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Too many dresses? Here’s some good causes looking for them

dressGot dresses to get rid of? There’s a couple of programs happening right now that involve a few extra perks than dropping them off at thrift shops.

First is the “Dress off our Back” program at Stella Laguna Beach and Khloe California stores. Donate a gently used dress and the stores will give you 25% off one of their dresses. The donated dresses go to foster kids via the Angels of Grace program. It runs through March 31.

Got a prom dress to get rid of? Tsu Tsu Boutique in the Tower District is planning a “Pre-loved Prom Dress Event” in April. The consignment shop is inviting customers to bring in prom dresses from the last five years. If the dress sells within three weeks, the customer gets a portion of the sale.

And there’s always the Dream Dress program, which connects foster girls with donated dresses for prom, graduation, dances and other occasions. Dream Dress has its own boutique next to the Assistance League Boutique at 4771 N. Blackstone. Call 559) 226-4001 for details.

The Oscars: Forget the statuettes, show me the pretty dresses

Jennifer Lawrence, Anne HathawayThe dresses are always my favorite part of watching the Oscars. Even if you haven’t seen a single Oscar-nominated film, who doesn’t enjoy looking at all the pretty dresses and picking out your favorite? (Along with picking out the flops.)

I personally think Jennifer Lawrence easily walked away with the best-dressed award for her classically feminine pink and white Dior dress with the voluminous skirt (even if she did fall on her way to accepting the Oscar).

Here’s a few other noteworthy outfits from the night. Who was your favorite? Who didn’t you like? (All photos by AP unless otherwise noted.)

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You rate the look: Target’s new Prabal Gurung collection

prabal222Target will unveil its Prabal Gurung collection Sunday, its latest collaboration with a high-end designer. Gurung’s women’s clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry range from $12.99 to $199.99 at Target.

No word yet on whether Gurung’s will sell out like Jason Wu’s collection did.

Gurung’s clothing ranges from brightly colored ruffled dresses to pieces that look like they’ve been subject to Jackson Pollock’s paintbrush.

What do you think? What would you wear or not be caught dead in? Personally, I love the classic-with-an-update ruffled dresses, like the bright red one. I think some of the more busy prints are probably a little more appropriate for teens than someone my age.

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Ladies, get ready to shop! Target unveils new looks from Jason Wu

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Target unveiled the new looks from designer Jason Wu that will go on sale between Feb. 5 and March 6. The mix of dresses, skirts, tops, handbags and scarves look pretty cute, and seem like they would flatter most body types. Target describes the line this way:

Jason Wu for Target brings a mix of modern, sophisticated pieces in bold hues and feminine prints that women everywhere will love. The designer collection is inspired by the vision of an American girl in Paris, bringing Jason Wu’s signature aesthetic and attention to detail to Target’s guests at incredible prices.

The prices seem pretty affordable. Apparel will cost from $19.99 to $59.99, while handbags and scarves will cost $19.99 to $49.99. (The look above: Jersey Dress in Red/Navy Stripes, $34.99 Cat Tote in Cream, $39.99).

Here are some of the looks.

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You rate the look: Fashion Week dresses

New York Fashion Week ended last night, so I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of the creations from some of the top designers. I really like this dress from L.A.M.B, Gwen Stefani‘s line, for its color, print and flowing lines. And I love the neck line and the details on the Oscar de la Renta. My least favorites: Calvin Kelin’s red dress and Isaac Mizrahi’s print frock. Where’s the shape? These models look like they’re wearing upscale sacs. Bad!

What do you think? You rate the look.

L.A.M.B.

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