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Shop Savvy: The Look for Less

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on October 31, 2010

We all know and love Christian Louboutin’s famous footwear, however, not all of us love the price range. One of my favorite pairs has been the leopard print Miss Clichy 140 Boots, but my bank account cried at the thought of the $1,375 retail price. Good news! Now that the shoes are out of stock, I’ve recently spotted a beautiful pair of booties at They are extremely similar to the beautiful Louboutin leopard-print pony skin ankle booties, and retail for just $39.90! My heart has just skipped a beat.

Rebecca Marin


Fashion Insider: Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas and Where to Buy

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 29, 2010

If you’re like me, you’ve spent hours watching DVRed reruns of The Rachel Zoe Project, secretly wondering if you could ever pull off Rachel Zoe’s signature look of overstated furs, dramatic sunglasses, and vintage gems. If you’ve also been dying to try out the look of your favorite style icon, consider doing it for your Halloween costume!
Bohemian: Rachel Zoe, Penny Lane from Almost Famous, Serena van der Woodsen
Preppy: Blair Waldorf, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, a polo player, a golf player, a tennis player
Glamrock: Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, Joan Jett, Jenny Humphrey
Mod: Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy, Vanessa Kensington from Austin Powers
Classic: Jackie-O, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana

Still need some more ideas? Turn on the TV!
Saved by the Bell
Shark Week (wear fins on your heads and t-shirts with the days of the week on them)
Martha Stewart (bring muffins in a basket with you!)
The Burger King
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Beth the Bounty Hunter
Family Guy
South Park
Teen Mom
Teen Mom’s Baby Daddy (it might be too soon for the Teen Mom costumes. Your call.)

Look around your room for items that could be turned into a costume. Here are some examples:
Chia Pet
Google Chrome vs. Safari
Laundry Basket
Mac vs. PC
Trash Baskets/Bags
Blackberry vs. iPhone
Facebook vs. MySpace

Where to find what you need to make your costume in Dallas:
Buffalo Exchange
Electrique Boutique
American Apparel
Gratitude Vintage Clothing
Zola’s Everyday Vintage
Ahab Bowen Vintage
Dallas Vintage and Costume Shop
Halloween Express
V.O.D. Boutique
Puttin’ on the Ritz Vintage Fashion

Jess Johnson

Fête Set: DVF Holiday Preview at Neiman Marcus

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 28, 2010

At the DVF holiday collection preview party Wednesday night at Neiman Marcus NorthPark, it was clear that Diane von Furstenburg still loves to put her own unique spin on the classic look. Her signature wrap dress got its own update this season. It was shown in a sultry red, luscious velvet, and shimmering metallic. Leather added a masculine edge to Ms. Furstenburg’s playful designs. Many looks were accessorized with leather gloves and strappy leather heels.  DVF’s handbags, the Stephanie Collection, also debuted. Their boho shape and metal detailing make them a great addition to one’s handbag collection. It was hard not to see why this DVF is loved by all. Everyone cheered, from young to old. Stay tuned for the opening of the icon’s 37th store in Highland Park Village!

Grace Davis

Grace Davis

Fête Set: Express NorthPark Grand Opening

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 27, 2010

WHO: Express and Modern Luxury Dallas
WHAT: Express NorthPark Grand Opening Bash
WHEN: Thursday, October 28 6-8 PM
WHERE: Express store at NorthPark Center
WHY: DJ Lucy Wrubel will be spinning beats, cocktails and culinary treats will be served, and the entire store is 20% off all evening!

Fête Set: Chi Omegas host ‘Fashion with a Passion’

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 27, 2010

The SMU Chi Omegas are hosting their annual philanthropy event, Fashion with a Passion, tonight from 8- 11 pm in the Hughes-Trigg ballroom. The ladies will be decked out in fashions from Melanie Gayle, Tootsies, Stanley Korshak, Calypso and Stella & Dot jewelry. ‘Fashion with w Passion’ is benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $30 for VIP (includes gift bag and front row seating).



Fashion on Film: Lucky’s Editor-at-Large Elise Loehnen

Posted in Fashion on Film by SMUstyle on October 27, 2010

SMUstyle  chats with Lucky Magazine‘s Editor-at-Large Elise Loehnen about her favorite fall trends, shopping to flatter your figure, and how to dress comfortable yet chic to class on campus.

