Next Level: Ankle Ties

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These shoes? Fit to be tied. Har, har—I know. But don’t you dare let my bad puns distract from just how good-looking these four pairs are. —erica

LEVEL I: Alexander Wang does black and sleek and Helen of Troy-worthy.

LEVEL II: How quickly would these House of Harlow sandals jazz up any of your summer dresses?

LEVEL III: Sophia Webster knows how to make any old LBD fit for a  black-tie situation.

LEVEL IV: These Charlotte Olympia suckers = SO HIGH. But with a cropped jean and a chambray shirt, they’d feel substantially more manageable.

All the “Next Level.” Right here.

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Track Star: Jhene Aiko

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The Vibe: Aiko has got the sultriest, breathiest voice, and it’s been turning up everywhere—most notably on Big Sean’s “Beware” and Drake’s “Wu Tang Forever” and “From Time.” Thankfully, she’s releasing her first full-length album, Souled Out, in May, so we can do a deep dive. Stylewise, she loves a good some lingerie-as-daywear, mesh anything, and badass heels.

The One-Song Intro: “The Worst”

The Look, Recreated: This lacy bustier from For Love and For Lemons, a sheer, draped cardigan by Michael Lauren, and these almost-dangerous heels from Charlotte Olympia. —maitri mehta

Here’s your chance to root through the “Track Star” archives.

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Couple Up: Katy Perry and Russell Brand

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To fully understand the drama of these two, you’ve gots to see the teary-eyed, show-must-go-on scene in the movie Katy Perry: Part of Me. Watch it! No, you really should. Really, really. For real. —erica

Katy Perry: An armor ring from Eddie Borgo, a gunmetal sequin dress by Milly, and cheeky-as-they-come Charlotte Olympia pumps.

Russell Brand: A nearly sheer Hartford shirt, a white Neil Barrett blazer, and a three-finger ring from Erica Anenberg.

For more couples that once were, head here.

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Couple Up: Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley

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These two? So much dramz. There’s the prostitute thing, obviously—and then there’s the fact that he’s her son’s godfather. But nevermind all that. It’s straight-up impossible to see a picture of Liz and Hugh together and not get nostalgic. —erica

Hugh Grant: A crisp Duncan Quinn shirt, a pinstripe Comme des Garçons suit, and Sanders & Sanders lace-ups.

Elizabeth Hurley: A silky Alice + Olivia slip dress, a beaded bag from Khirma Eliazov, and serious gold Charlotte Olympia sandals.

More couples of yesteryear are hanging around here.

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Next Level: Faces

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Faces are having a moment—and not just on heads. Just ask Anna Wintour! Four ways to get portrait-happy. —erica

LEVEL I: Leah Goren presents a whole gang of gals to protect a pouch full of valuables.

LEVEL II: Sequin censorship—the only kind we can get behind—c/o Markus Lupfer.

LEVEL III: Something about this Victoria Beckham tunic reminds me of that young woman/old witch illusion. You know?

LEVEL IV: That’s Rapunzel on these Charlotte Olympia shoes, in case you can’t tell from her flowing golden locks.

Take your “Next Level” consumption to the next level, why don’t you.

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Track Star: Lianne La Havas

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The Vibe: Lianne La Havas once described her own style as a cross between Annie Hall and Prince—which is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard. Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? might as well be called Is Your Voice Big Enough?—because the Brit has one of the most brazen sounds in soul-folk right now. Oh, and big shoulders, big details, big wedges, and big hair are her favorites.

The One-Song Intro: “Is Your Love Big Enough?”

The Look, Recreated: This metallic green dress by Erin Fetherson, these candy-colored Charlotte Olympia wedges, this Wood Wood wool coat, and this Devon Leigh shell necklace. —maitri mehta

Get a whole lot more “Track Star” action right here.

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Of a Kind

Anyone as surprised as I am that a croissant-shaped clutch looks more timeless than cheeky? Charlotte Olympia, you’re a goddess. —erica

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This Christmas pudding clutch makes it clear that Charlotte Olympia doesn’t take herself too, too seriously. —erica

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Of a Kunst: Our Party-Going Correspondent Does Halloween

Sarah Kunst's personal tagline: I probably met you at a party. She goes to a lot of them and throws a lot of them. She knows how to curate a guest list and work a room—and is the perfect combination of articulate and judge-y to parlay all of her experience into an advice column for those of us who sometimes fall asleep on the couch to FNL marathons. Or, as she’d put it, she’s doing us a favor.

Q: I have a Halloween date—fourth date to be exact. What costume do I wear to avoid a possible walk of shame while dressed in full costume regalia? I want to look cute but respectable!

A: Sexual politics aside, when you crawl out of some dude’s bed and hoof it home at 10a dressed as a sexy bumblebee, there ain’t no pride in that stride. Avoid becoming a total Halloween cliche by planning ahead.

A good Halloween costume requires two things: a culturally relevant theme and more skin than you’d normally show. Think of it this way: The cuter you are now, the more likely you’ll land the cover of “yourmomwashot.tumblr.com: 25th Anniversary Edition.”

Three months ago when looking for costume inspiration, I would have said, “Sultry horsemaning!” But that’s so last meme. Now, it’s all about Waldobombing-gone-sexy. The things to wear:

Clockwise from top left:

+ Who wears short shorts? Waldo wears (One Teaspoon) short shorts.

+ Warby Parker's Fillmore glasses are both hipster-chic and Waldo-approved.

+ Thomas Sires's sweet striped Evelyne shirt is one of only 22 in the world, so you're sure to be a rare find.

+ And to keep the not-so-nice theme going: Charlotte Olympia CFM shoes. By night, they read “bad girl,” and by day, they say, “What! I’m short!”

No need to thank us for saving your dignity. —sarah

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Somehow, the little red hearts on the backs of these Charlotte Olympia heels go so nicely with the gold spiderwebs on their soles. —erica

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