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Spring 2011 College Fashion Trends for Women

The Feather Earring(s)

Last year suede and fringe were huge, so it was only a matter of time before we saw feathers. Best worn on one ear, a la 80’s Madonna.

Pictured (from left): Jessica Szohr and Vanessa Hudgens

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The Belt

Much like the scarf, the belt will be the it accessory for every outfit this spring. You name it…beach cover-up, jeans, dress, sweater, shorts…add a belt for an instant style upgrade!

Pictured (from left): Olivia Polermo, Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth

Credit (Olivia): Buzz Foto, Credit (Jessica): Getty via FabSugar, Credit (Lo): www.frugal-fashionistas.com _____________________________________________________________________________________

The Structured Black Hat

Whether your look is boho, retro or rock, the black hat is bound to make it’s way to the forefront of your spring wardrobe.  The Derby or Bowler, The Fedora,  The Gambler, The Trilby, The Outback, The Porkpie or Be-Bop,  The Floppy Bohemian  – this trend hardly discriminates. It’s all very Brigitte Bardot.

Pictured (from left): Nicole Richie (in a floppy bohemian hat), Jessica Szohr (in a trilby hat) and Beyonce Knowles (in a gambler hat)

Credit (Beyonce): Huffington Post, Credit (Jessica): Bauer Griffin, Credit (Nicole):_________________________________________________________________________

The Layered Gold Jewelry

It’s all about mixing and matching – short with long, thin with chunky, feathers with medalions, and so it goes.

Pictured (from left): Kate Moss and Vanessa Hudgens

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Also, good news for those college budgets, last spring’s cat shades, cross-body bags, boyfriend jeans and mixed bangles – all still in!

 

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Fall 2010 College Fashion Trends for Women

The Legging

This isn’t really a news flash, leggings have been “in” for a couple of seasons now. However, they took a mini vacay for the summer, and are back in a big way for fall with lots to choose from: shiny ones, patterned ones, and good old fashioned black ones. A note to wearers…your shirt must be long enough to cover your bum…it’s the law.

Pictured: Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad.

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The Jegging

Leggings + Jeans = Jeggings

The Legging has been so popular that it has joined forces with it’s equally popular counterpart, The Skinny Jean, to create an über pant…and thus The Jegging was born. It’s a perfect match for the staple fall boots and sweaters. Note to wearers… the same long shirt law applies to The Jegging…there are no exceptions.

Pictured: Audrina Patridge and Sienna Miller.

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The Faux Fur Vest

We have Rachel Zoe to thank for this old retro look exploding back onto the scene. This dances the very thin line between fashionable and costume-y. But, if you can pull it off, then it’s one super fabulous “boho-chic” fall piece.

Pictured: Kim Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari.

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The Scarf

Hands down the best fall accessory.  Scarves go with EVERYTHING and they can make an ordinary outfit stylish (with very little effort).

Pictured: Vanessa Minnillo and Jessica Alba.

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The Fringe Boot

Fringe is so hot right now, so it’s no surprise that this includes boots. In fact, I predict it’s about to take over every girls fall/winter fave (which, incidentally, happens to be every man’s least favorite girl fall/winter staple)…that’s right…you heard it hear first(ish),  Kettle Black is the new Ugg.

Pictured: Lauren Conrad and Vanessa Hudgens sporting Kettle Black Koolaburra Triple Fringe Boots.

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The Biker Boot

The Biker Boot is the other favorite boot for fall, this flat boot is usually studded or buckled and goes great with other “biker-chic” accessories like The Studded Hobo and The Leather Jacket. All across the land sorority girls and reality starlets alike will be able to look as bad as they wanna be, without having to throw a leg up on a hog. And that my friends, is what fashion is all about.

Pictured: Kristin Cavallari and Kim Kardashian.


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The Hills: reality television without the “real”?

The Hills
The Hills

This past Tuesday marked the end of an era for MTV – the final episode of their popular docu-drama, The Hills. For better or worse, The Hills had become a pop culture phenomenon over the last four years (I mean, what would this world be without the existence of Speidi?). The show became a guilty pleasure of countless Gen Y’ers over the past six seasons because so many of us were at a similar point in our lives as Lauren. We were finally out on our own, learning the ropes at our first jobs, and the experiencing the ups and downs of new relationships. And while its impact on the celebrity pop culture is apparent, what’s less so is the way that the show created somewhat of its own sub-genre: reality TV without the realness.

While billed as a reality television, there has been criticism since its inception that much of The Hills was not real at all. But as ratings would indicate, that didn’t stop most of us from tuning in. As the show grew in popularity, so did the celebrity of the show’s cast members. Lauren, Audrina and Heidi were now regulars on red carpets and in the pages of magazines. The show producers made a decision early on that this aspect of the cast members’ lives wouldn’t be featured on a show. While I think this helped keep the characters more relatable to the general audience, it also took an element of legitimacy out of the program. The life of celebrity had become a large part of these people’s reality, and it seemed like a disconnect to not even address it on the show.

Kristin Cavallari
Kristin Cavallari

When Lauren left the show after the first half of season five, her Laguna Beach nemesis, Kristin Cavallari, took over as the show’s central figure. From here, the false front of reality only became more obtuse. With Lauren, the relationships she had on the show came across as more organic. Even though we knew that many of the situations were a manufactured reality, it was at least believable that she was actually friends with these people in real life. But when Kristin is essentially just plugged into the situation, it became blatantly obvious that basically all of the relationships are totally contrived for entertainment value.

Which brings us to this week’s final episode. In the final scene, Kristin is saying goodbye to ex-boyfriend and current friend-with-benefits Brody as she is leaving town for Europe. As Kristin’s car pulls away, the camera pans out to reveal that the entire scene was filmed on a set in a studio back lot. Were the shows producers inferring that the show was not in fact reality at all? Multiple cast members noted that the ending was to be left up to the interpretation of the viewer. C’mon people, this isn’t Lost. What is left to interpret? As the seasons went on, it was more evident that there was very little “reality” and this was the producers’ tongue-in-cheek way of admitting that we were right all along. I, for one, thought it was a smart way to end the show. I give the producers credit for acknowledging the criticism that has plagued the show for years and finally letting us all in on the joke. We may never know which parts of the show were real and which were not, but the truth of the matter is that I don’t think many of us even care.

So this begs the question, how “real” do we need our reality television to be?

Summer 2010 College Fashion Trends for Women

The Braid
From the beach to the runway, the versatile look is on everybody’s mane. If, like me, you never learned to French braid…now’s the time to learn!
Pictured (from left): Zoe Saldana, Kate Hudson, Molly Sims, Jennifer Aniston

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The Floral

This trend dances a very fine line between fashion forward and dated. Layer the florals with a cute jacket or knit to keep from looking too Laura Ashley.

Pictured (from left): Lauren Conrad, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Alba, Ashley Simpson

 

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The Romper

The jumpsuit just got a summer makeover and it’s going to be showing off all over town! Not for everyone, the romper can be great paired with the right attitude and accessories.

Pictured (from left): Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ashley Simpson, Nicole Richie

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The Yellow Bag

Not in the mood to put together a fun summery outfit? No worries…the yellow bag has your back…it’ll give your outfit the summery punch it needs!

Pictured (from left): Rihanna, Ashley Olson, Rachel Bilson, Katie Holmes
 

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The Little White Dress

Put your little black dress in storage, this summer it’s all about the little white dress!

Pictured (from left): Zoey Saldana, Beyonce, Hayden Panettiere, Reese Witherspoon
 

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