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CATCH OF TODAY

Mango

Patent ankle boots from Mango

Magic Rainbow

copertina_Asia Products Selection:

details_asia_1 Opening Ceremony OC logo beanie
Super Sunglasses W Polarized

details_asia_2 Calvin Klein wool slim fit dress
Chiara Ferragni Collection Lana Sneakers
Charlotte Olympia “Bao Bao” Panda Clutch

details_Asia_3 Pharrell Williams x Adidas Original truck jacket
 Moschino logo Headband
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking
Yves Saint Laurent Brush

details_asia_4 Acne Gaze Sweatshirt
Asos metallic Midi Skirt
Chiara Ferragni Collection Brad boots
Stella McCartney stars clutch bag

Graphics by Carolina Cerutti

FREEZING COLD

Margiela

Suede boots, Maison Martin Margiela.

It went from early fall weather to freezing cold here the other day so it was definitely time to wear boots.

5 senses

shopping_5sensesProducts Selection:

01 Yazbukey Eyes earring

02Opening Ceremony x Spring breakers Mask
Fendi Monster key chain in Red
Fendi Monster key chain in Pale Pink
Linda Farrow with Jeremy Scott Hands sunglasses
Asos Halloween Lips Clutch Bag

03 Di$count Univer$e Hands-off Tee
Kenzo Eye sweater
Anya Hindmarch Mickey Mouse hand textured-leather adhesive sticker
Redken Clear Moisture Lotion
Redken Body full Volume Mousse

04 Chiara Ferragni Collection Flirting slipons

05Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch in Gold Glitter
THE WHITEPEPPER Halloween Eye Clutch Bag
Au Jour Le Jour Black Skirt
Au Jour le Jour Pink Skirt

06Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Colour

Graphics by Carolina Cerutti

TRENDSPOTTING

trendspotting

When looking through the SS15 collections it’s definitely legit to say that the lace up sandal is the it-shoe for next season. Ever since I saw these goodies from Miu Miu’s Resort collection, I’ve been eyeing for a pair myself. Above is three favorites from Chloé, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

chloe backstage

Pics: Style.com, Self Service.

At Carven

Gladiators.

Gladiators in flats! (Get it? Scandal? Anyone?)

It took me a little bit of time to come around to these gladiator sandal-boot hybrid from the Carven show, but now I’m sold. I think they will look cool with a suede dress come spring. The best part? The fact that you don’t have to worry about getting a pedicure before you wear them…


By alex

At Carven

Gladiators.

Gladiators in flats! (Get it? Scandal? Anyone?)

It took me a little bit of time to come around to these gladiator sandal-boot hybrid from the Carven show, but now I’m sold. I think they will look cool with a suede dress come spring. The best part? The fact that you don’t have to worry about getting a pedicure before you wear them…


By alex

Edit No. 1 / Part 1… Alana

I’ve always wanted to do a fashion series for the blog.

Since I’ve been doing them for magazines for so long, I felt a little bad for not taking the time do them in the place that matters to me the most.

I’ve always loved fashion stories – they are the first thing I look at in magazines and it’s a format that I think is missing online.

We see a lot of “streetstyle” online, a lot of “personal style” (blogs where girls dress themselves), but we rarely see fashion stories – it’s like people think it’s something that can’t be done on the Internet…

So we decided to go for it this fall. We organized a photo shoot at the Studio, and we will be showing it to you little by little. I hope you like it!
We did it with my friend Dianna, who is a stylist, and whose style I’ve always loved. The idea is to show you everything that inspired us this season.

One of my big inspirations right now is Alana – a gorgeous model I spotted a few months ago in a Diane Von Furstenberg show. Her presence was magnetic – completely different from the other models, and plus, I had been thinking about cutting my hair at the time, so I was totally captivated by her.

After that, I pretty much stalked her on Instagram (ah!!! the modern world where you can just invite yourself into anybody’s life as you please) and then finally, when Dianna and I decided to shoot this fashion series, we didn’t hesitate for a second: we were definitely going to ask Alana to do it.

Here is the first photo of the series that I’ll be presenting to you over the next few weeks.

For this outfit, Dianna and I wanted to show you one way to wear the big floral prints this season. A big wool sweater and socks help to calm it down a bit, and flats, because that’s how we spend most of our days!!!

Voilà!!! Let me know what you think! Big kisses!!!

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PS: We are going to work on developing a system so you’ll be able to see options at all different price ranges for the items you see here. Voilà!!! Kisses!

