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.

I loooove Amy Lee!  She has an amazing ethereal voice and is the front woman for Evanescence. Her style is edgy with gothic and 18th century influences and she makes a lot of her stage clothing. She prefers to keep her skin stunningly pale and her hair ebony black,. She wears corsets and long voluminous skirts. Although the band has lost its founding members leaving Amy as the sole current founding member I still think the band can make great music as Amy herself is a songwriter. She is currently working on a new album.  Download “My Immortal” and “Together Again”.

Amy Lee

A reader recently asked where she could find a reasonably priced leopard print handbag. I found the perfect one at Forever 21 but I also wanted to show a high end version as well. I chose Fendi’s Leopard Calf Hair version as a beautiful example of this falls hottest accessory. But with over $2000 it has quite a hefty price tag! Forever 21’s stunning ladylike version is elegant and a steal at $20!

Fendi Leopard Calf Hair Bag $2,480 www.neimanmarcus.com

Leopard Shoulder bag $20.80 www.forever21.com

F.U.S.C.H.A has seen a lot of success this summer. We got a chance to work with Aqua Di Lara’s newest line Qiss Qiss; which they debuted this summer at Mercedes Benz Swim.

We also had the pleasure of working with celeb stylist Leon Frager who gave us the wonderful opportunity to earn a new fan of our line…Grammy award winner Mya.

AQua Di Lara's Qiss Qiss and F.U.S.C.H.A Necklace

Mya wearing our Aqua Bubble Two Fingered Ring

This fall/winter season brings back once again animal prints. But this time around instead of only leopard and tiger;  python and zebra have been thrown into the mix and with more of a subtle and more feminine looks. Gone are the teeny leopard minis and backless skin tight dresses. This is something we all can appreciate.

Blumarine Fall/Winter 2010 Python print Collection

Lanvin Leopard Print Dress $1829

Prada Leopard Print Bag $1,495 www.saksfifthavenue.com

This fall is all about the studded boots once again. This is a trend that won’t go away thank god! For the past 3 seasons studs and buckles continue to be all the rage. But instead of wearing them with a motorcycle jacket instead pair them with lady like blouses and skirts. I’ve included 2 designs to show you the high end version and the get-it-for-less version by Forever 21 that’s almost identical to the Chloe version at a fraction of the cost!

Chloe Boots $1,255

Studded Boots $32.80 www.forever21.com