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Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a 30 feet high waterfall, complete with “caves” underneath where the models sauntered out from. The set was truly a wonder, but there was also a message: Chanel referred the set as an “ephemeral landscape,” hinting at the environmental issues facing our world.

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Saint Laurent has always been associated with glamour, a notion that was brought back at last week’s surprise couture show in Paris. The show offered a heavy dose of ‘80s glamour, utilizing more-is-more in terms of beauty. Strong slicked back strands, dark eye makeup, and crimson pouts called to mind the YSL of that decade and created an overall powerful look. Will this new style at Saint Laurent inspire the runways to rethink the natural girl vibe that has governed the scene for the last decade? I can’t say, but who doesn’t love a chance to play dress up. To see more of my favorite looks from the show, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

fendi coverThe Fashion Kaiser has done it again. Karl Lagerfeld showed his first ever haute couture collection for Fendi and it wasn’t just the extravagance of the chinchilla, sable, and mink hair that had me enamored. The hair on the actual catwalkers caused a beauty stir. Locks were styled with a deep side-part and pinned back to frame the face with a wavy. The length was then secured with a low pony in the back, giving the illusion of shorter locks. In a runway-world of rumpled and meh hair, it’s exciting to see a return to such elegance. You may recall Marc Jacobs went for a similar proper lady look for the fall collections. My trend alert sense are certainly buzzing. Click through to style notes to see my favorite looks. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Valentino is sticking with bohemian braids for 2015, showing a soft and sweet style for the 2015 Couture show. As noted on, the looks were inspired by the fragile nature of innocent love. The models wore a loose plait that resembled a crown and was decorated with tiny buds, like daises and violets. The blooms appeared to be plucked right out of a field (if it weren’t for the freezing temperatures outside!). It may not be summer quiet yet, but festival goers take note: the flower crown has gone couture. Skip the plastic blooms at the high street stores and head to your nearest flower market for a prettier take on Coachella headgear. For more inspiration, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart


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Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group 


The overall theme of the Christian Dior Spring 2015 Couture show was David Bowie––a blending of the coolest attributes of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s into an explosion of color. And while the clothes made a unique, futuristic statement, the key to it all was a psychedelic ponytail. According to, models had their hair slicked back into hair loops and then a colorful or metallic ring was attached, along with a long faux ponytail. No your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, that is an extension. Though I don’t recommend replicating this look in its entirety, there’s definitely an opportunity to step your hair game up with a few choice accessories for the spring. Click through to style notes to see more looks from the show. –– Michelle Rotbart

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