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The Short Order: Our Favorite Booties Under $100

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Ah, the model off duty look. It’s something that many girls strive for when they’re off duty themselves. It’s marked by a few standout must-haves: It-bag, artfully distressed denim, cool sunglasses and a nonchalant attitude that exudes a devil-may-care attitude combined with a devil-is-in-the-details approach to accessorizing. While leggy models are most likely wearing head-to-toe designer (gifted from their pals Karl, Ricardo, Donatella, etc.) the one thing that we love about the look is that it’s easy to replicate no matter what your clothing budget is.

One piece you’ll need to grab ASAP is the bootie, because models of all sorts (and mere mortals, we might add) are opting for it this season. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (pictured right) as well as her gal pals Alessandra Ambroisio, Miranda Kerr and Chanel Iman have all been spotted wearing the most coveted footwear of the season, but we’ve gathered together our favorite styles, whether you’re the kind of girl who wears heels even when she’s off the clock or the kind to add a little rock ‘n roll to your look — all for under $100.

Michael Antonio Manley

Clean and Simple

If your fashion inspiration pulls more from Roony Mara than Rihanna, Michael Antonio Manley boot ($49) is exactly what you need to pair with your slim black jeans. The mixed media combo of faux suede and smooth vegan leather touch on one trend while the sleek single-buckle detail and simple shape are a nod to the minimalism that’s been seen on the runways. It’s a great boot for girls who don’t want to spend all day in a heel, too, with  its 3/4-inch heel, it’s comfortable, clean and can pair with anything in your closet.

Available at Piperlime.

Pink and Pepper Duster

Classic Cool

A perennial favorite among street style bloggers, fashion editors and models themselves is the Rag & Bone Newbury Boot, but with a price tag that hovers near $500, it’s not a budget-friendly buy for those of us not feeling spendy. We found the Pink and Pepper Duster ($59), which has a similar look and feel to the Newbury, but has a few details it can definitely call its own. Fans of stacked, chunky heels will find the Duster checks all the marks. It’s also got a great piping detail and a clean side-zipper (one of the complaints about the Newbury is its oft-temperamental zipper).

You might just find this budget buy breaks in a little easier thanks to its vegan leather construction.

Available at Piperlime.

Steve Madden Milaan

Boho Bootie

If your closet is filled with maxi dresses and florals instead of leather leggings and all black everything, you might find the Steve Madden Milaan ($99) more your style than the last two choices. Soft suede (no vegan stuff here) lends itself to more casual looks, but don’t discount this entirely if you’re looking for something office-appropriate. Channel Zooey and Alexa by pairing it with this fall’s florals or anything with a busy pattern you need to simplify. Its simple shape and wear-with-everything color make this a go-to for work and play alike.

Available at Piperlime.

Report Fairfield

Buckle In

Remember when we mentioned Rihanna earlier? This is one bootie we could definitely see the chanteuse wear when she’s taking it easy. The Report Fairfield ($99) blends together everything we love about Rihanna’s personal style. It’s luxe thanks to its combo of real leather and suede and it’s got plenty of bling to reflect the paparazzi’s flashbulbs. Add one unexpected touch, in this case it’s the bootie’s extra-chunky heel, and you’ve got something that’ll catch second glances no matter where you wear it.

Available at Piperlime.

Nine West Speida

Cut to Order

Not all booties lean casual. If you’ve got a super feminine dress on or you’re looking to step out after dark and make a statement, the Nine West Speida ($99) combines all the characteristics of this season’s bootie trend with a few extras thrown in for good measure. Crisscross straps, chain mail detailing and a peep toe in addition to cutouts and a skyscraper heel might sound like a design overload, but instead, this bootie is sexy and fashion-forward. It might be the Speida’s stealthy all-black colorway or it’s clean lines, but it’s something we could picture just about any young Hollywood actress wearing on and off the red carpet.

Available at Piperlime.

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Monday Muse: Barbie’s Style Inspires a Trio of Collaborations

A look from Mattel’s Barbie-inspired apparel and accessories collection.

