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eBay x CFDA You Can't Fake Fashion 2012 Collection

Ebay and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are teaming up once again to introduce a new collection of original totes to raise awareness against counterfeit goods and celebrate original design. Following a sold-out summer collection, more than 75 designers are participating in the 2012 You Can't Fake Fashion campaign, each customizing a tote as a one-of-a-kind. The designer totes, as well as four styles of standard totes, will be available starting March 20 exclusively on Available at Buy It Now prices, the customized totes will retail at $200 and the standard totes at $45 (up from $35 last time); all proceeds benefit the CFDA Foundation to support this important cause.

Last time, I was lucky enough to snag one of the basic totes and it became my favorite bag of the summer, it was just the perfect size and shape and people always commented on the clever phrase "You Can't Fake Fashion" (see me carrying mine here). I was able to snap these photos in the event lobby at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, where the bags are on display from 2/9 – 2/16. Judging by the enthusiasm from bystanders for the "Fake you you faking fake" bag by Robert Geller, I'd say that will be among the first styles to sell out. My favorites are The Row, Rag & Bone and Botkier. And DVF and Kate Spade. Ah, I love them all! Hard to pick just one. Act fast if you want a bag when they go on sale March 20 on, they won't last long. Which bag is your favorite?

Rock and Republic for Kohl's Spring 2012 Collection Runway Show

Last night, I headed back to the Hammerstein Ballroom for the Rock & Republic for Kohl's runway show. While most other designers are showing their fall collections, Rock & Republic kept it current by showing you pieces that you can shop right now from their debut line! Admit it, it's kinda exciting to be able to shop clothes that you see on the runway that don't cost you your entire paycheck. I think you guys are going to love all the options in this line: First of all, there's premium denim for every personality, from flare legs to skinny crops, denim shorts, bold colors like cobalt and pink, chic white, plus cool black and gray. You'll also love the killer shoes, like sky-high studded heels and wedge pumps, perfect for pairing with the flowy knit tops, boho fedoras, sick printed tights and of course, your new jeans. Even if you're not normally a rocker babe, you can mix and match pieces from this line into your wardrobe to add some edge for day or night. Bravo to Kohl's for hosting such a fun runway show for all of us budget babes. Which pieces are you looking forward to shopping?