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New York magazine's Best Bets Daily raves about La Redoute, a kickass French catalog that's kind of like "Newport News" crossed with H&M. The best thing, though, is that they commission French designers to create supercheap stuff for the catalog, such as this Isabel Marant dress. Yesterday was an ode to these Isaac Mizrahi for Target shoes, which, coincidentally, I bought (in tan) when I went to Detroit in February.

Today's MUG has sample sales, many of which I've already listed.

Style.com's item of the week is an incredibly cute pearl necklace with ribbon from AV Max, which carries the unfortunate price tag of $95. My suggestion: Get a cheap strand of fake pearls from Claire's or the like, then hit M&J Trimmings on 6th Ave. and 36th St. for ribbon of your choice, and make one yourself.

In this week's Village Voice, Lynn Yaeger checks out the spring merchandise at H&M, Old Navy, and the Gap, and finds knockoffs galore, with H&M being pretty heavy on Prada's "jolie laide" look. (I love the term "jolie laide"--it's French for "pretty/ugly.")

The Daily looks at Vivienne Westwood's influence on the fall collections.

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