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Christian Siriano for Payless

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Christian Siriano, the FIERCE winner of the fourth season of Project Runway is giving us access to style for less moolah.  Last December, Siriano announced his collaboration with Payless and upcoming plans to distribute a shoe and handbag line for fall 2009.  The collection features Egyptian inspired footwear and accessories with spikes, chains and cone-shaped heels.  The price range is $25-$45 for the items which could be considered steep for Payless but still affordable compared to other fashion retailers. 

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Siriano isn’t the first designer to link up with the low-cost shoe store.  Over the last few years, Payless has been debuting collections at New York’s Fashion Week and pairing up with high fashion designers to give everyone a chance to have fly shoes for less.

Click here to experience Payless on the Runway

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You Wanna Get Fierce?

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Beyonce is dropping a new line under the House of Deréon umbrella.  This fall, just in time for the back-to-school season, she and Tina Knowles will introduce Sasha Fierce for Deréon.  The collection will include sportswear, accessories, outerwear, handbags, footwear and jewelry and has already been picked up by stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s and Jimmy Jazz.  The collection wholesales from $25-$75 but will sell in stores for the same prices as the other Dereon clothing. 

Hopefully this stuff won’t be tacky and end up on the racks at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx but that might be wishful thinking.  Jennifer Lopez just shut down production of her Sweetface line and the retail business has been declining for the last few years.  Maybe she’ll get lucky and this stuff will fly off the shelves but I doubt.  The one thing that I have never understood is how stars dress impeccably but when it’s time to make a clothing line they try to feed us crap.  They would do so much better if they gave us the same quality clothing that they like to wear. But that would be too much like right.

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Who Owned It???

I know there’s a recession but I didn’t realize how hard it’s hitting designers and stylists.  It seems that they aren’t able to afford materials to make custom outfits so celebs are being forced to rock the same exact items.  This is the only excuse I can come up with as to why everybody is wearing the same damn things.  Don’t their stylists make it a point to ensure that there aren’t a lot of repeats on the red carpet? Well, I caught all the copycats and have a few side-by-side comparisons for you.  Who owned the look? Who should be disowned for thinking they could pull it off?

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Amber Rose and Amerie showed up to the BET awards rocking the exact same long-sleeve white Alexander McQueen dress. They even struck similar poses- How Mortifying!!!!

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Megan Tandy (Miss California 2007) showed up to "The Rock N Roll of Hip Hop" Photo Exhibit Party on 6/26 in this black studded mini dress and actress/singer Naturi Naughton showed up last night at the BET Awards with the same dress on.

Megan Tandy (Miss California 2007) showed up to “The Rock N Roll of Hip Hop” Photo Exhibit Party on 6/26 in this black studded mini dress and actress/singer Naturi Naughton showed up last night at the BET Awards with the same dress on.

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Everyone is wearing Balmain these days! Letoya rocked her black and silver Balmain dress last night at the BET Awards and  model Selita Ebanks wore it ealier this year to a movie premiere.

Everyone is wearing Balmain these days! Letoya rocked her black and silver Balmain dress last night at the BET Awards and model Selita Ebanks wore it ealier this year to a movie premiere.

Now for the boys!

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson wore this Gucci sweater first in April for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, Soulja Boy wore it for the MTV Awards and Diddy just wore it at "The Rock N Roll of Hip Hop" Photo Exhibit Party.

Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson wore this Gucci sweater first in April for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, Soulja Boy wore it for the MTV Awards and Diddy just wore it at “The Rock N Roll of Hip Hop” Photo Exhibit Party.

 I’m sure they will be more celeb twin looks to come.   I’ll be on the lookout!!

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Shoenista Alert: Jimmy Choo comes to H&M

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB on Wednesday unveiled the name of its next designer collection team-up: British accessory brand Jimmy Choo.

H&M said the famed shoemaker — one of the favorite pump labels of “Sex & the City” character “Carrie” — will launch the collection in 200 H&M stores on Nov. 14, including covetable shoes and bags as well as a women’s clothing line to match them.

Jimmy Choo will also provide a men’s collection of shoes, bags and accessories.

“We adore Jimmy Choo’s shoes and bags,” H&M’s Creative Designer Margareta van den Bosch said in a statement, adding it was the first time the company collaborated with an accessory brand. “I like the way we have worked with clothes to accessorize the shoes and bags rather than the other way around,” she said.

Jimmy Choo founder and President Tamara Mellon vowed that her brand would bring H&M “a sophisticated, fashion forward, accessible and glamorous collection.”

“We are privileged to be among the fashion greats who have been affiliated with H&M so far,” she said.

According to Stockholm-based H&M, Jimmy Choo — which was founded in 1996 — has been worn by Hollywood celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry and Hilary Swank.

H&M has previously collaborated with both pop icons and designers including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf.

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Sneaker Couture

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For all of you ladies that have been trading comfort for style, I have some good news for you.  Shoe designers have taken sneaker style to the next level.  Now you don’t have to be in sky-high stilettos to make a style statement.  Personally, I’m not ready to trade in my heels for soft-soles on a full-time basis but I still think this is a good look.  I might rock some ultra-chic sneaks to the grocery store on a casual day!

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Your Daily Dose of Vitamin Ri

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 Rihanna’s daily fashion show continues! Are we sick of her yet? I would be, but the fashion is so on point that I can’t help myself!

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U Likey or U Hatey?

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Everybody is rockin’ harem pants these days! It just seems like everywhere I look from the runways to the streets these are the hot new thing.  I remember how hot they were when MC Hammer was floating across my video channel wearing these same pants. Now models and actresses have jumped on the bandwagon and are wearing these pants to casual events as well as formal shindigs.  Supposedly the resurgence of this look was brought on by the pants being worn by a very chic French editor and fashion designers took the idea and ran with it. 

“Fashion designers see someone like her and think they look cool,” says Amy Astley, editor in chief of Teen Vogue. “Trends by their very nature aren’t for everyone, but everyone likes to try them.”

I totally agree with that statement, everybody can’t wear everything but you make the decision.  Harem pants… U likey or  U hatey????

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Sexy Bandages

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The bandage dress has been a fashion staple for years and it seems like there’s been a resurgence in this sexy silhouette.  All the stars have been rocking  variatons of the frock created by the design powerhouse Hervé Léger by Max Azria and the line recently hosted a launch party for the 2009 collection.  There weren’t many of my fav celebs in attendance but I have an appreciation for the fashion. Look at the pics and decide if you’d sacrifice $1450 for the privilege of rocking one.

Photos: Zimbio/Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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Dare to be Different

 

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Rihanna has been taking a lot of fashion risks lately.  Her ensemble at the Costume Institue Gala didn’t float my boat but the Dolce and Gabbana suit was a brave fashion move.  She hasn’t stopped there.  She has been on the move taking advantage of all photo ops and most likely gearing up for a comeback.  She gone clubbing, out to dinner and apartment-hunting in NYC all while wearing HAWT couture. She is definitely trying to stay in the forefront of our minds and I just hope that her new projects will be worth the wait.  Check out Miss RiRi in her $920 Rodarte leggings, yellow Marc Jacobs collection jacket (Monica was rocking this same jacket in the new Keyshia Cole video) and the rest of her edgy garments! Should she keep it up? Or stop it if she wanna make a profit?

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