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POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:32 AM
President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama in the presidential box near the White House as bands march past the presidential box, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP)

The czar of high fashion has spoken - and he says Michelle Obama's bangs were "a bad idea."

Karl Lagerfeld appeared on French TV show Le Petit Journal to discuss Paris Fashion Week, but the conversation turned into commentary on Michelle Obama's bangs.

The creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous line said, "I don’t understand the change of hair...Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It’s not good." He also added that she looked like an anchor.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:21 AM
Political glitterati in attendance included Lisa Nutter, and her husband, Mayor Nutter. The 155th-anniversary gala comes at a time of great challenges for the Academy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

It's hard to snag a picture of Philadelphia's first lady, Lisa Nutter. At special events she's usually decked out in a dazzling piece by Nicole Miller; her amazing locks piled high on her head. She weaves in and out of crowds like a stylish woman who has no interest in being seen.

But we worked our in-the-know fashion magic this weekend.

At Saturday night's Academy Ball, she looked delightful in a navy blue, one-shouldered column gown by Philadelphia designer, Melissa D'Agostino, We think the dress was a lovely choice - the cut and the color worked well.  D'Agostino is one of six designers-in-residence working hard at launching fashion careers at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's. The city hopes the incubator will be a part of a vibrant fashion hub east of Broad Street that will one day be brimming with showrooms, manufacturing facilities and specialty stores. As the program's first year winds down, we'll be checking in with the Incubator for an update.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 4:55 PM
Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy, left, and Gela Nash-Taylor attend the Juicy Couture Fifth Avenue flagship store opening party on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Housewives and young things have these women to thank for making the tracksuit trendy. Or at the very least, publicly acceptable.

Cofounders of Juicy Couture Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor have nabbed a book deal with Gotham Books. The book, titled "The Glitter Plan," will chronicle the beginning stages of Juicy Couture to the sale of the brand to Liz Claiborne. The story will also include insight on Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor's newest endeavor, Skaist-Taylor, another promising contemporary collection carried by major retailers. LA Times fashion critic Booth Moore, who wrote the first story on the two, will co-author the book. "She’s part of our story and we wanted an L.A. girl to write the story," Nash-Taylor tells WWD.

Under Pam and Gela's carefree, relaxed, West Coast creative direction, Juicy's velour and terry cloth tracksuits, in an array of pretty pinks and powder blues, became more than acceptable: They became a trend - first in Los Angeles, then slowly tipping and catching on like a comfort-crazed fever throughout the rest of the country.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 3:26 PM
Justin Timberlake 'Suit & Tie'

Fashionably speaking, of course.

The artwork on the cover of Justin Timberlake's single "Suit & Tie" fittingly shows the artist in a tuxedo, satin lapels and a big bow tie, while the video gets swankier with Timberlake in a three-piece suit and tux crooning his heart away. Timberlake is shown in head-to-toe Tom Ford - and it's not a coincidence or simply a matter of preference.

Timberlake has collaborated with the celebrated menswear designer to create a very fashion-focused "20/20 Experience" - the title of his new album which drops March 19. According to the release, Ford worked directly with Timberlake to accomplish the following: "Made-to-measure tailoring, including eveningwear, suiting, shirting, ties, shoes and accessories that will be a focal point of the ‘The 20/20 Experience.'"

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:35 PM
Maddie Bailis from Adresse near Rittenhouse Square. (COLIN KERRIGAN / Philly.com)

Designer destination for the city’s most fashionable residents, Rittenhouse Square's Adresse is a treasure chest filled with high quality, functional, and timeless pieces. Stefanie Lutzo, owner of Adresse, was interviewed by Big Rube back in November on her personal style which can be found here. Between working at Adresse and attending college at Wheaton, shop employee Maddie Bailis was kind enough to model three of Lutzo’s favorite looks for spring. This season, expect to see plenty of saturated pastels, easy separates from The Row, artistic prints from Kelly Wearstler, white cross-body utility satchels, and fitted ladylike silhouettes. Providing apparel and accessories that are functional, easy to wear, and unlike anything else one might find in the Rittenhouse area, Adresse is a place for those who want to feel great about their appearance without having to dwell on the investment. Adresse’s passionate and knowledgeable staff works with each individual to find the best styles to suit one’s body and provides a personalized shopping experience unmatched in other boutiques.

Look 1:

Coralla Linear Stingray Dress by Kelly Wearstler $450

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:06 PM
Giorgio Armani - happy authorities have nabbed those thieves. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori)

At least they have good taste?

Authorities in Romania say that five people have been nabbed in the theft of $2.6 million worth of clothes from Giorgio Armani's spring 2013 line. The stats and facts below:

- The thieves reportedly broke into Armani's Verona, Italy warehouse in December and stole more than 1,400 items.

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 10:58 AM
Jennifer Lawrence accepts the award for outstanding female actor in a leading role for “Silver Linings Playbook” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday Jan. 27, 2013. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Despite what it looked like when she walked on stage to accept her SAG Award Sunday evening, Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence did NOT rip her dress, Dior says.

The actress, who was in recovery mode after a brutal bout with pneumonia, looked as if she was wearing a one piece gown on the red carpet earlier that evening. However, Lawrence's outfit was a two piece dress: The skirt portion lifted as she walked up the stairs, revealing a sheer panel underneath. It may have appeared that she had ripped Raf Simons' beautiful creation - which would have had throngs of fashion folk (including us) screaming oh mon dieu on behalf of the French fashion house, but any material Dior Haute Couture uses is practically indestructible. And exorbitantly expensive.

Glad we could clarify that for the masses. For our list of best-dressed stars at the 2013 SAG Awards, click here.

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 10:20 AM

Jessica Chastain continued to make ripples on the red carpet as we're quite certain she's graced every best-dressed list possible from Sunday's SAG Awards. The star of Zero Dark Thirty looked glam in her strapless, satin, red Alexander McQueen gown. She paired the look with heels from Charlotte Olympia and Harry Winston diamonds.

We also loved Freida Pinto's bright pink Roland Mouret gown (above left). She looked like a fashionable highlighter on the red carpet - chic and sharp.

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