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From left: Kanye West on the streets of London and at the Mark Fast show at London Fashion Week.
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Pssst, Kanye West is in the U.K.! He was spotted out and about in London recently wearing his fave silhouette—namely layers over pants, which we've seen before—as well as a coterie of denim and a whisper of mint green. As you might already be aware (that is, if you follow Yeezy's every fashion move like we do in a somewhat maniacally rabid way), KW is set to show his second KANYE WEST collection at Paris Fashion Week on March 6. So, what is he doing in London? Does any of this have to do with his own line? Also, what in the name of Azzedine Alaïa is going on with his creative conglomerate, DONDA?

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Since it's winter, and we just attended New York Fashion Week, which showcased the fall 2012 collections, we started to think to ourselves, "Even though none of these ensembles will be available until fall, can't we start wearing some of the trends now seeing as how it's the same temperature?" Well, of course the answer is obvious; it's a resounding hellz YES. And if we get even more specific, why not isolate the kewlest accessory trends at NYFW so we can start building the looks a little early? It's a no-brainer. (And we're zombies right now, so perf! BRAAAAINS.) Thus, here are our favorite accessory trends from the shows which you can start adopting onto your person immediately.

BELT IT UP

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Looks from the Rag & Bone, Jenny Packham, and 3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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So, belts were everywhere during fashion week. Thick ones, thin ones, plastic ones, leather ones. The point is, get one and make sure it's interesting and/or long enough so you can loop-de-loop that sucker over itself. At Rag & Bone, dark oxblood belts where cinched over blanket coats, so grab a blanket, pilfer your BF's belt drawer, and go for it. Jenny Packham added thin belts to her Old Hollywood rockabilly gowns, and we love this idea for giving your prom dress some edge. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, belts were looped all ovah the place, and we're especially fond of this thick translucent white belt over a white shirt, layers of gray knits, and khaki pants.

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New York Fashion Week for fall 2012 had its fair share of trends, but if there was one constant we noticed from show to show, it was the heavy use of orange. We're not just talking any orange, either, we mean gentle swaths of carrot and sienna, or all-over blasts of persimmon and atomic tangerine. It's always strange to see so many designers go for the same idea. Do they call each other up and say, "Orange for fall! I'll take neon if you go with burnt sunshine." Seriously, how do they all seem to choose the same colors? Who knows, but we like the tang of this orange thing. It seems like a hard color to pull off, but after seeing the way so many designers used it—from wool coats and lace dresses to belted trousers and mixed prints—we're excited to take a sip of this juice.

AGENT ORANGE

Looks from the Rachel Comey, Michael Kors, and Nanette Lepore Fall 2012 fashion shows.
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Some designers fully embraced orange and shouted it in loud, all-over statements. Rachel Comey paired a generously cut safety orange wool coat over black trousers and added a white clutch for a modern cosmopolitan look. Michael Kors went for super uptown glam with a fur-rimmed electric orange coat and matching silk dress. And Nanette Lepore—who always designs the sweetest array of dresses—sent diffused orange neon lace down the runway with a hint of sparkle, gray tights, and metallic blue peep-toe heels. Something to note? The makeup was kept fairly simple, but we especially like the use of matching lip color at Michael Kors.

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Nicki Minaj attends the MAC Viva Glam party in New York City.
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It's been one heck of a week, you guys. First of all, we've endured the magical collision of cray that is New York Fashion Week crossed with the Grammy Awards slashed with Valentine's Day. What else could assault our tunnel vision, rattle our fash-worshipping demons, and unleash inner banshee wails? Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin together in New York City to launch their MAC Viva Glam collection, that's what. Nicki M continues to ramp up her neon Barbie look (which, honestly, is a welcome diversion from that Grammy Little Red Riding Hood moment), and she wore an alternating hot pink and cobalt blue Nanette Lepore dress and blazer with a killer pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels. And Ricky? Let's just say he was sporting some muy caliente facial scruff inspired by The Artist.

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A model tableau opens Anna Sui's Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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Leave it to Anna Sui to throw some sunny happiness on these New York Fashion Week proceedings. Her fall 2012 show was all about bright color, vivid florals, owls (*hoot*), and the happiest models we've ever seen. From the opening model tableau to the parade of sprites with spring in their steps, the collection was all about schoolyard Kool-Aid fun times with a dash of '60s styling, some '70s inspiration, and enough argyle sassiness to start a pep rally (holla). Did we mention the show also included Sui's new handbag collaboration with Coach? And that she's designing bedding for spring? It was all so brash and jovial that we (and most of Twitter) decreed it the most delightful show at #NYFW.

