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Shop Like A Style Blogger: 16 Eye-Catching Statement Skirts

As far as bold, statement-making pieces go, jewelry and shoes get most of the play around here, but when we spotted Marla of Trend Struck sporting a lovely feather mini last week, we knew the next hero piece to join our wardrobe rotation would be a skirt.

We scoured the internet for the most gorgeous skirts the fall collections have to offer, and were stunned by the sheer number of to-die-for options. From minis to maxis and everything in between, we found 16 skirts guaranteed to make your (and your date’s) heart skip a beat.

On the pocketbook-friendly end of the spectrum we discovered ASOS‘s lace pencil skirt with floral appliqué ($71) and Topshop‘s holographic A-line mini (£38), while on the designer end of the spectrum, we’re daydreaming about the magenta silk-satin maxi by Balmain (USD$5,865) and draped lamé pencil skirt by Giambattista Valli (USD$3,565).

Check out the gallery below for our 16 favourite statement skirts right now, and get those gams ready.

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MW by Matthew Williamson Fall 2011 Collection

Last Fall, Matthew Williamson announced that he was working on a lower-priced line. This past week, the first 250-piece collection for MW by Matthew Williamson was finally unveiled. Williamson described his diffusion line to Fashionista: “It’s less red carpet, less glamorous, less jet set, all those DNA qualities of the main line. They’re there, but they’re in much more subtle form, and it’s more about a day wardrobe for a more urban, contemporary, younger customer.”

The collection, which is priced on average between $400 to $560, is hitting sales floors now and will debut online at e-retailer

xx, S

Images via Fashionologie

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Matthew Williamson for Macy’s Capsule Collection


Finally, photos of Matthew Williamson‘s highly anticipated capsule collection for Impulse at Macy’s are out! Due to hit stores and on April 13, 2011, the collection, said Williamson, ”aims to capture the essence of the mainline brand, with a focus on effortless glamour, dynamic prints, loosely structured silhouettes and pops of strong color”. Pieces range from $24 for a printed scarf to $299 for a leather jacket (pictured above). For a designer whose wares are generally priced well over my budget, being able to score a signature patterned dress for under $200 sounds like a fantastic deal to me!

Check out the gallery for the full lookbook and photos of the entire collection. Does anything catch your eye, or are you pattern-shy (like me!)?

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PROM: Into the Wild at the Royal Ontario Museum – March 26, 2011

Mention the word ‘prom’ and I automatically pull a face - and it’s not just the horribly tacky dresses associated with the high school tradition. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I now know that my first go at prom was rather tragic – the dress was nothing to write home about, the accessories were too matchy-matchy, the hair and makeup I’d rather not discuss, and the guy whose arm I was on was just plain wrong. Well, this Saturday, March 26, 2011, at PROM: Into the Wild, presented by BCBGMAXAZRIA, at the Royal Ontario Museum, I finally get another chance at prom. This time, I daresay, I’m going to get it right!

“Discover the wild side of the ROM at PROM: Into the Wild, presented by BCBGMAXAZRIA. Experience an exciting and entertaining night inspired by the beauty of life on Earth and the Museum’s breathtaking natural history collections. Hundreds of…guests will flock to the ROM for a wild night of live entertainment, dancing, exotic cocktails and a fabulous feast for the senses. Prowl your way through the Museum and see it transformed into a glorious oasis of lush lounges, tempting territories and hidden hideaways. Mingle with friends at the watering hole or dance the night away with party guests camouflaged in feathered masks, faux fur and bold prints.”

Care to join me? Tickets are available here. As for what to wear to such an affair, guests are encouraged to “ignite (their) imagination with inspiration from the natural world.” My imagination has indeed been ignited; in fact, it’s running wild because I’m now daydreaming about gorgeous gowns with 4-digit price tags.

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Fashion News

Matthew Williamson to Launch Diffusion Line

Matthew Williamson announced yesterday that he is working on the launch of his first diffusion line, Muse by Matthew Williamson, for Fall 2011. The womenswear line will be “for a woman who wants feel-good clothing, and it will have the same aesthetic, DNA and surface signatures as the main line.” Priced between 300 pounds for a day dress and 500 pounds for evening wear, Williamson plans to design two collections per year. (via WWD)

Williamson’s last foray into a lower priced line was his collaboration with H&M in April 2009, which was wildly successful, as are most H&M designer collaborations. Though Muse’s price points will be significantly harder on the pocketbooks than the H&M offerings were, Muse pieces should be no less sought after.

xx, S

Runways and Showrooms

Matthew Williamson Spring 2011 RTW

After a NYFW that left me wanting more, Matthew Williamson‘s Spring 2011 collection has me excited about Fashion Month again. It’s chock full of edgy pieces I’d want to wear to party until the wee hours of the morning in London, but would never, ever actually take out of the closet for fear of damaging the intricate detailing and embellishments. There were some looks in the collection that fell flat, but I can’t stop ogling photos of these standouts.

xx, S
Image Credits: Fashion Gone Rogue
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Matthew Williamson Fall 2010

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Matthew Williamson Pre-Fall 2010
The rabbit-fur collared sweater coat is pure knitwear perfection. By far my favourite piece from Matthew Williamson’s Pre-Fall 2010 collection. If I see it pop up at The Bay, I think I might have a really hard time leaving it behind.
xx, S
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