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Fête Set: Texas State Fair

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 24, 2011

The crazy carnival games, the thrilling rides, and the endless amounts of fried food of The Texas State Fair have come and gone. With art and animal exhibits, shopping, and live entertainment and shows, the fair is an annual must-see attraction.

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Brielle Kuhn



Fashion Insider: SMUStyle Talks to Thakoon

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 24, 2011

SMUStyle Blogger Alex Small and Thakoon Panichgul (Photo Credit / Bo Joplin)

Acclaimed fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul visited Dallas on Friday for a trunk show extravaganza.  Dallas stylistas and fans gathered at chic Dallas boutique Forty Five Ten to celebrate Thakoon’s spring 2012 collection.  Ten percent of sales from his collection will go to TwoxTwo for AIDS and Art, which benefits AIDS research and the Dallas Museum of Art.  I love it when fashionistas give back!

You might remember Thakoon from the 2009 documentary The September Issue and from the runways at New York Fashion Week each season.  He was a recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fund in 2006 and worked closely with Anna Wintour to launch his career in fashion.  Since then, his designs have been worn and admired by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Demi Moore.

I asked Thakoon if he could describe his style in two words.  He said, “No…  No and no.”  I always like to know who and what successful fashion designers look to for inspiration.  For Thakoon, a style icon is someone he “looks to for style.” Interestingly, his biggest inspiration is “freedom.”

Alex Small

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Spotted: Michael Dearman

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on October 24, 2011

Sophomore Michael Dearman was spotted looking dapper on campus yesterday. How does he describe his style?  “Something in between preppy and hipster.” Michael’s favorite store in Dallas is Billy Reid.

1. Billy Reid Pointelle V Sweater in Navy 

2. Zachary Prell Plaid Shirt

 3. Billy Reid Leighton Trouser in Brown Shadow Plaid 

4. Ted Baker ‘Vintage Scratch’ Leather Messenger Bag

Kelsey Charles


Fashion Insider: Versace for H&M Lookbook Revealed

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 24, 2011

From Lanvin to Stella McCartney, H&M is famous for affordable, yet extraordinary collaborations. If you’re a fan of H&M collaborations like me, you’ve probably been waiting rather impatiently for their newest collaboration with Versace. As Donatella Versace revealed at the end of her Milan men’s show in June, she will be the next designer to do a collection with H&M. The official lookbook was revealed on Thursday, with just over a 100 pieces for women, men, and home. The prices start at $19.99 for accessories and go up to $299, an incredible deal for Versace. The capsule collection has patent influences from Gianni Versace’s designs, with Grecian influences, bold studs, daring cutouts, and vibrant prints.

One of my favorite pieces of the collection is the studded black skirt, both versatile and edgy. This trendy skirt can easily be paired with one of the many vibrant tops in the collection.

This studded leather dress is one of the collection’s standout pieces, and was worn by Donatella when she announced the collaboration in June.

The collection’s accessories are just as remarkable as the clothes. The black leather heels and printed bag are my favorites.

The collection will hit stores November 17th, giving you just under a month to pick your favorite pieces. Good luck!


Ashley Wali


Spotted: Jordan Swensson

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on October 21, 2011

Adding accessories can make an casual outfit seem like you put some thought into it. Here, Jordan paired simple black leggings with a leopard scarf, the perfect jean jacket, and a fun black and white checkered backpack.


Get Jordan’s look!

Leopard Scarf: Zara

Jean Jacket: Brandy Melville

Backpack: Marc Jacobs

McKenna Cottam


Fête Set: Elie Tahari Visits Dallas

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 21, 2011

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This month, Dallas celebrates the opening of the new Elie Tahari shop-in-shop inside NorthPark’s Neiman Marcus. On October 13th, guests enjoyed appetizers and new fall looks in the eggshell-white and steel grey store. Neiman Marcus also hosted the Elie Tahari fashion show with Ken Downing and designer Tahari. Models wore deep amethyst, burgundy, and navy jackets.

See the Elie Tahari website or catch the sample sale this week at 2nd floor Neiman Marcus.

Julia Eggleston


Spotted: Hilary Machado

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on October 20, 2011

SMU sophomore Hilary Machado is classy and collegiate in a sweater-blazer and knee-high boots.

Her Style: American Classic

Favorite Store in Dallas: Tory Burch

Fashion Icon: Her Mother

Alex Small

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Beauty Blast: Shop For The Cure

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on October 20, 2011

Besides the first signs of fall, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. As estimated by the American Cancer Society there were “about 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women,” for the United States in 2011. It was announced Monday morning, October 17, on the Today show that E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic has been diagnosed with having early stages of breast cancer.

Many companies take part in promoting awareness for this cause and there are easy and fun ways for you to do your part. As stylista’s you can shop these great beauty products and give to the cause. An added plus is that the official color of breast cancer awareness is pink and is incorporated into the products.

1) Pretty pale pink polish: 

OPI Limited Edition Pink of Hearts nail polish at

2)             Shatter the disease in metallic pink:

OPI Pink of Hearts Shatter nail polish also at

 3) Pastel Pink blow dryer:

 Infiniti Pro by Conair at

 4) Irresistible pink straightener:

CHI flat iron set at

  5) Gold and Jeweled Compact:

Estée Lauder Jeweled Pink Ribbon Compact at


Sephora has a section of the website dedicated to beauty for the cause with ten amazing products. There are many other products out there benefiting this cause, so shop for something you can feel good about.

Kelsey Reynolds


Weekend To Do: Art of Knox Street Festival

Posted in Weekend To-Do by SMUstyle on October 20, 2011

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Beauty Blast: Hourglass Cosmetics New Lash Lacquer at Sephora

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on October 20, 2011

What’s the easiest way to take your make-up from day to night? Drawing more attention to your eyes always does the trick. Now Hourglass Cosmetics perfected the final step for getting ready for a night on the town. Their new Film Noir Lash Lacquer is a revolutionary topcoat for mascara.

To use the product brush it on top of mascara for a look that makes lashes stand out. The formula adds shine to lashes while it also makes them super dark and lengthens. In short, this product makes your eyes stand out. The best part? The Lash Lacquer has a similar effect to false eyelashes but you don’t need to mess with any sticky eyelash glue or annoying falling falsies.

This Saturday the Hourglass team will be at the Sephora in the Galleria for a demonstration of the Lash Lacquer. If you visit the store from 12-6 pm you can get a free makeover by the Hourglass Cosmetics artists and receive a bonus gift.

For more information about the Venice, California beauty company Hourglass Cosmetics or to purchase Film Noir Lash Lacquer head to their website.

Caroline Foster


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