Frugal Fashion: Blake Lively is Chanel’s new mademoiselle


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Blake Lively’s whirlwind appearance at Paris Fashion Week has the ‘it’ girl simply glowing with joie de vivre. Ever since Vogue editor Anna Wintour swept Lively under her prevailing wings, the ‘Gossip Girl’ star actress has been all but catapulted to the top of the fashion social ladder.

It’s not enough that Christian Louboutin vowed to name a shoe after her or that the two friends went on a shopping trip and a stroll down the cobbled streets of Paris. No, her fashion prowess doesn’t stop there. Lively was hand-picked by Karl Lagerfeld to become the official ambassador of Chanel’s new Mademoiselle handbag line. And, it just so happens that Mr. Lagerfeld shot the ad campaign himself.


In an earlier edition of Frugal Fashion I once proclaimed that princess-to-be Kate Middleton would be the envy of every girl everywhere. I gladly take it back. For a fashion lover who would kill to have Lagerfeld and Louboutin fawn over her, it’s Lively without a doubt.

It was only fitting that Chanel throw Lively an elegant dinner party to celebrate her new ambassador role. Stylish attendees included Wintour, her daughter Bee and red-haired songstress Florence Welch.

Lively wore a metallic white and silver Chanel tiered dress a bit reminiscent of ‘Swan Lake’ and a lot like the modern version of a certain mermaid named Ariel. She paired the dress with her favorite designer’s shoes (Christian Louboutin strappy heels), Schwartz diamonds and a Mademoiselle purse.

To get Lively’s look you’ll need a metallic mini with some attitude. For a dress that will pack a punch, try the eDM Private Collection Metallic holiday dress from for $70, Ruched metallic dress from Forever 21 for $19.80 or the Tinley Road silver one-shoulder dress from for $27.97.

Lively chose a decadent pair of white Louboutins with gold tassles, but any pair of white-colored strappy sandals will complete the look. I’m in love with the Miss Me diva-17 platform sandal from for $32.09. DSW also has some great pairs of strappy white sandals like the Max Studio Eirny sandal for $69.95, or the Chinese Laundry Illene patent sandal for $49.95.

Happy shopping!

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-- Jenn Harris



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Top photo: Blake Lively attends the Chanel dinner Saturday hosted in her honor during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain /Getty Images.

Dress photo: eDM Private Collection metallic holiday dress. Credit:; Ruched metallic dress. Credit:; Tinley Road silver dress. Credit:

Shoes photo: Miss Me diva-17 platform. Credit:; Max Studio Eirny sandal. Credit:; Chinese Laundry Illene patent sandal. Credit: