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Looks of the Week

Welcome to Moi Contre La Vie’s Looks of the Week.

This is a special edition because at the end I’ve included some snaps from the Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear collections. And why is that so special? Well… Prada had some very interesting special guests that walked their runway.

Fuzzy, powder blue Philosophy Di Alberta coat paired with purple pants and kick @$$ black leather booties? Yes please! Hanneli, you're my hero.

 

Polka dots, leopard print & sequins? For daytime? It takes quite the talented stylist to pull off that combination and make it look this chic.

Not sure how to stay warm on date night? Rachel McAdams wears a buckled wool coat over a seriously cute pleated LBD with dramatic, pointy toed nude & black pumps.

 

Alright, its official, Matt Bomer is no longer just a pretty face. He's a pretty face that can seriously put together an outfit. Love the camel coat. Love the shoes. LOVE the purple scarf. What? I live in San Francisco.

 

Olivia Palermo absolutely knocked one out of the park with this ridiculously chic look. The cropped pants, leopard heels and bag are incredibly well chosen and the fur-trimmed, double-breasted jacket is beyond stunning.

There may be a Style File coming on this look…

Emma's look here is super cute, but simple enough to copy easily. I especially like the flashy red pants and the black and white striped scarf.

  

Model Imogen Morris-Clarke was captured on the street in New York wearing a phenomenal vintage YSL coat and varying shades of blue and black. I love the mixing of colors, fabrics and textures in this look.

 
Alexa Chung’s cropped navy trench look got fashionable mention on Frugal Fashionista. This is a GREAT way to cover up when you’re wearing a midi length skirt or dress – go for a completely different length top layer!
 
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First, why am I not in Paris right now??? Second, LOVE this look. A high-waisted skirt is a challenge to pull off but this bright little number paired with a crisp white button down and seriously hot heels make it work oh so well.

 

It's no secret that I adore outerwear - so there was no chance I wouldn't fall for this look. Knee-length, double-breasted camel colored coat with a matching scarf? AND leather gloves & pressed, hemmed slacks. Oh Milan.

 
Prada’s Fall/Winter 2012 Menswear show in Milan showcased some gorgeous outerwear, slacks, and accessories. It also showcased some new talent on the runways. Think these gentlemen have a future in modeling? 🙂
 

Willem Dafoe was chic in all black with a dramatic broach-like decoration on the breast pocket of his overcoat. I also love the way they parted his hair for this look!

Adrien Brody in a phenomenal red brocade double-breasted coat with fur lapels and hippie-inspired round glasses.

Gary Oldman finished up the show in another great overcoat over a high white collar and great shoes.

Quite the trifecta, no?
 
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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

It’s that time again… Time for all the new ad campaigns for Spring 2012 that make us swoon and wish the weather would hurry up so we can throw on sundresses and gorgeous resort wear. Sigh. Tom & Lorenzo have the lowdown on Valentino, Harper’s Bazaar previews the fabulous Burberry video featuring Poppy’s younger sister Cara Delevingne, Mama’s A Rolling Stone has gorgeous photos from the 2012 campaigns for Lanvin, Chloe and Balenciaga, and My Dress.My High Heels.My Style shows off the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign with the lovely, tan Natasha Poly, a breathtaking Mila Kunis for Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012 and great mixing and matching of prints in the DKNY Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign where Ashley Greene giving great face on New York rooftops.

Looking for something light and entertaining to read this weekend? Try Simon Doonan’s Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, see Harper’s Bazaar’s review here. Not your typical fashion tome, that’s for sure.

Need some ideas for comfy clothes and cozy accessories as this latest cold weather front moves through? WhoWhatWear has the breakdown on outerwear worn by everyone from Ashley Olsen to Rooney Mara, Frugal Fashionista has the lowdown on snowboots under $100 and FabSugar has 5 ideas on how to mix and match your feminine, warm-weather wear with cozy pieces for winter.

Need some extras to finish up your daily looks these days? 10 sweet winter accessories under $50, China Glaze creates a Hunger Games inspired line of nail polish, 7 pairs of nerd-chic glasses and leopard print scarves.

Health & Fitness:

Personally, I don’t own a scale, I’m much more interested in how my clothes fit. One reason? Muscle mass is important for your health. Is bulking up at the gym one of your fears? Fit Bottomed Girls discuss common fitness fears.

The girls over at Tone It Up give great daily updates – check out their great suggestion to keep you healthy and moving all day at work. Need some more motivation to get you going? FitSugar has you covered with quotes and mottos to get you up and out the door.

