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Fall Into the Season: Our Top Picks for Fall Under $100

Fall into our picks!

Fall is in the air…somewhere. While we sweat out the last days of an Indian summer here in Los Angeles, elsewhere, girls are putting their sundresses and sandals into storage and we’re pulling out cozy knits and more tailored pieces. Fall staples are marked by heavier fabrics and heavier price tags, but we’ve gathered together our top ten, and none of them ring up at more than $100. Grab one or two to update your wardrobe or get each and every one for a complete seasonal overhaul. We promise you’ll look like a million bucks while spending just a Benjamin.

J. Crew Camo Tee

Let’s start with a quick transition piece. Throw on the J. Crew Camo Tee ($49.50) with your cutoffs (if you haven’t retired them for the season) or with jeans when the lower temps arrive. We love it peeking out from under a sharply tailored blazer or a chunky cardigan, especially if it’s super fluffy and feminine. Wear it often, wash it until it’s super soft and it’ll be a year-round go-to no matter where you live. Don’t be afraid of the bold print. Just treat it like a neutral and wear it with greys, blacks, navies and more.

Available at J. Crew.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream

When fall comes around, there’s a sea change in the world of beauty. We all put our glosses and cream blushes away and go matte. If the runways are any indication of what’s to come, we’re all about to embrace a new semi-matte velvet finish, which is exactly what the Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream ($28) offers. Like all of Bite’s products, the Lip Cream is made in small batches with a combo of edible butters, waxes and oils that all melt at different rates, giving you a long-lasting product in a unique cream-to-powder finish. We’re suggesting the burnt orange shade, Sherry, or the on-trend wine color, Port.

Available at Sephora.

Madewell Oh Dear Sweater

Last year, we sang the praises of the animal sweater. Well, the trend hasn’t gone anywhere. Thanks to big brands such as DvF, Burberry and more, the cuddly trend is still going strong. But instead of a fluffy rabbit or cuddly cat, we’ll opt for the Madewell Oh Dear Sweater ($88).

For those girls who like big bucks and cannot lie, it’s the perfect piece to add to your fall staples. Over a chambray (so Madewell) or alone, it’s a statement-making sweater that’ll show that you buck trends and go for classics with a twist.

Available at Madewell.

Gap Skinny Mini Moto Skimmer Khakis

During the summer, New Englanders embrace something they love to call the go-to-Hell pant. That means that instead of white linen or pastel seersucker, they’re grabbing for bright primary colors, sun-faded bricks (the trad Nantucket red) and bleached-out olives in addition to anything embroidered with critters, crustaceans or nautical motifs. For fall, pair any of our picks with the Gap Skinny Mini Moto Skimmer Khakis ($59.95). The bright, brash orange is anything but subtle, but you’ll be surprised at just how easy they are to integrate into your wardrobe. Animal sweaters, camo t-shirts and just about anything else will look great with these statement-making skinnies. With on-trend moto detailing, they’ll be catching eyes for more reasons than just their striking color.

Available at Gap.

DV by Dolce Vita Joust

One of fall’s most telling signals is the transition from gladiators and flip flops to booties and boots.

Throwing a bootie on with a summer outfit is one way to instantly give it a more autumnal feel — just imagine Alexa at music festivals or Zooey Deschanel heading to Whole Foods. The DV by Dolce Vita Joust ($89) is a sleek, simple bootie that you’ll be able to wear with everything. The stacked heel and zip-fringe detail are something you’d find on a more substantial (and more expensive) bootie from say, Rag & Bone, but these come at a fraction of the price and give you the exact same look.

Available at Piperlime.

LOFT Floral Scroll Print Sweater

If you’re not into wearing an animal on your sleeve, another huge trend for fall is print. One of the most prominent is the wallpaper print, giving this LOFT Floral Scroll Print Sweater ($59.50) major style points for a budget-friendly price. The subtle, monochromatic scheme give you license to take this cozy staple from work to cocktail hour without missing a beat.

Available at LOFT.

