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Fashion Week New York 2011: Dish From DKNY Show

Let’s just start by saying that we can not possibly top Lady Gaga arriving at the Grammy Awards in an egg. So if you’re expecting anything as good, just stop reading right now.

If you’re still there…We did sniff out a little advance scoop today at the DNKY show. We chatted it up with Brie Downey, a lovely fellow Angeleno who happens to be an assistant to longtime L.A.-based celebrity stylist Jessica Paster.

Downey is in town to help dress Paster€™s client, Emily

Blunt, for the New York premiere tomorrow night of €œThe Adjustment Bureau,€ her new film with Matt Damon. The dish is that Blunt will be wearing an Elie Saab dress from his spring couture collection. (*Fashion disclaimer: This is subject to change at a moment€™s notice, whim or wardrobe malfunction.)

Downey was at DKNY to get ideas for for Paster€™s roster of clients €” Blunt, the Fanning sisters, Christina Appelgate, Annette Benning, Andrea Riseborough, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Romijn and more.

DKNY is a go-to fave for Paster, and Downey loved the fall collection they showed today.

€œWe use DKNY a lot for The Fanning sisters and Emily [Blunt],€ said Downey. €œIt€™s great for their appearances on talk shows and other press junkets.€

Show she loved the most for their clients€™ red-carpet affairs: Prabal Gurung. €œThe clothes were so beautiful. This guy will be hard to beat!€

Secret stylist tip: €œFoot Petals, shoe inserts, is our biggest secret. If a girl is comfortable in what she€™s able to walk in, she will exude confidence!€

Stay tuned for more extended DKNY coverage and photos.

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Shine On With Our Favorite Two-Finger Rings

This season, jewelry is all about making a statement. First, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz showed huge cheeky necklaces emblazoned with “Love,” “Help” and “Cool.” Then, Nicholas Ghesquiere showed statement earrings for his Louis Vuitton collection — each model wore just one. While those trends might be making ripples on the runway, you can translate the big-bauble trend, too. Just look down at your fingers, because the two-finger ring is here to stay. What started as just a quirky way to wear jewelry, the trend has blossomed into something that designers big and small are trying their hand at. Go all-out with a smattering of crystals or keep is sleek and simple with a bold bar.

And if you jus can’t say no to making a statement, Lanvin is offering its signature slogans on a ring, too.

Clockwise from top left: Vanessa Lianne Colette Two Finger Ring ($195), Alexis Bittar Marquis Cluster Two Finger Ring ($195), Baublebar Pearl Two Finger Ring ($28), Spring Street Two Finger Ring ($28), Lanvin Two Finger Kiss Ring ($795), Baublebar Pav© Basilisk Ring ($68)

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Monday Muse: Grace Kelly Inspires Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

Grace Kelly

After the red carpet stunners of the Golden Globes, Hollywood’s biggest stars and brightest starlets seem to be eschewing the risk-taking looks that the fashion set prefers (see: Met Gala 2012) for safer looks that recall the Golden Age of film. And that era’s most beloved touchstone is undoubtedly Grace Kelly, the actress-turned-real-life princess that personified glamour, sophistication and timelessness on and off the red carpet.

Though she’s known for floor-sweeping gowns and tiaras (not to mention her unforgettable wedding dress), Grace Kelly was known just as much for her off-camera style as her Edith Head-supervised costumes– she was signed to MGM, after all. Whether she was the epitome of the Hitchcock blonde or wearing Dior couture, her style was always classic. On her outings — both royal and celebrity — swing coats, circle skirts and tailored pieces were her usual uniform, each and every one completed with large sunglasses, structured handbags and perfect finger waves. After her wedding to Prince Rainier III, Kelly’s royal looks were often produced by Christian Dior Haute Couture, including iconic dresses that were used for royal portraits and more.

Gucci Pre-Fall 2013

Gucci Pre-Fall 2013












But the looks that Gucci’s Frida Giannini were inspired by were less royal and more real-world.

Inspired by the timelessness and prettiness of Grace Kelly’s own personal style, she showed a collection of feminine pieces that drew on the dresses, coats and more that Kelly was often photographed in around Monte Carlo and Monaco. Full-skirted coats, slim pants and halter bodices all drew from classic ’60s and ’70s looks, and the color scheme was decidedly autumnal and sophisticated (a stark turn from the all-out glam gold and black collections of the past few seasons). Waists were cinched with belts, giving models — which were styled with side-parted Kelly pincurls — a sexy, yet Midcentry, hourglass shape. For evening, the looks veered more toward Film Noir with lace and flutter sleeves. Each and every look, whether night or day, was perfectly styled down to the t-strap heels. All that was missing was the flashbulbs — oh, and a certain handbag in her namesake!

Photos courtesy the Victoria & Albert Museum and