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Off the Rack: August Highlights at ZARA

August is an exciting time in fashion as summer's bright hues haven't yet left the shelves, while tempting pre-fall offerings begin to make their appearance. This was the case at Zara's Fifth Avenue store in New York City, which I popped into this past week in order to bring you guys a glimpse of what's hot right now. I noticed a ton of python prints on everything from a blazer to shoes (take your pick of platform pumps, ankle boots or knee-high boots - amazing!).

There was also a healthy amount of leopard print, stripes, cobalt blues, emerald greens, mustard yellows and fuchsia interspersed amidst the neutrals like white, camel and black. I noticed mannequins were styled to mix luxe and casual pieces, like a denim jacket over a sequin dress or a striped tee with a ladylike tweed blazer. It would be impossible to pick a favorite piece, let's jut say I wish Zara was my closet. More pics after the jump, what's grabbing your attention?

P.S. Don't live near a Zara? Don't worry! The fast-fashion chain is launching online shopping September 7.

These black velvet pumps with gold-covered platforms remind me of the Charlotte Olympia "Dolly" pump ($895 at

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oooh la love! can't wait... everything looks amazing. even though i have one on my way home to work, i'm excited for the ecomm - so much easier!
#1 grace - stripes & sequins (Homepage) on 2011-08-12 10:26 (Reply)
i love zara!! I have several in my area but excited about the ecomm site because it means I don't have to fuss with traffic! :-)
#2 vee (Homepage) on 2011-08-12 11:41 (Reply)
Oo I wouldn't have thought to pair tweed and stripes!
#3 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2011-08-12 16:54 (Reply)
So excited for Sept 7 I can hardly stand it! I want the boots in pics 1 and 4 and the white jacket on the mannequin. Zara's definitley my favorite store. No more paying inflated Ebay prices for me.
#4 Rae (Homepage) on 2011-08-12 17:44 (Reply)
Those shoes are amazing...1 of each please!
#5 Megan, The Frugalista Diaries (Homepage) on 2011-08-12 20:53 (Reply)
I've never really seen myself as someone who would wear a tweed jacket but I think I NEED this one :)I can't wait for Zara to launch the website since there are no stores near me. I miss living in Rome where there were three different Zara stores on Via del Corso alone haha
#6 Natalat on 2011-08-13 04:18 (Reply)
Is that a leather dress and I loved the stripe red and tan jacket!!!
#7 Natasha (One Woman's Style Evolution) (Homepage) on 2011-08-14 19:07 (Reply)
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