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Our Favorite High/Low Hems for Under $70

A few seasons ago, you couldn’t swing your Cambridge Satchel Co. crossbody without smacking a dozen girls wearing high/low dresses or skirts. They were everywhere and we thought they were on their way out, but designer such as Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler, Donna Karan and Altuzarra are still sending their models out in high/low hems. So whether you still love them or were holding out on finding the perfect high/low pieces, the trend is here to stay just a little bit longer.

We’ve gathered together our favorite dresses and tops that range from dramatic high/low cuts to more subtle ones that you can wear without a personal fan wrangler to get that hem to flow behind you just so. Pair a high/low top with your favorite boyfriend jeans to add a little feminine flair and throw on a high/low maxi with safari-inspired heels or statement gladiators and you’ve got the perfect summer uniform.

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Valley Glam: Lisa Rinna€™s Belle Gray Boutique Hosts Decadestwo Pop-up Store

In Hollywood, deals are inked over power lunches. But in West Hollywood boutiques, fashion moments are more likely to be made over a pair of Louboutins. This is precisely how Dancing With The Stars alum and Belle Gray boutique owner Lisa Rinna agreed to host a pop-up store with her friend Christos Garkinos, co-owner of Decadestwo, the much-touted, ready-to-wear resale shop owned by Garkinos and Cameron Silver.The idea, well…popped up while Rinna was trying on a pair of Louboutins at Decadestwo on Melrose, where she has been a longtime shopper. Together the pair decided it was high time to turn up the heat on high style in the Valley, with her 7-year-old Sherman Oaks shop serving as the conduit for delivering Decadestwo’s brand of designer chic.The first Decadestwo pop-up opened to much fanfare in New York last year, and Garkinos hasLisa Rinna models a dress for the Decadestwo/Belle Gray sale on Hautelook (Photo courtesy of Hautelook)

not only taken it back to New York, but to San Francisco and Houston, other parts of L.A., and now Rinna€™s Sherman Oaks store.

€œThe Valley women will not know what hit them,€ Rinna told Fashion Trends Daily while at home doing her own highlights. €œI€™m crossing my fingers that it€™s really, really successful because you want to be able to do it again.€

Garkinos is just as giddy. €œWe€™ll have to call the 911 in the 818,€ he said, referring to the Valley€™s 818 area code. Currently, about 20 percent of Decadestwo€™s customers are from the Valley.

Decadestwo will be offering about 500 hand-selected pieces for the Belle Gray pop up, from Little Black Dresses to gowns, a fur vest, shoes and more. Members-only shopping site Hautelook is a partner with Decadestwo on its pop ups and will also host a 48-hour sale of select pieces exclusive to the Belle Gray event. An enviously in-shape Rinna modeled all of the pieces that will be available on Hautelook.

Rinna, whose reality show (€œHarry Loves Lisa€) with husband/boutique co-owner/actor Harry Hamlin is set to premiere October 6 on the TV Land network, joked that it was this collaboration that was the one giving her jitters.

And she said that she is doing everything to ensure that the pop up is a huge success. Rinna has put the call out to all of her besties and loyal celebrity shopping clientele: Denise Richards, Lara Spencer, Tori Spelling, Ali Sweeney, Nancy O€™Dell and Garcelle Beauvais Nilon (also a longtime Decadestwo client), to name a handful.

(Photo courtesy of Hautelook)

Despite the recent face-melting heatwave in L.A., Garkinos said his clients have been hungrily snapping up shearling at his West Hollywood boutique. €œAnd in 115 degree heat!€ So selling fall pieces in the unrelenting sauna that is the Valley shouldn€™t pose much of a problem.

Hautelook vice president Carlota Espinosa said Hautelook has been doing well with fall looks. €œThe biggest trends members are snapping up on Hautelook right now are the €˜essentials,€™ said Espinosa. €œThe perfect cashmere sweater, a fitted boy blazer, skinny jeans and, of course, a designer handbag from Decadestwo.€ The company currently hosts two Decadestwo sales per month.

Belle Gray customers are of two minds this fall. Cozy cashmere sweaters are going quickly, Rinna said, as are structured dresses that she dubbed, €œVictoria Beckham knock-offs.€

And Rinna is not afraid of shoppping for knock-offs or mixing lower-priced pieces into her wardrobe, even though she still loves her Loubies and Lanvins.

€œI just got a great pair of Steve Madden lace-up, combat boots for $129,€ she said delightedly. €œI love vintage. I love to shop. I€™m a shopper.€

So, if she wasn€™t running a store, raising kids and doing TV, what would she be doing? €œI was definitely a hair stylist in another lifetime,€ joked Rinna.

And with that she hung up to go rinse out her hair color. Oh, and what about those Louboutins that launched this very event? Never made it home with her. But don’t weep for her just yet. Said Rinna, “I bought a pair of Lanvins instead.”

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Monday Muse: Tibi and Jin Soon Choi’s Modern Manicure

Backstage at Tibi

Before she was discovered by Steven Meisel and backstage at just about every show at New York Fashion Week, nail maven Jin Soon Choi pedaled around the streets of New York with her entire kit on her back. But Bicycle Jin has come a long way — from her work at YM and Teen Vogue straight to the top of the list for photogs, designers and more any time they want something new and fresh in the world of nails. The latest designer to call on Choi for her polished expertise is Alex Smilovic of Tibi. The designer and Choi teamed up for a limited-edition collection of colors available today.

Karlie Kloss and Jin Soon Choi

We’ve spotted the diminutive Choi backstage at Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and more at New York Fashion Week, and though she’s one of the most unassuming people backstage, she also happens to be one of the most in-demand painters in the business. Keeping her cool no matter how chaotic the backstage areas get, she’s happy to detail each and every step of the designers’ nail looks for the season. With her New York Times Magazine coverage and her own chain of spas in Manhattan, she’s already a major name in the world of fashion, but the whole world is just now hearing about her. Last year, she released a line of polishes formulated to be user friendly and super shiny, with the longevity of a gel and the ease of a polish.

Available at Space.NK stores, the line is all about basics, but seasonal collections are where she lets her creative juices flow. She does, however, leave the naming of her hues to her model friends Karlie and Coco (that’d be Kloss and Rochas, naturally).

Jin Soon for Tibi

For her next act, Choi teamed with Tibi’s Amy Smilovic for a capsule collection (available exclusively at for a new take on nail art. Instead of her dripping blood (Prabal) or pasty, dusty hues (Wang), she’s developed a five-shade range based on the beauty of rocks and minerals. Opulent and multifaceted, they’re designed to be worn matte for a special depth and textured look or with a glossy topcoat for high shine and a totally different take on the collection’s earthly inspiration. The idea of multi-use hues came from Smilovic’s use of layering and utilitarian pieces in the fall/winter 2013 Tibi runway show. Not only is it a first for the fashion brand, the matte top coat is a first for Choi’s line, and she’s excited to see what at-home nail artists do with her range for Tibi. We’re loving the sparkling black and the color-shifting green, which is a glam take on the season’s must-have army fatigue-inspired coats (complete with leather sleeves). And while the L.A. sun keeps the FTD team away from statement making outerwear, it’s the perfect thing to bring out the sparkles of these shades — even when they’re covered up by a matte topper.

The Tibi x Jin Soon collection is available today at the Tibi Web site.