Fashion Insider: First H&M in Texas will open in Dallas

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 26, 2010

SMUstyle just got word that H&M is opening its first store in Texas, here in Dallas! The store will open sometime in the second half of 2011, at where else but NorthPark Center. It’s about time!  — H&M has approximately 200 stores in the U.S. and rumors have been circulating for years about a store opening in either Houston or Dallas. H&M could not open soon enough in The Lonestar State. We’ve already had to endure enough national magazine coverage of H&M’s epic past designer collaborations with greats like Karl Lagerfeild, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Roberto Cavalli and currently Lanvin. It’s been just cruel having to sit here in Dallas with no means beyond EBAY for securing H&M’s designer deals and cheap chic clothes.

Sarah Bray

Fête Set: Austin City Limits

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 26, 2010

Going to an outdoor event like Austin City Limits does not mean giving up your personal style. In fact, at music festivals such as ACL, it means emphasizing it. Many ACL fashionistas considered fanny packs and cross-body bags to be integral parts of their weekend wardrobe. Headbands crossed the foreheads of males and females alike, and feathers made an appearance on everything from earrings to hair extensions. While most ACL-goers brought their looks with them from home, some relied upon the hippie-chic finds available at ACL’s SoCo Art Market. Vendors included Austin boutique SoLa, New Mexico-based artists Rokoko, and the well-known TOMS Shoes brand. For a full list of vendors with links to their online stores, visit

SMUstyle’s Jess Johnson chatted with ACL attendee SMU junior Sarah Kramer. Kramer (right in the neon pink tee) attended the festival with fellow Mustang juniors Rachael Borne, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Christie Long, and Lauren Scheinin.

SMU junior Sarah Kramer dishes about ACL and her relaxed hippie look

What were you thinking when you were packing for ACL: “I don’t care how I look, I just want to be comfortable,” or more along the lines of “This is ACL; I have to look amazing!”?

Well, I went to ACL last year and it rained, so all I wore was a rain jacket and rain boots all weekend. This year, I wanted to be comfy and kind of artsy. It’s one of those festivals that you can wear anything and fit in. So I planned my outfits so each day was a little different. I included some tie dye, neon, and a fishing shirt. Aviator sunglasses were a must and so was my feather headband!

Which fashion item could you have not been without during the weekend?

The right shoes were definitely the most important item for me. I would have died without my TOMS or Chaco’s. I didn’t get one blister and I could dance the whole weekend!

Did you get to do any shopping while in Austin? If so, were you able to find anything unique?

I didn’t have time to go shopping although I wish I had. Austin has the cutest boutiques. Guess next year I’ll plan a little extra time into my schedule to shop!

Which Dallas or on-line retailers did you turn to for your ACL looks?

I tie-dyed my own t-shirt and then I went to Whole Earth to get my fishing shirt, TOMS shoes and Chaco’s. I went to American Apparel for my neon shirt and fanny pack.

ACL is certainly known for its tendency to draw a very “colorful” crowd. Describe one of the more interesting outfits you witnessed during the weekend.

Oh my goodness, where do I begin? There were so many interesting outfits. The city of Austin is definitely a place where you are free to express yourself in any way you please, and this was very evident at ACL. The most original outfit I saw was definitely the butterfly costume a girl was wearing! It was made up of a skin-tight bodysuit, wings, antennas, and a whole bunch of face paint. I also saw a guy wearing a blazer that was covered in gold sequins- very cool.

Aside from ACL, were you able to experience the infamous Austin nightlife? If you were, which restaurants, bars or clubs did you attend?

We were always too tired after ACL- pathetic, I know! But, we did go to Magnolia Café. Everyone who goes to Austin needs to go there!

Which performances did you attend?

We went to Slightly Stoopid, The Strokes, Spoon, Muse, Phish, Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells, The Temper Trap, Matt & Kim, the Eagles, MIA, Band of Horses, and Yeasayer.

What was your favorite performance?

Matt & Kim was by far the best. They really made ACL for us- their energy was out of this world! They were so excited to be in Austin with their fans. Matt was funny and crazy on stage. Kim was a bad*ss.

Do you plan on going back to ACL next year?

Can’t wait for September 16-18, 2011!

To achieve Kramer’s look, visit the following Dallas retailers and online boutiques:

Whole Earth Provision Company (fishing shirts, Chaco shoes, outdoor gear)

Urban Outfitters (funky accessories, aviator sunglasses, trendy clothing)

American Apparel (neon items, fanny-packs, t-shirts)

Sunglass Hut (Ray-Ban aviators)

Cotton Island (TOMS shoes, comfortable clothing)

REI (Chaco shoes, outdoor gear)

Michaels (tie-dye supplies, feathers, leather cord)

Jess Johnson

Fête Set: DVF Holiday Presentation

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 25, 2010

Fête Set: “True Prep” Book Signing at Sperry Top-Sider

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 24, 2010

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