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Get Olivia Palermo's Striking Red Military Coat at Banana Republic

Olivia Palermo and husband Johannes Huebl are seen arriving at the Valentino fashion show in Paris during fashion week.
Olivia Palermo wore a striking red military style coat from her collection for Banana Republic to the Valentino show during Paris fashion week.



Spot the Real: Nili Lotan Camo Slip Dress

Can you guess which is the real Nili Lotan camo slip dress?
Nili Lotan's effortless camo slip dress is totally on point for fall. This '90s style that Kate Moss made popular has been back on the fashion scene and the camo print gives it an edgy vibe. The price for Nili Lotan's take? $595.




Shop Issa London for Banana Republic Today Including Kate and Naomi's Wrap Dresses


Naomi Watts in Issa London wrap dress for Banana Republic

The limited-edition Issa London for Banana Republic collection launched today, including a version of the blue wrap dress that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton wore to announce her royal engagement (here). The BR version seems to be more of a teal blue color rather than a royal blue hue which is kinda disappointing, but the $130 price tag is certainly more palatable than the $575 cost of the original dress.



Also available for Issa fans - or just fans of classic wrap dresses in general - is the printed frock seen on Naomi Watts (above), who paired hers with yellow sandals and a tan bag. This shows just how versatile a dress like this can be as you can easily transition it from summer to fall to winter with just a few accessory changes, different shoes and tights.



Shop Issa London for Banana Republic online or in select stores. P.S. Banana Republic cardholders can get 25% off the Issa collection with code BRISSA.

Shop Banana Republic's 'Power Lunch Sale' Going on Now for 3 Hours Only


Banana Republic Power Sale Picks

Today only for 3 hours, Banana Republic is hosting a Power Lunch sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. Save 40% in stores and online at bananarepublic.com on full-price merchandise. Enter coupon code BRPOWER at checkout.

BB's Picks:


  1. Maribel Ankle Strap Flat Sandal, $79: You'll live in these wear-with-everything sandals all summer long.


  2. Thin Stripe Ponte Dress, $98: Essential for summer, this flattering striped dress can be paired with a white blazer and wedge pumps for a business casual look or a jean jacket and white sneakers for the weekend.


  3. Leather Link Necklace, $59.50: My favorite pieces of jewelry are the kind you can wear with everything and this leather and link necklace is just luxe enough for evening but casual enough to wear with your favorite t-shirt and jeans.


Banana Republic Fall 2013 Preview


Banana Republic Fall/Holiday 2013 Preview

The Budget Babe contributor Vanessa Williams Stevenson from Lollipops and Leather falls head over heels for subdued luxury at the Banana Republic Fall/Holiday 2013 press preview in NYC. —BB

by Vanessa Williams Stevenson
Yesterday evening Banana Republic rocked my world with their Fall/Holiday 2013 presentation at Cedar Lake in New York City. I literally stopped in my tracks and gasped when I first walked in because I was so amazed at everything I was seeing. The looks were luxe and sophisticated, but simple. The collection as a whole is really accessible, but it also has a real sense of purpose.

Banana Republic presented a refreshing and new take on their classic American style. It's so obvious to me that the designers behind this collection really thought about the details. It was contemporary, it was edgy, it was everything. I loved the leather and faux fur, the amazing shoes and booties and the fabulous handbags and statement jewelry. I really appreciated the way that everything was presented and styled because it gave me endless ideas on how I could wear things.

I absolutely cannot wait for this collection to be available for purchase. I have my eye on the black leather tee and the faux fur clutch. What's on your list?
—VWS