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What to wear after you’ve worn everything from the fall collections with months until spring looks hit the boutiques?  Hello Resort 2011!  Wherever your winter takes you, whether it’s a sunny beach, a bustling urban jungle, or just down the street, there are dresses, coats, and every kind of separate to get you to where you’re going in style.  Here with are some of my favorites.

Stella McCartney

 A little pop of color, if not more, is needed to get through the duldrums of winter if you’re not able to escape to an actual resort.

Stella McCartney

 An interestingly cut coat gives a little bit more of a look at the lace dress beneath.

Stella McCartney

 These lace separates look fantastic together, but just imagine the versatility.  The top with a great pair of dark legging jeans, and the shorts with a beach ready tank.

Stella McCartney

There are a lot of one-shoulder dresses out there.  What does Stella McCartney add to that category?  Her signature lace and a dramatic gathered shoulder.

Stella McCartney

I’m not sure where Stella got her inspiration for this dress, but when I see it I think Rory McEwin tulip prints.

Stella McCartney

 Carried over from McCartney’s fall 2010 collection is the short front/long back dress.  The designer herself wore this in another shade to an event.

Stella McCartney

 Julia Roberts sported this at a recent late night talk show appearance.  A modern black and white tuxedo inspired look is never a don’t.

Stella McCartney

 It’s as if a beautiful oil painting of an idealic English garden leaped off the canvas onto a modern shaped dress.

Celine

 A most classic column dress with simple gold and silver jewelry.  Someone tall like Nicole Kidman or Jennifer Connelly would look ravishing in this with their hair slicked back.

Celine

 Subtle color blocking here is just a peak at what is to come this spring.

Celine

Supple tiered leather…yes please, and thank you Phoebe Philo! 

Celine

 Dramatic, mysterious, yet utterly modern.

Celine

 The longest, widest-legged pants are a must for a winter escape.  Style icons of the past like Jacqueline Kennedy and the Duchess of Windor would be wearing Celine all the time if they were around today.

Chloe

 A damask-like fabric is not overly formal or stuffy when used in a look for Chloe by Hannah MacGibbon.

Chloe

 This color combination is so stunning, and elevated even more in a shimmering fabric.

Chloe

 The palest of blouses is super feminine but given some edge with a grommeted and laced up pencil skirt.

Chloe

 A strong shaped dress in a subtle color made stronger with wrapped leather shoes.

Chloe

 Who says shorts can’t be a knit?…especially in a transition from fall through winter to spring.

Chloe

 Leather continues to be an important trend for tops, skirts and pants.  Try it in a rich hue like above.

Chloe

 I never get sick of a blouse that ties.  This is the first time i’ve seen one with a slick pair of leather pants though!

3.1 Phillip Lim

 More all-over leather looks as comfortable as a man’s cotton button up.

3.1 Phillip Lim

 Leather and lace together as never seen before.

3.1 Phillip Lim

 More wonderful separates.  Again, think versatility.

3.1 Phillip Lim

 The paint splattered print here is a fantastic modern tribute to Jackson Pollock.

3.1 Phillip Lim

 A pretty handkerchief dress perfect for an evening by a white sandy beach.  I love the suede booties, but something strappy would be more appropriate in that case.

3.1 Phillip Lim

 The cross over top and the longer length are both themes that came from the designer’s fall collection.

3.1 Phillip Lim

Jacquard pants look modern and sexy in this combination of separates. 

3.1 Phillip Lim

 This look is a totally covered up one, but none the less sexy and effortless.

Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen

 My favorite color of late are the barely there flesh tones.  Shown in wonderful solid silhouettes and executed in pretty lace.  I am obsessed with the lace dress above, and better see it on someone soon!

Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen

Outerwear is made interesting with bold pattern and strong shoulders, as seen in the two looks above.  

Alexander McQueen

 Completely feminine, and a nod to the new English guard of fashion icons.  With the recent announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the question is who will design the wedding gown.  If you ask me, I would choose Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.  I can only imagine the beautiful confection she would create.

Alexander McQueen

 Julianne Moore recently wore this beautiful dress.  The lovliness of lace joins the tailoring of a suit.  So chic!

Alexander McQueen

 A perfect day look for wherever your winter holiday takes you.

Alexander McQueen

You may recall that Anna Paquin wore this dress to the last Golden Globes and was one of my best dressed.

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