I can’t decide what I want to make first next weekend: FitSugar’s black & white bean sweet potato soup, The Wannabe Chef’s tofu stirfry or The Hungry Hungry Hippie’s clean food cornbread.

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Looking to add some new foods to your diet to increase your health? You could try hemp seeds, antioxidant-rich foods, green monster salads, “cheesy” veggie quinoa Quiche and some of the newly popularized superfoods of 2011.

Hope you had a great weekend!

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Looks of the Week

 
This past week had some beautiful holiday looks, chic outerwear and great daytime outfits that I just had to share. Enjoy the eye candy!
 

Miss Rosie shows us just how to dress for a casual day out and about. The extras here are the key, on top of slim jeans and a basic sweater she layered a beautiful rust colored cropped leather jacket, a leopard print scarf, slouchy boots and a to DIE for Celine bag.

 
This isn’t Rosie’s first time showing off a fun twist on a basic leather jacket, check out her gorgeous appearance at a Burberry show earlier this year here.
 
Basically, you’ve been asleep if you haven’t noticed that 2011 was the year of Rosie – The Frugal Fashionista has her best looks here and Tom & Lorenzo have brilliant and entertaining commentary on her red carpet looks here. Swoon!
 

Kate Middleton looked gorgeous in velvet Alexander McQueen and stunning diamond jewelry. Beautiful hair, beautiful makeup, just beautiful.

 

I love this vintage look from fashion blogger Late Afternoon. The pleated white dress, chunky gold jewelry and big Jackie O glasses are perfection.

 

I'm not always a huge fan of asymmetrical hemlines, but Poppy Delevigne proved here that she can pull just about anything off and this color looks phenomenal on her. The boots were what really caught my eye though, I'm loving rock n' roll touches right now.

 

I don't usually include editorials in my Looks of the Week posts but I absolutely fell in love with this shot of Kate Beckinsale for Harper's Bazaar Russia. She looks so adorably mod and Spring-y that I couldn't help but feature her. Great color scheme and styling for this shot, I especially adore the white sunnies.

 

Not only is Hanneli Mustaparta stunning, she puts together a great outfit. Rather than looking like a Halloween caricature in orange and black , she looks chic and stylish. Need those shoes and clutch STAT. Great example of how to pull of the day clutch look, carry another bag for the rest of yours stuff!

 
And if you’d like to see the opposite of Looks of the Week, head over to Tom & Lorenzo: Fabulous & Opinionated for the Top 15 WORST Celebrity Looks of 2011 – Part I, Part II & Part III.
 
Hope the rest of your week goes well!
 
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New Girl on the Block – Felicity Jones

Well, perhaps “new” isn’t the most accurate of words, but I figured since I had to IMDB her to figure out why she was suddenly popping up everywhere I could get away with calling her new.

And yes, “to IMDB” is a verb now. 🙂

Not only is Felicity Jones a striking young lady, she also makes great fashion and beauty choices. She favors dramatic and ladylike styles on the red carpet, a combination that is unusual in Hollywood these days but less so in London (the fact that she’s pale, dark-haired and British aren’t the only reasons she reminds me of Keira Knightley). In Hollywood the younger crowd seems to, tragically, equate rising success with rising hemlines. Young actresses like Felicity are a breath of fresh air when they appear in more classic and demure designs as their careers start to take off.

Here are some of Felicity’s successes as of late. Enjoy!

In Proenza Schouler @ The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual Next Gen Reception. While I think this skirt would have been more flattering with a little hemming, I really like the look as a whole. Its interesting and eye-catching, something both Felicity & Proenza Schouler do well.

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 Aaand you know you’ve really starting to be big time when the clothing and make up companies come a knocking.   

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Oh, and then there are the editorials. And this girl gives GREAT face. 

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So what do you guys think of Felicity? Think she’ll be able to keep up her great fashion choices as the red carpet opportunities continue? I can’t wait to see the gowns she picks for the upcoming awards season! 
 

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Pre-Fall 2012 Collections: Part II

Welcome to Part II of MCLV’s reviews of the Pre-Fall 2012 shows, you can catch up on Part I here.

The Burberry Prorsum show was full of clean lines, dark hues and great details, for both men and women. There were beautiful purses, hats, gloves, shoes and belts in yellows and reds, and of course to die for coats and jackets. This was one of my favorite of the Pre-Fall shows, not only could virtually everything transition directly to the street, most of the pieces are timeless and could be worn season after season. (See what Tom & Lorenzo have to say about this collection here).

This 40's style dress is flattering on a lot of body types and the contrasting belt and suede booties are a great touch. And while the slim fitting suit that he's wearing is hard for most men to pull off, the jacket is divine.

