Sunday

TOPSHOP LOVE

Why is Topshop so amazing and why can't I live in England? Next year my friend will be studying abroad in London while I'm in Paris so I'll be visiting her plenty of times (just an excuse to go to my favorite British store!)

What is Topshop? It's similar to H&M, good prices, but waaay better quality and design. In New York some pieces can be found at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street

Much Like H&M and Target, Topshop has high fashion designers design lower priced collections for them. Some of their current designers: Preen, Marios Schwab, and Peter Jensen

Supermodel Kate Moss is currently working on a clothing line for the retail chain store modeled after her own laidback style. How amazing is that? Boy, what I would give to own Kate Moss' closet.

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Kate at the Topshop Unique fashion show

"Philip Green, who owns Topshop’s parent group Arcadia, struck the deal personally after meeting Moss and deciding they should work together. “We want to build this into a global brand,” he told WWD. 'She is a fashion icon in terms of the UK… and this is what Topshop is all about in terms of fashion. Our customers identify with her.'
Moss, who has an incredible knack for putting together new looks and kick-starting trends, will start working on the range this week and the collection will hit 308 branches across the country next spring. She will act as an inspiration and starting point for the range, giving a team of designers a direction to work towards."
From Telegraph.co.uk


Kate at a design meeting/fitting for her new line for Topshop

Let's cut to the chase...the real reason I dedicated a post to this European chain: MY FAVORITE PIECES
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Gladiator Sandals £15.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=42360&parent_category_rn=42358&productId=293904&langId=-1

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Tie Side Silk Sandal £20.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=61959&parent_category_rn=42358&productId=228882&langId=-1

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Sleeveless Floral Blouse £20.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=64657&parent_category_rn=61913&productId=298048&langId=-1

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Rib Pointelle Smock £28.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=60492&parent_category_rn=60490&productId=242934&langId=-1

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Bib Front Swing Coat £80.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=42347&parent_category_rn=&productId=273388&langId=-1

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Drainpipe Corset Jean £45.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=42332&parent_category_rn=&productId=275240&langId=-1
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Kate in her high waist Topshop jeans

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Yes, they're OVERALL SHORTS-reminiscent of about 4th grade... but I like them. So THERE. I really don't know if I could pull them off though.
Short Dungarees £35.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=61956&parent_category_rn=&productId=183471&langId=-1

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Vintage Corset Short £30.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=69464&parent_category_rn=42338&productId=286923&langId=-1

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High Waisted Short £28.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=69464&parent_category_rn=42338&productId=204271&langId=-1

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Plaited Waist Hotpant £22.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=69464&parent_category_rn=42338&productId=248458&langId=-1

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Skinny Fit Trouser £32.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=42337&parent_category_rn=42334&productId=206026&langId=-1

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Washed Black Pelmet Skirt £25.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=42345&parent_category_rn=42342&productId=183940&langId=-1

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Classic Blazer by Boutique£60.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=58915&parent_category_rn=58914&productId=172721&langId=-1

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Patent Cross Body Satchel £12.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=67934&parent_category_rn=42353&productId=292644&langId=-1

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Leather Side Pocket Holdall £55.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=67933&parent_category_rn=42353&productId=173149&langId=-1

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Straw Boater Hat £20.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=42356&parent_category_rn=42351&productId=248732&langId=-1

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Short Snake Necklace £8.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=67911&parent_category_rn=67910&productId=243980&langId=-1

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Stretch Square Bracelet £10.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=67912&parent_category_rn=67910&productId=257809&langId=-1

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Who hasn't secretly craved a handy dandy fanny pack? I have, and here's one thats chic AND practical
Stitch Purse Belt £35.00
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=59926&parent_category_rn=42317&productId=231738&langId=-1

Oh, how lovely
-Arianna
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Spring Essentials

It's still 30 degrees in New York City, but I just returned from a lovely spring break, half spent in Los Angeles (80 degrees), and half in Berkeley, CA (lovely and sunny but slightly cooler)

So basically, I am in a spring-y mood, despite the rather dreary weather here.

SPRING ESSENTIALS

YELLOW
Flats to wear with a pretty white lace dress
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London Sole yellow leather ballet flats $135 http://www.londonsole.com/ballet-flats-stock.php?style_id=1
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Nicole Richie sporting a sunny yellow Balenciaga.
The BEST yellow bag is the upcoming
Mulberry Brooke
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in LEMON (pictures unavailable)

Tee shirt dress
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Love from Ya Ya Scoop Back Tee Dress $128
http://www.intermixonline.com/jump.jsp?itemID=17299&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C47&iProductID=17299

BLUE
shorts, wear with a flowy white or off-white top and greek lace up sandals
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acne jeans park dazzling shorts
$182 http://www.oaknyc.com/product/acne-park-shorts

