Runway Looks for Less: Paul & Joe Fall 2011

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Paul and Joe Fall 2011 Look: Tweed Blazer with Red Booties

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Paul and Joe Fall 2011 Look: Yellow Pants and Orange Blazer
Paul and Joe Fall 2011 Look: Western-Inspired Dress

Whimsical and eccentric looks are in this season and no brand does them better than Paul & Joe. Originally created by designer Sophie Albou, the Paul & Joe line takes much inspiration from Albou's own personal style - it's "fresh and highly colorful, with flamboyant prints and very feminine fabrics," according to their website. And the Fall 2011 line was no exception, full of '70s-inspired pieces that had been given fresh and energetic twists.

Want to recreate Paul & Joe's eccentric style? Check out these 3 inspired "looks for less":

Look #1: Chunky and Chiffon

Paul and Joe Fall Chunky Sweater with Floral Maxi

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It's so easy to wear your spring and summer maxi's into the fall. In this look, Paul & Joe shows us a great way to make the summery maxi skirt more fall-appropriate, thanks to a brilliant chunky knit that contrasts well with the light, flowing skirt.

Getting the Look

Paul and Joe Fall 2011 Inspired Outfit 1: Blue maxi skirt, creme knit sweater

{Skirt,Sweater (similar style), Booties, Belt, Bag (similar style)}

Start this look off with your favorite maxi skirt - I absolutely love  this bright blue pleated one. Pair it with a chunky knit, like this cream-colored sweater, and accentuate your waist with a skinny belt in a coordinating color. This outfit has a very earthy feel, so keep your accessories neutral and natural - I added brown lace booties and a simple brown cross-body bag. This outfit would be great for class, lunch with friends or indulging in your favorite fall activities.

Look #2: Geek is Chic

Paul and Joe Floral Skirt with Fur

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Paul & Joe is known for eccentric styling and this outfit is a perfect example, incorporating a floral skirt, paired with an over-the-top fur coat and topped off with geeky chic glasses. This look is all over the place yet still very streamlined and stylish.

Getting the Look

Paul and Joe Fall 2011 Inspired Outfit 2: Printed dress, fur jacket, ankle booties

{Dress, Coat, Bag, Glasses, Watch, Bracelet, Shoes}

Start building this look with a floral pleated dress, and layer it under a bold faux fur coat. To add color, try a colorful bag, like this bright red cross-body satchel. Keep your accessories simple with a gold watch and gold jeweled bracelet. Don't forget a pair of basic black booties and top the look off with a pair of (faux) tortoiseshell glasses to get the geeky chic vibe.

Look #3: Seeing Red

Paul and Joe Red Look

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Red is an 'it' color for fall and this look shows us a fashion-forward way to wear it all over. Despite the bold red hue, the outfit still manages to look wearable and polished. The monochromatic color palette creates a chic, modern, streamlined effect.

Getting the Look

Paul and Joe Fall 2011 Inspired Outfit 3: Red pants, red sweater, bed bag

{Sweater, Pants, Necklace, Belt, Bag, Boots}

The key to this all-over red look is to utilize different shades of red when building the outfit. I started off with a light red knit sweater. Pair it with a darker red trouser for contrast, then accentuate the waist with a skinny red belt. To accessorize, I chose a two-tone red cross body bag, and to mix it up, I added a cream statement necklace. Finish the look off with rugged brown booties.

Your thoughts?

Which Paul & Joe look is your favorite? Which look would you be most likely to wear? What designers are you dying to see featured next? Leave a comment and let us know.

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