Summer 2010 Trend Alert :: Sandals!

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Summer’s the best excuse to step up our sandal game. And we’ve been taking style notes from the stars.

Inspired by their fancy footwear–from grommets and studs to ruffles and baubles–we searched hundreds of online retailers and came up with some pretty fab finds.

Read more to check them out!

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Barbie Fashion Week Designs Revealed

Fashion Barbie

Robert Best
Image :: AP / Robert Best

The wait is over!

We now have a sneak peek of what Barbie will wear on February 14 at Bryant Park. 

I’m loving the Robert Best, Rachel Roy and Twinkle sketches. And I can’t help but mention that Barbie will also wear a pair of hot pink Christian Louboutin pumps. Fierce!

The Associated Press reports:


NEW YORK – You’ve got to be at the top of your game to be a one-name model: There’s Iman, Naomi, Gisele — Barbie.

The 11.5-inch plastic doll is still on top as a high-fashion muse as she approaches her 50th birthday, and will make her New York Fashion Week catwalk debut on Saturday in 50 outfits by the country’s top designers.

Barbie’s life-size stand-ins will strut in a red carpet-worthy gown by Marchesa, a hot-pink wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg and an outrageous green party dress by Betsey Johnson.

The fact that Barbie is just shy of her 50th birthday — officially marked on March 9 — doesn’t seem to matter in a fashion industry that worships youth. (Being made of plastic, she can even avoid the indignities of Botox.)

Fashion Barbie

Nicole Miller
Image :: AP // Nicole Miller

Fashion Barbie

Reem Accra
Image :: AP // Reem Acra 

Fashion Barbie

Rachel Roy
Image :: AP // Rachel Roy 

Fashion Barbie

Image :: AP // Twinkle 

Fashion Barbie

Designer Carmen Marc Valvo poses with the dress he made for Barbie and the Louboutins she’ll wear.
Image :: AP // Bebeto Matthews 

Sexuality in Fashion

There’s a powerful link between fashion and sexuality.

It’s undeniable.

And if you doubt me, check with the experts who run the Museum at FIT.

They’re putting on a presentation called, “Seduction,” the first chronological survey to explore 250 years of sexuality in fashion.

It features seventy looks and forty accessories.

Items on display include

  • a black satin Belle Époque corset
  • red satin Manolo Blahnik stilettos
  • a skintight black leather evening gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior
  • sensuously draped silk gowns by Jane Régny and Robert Piguet
  • a satin and velvet evening gown by Christian Dior, circa 1955
  • Cristobal Balenciaga’s subtly revealing, feminine cocktail dress of the late 1950s 
  • a Rudi Gernreich mini dress with strategically placed, clear vinyl inserts
  • a silk jersey, halter-neck gown by Halston 
  • shoes and lingerie from designers such as Christian Louboutin and Jean Yu

“Seduction” is on view from December 9, 2008 through June 16, 2009 in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at The Museum at FIT.

If you’re in NYC, you must check it out.