Sweater, Kim Haller; Dress, Dries Van Noten; Shoes, Peter Nappi; Socks, Falke; Earring, Céline.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

CATCH OF TODAY

zzaarraa

These leather sneakers are perfect for fall, you’ll find them at Zara. They’re a part of my shoe wardrobe already…

Change it Up

The other day when I was trying to make my impressive pile of hats fit into my microscopic cabinet (why are cabinets always microscopic?) – I thought to myself… “Wait, when was the last time I actually wore a hat?”

When I thought about it, I realized hats aren’t the only thing that used to be a big part of my style that have now disappeared completely. I have also witnessed the slow disappearance of…

Heels.

I don’t know if it was the heels-at-all-costs trend that made me so brave – (remember the dizzying heights we used to get to?) but I wasn’t afraid of anything. I wore heels like you wear a pair of sneakers, and simply tried to forget in the morning that a few hours later the horrible torture would begin and I would be ready to do anything just to be able to sit down, even if only for a few seconds.
Or end up barefoot.

What happened?

It’s simple: I realized that I was a little crazy. Seriously – because you just can’t spend the day in super high heels without being in pain – it’s physiological. And then wearing flats came in style and I jumped on the bandwagon like my life depended on it.

Ok, sure. I still wear heels a lot.
But I wear them like a reasonable person – in the evening, when I know I’m not going to be walking very much and carrying a million things around. Or during the day for important meetings.
I still love wearing them out at night. And wearing them less often has made it so that when I do wear them, I feel really, really irresistible. Silly, I know.
But you’ll very rarely see me perched on my 12-inch heels taking photos anymore.

What took their place?

Flats!!! Sneakers, super chic ballerina flats like my Valentinos, sandals, slippers, lots of easy and chic things. And on days when I really really want to be taller, I always keep a pair of ballerina flats in my bag – always.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

Kitten heels. Every time, I want to like them, especially when Emmanuelle Alt wears them (I believe in everything Emmanuelle Alt wears) but they make my size 9 feet look giant and it’s simply a fake kind of grace. I’m better off with my feet flat on the ground so I can jump.

Another thing I can’t do: The boyfriend jeans look – men’s shirt – short hair – flats. That just guarantees someone’s going to say “Hello, sir” and I really do not like that at all, AT ALL.

Oh, by the way, apparently someone noticed my change of heart (well he didn’t notice my hair change, but it’s fine, I’m still very flattered, as this appeared in the T New York Times.

T New York Times Konstantin Kakanias

Hats

I used to love hats. I wore them all the time, I have lots of photos of me wearing hats. I thought it was glamorous – and also perfect for bad hair days.
I don’t wear them at all anymore, except in extremely sunny conditions, but in those cases, it’s not about fashion, it’s a matter of survival.

What happened?

It’s mainly due to the fact that I cut my hair and when I try to wear a hat, I feel like a little bird with no hair showing – but also because I was kind of sick of them – they’re really not very practical. They can fly off, you can’t give anyone a kiss without poking someone’s eye out, and you never know what to do with them when they aren’t on your head. It also sometimes made me look too polished, like trying too hard – I know that might sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s usually what I think when I see myself in the mirror, so I end up leaving the hat behind and going out bare headed.

What took their place?

Nothing at all, well, actually, a hair cut that I really love. I still love beanies, though…And those are much more flattering with short hair than hats are.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

Baseball caps. I used to like them to dress down an outfit, but now, with short hair, it’s not even ironic. It just doesn’t work at all.

Short nails.

I used to always keep my nails short, and in optimal moments – short red nails, which to me feel super parisian.
I liked the way they looked, it was easy, and most of all, I was convinced that long nails were not my thing.

What happened?

I don’t know why, but I started letting them grow and only filed them lightly. I started painting them with natural colors and thought it looked really lovely, feminine, and cool. And most of all, I discovered that my nails had a nice shape to them and that having long nails almost made my mitts pass for sophisticated lady hands.

What took their place?

Ah, haha, well, nothing, except a layer of clear polish – and every now and then I go crazy and get a red manicure, and when I do, it’s sublimely sexy, almost too much, and I love it. But I only keep it for two days: with long nails, you really can’t have chipped polish, or it looks super cheap.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

I tried to do a “fun” manicure the other day because I was invited to a salon who specialized in them. Ok – personally, I’ve never been a big fan of manicures with crazy patterns, I leave that to Zooey Deschanel and Alex who wear them very well. But on long nails, it’s really in bad taste and hopeless and not funny. I kept it for about an hour and then took it all off, my sister is still laughing at me.

My red lip.

It was pretty much my signature before – even my illustrations had red lips.

What happened?

I finally found a way to do my eye makeup! I found a smoky look that fit my almond eyes and I like it even more than lipstick. It’s more mysterious, softer, more everything.
And plus I was sick of leaving red marks everywhere. Eye makeup is much more stable than lip color – it changed my life. No more touch ups!!!

