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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

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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.


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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

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H&M Studio fw14.

Will hit stores September 4th.

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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!


By alex

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…

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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.

Giuseppe Zanotti Jewel Spipiott Sandals

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.

Giuseppe Zanotti Jewel Venere Sandals

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.

Giuseppe Zanotti Jewel Slim Sandals

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.

Giuseppe Zanotti Jewel Amira Sandals

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…


By alex

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!


By admin

Skate

The skate shoe epidemic has hit the Studio in full force. I wanted to show you some of our favorites…and a few little styling tips!

Click the arrows to see them all!

In the photos: Blue satin slip-on, Céline; Zara; White leather slip-on sneaker,Feit; Canvas slip-on,Vans; Perforated leather slip-on,Common Projects; Zebra print slip-on sneaker,Rachel Zoe; Black quilted slip-on, H&M; Hawaiian print slip-on,Aldo; Pony hair slip-on,Schutz; Glitter-covered slip-on, Saint Laurent.

Golden Goose

Maybe you’ve seen these sneakers before?

They come with just the right amount of distressed effect (so you don’t have to do the work) and the blingy embellishments of your 12-year-old dreams. Added bonus: they are just as comfortable as you imagine.

Are you a fan?

Check them out here!


By brie

Socks + Heels

Pulling off socks and heels is a total science (Saint Laurent got it right last season). It’s all about the right shoe (not too strappy) and the perfect sock (not too bulky).

Since we are getting pretttttty sick of wearing boots, it could be the perfect combination for this almost spring weather, don’t you think?

PS: These heels are from Topshop and the socks are Maria La Rosa.

Spring Forward

I can’t believe it might actually, finally, really, seriously almost be spring!

Here are a few things that I’d wear, rain or shine!


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Pattern Play

Fashion week (month !) has me inspired to mix up patterns…

Here are a few things I’m looking for this weekend!


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Want It Wednesday: All Floral Everything

Want It Wednesday: All Floral Everything

Huddle up, you guys. It’s March. I know that it doesn’t feel like it in about half of the United States, but it is, and we’re going to forge ahead into spring even if the weather has decided that it doesn’t want to join us for a few weeks. That’s why we’ve chose to pick only floral clothes, bags and shoes for this edition of Want It Wednesday – perhaps a sunny outfit can help Mother Nature along a little bit. At the very least, it’s worth a shot.

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Chanel Shopping Center

If you love fashion just a tiny bit, you’ve seen images from the Chanel Shopping Center a million times by now. And if you are like me, you just can’t get enough of it. This show was genius !

Let me tell you a little bit about it…

10.06 : In front of the Grand Palais. My invitation simply says “Chanel Shopping Center.” I haven’t had the time to imagine what the show was going to be. I know I’ll be surprised and I can’t wait, but I’m a little preoccupied – I have to meet the team from a Chinese magazine who are supposed to take my photo.

10.07 : They text me: “We are inside!” I answer: “Coming!!!”

10.08 : I text Erik, my photo assistant : “You can stay outside a little bit, meet me inside around 10.20.”

10.09 : Big crowd in front of Chanel. Security guards everywhere, but Chanel security guards : nice security guards.

10.12 : I’m inside the Grand Palais, my jaw drops.

10.12 : What I mean by that: I’m inside the Grand Palais, in shock, mouth open. WTF?

10.14 : I’m gasping, a slow gasp.

10.15 : Still gasping, slow-mo.

10.15 : Take out my weapon (my phone) text my troops (Erik):
“Drop everything and come inside. This is madness. PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING it’s crazy!”

10.16 : It’s INTENSE. I am in a huge Chanel supermarket. As huge as the Grand Palais. It’s beautiful! Each product has been thought out (there are more than 500, I’ve heard) each has sublime packaging. Each product has a funny caption or a hilarious pun. It doesn’t even look like a stage! There is rice in the rice boxes!

10.18 : This is a Chanel dream. I can’t stop myself from exploring the whole place, and more and more people are with me. We all look like kids on Christmas morning, eyes wide open and pink cheeks.

Chanel Fall 2014

10.18 : No Internet #MillionChanelInstagrams.

10.19 : I’m laughing on my own, taking a million pictures, explaining the puns to my non-French speaking friends, for example:

- Shampoo : “For indecisive and unsubmisive hair” or for “Lame and uncolored hair”
- Water : “Eau De Chanel N°0”.
- Toast (biscottes in French) : “BisCOCOttes to devour”.
- Sardines (tiny boxed fish) : “Jersey” Sardines, “Tweed” Sardines, “Pearl” Sardines.
- Cereal : “COCOChoco”

This goes on for every box, and there are sooooo many!!! Each and every one of them is beautiful. My head is going to explode with genius, creativity, humor, and colors.

