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Fashion on the Shore winner Erin Johnson's sweet inspiration

Fashion on the Shore winner Erin Johnson's sweet inspiration

Erin Johnson captured the top prize at Fashion on the Shore event by showing that stylish women can have their cake and wear it, too. Her deliciously fashionable dresses were inspired by some of the cakes served at a coffeehouse where the Western Michigan University student works part-time.

July 15, 2014 4:07 pm Photos

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Fashion on the Shore designers showcase local talent

Fashion on the Shore designers showcase local talent

It’s been said that the third time is the charm and this year we have to agree: the third annual Fashion on the Shore [FOTS], a runway event showcasing the top student designers from the Lake Michigan area, was absolutely charming. This year, it featured student designers from five area scho…

July 14, 2014 4:10 pm Video Photos

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Fashion on the Shore: The ever-innovative Sarah Lyons

Fashion on the Shore: The ever-innovative Sarah Lyons

She had us with the gowns. At 2013’s FOTS, Sarah Lyons wowed both the judges and the audience with exquisite gowns, capturing first prize for her gorgeously detailed, understatedly glamorous work.

April 08, 2014 4:22 pm Photos

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Fashion-focused books

Fashion-focused books

To understand fashion, you don’t have to wear it. Sometimes you just need to see it: the shape, the flow, the telling details. All of that contributes to making a fashion statement.

December 24, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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Second Annual Fashion On The Shore: Local fashion students impress and inspire with stunning designs

Second Annual Fashion On The Shore: Local fashion students impress and inspire with stunning designs

We loved it so much last year that we just had to do it again. The second annual Fashion on the Shore (FOTS), a runway event, took place April 26.

August 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Alex Woo Statement Necklaces

Alex Woo Statement Necklaces

You don’t just wear a necklace any more; when you put something around your neck nowadays, you are making a statement. You may be saying something bold or delicate, excessive or refined. But you are definitely saying something.

August 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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HIRSUTE OR NOT HIRSUTE: Men are shaving and coloring more as presentation matters

HIRSUTE OR NOT HIRSUTE: Men are shaving and coloring more as presentation matters

When it comes to grooming, most men fall somewhere between Grizzly Adams and Don Draper.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Little White Dresses

The trends for this summer’s styles have mainly been loud and bold: horizontal stripes, neon florals, or kaleidoscope prints. J. Crew offered a wonderful T shirt that offered a two-for: Breton stripes with red and orange flowers across the bottom (It is now sold out.). And many designers, fr…

July 25, 2013 12:00 am
American Made: Enduring style from the land of the free

American Made: Enduring style from the land of the free

It is Day 240 of Rachel Bethke's year of slow fashion, but her outfit is racing with personality. She wears a maxi skirt in a creamy floral print, highlighted with hits of pale pink, blue and tangerine.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Esther Williams: Swimsuit Style

Esther Williams: Swimsuit Style

Long before that poster of Cheryl Tiegs in a bathing suit, long before the legendary one of Farrah, there was Esther Williams. No one wore a swimming suit better than Williams.

June 07, 2013 12:00 am
American Made: Enduring style from the land of the free

American Made: Enduring style from the land of the free

It is Day 240 of Rachel Bethke's year of slow fashion, but her outfit is racing with personality. She wears a maxi skirt in a creamy floral print, highlighted with hits of pale pink, blue and tangerine.

May 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Met Gala—Punk Couture: Never-Ending Fashion Irony

Met Gala—Punk Couture: Never-Ending Fashion Irony

Sid Vicious definitely would not approve. But on May 6, the annual Costume Institute Gala at MOMA in New York celebrates the exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

May 01, 2013 6:46 pm
Breakfast at Tiffany's Style

Breakfast at Tiffany's Style

The most recent reincarnation of this character on stage wears 25 different WWII fashions as interpreted by famous costume designer Colleen Atwood.

April 11, 2013 4:42 pm Photos

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Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

The word iconic gets tossed around easily these days, but Lilly Pulitzer’s vibrant shift dresses were truly emblematic of a certain time and a certain lifestyle.

