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It was Friday evening and once again I was drenched… good thing it was cold enough to wear my boots! (Maybe it was daring to pull it out but that’s fashion!) A last minute ticket was presented to me and a quick phone call to my mother who was in town attending dental implant training classes landed us in the second row of the Chado Ralph Rucci show. What a perfectly elegant show to bring my mother to, I was beyond thrilled. After the show I slept, like I was in a coma. (I haven’t slept like that in a long time.) Can’t wait till February!

A few of my favorite pieces.

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2009 Runway Collection

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2009 Runway Collection

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The High Low | Minnetonka Boot, $32.95

Minnetonka ankle boot

Good style mixes high-ticket items with brilliant affordable gets. In this column, T’s fashion team finds the cheap and the chic.

What: Minnetoka fringed ankle boot
How much: $32.95 at Minnetonka
Who: Karla M. Martinez, T Magazine’s Women’s Market Director

This weekend while picking up a couple of extra T-shirts, tubes of travel-size toothpaste and other last-minute necessities for my trip to Milan and Paris for the fashion shows, it occurred to me that what I really need is a pair of good, comfortable flat shoes. I wasn’t so excited about the ballerina flats I found, and I wanted something that would look cute with dresses, skirts and pants. Last week, while leaving the Calvin Klein show, I met a showroom assistant on the street who was wearing a pair of Minnetonka fringed lace-up ankle boots. (She had folded over the tops and done some fancy styling with the laces.) Perfect! This season there are similar (dare I say Minnetonka-inspired) shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti and Jimmy Choo, but naturally these come with designer price tags. The Minnetonkas are only $32.95, so I might even get them in both black and brown.

Minnetonka

Street style: Karla M. Martinez (left) discovers a stranger with comfortable footwear — modified Minnetonkas.

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Here is an inspirational video of Stefano Pilati the designer of Yves Saint Laurent. One thing I loved was his quote relevant to life and fashion, “To be too much ahead is to be behind. The most important thing is to be right on time.”

New York Times: Stefano Pilati

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I just got home from watching, “The Duchess” and what a beautiful film, directed by Saul Dibb. In my mind, it was a fashionable capture of the 18th century aristocracy in Europe all adorned with fine ruffled silk frocks and sumptuously flamboyant hats. The screenplay was full of banter that was both witty and eloquent in revealing each of the characters’ nature.

The Duchess

The Duchess Georgiana played by Keira Knightly

The Duchess Georgiana in the beginning of the film was portrayed as such a crowd pleaser full of life and dreams. I kept seeing myself in her, as I too am full of passionate dreams and desires. Ultimately, the idealisms she carried inside of her faded away as life became about compromises. Sometimes I do wonder though if these thoughts only provoke creative nonsense which prevent us from useful, productive cognitions. When does a dream create your reality and when does it lead you into disappointment?

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Itching for some warm clothes this weekend I’ve been looking at all the runway shows from fall ’08. The trends that I’m going to follow? Black of course, skinny pants, tights, and a touch of sequence in my day wear!

Runway looks from Fall 2008

Runway looks from Fall 2008

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When Karl Lagerfeld was asked which Chanel bag he loved, his response was, “I am not allowed to have a favorite bag because I have to create the next one. I have to like change to keep it alive.” Lagerfeld has always embraced the new age movement in collaboration with his collections which included the first runway show to be streamed live online and available on podcast. So how does the designer keep the Chanel quilted 2.55 bag eternally sought after in every color and every fabric?

Rinko Kikuchi stars in Chanels cruise 2008 ad

Rinko Kikuchi stars in Chanel's cruise 2008 ad

Create a mobile art installation of course! The exhibit has been shown in Hong Kong and Tokyo and will arrive in New York’s Central Park – Rumsey Playfield October 20th to Novemeber 9th. Going on to travel to London, Moscow, and Paris. The best part is you don’t have to drop 3K, the admission is free!

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You would think the day after Lehman Brother’s folds and Merrill Lynch gets bought out, that the sales of LA manufactured jeans would fall but think again! I was at Coterie all day today and to my shock I could barely get through the aisles to see what new vendors were showing. Basically there was a bouncer at Rock and Republic asking for an ID for you to even look at their spring merchandise. Tons of orders were being placed at Paige Denim, AG, and I even attended an event tonight (Redesign the Rules with The Misshapes) that was all about new denim fabrics. Aside from the jean frenzy, I did notice a large presence of Japanese people at the fashion shows and trade shows. And what is up with the trend of Asian designers (not that I’m complaining but is it a fad)? Anna Wintour takes in Richard Chai and then there is Alexander Wang, Benjamin Cho, Peter Som, Chris Han, Doo Ri, Phillip Lim to follow?

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