Its all about denim this fall! All washes in jeans, accessories and most important jackets! At the same time rocker will not die (Thank God!!) so for the third seaon in a row accessories and clothing with studs and zippers are still in. So I’ve decided to find outerwear that combines the two trends…. Denim motorcycle jackets! Wear them dressed up or down but these 2 versions will be a splurge AND gentle on your wallet!

True Religion Denim Motorcycle Jacket $275 www.truereligionbrandjeans.com

Victoria's Secret Denim Motorcycle Jacket $38.99 www.victoriassecret.com

I absolutely adore this stunning plus size rocker. She represents divas everywhere with her cool and effortless style.  She is so fierce she recently opened the spring 2011 Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show! Talk about on fire! She also designs for british clothing store Evans and fronts the band The Gossip.

Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto

Everything has its own trend these day. When we think of trendy, we think clothes, shoes and accessories but what about hair? Yes, hair too can be trendy and we saw various styles hitting the runway this fall. This fall its all about faking short hair and having it too!! So fake a bob or a multicolored bun !

A slick twist, and a knot have us swooning over this simple hairstyle. Plus its low maintenance so all you need is a small twist band, a light condition and some upper body strength (wow, that was a workout).

It may look like a bob but its not!! This optical illusion allows those lucky enough to have serious locks to look like the majority. To create the sleek bob seen at Behnaz Sarafpour, first mist hairspray over your strands and divide into top and bottom. Tease and back-comb the hair at the nape of your neck. Next, create a base by twisting hair into a low ponytail, wrapping under, and pinning in place. Let down the top portion and flatiron, then curl under and attach to the base. Alot of work but worth it, for a trouble free hairdo!!

Of course, I won’t forget about us short hair gals ( I am a card carrying member;). We have some options to change our look as well. A simple deep side part can do wonders for your face or a slick back look like the one below.

Of course, if you want a serious change;  go for choppy layers! It frames the face, highlights bone structure and gives you an edgy appeal.

Whatever you choose, there is a style for everyone and now if you can’t afford this fall’s wardrobe (although we have some great alternatives); you can still be on trend.

Since military has been showing up all over the runways this fall and we talked about it in our “trends” section; I decided that I must give you a military jacket “get-it-for-less”. Suprisingly I found two versions that are both quite affordable. One, the military jacket  from American Eagle being dirt cheap and the other from Bloomingdales you have to be able to drop a “Benjamin” on.

Aqua brand Studded Military jacket $98 www.bloomingdales.com

American Eagle Military Jacket $39.95 www.ae.com

Janelle Monae is a rare gem. She combines jazz, r&b and electronic pop all with old Hollywood glam. Her style mixes gentlemen’s tuxedos with feminine bottoms. She usually prefers to wear only black and white; a tough color combo to constantly get right every time you wear it. She also usually wears a pompadour hairstyle. Download “Tightrope” and “Cold War”

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae

All the rage this fall are Oxfords for Women. This shoe staple is usually reserved for business men only but designers this year decided since women seem to be wearing the pants lately why not give them shoes as well. I’ve chosen to versions that are a little  more soft than more masculine versions I’ve seen on the runways, one by Sam Eldman that adds sequins and another from Payless’ newest designer to offer a low end line Isobel Toledo that chose to use cut outs for a sexier version..

Sam Eldman Oxfords $140 www.bloomingdales.com

Isabel Toledo for Payless Oxfords $34.99

Another Firey Red Head I absolutely adore! Emilie Autumn is a violinist that used to play for Courtney Love’s Hole band. She has been on her own now for years and her music can be described as classical meets New Age meets Goth. Her voice echoes over her violin riffs and haunts you long after you turn off the music. She has an amazing and unique fashion sense, kinda like Nightmare Before Christmas meets Corpse Bride meets Alice In Wonderland (Tim Burton). She designs and makes all her clothes. Stunning corsets and yards and yards of tulle and fabric for her skirts. Download “Gothic Lolita” and “Dead Is The New Alive”.

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

As long as war plagues our world, fashion will empress military as a statement. Of course, we are not going to start wearing combat boots, camouflage makeup, and the dread camouflage print (at least not in clothes). This fall military is buttons, army green (or navy blue) and  the seasons best accent. Think silhouettes, fur trim and a soft feminine touch.  There is a node to aviator as well so be careful about mixing the two looks.

How to get it right:

Don’t pile it on: Stick to one military inspired item and dress it up with a dress or down with a mini skirt. Please no A-line and no jeans.  Think flowing on bottom and tailored on top.

Camouflage print is designated to handbags only. Please stay away from this print in clothes, shoes and jewelry.

Do not where combat boots. Wear ankle boots on a flowing dress if you must but jeweled mary janes are better or even heels. Wear long boots with short skirts but make sure they fit. No slouchies here!

Finally, remember simple is best so here is a shot from Maire Claire who has gotten it right:

Maire Claire shoot

Maire Claire military shoot

I was flipping through the bags of October’s Lucky and stopped at their fall bag guide. I thought to my self: who’s lucky enough to afford to buy these bags? Some of the bag faves do sport tiny prize tags like the 39 dollar beaded pouch at purselove.com and the printed carryall for 65 at Janemarvel.com but what about a two buckle tote and a duffel bag. So I surfed the web for the forgotten chic (french for cheap and fab) alternatives to these two styles.

The Carryall

This bag must be the hottest bag of the season since I have surfed the web and seen the chicer varieties evaporate. I can’t promise you the prices seen in my last entries but here it goes. Two Buckle carryalls are all the rage for fall and here are some alternatives to the pricey Lucky favorites:

MICHAEL by Michael Kors is this designers chicer line and carries one of these coveted tote bags for 198.00 and its leather but wait we are going to attempt cheaper- Dare me?

Alas this color is sold out but still available in Black and print, 198.00

Forever 21 does it again with a front buckle leather-like two buckle tote for – drum roll please -Yep $34.80.

Buckled Leatherette tote from Forever 21 for 34.80

The leather duffel bag maxed out in lucky for $2,550 and at its most affordable – $298. So here we go again – I can’t help love this zipped duffel at Bebe for 139.00.

Zipped Duffel at Bebe for 139.00

For the round top variety try this one at Forever 21 for 32.80

casual leatherette bag, Forever 21 $32.80

Some celebrities have style and some don’t. The VMAs awards are a Hodge podge of success and failures as well as shock value. And we were shocked indeed with the our notorious copycat, Lady GaGa’s meat dress. She says she was making a statement but all I see is a desperate clutching  for the the few minutes of fame she has left. Fame monster indeed!

The Fame Monster meat dress

She was not the only one who showed up on the worst dress list which held some shockers like Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj. Well, maybe not Ke$ha. I saw her in concert and her fashion sense was lacking. I personally like a person who takes a fashion risk like Katy Perry’s lace and satin combo. I can’t say it a dress but at least its in fashion (we covered lace trend for fall).

Finally, I would like to say Ke$ha was creative and upcycled her gown from home depot shopping bags. I don’t think the VMAs are for crafty chic but it still was less shocking and less revealing then most of the dresses of the night.