Weekly fashion indicators: Balmain bounces back

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The Balmain look, characterized by bold-shouldered jackets and sleek legs, returns to the communal fashion consciousness this week, clinging to the number 10 spot on brand-ranking website Polyvore, after falling out of fashion in April.

Also having a moment are top-handle bags, at the top of the trends list, reflecting the return to retro, classic styling for handbags that was seen in many of the Autumn 2010 shows. Another sign of fall is the new appearance of beanies, or knit hats, in ninth position on the trends chart.

Top Brands

1. Lanvin (no change)
2. Rebel Yell (+1)
3. Matthew Williamson (+ 2)
4. T by Alexander Wang (no change)
5. Cholé (+3)
6. Proenza Schouler (no change)
7. Alice + Olivia (re-entry)
8. Steven Alan (-1)
9. Preen (re-entry)
10. Balmain (re-entry)

Top Sites

1. lagarconne.com (no change)
2. stevenalan.com (+1)
3. tarinatarantino.com (-1)
4. luisaviaroma.com (+1)
5. mytheresa.com (-1)
6. heels.com (+2)
7. uggaustralia.com (new)
8. juicycouture.com (-1)
9. shopbird.com (new)
10. bunnyhug.co.uk (re-entry)

Top Celebrities

1. Blake Lively (no change)
2. Audrey Hepburn (no change)
3. Leighton Meester (no change)
4. Emma Watson (+2)
5. Kristen Stewart (no change)
6. Taylor Momsen (+1)
7. Ashley Greene (-3)
8. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (+2)
9. Lady Gaga (-1)
10. Rihanna (-1)

Top Trends

1. top handle bags (new)
2. biker boots (new)
3. suede pumps (new)
4. jeggings (-3)
5. chain strap handbags (new)
6. big bangles  (re-entry)
7. blazers (-2)
8. multi chain necklaces (re-entry)
9. beanies (new)
10. ballet flats (re-entry)

Polyvore, which lets users express their current fashion preferences in the form of collages, receives five million individual visits a month.

http://www.polyvore.com

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