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The Runways are on fire!

One of the earliest – and most fun – events during Fashion Week in New York is the Heart Truth Red Dress runway show. To raise awareness about women and heart disease, celebrities parade in one-of-a-kind crimson gowns to an upbeat dance track that would make for an awesome workout mix. This year’s show included Minka Kelly in Diane Von Furstenberg, Rose McGowan in Roberto Cavalli, Rebecca Romijin in Marchesa, Linda Evans in Tadashi Shoji, Gloria Estefan in Narciso Rodriguez, Jenna Elfman in Alberta Ferretti and Christie Brinkley in Pamella Rolland.

Red is always classic, but as New York fashion week unfolded – the color popped up in designer’s fall 2012 collections.

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Colorblocking: How to Mix and Match in Style

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When the Fall 2011 runway shows hit NY, London and Paris last spring, it was clear that designers had color on the brain. But, instead of brash patterns or florals, they were thinking dense blocks of saturated color paired for dramatic effect. Gucci, specifically, didn’t shy away from multiple colors in one outfit: a green pant, purple top and orange jacket suddenly seemed fresh and sophisticated when married.

Now that Fall is finally upon us, it’s time to revisit colorblocking for the real world. Unlike Gucci, most designers paired these bright shades with wearable neutrals to great effect. Balenciaga, above, used one bright (purple) against large swaths of black and white.

Philip Lim took it one step further by using both blue and green with black and white accents. The trick here is to choose intense tones (think magenta rather than rose; kelly rather than mint) in solid blocks. If you’re having a hard time investing in too many bright color separates, a great way to mimic this look is with an eye-catching handbag. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, remembering some of these great color combos (from our friends at Lucky Magazing) when you’re getting dressed:

1. Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Orange

2. Chocolate Brown, Pink, Peach

3. Purple, Bright Blue, Teal

4. Deep Blue, Bright Pink, White

5. Coral, Grey, Ivory

Chanel Resort: Now with Diamonds!

While I wasn’t in love with everything in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel 2012 Resort show, I did find something that made me personally happy: the jewels! Karl brought on the bling, all from Chanel’s haute jewelry collection, and accessorized everything from turbans to maillots. While the ensemble above may seem impractical to some, it just screamed summer on the Riviera to me (in a great way).

I love the peek of a diamond statement necklace under an outfit totally reminiscent of tennis whites — you can do something similar with a vintage rhinestone necklace for a fraction of the price.

Even the guys didn’t escape the gemstone treatment. OK, so I’m not a proponent of men’s diamond-encrusted turbans, but I think that a certain type of dapper gentleman can easily pull off a pin on the lapel of a sports coat.

Karl himself accessorized with an emerald and diamond pin as tie clip. Really, it’s a pretty minimal look for the designer, who can easily take his own wardrobe way over the top. Be sure to check out our entire selection of vintage jewelry to get the look!

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Paris Fashion Week: Givenchy

There was something very catty going on at the Givenchy show yesterday in Paris, and designer Riccardo Tisci was not holding back. Besides the racy sheer panels on many of the pieces, there was also a repeating panther motif, cat-eye glasses and hats topped off with feline-like ears. While these details may be too literal for some, the attendees (including Kanye West, Nicole Richie and Liv Tyler) were apparently over the moon for the whole collection.

Not sure if you’re ready for your own set of ears quite yet? Try some of these inspired accessories to embrace the trend:

JEWEL OF OCEAN 18k Yellow & White Gold 0.34 ctw Diamond Panther Ring sz 8

Daniela Swaebe 18k Yellow Gold Tiger Bangle Bracelet


Moscow Limited Edition Lion Clutch



















Zoe Debuts Ready to Wear

We’re big fans of Rachel Zoe over here at Portero–besides partnering with the stylist for our fabulous Hermes Kelly giveaway, we also can’t get enough of her personal wardrobe. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about her first ever ready to wear line for Fall 2011, and now the pictures are finally here! Although she wasn’t able to do a full blown runway presentation in NYC (because she’s about to have a baby), she did present the collection to buyers and editors about a month ago.

I’m really loving the updated ’70s style she showed, especially the tailored wide-leg pants, blouses and ultra sexy suits à la Bianca Jagger. Plus, all of the fur she showed was faux, which is easier on the wallet and the conscience. If you’re digging the ’70s chic, make sure you check out our featured set of items inspired by the disco decade.

