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This week I was lucky enough to receive an invite to a fun event hosted by the Cole Haan store.  It was a conversation w/ Maria Sharapova and Vogue Magazine.  Maria Came to the Cole Haan store in Merrick Park to promote her new line of shoes and handbags with the famed retailer.  The line includes some great basics, ballerina flats, fabulous heels, and some sharp handbags.  The collection has a great neutral color palette which fits in perfectly with Spring’s 2011 trend.  Maria answered a few question, took pictures with fans, answered some more questions, signed some autographs, and gave away some fantastic prizes, including a pair of tickets to see her at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011.   Sharapova sites Audrey Hepburn and Gwen Stefani as her personal style icons.  She also mentioned that she spends most of her free time in flats and her personal style is pretty much non-existant.  Don’t worry Maria, you just keep hitting those tennis balls like you do and leave the fashion to your stylists!  By the way, Sharapova actually practices what she preaches, she came in wearing a pair of beige wedges from her new collection.  So, RUN don’t walk to your nearest Cole Haan store and pick up a pair of Maria’s new shoes, trust me you will LOVE them and they will last you forever!

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Mr. Shoes himself, Christian Louboutin, will be lending his men’s shoe line to up and coming menswear designer Marlon Gobel at New York Fashion Week 2011.  Gobel might be a relatively new name in the fashion world, but apparently his last 3 shows have proven he will be a force in the menswear market.  His Spring 2011 line was very well done, full of color, texture, and great styling.  It even impressed Mr. Louboutin enough to offer his collection to be used in Gobel’s entire Fall 2011 collection.  Marlon Gobel started out his fashion career at Thom Browne as their Director if Operations then went on to become the assistant Creative Director for Michael Bastian.  Gobel’s collection is sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman.

Elle Woods might not want to believe this, but for Spring 2011, orange is the new pink.  It was quite evident this season, orange appeared on almost every major runway.  It came in evening gowns, summer dresses, accessories, & pants.  It came in every hue, from rust to bright to reddish tones to peachy tones.  It came in every fabric from leather to jersey to chiffon.  So ladies go ahead and add some citrus to your wardrobe!

Pictures above clockwise from top left:

Alberta Ferretti, Alice & Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Celine,  Christian Dior, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elie Saab, Hermes, Alexander McQueen, & Peter Som

Today, as most of us pay tribute to the wonderful men and women in the armed forces, I pay tribute to the influence those armed forces have had on men’s fashion.  Whether it be through silhouette, color palette, or structure, the US military has influenced men’s (and women’s) fashion throughout the ages.  We’ve seen military jackets as casual wear, army fatigues as sportswear, even boots as evening wear.  Yes almost every year there is some kind of military influence on runways and for spring 2011 there is no exception.  I give you Burberry Prorsum as my style choice for the season.  Christopher Bailey has managed to seamlessly intertwine the armed forces with a fashion edge not seen in men’s wear in quite a long time.  From knee-length peacoats to leather pants that would make Steven Tyler cry with joy, Bailey has the most innovative men’s collection of the season.  So with this I leave you today my fashion followers, be all that you can be whether you are in the military, or just wish you looked like you are.  Click HERE to see Burberry Prorsum’s entire collection.

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