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State of the Blog: [headdesk]

It was one of those weekends.  The Internet was down for half the day on Saturday.  Then Squarespace was doing maintenance.  Then it was 9/11, and writing a fashion blog just didn’t have the momentum to climb to the top of my to do list like it usually does.  So now, I’m writing this post, on the fly, from my iPad. 

Ask Belle will be moved to Thursday and will feature some helpful advice about rain attire.  After last week’s monsoon, it’s the least that I can do.  It will also feature some important advice about wearing capes.  Mostly because I’ve seen one too many women who don’t so much wear the cape as the cape wears them.

Since I already had this photo saved to my iPad, I thought I would share the current front runner for my favorite NYFW ensemble:

This looks is painfully chic, like Anna Wintour does Hollywood heiress.  Perfect for the glamorous woman with a serious job. 

I love the way the blouse fits.  It’s sexy and fitted but ladylike and unrevealing.  The jacket falls off the shoulders just so, and the tortoise sandals and wayfarers lift it to a level of casual elegance that I didn’t know was possible outside of a black and white movie.

I’m so in love with it, I spent an hour on yelp reading reviews of local seamstresses in the hopes of finding someone who could recreate it.  Oh, be still my beating heart.

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  1. A says:

    What designer is this from? Love.

    September 12, 2011/Reply
  2. Belle says:

    Apologies, kind of important to mention, it's that fierce little munchkin Christian Soriano.

    September 12, 2011/Reply
  3. Rory says:

    I'm actually getting ready to have a cape made for me later this week, so I'll guess I'll hold off until Friday to finalize plans with my tailor.

    This is a bit off topic, but how much do you like your iPad? I'm considering getting one, but public access wifi is still super limited in my area. I don't see the point of getting one and only using it at home or work, when I could use my laptop.

    September 12, 2011/Reply
  4. JA says:

    The outfit is perfection!

    September 13, 2011/Reply
  5. JOV says:

    Belle — If you find a good seamstress nearby, could you let your fellow DC-ers know? I have a vintage wool coat I wanted to have altered for this winter. And the idea of copying the FW designs is brilliant.

    September 14, 2011/Reply
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