Prada vs. Topshop

It should come as no surprise that one of the most photographed collections for Spring 2011, would be a source of inspiration for other brands.

Topshop has been inspired by Prada’s striped skirt, to produce a similar version at a much lower price.

With stripes and colour-blocking a big trend this season, we’ve spotted Diane Kruger, Lily Allen, Hailee Steinfeld and Street-Style photographer Tamu McPherson in Prada stripes.

The fuchsia and navy striped skirt from Topshop is true to Prada’s design. The stripes appear to be the same size with the fit hitting slightly below the knee of Topshop’s version.

The Prada skirt is approx £395, but TopShop’s skirt is a wallet friendly $66 from Tophop US or £32 from Topshop International.

Prada’s Spring 2011 collection is so hot right now that it has graced 15 covers so far worldwide.

Credit: Style.com

Trend Of The Week: Statement Necklaces

Helen Mirren, Amanda Seyfried, Emmy Rossum and Elle MacPherson all showcased very different looks this week, with the addition of statement necklaces.

Each stood out and created the perfect complementary accessory.

Dame Helen Mirren was a standout at the “Arthur” New York City Premiere adding a Lanvin bib necklace with pearl-crystal-tulle accents her Lanvin ensemble.

Amanda Seyfried accessorized her Karen Caldwell LBD with a multi-coloured Tom Binns statement necklace which complemented her red lips, and added the necessary colour and boldness to her simple yet sexy look.

Emmy Rossum opted to go black and gold for the launch of her ‘Emmy’ bag. The gold necklace and gold Elie Tahari skirt were the stand-out pieces of her look.

Elle MacPherson was the picture of 70′s glamour posing for photographers in Miami wearing a Lara Bohinc Lunar Eclipse necklace, which added even more pizzazz her Etro mustard yellow halter top and flared pants combo.

Statement necklaces are a great way to jazz up just about any look.

A simple tank, jeans and heels combination is instantly livened up during the day with a statement necklace. At night pair a statement necklace with the perfect LBD for a glamorous turn.

You can go really big or keep it relatively tame; there are numerous ways to incorporate the right statement into your look. Sometimes it’s great to let your accessories do the talking and these wonderful statement necklaces certainly speak for themselves.

Huge beaten disc collar necklace
Topshop US $35 and Topshop International £18.50
Oscar de la Renta gold plated necklace
Net-A-Porter US $445 and Net-A-Porter International £415
Tom Binns Ethno Teknik hand-painted Swarovski crystal necklace
Net-A-Porter US $2,175 and Net-A-Porter International £1,705

Credit: Fame Pictures, INFEvents & Getty

Celebrities Love…Juan Carlos Obando

The past few weeks have been sort of like a welcome back to the red carpet for Juan Carlos Obando.

His gorgeous designs have made their way onto the well toned bodies of many celebs lately, and we can’t help but take notice.

Michelle Monaghan and Rose McGowan have both recently worn the designers vibrantly hued dresses whilst attending events.

The watercolour of Michele’s dressed stood out against her skin and complimented her dark hair, whilst Rose’s plunging neckline and flared skirt infused sex appeal while maintaining feminine appeal.

Jena Malone has worn Juan Carlos Obando on two separate occasions whilst promoting her latest movie “Sucker Punch.”

Her independent spirit fits in perfectly with the Juan Carlos design aesthetic; to seduce while evoking confidence and inspiration.

There’s a laid-back but polished appeal to his designs, that make it perfect for independent and big name premieres.

Juan’s hand-dyed and brightly coloured fabrics fit in perfectly with the bold colour pops that are on trend for Spring 2011. I can’t wait to see who’ll be next to wear one of his designs.

The LA based line is carried in numerous major department stores including Barneys New York.

Credit: Fame Pictures, Picture Group & Getty

05.04.11 In Her Closet

Get Charlize Theron’s Chic Airport Look

There was a time when the only celeb we could count on to give us any fashion moments in the airport was Victoria Beckham.

Heathrow was always treated as a not merely a stop on her way to the next location, but another place where Victoria could showcase her latest skyhigh Louboutin’s. Many celebs have followed her stylish lead with Charlize Theron being the latest.

Charlize Theron has been spotted at the airport a few times recently looking a lot more polished. The flight comfort gear is long gone. Instead, the stunning beauty has opted for a more Beckham-esque airport wardrobe.

Uggs have been replaced by high-heel booties and her once slouchy sweaters have graduated into tailored blazers.

Charlize has also been seen carrying large totes from her Gucci ostrich tote to her beige leather tote. They appear roomy enough to store just about anything from the case for her Tom Ford ‘Marcella’ sunglasses or perhaps even a pair of Uggs for a quick change when she gets out of paparazzi lenses.

Get the look:

Stella McCartney Twill blazer
Net-A-Porter International
Gucci Madison ostrich tote
Saks.com
Bottega Veneta peep-toe ankle boot
Saks.com
J Brand Houlihan skinny cargo pants
Singer22
Stella McCartney Taupe Iris wool blazer
Net-A-Porter US and Net-A-Porter International

Credit: Courtesy of Gucci/Flynet & BauerGriffin

Natalie Massenet In Alessandra Rich – Runway To Green Event

You may not be familiar with Alessandra Rich, but the fashion industry has taken notice.

Case in point Natalie Massent, Chairman and Founder of Net-A-Porter.com wore an Alessandra Rich dégradé lace-covered cotton and silk-blend gown to the ‘Runway to Green’ event in New York City last night.

Heralded as one of fashion’s future leaders, Alessandra Rich and her namesake collection are generating an insider buzz that will no doubt find her placed prominently on a red carpet soon.

Alessandra Rich founded her label in 2009 following a career as a high-end interior designer.

Having worked in her native Italy; France and London – where the label is currently based – this young designer no doubt tapped into her obvious penchant for the luxurious while creating her designs.

Lace and silk are the prominent fabric choices with pops of fluorescent and neoprene detailing adding a modern twist.

The Alessandra Rich aesthetic is filled with allusions to femininity; a new femininity to bring confidence of the look the Rich woman wants to portray, whilst doing it with grace and charm in a timeless silhouette that couples edgy sophistication.

The Alessandra Rich Spring 2011 collection is currently available on Net-A-Porter US and Net-A-Porter International.

Celebs I See Wearing This Collection: Kiera Knightley, Carrie Mulligan, Angelina Jolie, Tilda Swinton, Annete Benning and Helen Mirren