Norisol Ferrari Presentation

“For Fall 2012, I am exploring the seductive power of glamour and using it as a coat of armor — Jean Harlow meets Tina Turner in Mad Max.”

-Norisol Ferrari

The Looks for Less was invited to attend the presentation of the Norisol Ferrari Fall 2012 collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, February 14.

The designer, who launched her brand in 2009, showcased an array of pieces, displaying her love for furs and leathers as well as the embodiment of the notion of each piece being a second skin for the wearer. Lace, cashmere, wool and silk were also intermixed with the more exotic fabrics to create these handcrafted pieces.

Each of the 19 looks featured in the collection were displayed in a circle in the center of the room, allowing each of the viewers to walk around and see each one up close. The centerpiece of the display was the ‘Whitney’ black satin strapless corseted gown with black lace trim and bustle, and it was a show stopper!

Overall the collection was very edgy. It was rocker-chic, it featured menswear inspired looks and had hints of Gothic and Victorian influences. I really loved that it had so many different types of pieces in it; dresses, gowns, vests, coats, jackets, skirts, pants and tops. While I appreciated getting to see the super luxurious furs, I liked seeing simpler pieces like the beautifully tailored pants and blouses. I also really liked the way that everything was styled.

Norisol Ferrari herself was very humble and you could tell by just looking at her that she was really in awe of the experience and the opportunity to show at NYFW. The last picture is of her and the only two live models in the presentation.

While the collection may not cater to my usual fashion sensibilities, I would really love to wear many of the pieces I saw. What do you think of the Norisol Ferrari Fall 2012 collection? Which of the pieces was your favorite and why?


Images: Courtesy of Vanessa Williams on behalf of The Looks For Less

{Collections from the top: Dana-Maxx, Vengsarkar, Sergio, Lauren}

Polyvore Live

The Looks for Less won Polyvore’s 2011 Blogger Award for Best Budget Blog and was invited to attend Polyvore’s first ever runway show, Polyvore Live, sponsored by COVERGIRL, on Monday, February 13. Polyvore Live was “a celebration of the future of fashion and beauty” and featured collections from four Fashion Institute of Technology graduates; Lauren Bagliore, Vengsarkar Budhu, Sergio Guadarrama, and Dana-Maxx Pomerantz. The runway show featured about ten looks from each of the Polyvore Live designers, modeled by top bloggers.

Each designer had a very distinct point of view, which was clear from each of their collections. Lauren’s collection was edgy, Vengsarkar’s tailoring was fantastic, Dana-Maxx’s pieces had the perfect whimsical touch and Sergio’s gowns were sensational.

The makeup was done by COVERGIRL and the models were all beautiful. I love that an affordable range of beauty products was used in the show. Each of the ladies exuded loads of confidence and added a bit of personality to each of the designs as they premiered down the runway. It was really fun getting to see so many of the faces behind some of today’s most popular blogs.

Polyvore Live was a wonderful event. It gave these up-and-coming designers an opportunity to show their work. All of the designers are extremely talented and I would be excited to wear any of their pieces.

What do you think of these collections? Which is your favorite?


Images: Courtesy of Vanessa Williams on behalf of The Looks For Less

Rock & Republic for Kohl’s

Friday I attended my very first New York Fashion Week event, as the New York Correspondent for The Looks for Less. Rock & Republic is relaunching as an exclusive line for Kohl’s featuring premium denim and glam apparel and accessories.

The event was held at Hammerstein Ballroom and was attended by several celebrities including Zoe Saldana, Ashlee Simpson, Molly Sims, Mena Suvari, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley. If you were following The Looks for Less on Twitter, you were able to keep up with a few of the fun snaps I got at the event as well as some of the play by play (see celebrity sightings below).

The runway show featured the Rock & Republic for Kohl’s Spring 2012 collection. There was something for everyone, even the guys, and all the pieces were really easy to mix and match. There was a huge range of looks; casual, dressy, edgy but all contemporary. I really appreciated the approach this collection took to keeping the items fun and flirty, but also making it easy to spice them up with a blazer, hat or a really sexy shoe.