Silk Dress
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Geren Ford Silk Bell Cocktail Dress $306
http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=GFD%2DSP07%2D31&bt=gfd

RED
Sunglasses
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henrik vibskov red andy sunglasses, $186 http://www.oaknyc.com/product/vibskov-red-andy-sun
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Jessica Biel rocking some too-cool-for-school red frame aviators

Chanel Purse
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Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-RED-CHANEL-HANDBAG-PURSE-Authentic_W0QQitemZ230106047794QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
usually $30-$300
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Mary-Kate Olsen and her well-loved (and well-worn) red quilted lambskin Chanel

GLADIATOR SANDALS
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Emilio Pucci Suede gladiator sandals $245
http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/19962

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K Jacques St. Tropez Parys gladiator sandals $205
http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/18853

STRIPES
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Sea New York Striped Cami Dress $325
http://www.intermixonline.com/jump.jsp?itemID=16989&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C47&iProductID=16989

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Ben Sherman Melanie Knot Mini Dress $49
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=29102&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=29102&cm_mmc=Google-_-Mixed_Apparel-_-trend_stripe-_-stripe%20dress

METALLICS
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Strappy Skimmer $14.99
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=21482&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=21482
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AKA New York Brocade Dress $298
http://www.intermixonline.com/jump.jsp?itemID=17751&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C46&iProductID=17751
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Wayf V-Neck Charmeuse Slip Dress $395
http://www.intermixonline.com/jump.jsp?itemID=15371&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C46&iProductID=15371
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Lucy Liu, Thandie Newton, and Jamie-Lynn DiScala sporting flashy yet chic gold dresses

LBD
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DVF Seymour Doubleknit Bustier Dress $325
http://www.intermixonline.com/jump.jsp?itemID=17146&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C6%2C46&iProductID=17146
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Betsey Johnson Pleated Allover Lace Dress in Black $335
http://www.revolveclothing.com/productpages/BETS-WD4.jsp

WHITE LACE
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Foley for Foley + Corinna Lace Combo Dress $346
http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441797307&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=282574488376655&fm=search&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1174244177798
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Elissa Coleman Smoking Lace Cut Out Top $352
http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441798775&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=282574488380426&fm=search&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1174244271658
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Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Lace Mini Dress $418
http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441793538&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=282574488376977&fm=search&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1174244380074

COMBAT BOOTS
to toughen up the sweetest lace dresses
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Palladium Dresden Lace Up Boot $79
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=25684&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=25684
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Frye Veronica Lace Inside Zip in Black $275
http://www.revolveclothing.com/productpages/FRYE-WZ25.jsp

RAINJACKET
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Stella McCartney for Adidas light parka $270
http://www.shopadidas.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2489886&shopGroup=R&cp=2189720.2216979&view=all&parentPage=family&colorId=

More to come!
-Arianna
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THE BEST VOGUE SPREAD EVER

Vogue's December 2003 spread recreating Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (shot by Annie Leibovitz) needs to be brought back to life

Who better to play Alice than the angelic beauty Natalia Vodianova (my favorite model)?
Her stunning yet innocent beauty shines through her clear blue eyes, projecting the naiveté which Alice devotees know the young heroine must possess

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Natalia in a Rochas gown designed by Oliver Theyskens with the designer as Lewis Carroll, who loved photographing his young neighbor Alice Liddell (his inspiration for the Alice books)

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Natalia in Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent with the designer as the white rabbit
"Down, Down, Down... well, after such a fall as this I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs!"

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Natlia in Helmut Lang with a photo of the designer on the wall
"One side makes you larger, one side makes you smaller"

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Natalia in Marc Jacobs with the designer as the Caterpillar
"Whooo are youu"

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Natalia with the baby that turned into a pig, in Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld with the designer

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Natalia in Jean Paul Gaultier Paris with the designer as the cheshire cat
Alice: "But I don't want to go among mad people."
Cheshire Cat: "Oh, you can't help that. Most everyone's mad here."

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Natalia in Viktor & Rolf with the designers as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
“If you think we're alive, you ought to speak”

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Natalia in Christian Lacroix with the designer as the March Hare and Stephen Jones (milliner) as the Mad Hatter

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Natalia in Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano with the designer as the Queen of Hearts and Alexis Roche as the King

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Natalia in Atelier Versace with Donatella Versace as the Gryphon and actor Rupert Everett as the Mock Turtle

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Natalia in Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière with the designer as her black kitten

All photos from STYLE.COM
Shot on location at the Château de Corbeil-Cerf.
In this story: fashion editor, Grace Coddington; hair, Julien d'Ys/Island d'Ys; makeup, Gucci Westman.Set design by Mary Howard. Prop fabrication by Jean Hugues de Chatillon.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz