Blue Christmas

"I'll have a blue Christmas, without you..."
Surely Elvis was not referring to fashion when singing the blues. But it's the perfect way to bring cool shades of style into the Christmas season. From a Target tree to a Tiffany's porcelain gift box, it all sings to the tune of a Blue Christmas.

All looks are from Fall 2009 collections.
Winter wonderful in a blue Dior coat with fur trim.

Sleek in Chanel's blue dress and Victorian inspired booties.

Power dressing of the 80s returns on the runway of Donna Karan.

Marc Jacobs also channelled the 80s with this strong-shouldered pleated design.

Blue also has a sweeter side to balance out the 80s powerhouses from Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Here, Erdem showcases romantic babydoll dresses.

Boho blue from Anna Sui.

A splash of color with blue-aquamarine tights from DVF.

Versace sparkles with blue sophistication.

Lovely in blue Balenciaga.

And finally, my feathered favorite. A whimiscally wonderful coat from Valentino. You can see Britney Spears wearing this amazing coat in the January issue of Elle.

Who wouldn't want to have a blue Christmas with these amazing styles to choose from?

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A Love Story

It's always the season for love. So this is a perfect time to enter the world of Shakespeare's classic, Romeo & Juliet, as it was brought to life with model Coca Rocha as Juliet and American Ballet Theatre's Roberto Bolle as a very handsome Romeo. These epic photos were done by Annie Leibovitz for the December 2008 issue of Vogue.

Wedded bliss in Vera Wang.

The love story ends in tragedy, but with an everpresent beauty when wearing this Alexander McQueen gown.


Baby it's Cold Outside

It's time to take a cue from Greta Garbo and wrap yourself in luxurious furs and cozy sweaters. But rather than walk around in a snuggy-like fur, try the sophisticated style of Clara Bow:

Modern day interpretations of the classic furs include this yummy cotton candy design from Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall 2010 collection.

A minty fresh style from Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2010.
Classic and lovely looks from Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010 use fur as an accent on the coat and layers with soft sweaters.

Classic femininity is in the details of this Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2010 look. A belted waist to emphasize the figure, shimmering skirt, textured tights that elongate the legs with the black heels and a delicate bun. So lovely...

Another belted look, but this time with a bigger punch in firey red. Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2010.

Sweater dressing is perfected with these various designs from Chanel Pre-Fall 2010.
Boho, retro, disco...

Warm layers that are feminine without being so bulky that they overpower the figure. Diane von Furstenberg Pre-Fall 2010.

The classic style of Greta Garbo.

Sweaters definitely don't have to be boring. Pringle of Scotland showcases sweaters that are easily compared to art. Their 3D quality makes them sculptural in design, with the middle sweater mirroring an abstract painting.

Burberry reinterprets their classic trench in a red fur.

It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean you have to discard great design when you can choose from these warm and fuzzy beauties.
As you get cozy in sweaters and furs, you can warm up to Jack Frost and happily sing "Let it Snow."

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From Russia with Love

The winter winds have blown in with the flair of Russia, thanks to John Galliano. Rather than fight the chill, simply bundle up with a style that ranges from sheer elegance and decadent jewels, to folkloric dresses and warm coats.

Temperatures may drop below freezing, but elegance is not to be lost. With the graceful beauty of a swan, the sheer fabrics flutter across the runway as snowflakes drift about.
Across the spectrum, folk fabrics make their appearance. Rich in reds and blues, the designs whisper of military undertones and folk fantasies.

Are you ready to travel across snowy tundras in these pom-pom decorated heels?

"Girl with Berries", 1879 by Vasili Timofevev

Galliano's fabrics showcase the history of Russia as they mimic the folk dress where beauty can be found in the details.

Are you ready for the Russian winter? For a little inspiration, try the classic film Doctor Zhivago. This cinematic treat transports you to another era with fabulous costumes, an amazing original score and a captivating plotline.

Stylishly prepared to weather the winter frost in wools and fur. And don't forget the jeweled headdress.

Welcome winter.
From Russia with Love...

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