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SHOE PORN: FALL’S FABULOUS FOOTWEAR

3 Sep

Fall's Fabulous Footwear

Brace yourself fashionistas, summer has sizzled away and fall has fallen upon us. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely looking forward to the new season. No offense to summer but there’s something about fall that just makes me feel all warm and fashionable inside. So without further delay let’s take a look at this season’s fabulous footwear, or what I like to call SHOE PORN!

PEEK-A-BOOTS

Peep toe aren’t just for heels anymore. Normally referred to as sandal boots, these daring darlings are a chic alternative to the basic boot and were spotted on the runways of Phillip Lim, Jason Wu and many others. Wear them to the office or a night on the town, with tights for the winter, or without for fall. Rain, sleet, or snow these peek-a-boots will withstand the weather and give you a real reason to show off your fall colored pedicure.

Jimmy Choo Drift Suede Booties

Jimmy Choo Drift Suede Booties

3.1 Phillip Lim Sandal Boot Fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Sandal Boot Fall 2013

Kenzo Fall 2013

Kenzo Fall 2013

LADYLIKE LACE-UPS 

Sugar and spice and everything nice! It was all about lace ups on the fall runways, a foreshadowing of the season to come. Lace up boots and heels will be on the feet of every woman because it offers two things: class and sass. And what lady could live without that?

Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2013

Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2013

Gucci Fall 2013

Gucci Fall 2013.

Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2013

Nicholas Kirkwood Fall 2013

PRINTED POINTY PUMPS

Printed Pointy Pumps, say that 3 times fast! Prints have proven to withstand the test of time and pointy pumps are a constant favorite, so it’s no wonder that the 3 have merged. From the classic leopard to the fun floral and the newly favorite plaid, prints will always be a signature staple that will never go out of style.

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2013

Alice & Olivia "Stacey"  Fall 2013

Alice + Olivia “Stacey” Fall 2013

Alice + Olivia Fall 2013.

Alice + Olivia Fall 2013.

IVY LEAGUE LOAFERS

Class is definitely in session and only the stylish will make the honor roll. But seriously, who knew schoolgirl chic would become a fashion statement?! If we learned anything from the runways of Tommy Hilfiger and Chanel it’s that loafers and heels with tassels and wingtips are going to rule the sidewalks. Finally, all the episodes of watching and studying the wardrobe of Gossip Girl have finally paid off!

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2013

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2013

Antonio Marras Fall 2013

Antonio Marras Fall 2013

Chanel Fall 2013

Chanel Fall 2013

THE BOLD, THE BADDEST, AND THE BOOTIFUL

Not a fan of the Ivy League Prep? Then perhaps the street chic shoes seen on the runways of Saint Laurent ParisVersace and Prabal Gurung will satisfy your inner bad girl. From over the knee boots to booties, edginess reigns supreme with details like spikes, studs, chains, and buckles. Pair them with leather pants or a little black dress and you are sure to turn heads!

Saint Laurent Paris Fall 2013

Saint Laurent Paris Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

Versace Fall 2013

Prabal Gurung Fall 2013

Prabal Gurung Fall 2013

Now you see why I love fall? I’ll take a sexy pair of boots over a flip flop any day! And now that the weather permits, I can!

Are you as excited about fall and all it’s many offerings as I am?

Is this year’s fall footwear a MESS or a YES?

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DESIGNER OF THE MONTH: PHILLIP LIM

1 Sep

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Designer, Phillip Lim had no idea how big his name was going to be when he debuted his first fall collection in February 2005. Fast- forward to 2013 and 3.1 Phillip Lim is seen on the bodies of celebrities, in countless issues of Vogue, and on September 15, the clothing racks of Target.

Born in Thailand in 1973, Lim had no idea that designing was his calling. “I never equated the love of clothes with being a fashion designer. In fact, being a fashion designer was not in my universe, it was only about how clothes made me feel and the potential I saw in changing the clothes I owned. I can remember as early as 8 years old, picking out my own clothes, asking my mother to alter the clothes I had, and the passion I felt when I would have the perfect outfit.” That passion led him to become the creative genius that singlehandedly transformed the world of fashion by offering designer quality pieces at contemporary prices.

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Lim took on an internship at Katayone Adeli which, later, turned into a job as a design assistant. From there he went on to design for Paul Frank Industries before launching Development in 2000 with business partners Andy Crane and Stuart Gaddis. Development was a small label created for the girl in her twenties who appreciates a more simple design with easy shapes and basic colors. Lim spent his weekends working out of a garage to build the line he helped create, the first collection brought in six figures worth of orders, a definite premonition of the many successes to come.

4 years and some creative differences later, Lim had ended his tenure with Development. He was unemployed for a mere 24 hours when he received a call and plane ticket to New York from longtime friend, and CEO of a textile manufacturing company that worked with Development, Wen Zhou. 3 days, a taxi cab, and $750,000 later 3.1 Phillip Lim was born, the 3.1 symbolized their age at the time.

Wen Zhou and Phillip Lim

Wen Zhou and Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim debuted in February 2005, showcasing a fall collection that instantly won over journalists and buyers alike. After the success of the fall line, Lim created an accessories collection in September of the same year. From that point on the successes were one after another for the label, with Lim collecting countless awards. Buyers were filling up boutiques and department stores, within six months,sales reached $2.8 million, everyone wanted a piece of his “classic, but twisted” style. Along with the womenswear and accessories line, he also launched menswear, childrenswear, swimwear, lingerie, and even an organic clothing line aptly titled, Go Green Go.