A beautiful double-breasted coat with a fun yellow bow belt, fur collar, tights and moccasin inspired booties - A perfect fall look. I can absolutely see someone walking down Park Avenue in this!

Quite the chic couple! I love his sweater layers in chocolate and tan with almost a Peter Pan collar underneath, and her belted puff coat with dramatic shoulders over a rust colored sheath dress.

 
Giddy up y’all! There was a distinct Southwestern flare in Michael Kors’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection, which took Nan Kempner as its inspiration. While some of the looks may not be the most practical, there were a lot of great, classic pieces in the show.
 

This is a great white dress with interesting zipper details. The belt and strappy boots add just enough flare to keep things interesting.

This is what Mr. Kors does best, creates a fun, "themed" look, composed of fairly basic pieces. A beautiful black, capsleeved dress is taken to a whole new level by adding a leather bustier, thick belt and dramatic gladiator-style platforms.

 
My favorite style of jewelry is, without a doubt, art deco, so I was thrilled when I read that it was Rachel Roy’s Pre-Fall 2012 theme. The collection was colorful and eclectic, showcasing separates, dresses and outerwear in silks, knits, leather and wool. The minimalistic styling for this show was really well done, double strap, round toed heels, colorful belts and chain link necklaces.
 

This coat is just the sort of thing that I've come to expect from Rachel Roy, clean lines, flattering cut and ready to be worn.

Talk about versatile, this belted, black & white tuxedo-inspired dress has a touch of sparkle that would easily take it from day to night with a change of shoes. Just add tights and a blazer for work!

 
Pringle of Scotland is an iconic British house and this Pre-Fall 2012 collection was oh-so-British in its composition. Skirt and pants suits in dramatic colored knits, patterned menswear inspired separates, minimalistic mini dresses and thick-heeled boots with splashes of red, orange and yellow.
 

This simple sleeveless black shift is anything but boring with slashes of burnished yellow at the hem and beautiful boots. Can't you just picture Tilda Swinton wearing this when she runs errands?

 

This suit is expertly styled with a fur scarf, burgundy velveteen belt, knit turtleneck and burgundy suede booties.

 
The Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2012 collection was sleek and tailored to perfection, just the way Karan likes it. There were a few pieces that really stood out in this show though – black, white and navy two-piece looks with white tops and dramatic skirts and wide leg pants, decorated with oversized bows and paired with ladylike pumps.
 

This look is ALL about the drama. The dramatic color pairing, the dramatic bow-belt, the dramatic A-line silhouette of the skirt, the dramatic deep v-neck blouse. While the bow might be a little much, one can't help but think that this would be a great holiday party look!

This belted navy and black pleated silk dress was classic Donna Karan. Chic and minimal, ballet-style crisscross patent leather heels completed the look.

 
Zac Posen, back in New York, gave us a dramatic show full of dichotomies. East versus West, embellished versus simplistic, high versus low. His collection included sheaths, suits, separates and outerwear that any woman I know would wear to work, all paired with gloves, fur shawls and gorgeous art-deco jewelry. The other half of the collection showcased intricate gowns with yards of train, layers of tulle, elaborate shoulder embellishments and skin-tight Chinese printed silk.
 

This sheath is the definition of perfection, I can't imagine a more beautifully made, perfectly fitted work-dress. I'll take one in each color please!

Old school glamour with a modern twist. You would have trouble getting me out of this once I had it on. And that bracelet would never come off. Ever!

This combination is so Zac. A conservatively cut, well-tailored grey blazer paired with a bright blue, ribbon covered puffy A-line skirt.

 
Fendi was all about separates in their Pre-Fall 2012 collection – beautiful, exciting separates. To quote style.com’s Matthew Schneier: “Ziggy Stardust goes to the office Christmas party.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up! Daywear and workwear pieces for a woman who not only wants to make an entrance, but who probably has amazing plans for the evening. Mouth-watering bags and multi colored strappy pumps finished off the looks.
 

The styling of this look is pure Fendi. A demure tan pussy bow blouse paired with a navy pencil skirt with circle details, with what else, a gorgeous handbag with flames on it.

This look is sort of "ladies who lunch" meets "school-girl." I love that the tan accessories are separate from the black and white of the central pieces.

 
 
Harper’s Bazaar continued their highlights from the Pre-Fall shows and FabSugar added to their collection of pictures and reviews here.
 
 
Stay tuned for the third and final post on the Pre-Fall shows later this week!
 
 
Pictures from Style.com.
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