Archive for February 27th, 2009


Fringes everywhere

Here I’m finding myself on the bed trying to forget the fact that we are in the middle of Milan fashion week presenting the Fall/winter 2009 collection and instead focus on the spring/summer 2009 trends.

Many times spotting and individuating trends may seem very complicated, but if you stop, and think back on what you have seen last season or what you are seeing in the stores right now you will find that it’s actually not that hard.

An example of this is the fringes and African inspired trend that is very strong this spring/summer.
You find the fringes everywhere on ready to wear, bags and of course on our shoes.

This is however nothing new, if you look back you will realise that this is a trend that you began to see already last spring/summer. Many of the big fashion houses began to use both fringes and ethnical fabrics for their spring/ summer 2008 collections, not in a very pronounced way but…
Then the trend became a little more pronounced for the fall/winter 2008-2009 collections and now for the spring/summer 2009 the fringes are on everyone’s lips.
To give you some examples let’s begin with maybe the most famous of them all GUCCI just have a look at this booth from there fall/winter 2008 collection, or these GIANNA MELIANI boots to just mention two of them. For the spring summer instead you find the fringes in almost every collection.
This means that this summer you can be super trendy to a more over comely price. Just have a look at the sandals from GLITTERPINK or VIENTY.








The Academy Awards aka the “Oscars” are the pinnacle of Hollywood fashion fantastic-ness each year. EVERYONE waits eagerly to see what the celebrated nominees and Oscar attendees are wearing on this special day. Stylists work months in advance to make sure their clients have the most fabulous, exciting, gorgeous, beautiful dress. Sometimes this anticipation ends in awe and amazement (Frieda Pinto looked like an Indian goddess in a blue one shoulder beaded Galliano Couture delight), and sometimes it ends in disappointment (Jessica Biel looked like she wrapped herself in old gray frumpy cloth). This year, as given in the examples cited previously was no exception. One thing about the Oscars as opposed to the Grammys, is it tends to be a very very formal event in which actors make some more conservative wardrobe decisions and footwear choices are even less daring if at all visible. BUMMER. Except in the case of Heidi Klum whose bright red dress got mixed reviews but daringly and boldly wore an up-to-there slit showcasing a color coordinated pair of red shoes. Go Heidi! Whether you liked the dress or not, you cant really be mad at the shoes. Who hates red stilettos? Come on.

So that is why us shoe lovers, we like to venture over to the after-parties! People are way more exciting-dressing there then at the actual awards. And, you’ve got your options- Vanity Fair, Elton John for AIDS, Mercedes Benz, Slumdog Millionaire/Wrestler etc. Generally speaking, this year it’s not saying much though. Our consistently best dressed rule breakers (Gwen wore great black Chanel couture but we’ve seen her more dramatic, Cate, JLo and Jennifer Connelly were absent from festivities) were a bit safer than usual. Since I do try and see the glass half full, in this situation I was able to find a few ladies who made interesting choices. Daring behavior will always lead to mixed reviews and everyone’s two cents (Hello Mickey Rourke! Who cares what everyone else says I think you are a fashion genius!) and so I present you the most ballsy looks and you can form your opinion after you hear mine. 🙂

1. Rachel Weisz @ Vanity Fair Party. Had one of the most awesome shoes. Her shoes make her outfit whether you dig it or not. She seemed a teeny bit more casual then everyone else in her Narcisco Rodriguez but whatever! Her footwear choice was bold and ballsy when everyone else was doing dainty. I love that. She might have been doing an S+M bondage themed outfit but she is doing fashion in my book.

2. Ginnfer Goodwin @ Vanity Fair Party. I loved her purple satin platform sandals. While many of our girls coordinated black with black metallic and beading with metallic shoes, etc, Ginnifer the lovely rising star did purple with purple. Two thumbs up.

3. Dita Von Teese @ Elton John’s Annual AIDS Fundraiser. Ms. Von Teese is one of those fashion icons that is so0 perfectly classic that people seem to be fooled into thinking she is edgy and avant-garde. The woman is always fabulously coiffed and put together but notice here she didn’t coordinate her outfit à la her signature 1950’s movie star style. Instead she pops her sunny outfit with some red pumps. Shes on this list because her shoes complete her look.

Now what do you think?


Modesty, Anyone?

I never understood those stories about the late 19th century. You know the ones.

A lady captivates a gent with nothing more than a sliver of bare ankle peeking from her dress. My thoughts immediately drift to Beyonce in a body suit and wonder how they survived back then.

But today, I saw a seductive ankle. No, The Seductive Ankle. The Seductive Ankle made use of three things: rolled-up straight-leg jeans over fishnets and gray suede pumps.

I dashed past other pedestrians just to linger behind The Seductive Ankle at a red light.

069I haven’t seen anything like them in stores but EBay has some sleek options. Simple and to the point, these round-toe beauts hit The Seductive mark. And I found quite a few pairs starting at $10.

a3c8_1Next up, MJ’s with button detail take the whole Edwardian thing to a new level.

img_2040My best find of the day are these enchantingly classy Walter Steiger 3-inch heels with delicate stitching at the toe. They don’t leave much space for the top of your foot to peak out. But they leave plenty to the imagination.

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