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Shenae Grimes, Jessica Alba, and Amber Heard at New York Fashion Week.
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We are in the final stretch of New York Fashion Week and are starting to feel the effects of nonstop, never-ending assaults of fashion fancy (*eyes popping out of head*). Oh, yeah, and celebs du jour! Who's been at the shows lately? TV cutie Shenae Grimes popped by the Emerson show wearing a midriff-baring cream cropped sweater, shiny black spandex, and what is perhaps the best blowout we've ever seen. Jessica Alba sashayed to the front row of the Michael Kors show in a body-hugging teal sheath dress with a black bodice harness, candy apple lips, and weather-appropriate black tights and heels. Amber Heard also attended the Kors show and chose a white knee-length dress with a wide black lace waistband. Not only was it refreshing to see her in something that wasn't floor length (girl loves to cover up), we were into the black strappy heels and au naturel makeup. To see even more stars' ensembles at Fashion Week, be sure to check out the photo gallery below!

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Rodarte Fall 2012 at New York Fashion Week.
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We're rounding the final New York Fashion Week bend and were delighted to be taken on a bit of a road trip courtesy of one of our faves, Rodarte. Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy always put on a heck of a show and let the clothes do all the talking. As much as we love runway show theatrics, sometimes you just want to sit back and be rendered speechless by a truly fantastic collection, which is what Rodarte promises for fall. Known for their convoluted knits, mishmash prints and cutting techniques, love of horror films, life in Southern California, and friend fans such as Dakota Fanning and Natalie Portman, who both sat front row today along with legendary filmmaker George Lucas (AMAZING), they're also one of the most anticipated shows at NYFW. Their fall collection was inspired by the dusty geography of the Australian outback, and we noticed some 1940s styling, superb coats we'd like to wear now, and a smattering of beautiful dresses fit for the awards carpets. Let's get into this sandtrap of loveliness...

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Valentine's Day For The Stay-At-Home Girl

Happy Valentine's Day! Wooo! Candy hearts, glitter, chocolates, Mylar balloons, a romantic dinner, and ubiquitous roses! Does this sound like your holiday? Ours either. It's Tuesday, people, and it's Fashion Week. Also? WE. ARE. EXHAUSTED. We'll take the sugar, but the rest of this love heart biz isn't convenient right now. All we want is a night in with that special someone (aka a certain fuzzball we may or may not have named KILLER), some choice eats, a rad movie that might induce maniacal crying, and the snuggliest of snuggle gear we can get our chipped pedicures into. Thus, we've put together the ultimate, last-minute Valentine's Day fiesta for us stay-at-home girls. Remember: IT'S A CHOICE, not necessarily a necessity. (Or so we keep telling ourselves.) Onward!

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Looks from the Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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He never fails to make New York Fashion Week exciting and always puts on the most theatrical, over-the-top shows. I'm talking about Marc Jacobs, of course, and before I get into the utterly insane, magical, pimped out musical pilgrim insanity that was his fall 2012 show, I just want to give thanks to this man. THANK YOU, Marc Jacobs, for entertaining us. Why can't other designers add a dose of drama or a sprinkle of staged whimsy (and/or mayhem) to their runway shows? MJ seems to be the only one having any fun around here (with the exception of Betsey Johnson and Karl Lagerfeld over in Paris). I think I speak for many of us fashion-loving folks when I say: Show us the "show" in fashion SHOW! Give us something to go bazonkers about, which is exactly what we did for this pimp hat-topped hootenanny of paisley-inflused, glitter-adorned, fur laden cornucopia of CRAY. Did we mention that Jacobs referenced not only the British musical Oliver! but also Mystery the Pickup Artist? Oh, and that Dakota Fanning and Rose Byrne were there? Holy Beetlejuice, there's SO much we need to discuss.

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It's getting crazy in Gossip Girl Valentine Land (aka NYC on Feb. 14). As you know from last week's episode, Blair (Leighton Meester) got married to the newly evil Prince Louis (Hugo Becker) in order to save her family from bankruptcy. Sadly for lovestruck Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), this means no dice for him in the unrequited Blair-love department, or does it? Blair's back home in the city with a royal handler in tow, and she decides to throw a party to help get Dan and Serena (Blake Lively) back together, thinking that they're both still in love with each other. The problem is while Serena has her heart set on Dan, and Dan has his heart set on Blair, there's Chuck (Ed Westwick) floating around in the Empire ether ready to shake things up.

And where is "Gossip Girl," er, we mean the current replacement, Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg)? Oh, she's there stirring up trouble. Not only does she force Dan to bring Blair to Nate's (Chace Crawford) Valentine's Day party, she blackmails him into kissing her at the party too, which he does (GASP!!!!), but only because he really wants to. And since we're on the subject of Nate, the party was thrown in order to hire cater-waiter Charlie "Lola" Rhodes (Ella Rae Peck), whom he still has a massive crush on, not knowing that she's a van der Woodsen (she doesn't know yet either). But wait! Out of the blue, the other Charlie Rhodes (Kaylee DeFer), aka "Ivy" the con artist, returns with an urgent message, and we find out that both Charlies know each other. Where is this all going?! We have no clue, but if you haven't caught up yet, we won't spoil the rest for you. Check back here weekly for our fashion recap!

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Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester).
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BLAIR WALDORF (LEIGHTON MEESTER)
+ Coat: Red Valentino Wool Blend Coat
+ Clutch: VBH Manila Sparkle Clutch
+ Dress: Reem Acra Resort 2012 Silk Gown

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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