Oh, and one last thing – red in photos is tricky.
Half the time, it gives you a pinched look, and I’m totally against a pinched look.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

My face at four in the morning after dancing all night. Mascara on my cheeks and smoky eye smudged on my temples – even if occasionally, by accident, all of that smeary mess ended up looking pretty sexy.

My watch.

Before, I couldn’t live without my watch, my beloved steel Rolex that my mother gave me when I turned 18 and it was such a symbolic and special thing.

What happened?

Between my phone keeping the time (and since I have my eyes fixed on it permanently) and the fact that Rolex has become one of the most seen, seen, and over-seen accessories to the point of almost becoming vulgar (the big gold Rolex, let’s just say you have to know how to wear it, right?) I eventually started leaving my Rolex behind in my jewelry box, looking at it fondly and thinking of my mother every time I change jewelry.

What took its place?

Jewelry! Jewelry came back and I got passionately into it – and since I don’t like piling it on, I always felt like my watch was a little too much.

Ok, but that I just can’t do.

I just can’t accumulate too much jewelry. I like the idea, and I think it looks good on other people, but I can only do one piece of jewelry at a time – but I change it every day.

My chignon!

It was the life saver for my unmanageable hair.

What happened?

Well, I cut it all off.

What took its place?

On bad hair days, my new life saver is slicking my hair back with extra violent orange Vivelle Dop gel which smells like fake oranges for three miles around. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen that often – I only use it in extreme situations.

But that I just can’t do.

Run my fingers through my hair. Nope, no way.

———————

Voilà, I think that’s everything, and I still have a real love for men’s shirts, white jeans, red nails, ballerina flats, coats, parkas, silk blouses

What about you? Has anything like this ever happened to you? Are there things you firmly believed in that you’ve slowly left behind?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

On Point

I’ve always loved a flat with a pointed toe (sorry Porselli– I still love you!!) and there are so many good ones this season. These though, these are my new favorite. They are from J.Crew and while I normally gravitate towards a more neutral color on my foot, this silver was just too good.

What about you? Are you going for a pointy flat this fall?

Boys Side

I’m the first one to tell you to buy vintage.

Some of my most special pieces were vintage finds (like my Celine jeans, which we should come back to). But what I found out recently was that the mens side is just as good. Somewhere in Manhattan is a man who buys women’s shoes because HIS feet are that small. And to him I say, Thank you for my all black Prada wingtips in a size 37! I’m not too squeamish to buying vintage shoes …

I’m looking forward to scouring the mens section for big coats I can belt and chunky sweaters for fall, you never know when something might just be the perfect fit…

Do you have any vintage shopping tips?


By brie

EVERYDAY BOOTS

Acneboots

Boots, Acne Studios.

Definitely going to wear these suede boots A LOT this fall.

The Everyday Heel

Its hard to find a heel that is ladylike, not too fancy and of course, comfortable for everyday wear!

These ones from Alexander Wang have that nice sturdy heel, great for walking on those treacherous cobblestones. And the ankle strap locks you in, similar to my Teva’s. That’s it! They are basically a heeled Teva . Haha, okay they are way more chic.

What kind of heel do you wear in the city?

Heels, Alexander Wang Sara Slingback

PW

Adidasbild (24)

Sneakers, Adidas Adizero Prime Boost.

So, I suck at training but I do yoga and try to do power walks twice a week. These sneakers sure make it easier.

OLD SCHOOL GLAM

Guccigold

Sandals, Gucci.

So, I’ve had a thing for these black suede and gold sandals for quite some time and when I spotted them on 50 % sale I couldn’t resist making a purchase. I wouldn’t say that they’re typically my style though, it was just something that reminded me a lot of the very fabulous and glamorous style of my grandmother. She is, and has always been, a big source of inspiration for me and she has a big basement full of shoes similar to the ones seen above. I’m going to have to think a bit about how to wear them but I can assure you it won’t take long since vacation is coming up in the middle of next week! Yippie kay-yay.

BEST BUY

Sandals

Sandals, made in Positano last summer.

One of the best buys I did last year. Will definitely use them as much as I did last summer.

Look Back

I love it when a dress feels as comfortable to wear as a pair of sweatpants.

It gives freedom to the movements – it’s super graceful and perfect for a summer day in the city.

It works even better if it’s all quiet in the front, and all drama in the back !

PS Michele is wearing an Alexander Wang dress, Saint Laurent sneakers, a Valextra clutch, Dior sunglasses and her bracelet is by Maiyet.

The Balenciaga Flat

It’s sale season, okay?

