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  • La Bella Figura and The Genius


    A funny thing happened to me at the Genius Bar- it was more chic than geek. I’m the poster child for excessive Mac consumption (and, not of the cosmetics variety) so I’ve spent plenty of time perched at a Genius Bar. This weekend was no exception. While we were waiting for a diagnostic to run its course on my ailing iMac the Genius and I started chit-chatting to pass the time. Once he learned that I was in fashion, he…

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  • What they wore to Paris Fashion Week & why you should care!

    Leelee Sobieski arrives at the Christian Dior Spring / Summer 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week

    French Style Alert: Ok, the runway collections are gorg. And probably more out of most of our prices points beyond some healthy inspiration. But then there are also the celebs in gifted/borrowed duds and those who just happen to have good taste.  >>RELATED: What to wear in Paris Here you go for a quick look what they wore to Paris Fashion Week. And, why you should care by way of style tips inspired from Leelee Sobieski, Ines De La Fressange, Kristin Scott Thomas,…

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  • Wear It Now: The Sleeveless Blazer Is A Runway Trend To Steal – Spring 2013 Highlights


    From the Spring 2013 runways, the sleeveless blazer is back on trend… The sleeveless blazer returned as one of the top runway trends you’ll want to covet. In fact who can resist when you consider how versatile they are come the transitional weather we’ve been facing as of late. So, here’s so the 411 on how to have next season, right from your closet. With the Spring 2013 shows bowing in Paris comes a look at top trends for next…

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  • Highlights from Paris Runways- Spring 2013 Balenciaga, Celine, Dries Van Noten, Stella McCartney


    Get inspired right now with highlights from the Paris Runways for Spring 2013 Too much fashion too fast coming your way during fashion month? While we may agree and said last week with Milan, consider the collections ample reason to bulk up on instant style advice that you can try at home -TODAY! >>DISCOVER: Highlights from New York Spring 2013 Fashion Week Fresh off the Paris runways that just closed comes our seasonal take on notes you shouldn’t miss, condensed for…

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  • Wear It Now: Black is Back As The Runway Trend To Steal – Spring 2013 Highlights

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    From the Spring 2013 runways, basic black is back on trend… Black is the new black as the runway trend you want to covet. But, if you are like me, your wardrobe is brimming with better than basic black pieces. So, here’s so the 411 on how to have next season, right from your closet. With the last leg of the Spring 2013 shows winding down in Paris comes a look at top trends for next season to get you…

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  • Martin Margiela – Spring 2013 Complete Collection


     Martin Margiela 2013: Get inspiration for right now with highlights from the Paris Spring 2013 Runways Maybe it takes a few hit & miss collections to deliver the kind of on the dot, pure perfection the design team at Maison Martin Margiela presented in Paris as it was one winner of an outing. >>DISCOVER: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 Streamlined and solid, a sobering palette of neutrals made way for plays on proportions and shapes that kept up with the modern…

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  • Valentino – Spring 2013 Runway Highlights


    Valentino 2013: Inspiration for what to wear right now with highlights from the Paris Spring 2013 Runways By now it’s no secret that we are big fans of the studied femininity the duo behind Valentino keep churning out with collections rife with wearable, yet covered up clothing so proper, it has a modern preciousness to it. >>DISCOVER: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 What they continue to excel at is taking the stiffness out of couture garb that ultimately gives it a…

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  • Chloe – Spring 2013 Complete Collection

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      Chloe 2013: Fresh layering inspiration right now with highlights from the Paris Spring 2013 Runways The Spring runway collection from Chloe saw the Parisian label continuing on with an ultra-femme take on light, minimal dressing with enough cool girl finessing to get the attention of many around. From wallpaper printed separates to a heavy use of palette cleansing white, the labels latest collection had a firm grip on what looks hip for right now. And with the storied label’s…

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  • Tom Ford – Spring 2013 Complete Collection


