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Notes from New York Fashion Week: The Michael Kors Show

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Fashion weeks are as ubiquitous as its attendees who wear their ever-escalating strappy platforms, trying to out-do the other in the insanity of their height. For the New York shows this September, the fashion herd took a ride uptown on the number 1 train to the elegant Lincoln Center, where the shows will now reside.

The residents of the area gawked at celebrities and the hoop-la that comes with Fashion Week. Photographers have taken to snapping photos of each other (or the little dogs that are dressed up). The local moms pushed baby strollers, indignant that their routines were interrupted, looking at Rachael Zoe and her husband walking arm-and-arm (and probably going to the Karl Lagerfeld luncheon).

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Behind the Scenes at T+L's Paris Photo Shoot

Styling and producing a fashion shoot in Paris takes hard work, resourcefulness, and a lot of praying that the rain will stop. Here are snippets of my 3 days spent shooting in Paris for T+L's September Style And Culture issue.

Love at First Lick: EOS Lip Balm

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Lip balm is not the most exciting thing in the world, but it's still a must for long plane rides—all the waiting and dry air makes me impatiently lick my lips a lot!

Now that I have found these cute little spheres of EOS ("Evolution of Smooth") lip balm—all 95 percent organic and 100 percent natural made with jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E, I may retire my Kiehl’s tube for good. They are so cute! Each ball twists to open to reveal the balm (with SPF 15, of course) and comes in four distinctive tasty flavors: honeysuckle, summer fruit, lemon, and sweet mint.

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Hermes' New Scent Inspires Travel

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I have a crush on Hermes. Anything enclosed in that orange box with brown ribbon will be a part of my life a long time. I know that is a lot of pressure for the French brand started as a saddle enterprise in 1837, but the allure of Hermes and their timeless, chic products are the very definition of posh understatement.

I discovered their classic fragrance, Eau d’Orange Vert, while staying at the Hotel Bristol years ago, before staying at expensive hotels while attending the fashion shows became de mode. Bottles were given out as in-room amenities, and I still have some of those little soaps perfuming my linens. Scents were not something I was drawn to but this one was, and still is, delicious. And so I became addicted. And I'm happy to report Hermes has introduced a new fragrance that evokes Travel. The scent, for both men and women, is appropriately named Voyage d’ Hermes.

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For Bright Young Travelers: Land's End's New "Canvas" Collection

200912-b-lands-end-01jpgLands' End—a company that began life as a purveyor of boating and sailing gear in 1963—has revved up its clothing with a new collection called Canvas.

The Canvas website describes the collection as “clothes for how you live today.” Well, we live today as some-time nomads who visit family in Seattle, celebrate the holidays on a Caribbean beach, and travel to China for business. Lands' End Canvas's classic American heritage clothing is ideal for that lifestyle—versatile and functional for travel.

The LE favorites are all there but with slimmer cuts, brighter colors. I guess you could say it's less mom-and-pop frump and more Tweet generation, which really is a state of mind.

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Cynthia Rowley To Design Uniforms for United Airlines

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Who doesn’t know Cynthia Rowley?! If you don’t have one of her flirty dresses, then you may have sunglasses that bear her name or you may be eating off of one of her dinner plates. And don’t forget her fragrance and recent collaboration with Avon to create a line of cosmetics.

Coming in 2011 Cynthia will join the likes of Kate Spade, Richard Tyler, and Christian LaCroix among others who have given airlines a bit of a fashion tune up. United Airlines has asked Cynthia to design uniforms for all service employees; everyone from pilots, flight attendants, and customer service representatives, to ramp service and maintenance employees. “We have chosen Cynthia for her keen sense of style and her commitment to involve employees throughout the design process” says United Airlines.

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Prada Goes on Vacation

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In the Prada Universe nothing is as it seems. When I attend Prada shows in Milan, I sit transfixed, looking for a hint of the message. What did she mean by that bag? Are the heels on those shoes broken or are they meant to be angular and impossible to walk on? Is that just a wayward thread hanging, or do I see it on other garments? Why are the models smiling?

This season, the Prada show started innocently with basic grey suiting fabrics in designs that one would wear to work. Oh, she’s going back to her utilitarian roots?! But wait, now there's this whimsical beach scene with palm trees that evokes holidays in the sun and ocean breezes. 
The vacation scene caught my eye, since I am always on the look out for travel references.

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Chanel's Puffy Bag—A Carry On To Curl Up With

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Was it Rachael Zoe, the celebrity stylist on Bravo TV, who said “I die for Chanel"? Seems the allure of the double C’s has no end and this year with two movies about Madame Coco’s life it has fanned the fire even more. Not that it needed any fanning.

In the inexhaustible pursuit of keeping the brand relevant, whimsical and inventive, Karl Lagerfeld has done everything from CC guitars, to CC surfboards. The latest collection of practical but chic bags and small accessories is called “COCO COCOON.”

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Task Mistress: Rory Tahari Helps Travelers (and Everyone Else) Get Organized

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“When friends come to me for advice about a dilemma or event in their life, I always say, 'let’s make a list',” confesses Rory Tahari,” creative director and vice chair of the Elie Tahari fashion house.

Rory has parlayed her penchant for organization into a book called Lists for Life: The Essential Guide to Getting Organized and Tackling Tough To-Dos. In this helpful read, thinking is optional; just check off what needs to be done for every eventuality.

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Flip-Flops and Fondue in Zurich

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I wasn’t going to let the rain get in the way of seeing the quaint city of Zurich, Switzerland. I had just landed and only had a few hours free, so I made a beeline to the famous confection shop, Sprungli, on Paradeplatz to meet with a friend.

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