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  • Cheap Chic Alert: Martin Margiela for H&M Sneak Peek

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    Cheap Chic fans rejoice as avant-garde pioneer Martin Margiela unveils a collection for H&M this fall… That’s right, the mega-retailer is sure to have another crowd pleasing hit on their hands judging by first look at the just released lookbook images. We at FoS have been longtime fans of the labels beautifully considered deconstructed patterns and subtle, subversive elegance. And over the years many of the more basic Margiela items, especially the tailored pieces, become closet constants. >> MORE: Cheap […]

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  • Coat Alert: Military Chic

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    Is it getting chilly where you are? It is here and that’s time to think about some stylish layers. Here’s the best part of the military chic coat trend, it’s not really a trend but a twist on classic styling that comes in and out of fashion every few seasons. Regardless of making the top trend list for any particular season, military chic always looks right because it’s a trend based on a classic. >> RELATED: Shopping Guides of Fos […]

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  • Have Yourself a Renoir Moment- Impressionism and Fashion in Paris

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    Art in Paris: We know you love fashion. But, if you also love Impressionism as much as I do, you’ll be captivated by Richard Nahem‘s report on the Impressionism and Fashion exhibition that melds art and clothing.   The Impressionism and Fashion show at Museé d’Orsay in Paris explores the link Impressionist artists had with fashion and clothing. Renoir, Monet, Manet, and Degas capture the fashion of the day between 1860 and 1880 with over 80 portraits, much like many current day fashion bloggers […]

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  • Get An Instant Update with These Five Trends Now

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    Jump into the season in style and get an instant update with some of the easiest trends to incorporate into your look now -at any budget. Get inspired with these attainable styles…  Fall’s finally here and if you’re up to date with our daily suggestions here at FoS or not, there’s nothing to lose with a refresher course on what’s current that you can get your hands on immediately. So sit back and take note! >>DISCOVER: Top Fall 2012 Trends Part […]

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  • In the Bag- Work The Color Block Trend One Piece at a Time

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    Now a perennial trend, color-blocking has become all the more accessible with heritage minded bags done up in contrasting hues for a quick, colorful & graphic addition to any look. Color-Blocking, we’ve seen it on just about every single runway over the past few seasons and as we’ve pointed out before, it happens to be one trend that you can use to your advantage. Especially when looking to highlight and conceal certain areas of your body while adding a jolt […]

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  • La Bella Figura and The Genius

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    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

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    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

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    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

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     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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  • 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  FocusOnStyle.com , online since 1999.

    Best,

    S.H.







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