Mattel is teaming up with a trio of retailers to push its latest project: a Barbie-inspired line of apparel and accessories. The project, which will bring Barbie’s signature style to Forever21, Lord & Taylor and L.A.’s celeb-beloved Wilfox. Each retailer is focusing on a specific decade of Barbie style. Wildfox’s capsule collection will focus on ’80s Barbie looks while the ’90s will be loud and clear at Forever21. Lord & Taylor will focus on the more conservative and vintage looks of the ’50s and ’60s in their collection. Together, the entire collaboration will bring to light Barbie as a brand, not just a toy.

€œI think what people pay attention to is Barbie the toy, and what we€™re trying to focus on is that Barbie is a brand much bigger than an 11-inch fashion doll,€ Jessica Dunne, Mattel€™s general manager and senior vice president, consumer products told WWD. €œThis fall really is the start of what is a multiyear focus and priority for us.€

A look from Mattel’s Barbie-inspired apparel and accessories collection.

The collections will hit stores in the coming weeks, with the first store, Forever21, receiving the first releases.

The fast-fashion retailer will carry the bulk of the collab, with 29 pieces available in many of the chain’s retail locations across the globe as well as online. The ’90s inspired collection features text and graphics in pink, white, black and grey across accessories, sleepwear, cosmetics, outerwear and more. Ringing up between $3.90 and $24.90, it’s fall’s most affordable collaboration and one that’s perfectly tailored for its shoppers, who might find Altuzarra for Target too mature and Alexander Wang’s forthcoming collection for H&M too athletic for everyday wear.

A look from Mattel’s Barbie-inspired apparel and accessories collection.

€œBarbie meant a lot to me growing up, and with this company I am basically playing grown-up Barbie all the time,€ said Kimberley Gordon, Wildfox cofounder and creative director. €œI thought it would be fun to imagine if those [dolls] were real, and to bring the Barbie Dream House to life.€

Lord & Taylor will focus its offerings on sleepwear. Ranging from $32 and $46, the chain’s top 10 stores will offer the more conservative ’50s and ’60s inspired lounge pieces. The department store will debut the collection Sept. 14. There’s no word on whether or not the capsule collection will be available online, so if you’re feeling the need to slip into something a little glamorous at night, you might have to enlist the help of your BFFs in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

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Viva Versace! Donatella Gets Namecheked by Gaga, a Movie and More!

Donatella Versace and Lady Gaga

It wasn’t so long ago that we were all treated to Donatella as an SNL regular — Maya Rudolph played the oft-crabby, always snappy designer  — but it’s been a while since we’ve gotten to see her signature blonde locks on our televisions. The wait is over, however, because thanks to Gaga, Lifetime and more, the renaissance of Versace is now.

Maya Rudolph as Donatella Versace and Donatella Versace

Maya Rudolph brought Donatella to life on Saturday Night Live, exaggerating the designer’s tan, her accent and her attitude. Donatella herself famously told the hosts of The View that she called up Rudolph and gave her some pointers.

“I gave her some suggestions on how to do me better,” said Versace. “Because I told her, I don’t drink. Take off that jewelry because [it is] are too fake, I only wear real.”

Donatella the character appeared alongside guests such as Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry (who played supermodel Naomi Campbell) and more. She was often seen gesticulating with glasses of champagne, barking orders at her coterie of shirtless male attendants and, of course, chain smoking. And while it was all good and fun, it was certainly missed when Rudolph called it quits and left the show to pursue movies.

Lady Gaga will be bringing Donatella back to the mainstream media (remember, not everyone reads WWD like it’s Us Weekly) with her album Artpop. On the new album, set to be released this fall, Donatella is immortalized in track bearing her name. While the song hasn’t been released or previewed yet, Donatella herself has gotten a sneak peek and loved the track.

€œI would like to thank Gaga for her geniality, creativity, incredible talent and super bitchiness,” Donatella stated in an E-mail that was released to Just Jared. “I am honored to be her friend and of course I love the song! Love, DV.€

Produced by Zedd, you’ll recognize his song “Clarity” currently playing on the radio with the song, Gaga promises that the song isn’t just about labels, like her previous song, “Fashion.” Appearing on the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack, “Fashion” mentioned Prada, Fendi and Valentino but made no mention of Versace.

