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WHY I LOVE… MBFW AUSTRALIAN EDITION

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Australian Fashion week is happening now. Not the most covered weeks of the year, but one of my favorites as it always offers summery whites, sheers, lace, and gorgeous swimsuits to get you in a beachy state-of-mind. Frankly, its the stuff I actually wear. Take a look at these looks from Karla Spectic, Aje, By Johnny, Alex Perry, and Bec and Bridge. [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model1.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model1.jpg" width="600" align="center" title="model1" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model2.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model2.jpg" width="600" align="center" title="model2" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model3.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model3.jpg" width="600" align="center" title="model3" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model4.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model4.jpg" width="600" align="center" title="model4" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model5.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model5.jpg" width="600" align="center" title="model5" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model6.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/model6.jpg" width="600" align="center" title="model6" frame="true" icon="image"]

GOING FOR GOLD

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Im taking this as an official sign that SUPERMODELS are BACK. #Fashion #ClosingCeremony #Olympics

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INSIDE MONIQUE LHUILLIER’S UPPER EAST SIDE JEWEL BOX

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Sophistication. Allure. Glamour. These are the images and ideals that Monique Lhuillier resonates in the mind of every bride-to-be. However, it’s just now that the designer is opening her first New York flagship – the 3,000 square foot is located on 71st street between Madison and 5th Avenues – and is making dreams a reality for numerous women in the greater metro area. Formerly two separate stores and a private residence, it has an intimate jewel box feel with grey suede walls and Waterford chandeliers. The store houses Lhuillier’s bridal and ready-to-wear collections along with her collaborations with Waterford. Lhuillier calls the opening, “a big milestone in my career. I wanted to make sure the space felt private and residential. That when people walk in, they understand the world of Monique Lhuillier.” The opening party welcomed Hannah Bronfman, Derek Blasberg, Kelly Rutherford, DJ Harley V Newton, and Model Anais Pouliot who dazzled in a shimmering green dress from the designer. [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique1.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique1.jpg" width="816" align="center" title="monique1" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/monique-dress.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/monique-dress.jpg" width="300" align="center" title="monique-dress" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique2.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique2.jpg" width="1024" align="center" title="monique2" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique3.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique3.jpg" width="1024" align="center" title="monique3" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique4.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/monique4.jpg" width="679" align="center" title="monique4" frame="true" icon="image"] [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/monique5.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/monique5.jpg" width="768" align="center" title="monique5" frame="true" icon="image"]

WHEN IS A DRESS AN ICON?

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Fashion is about interpretation and evolution (who can forget Miranda Priestly’s cerulean blue tirade in The Devil Wears Prada), but sometimes you cross the line.   This is the gist of BCBGMaxAzria’s lawsuit against fledgling Stretta Apparel.  The miracle-working Herve Leger bandage dress has been perfecting women’s bodies since the 80’s. With the recent rejuvenation of the line by BCBG in 2007, we have seen many postpartum interpretations of the original garment.  These lesser quality knockoffs are not uncommon within the industry, but it is rare that even a stylist can confuse the two (as alleged by BCBG).  Stretta Apparel markets their replica banded dresses and skirts at an average price point of $350 to vendors such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Intermix.  They have taken numerous designs and leaked that their dresses are manufactured in the same factories as Herve Leger, thus misleading stylists and buyers. What is the impact to you? Do you care if you get the look of the original at a minimum 50% off? What are the long-term repercussions to the fashion industry? Is this just natural competition or pathetic copy-cat syndrome? You be the judge… Top image is Herve Leger’s $1050 Eileen Dress while the bottom image is Stretta’s $422 Christiana Dress. [lightbox link="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/dress1.jpg" thumb="http://www.seriousdesigner.com/erinsykes/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/dress1.jpg" width="150" align="center" title="dress1" frame="true" icon="image"]

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