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dressbycelineAs summer comes to a close, I have to pay tribute to my favorite dress of the season, the Celine dress. From runway (this time last year) to the street, nothing says flirty, chic and easy breezy like this dress. Instant style.

As I get ready to head off to NYC for Fashion Week to preview Spring 2010 collections, my heart beats double time in anticipation of the season ahead. That is, of course, if you subscribe to the fact that the Fall season is underway. Otherwise, you may consider it two seasons ahead. No matter how you slice it, I am super excited. With incredibly packed days of designer fashion shows and backstage interviews, you will be sure to get all the scoop here at msf. Don't miss this season's Fashion Week coverage!


You may be tempted to try some new trends on this fall. When it comes to pants, please proceed with caution. Pleats are back ... in a big way. Let's be honest, though, pleats are only the slight frame's friend. Based on my body shape, these pleated pants will never make their way into my closet. The parachute pant? (Gasp) No one should wear these. And the jodhpur pant, while it may look ridiculous on some of us, others may be able to pull it off with ease.

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jodhpursSo, how should you wear jodhpurs? This particular look works for the lanky, as it plays with balance in a different way. The pants are a voluminous cut that taper at the ankle. The blouse is cut narrow and has great ruffle detail that lays over top this oversized sweater. That, mixed with the varying sleeve lengths and color selection, makes it chic.

As for pleats, look for interesting fabrics or patterns in neutral colors that work well with your wardrobe. Always pair pleated pants with a fitted top and/or a structured jacket (as seen below).

High waisted pants are still on trend. These two looks are both simple, yet stylish, in a non-trendy way. And because there are no pleats, they are suitable for many body shapes. However, for those who are short waisted, take the opposite direction with regard to waist line and go low.

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Pay close attention to the hem lengths. I always recommend ground skimming hem lengths in pants and jeans. It lengthens the leg and adds more than a smidgen of confidence! The narrow cut pant was all over the runway in February. Unfortunately, it's another style I cannot wear. For those who can, this is your time to shine! From denim, sateen, leather and a variety of stretch, there are a multitude of fabrics to choose from. You can create so many different looks. And your personal style can still be woven into each and every one.

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After a very successful personal shopping day with my client, whom fit perfectly into almost every dress that I brought into the dressing room, inspired me to rethink dresses. Not that I don't own a dress or two or five. I do. I just haven't found the formula dress for my body shape. The one exception ... my Reem Acra dress (that with two fittings, looks like it was designed for my body and no one else's). Yes, a personal stylist who has difficulty finding great fitting dresses ... can you imagine? The reality is, my body shape demands major alterations. It shouldn't come as a surprise that most of us require alterations for dresses, among other staple wardrobe items.

I know what cuts and styles fit my clients best. And if I were my own client for a day, I'd confidently say this fabulous couture-quality 1950s Suzy Perette dress, from my friends at Shrimpton Couture, would be a match made in heaven. I fell in love with this dress when I first saw it ... and before it was actually available. And sadly, it sold out instantly, to a celebrity, no doubt (*huge sigh of sadness*). However, this would be the one ... the dress that wouldn't need major alterations. The dress that I just might have to have made for me.

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Captivated doesn't even begin to describe how I felt when I came across this image. Recently, Baiba Ripa, a fashion designer from Latvia, began following me on Twitter. When I stumbled upon her website, I was stunned, awestruck and completely absorbed in her work. Baiba Ripa's collection is inspired both by forms from virgin nature and the architectural geometry of the urban environment. Details are of the utmost importance, such as embellishments that have the ability to transform a garment instantly.What I love about the line is its clean design and simple patterns. Truly classic and 'never going out of style' fashion. The tailoring is not only masterful, but so to is the way the Spring 09 line was captured, both by model and photographer. This is how I would style a photo shoot. Creative, impeccable, gorgeous, elegant, understated glamour. It's delicious!

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This is what Baiba Ripa has to say about the woman she is inspired to design for:
The "BR" woman stands out by her presence and the way she carries herself without regard to age, shape, and the season of the year or standard of dress. She is free and naturally enjoying the flow of life and knowing exactly how she wants to live her life — both public and private.