From the daily archives: "Monday, February 2, 2015"

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The celebrity fashion and beauty looks seen during every award season are becoming just as influential, if not so avant-garde, as the styles that amble down the catwalks of Paris, London, Milan, and New York. Camila Alves seems to have caught on to the current zeitgeist with a sleek yet wavy style oozing old Hollywood glamour. To learn to create such a style at home, click notes.

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Perhaps it’s due to the season (I am a sitting shiva for spring) or that the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York shut down its current exhibition, Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, yesterday…but there is a sudden influx of mourning inspired looks on the runway. Designer Thom Browne was heavily influenced by the name of the exhibit and presented a collection that was by far the most chic funeral procession I have ever seen. Macabre? Film Noir? Perhaps, but it’s an artistic interpretation of the world we live in. Beauty-wise, the models walking the Spring 2015 Couture shows were also given a touch of bereavement fashion. At Giambattista Valli and Chanel, looks included black polka-dotted and mesh veils, as if the models were also in grieving. Is this a new interpretation of the cocooning trend? Or a re-interpreted look for a mysterious femme fatale allure? Veils have certainly always been prevalent through fashion history and were a big staple a few seasons ago, perhaps it’s time we try them again… at least until the spring arrives.Click through to style notes to see my favorite looks. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Fashion Blogger Leonie Sophie of Ohh Couture (www.ohhcouture.com) has a sophisticated, understated style features lots of earth tones, clean lines and bespoke tailoring. She also has a fantastic signature hairstyle. The look features a deep side part that falls seductively over one eye, lots of sexy wisps, and a low ponytail tucked into a soft loop. The effect is casual but very chic. It pairs beautifully with a wide range of ensembles, and is easy to create at home. Learn how in the style notes. –Kelly Rowe

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Bronde and red are both forecast to be big trend for the coming year, so why not combine them? This sunny hue is a blend of caramel and copper that hits both trends simultaneously. It’s subtle enough to work even on people who can’t usually wear red, and works on both warm and cool skin tones. Click the style notes for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

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