I found myself on the Barney’s shoe floor (I know, stop, do not proceed, you DO NOT NEED last seasons IT shoe, you need a vacation) with three friends to cruise the sale racks. Suddenly my heart starts going faster, time slows down as I see a woman head towards what I think is a pair of Celine criss cross sandals in my size. I rush over, its a size too small. Phew. Probably too wide for my feet anyways!

After trying on several pairs of shoes that weren’t necessary (a high heel sandal with a silver chain ankle strap and a clunky plastic flat sandal) I found the pair, this pair. I’d actually been waiting for them to go on sale. And thanks to my patience, they did!

So a piece of sale season advice – Don’t get carried away by a designer shoe that is a half size too small and try to make it work. A classic shoe (even on sale!) is always worth it!


By brie

QUITE A CATCH

ZaraSandals

If your wallet doesn’t allow the ones from Givenchy. From Zara.

 

Fringe Factor

I’m always cautious when it comes to fringe.

I’m afraid of looking a like I’m on the set of a western movie or have just left a biker gang, but this is the kind of fringe I could handle. I’ll be pairing my fringe skirt with a cool slip-on sneaker, just like this. It’s playful, chic and sexy.

How are you wearing fringe?


By alex

OOPS

Stella

Sandals, Stella McCartney.

Sale got to me..I actually went for something more which I’ll show you guys later.

Socks + Sneaks

I have a tendency to wear socks with all my shoes…

And sneakers are no exception. Just a few days ago I wore my new Vans with white socks only to see the very same look styled in the Rag & Bone resort look book! I’m a trendsetter! How did they know?!

Okay, but really, what do you think?? Are you into socks and sneakers?


By brie

If the Shoe Fits

Here are some more tips from Ashley!

- Get ahead of the game and make friends with your local department store shoe sales associate to add your name to the ‘call list’ when larger sizes first arrive.

- Neiman Marcus seems to have the largest selection of size 42s of any department store and the best website search function to find them.

- J.Crew: Carries size 42 in most styles and the ballet flats run generously.

- Saint Laurent: You never thought you might wear men’s shoes until now. Their short boots are slim fitting and, according to their sales person, “unisex”.

- Jimmy Choo: Just launched a made-to-order service and manufacture up to size 43.

- Ancient Greek Sandals: Carries size 42. Order quickly for summer as they take 6-8 weeks to deliver.

- Barbara Shaum: Bespoke leather sandals in whatever size you like! Visit the renowned cobbler in her East Village shop that also functions as her studio.

- Jack Rabbit Sports: Offers women’s running shoes in size 12 and sometimes 13, in various widths.

- Vans & Superga: Classic unisex sneakers.


By studio

Size Up

One of the things we never talk about when we talk about size is foot size.

Mine are pretty large – I wear a size 9, and in the summer, I buy my sandals in 9.5…which is the biggest size available in a lot of brands.
When that happens, I think of my friends who wear even bigger sizes.

I’ve got a lot of friends who do, actually. It might be because I know a lot of models, but I think it’s also because girls have gotten bigger, in general. I have two friends who wear a size 10.5. My gorgeous (and very tall) friend Ashley, who you’ve seen here on the blog, is one of them, and she has a lot of interesting things to say about it…

“To be sure, fashion favors the tall. Maxi or mini, bodycon or full volume – stylish silhouettes generally fall best on long, lean frames. Our luck runs out, however, once you hit the bottom.

Boats, flippers, planks…. call them what you will, I got ‘em. I have been genetically blessed with height but cursed with size 12’s…with a curiously long second toe to boot. Their unconventional size has rendered me a misfit, literally, and has been a source of (serious) anxiety since I hit the age of thirteen. My dreams of raiding my mother’s shoe closet were dashed as I crept past size 11 to a 12 and occasionally a 13…

Shortly after arriving in New York a decade ago, I found myself emboldened by the lack of choice. I enrolled in a shoe design class at Parsons, on a quest to perhaps one day be able to manufacture shoes for women who suffer from my affliction. There, I learned that most shoes are crafted on a size 6 “last” (a model of a foot), which helps explain the strange proportions and clunky look as they reach size 12…

Not pragmatism (balance and stability!), athleticism (speed!), or even superstition (wealth and good fortune!) softens the blow of the pitying look on a saleswoman’s face when she emerges from the stock room, empty-handed, yet again. “I’m sorry, we don’t have your size.” No Lanvin flats for you, Cinderella!

To complete an outfit with the right shoes is already a challenge; to find a designer heel with that X-factor, head-turning quality that actually makes your look is exhausting. During the summer, my heels awkwardly hang over the back edges of sandals and come winter, my cramped toes bare the burden of ill-fitting boots.

