Badgley Mischka Fall 2011 runway

We come to you today from the local Starbucks, just two ethnic girls talking about fashion. We considered having our meeting at the pop-up nail salon inside the tents because we are the ultimate multitaskers, but there was no room there when we left the beautiful Badgley Mischka show.

Bettina: Gorgeous show. I especially liked the “Upstaging Angelina Jolie” dress. They took the long-sleever she wore to the Golden Globes, made it short, one-shouldered, and tied it with a black velvet bow.

Susan: My favorite was the mink stretch crepe dress because it was both ladylike and va-va-va-voom! And by the way, have you noticed there was some junk in those trunks? The models looked liked they’d had a slice of bread this century.

Bettina: Speaking of junk in the trunk, number 14, the black amethyst taffeta and tulle gown, made me think, My cell phone is in my train, so I don’t need a handbag. And I’m CRAZY about number 16, the midnight satin chiffon gown, because it’s sophisticated, timeless and elegant—oh, and sexy too. Not as crazy about dress number one, a little too “Las Vegas funeral.”

Susan: There was some cha-cha-cha in the collection, like the last dress with the cocarde and cascading ruffles, “Wedding in Marbella,” or “Flamenco, Hoy!” I’ve aged out of that one.

Bettina: And number 25—it’s the “Querida! Tish, That’s French,” sexy Morticia Addams dress.

Susan: Loved the all-out Loretta Young glamour of the entire collection.

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diane von furstenberg wrap dress
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If I was a good enough writer I would be interviewing a dress for this blog. The dress that was born in New York and sold around the world. The dress that arrived on the scene in the early '70s and is still found in the chicest settings today.

This dress has fans even younger now than it did in the first decade of its existence. And it is about as sexy a dress as a rational woman would wear, yet it shows little skin.

It’s great for most body shapes; it has been copied and copied and copied. It has become, to use one of the most overused and often incorrectly used words in the English language, truly iconic. There may well be no equal to the durability of this dress in the annals of fashion.

You have by now, I am sure, figured out it is the wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg. Diane herself is as remarkable as her signature dress.

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Michelle Obama Alexander McQueen

Michelle Obama sure caused a big stir in fashion circles last month when she wore a gown by British label Alexander McQueen to a White House State Dinner for the Chinese president.

The American fashion industry was quick to criticize Mrs. Obama's choice, and American women apparently agree.

FashionEtc and Pulse Opinion Research surveyed 1,000 women across the country and found that 43 percent thought the first lady should only wear American designers' clothing to official state functions, 31 percent thought it was OK to wear foreign styles, and 26 percent were not sure.

Half of those surveyed making over $75,000 annually thought she should wear American, while 28 percent didn’t care.

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