Runway to Real Way

If there’s one thing we’re going to see a lot of this fall, it’s going to be sheepskin-lined leather jackets as presented by Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum‘s Fall 2010 collection. We’ve already seen first previews of this trend in H&M’s and Topshop’s Fall lookbooks, but UK fast fashion chain New Look is the first to launch these kind of jackets in the heat of July. I ♥ this one and at £40 (approx. $62) it’s unbelievably light on the wallet. Did I mention their US shipping rates are quite budget-friendly, too? Go figure.

Runway to Real Way - Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010

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Givenchy‘s S/S 2010 collection was one of those collections that had to grow on me. First I was like “Where’s the color? What is it with all those stripes?” – I really wasn’t impressed. I’m still hesitant about the dirty-ish head-to-toe tribal looks and the weird conehead hats, but the rest I learned to love. Especially the striped blazer looks. See my take on one of the Givenchy runway looks below. You like?

Givenchy's S/S 2010 Striped Look 4 Less

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I don’t know about you, but I still can’t get over the hotness that was Balmain‘s Fall 2009 collection. It was pure eye candy all the way through. Not that this collection was a practical one; it’s not like you can work a sequined micro mini dress to work. But I’ve never been a practical shopper anyway and understatement is for cowards, right, girls? The actual problem though is, where does one find the necessary 10k to acquire the real Balmain; also non-supermodels might feel a tad uncomfortable rocking a dress that short. That’s why we searched high and low to find you the best Balmain alternatives which embody the disco feeling without looking too stripperella.

Runway to Real Way - Balmain Sequined Disco Dress

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When the Spring/Summer 2010 Ready-to-Wear Shows debuted last fall, I was more than ready to wear the entire Balmain military-inspired collection. The leather! The epaulets! The olive green! Sure, one half of me is all stilettos and champagne, but the other half is pure Lara Croft—so there is just something about soldiers…uh…camo, combat boots, and military styling that gets me. Attennnnnn-TION! Balmain’s S/S 2010 collection is where military meets civilian in the chicest (and sexiest) way possible.

Balmain S/S 2010 Military Chic

So where my Balmain military tour comes to an abrupt end is when I remember it’s Balmain, and it’s expensive (and I’m sure I’m not the only one in that camp). But that’s the great thing about living in these times. There are scores of realistically-priced pieces available so you can unleash your inner G.I. Jane and not feel like a bomb just dropped when you open your credit card statement. And hey, you don’t even have to do the recon yourself. We’ve assembled a fantastic array of lower-priced items to help you build your military look now.

Balmain Spring 2010 Military Chic 4 Less

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  1. Topshop Washed Military Shirtls, $55
  2. Forever 21 Glam Jean Chain, $7.80
  3. Super Trash Faux Leather Pants, $137
  4. Charlotte Russe Military Blazer, $29.99
  5. Old Navy Cuffed Twill Camp Shortscj, $22.50
  6. Nine West “Mouton” Sandalsamazon, $49.60
  7. J Brand Chino Pant, $216
  8. GUESS “Naemazza” Booties, $87.50
  9. Cheap Monday Snake Cutout Tankcj, $30
  10. Wet Seal Rib Tank Top, $6.50
  11. Alloy “Kena” Aviator Sunglassesls, $10.90
  12. Dollhouse “KENNEDY” Lace-Up Ankle Bootspjx, $34.99
  13. Juicy Couture Military Shirt Jacketcj, $198
  14. ASOS Leather Power Shoulder Blazer, $102.56
  15. Wet Seal Military Crop Jacket, $26.50


Did Diane von Furstenberg feel the influence of pop icon and songstress Lady Gaga when she designed her collection of ginormous bow headbands? One can never underestimate Gaga power. After all, the Fall 2010 ready-to-wear shows were teeming with models in “no pants” (Gagaspeak for the bodysuit, worn with, well, no pants). Maybe DvF was inspired by Gaga’s (literal) hair bow from her Poker Face video, with a little glitz borrowed from headband queen Blair Waldorf (of Gossip Girl). It certainly can’t be Tavi Gevinson’s famous, view-blocking bow since the collection was already in production at that point.

Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2010 Trend - Oversized Bow Headbands

Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2010

DvF’s oversized headpieces may have been fun on the runway, but for real life, there wouldn’t be many females past the age of five willing to rock one. Of course, the little girl in me still loves the sweetness of a bow headband, and luckily we found several affordable, scaled down versions we think you’ll love too.

Trend Spy Spring 2010 - Bow Headbands

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  1. Cara Accessories “Special Fluttering” Floral Bow Headbandls, $36
  2. Eugenia Kim Serena Bow Headbandcj, $77
  3. Tasha “I Am So Fabulous” Bow Headbandls, $38
  4. ASOS Zebra Print Satin Bow Stretch Headband, $10.26
  5. Charlotte Russe Polkadot Bow Headband, $3.99


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