Gaga stated that the track is about €œDonatella the person, about me as a person, that idea of what the public wants from you.€ Expect it to be a huge hit when it comes out on November 11th.

2 Chainz and Grimes

Music seems to be embracing Versace again, too.

Both Grimes and 2 Chainz wore vintage Versace pants to the MTV Video Music Awards this year. The rapper paired his Versace pants with more Versace, giving viewers a head-to-toe outfit of bold gold scrolls, whereas Grimes (known for experimental dream pop and electronic music) toned down her look with a more subdued black tee-shirt. While 2 Chainz has never been one for subtlety, we do think that the look goes a little too far; and as for Grimes, let’s just say that if we had to steal one of these looks, we’d take her relaxed take on Versace right onto Donatella’s yacht.

Migos’ “Versace” cover art

Perhaps the two artists were inspired by the latest track from rapper Migos, entitled simply “Versace.” The song, which features Drake, mentions medusa heads — Versace’s longtime logo — as well as extolling the virtues of living an over-the-top lifestyle that includes Maseratis, Ferragamo shoes and more. The chorus is a repeated refrain of “Versace, Versace, Versace,” and the song opens with the line “Versace, Versace, Medusa head on me like I’m ‘Luminati.” The FTD staff has been twerking to the song since we first caught wind of it.

Gina Gershon as Donatella

And since we can’t get enough of Donatella, Lifetime will be debuting a new movie based on Wall Street Journal author Deborah Ball’s book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival.

Set to air on October 5th, the film stars Gina Gershon, who seems to have employed an entire army of spray tanners to achieve Donatella’s signature hue. Smoky eyes, plumped lips and peroxide blonde hair completed the transformation, which might get us even more excited than the actual film. House of Versace chronicles the fashion label and Donatella’s actions after the murder of Gianni Versace, who is played by Veronica Mars star Enrico Colantoni. The film explores Donatella’s struggles with the brand, her recovery from drug addiction and the subsequent rise of the Versace brand under her direction. Set your DVRs and crack open that bottle of Veuve Cliquot that you’ve been saving to make it a real party — Donatella wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Monday Muse: Elvis Inspires BCBG Max Azria Pre-Fall 2016

BCBG Max Azria Pre-Fall 2016

Just as fashion (and fast fashion, especially) is just getting its head around the idea of minimalism and ’90s nostalgia, leave it to L.A.’s own BCBG Max Azria to turn the conversation on its ear. Instead of looking back at the decade of grunge and Calvin Klein, king of barely there slip dresses, Lubov Azria turned to a king of a different sort: Elvis Presley.

From his Nashville roots to his Vegas heyday, the music icon €” ahem, legend €” has plenty to pull from. So Azria went wild, filling BCBG’s pre-fall collection with plenty of Presley- inspired rock ‘n’ roll decadence, over-the-top embellishment, and most of all, a slew of clothes real women will want to wear when they’re sick and tired of Coachella castoffs and those ’90s reruns.

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BCBG Max Azria Pre-Fall 2016

Instead of going full-tilt Viva Las Vegas, Azria held back and instead applied various elements of the King’s signatures on the season’s most covetable silhouettes. The cropped kick flares that dotted the runway shows last season? They’re out in full force, piped with western-inspired gilt threads. They’ll be the pant of the season, no contest. After the wide-legged track pants of last season and the billowing palazzos before them, leave it to BCBG to cut a mean pair of trousers that have even the most die-hard denim heads questioning their blues.

Another Elvis signature? Fringe €” and it just so happens to be a BCBG trademark, too.

Fringe made an appearance on knits, pants and more, offering up some visual interest in pieces that looked simple from afar. There were also plenty of western gaucho details on sheer shirts and in a star print, which played well with everything from cropped leather pants to denim, a major touchstone for the last few BCBG collections.