Chanel Fall 2014

10.19 : Soundtrack? The same as in a chich supermarket.

10.20 : Text : “We can’t find you!” Crap, forgot my Chinese team.

10.25 : Taking pictures with them near the Chanel cheese, that totally smells like cheese. Woof!

10.40 : I’m in a Chanel shopping cart for my Chinese team, it makes people turn and take my picture, I have a second of doubt. Am I losing my chic?

10.40 : “At Chanel you don’t lose your chic, you find it,” Karl says to me. Or did I dream that ?

10.44 : Shooting done. I run into friends, they’re all like me, feeling like they’ve taken mushrooms and are on the Teletubbies, but in a supermarket. Too many things to see, do, take pictures of. I think I’m gonna need to sit.

10.50 : Okay I’m sitting. Not moving. Observing. Keira Knightley is here. Cute \!

10.53 : Cara Delevigne walks proudly, the shows starts.

10.56 : It’s beautiful ! Colors everywhere ! Ok, I don’t really see the clothes so much, I’m so fascinated by the decor. And the models that…

Chanel Fall 2014

11.01 : Once the models are done going around the venue, instead of going back backstage, they stay in the shopping center. Grab a shopping cart, a ham, talk, compare products.

11.03 : Soundtrack : Mademoiselle Agnès and Loïc Prigent: “When the jambon (ham) is good, it’s the jambon Cambon!” and other jokes. Hilarious.

11.14 : Okay the show is over. Karl is here walking in front of me with Cara, he seems super happy.

11.15 : What’s happening? Rihanna is running through the venue (followed by her bodyguards and 200,000 photographers).

11.16 : Ah, Rihanna’s just shopping.

Chanel Fall 2014

11.17 : Oh, everybody’s shopping, actually. Everybody wants a piece of the decor. Me too !!! I grab a paint bucket “Doré St Honoré” (of course)

11.18 : Scott grabs a ketchup bottle “Paris Dallas.” “Much more ironic,” he tells me.

11.20 : Wow, some are getting REALLY excited over this and are loading themselves with products.

11.21 : Some stands collapse. It’s starting too look like a post-Sandy New York Supermarket – you don’t really know if it’s funny, desperate or if it’s art, but I’m happy to report that the atmosphere is great.

11.21 : People are starting to go way overboard. Security guards ask (nicely) for people to stop dismanteling the decor, but kindness seems to have no effect on what’s starting to feel like hysteria.

11.21 : Three fashion editors are climbing the shelves to get their hands on the “Mademoiselle” doormat. One of them trips and falls down.

Chanel Fall 2014 Photo

11.23 : All right, I’m out.

11.23 : And by that I mean, I’m checking out. Yes, there is a check out, where people are asked to put down everything they’ve been gathering. I say there should be a shrink right there people are so sad. But instead there are free candies. Piles of products are abandonned. Apparently the food will go to charities.

11.24 : I know someone who was able to sneak a Chanel Ketchup, but I won’t say who…

11.30 : Outside. I sit down to think about the meaning of life, while eating candies. And I mean : Chanel candies.

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If this Chanel show was genius, it’s not only for everything I just narrated to you (and let’s not even start talking about the hours of work to achieve that) and for this celebration / critique of consumerism, but it’s also because, if right now, fashion shows are a communication event then this one must have exploded any standard. The number of tweets and Instagrams went litteraly crazy. Chanel Explosion N°128616. :)

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Want It Wednesday: All Animal Print Everything

Want It Wednesday: All Animal Print Everything

Here at the PurseBlog offices, we’re intent on marching forth into spring, even if the weather intends not to cooperate with our sartorial whims until late May. (Please, please let it warm up, or at least stop snowing, before then. For our sanities’ sakes.) In that spirit, today’s edition of Want It Wednesday covers all things animal print; how better to make a season transition? Because everything from leopard to snakeskin tends to be composed of neutral shades, animal prints are season-busting must-haves if you’re going to keep yourself sane until it gets warm.

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Outfit of the Week: His and Hers for Valentine’s Day

Outfit of the Week: His and Hers for Valentine’s Day

I have neither a significant other nor a residence in a climate that currently allows me to wear adorable shoes and dresses without tights, but what I do have is an active imagination, which I used to come up with what I think is a rather lovely Outfit of the Week befitting of Valentine’s Day. I’m also not a dude, but for the occasion, it seemed like one outfit deserved another, and who doesn’t want to envision themselves alongside a man in a grey Burberry suit? Preferably one with a matching British accent.

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Le Coat

Super happy to see this Dries coat on the street… It’s so pretty, right?

