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In one way, this has been a season about a top and a bottom, and a great coat. Alexander Wang made that point at Balenciaga. But it took Phoebe Philo to turn basics into high fashion.
Within moments of the start of her Celine show on Sunday, she had bleary-eyed editors and other guests — including Stella Tennant and Amanda Harlech, who works with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel — salivating for a sweater and a skirt.

Paris Fashion Week 2013 - Celine
Paris Fashion Week 2013.

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Finally the weather breaks, the flowers start to blossom and the snow is gone for the season. Spring is back again, and you want to make sure you are styled for the season. Now that you don’t have big puffy coats and heavy winter boots to hide yourself in, you may have to relearn what it’s like for your clothing and accessories to be front and center all of a sudden. Spring is your chance to shine with your clothing, makeup and accessories. So, what should we all be looking for this spring? What wardrobe pieces can carry over into the new season? Amanda Romano, a manager at Trends, a popular Oak Park upscale consignment shop, has some tips for staying stylish this spring.

Chicago fashionista and 2013 spring fashion tips
Color of the season.

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Madura Fashion and Lifestyle (Madura F&L) has won a series of accolades at the recent Star Retailer Awards, organised by Franchise India. It’s the only award-of-its-kind for the retail industry. Madura F&L was presented with the ‘Fashion Retailer of the Year’ award.

Madura Fashion and Lifestyle
Madura F&L.

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With the 2012 American Music Awards just hours away, the buzz is high surrounding this year’s event–from the anticipation of Stevie Wonder’s musical tribute to the late Dick Clark and Taylor Swift’s slated performance, to the recent news of this year’s star-studded presenters.

Country Fashions at the 2012 American Music Awards
Garth Brooks at AMA 2012.

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Pop star-turned-designer Victoria Beckham was honored for her work as a fashion designer at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards.

Victoria Beckham wins fashion award
Victoria Beckham.

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THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF SCIENCE FICTION inspired this month’s cover story, from the Blade Runner–esque styling on set to the accompanying essay penned by cyberpunk “noir-prophet” William Gibson, whose seminal novel Neuromancer, originally published in 1984, first imagined a dystopian future ruled by computers, hackers and an alternate reality called “cyberspace.”

Futuristic Fashion 2012
Futuristic Fashion.

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When Ruti Zisser – an Israeli living in the United States where she runs a chain of boutiques selling items by Israeli designers – sits down for a chat during a visit to Israel, she remembers her American PR woman Jessica with a faint pang of guilt. Jessica, it seems, preps Zisser for every interaction with the media and advises her what to say and how to say it. “In America, things are done differently,” says Zisser, 38, but immediately admits that there, too, she tends to ignore Jessica’s advice. “She has a very particular idea about the identity she wants to build for my label, but I keep telling her that that isn’t who I am, that it doesn’t match my vision. But she’s willing to be flexible.”

Ruti Zisser and her favorite Israeli designers
Ruti Zisser.

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‘‘Don’t take things too seriously,’’ said Karl Lagerfeld standing next to a towering wind turbine inside Paris’ Grand Palais, ‘‘especially not fashion.’’
Chanel’s veteran designer, with trademark humor, thus summed up an important message of this Paris season.
The iconic house’s fun, young collection headlined the penultimate day of Paris spring-summer 2013 show.

Karl Lagerfeld's new fashion show
Karl Lagerfeld's show.

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Online fashion boutique, Artsy Closet, has just debuted its brand new fall 2012 collection on their e-commerce site.
The collection – consisting of chic basics, key statement pieces and cozy winter jackets – is available now, and follows the resounding success of their spring/summer 2012 collection.

Boutique Artsy Closet and fall 2012 collection
Boutique Artsy Closet.

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Louis Vuitton released the real Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton ad after a photo claiming to be from the campaign was leaked last week.
Last week a photo was leaked that claimed to be a shot from the Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton Ad campaign. However, Louis Vuitton’s public relations officer confirmed to Elle.com that the picture was not the official ones and has now released the real photo.

Michael Phelps starts his fashion career
Michael Phelps.

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