I’ve always been envious of the therapeutic shopping trips my friends take to Barneys, post break-up, to splurge on a pair of Alaia cut-out heels. And as I look ahead, I wonder, what would I do if, God forbid, my feet were actually to grow during pregnancy? Might I be relegated to an island living in men’s flip-flops? (I guess it could be worse…)

Since that class 10 years ago, I’ve watched designers slowly become more aware, that on average, the human population is getting physically larger. Today, it’s easy to find denim for amazon legs and beautiful bras for zaftig figures. But we’re seriously lagging behind in the shoe department. Most designers still tend to cut production off at 40 or at most, 41. I know there are lots of women like me who still dream of the day when Tabitha Simmons extends to a size 43, and end-of-season sales are flush with options the 11-12 section.

In the meantime, I have made peace with my feet. And after all, it’s about where your feet take you, not their size, that’s important.”

- Ashley Wick

PS: Want to join the cause? Ashley started a Facebook group for all the women with feet of heroic proportions. Check it out here!

PPS : Thank you to Barneys for having us over to shoot!

PPPS : More tips from Ashley coming soon!

Sandals

It’s summer in Corsica. It’s summer in New York. It is, finally, summer! I am just a little bit excited for sandal season (if only I could pick a pedicure color) and ready to set my feet free after months in boots and socks. Here are some favorites!

1/ The Classics. A clean slide and a gladiator.
2/ Embrace embellishment. Put a scarab on it, you deserve to make a statment.
3/ Go for the gold. Do it up big or go for something delicate.

Whats your sandal style? Do you have a go-to? Did you get a cool new pair? Tell us!

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Wearing Mules

It seems so easy. Just slide it on….

But there is a definite trick to wearing mules. I have a pair I just started wearing again, and my advice to you is to go for something with height and not too much of an open toe. A slight lift, a little heel, if you will.

That way your foot always slides forward and there is less chance of throwing the shoe ahead of you on your next step, leaving you to take one bare foot step and/or a little jump to reach your lone slipper. It also eliminates that toe crunch. You know, gripping the end of your shoe with your toes to keep it on….


By brie

CATCH OF THE DAY

HM

H&M Studio fw14.

Will hit stores September 4th.

SIMPLE

ShoesZara

Wedges, Zara.

Bought these wedges at Zara over a month ago now but I actually didn’t wear them until this weekend. Quite the catch if you ask me!

Perforated Vans

It all started with an Instagram…

I first spotted these Vans in a blurry Instagram photo. Are those? Could they be? A few clicks and there they were, the holy grail of Vans slip-ons: white perforated leather. I sent the link around the office. Subject line: !!!!!!!

Within one week Erik, Emily, Brie, Garance and I had all ordered a pair (Carolyn didn’t, she is an individual).

It’s totally cool to dress exactly like your co-workers, right?


By alex

A Story of Friends (& Shoes)

Three years ago, I was walking in the streets of Toulouse with my friend, Carole, the owner of the shop Département Féminin, and we ran into Gemma. (It’s funny how I can point back to everything I’ve done and seen through the blog, right?) As I often do when someone catches my eye in the street, I went straight over to her, we took some photos, and ended up getting coffee and becoming friends.

And Carole and Gemma, who both live in Toulouse, also became great friends.

Gemma is Spanish and she spends her vacations in Ibiza. That’s where she discovered these espadrilles that she’s been wearing for years. They’re straight out of the traditional costume worn in the Ball Pagès, a traditional dance in Ibiza. She and Carole decided that the espadrilles needed to have a life outside of the borders of the island, so they got involved with artisans in Ibiza (everything is done by hand) so that more people would know about them. Cool, right?

Ball Pagès Espadrilles Photo

And on top of all of that, they decided to photograph our friend Lolita wearing them.
It’s funny and lovely how all these friends have come together.

So anyway, I adore these espadrilles — I still remember the day we had a big debate about them (I didn’t count the votes at the time, but I remember being pretty much against them). After that, because of Chanel (aaargh, the things snobbery will do to us) I fell for them.

Lolita Jacobs Photo

And ever since, it’s all espadrilles all the time (well, in a manner of speaking) — I’ve got three pairs, one gold pair that I love — but I admit I have a real weakness for the Ball Pagès ones because they’re incredibly delicate.

Between my espadrilles, Birkenstocks, and Havaïanas, I’m going to end up spending the whole summer wearing things on my feet that I always swore never to wear!

A Story of Friends (& Shoes)

Three years ago, I was walking in the streets of Toulouse with my friend, Carole, the owner of the shop Département Féminin, and we ran into Gemma. (It’s funny how I can point back to everything I’ve done and seen through the blog, right?) As I often do when someone catches my eye in the street, I went straight over to her, we took some photos, and ended up getting coffee and becoming friends.

