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POSTED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:06 PM

Did you notice the snazzy white overcoat, Pope Benedict XIV performed his last public Mass at the Vatican in Wednesday morning?

We did.

The long, double-breasted coat is called a greca and it's common for clergy - priests, bishops, cardinals and yes, the pope - to wear for formal ocassions - especially when it's cold.  The coat is a little bit longer than a cassock, the vestment a priest wears to perform Mass, so it covers the ankle-length garment entirely. The pope is the only member of the Roman Catholic clergy who wears an all white greca.

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POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013, 3:06 PM

And it seems like a red carpet event isn’t complete without our first lady, Michelle Obama.

Obama, fresh from a formal White House dinner with the nation’s governors, was teleprompted in to announce the best picture award. Her sartorial choice: a silver, spaghetti strapped, Naeem Kahn gown. I liked her choice - although my Twitter feed was rampant with “oh we hate those bangs comments.”

POSTED: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 7:18 PM

One name ruled the Oscars red carpet Sunday evening, and it belonged to Giorgio Armani. The Italian designer managed to finagle his creations onto three of five Best Actress nominees at the 85th Academy Awards.

Then there was the ever-present color white. An army of Hollywood's brightest stars opted for light, neutral hues, which called for a blase concoction of creams, golds and other effervescent shades blotting the Dolby Theatre entrance. However, for every three actresses in white, one daring celebrity went bold with a pop of color - coral for Kerry Washington and cerulean blue for Reese Witherspoon.

And unlike previous years, where we simply described and critiqued what the actresses and actors were wearing, we decided to add a different element to the red carpet recap this occasion: We played teachers and graded the stars' head-to-toe looks. Some were fortunate enough to receive A's, others fell behind several marks. Take a look below and vote on your favorite look in our poll.

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POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013, 12:54 PM

Waist interest - details that highlight the mid-section -   is a key phrase in fashion right now.

And judging from Francisco Costa's fall 2013 collection at Calvin Klein, Costa definitely got the memo.

In keeping with the Calvin Klein aesthetic, Costa designed clean and structured garments for the women's wear collection.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7:49 PM

Falph Lauren's fall 2013 will be a subdued one. Full of velvet and jodphurs and slinky gowns that glitter. This collection is a beautiful one, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that sophistication can be soft and cozy.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 11:15 AM

Oh Oscar, how beautiful your fall 2013  show was.  The runway was flush with gowns that sparkled in shiny jeweled tones: reds, purples, chartreuse, you did it all.

Your silhouette was sleeker. Gone were the-cute-going-to-lunch-cinched-at-the-waist a-line dresses  that defined your collections the first part of the millennium. In their place, sultry  gowns with peplums, sluts and v's in the decolletage.

I feel more grown up just looking at them. 

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7:28 PM

Black reigned on Wednesday's Fashion Week runways. Nanette Lepore's collection was cool and colorless as was former Coach designer, and first lady Michelle Obama favorite, Reed Krakoff. Badgley Mischka's black evening wear didn't need sequins to dazzle and even stylist Rachel Zoe entered the noir zone (And we know how much Zoe loves a white suit.)

Maybe color has run its course? Did we deem saturated shades too hard to wear?  Then again, how can we be futuristic in hot pink?

Whatever the reason, black is back and we like its forward vibe.  It is sleek, skinny pantsuits, peplum gowns and dresses. Black is smoking in the high-low silhouette and an inky sheath with an artfully placed slit is chic at its best. And we can't forget accessories:  sunglasses, shoe-booties, envelope clutches are all must-haves in black.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 5:21 PM
Fashion designer Michael Kors reacts to (AP)

It's no secret I adore Michael Kors New York Fashion week show.

But Wednesday morning's collection simply was air-kiss beautiful.

We love, love, loved the way Kors took our favorite prints like herringbone and camoflauge prints and gave them unexpected shimmer and shine. His gowns bustled with color. 

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

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