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One of this season’s hottest trends is utility chic. Think slim cargo pants, fitted work shirts, and leather messenger bags in shades of olive, khaki and gray. On your feet metallic sandals are the perfect complement to a utility chic ensemble. Whether you are a high-heeled girl or prefer to wear pretty flats, there are many options for metallic shoes this spring. We’ve rounded up our favorite for you to browse. It’s time to “forward march” into springtime dressing!

A gladiator is the perfect complement to this season’s skinny cargo pant.  A flat sandal like Vince Camuto’s Bach (upper left, $119.95 - this and all shoes from This fashion forward style has a covered ankle and oval gunmetal grey buckle detail. A statement making sandal, the Jessica Simpson Koolia (upper right, $88.95) features a stacked platform heel with wide gold metallic straps. Up the front is a zip closure with stud detail, peep toe and tapered heel. A gladiator is on this season’s must-buy list. The BCBGirls “Peter” (bottom left, $55.45) is an affordable and stylish gold metallic gladiator sandal. It is  accented with coins and has an adjustable ankle strap. Another style from Jessica Simpson is the “Scilla” which features a high heel and pewter distressed suede metallic finish (right, $73.95). This ankle strap design includes a tie lace at front and wide banded straps.

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Say so long to classic braids: Plaits have seen fresh new twists on both the runway and red carpet. Worn by the likes of Kate Bosworth and Rachel McAdams, get the scoop on the new braids for 2010.

“This film married my two favorite things in the world: music and fashion,” says Carol Beadle, who created the costumes for The Runaways, the much-anticipated biopic on Joan Jett and her titular proto-punk girl group. Get an inside look on the ’70s screen style and find out how to put a contemporary spin on Jett’s inimitable style.

True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse has inspired a whole new Southern Belle style trend. Look good enough to eat in homegrown Louisiana sundresses, denim, and sweet accessories.

For ELLE’s fifth annual Genius Awards, a celebration of beauty’s elite, they sought out the most in-demand insiders in hair, makeup, and skin care to find out their tips on everything from building a megacoif to creating chiseled cheekbones—no appointment required.

Strong silhouettes stormed the catwalks, from Alexander Wang’s Wall Street revival to Altuzarra’s fierce fur. Vote for your favorite Fall 2010 looks from NY Fashion Week.

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