And Carole and Gemma, who both live in Toulouse, also became great friends.

Gemma is Spanish and she spends her vacations in Ibiza. That’s where she discovered these espadrilles that she’s been wearing for years. They’re straight out of the traditional costume worn in the Ball Pagès, a traditional dance in Ibiza. She and Carole decided that the espadrilles needed to have a life outside of the borders of the island, so they got involved with artisans in Ibiza (everything is done by hand) so that more people would know about them. Cool, right?

Ball Pagès Espadrilles Photo

And on top of all of that, they decided to photograph our friend Lolita wearing them.
It’s funny and lovely how all these friends have come together.

So anyway, I adore these espadrilles — I still remember the day we had a big debate about them (I didn’t count the votes at the time, but I remember being pretty much against them). After that, because of Chanel (aaargh, the things snobbery will do to us) I fell for them.

Lolita Jacobs Photo

And ever since, it’s all espadrilles all the time (well, in a manner of speaking) — I’ve got three pairs, one gold pair that I love — but I admit I have a real weakness for the Ball Pagès ones because they’re incredibly delicate.

Between my espadrilles, Birkenstocks, and Havaïanas, I’m going to end up spending the whole summer wearing things on my feet that I always swore never to wear!

Moments Like This

I love walking in the city.

I use Google Maps like crazy (“I’ll be there in 23 minutes!!!”) I break out my Common Projects (at that price, I got enough for the whole summer!!!) I put Pandora on my iPhone and I’m off.
And yes, I sing at the top of my lungs sometimes, who cares, this is New York.

The problem is when it’s time to put my heels on.

No, I can’t go to all of my meetings wearing sneakers. So I do what all women who feel they have to wear heels to impress people for meetings do: I change my shoes like a loser on some hidden street corner.

Oh, how I hate doing that. First you have to find a discreet place to do it, then you have to take your heels out of your bag (which always takes three hours, people think you’re dealing drugs, your heels get caught in the straps of your purse, your purse falls all over the place, forty-five things fall out onto the ground, and there’s no Mister Big (yeah, leave me alone, the other day, I needed comfort, so I curled up in a blanket and watched the entire first season of Sex & The City all over again) (I’M NOT PROUD) (but I’d finished all the episodes of Game of Thrones!) to pick up any of it for you.

If the heels have straps, add a good two minutes of misery into the mix, and you wonder why mules are back in style this summer.

Plus, there’s always that great moment when you lose your balance and end up barefoot on the asphalt. Very pleasant.

The trick is to make sure not to change into your heels too close to the meeting where you’re about to go impress people. You wouldn’t want to find yourself nose to nose with the person you were about to try to shock with your amazing sense of style.

Which, of course, has happened to me, or else I wouldn’t even think about telling you.

So now I do it three blocks away from the meeting place, I try to do it as quickly as possible, and then I go on my way. It takes me a good ten steps or so to get my mojo back.

But every time it happens to me, I think of you guys.

“I should really do a post about all these dumb little embarrassing moments that happen to me about twelve times a week, actually.”

Like when my bathing suit decides to take its own little vacation when I’m at the beach. Ok, that doesn’t happen to me twelve times a week. But it happens, especially since I get really bored lying on the sand, so I spend all my time in the water playing around in the waves. Or at the pool, playing ball with the neighborhood kids.

And in the little time I’m in a two piece, at some point, things go south. One day, just like that, I ended up having to feel around in the murky bottom of the Montauk seas with my feet for half an hour. Gross.

But at the same time, I can’t really complain: it’s not like I have a very developed sense of personal space.

That’s what happens when you work in fashion.

All it takes are a couple of private sales and a few trips backstage to completely forget that dressing rooms exist. Even though it’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a sample sale (tired of having to fight my way through them just to end up buying a bunch of random things I’ll never wear)(ok, I say that, but just last week I was rummaging through the stock at Acne’s sample sale like my life depended on it – I managed to leave without buying a pair of concept shoes, though. Yay for me, right? But anyway, that sample sale doesn’t count, Acne is in my building!!!)

So anyway, when the dressing rooms are all occupied in a store, I don’t wait for three hours for them to become available like a normal and well educated person. Like any fashion girl, I put the skirt on over my pants next to the dressing rooms to see if it fits me. Then, in my excitement, I take my pants off to make absolutely sure the skirt lays well. Then I pass the skirt to my friend (she’s also next to the dressing rooms – birds of a feather) who thinks it’s a great skirt and wants to try it on too.

Let me remind you, we’re not at a private sale, it’s just a normal shop.

