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Lanvin Collaborating with H&M?

It’s true! Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s artistic director, has teamed up with H&M to create a French-inspired collection that will hit stores at the end of the month. Compared to other designer collaborations, this one will be a luxury brand for H&M and will feature higher-end clothing. Prices for dresses range around $200. What do you think? Will consumers go for the pricier, Parisian-chic look? Will Elbaz succeed in transcending Lanvin into mass-market designs? See for yourself!

Check out the preview video below.

-Eloise Hamilton

Leggings or Jeggings? Let’s Take a Look

In a society that celebrates individual expression, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish where we should draw the line. Luckily, this week I’ve been on an honesty kick, calling it like I see it. So I am going to enlighten you – yes, you, the girl who wears see-through cotton leggings as pants. See-through cotton leggings are not pants, and if you refuse to cover your bum-bum with a dress, skirt, tunic or long camisole (wow, who knew! lots of options!) then just know that every time you pass by, more than one person will be mentally referring to you as Cellulite Cindy.

Have a perfect posterior? The innumerable repetitions you spend on the thigh and butt blaster machine still do not excuse you from wearing leggings as pants.

For those who crave a sleek silhouette and also want to also show off the booty, this can be achieved without exposing your wobbly bits to the world: Jean Leggings, or Jeggings. Now, this doesn’t mean you should go out and purchase cotton leggings that look like jeans. If you buy leggings that look like Jeans, you still must cover it up with a long shirt. The trick is getting dressed near a window with ample light, if you can see your underwear’s color or texture through the fabric, it’s time to layer up and cover that butt.

If you can see skin, cover up. Even if your cotton leggings are completely opaque, and you have the world’s juiciest backside, please cover up; it’s just not fashionable, and it’s sexier leaving a little to the imagination.

Back to the Jeggings, Jean leggings are jeans that have extra stretch in them. They are just as comfortable as leggings, but do not require you to cover up in the back because they aren’t revealing as cotton leggings. Some people have to go up a size when purchasing Jean leggings because they are very form fitting.

Cotton leggings should be treated as the sister of stockings or hosiery: undergarments meant to accessorize an outfit, not take the place of pants. So next time you are out shopping, don’t hesitate buying leggings, cause they are a wonderful fashion staple to have for accessorizing, but do hesitate to wear see through leggings without covering up that rump!

Don’t: Brown cotton leggings worn as pants. She is overexposed – I can see all of the dimples in her bottom and thighs. This outfit would be acceptable if her top was long enough to be a shirt-dress, and she incinerated her rainbow socks or wore boots long enough to cover the silly socks. Also, her boots should cover the exposed skin on the ankles, for a sleek, put together look.

Do! Express sells Jean leggings. This is a major do. These women look stylish and flawless because they have chosen to wear jeans that give them the slimming and shape-enhancing feel of leggings, and have the option of wearing a shirt that sits on the hips because their jean leggings are made of unrevealing fabric.

– Kristen Cubero

Leather, Sequins and Fur, oh my!

Zara Italia Shopper Combinata

Urban Outfitters Cooperative Spectator bag

Topshop Faux Fur Lock clutch

J.Crew Mongolian lamb tote bag


Zara Italia Citybag Manico Risvolto

J.Crew Galaxy purse

Here are a few of my favorite bags that capture the classic, simplicity of the season.

These clean-cut, structured totes are great because of their versatility. Pair the satchel bag with a pair of jeans and a sweater during the day, and transition it to a nighttime look by pairing it with a solid colored dress. These business-chic bags are trendy, but also practical. They are durable, timeless and not to mention spacious – elements of a worthy purchase.






I’ve also included a couple examples of a crucial trend this fall: fur. Unlike previous years, this season, fur is meant to make a big statement. I’m not talking about modesty here, fur is meant to be worn as outlandishly as one desires. See Chanel fall 2010 ready-to-wear below.  Chewbacca, anyone?


Ok, so maybe don’t go to this extreme, but I do love the absurdity of the J.Crew Mongolian lamb tote bag, a mere $795 splurge. Its over-the-top nature makes it a quick fix to any boring outfit. J.Crew really has beautiful bags this season; definitely check them out. The sequined black Galaxy purse is another of my favorites. Although less versatile than the others, this one truly makes a statement. Very Serena van der Woodsen, don’t you think? It’s glitzy, but just enough to be trendy and not tacky. The multiple gold chains give it the edginess that this season calls for. I find that mixing textures such as sequins, metal, fur or leather makes any outfit more sophisticated.

To conclude, look out for satchel, over-the-shoulder and multi-textured bags to zip up your wardrobe this season. Go back the basics and pair these items with whatever you want during the day and with neutral-colored looks at night. Don’t be afraid to go over the top with fur (according to the experts), but in Chapel Hill, I might just stick to modest fur accessories.


The Devil Wears Prada” gave rise to speculation about how the real-life equivalent of the demanding, intimidating and successful Miranda Priestly compared.

I’m talking about Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue.

Only those working inside the fashion powerhouse would actually know the truth ‑ until now.

vogue sept 2007

The September Issue,” now in theaters, is a documentary that goes inside the process of making Vogue’s September 2007 issue – the biggest issue to date. It follows Anna Wintour and many of her employees around the office, into fashion shows and at photo shoots all the way through until the final decisions about the layout of the issue are made.

The $6 I paid to see the movie was well worth it to get to see the inner workings of the magazine often referred to as the fashion bible. You get to see into the fashion closet, around the office, into Anna Wintour’s office (more beautifully decorated than most people’s houses, but what else would you expect?), and even into Wintour’s Manhattan apartment.

The few times Wintour goes one-on-one with the camera, she’s a woman of very few words, as if reluctant to divulge too much information to the outside world about Vogue or even her own life. Wintour came from a family where her father was distant and stoic, and it becomes clear where she might have picked it up. She is incredibly decisive and knows exactly what she wants.

By the end of the movie, she creates one of the most influential publications, which weighs nearly four pounds and has over 800 pages. If you love fashion or magazines (or both), I would recommend this movie. Plus, who doesn’t like to look at beautiful shoes and clothing for an hour and a half?

-Brecken Branstrator