Second City Style’s 12 Days of Christmas (Shopping) ’11: Simona’s Celeb-Inspired Choices

December 9, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Holiday, Shopping

You can’t deny it. Whether you want to copy their entire outfit, pick a piece that you like and buy it for yourself, or imitate their style in your own way, celebs create fashion statements we follow. While others might argue, I remember the whole leggings trend kicking off after Kim Kardashian was seen wearing tight fitting pants. Pint-sized princesses like Chloe Moretz were seen wearing mixed prints and the rest of the world followed suit. And who hasn’t, at one time or another, seen Keira Knightley as a fashion icon?

I was once embarrassed by my love for celebrity fashion but I started to realize that it’s not always about copying them to the letter – it’s being inspired about new ideas and new trends. After all, isn’t that what we do when we see fashionistas on the street?

Some designers are becoming more  budget conscious and Kate Middleton is actually wearing affordable brands? And if celebrities do buy fashion that remains a little bit pricey – I can always use the excuse I can spoil myself like a star.

In any case, this is my third year in a row picking items based on my infatuation with celeb style. If only Uma Thurman would show up on my door step and say “your wish is my command.” Since they inspire me all year long, let’s see how they inspired me just in time for the holiday season.

Lanvin Rose Print Skater Skirt, $2426

I’m starting off with something easy, but memorable. When a celeb wears a high-end piece, and we find out exactly who the designer is…we want it that much more.  I was instantly attracted to this floral skirt worn by Angie Harmon at the 10th Anniversary of the UNICEF Snowflake Lighting in New York. And then I found out via Red Carpet Fashion Awards that it was made in the same motif as many of the pieces in Lanvin’s Fall 2011 collection at Paris Fashion Week. Being as I heart dark floral and I heart Alber Elbaz, I knew that I had to have it…on my wish list at least.

 Porsche P’8433A Classic Aviator Style Sunglasses, $255

Kim Kardashian might often come off as annoying and high maintenance. And her marriage, at just 72 days, may have been something of a sham.  But I’ve always loved her sophisticated style–a mix of European chic and casual cool with designer duds.  This past year, she’s often been seen in a pair of Aviators that I just can’t get enough of.  She obviously can’t get enough of them either, or she wouldn’t be wearing them…EVERYWHERE! I recently found out that these sunglasses were Porsche P’8433A Classic Aviator Style Sunglasses and they are available at Theoretically, I’ll definitely be getting myself a pair this season.

Elizabeth and James Ryan Mesh Skirt, $195

There are very few celebrity designers that have made a positive impact on our fashionista lives. Whitney Port did well, but she had a fashion background. Gwen Stefani took our breath away with her stunning L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers collections. And then there was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.  I often don’t know whether to be pleasantly surprised or freaked out by these girls – but one thing’s for sure, they have style – at least where others are concerned.  I mean forgive me for saying this, but they look like little kids wearing grown up clothing. And no one really likes when Mary-Kate dresses like she scrimmaged through the dumpster. Even if they made homeless look chic at one time, you can’t deny the impressive finesse of their clothing labels The Row and Elizabeth and James. I’ve liked just about everything they’ve had to offer – from black and white striped tops to croc emblazoned shoes. In particular, one of their newest prints from Elizabeth and James (it’s already on trousers and tops) is to die for. So I’m definitely eyeing up this skirt. It’s made of mesh which is an of-the-moment trend (as well as one for Spring/Summer 2012) and it has an elastic band for the expanding figure. Perfect!

Very Classy: Exceptional Advice For The Extremely Modern Lady, Derek Blasberg, $9.99

Technically Derek Blasberg is an Editor-At-Large at Harper’s Bazaar, not a celebrity, but he might as well be after becoming a bestselling author with his hit book Classy, focusing on exceptional advice for the modern lady. His advice was common sense with a sense of humor, witty, sharp, fun to read and made me think. And yet, he’s just put out a second edition to top off the first. Very Classy: Exceptional Advice For The Extremely Modern Lady is going onto my bookshelf. Like now. Hopefully this “Classy” dream will become a reality soon.

Zac Posen Stretch Split V-Neck Dress, $1990

Zac Posen is one of my favorite designers because he makes women feel gorgeous and he knows how to cater to every curve. His gowns are modern with an Old Hollywood glamour feel.  That’s why I loved what I saw when I observed Christine Baranskis midnight blue gown at the 2011 Emmy Awards. It has the effortless feel of conservative and sexy, hitting every curve without revealing too much. It looks divine on her. Now while Christine Baranski might be a bit older then me, I still feel I could wear a dress like this because it hits in all the right places (besides who wants cleavage hanging out anyway?) But alas, the dress was custom made just for her. So I found another stunning Zac Posen creation that looks eerily similar (at least on top which is my favorite part) and I’m eyeing it for my closet. I found it at department store of dreams: Bergdorf Goodman.

Photos:, Red Carpet Fashion Awards, Star Style Inc.

– Simona Kogan, Celebrity Style Columnist

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One Response to Second City Style’s 12 Days of Christmas (Shopping) ’11: Simona’s Celeb-Inspired Choices

  1. Mccade says:

    As Charile Sheen says, this article is “WINNING!”

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