?

We discovered him when he was a contestant on the Project Runway.  During that show he came off as fierce as his designs.

The great thing about Siriano’s work is the range of what he’s creates.  You can find his designs in high end department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue but also in budget conscious shoe stores like Payless Shoe Source.

The buzz is that Christian truly came into his own with this collection and matured with this collection.

His Spring 2010 collection was inspired by Mediterranean travel.  Many of the pieces in this collection were made with an aerial shot of the Italian coast in both ocean blue and fire red.  I liked the colors more than the neutrals.

However, this shimmery tan suit caught my eye.  I think it’s just lovely.

My favorite pieces were the vibrant blues like this beautiful flouncy dress:


Very nice work Christian!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

You can see more shots from Christian’s SS10 show on Coutorture.com, at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week site or here:

You can also find the Christian Siriano shoe collection at Payless.com.

I’m partial to these great ankle boots from last season!

Christian Siriano for Payless Slither Boot

Christian Siriano for Payless Slither Boot

So what do you think of Christian’s SS10 collection?

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New York Fashion Week is coming up oh so soon and to jump start the week-long festivities on September 10 is the much talked about Fashion’s Night Out.  The retail initiative will be keeping NYC stores open until 11 to encourage people to shop and support the fashion industry.  With this big night in fashion and many events being held all over the  Big Apple, it can get quite confusing.  While there is no way you can physically make it to all of them, here is a list of some the biggest events you won’t want to miss if you’re in the city.

1. INTERMIX – Soho, 98 Prince Street

With Savannah and Sienna Miller from Twenty8Twelve

2. BCBGMAXAZRIA – Flagship Store, 461 5th Avenue

Featuring  a runway show

3.  DKNY – 655 Madison Avenue

Featuring model Coco Rocha

4. Bergdorf Goodman – 754 5th Avenue

The high-end department store will be designer and celebrity central.  Narcicso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, and many others plan to make an appearance.

5. Teen Vogue’s Bleecker Street Block Party – Bleecker Street between 7th Avenue and Bank Street

Special musical guest appearance from Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen.

6. Opening Ceremony Shop

See Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and the Proenza duo.

7.  Anna Wintour in Queens – Macy’s Queens Location

Last but not least, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour signing t-shirts?  A must-see for sure.

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keke4keke5Miley Cyrus and Max Azria’s clothing line isn’t the only collection for Wal-Mart getting buzz.  Nickelodeon is teaming up with the discount department store to launch a tween fashion line for its “True Jackson, VP” series for its back-to-school season.  The girly and affordable line for Wal-Mart is inspired by the Nickelodeon show about a teen executive named True Jackson (played by 15-year-old Keke Jackson) who works at a fashion company called Mad Style.

Everything in the Mad Style by True Jackson collection will retail for under $14 and will be available in sizes 7 to 16.   Nickelodeon and Wal-Mart hope to target the network’s Tween audience between the ages of six t0 eleven-year-old girls.

“We wanted to bring the success of ‘True Jackson’ and the opportunity for customization and a fashion opportunity to as broad an audience as we could,” said Hal Snik, senior vice president of domestic licensing at Nickelodeon. “We want to have cutting-edge fashion at a price point so the girl can mix and match and not go wrong.”

Article and Photo Source: WWD

Coach’s more affordable line Poppy introduced earlier this year debuted in stores and online at Coach.com just last month.  The pieces in this trendy collection include a wide variety of colorful clutches, handbags, shoes, and jewelry which range in price from $198 to $598.  With a number of sequined ballet flats, multi-colored statement necklaces, and fun prints, the collection is perfect for a young or young at heart crowd.  Have you checked out the Poppy collection yet?