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Clothes that are simple, beautiful and fashionable

Black is anything but basic in this halter dress with net ruffles all over it and crystal buttons down the front, $239, from Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666).
This rich teal jersey halter dress has a V-neck with beading around the neckline by T/Bags, $202. It's accented with long gold-wire hoop earrings with brown and gold beads by Pink Lily, $26, both from Per MŽ (5517 Magazine St., 897-0300). It's worn with gold pewter strappy sandals with spike heels and round turquoise stones across the toes, $98.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800;
Brown and dusty-blue lace are shaped into an empire-waist dress with spaghetti straps and a brown satin sash by Necessary Objects, $99.95; and is accessorized with a gold and verdigree necklace with gold Austrian crystals and a cameo drop and matching earrings by Noblesse Collection, $29.95, both from Simple Elegance LLC (712 Adams St., 861-4200). The outfit is completed with dusty blue suede mid-calf boots by Contessa, $64.99, from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800;
For a contemporary classic look, don a tailored pantsuit with a black jacket, $360, slacks, $230, and burgundy knit top that's gathered at the front neckline and embellished with black tube beads, $220, all by Theory, all from FeBe (115 Metairie Road, Suite A, Metairie, 836-9798).
Fuchsia and red horizontal stripes are beautiful in a taffeta skirt, $312, topped with a fuchsia cashmere sweater with bold flowers embroidered on it, $295, both by ONG, both from Mimi (5500 Magazine St., 269-6464). The look is made bolder with a deep blue lapis chunk necklace by Donna Marie Creations, $640, from Aucoin Hart Jewelers (1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999).
A peacock-feather-print halter top has chunky beads on the straps by Ya-Ya, $242. It's worn over form-fitting low-rise, flare-bottom jeans by Rock & Republic, $198, both from Snap (240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988). The gold medallion earrings, $30, are from Em's (246 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-2795).
A sheer pearl crepe spaghetti-strap dress has gold bead-and-sequin flower designs on the fitted midriff and gathering around the neckline and skirt by Ascension, $310, and is worn with hammered gold double-teardrop earrings, $35, both from Em's (246 Metairie Road, 834-2795). The gold leather sandals by Faryl Robin, $128, are from Per Me (5517 Magazine St., 897-0300).
Photos by Romney Photography The Artists:

Photography: Romney Photography, by appointment, 366-1808

Hair Styling: Heidi Taylor for Cuttin' Loose (7712 Maple St., 866-3110)

Makeup: Erica Young for Paris Parker Salon (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 106, Metairie, 888-990-2468; 4900 Prytania St., 888-992-2468; 4900 Hwy. 22, Suite 1, Mandeville, 888-990-2468).

Model: Jewel Grosch for Modellynx (by appointment, 366-1808;

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