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Celebrating Schiaparelli’s Signature Pink for Under $70

Elsa Schiaparelli

In less than a week, designer Marco Zanini (formerly of Rochas and before that, the ill-fated Halston revival an even before that, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana) will show his first collection for the house of Schiaparelli. The sleeping giant has awoken and we can’t wait to see what Zanini has in store for such a storied house. During the Fall 2013 collections, designer Christian Lacroix released a couture collection under the brand, but Zanini’s collection will be the brand’s first ready-to-wear collection in decades.

It won’t be just another run-of-the-mill show, however, because Zanini promises that the collection, which is more pret-a-couture than pret-a-porter, will bring the brand into the modern day while still keeping the traditions of the Schiaparelli label in tact. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together some budget-friendly picks in Elsa’s favorite shade of shocking pink, which was plentiful at Lacroix’s couture show and, we hope, will be just as bountiful at Zanini’s. We’re all waiting in anticipation for the collection, but in the mean time, we’ll be sporting our pink lips and sliding into some chic pink shoes to get a bit of our own Schiap fix.

Sabine Pleated Maxi Skirt

Schiaparelli was known for long silhouettes, so the Sabine Pleated Maxi Skirt ($69) is the perfect way to pay homage to one of the designer’s signature shapes. And although Schiap herself festooned her creations with surrealist motifs such as eyeballs, lobsters and more, we think that this pleated, shocking pink take on the maxi has enough impact on its own. The weather’s been unseasonably warm here in Southern California — sorry if you’re suffering through the aftermath of the arctic chill — so this maxi is something we’d love to wear right away. Snag it for spring if you’re not so fortunate, because it’s something you can reach for on lazy weekends and still look perfectly pulled together.

Available at Piperlime.

Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings

If you can’t commit to a full-on skirt in Schiap’s signature pink, go a little smaller — or quite a bit smaller — with the Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings ($38). These diminutive earrings might be small, but thanks to their florescent shade, they’ll make a big impact. Not quite prim and preppy and toeing the line at punk princess, they’re a sure thing no matter what your style is.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Gap Boatneck Pullover

One trademark Schiaparelli signature that we hope continues under the tenure of Marco Zanini is the designer’s love of giving clothes a huge amount of detail without making them look overworked.

The Gap Boatneck Pullover ($34.99) takes that spirit by being much more than meets the eye. Just a simple sweater? That’s what it looks like, but upon closer inspection you’ll see that this pullover has got plenty of knitted texture and contrasting sleeve and hem ribs that give it shape and interest. It’s even got a raw-edged boatneck, letting you layer it with collared shirts for a more polished look or pull it off the shoulder for a more louche, relaxed feel. Either way, you’ll look pretty in pink.

Available at Gap.

Bobbi Brown Neon Pink Lipstick

NARS has a cult-fave lipstick named after Schiaparelli, but sometimes, you don’t want a full-on, neon pink pout. That’s where Bobbi Brown comes in. Known for a more natural take on makeup, her brand is all about enhancing what you’ve already got and bringing out your best features. Her Neon Pink Lipstick ($25) might look like a bright, shocking pink in the bullet, but slick it on and you’ll see it’s much more sheer than you’d think. It gives a medium coverage, as opposed to NARS complete coverage, so you’ll still get a hint of pink without veering into statement lip territory. It’s got a super shiny, comfortable formula, too, so it’ll be comfortable and pretty — which we can only hope applies to Zanini’s Schiaparelli runway debut.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Nine West Sundew flat

An easy way to slip in some Schiaparelli pink is to pick up the Nine West Sundew flat ($69). The easy shape makes this a go-to for pants, skirts and yes, maxi dresses, and on top of all that, it’s sure to be your new go-to shoe for running around (if you’re into farmer’s markets, bike rides through Parisian streets and the such, they’re pretty much perfect) at work or checking errands off your list on the weekend. Bright, poppy and super shiny, they’re one shoe we could see Schiaparelli wearing herself.

Available at Nine West.


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Monday Muse: Bardot, Birkin and More Inspire Michael Kors Resort 2015

Michael Kors Resort 2015

With 38 pieces in his Resort collection, it’s no surprise that Michael Kors was drawing from a few of his favorite girls for the collection. He went on record saying that the collection was a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Bardot and a teaspoon of Birkin, but in the end, the collection was a solid collection of clothes that channeled the ease and nonchalance of both French fashion icons, only seen through the lens of a cool California girl. Seem like too much to get your head around? Think again, because in true Kors fashion, the collection was full of easy-to-wear pieces that cool girls everywhere are sure to covet.

Michael Kors Resort 2015

The colors in the collection were subdued — what better way to dodge nosey paparazzi than to stay sedate? — but the Jordan almond pastels (direct from Kor’s monologue during the presentation) were a fresh take on the usually saturated technicolor hues of resort collections. There were plenty of packable goods, including slouchy cargo pants that blended cotton and sateen that looked all the better wrinkled and easy knits that doubled up as bikini cover-ups and run-to-the-farmer’s-market slouchy staples.

Bardot appeared in the ultra-feminine pieces, including a crystal-embellished Chantilly lace dress, gauzy peasant blouses and more, but she was tempered with plenty of the tomboy staples that Birkin was known for wearing in her globetrotting adventures.

As a constant touchstone for designers, it’s easy to see why Birkin’s mix of masculine and feminine works so well for resort: there’s nothing more comfortable than relaxed pants and a blouse you can just throw on.

Michael Kors Resort 2015

Kors is known for creating a jet-set mood no matter the season, so Resort collections allow him to really go full force with his trademark blend of glamour and American sport, and the pieces that he said were perfect for “food shopping in Malibu,” namely a maxi-skirt that was light-as-air paired with a cashmere surfer sweater were perfectly indulgent for him and for shoppers that will surely swoon for the look.

The show included one more muse: Kors’ new garden terrace. That influence showed up on the closing dresses, which featured botanical prints featuring oleander and wisteria. On swingy dresses that ranged from fit-and-flare cocktail pieces to the must-have midi length and a fresh one-shoulder gown, it was the perfect way to give his girl evening options that were as light and effortless as the rest of their wardrobes. No matter where you’re headed next year, Kors’ resort collection has you covered.

Shop our favorite resort-ready Michael Kors looks:

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L.A. Retail Legend Lisa Kline Takes Her Signature Style to HSN

Lisa Kline for HSN

Back in the heyday of Roberston Boulevard, there wasn’t an issue of Us Weekly that didn’t feature Paris or Nicole stepping onto the sunny sidewalk outside of Lisa Kline’s boutique. Quintessentially L.A., the shop was one of the first to combine designer denim, casual vintage t-shirts and boho accessories from different brands — and different price points — all in one place. Kline is back in the spotlight now, but now where you’d think: the L.A. babe has launched a new line with home shopping mega-channel HSN.

Kline joins the ranks of celebs such as Serena Williams, Guiliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, Tori Spelling, Twiggy and more on the channel.

Lisa Kline (the line, not the woman) is a collection of athleisure wear that includes comfy jersey basics as well as pieces that would look perfectly put together whether you’re relaxing at home — watching HSN, naturally — or heading out to Starbucks for a latt© and to face the paparazzi. The 11-piece collection includes leggings, hoodies, raglan-sleeved tops and wraps in easy, wear-everyday colors such as heather grey, basic black and blush. It’s a collection of super-comfortable clothes that’s so L.A. and totally Lisa Kline. And the best part? It’s all priced under $50. You won’t find that sort of deal on Robertson.

For more information and to shop the Lisa Kline for HSN collection, visit