      KILLER eye candy to be on everyone’s fashion wish list from Tom Ford 2013: Cocktail hour inspiration right now with highlights from the London Spring 2013 Runways As we’ve been noticing an ample of sexy-chic looks on many a runway for the Spring 2013 season comes one killer collection from Tom Ford for those who are looking for the ultimate in sexually charged looks that don’t stray too far from classic ideals. >>DISCOVER: Highlights from New York Spring 2013…

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  • Sonia Rykiel – Spring 2013 Complete Collection


      Sonia Rykiel 2013: Knitwear inspiration right now with highlights from the Paris Spring 2013 Runways As the knitwear label that Sonia Rykiel founded in the late 1960’s has just changed owners, the label opted out of a runway show presentation, yet the outing was a tour de force none the less. >>DISCOVER: Highlights from New York Spring 2013 Fashion Week What made the notion of comforting knits all the more covetable here was a certain sense of discipline as…

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  • I See Paris, I See France, I See Catherine Deneuve In The Store Window Glass

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    Retail Remedy: Paris Catherine Deneuve Windows at Le Bon Marché, and Kusama Windows over at Printemps It may be Paris Fashion Week, but there’s plenty of Parisian élan off the runways too. Who better than Catherine Deneuve, the most iconic living French cinema legend, to kick off the launch of the 160th birthday of Le Bon Marché. >>READ: How about some French Chic? La Deneuve is captured in the store windows with amusing graphic black and white illustrations by Marjane Satrapi. Each scenario is…

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  • Live Stream Maison Martin Margiela – Watch The Spring 2013 Fashion Show From Home!

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    Straight from Paris Fashion Week: Enjoy the first ever live stream from Maison Martin Margiela on Facebook Friday at 4:30 Paris time & 10:30 EDT Paris calling… Good news chez Margiela as the design team at the helm just recently announced that the Spring 2013 collection will be live streamed this Friday morning -a first for the house. >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS For another first, the brand showed their MM6 Martin Margiela spring collection in NY and Sharon has the…

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  • A Note From Sharon Haver

    a note from sharon haver-1 Hello Gorgeous,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by  FocusOnStyle !

    I'm the editor in chief and resident fashion + style expert  with over 25 years experience in the fashion biz as a stylist, syndicated fashion advice columnist, and web entrepreneur.

    I hope you love the best of women's fashion and top style trends as much as I do.

    More important, I want to help you make the most of what YOU've got !

    I want your personal style to be organic to you, flattering to your body type , and not contrived or cookie-cutter but a natural extension of just one of the many things that you do everyday, including what you wear to work.

    As your style mentor , I share insider tips & tricks to help YOU get the awareness to do it yourself and stand out from the pack.

    Yup, it's about discovering the D.I.Y. stylist in YOU!

    That’s what I’m here for. To empower you to get it going on.

    Back in 1999, I founded the site as a 24/7 platform where anyone can get expert stylist advice, fashion tips, and style trends to make the most of what they've got... long before the term "fashion blog" became part of our language.

    If you are new to the FocusOnStyle, a good place to start is with my series of free online fashion and style guides , curated from some of our post popular topics. If you have any questions that you would like considered to be answered on the fashion blog, please ask for  fashion advice here .

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    Don't miss out. Hop on my newsletter to make the most of what you've got!  Passport to French Chic is my gift to you.

    As a stylist I'm about YOU, not me.

    I'm not about gushing over  celebrity style  or preening over a picture of a cute outfit that I or my team is wearing. I do use style icons, from wherever they may be, as a launch point to help YOU tweak to chic to bring  red carpet fashion  to your closet, in a way that makes sense for YOU!  We call that, " I'll Have What She's Having " around here. We look at the runway to inspire you to stay on top of your game, because as a New Yorker, I personally know that looking modern is the best revenge! When you want style motivation , FoS has that too!

    Style shouldn't have an expiration date...

    We know that great style is not only for teenyboppers, and age-appropropropriate & ageless style  doesn't mean dowdy. Consider FoS as a go-to resource for how to wear and what to wear (almost) anything at any age with high, yet definable style that suits your lifestyle.

    Pretty, sexy chic is the NEW fabulous, and it's right at , online since 1999.




    If you want to work with me closer, I have a few V.I.P. one on one stylist spots that I open up periodically.