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Bitten by Sarah a third time

"Sex and the City: The Movie" stormed into theaters last week, bringing with it cosmopolitans, racy talk and the outrageous wardrobes of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

In a moment of marketing synergy, the film’s lead star, Sarah Jessica Parker, is simultaneously launching the third collection in her Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker line for $9 fashion emporium Steve and Barry’s.

Yes, everything in the entire store, including Bitten items, is $8.98. Or less.

Parker’s latest duds might not be on the level of Carrie Bradshaw’s beloved Manolo Blahnik, but they do meet her label’s mantra: Fashion is not a luxury. And besides, isn’t it all about mixing high and low fashion right now?

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Bitten is filled with "it girl" items such as denim trench coats, menswear vests, scoop-neck T’s, sailor pants and the printed strapless dress Parker recently wore to a premiere. Her red-carpet bravado prompted the New York Times headline, "Is this the world’s cheapest dress?" It just may be.

Steve and Barry’s is also carrying official "SATC" merchandise. Find store locations online at www.steveandbarrys.com.

Dresses, dresses everywhere

Yes, yes we’ve been reading everywhere that dresses are the must-have items of the season. But I don’t think it quite sunk in with me until I was visiting my alma matter last weekend.

The last time I was there eveningwear consisted of jeans and flannel shirts (needless to say, this was several years ago). This time the guys looked about the same — ball caps, T’s, shorts — but the girls? Dresses, everywhere dresses. Cute, summer, fun dresses.

And you don’t have to be 22, to pull off a cute dress. With styles ranging from sundresses to sleek 60s-inspired swing dresses, summer dresses work equally well for dinner with the family, drinks with the girls or even that business meeting (though a cardigan may be a good idea).

Eco-friendly fashions

With the mention of eco-friendly, leopard and giraffe print separates don’t come to mind. They do, however, manage to fit seamlessly into avant-garde fashion designer Rogan Gregory’s just-released beach safari wardrobe collection for Target.

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Gregory, a New York City-based designer, launched a namesake collection in 2001 and later established eco-conscious label Loomstate, a high-end clothing line made solely from organic cottons.

In 2007, he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award for his work.

For Target’s Go International collection, a program the company implemented to feature exclusive lines by prominent designers, Gregory created his line with a green theme in mind. Every piece in Rogan for Target, available now through June 28, is 100 percent certified organic cotton, echoing his enviro-stylish voice.

Find the collection in Target stores and online at www.target.com/go.

— McClatchy Newspapers

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