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Newest Fashion Icon

Katy PerryKaty Perry isn’t only the latest pop princess to hit the airwaves; she may also be the next fashionista to follow. Twenty-three year old Perry’s single “I Kissed a Girl” seemed to be on every radio station (and now her new song “Thinking of You” is becoming very popular!) and the singer herself will soon be the centerpiece of many a fashion spread. Her vintage style has caught the eye of many established luxury-wear designers from always-fresh Betsey Johnson to the man himself, Karl Lagerfield; the long-time head designer of one fashion’s most luxurious brands, Chanel.  Even before her songs were on the Internet, Betsey Johnson was into Perry, dressing her up for New York Fashion Week after seeing her appear in Betsey Johnson dress for a Women’s Wear Daily photo spread. Now, after being on the covers of countless magazines, Katy continues to pose and primp in her signature conglomeration of vintage finds and the latest 1940s-inspired fashions. Although many young people struggle to find their style, Katy has had her look for a while and it looks like it’s holding strong. (P.S. For all of you “Thinking of You” video fans, her amazing shoes are Italian label, Giambattista Valli and they are from a Los Angeles boutique called Diavolina.) Katy PerryTHE SHOES!katyperry

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A Little Bit About…Abigail Lorick

 

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The mastermind behind “Lorick” is Abigail Lorick. Born on Amelia Island, Florida, Abigail knew the South couldn’t contain her. At the age of 18, she moved to Paris and Milan to model for designers such as Alberta Ferretti and Mossimo while appearing in acclaimed magazines French C’osmopolitan, American Elle and American Harper’s Bazaar. Working as a model only enhanced her love of fashion and led her to move in 2003, to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology while working simultaneously at T.S. Dixin. By 2004, Abigail was designing T.S. Dixin’s entire collection. After proving her vision over a few seasons, Abigail’s production manager in India, Verma Singh, approached her to createa collection of her own. Quickly thereafter in the Spring of 2007, she conceptualized and launched the Lorick brand.Waldorf

Lorick DressesYou’ve probably seen Abigail Lorick’s designs on Gossip Girl.  When the model turned fashion designer started her line, the producers for the show quickly grabbed the attention of the new and fresh collection. They were looking for a real line to dub as the Eleanor Waldorf Collection- for the fictional character/designer Eleanor Waldorf. The designer even got the chance to play Eleanor’s assistant in the series. Where do we sign up for that life?! Blair (Leighton Meester) wears a lot of Lorick designs, and there are scenes where she gives away Lorick clothes to Jenny (Taylor Momsen) as hand-me-downs. Most of her pieces are classic and timeless, but there’s always a twist to them, like the backless dresses that Serena and Blair wore in the park. From the front it’s a classic and then from the back it’s sexy. She really finds that line — keeping that timelessness but being sexy, fun and quirky at the same time.

She models for her own line

 

“I’m hoping to inspire women to dress-up again, to wake up in the morning and throw the scarf on, wear gloves in the summer or pair a T-shirt with a full skirt. Women today don’t embrace that excitement.” –Abigail Lorick

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Trench Coats

First Trench CoatTrench coats are -and have been- the most popular coats in America. The first trench coat was actually developed as an alternative to the heavy serge “greatcoats” worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War. The trench coat was created by Thomas Burberry, who submitted his trench coat design for an army officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901. The trench coat has had a big role in fashion: from comic book mystery characters to the last scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn!). Like the Chanel suit and the Birkin bag, the trench coat will always be one of fashion’s most iconic pieces.Dont' be afraid of Color!Different Stylestrenches

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Hats, Hats, and More Hats!

Marc JacobsPeople have covered their heads since the beginning of time. Initially, hats offered protection from injury of falling rocks, weapons or masonry. Later, head coverings became symbols of status of authority. Soon after, hats progressed to become not only a uniform, but also an art form. In fashion terms, hats are a very noticeable accessory because the on-looker’s attention is first drawn to the face. A hat is the most noticeable item that anyone can wear. Here are a few interesting hats that you might find fun to look at.AUSTRALIA-FASHION-MILLINERY-PARADEhathats!Hat 

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An Architectural Shoe Breaks The Mold (and the budget!)

The Zoe shoesLooking for a great way to simultaneously spite the recession and add some heavy-duty innovation to your closet? A pair of handmade aluminum shoes from German industrial designer Christian Werner, with a price tag that nears $4,000, should do the trick. While I can’t condone the price, I do love the idea: Werner’s Zoe shoe riffs on the classic wedge by subtracting the volume and rendering the silhouette in ultra-strong and lightweight aluminum. And look at the cost factor this way: With its sculptural lines and innovative materials, the Zoe could not only be added to your growing shoe closet, but could also be considered your first investment in art!

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Dior’s Couture Fashion

Here are a few beautifully designed outfits by Christian Dior from fashion week. Keep in mind that these outfits are called haute couture and are usually not worn as everyday clothes (like many runway outfits).DiorDiorDiorDior

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Michelle Obama’s Picks

First Lady Michelle Obama picked fashion insider Isabel Toledo, 47, to design her Inaugural ensemble. The glamorous, creamy yellow dress and matching overcoat were made of satin-backed wool guipure, a kind of lace used most often in French haute couture. Obama accessorized the look with a sparkling crystal necklace and green leather gloves and shoes. Although the First Lady’s office repeatedly said that Obama would not decide on her outfit until that morning, the choice — including the color, fabric and accessories — shows a lot of confidence and planning on the wearer’s part.Michelle Obama

She celebrated her husband’s inauguration on that night wearing a white chiffon, one-shoulder gown covered in fluffy appliques and beading that will now become part of fashion history.Classicly elegant

Designed by 26-year-old Jason Wu, much loved in the fashion world but otherwise not well known, the gathered-skirt gown was surprising for its reserve given Michelle Obama’s love of jewel tones and sleek silhouettes.

The gown’s slight train swirled pleasingly and her shoulder-sweeping earrings picked up the gown’s sparkle as she and President Barack Obama danced the evening’s first dance at the Neighborhood Ball at Washington’s Convention Center.Jason Wu

Jason Wu studied fashion design at Parson’s in New York City. He has been designing his eponymous label since February 2006. Here are a few more garments from his collection. (I personally love his garments.)Jason Wu CollectionJason WuJason Wu Collection 2008

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