We're seeing the look of luxury for less everywhere. "The Flirt" bootcut jean by Old Navy is a recession-proof pick from O assistant fashion editor Anna Baboval. "They look much more expensive than they are," she says. ($30; OldNavy.com) Anya Hindmarch for Target handbags (left) make the high-style of the British accessory designer's signature line a lot more accessible.
Bag, $50, Target.com
We've been having a lot of fun with websites that imitate sample sales (limited-time events with only so much stock available) but with the wonderful difference that they offer clothes in a range of sizes—not just runway model dimensions. And the fashion is serious: RueLaLa.com offers labels like Marc Jacobs, Theory, and Puma; HauteLook.com includes Taryn Rose, Yaya Aflalo, and BCBG Max Azria; and the high-end GiltGroupe.com has brands like Vera Wang, Valentino, and Citrine by the Stones.
Label We Love
Classic Talbots—of the unmistakable big red doors—is embarking on a bold update. New chief creative officer Michael Smaldone, formerly of Ann Taylor, Anne Klein, and Elie Tahari, is adding a modern twist to the label's dependable basics. The new look of this smart skirt and crisp shirt generously adorned with piles of faux pearls is a welcome breath of fresh air.
With his new eyewear collection, jewelry and timepiece designer David Yurman now offers sophisticated accessories for the face (in addition to wrists, necks, ears, and fingers). The ophthalmic frames and sunglasses elegantly incorporate Yurman signatures, such as twisted cables and precious stones.
Happy Birthday to You
It's time for cake with a lot of pastel icing: Lilly Pulitzer celebrates 50 years of Palm Beach fashion with a "Jubilee" resort collection of vintage-inspired looks, such as a vibrant cardigan and printed silk skirt.
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Chico's cheers its 25th with 25 new items, including an evening-ready leather jacket with a major built-in necklace, a favorite of O executive fashion editor Jasmine Chang, who dresses it down with a T-shirt and boyfriend jeans.