Posts Tagged ‘manolo blahnik

11
Sep
09

Fashion’s Night Out in DC: Have heels replaced hemlines as economic indicators?

Roaring 20’s economics guru (and perhaps closet fashionista) George Taylor coined the “Hemline Theory” which claimed that the stock market moved up and down in accordance with women’s hemlines. The Hemline Theory did have some logic behind it. In the earlier part of the century, silk stocking were considered a luxury item. When times were prosperous women could afford this little luxury, and so they wanted to show them off by wearing short skirts. However, in an age where maxis and minis both are on trend, I think perhaps we should look to heels as a new economic indicator.

Consider ballet flats, which have been quite popular the last few years. They’re the lowest possible heel, and where has the Dow been hanging out? While short skirts showed off fancy stockings, heel height (or lack thereof) is a practicality issue. If one is saving some money and walking in lieu of hailing a taxicab, 5-inch platforms probably aren’t your best bet. Many have even dubbed these uber stilettos “Limo Heels” implying that one must be able to afford luxury transport as 7-inches hardly makes for a good walking shoe.

Last night as I headed to Neiman’s for Fashion’s Night Out festitivies–stimulating the economy is

Is that a DOUBLE platform?! Photo: NM

Is that a DOUBLE platform?! Photo: NM

our patriotic duty after all–I felt like I didn’t quite measure up. I was wearing one of my fave vintage Pucci dresses, so my ensemble wasn’t the problem. Perhaps my Bert-esque  brows? I immediately headed straight to the PR at Partners stand that did complimentary hair and eyebrows at the event to fix that problem, but I still felt like I fell SHORT. Then it dawned on me: my 3-inch heels just didn’t measure up! I headed to the shoe department to sip some champagne and collect my thoughts–seriously, what is more relaxing than lounging in the Neiman Marcus shoe section sipping some champers? As I sat surrounded by my good buddies Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Valentino I noticed that when it comes to footwear this fall everything is looking up Up UP– Boots are over-the-knee, while any stiletto worth its weight in Harry Winston will put you over the moon. Judging by the looks of things, if my heel height theory holds, Fashion’s Night Out has definitley kicked off the start of a very fun and prosperous shopping season.

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09
Sep
09

A Date with Shoes

Every time I wear a new pair of shoes, my mother asks (exasperated and rhetorical), “How many pairs of shoes do you own, anyway?” As if I’m the Imelda Marcos of Asheville, N.C., my 800 square-foot bungalow overrun with ballet flats, gladiators, sling backs and ankle boots. Though I always give the same answer (“Oh, maybe 20 pairs” – a bold-faced lie) I find myself thinking, “Not enough!”

365 Days of Shoes

365 Days of Shoes

However, most of us do have limits, whether it’s closet space or budget. That’s where calendars can help. No, not as a way of mapping out when to purchase the next pair of stilettos, but as a two-dimensional means of collecting more shoes, glorious shoes. Take the 365 Day of Shoes calendar. For about $13 you get to ogle a new pair of shoes every day of the year. That’s way better than a new Far Side joke each day, right? And the 2010 installation, which takes its inspiration from author Linda O’Keeffe’s 1996 Shoes, features a Manolo Blahnik pump on the cover. Yummy.

Andy Warhol the Taming of the Shoe

Andy Warhol the Taming of the Shoe

Recently, About.com writer Desiree Stimpert blogged about the top shoe-themed calendars for 2010. Among her picks: Andy Warhol the Taming of the Shoe, a 16-month calendar featuring the elegantly arched, stylized drawings from early in the career of pop artist Warhol. (For those who thought Warhol’s claim to fame was just a lot of soup can screen prints, the iconic creator actually studied commercial art at the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and got his start during the 1950s in magazine illustration.)

Shoe Fleur

Shoe Fleur

Equally arty, the 2010 wall calendar Shoe Fleur (a word play on the French term chou fleur) features whimsical botanically-inspired images by Michel Tcherevkoff. Stilettos, sandals and platforms are transformed into artichokes, irises and even a preying mantis. It also comes in pocket-planner size.

High Style Unforgettable Heels

High Style Unforgettable Heels

Sticking with the art theme, High Style: Unforgettable Heels features five sassy shoe images for each of the 12 months, and culls its picks from the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. These are wild and whimsical sculptural styles, all bright and shiny and drool-worthy.

