Posts Tagged ‘Chanel

23
Dec
09

Clear & Present: See-Through for Spring

“I can see “clearly” now: Prada’s 2010 spring summer show features clear plastic heels, bags and shades,” writes social diarist The Daily Truffle. “This post is … about the re- occurring theme of plastic, vinyl, and crystal accessories. What caught my attention about the accessories of this collection, was the repetition and cohesiveness of the designs. The shoes, sunglasses, and purses all fit together beautifully.”

Prada, for Spring 2010

As The Daily Truffle points out, Prada is not to the only designer who brought clear plastic accessories to the Spring 2010 runway shows. Chanel and Michael Kors followed suit, though these are a far cry from the the inexpensive plastic “jelly” sandals that dominated beaches in the 80s (and experiences a resurgence a few years ago).

Michael Kors

“Michael Kors designed a sleek and architectural shoe collection for his Spring/Summer 2010 collection,” writes blogger Obsessed with Shoes. “They had a very polished and clean look in basic colors like black or white. Clear plastic was a key component in this collection, and while that can sometimes cheapen a look, that wasn’t the case for Michael Kors.”

Prada collection, images from InStyle.com

In the January issue of W Magazine, Prada’s clear (clearly expensive, that is) heels make a showing in the extensive Spring Fashion spread.

Christian Louboutin's Engin spikes

Even Christian Louboutin jumped on the bandwagon with a pair of peep-toe pumps. The soles are the ubiquitous Louboutin red; the toes are clear plastic with silver cone studs. “Don’t be jealous about the Christian Louboutin men’s spring/summer 2010 collection, the women’s collection is just as good if not better,” enthuses blogger Nitrolicious. (Though one commenter noted, “I just don’t dig the clear plastic on shoes; is it ever flattering? Sorry, not these Loubs for this kid.”)

11
Aug
09

Lattice is the New Cage

While shoe trends come and go with the breakneck pace of El Nino-induced white caps, there is some comfort in the evolution of style. One look, especially much-loved one, has a way of breeding the next generation of trend. Take gladiators: The strappy cute sandals made a huge comeback last summer. Those shoes spawned bondage-y heels and boots with copius buckles and straps. Then came cage heels: still bondage-y, but more refined. And now, the next style down the pipe (according to blogger Shoewawa) is lattice.

Hosty by BCBG Girls, at Zappos.com

Hosty by BCBG Girls, at Zappos.com

“Mesh and weaving is becoming a big hit in the ‘post-cage-shoes’ era,” Shoewawa writes. “It takes a skilled designer to work this look into something that doesn’t end up resembling a grocery bag and there are some shocking examples out there of where some have tried and failed – but here, I’ve found a few that seem to get the look just right.”  (Those include Chanel’s two-tone patent woven boot, Manolo Blahnik‘s mesh heeled shoes, Jeffrey Campbell’s Brazze and L.A.M.B.’s woven peep toe shoe boot.)

Trend-watcher Fashion Style Me also lists the lattice craze among Women’s Shoe Trends for 2010.
Of YSL’s Stefano Pilati, the blogger writes, “These sexy open-trellis weave shoe-boots will re-boot any outfit ready for spring.” And: “This lattice-weave styling is catching on across the fashion spectrum; find them in black & tan & in bold colors too. Women’s glossies are bowled over by the mesh trend, & YSL’s caged ankle-boots [were] Elle magazine’s pick of the month [in the] UK February 2009 edition.”
Jeffrey Campbell Brazze lattice heel, available at Freepeople.com

Jeffrey Campbell Brazze lattice heel, available at Freepeople.com

Trend-watcher Fashion Style Me also lists the lattice craze among Women’s Shoe Trends for 2010. Of YSL’s Stefano Pilati, the blogger writes, “These sexy open-trellis weave shoe-boots will re-boot any outfit ready for spring.” And: “This lattice-weave styling is catching on across the fashion spectrum; find them in black & tan & in bold colors too. Women’s glossies are bowled over by the mesh trend, & YSL’s caged ankle-boots [were] Elle magazine’s pick of the month [in the] UK February 2009 edition.”
Type Z by Hennelly, at Zappos.com

Type Z by Hennelly, at Zappos.com

The Shoe Goddess is on board, remarking, “Stella McCartney always has the perfect way of keeping her designs simple, but making them stand out as well. The netting is super hot, and she too is following in the gladiator trend… This shoe has just made me love a new trend – the basket weave – hot!”

Stella McCartney mesh basket sandal

Stella McCartney mesh basket sandal

Blogger Suddenly Darling also gives a shout out to lattice/mesh/weaving, reporting, “This season a new breed of boot has emerged, the caged bootie. It’s like a peek-a-boo shoe. Instead of the gladiator lace, these come in mesh and various weaves.”
16
Jul
09

What Stayed in Vegas

I recently got back from my first trip to Vegas, and like many a lady before me, I fell in love (sans the drive-thru wedding chapel). Amid all the designer shops and boutiques I spotted a shoe that almost had me begging for fall, Kirov by Chanel. And if I’d had roughly $1,200, what happened in Vegas certainly wouldn’t have stayed there.

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

Bellagio Chanel, Kirov Collection

14
May
09

Ball on the Mall (and not the kind that requires cleats)

Last Friday was the L’enfant Society’s first annual Ball on the Mall. The L’enfant Society itself is in its infancy (pun intended) as it was just formed in January 2009 to be the Trust for the National Mall’s group for young professionals. Since most “balls” on the mall are of the softball, kickball, bocceball variety, the grounds take quite a beating! The Trust for the National Mall works to keep the mall in tip top shape–after all, it is America’s Front Yard.

Queen Bee Designs' Allison Priebe Brooks and I in matching Manolos!

Queen Bee Design's Allison Priebe Brooks and I in matching Manolos!

This black tie affair was a sold out event with over 650 in attendance. Set in a tent in the middle of the mall, the venue offered a view found only in DC with the Washington Monument to the west and the Capitol to the east. However, given that it was literally on the mall many wondered about the footing for the evening, which obviously would affect footwear choices. Anyone who has accidentally aerated a lawn with their stilettos, knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Thanks to a sole-savvy planning committee, the ground was covered with an astro turf fabric, and the dance floor was totally solid. At first the footing was a bit tricky, but as soon as it clicked in you weren’t on a totally flat surface, walking in heels was no more difficult than it normally is after several adult beverages. As one poster on a Late Night Shots forum said:

I navigated fine in my Gucci heels over the floor

I think this poster was spot on, as I saw lots of snazzy stilettos and not one fallen party girl.




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