Benefit Rockateur Boxed Blush

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean that all your makeup has to be completely matte. Benefit has released their latest boxed blush (and of course, there was a beauty blogger frenzy to go with it), the Rockateur ($28). It’s a super-trendy rose gold that’s designed to turn heads whether you’re on stage rocking out or just out grabbing a pumpkin spice latt©. Sweep it on your cheeks for a music video-worthy glow, which is just the thing to pair with matte lips.

Available at Sephora.

Michael Stars Wild Frontier Eternity Scarf

We’re guilty of tossing a scarf on when it’s not actually scarf weather. What can we say, we’re suckers for accessorizing. But now that it’s cool enough to actually need a scarf, we’ll be throwing on the super-soft Michael Stars Wild Frontier Eternity Scarf ($38). Just like the name implies, it’s got an infinite number of looks. For fall, we’ll be wearing it with the darker, plum shade out front, but as soon as it warms up again, we’ll flip the ring to the lighter lilac side. And between? There’s a myriad of half-and-half and not quite this-or-that combos that can happen between the two.

Available at Piperlime.

Club Monaco Amelia Color Block Belt

Color-blocking isn’t a trend. It’s something that’ll always be in style. With that being said, we can confidently recommend the Club Monaco Amelia Color Block Belt ($98.50) as a season-less wardrobe staple. Cinch your sweater dresses with it and give yourself a flash of color (and an instant waist) or wear it with a flowing blouse for a little more flair. The color combination is fall-friendly and won’t look out of place any other time of year either.

Available at Club Monaco.

 

Tinley Road Lauren Tote

There’s something about a new bag that can lift your spirits and make all your clothes look great again, no matter how long they’ve been hanging in your closet. Fall’s biggest trends include multi-media construction, meaning bags are puzzled together from a variety of different leathers and materials, and gusseted sides. Thank C©line for that detail. The Tinley Road Lauren Tote ($95) checks all of fall’s boxes with its textured faux-leather panels and contrasting black side gussets. Stuff it full (there are side pockets, too) with your computer, tablet, a few mags and more and you’ll have everything you need all in one place.

Available at Piperlime.

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Get it Now: Caudalie Beauty Elixir by L’Wren Scott

Mathilde Thomas and L’Wren Scott

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Limited Edition by L’Wren Scott

Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir has a long list of loyal fans, which include beauty bloggers, real life Sephora shoppers and even fashion designers. When the brand caught wind of L’Wren Scott’s devotion to the elixir (which is inspired by a formula used by the Queen of Hungary’s elixir of youth), they asked the leggy designer to design a special edition of the beloved spritz.

Mathilde Thomas, co-founder of Caudalie, contacted Scott and the pair met for tea and got to creating a special item for the holidays.The result is the Sephora-exclusive Caudalie Beauty Elixir Limited Edition by L’Wren Scott ($18 for one oz, $49 for 3.4 oz).

Scott takes the bottle over to the dark side (it’s usually decorated with more soothing light green logos and text) and embellishes the iconic bottle with a sketch that harkens back to her curve-hugging frocks.

According to Scott herself, the bottle also recalls the vines and grape botanics that Caudalie draws its technology and formulas from (it was unintentional, she says). Paying homage to the female silhouette, it’s sure to find it’s own cult following. Inside, the formula remains unchanged, so if you’re addicted to the minty, refreshing spritz like Scott is, you’ll want to stock up.

Available at Sephora.

 

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Gwen Stefani Launches New Label DWP

Gwen Stefani styles the DWP lookbook

Gwen Stefani has been a fashion darling since she came onto the scene in her tartan pants, Doc Marten creepers and her little boy Fruit of the Loom wife-beaters. What we all loved about her was her ability to look like a ska goddess one moment and then then walk out onto a red carpet the next in a full-fringed Ferragamo gown without missing a beat. She’s always been one to experiment — pink hair, bindi embellishments, neo-geisha glam — so naturally when she debuted her line of ready-to-wear, L.A.M.B., it was an instant hit. She also gave her fans a more affordable line with a diffusion label. Harajuku Lovers was aimed at tweens and juniors and spanned the lifestyle gamut with everything from handbags and apparel to fragrance.