Paint

Before we jump head first into Fashion Week that’s just starting, I wanted to talk to you today about a huge crush I had this week…

A lot of you have asked me how I work on my photos and illustrations, and the reason I sometimes hesitate to answer is because I don’t really have any particular technique. I draw on my computer with a tablet, but sometimes I add (real) paint. Sometimes I get my inspiration from photos, and sometimes it’s just something out of my head. It doesn’t make a difference to me if I work digitally or directly on paper. The important thing is just to create an image I’m happy with.

The same goes for photos. Even if I take most of them with my 5D, I love my phone cameras, and I have a lot of other smaller cameras too. The important thing is to simply make sure I always have a camera with me, whatever type it is.
In short – no rules.

It might be because I didn’t go to art school, but I don’t consider any medium to be more noble than any other.

I would still like to start painting again one day – I love the sensuality of working with paint.

Yes, I love to paint. When I first started out, I did all of my illustrations with acrylic paint and watercolor, which is one of my favorite paints. I loved painting on canvas.

Oh, and as far as writing goes, (people often ask me where they can download my fonts) – they are mostly done by hand, using my tablet. Sometimes I do them on paper and scan them.

Anyway. This week, I discovered the most incredible app – Waterlogue.

Look at this watercolor, isn’t it amazing? It was done automatically, right before my eyes, with Waterlogue. I have no idea which geniuses calculated the effects of watercolor with such precision, but I have to admit, as someone who has spent hours doing watercolors, I am shocked by how beautiful it is.

So, the watercolor above was simply generated from a photo I took, and I wrote the title on my iPad, using Sketches – an app I downloaded recently that isn’t too bad at all.

I know a lot of you will say that nothing can beat art made by hand, but this app is so good, it’s frankly unsettling – and I plan to use it in my future graphic explorations.

These days, anyone can create gorgeous images, and for those of you who ask me how to find the path to your creativity, I encourage you to try all of the tools available to you. It doesn’t matter what instruments you use, it’s what you do with them that counts!

Then let life decide who is an artist or not. Personally, I’ve never let myself be bothered by that word – it’s way too intimidating – I never would have created anything if I had been worried about that.

Big kisses to all of you, and I hope you have a weekend full of painting and creativity, whether it’s digital or not, real or dreamed!

PS: These shoes are by Bionda Castana!

The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden: complete campaign and collection

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Here we go: The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden capsule collection is officially in Steve Madden stores and on Stevemadden.com (and from February 10th It will also be in other estores with worldwide shipping).
The official launch party was organized with an event before fashionweek season last Tuesday in New York (soon all the photos) and now I can share with you guys all the campaign shots and the 17 different models of the capsule collection. Which are your favourites?
Thanks for the support and the amazing feedback on this new adventure :)

Ci siamo: la capsule collection The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden è finalmente arrivata negli store Steve Madden e su Stevemadden.com (e dal 10 Febbraio la troverete anche in tanti altri estore che consegnano in tutto il mondo).
Il party di lancio ufficiale è stato organizzato lo scorso martedi con un evento di inizio fashionweek a New York (prestissimo le foto) ed ora non mi rimane che pubblicare sul blog gli scatti della campagna e tutti i 17 modelli della capsule collection. Quali sono i vostri preferiti?
Grazie del supporto e del fantastico feedback in questa nuova avventura :)


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Campaign photos by Andrew Arthur

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Nude

When we said we’d be talking about the color “nude”* this week, it was because we’ve been seeing a whole new spectrum of colors this season that are redefining the word “nude”.

It’s a word that’s kind of thrown around and often used incorrectly – so often in fact, that if you type “nude” in Google, you find yourself confronted with an endless series of naked people (no, don’t try it, I’ve already checked for you and MY EYES ARE STILL CRYING!!!) and when you try on Pinterest, you end up with an endless series of pinkish, peach-toned photos…

And then recently, Christian Louboutin came out with a nude collection in five different colors, and I thought it was very chic.

He calls it “shades of nude.”**
That’s how it should be, don’t you think?

I hope this kind of detail is a sign that the fashion industry is evolving and making us more aware – that’s what fashion needs. That’s what we all need – me as much as the next person.

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* The French equivalent is chair (flesh tone), but the word nude is used all the time in French fashion ;)

** I agree, there could have been millions of shades, since there are so many different colors of skin, but at least five is better than one!

WHF

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Months, its been literally months since I fell in love with these boots…Its no news that I am into masculine footwear, more and more lately, specially attracted to all things flat. I guess I don’t need the height since I am 1.80cm, plus a little comfort doesn’t hurt either.

I met the WeberHodelFeder designers at a party in Antwerp a few months back and we hit it off immediately, a talented bunch I tell you. I not only love their shoes, but I also predict great things for them coming in the future. Not a lot of emerging designers can say they sell at Colette in Paris, they can and I feel so happy for them!

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