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Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties

In the mood for adding some luxe items into your fall wardrobe? Baroque-inspired pieces are just the way to accomplish that goal. Brocade prints are richly decorative woven fabrics, often made in various silks coupled with the use of gold and silver threads.

Designers like Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana and Balmain all captivated the runways with their Baroque-inspired collections for Fall 2012. These collections mixed shimmering, satin jackets with opulent, printed pants and eye-catching velvet pieces. I personally loved the way that Dolce & Gabbana combined brocade prints with lace details on cocktail dresses and corsets creating the most elegant ensembles.

Here are a few of my favorite Baroque inspired picks for the season. What do you think of these picks? Have you added any Baroque pieces to your fall wardrobes?

Mixed Separates Monday: Brocade Beauties


Tracy Reese, Brocade Sheath Dress; $345.00 / Elizabeth and James, Avery Brocade Effect Blazer; $559.63 / 7 For All Mankind Jeans, Brocade Foil Print Velvet Skinny; $198.00 / Alice + Olivia, Helena Floral Velvet Brocade Pumps; $345.00 / Kotur, Mango Satin and Velvet Brocade Box Clutch; $450.00 / Rachel Comey, Meade Shell Brocade Top; $494.28 /

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Alice + Olivia

No one does a pretty party frock better than Stacey Bendet. This year the head designer for Alice + Olivia threw a nod to 1950's nostalgia for her Spring 2013 RTW collection. Bendet used every color of the rainbow for spring, inspired by artist Ilya Bolotowsky, whose works mixed the decade's bold primary colors with sweet pastels. If you love color and wearing lots of it, you might want to pick up the striped, strapless, bustier crop top and the full skirt to match.








A girl could truly build an entire wardrobe from this collection. There is something for everyone including: fit-and-flare dresses, floor grazing maxi dresses and cool mixed separates. A standout look teamed white, billowy, gaucho style pants with a bedazzled bustier top and an orange leather jacket. We personally loved the chambray shorts coupled with the blue poppy top and glittering striped jacket.

Looks were styled with lace-up pointed booties, floral print sandals, ankle-wrapped heels, top handle bags and Lucite clutches.



Bendet expanded her cocktail dress expertise to full-length evening gowns and proved that you'll be seeing more of her designs at red carpet events. The embellished, ivory cap-sleeved gown needs to be feted by one of Hollywood's young twenty-somethings. We're looking at you Emma Roberts, AnnaSophia Robb and Allison Williams.





~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: WWD

Look of the Day~ Jordin Sparks in Alice & Olivia

Jordin attended the New York screening of her new movie Sparkle, in this sexy and sophisticated, tomato red Alice + Olivia peplum dress.

The muliti-talented star accented her look with red Guiseppe Zanotti pointed heels and sparkling gems.

Wavy tresses and a nude lip completed her gorgeous look.


~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Celebrity Style~ Ashlee Simpson in Alice and Olivia

Ashlee attended the Samsung Galaxy S III event in New York City wearing this mixed separates ensemble from Alice + Olivia. Her look included a white button down blouse and red leather shorts.

Ashlee added a black envelope clutch, statement cocktail rings and black booties to complete her look.

What do you think of Ashlee's look? Is this a hit or miss? Do you like her shoe choice? How about the blouse tucked half-in, half-out?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People

Look of the Day~ Emily VanCamp

Emily attended the Lucky Magazine and Essie event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood wearing this sophisticated, black, lace, Alice + Olivia peplum dress.

The Revenge star added silver jewels, black peep-toes and a platinum clutch to complete her look.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle

Ten Best Looks of The Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week!

Actress Mena Suvari wore this sensational Alice + Olivia strapless dress with a full skirt to the Melbourne premiere of American Pie: Reunion.  Actress Elizabeth Olsen attended the red carpet premiere of her movie Silent House in N.Y.C wearing this classic black dress topped with a gold embroidered, Balmain, kimono style jacket.


The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in this gorgeous, teal green, LK Bennett, peplum dress featuring a belted waist. Actress Freida Pinto attended the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Men and Women event in New York City wearing this sparkling YSL cocktail dress, featuring a black, embroidered bustier and a cobalt blue pencil skirt.


Actress Emily Blunt attended the Cinema Society screening of Salmon Fishing in Yemen wearing this lovely, black and white Miu Miu printed frock. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin attended the PaleyFest in Beverly Hills wearing this bright orange and mustard colored, silk, Jonathan Saunders dress featuring 3/4 length sleeves.


Actress Tara Reid was a vision for the Australian premiere of American Pie: Reunion in this elegant, silver, floor length gown. American Idol host Jennifer Lopez wore this sleek Barbara Bui ensemble featuring wide-leg pants and halter top for the top 13 show.


Actress Megan Fox wore this beautiful blush, sequined, Elie Saab frock for The Cinema Society screening of Friends with Kids. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker looked so lovely in this pretty printed, Louis Vuitton gown at the brand's runway show after party in Paris.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle, Zimbio, People

Look of the Day~ Mena Suvari

It's been a while since we've seen Mena on the red carpet, but her return was a triumphant one. The blonde beauty wore this sensational Alice + Olivia strapless dress with a full skirt to the Melbourne premiere of American Pie: Reunion.

Mena accented her fun and flirty look with H. Stern jewels and bright red Brian Atwood pumps.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

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