All was well in the world of Stefani until she started to take a back seat to her own labels. L.A.M.B., which was a New York Fashion Week favorite, stopped showing and it was later announced that Stefani herself was no longer at the helm of the label. But it didn’t take very long for Stefani to come back to the sphere of fashion — she’s partnered with denim giant Mark Glasser, the founder of 7 for all Mankind, Citizens of Humanity and most recently, Rich & Skinny, to launch DWP (which stands for Design with Purpose), a contemporary label that’s out to give girls a new way to get the Gwen look.

DWP

“What€™s so great about DWP for me is it’s different from anything I€™ve ever done, working in L.A. and having the factory right here,” Stefani told WWD. “With L.A.M.B., we have so many categories within the collection and you have different factories that do specific things, so you are a little detached. The actual designs are very simple because it€™s all about everyday wear. So that€™s different and new.”

Everyday wear to Gwen Stefani is slouchy, cropped, tapered pant, which is what the first collection focuses on. Fans of Stefani will recognize the silhouette, since it harkens back to the early days of No Doubt. And DWP isn’t just a departure for Stefani, it’s also a new venture for Glasser, who has always focused on the world of denim.

The DWP collection will be manufactured in the same Vernon, Calif., factory as Rich & Skinny. One major aspect of DWP will be versatility. Just like blue jeans go with just about everything, Stefani and Glasser are setting out to create a collection of super-versatile pieces that can be paired with anything for any occasion.

Gwen Stefani and Michael Glasser

“A buyer from Neiman Marcus came up to me and said, ‘If you show me another five-pocket jean, I€™m going to punch you.’” said Glasser to WWD. “The purpose of this company is to step into a place that we believe will encourage the business to get better, take the pressure off jeans, give it a rest. There€™s no question jeans will be there, but the scale has to be balanced.”

DWP

Now that premium denim doesn’t dominate the market as it did in the early ’00s, the balance makes sense for any label, not just a fledgeling brand. Denim-focused brands across the board are focusing on other items now, as evidenced by BLK DNM’s new bespoke leather jacket service, 7 for all Mankind’s expansion into accessories and more. In addition to the tapered pants, DWP’s first collection includes motorcycle vests, t-shirts and tank tops and other pieces that balance the line between tomboy and downtown girl.

“I was trying to get all the basics,” said Stefani. “Michael nailed the bottoms. For tops, I was trying to think about what I wear besides a tank top. I love cuffed-up sleeves, tops that are long in front and short in back. And we did a jumpsuit and a dress to fill in the gaps.”

In addition to announcing the launch of DWP, Stefani is expecting her third child, anticipating the release of a new Harajuku Lovers fragrance, an animated series featuring her Harajuku Lovers characters, an e-commerce launch for L.A.M.B. as well as collabs with nail lacquer giant OPI and snowboarding outfitters Burton. Believe it or not, she’s also planning on getting back to her rock roots and work on some music between all of that. Filling the gaps? We think Gwen’s got it all covered.

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Save Steal Splurge: The Poncho

If you’re looking for a fresh way to bundle up, then forget those peacoats and blazers — sometimes you need something quick and casual. And the piece we’re obsessed with this season is the poncho. They’re easy cool, since you can throw them on over just about anything and look relaxed and bohemian. Plus, they’re one size fits all, so you can throw them on over your tank tops and maxi dresses in the summertime or over your sweaters and sweater dresses now that it’s chilly.

In short, make like a gift and wrap up.

Save: TOMS for Target Women’s Poncho ($28)

Steal: Topshop Geo Print Poncho ($60) 

Splurge: Free People Willow Poncho ($114.74)

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Ladur©e Teams With Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty Ladur©e Boxes

Leave it to Ladur©e to collaborate with a brand that will bring even more macarons-obsessed droves to their already-packed Madison Avenue outpost. Available now, the new Hello Kitty collaboration offers up their already famous, sorbet-hued macarons in cute (or kawaii, as the kitty herself would say) boxes featuring a portrait of a blushing Hello Kitty framed in trad Ladur©e fashion or peeking around macarons in their most popular flavors.

