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The Look for Less: Jenni Kayne D'Orsay Flats

Jenni Kayne's D'Orsay pointy toe flats seem to be the most knocked-off shoe for spring. Here they are in yellow for $450 at

And here's Forever 21's version for $19.80.

The young LA-designer's shoes also come in leather for $495:

The Steve Madden "Vampy" looks identical and costs $99.95. Tisk, tisk!

Which would you wear?

NYFW Day 1: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Tadashi Shoji, Timo Weiland, Edun

Fashion week for me kicked off with BCBGMAXAZRIA and set the stage for many of the top trends I'd be seeing throughout the week: Eastern influences (in this case, Istanbul and Gypsies), fur trim, urban streetstyle and lots of leather. All the models wore chunky knit beanies and heavy layers, something you could emulate on any budget.

Next, it was on to Tadashi Shoji, who treated fans to evening gowns and cocktail dresses inspired by the rise and fall of the Russian Empire (I told you we were looking East). Rich silks and aristocratic touches were paired with folk details and traditional embroidered patterns. My favorite gown was the final look; the voluminous capelet top lent drama to the runway but I could see a starlet wearing this gown on the red carpet without it.

My next stop was Timo Weiland's women's show which gave me my first taste of the grunge/punk/menswear influences that so many designers tapped into this season. Timo's girl was of a London flavor, in heavy outerwear, dark hues and clunky shoes. I liked the tough asymmetrical dress that closed the show.

Finally, I was invited to Skylight West Studio for Edun, a brand founded by a rockstar you might recognize named Bono of U2 mega-fame and his wife. Edun was edgy as well, with leather moto jackets, twisted tartan plaids and chain details.

Back at The Empire Hotel, my home base for fashion week, I bumped into Sara from High Fashion 4 Less, who is just as beautiful in person as you'd expect. Connecting with bloggers in real life is definitely one of the highlights of fashion week, when we all converge in one place at one time to celebrate our common love: Fashion.

Donna Karan Creates Exclusive Capsule Collection for Rent The Runway

If you've ever dreamed of wearing one of Donna Karan's signature jersey designs that have graced such celebrities as Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Aniston and many more, then you're in luck: Rent the Runway has partnered with the iconic NYC designer to create an exclusive capsule collection featuring three gowns and one cocktail dress that are available for rent at Rental fees range from $275 - $400, which is still a lot, but much less than Donna Karan's retail prices.

I turned to Rent The Runway recently to put together an outfit for The Red Dress Collection fashion show (see my outfit here) because I'm pregnant and therefore between dress sizes, and I just wanted something extra special for the evening. My experience was amazing, I love how you can sort dresses by "bump friendly" and see photos of real women wearing the pieces. And it's not just dresses - I rented a gorgeous Kate Spade necklace and clutch to finish my look. The next day, I just packed up everything in the envelopes provided and dropped them off with USPS. Couldn't be easier. Have you tried Rent The Runway? What did you think?

See bigger pics of the Donna Karan capsule after the jump.

{Shown above from left: Donna Karan Deep Thought Gown: $2,495, Rent For $350; Donna Karan Prestige Gown: $2,995, Rent For $400; Donna Karan Lovers Lane Gown: $2,995, Rent For $400; Donna Karan Piano Key Dress: $1,995, Rent For $275}