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What do Blake Lively, Lea Michele and Jessica Biel have in common?

They, and every other woman on this planet, share a love for the shoe genius Nicholas Kirkwood. And who can blame us? His shoes are more than an accessory, they tell a story all on their own.

The designer’s Pre-Spring 2013 trunkshow is available on ModaOperandi.com right now and can be snatched up until July 23.

Boasting an array of colors that start with sorbet inspired blues and oranges and end with neon pink and turquoise, Kirkwood has certainly outdone himself this time around.

Every piece is structural and has the same playful flair make Kirkwood’s designs distinct. But what distinguishes his most recent collection is that every shoe is absolutely wearable, and not just if you are one of the lucky few sitting front row at fashion week or strutting down a red carpet.

I’m partial to the peep toe sandal in a metallic pink with pink and black design around the back because it is accompanied by the blessed ankle strap — a trend that I’m determined to make the most of while I still can.

If you want to snag your own piece of shoe heaven, pre-order from the Nicholas Kirkwood Resort 2013 collection on ModaOperandi.com now.

Whenever Zoe Kravitz wears for a red carpet appearance, I instantly devote my full attention to this established fashionite, which is exactly what I did when pictures appeared of her at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York for the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

Unforunately, the trusty Kravitz failed to hit a home run this time around.

Clad in a black silk and mesh cocktail sheath from Emilio Pucci’s Fall 2012 collection, Kravitz’s look struggled to find its identity.

While the top of the dress certainly leaves nothing to the imagination, the below-the-knee hemline is modest and contradicts the risquée design above it.

I can usually forgive many a fashion mistake if there is a good shoe involved. Unfortunately, her see-through Alexander Wang ‘Sabine’ pumps does not a best dressed nominee make. A towering heel could have compensated for the longer length of the dress — in fact, if there was ever a time for a monster-sized Christian Louboutin heel, this was it

Kravitz’s red nails and black clutch, on the other hand, were perfect accessories for this look, and complemented her cropped, choppy haircut.

Do you think Kravitz’s look was a miss? Or are you putting her on your best dressed list?

Credit: Emilio Pucci & Getty

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Jessica Alba stopped and posed while attending the 2012 Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy.

Alba payed homage to Italian designers by wearing a head to toe look created by perhaps the most iconic of them all — Salvatore Ferragamo.

The actress glowed in a sweet white wrap dress accented with a brown satin trim. To offset the baby doll nature of her frock, Alba buckled on a pair of Ferragamo’s ankle strap heels.

Her simple hoop earrings and unassuming updo let the ensemble speak for itself and alluded to the easy, California girl dressing that makes Alba one of our favorite no-fuss fashionistas.

My only wish? That she had chosen a bracelet or cocktail ring to add a little formality to the look. But do you agree? Or are you happy with Alba’s accessory free simplicity?

Credit: Getty

Emmy Rossum participated in a discussion at the ‘Shameless’ panel during Comic-Con 2012 on Saturday, which was held in San Diego, California.

The actress gave a new meaning to the power suit with her baby blue shorts ensemble — complete with a matching tie — from Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2012 collection.

While I think the suit looks adorable on Rossum and complements her sweet, comedy-driven character, her hair, which is pulled back rather severely, makes the look a little too board room ready for an event like Comic-Con.

Her shoes work well with the suit — they don’t take away from the statement made by the clothing and add height so that her legs aren’t lost in the boxy cut of the shorts.

Had she worn her hair down and vamped up her jewelry choice a little, I think Rossum’s look would have gone from appearing to be straight off the runway to something that she had put her own stamp of personal style on.

Do you think Rossum could have done something to improve this look? Or do you think she got it right the first time around?

Credit: Getty

Kate Beckinsale gave comic book fans something to talk about when she stepped out for the ‘Total Recall’ panel on Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, California.

Clad in a Rag & Bone ‘Silver’ tuxedo jacket, Rag & Bone leather pants, Christian Louboutin ankle boots and a Tom Binns necklace, Beckinsale certainly dressed the part of a strong heroine ready to give anyone a run for their money.

Beckinsale balances the loud sartorial voice of the silver blazer with solid black from the waist down, avoiding a kitschy look and instead creating a fun but stunning ensemble. The soft, nude tones of her makeup and large loose waves maintain a sense of femininity in a look that could easily come off as severe.

I love the way the large Tom Binns necklace compliments Beckinsale’s blouse — there is a distinct continuity in the entire look.

Do you like Beckinsale’s look? Or do you think it leaves something to be desired?

Credit: Getty

Miranda Kerr once again proved her fashion prowess off the runway while out shopping in NYC.

The model took to the streets in floral pants from Celine’s 2012 Resort collection. Pairing the flower-frenzy trousers with nude stilettos, a rich burgundy Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton bag, Prada shades and a grey, muted striped tee, Kerr gave the pants a decidedly off-duty-model look — and rightly so.

Phoebe Philo’s ability to breathe fresh life into tried and true prints is part of Celine’s great appeal, and Kerr’s nod to the power of a bold pattern is evident in her lack of accessories and heavy makeup.

I love Kerr’s NYC look and think it’s a perfect example of low-key summer style. What do you think? Is this an outfit you would try out for yourself?

You can buy Miranda’s Prada sunglasses from Neiman Marcus.

Credit: Style.com & FameFlynet




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