The latest in a long line of collaborations (previous releases include packaging inspired by Japanese artist and clothing designer Tsumori Chisato, Matthew Williamson, Christian Louboutin and more), the Hello Kitty exclusive is available in four sizes ranging from $20-55 and comes packed with six to 19 pastel-colored macarons. Flip through our slideshow below for a look back at some of the most memorable macaron mashups:

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Ladur©e Cosmetics

Fashionable collabs aren’t all that Ladur©e is concocting in the kitchens, however.

In Japan, Ladur©e worked with Japanese cosmetics brand Albion and launched Les Merveilleuses Ladur©e, a line of color cosmetics that is as mouthwateringly beautiful as their stores.

Available at department store Mitsukoshi, the range offers everything from lipsticks that dangle with the famed Ladure©e cameo to a blush that’s made to resemble a petite container of rose petals. The day of its launch, the collection had fans of confections and cosmetics lining up for hours. The full range includes lipsticks, brushes, foundations, cream and powder blushes and powders. Each and every item is housed in white-and-gold containers resembling Faberg© eggs, vintage hatboxes and more. The powder compacts even come with lace sifters and the fluffiest powder puffs. No detail’s been spared to bring the entire Ladur©e experience to your vanity. Here’s hoping the collection comes stateside!

Ladur©e Face Powder

Ladur©e Petal Blush

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Save Steal Splurge: the Polka Dot Bikini

There’s no denying the appeal of something a little retro. Not only is it a way to stand out from the string bikinis and barely-there bandeaus that come out every summer, but they’re also totally in, no matter what the prevailing trends may be. And just like the song goes, nothing’s as eye-catching as a polka-dot bikini. We’ve got a few of our favorites here, whether you’ve got a lot to spend or want to save for that beach getaway.

Save: Boohoo Maui Bright Polka Dot Ruffle Bikini ($30)

Steal: Topshop Polka Dot Bandeau Bikini Set ($65)

Splurge: Modcloth Beach Blanket Bingo Two-Piece ($90)

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Monday Muse: Clover Canyon Takes to Cape Town for Pre-Fall

Clover Canyon Pre-Fall 2015

Clover Canyon’s Rozae Nichols has a knack for distilling what’s new and now in fashion down to what real girls want to wear. No, it might not be the blogger bait and look-at-me, in-your-face fashion that catches Tommy Ton’s lens, but her collections for L.A.-based Clover Canyon give real girls what they’ll actually wear infused with the added flair that only Nichols and her signature prints can do. For Pre-Fall, Nichols took a quick detour to South Africa and showed that she’s right on the pulse of what’s happening without veering too far from what made her brand one of the most recognizable in the fashion world.

Neoprene? Nichols has been toying with it for a few seasons now — along with a bevy of other designers — and it made an appearance again with a laser-cut jacket that caught the attention of editors thanks to its sharp shape as well as its floral motifs. Nichols took inspiration from South Africa’s Ndebele villages and printed them right onto maxi silhouettes and flowing, easy t-shirt dresses along with graphic flora and fauna.

Clover Canyon Pre-Fall 2015

Clover Canyon is built on eye-catching digital prints, and there were plenty of them here, but Nichols is also adding more and more solids to her repertoire and Clover Canyon is stronger for it.

Midi skirts, relaxed pants and even a hoodie were all great building blocks for the layered patterns she presented.

Prints weren’t simply 2D renderings. There were plenty of relief prints inspired by body art and the graphic designs on the homes of the Ndebele people on scuba jackets and oversized sweatshirts. Those motifs even showed up on shoes. Extra dimension was also present in huge pompom embellishment on t-shirts. Linen also made an appearance — something new for the line — and it was a welcome addition for the Clover girls who might actually take these clothes to the road. But fantasy is just as powerful as reality, especially in fashion, and there are plenty of girls who will take these clothes and add their own adventures.