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BCBG Max Azria Pre-Fall 2016

Studs and lace were on display, too, which not only hit on Sin City decadence, but Elvis’ own jumpsuits. And speaking of jumpsuits, there were a few on offer, too, and the street-style set will definitely be showcasing them when they hit stores.

But BCBG is known for boho more than anything, so plenty of the western details played nice with silhouettes like maxi dresses, peasant tops and more, giving a welcome update to staple pieces €” especially for the L.A. crowd. And for those who just can’t let go of that ’90s nostalgia, Azria offered up a denim take on the slinky slip dress. No, it wasn’t something you’d want to wear during a boudoir romp, but it would definitely turn heads at a rodeo. Worn with a studded denim jacket, it had enough western influence to fit in and a dash of California cool to really stand out from the crowd.

For more information, visit www.bcbg.com.

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Print Preview: Our Favorite Animal Print Shoes

Basic black? Let’s just say you’ve got plenty to work with there. Power pumps? You’ve got your go-tos. Goin’ out heels that you can barely walk in? You’ve probably got more than you’d like to admit. This fall, instead of focusing on a color, think texture, because we’ve gathered together our favorite shoes with a touch of texture and plenty of print. Whether you’re a die-hard leopard lover or you’ve got a soft spot for some croc, designers are giving your favorite animal prints and patterns a major makeover with new colors, touchable calf hair and mixed media treatments. Paired with this season’s midi skirts or perfectly tailored trousers, you’ll be stepping out in style with any of our animal print picks.

Clockwise from top left: Cerrano Madelyn ($180), Kate Spade New York Licorice ($298), Loeffler Randall Pari ($350), DvF Bethany ($325), Steven by Steve Madden Aliciaa ($119), Mia Margo ($59), DV by Dolce Vita Odetta ($90), Sam Edelman Zola ($130)

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Uniqlo to Open Pop-Up Shops Across Southern California

Uniqlo

Fans of fast fashion have been waiting with bated breath for the very first Uniqlo to open in Southern California. But because the brand knows that SoCal shoppers have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on Uniqlo’s signature style, the Japanese retailer is giving us all just a little taste of what’s to come with a few pop-up shops before a trio of permanent stores open this fall. The summer shops are set up to sate your hunger for Uniqlo’s blend of trend-driven pieces and work staples as well as give those unfamiliar with the brand’s signature offerings a chance to get acquainted.

The first of the three pop-up shops lands at South Coast Plaza on July 3 and the second at Santa Monica Place on July 22. Finally, a third shop will land at Beverly Center on July 31.

All three shops are set to stay open throughout the summer, which is perfect for picking up the brand’s warm weather-ready Supima cotton tees and tanks (which will ring up at just $12.90) and chino shorts that are sure to have all the guys ready for rising temps (and at just $19.90, stocking up isn’t going to break the bank). There will be a focus on AIRism, Uniqlo’s unique sweat-wicking undergarments as well as premium denim, which is pretty much perfect for the L.A. fashion fans. Uniqlo has also created a special online microsite, and they’ll be using the platform to promote the new pop-ups with opening updates, videos with local tastemakers even a Twitter contest. 

The pop-ups will lead up to a slew of grand openings, which are set for the fall through next spring. The opening dates for the permanent Uniqlo Southern California locations are:

  • South Coast Plaza – Sept. 5
  • Glendale Galleria and Northridge Fashion Center – Sept. 26
  • Beverly Center – Oct. 10
  • Los Cerritos Center – Spring 2015
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Save Steal Splurge: the Minimalist Backpack

It’s not time to think about back to school just yet €” it’s just the opposite, actually €” but there’s something about a backpack that we love for summer. They keep things hands-free and let you carry a lot more than that little cross-body bag that you’ve been using. And with plenty of styles that don’t say homeroom, they go with plenty of outfits that don’t involve pleated skirts and saddle shoes. With prices that range from designer to too-good-to-be-true, there’s something for the casual backpacker and the accessories enthusiast alike.

Save: Cesca Leo Faux Leather Backpack ($44)

Steal: Topshop Perforated Faux Leather Backpack ($68)

Splurge: Banana Republic Flap Backpack ($198)