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer Childrenswear 2008

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring/Summer Childrenswear 2008

A look at 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010.

A look at 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010.

Today, 3.1 Phillip Lim is one of the most celebrated and coveted labels of our time, known in over 45 countries and over 400 boutiques, the world is simply in love with Mr. Lim. Target has recently joined in on the fun, with a long awaited collaboration, 5 years in the making. 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target is set to debut September 15, and the line is already predicted to be a sell out. Which should come as no surprise for the modest, and stylish visionary that is Phillip Lim.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2013

Some stylish offerings from Phillip Lim for Target, debuting September 15th.

Some stylish offerings from Phillip Lim for Target, debuting September 15th.

MODEL MOMENT: THE SEPTEMBER ISSUES 2013

19 Aug

It is often said that “September is the January of the fashion world”.  Ahh, such an exciting time! Let’s take a look at a few of the magazines I recently picked up.

I was pleased to see Sarah Jessica Parker flashing her dazzling smile for Terry Richardson in a glittery Marc Jacobs dress. Very Carrie Bradshaw!

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Judging by the cover, I didn’t think the photos of Ms. Barrymore would be that great. But thankfully I was wrong. Her photos were wonderful, shot by Michelangelo Di Battista and styled by Melissa Rubini.

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I normally never buy Lucky, but that changed  when I saw Serena van der Woodsen on the cover!  Mrs. Ryan Reynolds never disappoints in the fashion department and this issue proved that. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele.

Lucky Magazine

I like Jennifer Lawrence, I really do. This cover on the other hand… I could do without. Vogue is the original, the Holy Grail in the fashion world, so why on earth would this shot make the cover?! Where’s the fashion? Where’s the style? This cover does nothing for the Oscar winner’s unique beauty. It looks like she took a senior picture, that just so happened to be fabulous enough to make the cover of Vogue.

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I have to give major props to W Magazine for putting a real model on the cover of their September Issue. I mean seriously, my Model Moment segments are usually filled with actresses or singers on the covers of magazines and ads. There’s nothing wrong with that, however I feel we need to see models back on the covers of our favorite fashion publications. Thankfully, W read my mind. Mert Alas & Marcus photographed Cara Delevingne and her fabulously arched eyebrows for the coveted cover, wearing Marc Jacobs.

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Happy Reading!

FASHION NEWS: TOM FORD’S 2013 FALL AD CAMPAIGN

17 Jun

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Who could possibly bring high fashion chic to a comic book? None other than Tom Ford of course! The new fall ads, shot by the designer himself, brings forth a comic/retro/glam feel that I am absolutely loving!

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Showcasing abstract and animal prints, this collection will be filling the closets of fashionistas everywhere!

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I can already see Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani wearing some of these pieces this fall!

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Tom Ford Eyewear and Menswear are making a fashionable splash as well.

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Dare I ask, but are you feeling the new ads? Is the Tom Ford fall campaign a MESS or a YES?

SHOE PORN: WHITE PUMPS

5 Mar
A MUSTHAVE for Spring 2013! Can you say WHITE HOT!

A MUST HAVE for Spring 2013! Can you say WHITE HOT!

Recently, I’ve noticed more and more celebs are wearing white pumps, and I gotta say I love it! White pumps are no longer for Easter Sunday service anymore, they can be worn with just about anything. It’s the perfect pop of color to spruce up any look. So why are many people skeptical of this on going trend? I’ve been on many fashion sites and lately I’ve noticed that whenever a white shoe is shown on someone the comments are always negative. Even when I ask random women about white pumps they cringe at the thought of wearing them. I’m so sick of hearing the phrase “I would wear those if they wear black”, or “I just can’t get with wearing white shoes”.

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Ladies, can you honestly look at this picture and say that white shoes just “don’t go with this outfit”. Ignore the fact that it’s Kim Kardashian (for all the KK haters out there) and judge the outfit. Is this not chic?

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Stop being afraid to step outside of the box. There is nothing that a black pump can do to an outfit that a white pump can’t.  Black is safe. Of course if a particular shoe came in black you would wear it. You probably already have it.

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Fashion is all about fun and being able to take a risk. Don’t overlook the next white stiletto you see, you’ll be surprised at how many ways you can style it.

What do you think of the white shoe trend? Is it a MESS or a YES?

FASHION NEWS: Tory Burch Enters the Billionaires Club

4 Jan

Tory Burch is a billionaire. Yes billionaire with a ‘B’, and if that’s not a great way to start the year off I don’t know what is.  Although I am not a fan of her designs, I am a fan of her work ethic, and how well she runs her empire. And clearly she runs it very, very well. From starting her company in her kitchen (talk about humble beginnings)  to joining the 2013 Forbes World’s Billionaires list in March, she has made a good use of the last decade. Hearing this news was definitely motivational for me, I admire people who beat the odds, especially women, it gives me hope and inspires me to push forward with my dreams.  To go from starting a fashion label out of your home in 2004, to now being the second youngest self-made billionaire in America proves that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Congratulations Ms. Burch I hope your empire continues to blossom!

 

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