Archive for March 16th, 2009

16
Mar
09

Recession-Proof Shoes

According to recent fashion week coverage by the New York Times, “Certain things are simply recession-proof.” Such as suede ankle boots wrapped in chains by French designer Isabel Marant. Retail price: $1,050.

Isabel Marant boots, as seen in New York Times

Isabel Marant boots, as seen in New York Times

Of course, not everyone can still (or ever could) shell out a grand for shoes (no matter how of-the-moment). The blog Style It Less started this year with a post on retail therapy with an eye toward bargain hunting: “When I stepped into the shoe section of T.J.Maxx … I saw this pair of Unlisted d’orsay bow peep-toe pumps with a $10 price tag and I was hooked.”

Style Bakery has another take on recession-proof footware: Go for timeless styles over trendy steals. The site notes these shoe styles among it’s list of “Seasonless Wardrobe Additions”: The Ballet Flat (“wear this style on all but the coldest days of the year”) and the Peep Toe Pump (“whether worn with tights or bare legs, the peep toe pump is an all-season favorite”).

Colorblock platforms from Charlotte Russe

Colorblock platforms from Charlotte Russe

The same Web site also included these bargains among it’s list of “Spring Wardrobe Additions You Can Afford”: Colorblock Platform Pumps for $24.99 at Charlotte Russe, and Lifestride‘s $49.99 faux-snakeskin Women’s Murphy sandal.

Along the same “a penny saved is a penny earned” line of thinking, blog Farnoosh.tv posted a post-Fashion Week article on how to “Recession-Proof Your Shoe Closet” with tips about using cobblers, online deals and consignment finds.

Christian Louboutin for Rodarte

Christian Louboutin for Rodarte

But for all the sage advice on maintaining a shoe collection despite a dwindling bank account, there’s something heartening about a luxe line like Marant’s selling out. Fashion blog Jak & Jil trumpets the ever-evolving architecture of high-end heels, often accessible only to those in the fashion business. Drool over recent posts in the ShoeGazing files, including these fierce, spiked iterations from Christian Louboutin for Rodarte.

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16
Mar
09

Shop Talk: Limu Boutique

limu2I am saddened by the recent loss of so many indie boutiques in the Bay Area…and the infiltration of so many chain stores. There comes a point in every woman’s life when cookie cutter clothes and accessories just don’t cut it and personalization becomes an imperative part of the buying experience. Enter Limu on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, a destination for rarities such as cashmere boots and organza sandals (try them on while sipping coffee or wine). It’s an avant-garde little boutique (think charcoal-colored floors and sleek, vanilla leather sofas) with its own shoe salon in back with footwear by Francesco Morichetti, Dusica Dusica, Muxart, Bo’em, Salvador Sapena and Rebecca Sanvar. Owner Simone Derayeh is of a European state of mind, but don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a few pairs of Old Gringo cowboy boots in her global assortment.

16
Mar
09

Spend Wisely on Your Wardrobe

shopping1It’s easy to feel glum with this incessant talk of economic distress, but there’s another side to all of this from a fashion perspective. Shopping during tight economic times can lead to an impeccably well-edited wardrobe, plus it’s a prime opportunity for us to cultivate wiser spending habits. Here’s how to make it happen: Do not shop stores that have ridiculously strict return policies (buyer’s remorse is an ugly thing). Get serious about shopping and fly the course solo—it’s easy to be influenced by girlfriends who live vicariously through your purchases or tell you everything looks good on you (we’re sure it does, but that doesn’t mean you have to own these items). Go shopping with an empty wallet. No cards. No cash. No checkbook. Your mission is to refrain from buying a single thing unless you love, love, love it. The true test will be whether or not the thought of those strappy sandals lingers on your memory after you’ve set foot in your closet and picked out three to five existing outfits that you can wear with them. Shoppers often become overwhelmed with the urge to take something—sometimes anything— home with the underlying promise of a new, more beautiful self. Once you learn to break your dependency on the mood-lifting feeling that comes with buying (it’s the same dopamine secretion in the brain that athletes refer to as a “runner’s high”), and really focus on the item at hand, you’ll find that your wardrobe and your bank account will be the better for it.

16
Mar
09

Heavenly Evanly Shoe Idol

Once in a while a Hollywood starlet comes along and really just kills it with her personal style and shines through so much brighter than the rest of them. Right now I’m super obsessed with Evan Rachel Wood and her string of spot-on glorious “my shoes are better than yours” looks. I love love love that she doesn’t overdo it with obnoxious attention seeking footwear (though don’t get it twisted I am quite the champion for the most obnoxiousest of obnoxiously insane impractical look at me! shoes) and instead picks a shoe that is left-of-center and very splendid yet still graceful and fittingly completes her classic hollywood meets goth rock chick look. I love her. I adore her style. I think she is a cute chameleon. Anyhooo enough about what I think! Here you go! Check out her string of hits beginning in the latter part of last year (2008) with this frilly little black cocktail number paired with a cool strappy cutout platform sandal in black. Very couture goth. Then follows it up in early 2009 at the Golden Globes where she rocks a classic black Christian Louboutin shoe to complement black Elie Saab gown. Note patent leather is her material of choice instead of the typical satin, jewelled, blah blah blah. Thats what makes it a little more interesting. Her big wow me moment was when she walked the 2009 SAG Awards red carpet in a deap teal Monique Lhullier dress offset by an absolutely gorgeous pair of fuschia satin Sergio Rossis which complement her little clutch- and then proceeded do a cheeky little red carpet show and tell to make sure everyone saw it. ERW is so hot it hurts and even she works it out in her photo shoots. Check out this spread where she is wearing white Jimmy Choo cutout boots. Wow. The heat is burning me. ❤ XO evan-rachel-wood-blog




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