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Alice + Olivia for Payless Spring 2010

Alice + Olivia for Payless Spring 2010

Yesterday I popped into Payless and saw the latest spring styles from their Alice + Olivia for Payless collection. Similar to seasons past, the stars of this designer collaboration are funky, fun and feature sky-high heels. There's a towering gladiator sandal available in either army green or black (probably my favorite of the bunch, although I'm not really sold on any of them), a Chanel-inspired clog, a satin bow-embellished slingback and a striped "Dr. Seuss" peep-toe that's sure to evoke feelings or either love or loathing. All styles are priced under $39.99, available in stores now. Keep reading for bigger pics, and check out additional styles at

Nine West Fall/Winter 2010 Interim Preview

Nine West Creative Director Fred Allard shows off two of his favorite styles from the Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

Last night I attended the Nine West Fall Winter 2010 preview party at The Palace Hotel in New York City, an opulent setting befitting the luxe-looking collection of shoes, handbags and jewelry curated by Creative Director Fred Allard. Fred and his team created an absolutely stunning display for all to admire (I felt like I was on the set of Gossip Girl or something), and I had the chance to ask him about the inspiration behind the looks: There was the "jewel box" collection that was all about ladylike opulence, rich details and ornamentation, played out in a sexy red and black color palette in fabrics like velvet, damask and lace.