Then she asks me to go find her a tee-shirt to go with it, which I hurry to do, finding myself right in the middle of the store, if you’ve been following (hehehe in case any of you ladies have gotten distracted by now)(or guys)(yeah, no, I’ve given up on the idea of a guy reading this far in) without the skirt (that my friend is trying on) and without my pants (which are on the floor), so — IN MY UNDERWEAR.

I slink back to find my friend, totally beet red.

Embarrassing moments of the woman in a hurry.

Speaking of embarrassing moments, I’ve always wondered how girls who wear push up bras, I don’t know… on a “date” (ok not me)(no dates OR push up bras)(I wish! I’d be able to wear many more cropped tops) manage the transition between “Hey, check out these C cups” and “oh, look, they stayed in your hand when you took off the bra”.

Is it like changing into heels? You find a little moment to yourself to switch bras during the evening?

Come on, I don’t know! Just wondering!!!

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Weekend Inspiration #158

At the Dior Resort Show, Brooklyn.

Arty

Remember all those art inspired looks from spring? You know, the ones that make you look like a walking canvas?

Turns out, wearing those arty pieces isn’t as tricky as I had thought before… I like how Jenn went for a graphic look on top, mixed in with those (dreamy) graffiti Céline sneakers.

Outfit inspiration for a weekend at Frieze?

Vika x & Other Stories

You remember Vika, right?

She’s doing a summer collaboration with & Other Stories and I’m once again, pretty jealous of all of you across the pond that are going to be able to shop it (but not for much longer, it’s coming to NYC!). The collection captures Vika’s signature playfullness (the pencil sketched patterns!) and feminine style perfectly.

Someone save me a pair of the polka dot wedges!

PS: The collection goes on sale May 15!


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Ana

Last week I had a chance to visit Ana at her beautifully restored brownstone in Fort Greene. In addition to her super cool fashion showroom Fiftytwo, her two daughters (Luna and Anis) are fluent in three languages (that’s Portuguese, German and English!). Ana is all about dressing with ease, whether for the office or in the garden!

Here is a look into her world…

Ana Geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

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Ana Geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

Ana Geller Photo

Splash!

They say April showers bring May flowers… I really hope it’s true.

It’s full blown rain boot season here in NYC (there is rain on the forecast every day this week– it’s painful after being teased with sandal weather just a few weeks ago), which means that we have a serious line of up them next to the door here at the Studio. Brie wears a cool, short white pair she got at Pearl River, Garance has that short black pair from Loeffler Randall, Emily has a classic Hunter and I rotate between a tall croc embossed pair and the same Loeffler pair as Garance. I like to think of myself as a little bit of a “rain boot pro” after four rainy springs commuting in them. So here, my rain boot wearing tips!

- Always bring an extra pair of shoes along during the day. No matter how discreet or chic your rain boot might be, the day you plan to wear them all day long is the day you’ll meet Beyoncé.

- Go for simple. If you insist on wearing them all day, go with something simple. Don’t get carried away with prints or embellishments. The simpler, the chicer when it comes to rain boots.

- Wear socks. I made this rookie mistake a few weeks in to my first job in New York. I wore my rain boots without socks and they got stuck on my feet. My boss had to help me pull them off. In the moment, I was totally mortified. Wear socks, avoid embarrassment.

- Don’t be afraid of a little wear and tear. They are boots made for being outside, after all! At the same time, that giant clump of mud stuck on the back from the last time you were at Glastonbury? It’s okay to wipe that off.

Now tell me all of your secrets to success in rain boots!

Details lately

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The details lately as seen on THP blog and THP Instagram. A few trends: the ‘Bound’ cuffs are still in action, ring stackables are a must, and pin thin stilettos still reign supreme in the closet.

Just click on the image to shop the detail!

xoV

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Alaia

Sandals, Alaïa.

So, I’m back home and I have a lot of pictures to share with you so stay tuned! Before I left I found these babies over at Vestiaire Collective and this morning they had arrived to the office. Lucky me!

 

 

Want It Wednesday: Shine with Metallics

Want It Wednesday: Shine with Metallics

Metallics can be a little bit tricky; in their worst incarnations, the finish can look cheap and tacky, but when a metallic is good, it’s something you can wear no matter the season or time of day. Because we’re in one of those oh-so-delicate seasonal transition periods where a good metallic is worth its weight in literal gold, we’ve used this edition of Want It Wednesday to round up our favorites.

Want It Wednesday: Shine with Metallics

Want It Wednesday: Shine with Metallics

Metallics can be a little bit tricky; in their worst incarnations, the finish can look cheap and tacky, but when a metallic is good, it’s something you can wear no matter the season or time of day. Because we’re in one of those oh-so-delicate seasonal transition periods where a good metallic is worth its weight in literal gold, we’ve used this edition of Want It Wednesday to round up our favorites.