Shoes wall calendar

Shoes wall calendar

Inspired by Baroque and Rococo paintings, London-based shoe designer Basia Zarzycka set about creating her collection. Fit for the likes of a modern-day Marie Antoinette, the ornate offerings also make for mighty fine décor. The dozen styles on display in this calendar, entitled, simply, Shoes include a pair of winged sandals, purple fur booties and ultra-stylized Western boots.

Just the Right Shoe

Just the Right Shoe

Finally, one solution for the shoe-lover who lacks storage space: Miniatures. At least that’s how artist Lorraine Vail went about it. Her exquisitely-detailed sculpted collectibles (each complete with its own name) are rendered in miniature, and then captured in this 2010 desk diary, Just the Right Shoe.

11
Jun
09

The Glamazon Diaries Present “Glam in the City,” a Manolo Blahnik Trunk Show

Attention DC Shoetubers:  mark your calendars for June 16 for “Glam in the City” to get a special preview of the newest Manolo Blahniks. In addition  to ogling the newest styles, one lucky lady will even win a pair of Manolos. Then again, everyone actually wins, since each guest will get a goodie bag with lots of NM beauty baubles!!!  Honestly, what Shoetuber can possibly resist an evening that promises shoes, champers, and other goodies all courtesy of Neiman Marcus and The Glamazon Diaries?! I certainly can’t! See below for details, and don’t forget to RSVP to makeda@theglamazondiaries.com by June 12!

GlamInTheCity

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.

11
Jan
08

Christmas Shoe Surprises

Last Christmas, I received probably the best Christmas gift that any woman could ever ask for. I was opening my presents from my husband on Christmas morning and I came across an envelope. Inside was a handmade coupon. You know what I’m talking about. Those cute little coupons that couples make for each other that say stuff like, “Good for one back massage” or “Good for week of washing the dishes.”

To my surprise, my coupon said, “Good for one pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes.”

I had been eyeing a pair of slinky Manolo Blahnik silver sandals for the last few months. But with a $540 price tag that I couldn’t really justify, I didn’t think I’d be able to purchase them. I had gone to Neiman Marcus three times to try them on. After walking around the shoe department for a few minutes, I would put them back in their box, handing it to the eager salesman who would force a smile and just sigh.

I had only owned one pair of Manolos prior – a cute pair of orange kitten heel slingbacks that I picked up on discount a few seasons before. Carrie Bradshaw was right; Manolo Blahnik shoes are something special. Everything you do in them feels better – from dancing on your birthday to running into the grocery store for a gallon of milk.

And now, I had this coupon. Do I have the best husband or what!? Normally, he would buy a nice piece of jewelry for me on Christmas, which I truly appreciate. But he knew how much I really adored those silver Manolo Blahnik shoes. This coupon was a symbol of his approval of this extravagant purchase.

Two days after Christmas, I headed to Neiman Marcus, coupon and credit card in hand. I chatted earnestly with the saleman, who wasn’t interested at all in hearing about the coupon. In fact, he said, “Next!” before I even said, “Thank you.” As I wore my silver Manolos out of the store that day, I had a new spring in my step.

I can probably tell you every place that I’ve worn my new favorite shoes in the last year – from dancing with my husband on New Year’s Eve alone in our living room to watching the Spurs play LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. From gallery openings to dinners downtown, I have worn them just about everywhere.

A few weeks ago, I was out shoe shopping at a local discount store here in town. Not even thinking about it, I had worn my Manolos on the trip. As I searched through the bargain bin to find these great $10 sneakers in my size, I heard two young women giggling in the corner. As I approached the checkout counter, I heard one whisper to the other, “I can’t believe she’s wearing Manolos here! I’m sure they are knockoffs.”

As I exited the store, I turned back to the ladies and quipped, “It’s okay. I had a coupon.”

Every once in a while, I feel a tinge of guilt about spending nearly $600 for a pair of shoes. And when I do, I go to my jewelry box to find that little coupon I have tucked away in the corner. Every time, I see it brings a smile to my face as I remember that sometimes it’s good to splurge on yourself.

And now with Christmas right around the corner, I can hardly wait! I have my eye on these Patent Peep-Toe Slingbacks. Hopefully, I’ll get a coupon!




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