There is a wide variety of denim to choose from, in several different styles and fits. There are tops for every occasion and the accessories provide the perfect finish to any outfit. The best thing about the Rock & Republic for Kohl’s line is that it’s accessible and affordable. For those of us who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on being fashionable, it’s a great chance to grab some really cute pieces with loads of versatility.

The full collection will be available in stores and online beginning Wednesday, February 15. What do you think? Would you give any items from the Rock & Republic for Kohl’s collection a try?

Celebrity Sightings

Ed Westwick Molly Sims Mena Suvari Zoe Saldana


Images: Courtesy of Vanessa Williams on behalf of The Looks For Less

Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses Look For Less

Steal the Real – Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses

Thank you so much to our reader Jenna G. for this amazing designer look for less find. She sent me one email requesting an affordable version of these Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses and before I could check my email, she sent me another message with the look for less she’d found lol.

The super fun scroll arm sunglasses by Prada retail at for $384.96! The steal may be found at for only $9.95. What do you all think of this designer look for less? Is this baroque scroll arm style of sunglasses something you would try?

Ashlee Shevonne Burberry Look For Less DIY

Reader Look For Less – Ashlee~Shevonne Burberry DIY

I always love my reader looks for less, but this one by Ashlee~Shevonne, is above and beyond! Not only is this a designer look for less, but the top and shoes, signature pieces of the Burberry Prorsum spring 2012 runway, are DIYs!!! She actually did a 3 part series showcasing the shoes, the top, and then she shows you a couple of ways to put the looks together.

About her look Ashlee~Shevonne wrote, “I love to dress! I’m a definite style chameleon who loves to mix high and low but more than anything, loves a great deal! I was so in love and so inspired by the Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 runway show that I decided not only to blog about it, but recreate on of my favorite looks from the collection. The top is a DIY from my one of my Army uniform t-shirts and some pattern blocks purchased at a school supply store. The shoes are also a DIY from a pair of Dolce Vita sandals, craft store beads, and painted with nail polish! Both DIY projects can be seen on my blog!”

What do you all think of Ashlee~Shevonne’s Burberry look for less? Is this a DIY you would try?

Teresa Palmer Trench Coat Boots Look For Less

Teresa Palmer’s Trench Coat & Suede Moto Boots

Aussie actress Teresa Palmer makes transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring a little easier by mixing basic pieces with a trench.

What do you all think of this look for less? Is this something you would wear?

Forever 21 Exclusive Design Top Dress Shorts Pants Jeans


Forever 21 has decided to design for their own brand, the Exclusive Design collection, and I’m pretty excited about what I see so far. The pieces, now available exclusively at Forever 21 stores and, include spring inspired bold brights anchored by black, white and blue basics. Check out Forever 21′s Exclusive Design collection and let me know what you think of their introductory pieces.

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Pantone’s Color Of The Year – Tangerine Tango

Pantone, the authority that drives color trends, declared Tangerine Tango, a deep reddish coral orange, the color of 2012. We’ve rounded up a few affordable Tangerine Tango finds in this edition of 5 Under $50.

So what do you all think about Tangerine Tango? Is this a color you would work into your wardrobe and beauty products?

Ashley Tisdale Red Skinny Jeans Print Jacket

Ashley Tisdale’s Red Skinny Jeans & Print Jackets

I have a little much needed help over here at The Looks For Less. Please welcome Jenna, our latest looks for less editor. What do you all think of her first celebrity look for less outfit post? The rest is all Jenna! Welcome Jenna and thanks so much for your help!

Ashley Tisdale travels in style, wearing red leggings and black booties. I love how the simplicity of the outfit is contrasted by the detail in her black and white patterned jacket.

What do you all think of this look for less? Would you travel in this outfit??

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