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FALL LOOKS: THE '80S ARE BACK

Sept. 22 marks the first day of fall, and we're falling hard for the season's top beauty and style trends, including jewel tones for clothes and lips, strong shoulders and brows, and embellishments for shoes, handbags and even updos.

The colors are turning

No need to eschew color, little miss sunshine. Designers such as Michael Kors, Erdem and Marc Jacobs paraded jewel-tone creations down fall runways. Eye popping colors - think fuchsia, teal and orange - set the stage for a fall season that is proving to be oh-so-wearable for Florida fashionistas.

Black, always a fall staple, is being mixed in with vivid colors, of course, but the dark side made its biggest statement on lips this season - it's a look that only a few can pull off. Instead, opt for another jewel-tone trend: the return of the red lip, (we know, it never really went away) seen at Yves Saint Laurent, Ruffian and Chanel.

Ladies of the '80s

Eighties-inspired looks reigned supreme on fall 2009 runways, including (gasp!) the return of the shoulder pad. They're calling it the "strong shoulder" look, but I know a square-cut styrofoam pad when I see one.

Beyonce sported this look earlier in the years at the BET Awards, and apparently, she was onto something. Eighties-inspired jackets were shown on the runways of designers such as Balmain, Phillip Lim and Balenciaga, to name a few. Lim says the look lends confidence, explaining that volume at the shoulders slims the waist and gives the appearance of improved posture.

The strong look continues on the face of fall, in the shape of bold brows another, ahem, "new" trend for the season. I've been imploring you to step away from the tweezers for years, but now I can name-drop in my quest to save your brows: Herve Leger and Jean Paul Gaultier both sent models down the runway with big, bold brows.

Footloose, fancy free

Back to that '80s inspiration and rocker-chic boots and bags. Marc Jacobs' models strutted their stuff in black booties that were to die for (or at least wound-worthy). Those on a budget will look beguiling with Abaete's Laura Poretzky whipped up for Payless (yup, Payless) and adorned with chains. The Abaete for Payless Antoine Bootie retails for $49.99 and will be available on Payless.com through early October.

Studs are also big for fall with studded boots and bags galore. We like Alexander Wang's black studded satchel and Gucci's Pelham Studded Hobo. Embellish yourself from head to toe for fall, ad designers showed updos and ponytails that were beautifully adorned. At Walter, models boasted delicate hair accessories with messy updos, a look that's easily attained with hair that hasn't been washed since the day before, and your choice of chic adornments for locks.

- Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at carolyn@prettycity.com.

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