BB

Manolo

Manolo Blahnik suede BB pumps.

So, finally got my hands on the navy blue BB pump in suede that’s been in the back of my head for 7 months. Tried on the black one too but ultimately I actually felt the navy suede would suit my wardrobe better.

 

Interview: Giuseppe Zanotti Marks 20 Years in Business with Capsule Collection

Interview: Giuseppe Zanotti Marks 20 Years in Business with Capsule Collection

This year, footwear virtuoso Giuseppe Zanotti marks 20 years of his eponymous brand, and he’s doing so in highly glamorous fashion. To commemorate the occasion, the company has released Jewel, the first of four anniversary capsule collections, this one featuring Zanotti’s popular flat sandals reimagined in gold with glittering details. These shoes will arrive in a selection of Zanotti’s flagship stores in June, and we were lucky to have the opportunity to ask Giuseppe himself a few questions about his illustrious history as one of the shoe biz’s biggest names.

1. 20 years in business with your own brand is quite a milestone. What’s been the biggest key to your personal success in the industry?

I have no specific formula for my success, I just want to create shoes that make women sensual and beautiful. I don’t follow any particular fashion trends, I just love women and I love when they wear my shoes with creativity because in the end they are the real fashion designers.

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2. How has your approach to design changed since you started designing shoes?

When I start creating a collection there are some constant sources of inspiration. Music has always been part of my design process. Some years ago, I used to be a deejay and I am still deeply connected to music. Whether designing a pair of shoes or making an album it’s the same creative process. Collaborating with musicians was a natural evolution. In the last few years I have been inspired by street style too. I love to travel, listen and see what is going on around the world and absorb people’s culture and energy.

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3. Before you founded your company, you worked with some incredible brands, from Valentino to Dior. What motivated you to start your own label?

When I started my career I worked for some incredible fashion houses, they gave me the experience and training to start my own business. It was my dream to be on my own. I wanted to design freely without any restraint, as I have always had a strong point of view and direction.

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4. Who is the Giuseppe Zanotti woman? Do you design for an ideal customer in your mind?

The Giuseppe Zanotti woman is in constant evolution, but always sensual, powerful and with a strong personality. Women change so quickly and designers have to constantly follow their needs and desires. I love when I see a young girl and someone her mother’s age wearing the same shoes.

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5. Shoe trends have changed a lot in the past few years, especially when it comes to single-soles vs. platforms. How much do those changes influence your design choices?

Whether I am making platforms or flats I always focus on proportions, materials and adding a WOW factor. I work closely with my team of highly-skilled artisans to make sure that every detail is perfect.
All of my shoes are Made in Italy to guarantee the highest quality.

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Tods

 

Red Gommini suede loafers from Tod’s.

So, yes, I finally caved in. A year later I decided to go for it, hell, what’s not to like? Going to wear them with a pair of jeans, still inspired by this picture so I’m looking for something similar and I might have found it already.

 

 

Club Monaco Flats

I’ve been on the hunt for new flats.

I once had this great pair of black pointed toe flats that I wore, literally, until they had holes in the bottom (so cute!). I have been searching for a replacement ever since and after perusing every single site online (okay almost every single site), I was starting to feel pretty defeated. Until I remembered this cool pair from Club Monaco that Garance purchased a while ago…

Pointed toe? Check. Black? Check. Element of Alt? Check.

My search has ended. Hope G doesn’t mind me stealing her style…


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Chic Sneak

Sneakers have become a staple in our wardrobes here at the studio. Without fail, one of us is in a pair everyday. And I’ve noticed they are getting…can we say… fancier? These in the photo are by Feit (they are leather and handmade–really cool) and definitely take the classic sporty sneaker to another level. What do you think of the new fancy sneaker?

PS: You can shop Feit here and the jeans in the photo are MiH!

The Mix

I love the way Ngoné mixed up prints in this photo– it’s inspiring since I’m always caught wearing a matchy-matchy outfit (laaaaame!). And that cropped sleeve leopard coat is perfect for easing into spring weather (yeahhhhh!), just layer with a long sleeve tee or sweater and voilà!


PS: The jacket is by Adam Lippes and the bag from Saint Laurent!

The Mix

I love the way Ngoné mixed up prints in this photo– it’s inspiring since I’m always caught wearing a matchy-matchy outfit (laaaaame!). And that cropped sleeve leopard coat is perfect for easing into spring weather (yeahhhhh!), just layer with a long sleeve tee or sweater and voilà!


PS: The jacket is by Adam Lippes and the bag from Saint Laurent!

Shopping Cart : Skater Girl

There is something so cool about a skater girls style…

Here’s a few things I think would be perfect!


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