April 01, 2013 4:42 pm
High Tech Winter Fashion

High Tech Winter Fashion

Baby, it's still cold outside. But that doesn't mean you can't stay connected.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Jason Wu Again and Again

Jason Wu Again and Again

It’s déjà vu all over again with designer Jason Wu’s new contemporary line Miss Wu, introduced on January 7 and being exclusively sold through Nordstrom [both in stores and online] for one year. That is, its mod girly vibe feels very 1960’s, an image Wu has played up by having his models pho…

January 24, 2013 7:10 pm
Inauguration: Say yes to the (second) dress

Inauguration: Say yes to the (second) dress

A rarified group of First Ladies get to have a second chance at restyling themselves for such a momentous occasion.

January 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bee venom facials create a buzz

Bee venom facials create a buzz

The latest buzz in the beauty world is a literal one: bee venom facials. Also known as apitherapy, bee venom is said by purveyors and devotees to have anti-aging properties.

December 11, 2012 12:00 am
This season blushing brides gravitate to another shade of pale

This season blushing brides gravitate to another shade of pale

Today a blushing bride sounds like something out of a Jane Austen novel—charmingly quaint but definitely belonging to another century. Women in the U.S. are waiting longer to get married (the average age is now 27 years), which means higher education, careers, and traveling before settling d…

November 24, 2012 6:51 pm Photos

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INTERVIEW: Maria Pinto's show at the museum

INTERVIEW: Maria Pinto's show at the museum

In a current show at Chicago’s Field Museum, fashion designer Maria Pinto indulges her inner anthropologist. Fashion and the Field Museum Collection—Maria Pinto (running through June 16, 2013) explores the universal world of design by mixing clothing from the museum’s collection hand-selecte…

November 14, 2012 8:07 pm Photos

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Five Easy Pieces: Presto, a wardrobe!

Five Easy Pieces: Presto, a wardrobe!

In a dream world, we would throw out the contents of our closets every season and begin anew. We would wear only new, hip, trendy clothes—straight out of fashion magazines. After all, that’s what the stores and catalogs try to sell us: the idea that we need to completely revamp our look every year.

November 01, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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First lady fashion lights up debate stage

First lady fashion lights up debate stage

For the auspicious occasion of the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney did what thousands of women do every day: they shopped their closets and turned up wearing outfits they already owned and had worn before.

October 31, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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THE LOOK: Perspective on fashion week

THE LOOK: Perspective on fashion week

To those of us not attending the highly touted, uber-produced fashion shows in New York, Paris, London or Milan, the concept of a designated Fashion Week feels remote. It is easy to wonder: Do the current designs by Balenciaga or Valentino or Calvin Klein have anything to do with our everyda…

October 31, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Designer Narciso Rodriguez goes with Kohl's

Designer Narciso Rodriguez goes with Kohl's

Narciso Rodriguez is a designer known as much for what he doesn’t do as for what he does. He doesn’t do girly or overworked clothes. No ruffles, no poufs, no fluff. What Rodriguez does offer is sophisticated simplicity, suitable for women of any age. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue on…

October 25, 2012 5:04 pm Photos

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Why Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris and Milan matter

Why Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris and Milan matter

To those of us not attending the highly touted, uber-produced fashion shows in New York, Paris, London or Milan, the concept of a designated Fashion Week feels remote. It is easy to wonder: Do the current designs by Balenciaga or Valentino or Calvin Klein have anything to do with our everyda…

October 14, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Diana Vreeland: Style goes on forever

Diana Vreeland: Style goes on forever

Style is not fashion, as the late legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland used to proclaim; fashion comes and goes, but style goes on forever. Much like Vreeland herself.

October 04, 2012 3:32 pm Photos

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Student designers take to the runway to display their unique fashion sense

Student designers take to the runway to display their unique fashion sense

Chanel may not have named it specifically, but fashion is also on the shore. So much so that Shore named an event after it. The first annual Fashion on the Shore (FOTS), a runway event showcasing the top student designers from the Lake Michigan area, took place May 26. Founder and sponsor of…

September 14, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Michelle Obama's clothes: Every minute, every hour, every day, for five years

Michelle Obama's clothes: Every minute, every hour, every day, for five years

Whenever she steps out—whether it is to host a state dinner or to walk Bo the dog—she is studied. No fashion detail is too small to escape worldwide scrutiny.

September 17, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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