Dior Couture: Simply the Best

I absolutely can not get enough of the images from John Galliano’s Christian Dior Haute Couture show from Monday. Stunning is an understatement–these clothes are pure art and are totally inspired. Galliano’s reference was the fashion illustrations of René Gruau, Dior’s iconic advertising creative director during the 1940s and ’50s. His work was punctuated by light and shade, as well as pencil marks and color washes.

Galliano recreated the effect with layer upon layer of graduated tulle, fantastic makeup, and cartoon-like lines created from beading and embroidery. See some side-by-side comparisons below, and be sure to check out the full slideshow at–it’s worth a few minutes!

Tom Ford: He's baaaaack!


It’s hard not to love Tom Ford if  you are a fashion devotee. From his impeccable personal style (hello, gorgeous!) to his stints at Gucci and YSL, Ford has always pushed the envelope in terms of high glamour. Since 2007, gents have been lucky enough to have access to Ford’s eponymous menswear line — full of perfectly tailored suits and unusual prints — but women have been pining for his return to ready-to-wear.

Luckily, the wait is over. Back in September, Ford premiered his Spring/Summer 2011 women’s collection in a top-secret, ultra-exclusive runway show. Press were banned, but lucky attendees got to see Beyoncé, Lauren Hutton and Julianne Moore (among others) strut their stuff.

Check out the video to see what all the fuss is about. Ford debuted clothes that were totally sultry, using ’70s-esque menswear with deep decolletage, tons of sequins, and siren-red lips. Accenting it all was bold yellow gold jewelry in the form of necklaces, drop earrings and cuffs. I, for one, am thrilled to welcome him back.

La Dolce Vita

Milan Fashion Week is in full swing right now, and there is a lot of interest focused on the runways at big houses like Gucci and Prada. Gucci definitely got back to its glamourous roots with an extremely strong show by designer Frida Giannini, and Miuccia Prada exclaimed “go bold!” when talking about her Spring 2011 line.

Both houses showed very bright, solid punches of color–but both were in very different contexts. Gucci embraced the ’70s era vibe that we saw at Marc Jacobs, and dialed it up by adding gold python accents, feathers and beads. Prada went for quite the opposite: a very utilitarian chic that seemed to take inspiration from working-class uniforms. Whichever you prefer, it’s always fun to see what’s new out of Milan.

Hand-held Handbags

It’s London Fashion Week right now, and one of the most anticipated shows was Christopher Bailey’s presentation for Burberry. This storied fashion house has a ton of history to draw from, and Bailey didn’t disappoint by taking those much-loved silhouettes and making them totally modern. His 2010 Burberry woman is definitely an Easy Rider–signature trenches were shrunk and cropped and then quilted to take on the appearance of ultra-couture motorcycle gear. Leather pants and neon belts were also everywhere, again proving that body-con looks will still be around next year.

But maybe most interesting were the handbags that came down the runway. Nearly every one was compact and brightly colored, whether in neon patent leather or eye-catching python. Even if they had long shoulder straps, the models carried them by hand, grasping the body of the bag rather than swinging it from the body. Could this possibly mean the beginning of the end of oversized handbags? Probably not, considering all that women have to lug around. But I wouldn’t be surprised if women start putting their small satchels inside their larger bags, ready to pull out at a moment’s notice.

Shop these Portero favorites to get the look:

JIMMY CHOO Snakeskin Patchwork Celeste Clutch

HERMÈS Orange Chevre Leather 23cm Constance Bag with Palladium Hardware

HERMÈS Special Edition Palm Tree Jaune Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag

The Details: Gold at Rodarte

Like many, I was immediately smitten with the sister duo of Laura and Kate Mulleavy (aka Rodarte) as soon as their dreamy dresses started showing up at premieres and on fashion-conscious starlets. This season seems to show their maturity–instead of concentrating on arty dishevelment, the clothes are more structured, using pattern and texture as a way to inject their singular flair.

Whether or not you like the clothes, you can’t deny that the sisters are very into gold for Spring ’11. Besides the clothing palette, they also showed signature gold platforms and the models wore gold lipstick. Interestingly, instead of looking blinged out, the gold took on a bronzy shade that made for a warm, earthy tone. Does this mean that yellow gold is here to stay? Rodarte seems to be on the pulse of American fashion these days, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

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