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Derek Lam's DesigNation

Derek Lam's new line for DesigNation hit Kohl's April 5th—two whole days earlier than expected. Lam, a Parson School grad and former apprentice to chic Michael Kors, is a master of elegance and good taste. The price range is affordable: $36-88. It is his first swinwear line, and his second Kohl's collection. The line is inspired by Brazil's Rio de Janeiro and are quite spectacular.

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Neiman Marcus and Target Celebrate the Holidays

Joonbug is definitely feeling the style collaboration between Target and Neiman Marcus. Referred to as a "legendary partnership" featuring over 50 gorgeous gifts from over 24 exceptional designers, Neiman Marcus at the Paramus, NJ location is hosting a soiree to kick-off this fashion extravaganza. As many of you know, located in beautiful Bergen County, NJ -- the Neiman Marcus Paramus location is a premiere shopping experience. The area is known for their malls, and Neiman's certainly doesn't disappoint.

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Fresh Off the Runway: Beauty Trends FW '12

While ready-to-wear often steals the spotlight, we’d be making a big mistake not to give some special attention to the fresh beauty trends that graced the runway last week. With as much presence as the covetable clothing, New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2012 season brought us an assortment of hair and makeup looks that inspire our beauty routines as much as the collections inspired our wardrobes. From voluminous, airy updos to nail art we’ll be taking to the salon, here are the best and brightest beauty highlights from backstage to the catwalk. (Hint: keep those tweezers at bay—bushy eyebrows aren’t going anywhere!)

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Derek Lam's Vibrant Throwback S/S 2012 Collection

Inspired by Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann midcentury styled House in Palm Springs, Derek Lam’s S/S 2012 collection was modern, clean and structured. There was plenty of vibrant color, contrast stitching, zipper detailing, scalloped edges, patterns and patchwork. The pieces ranged from blazers to sweater dresses to trenches and had a throwback 60s feel to it. The luxurious fabrics consisted of linen, leather, sweater knits and silk. We especially loved the accessories which included chained handbags, patterned platforms, leather and chain belts and even hard hats with print detail.

This collection has a little something for everyone. Whether you're looking for something simple and structured or something fun and patterned, Derek Lam brings it all together for Spring 2012.

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And The Winner Is...


Last night, CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America, announced the 10 finalists for the 2011 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund. For 8 consecutive years, the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund has provided support and encouragement for emerging American designers. This year's winner will receive $300,000, a chance to design a capsule collection for the fund's head sponsor J.Crew, and mentorship from individuals highly regarded in the American fashion industry. Past CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund winners include Billy Reid, Alexander Wang, Doo.Ri, Proenza Schouler, Rogan, Sophie Theallet, and Trovata. The 2011 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund nominees are:

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High-End Fashion, Low Prices

Get out of the rain and into some sample sale rooms! Top designers are clearing out their old inventory with seriously steep discounts. Check out the upcoming sample sales below, and make sure to get there early.

May 19th & 20th Derek Lam will be up to 70% at this sale. 10 Crosby Street, between Grand and Howard Street, 3rd Floor.

May 18th - 20th Snag up to 50% off of clothing, accessories and shoes by UGG Australia.12 West 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Ave, Suite 807.

May 18th - 22nd Up to 65% off at the Theory Women’s sample sale. 261 W. 36th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.

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A Little Flare

It's hard to remember the days when flared jeans were our everyday staple. Skinny jeans have reigned supreme for the last 10 or so seasons, but as every fashionista knows, for every trend, there's always a counter trend. Enter, wide-leg jeans. They aren't new to the scene; we've seen celebrities rocking them for quite some time, but we've been mulling this trend over in our heads. Worn right, they do wonders to your body proportions, but pair it with the wrong shirt, the wrong shoes, the wrong rise, the wrong belt, and things could get ugly fast. We all remember what happened with Jessica Simpson a few years back, and really if she couldn't pull it off, then how in the name of all things trendy will we ever be able to? Should we just let this trend pass us by? Of course not. We've put together a special guide on how to wear wide-leg jeans that will work for any body shape, starting off with what exactly went wrong with Ms. Simpson's look. We still cringe every time we see the photos, but at least we can learn from her mistakes.

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Throw it in the Bag: Spring 2011 Beauty Essentials

It's no secret that Miami is pretty seasonless, leaving us feeling a little left out on post-labor day fashion trends when all the faux fur and thick knits take over, but of-the-moment beauty always keeps us feeling in the loop. Beauty trends might not be timeless, but they can be worn just about anywhere, and though you may not have noticed, it's time to update your makeup bags (and maybe do a little spring cleaning in there too). To save you the time, we went ahead and made a list of all the new introductions you should make to your bag this season, as well as what you should be parting ways with. There were a lot of different looks on the runways, but we narrowed it down to these five things that will be perfect for keeping your face up to date.

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The Little White Dress

From the runway:

The LWD dominated the spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows, most notably Dolce & Gabbana's. Jill Stuart’s take on the LWD included structured silhouettes mixed with ruffles and frills. Azzaro’s show-stopping LWD encompassed a crystal bodice and a tired white silk skirt both united by a large black bow. Monique Lhuillier’s LWD designs were just angelic. Some other LWD designers included Derek Lam, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen (which is in the hands of the deserving Sarah Burton who took over for the late McQueen).

2. For the "everyday" girl: Abercrombie, ‘Kylie’ dress ($68 at Abercrombie)

Fashion moves fast; do not get left behind. The LWD is the season's hottest trend, but it may become your fierce new closet staple.

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Hey There Bright Eyes!

We have all seen the bright beauty looks of the Spring/Summer catwalks, and have found Derek Lam’s coral eye to be particularly envy inducing. But can we wear it during the day without looking a little freaky?

Derek Lam used a combination of orange and coral shadow close to the upper lid, accented with stripes of iridescent white highlighter, to achieve this high fashion look. The face was kept neutral, with no more than a nude lip to complement. To replicate this look for daytime, lightly shade in the brows and apply a neutral beige shadow from lid to brow. Next, take a thin angled brush, and wet and dip into a sparkling salmon shadow such as Mac 'Neo Orange' Pigment. Apply in a thin line above the upper lash line and finish with a coat of black mascara. As with Lam’s models, keep the face neutral and clean. Just a touch of coral blush such as Benefit’s 'Coralista' combined with a nude lip such as Mac's 'Myth' completes the look.