THE Shoes by Kanye West

June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

To tell you the truth so far I haven’t been particularly excited by designs showcased by Kanye West. Apart from one specific item – a pair of shoes. THE KANYE WEST SHOES. They were first presented to the world as a part of Spring Summer 2012 collection during Paris Fashion Week. So why am I mentioning it now, such a long time since you might wonder? That is because I recently found where to purchase them from – LouisaViaRoma.com. And the fact that I discovered them does not mean I am the first in line to buy them, especially at £4145, but then who knows maybe one of you are! (And if so I am not judging you in any way, if I had that much to spare, I would not hesitate a second!)

Statement heels inspired by tribal jewellery and covered in pearly beads make your legs look significantly thinner thanks to thick ankle rings, and who would not want that visual effect? But Kanye is not the only one to thank for these beauties as they were created in collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti, a brand known for their beautiful heels of highest quality – yet another reason to love them! And as much as I love them, I am by far not the only fan! Anna Della Russo wore these heels to Alexander McQueen show straight after they appeared on the runway, Chanel Iman sported them while attending Givenchy show accompanying their creator the day after and recently Kim Kardashian was seen in them, of course who would not wear your boyfriend’s designs!

I Wear My Sunglasses At Night

March 13, 2012 § 4 Comments

Actually I don’t. But as time progresses towards summer London is getting more and more sunny days, hence it is time to have a look what sunglasses designers created for us to choose from. D frames are once again trending, but there are lots of other shapes to choose from, if you are not a fan. Below are my top 9 sunglasses from this season – from D frames to round, this range has all those classic must haves by top eyewear brands.

  1. Cutler and Gross D Frame Acetate, £280 – leave you wishing for x-ray vision.
  2. Victoria Beckham Aviators, £275 – a very hot fashionable version of our favourite Aviator shape.
  3. Alexander Wang Zip Detailed Square Frames, £240 – for those who are bored of animal print plastic, this one has an extra zip or two.
  4. Prada Round Frame, £215 – traditional and big, this is a statement piece.
  5. Ray-Ban Club Master Half Frames, £120 – no eyewear selection can avoid mentioning Ray-Ban.
  6. Miu Miu D Frames, £190 – when you want to see your world in pink colours.
  7. Oliver Peoples Kosslyn Cat Eye, £225 – classic cat eye shape to lift the mood.
  8. Prada D Frame, £185 – add a little colour.
  9. The Row Square Frames, £270 – two tonal frame goes with any skin tone.

But if you are tired of conventional sunglasses and want to have fun with the vital accessory of the summer, I have to introduce you to A-morir, a very cool sunglasses brand loved by celebrities like Rihanna, Nikki Minaj and Lady Gaga that you can find at Box Boutique (online and in store on Maddox Street, London). Here are my favourite statement pieces.

  1. Love-Hate Dookie Tinted Green, £255
  2. D’Arcy, £245
  3. Ellington Red, £245
  4. Sylvia, £275
  5. Amadeus Turquoise, £195

Altogether there are 14 hot sunnies for you to choose from, but you might ask which are my favourite? Well, I saved the best for last. Here are Lenox D Frame 2-in-1 glasses by Illesteva (£180) that I absolutely love due to their versatility: removable sun panel transforms your frames from geek chic to perfect D frames with a twist. My inner hipster adores them..

And if all those are out of price range, there is still some use of this article – there are so many affordable sunnies on the high street that by taking those designer glasses as inspiration of main trends, you will easily find a pair that suits you and your wallet.

Things I Love

March 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love Alexander McQueen collections. I love Sarah Burton’s creativity. I also love the idea of diffusion lines: there are so many successes (Miu Miu, D&G, See by Chloe to name a few). I also love colourful accents and I love love love studs. Those five reasons should be more than enough to explain why I am drooling over McQ Spring Summer 12 bag collection. I must admit some of the shapes will require getting used to (saddle bag is an exception) e.g. you will need to work out exactly how to fit all the essentials into that clutch, but it is worth it: you are getting a top notch design, quality and trendiness for much lower price. Who would not want a few of these McQ fashion rock chick accessories? Available in surprisingly large range of colours, here are my favourites:

  1. Studded Clutch £140
  2. Clerkenwell Studded Shoulder Bag, £425
  3. Amwell Studded Leather Saddle Bag, £370

Kandee: Sweeten Your Spring/Summer Shoe Closet

March 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

In November last year one shoe brand caught my attention – Kandee. And as soon as I bought a pair and wrote a post on these beauties (view it here) I received numerous messages from my friends asking where the purchase them. Indeed there is nothing not to like about Kandee – they are high quality, look like any expensive designer creation but do not cost as much.

The reason why I am talking about Kandee again is a release of their Spring Summer 2012 collection. To tell you the truth this time around a lot of items will be hard to pull off – many would be great for photo shoots and stage costumes but are of questionable utility in daily lives – not many people can look good wearing half neon green/half pink shoes called Apple Sours (see them here). Nevertheless there are a few that deserve a place on my fashion wish list – especially knowing how much I love studs!

  1. Peanut Butter Crunchy Pumps, £120
  2. Blue Raspberry Dragee Pumps, £120
  3. Blue Raspberry Dragee, £180
  4. Pinki,£170
  5. Mash’a’mallow, £180

The Must Have Item

March 1, 2012 § 17 Comments

For as long as I remember there only ever been 2 lengths of skirts in my wardrobe – either maxi or mini (to tell you the truth the majority are mini and I am sure I am not the only one). Calf length aka midi skirt would only be associated with black and white photos my grandmother used to show me of her youth. But now it is time to forget that association and welcome the new fashion piece into our lives (and wardrobes) – Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt.

Slight fascination with this particular item started on a few catwalks for autumn winter 2011 season, but by spring summer 2012 pleated midi has repositioned itself from charity shops to everyone’s fashion wish list and it seems it is here to stay! The item is so versatile, as you can see from the catwalk looks above, it is likely to become a wardrobe staple: you can wear it on leisurely walk, to a work meeting, during cocktail hour and pretty much everywhere else by teaming it with different tops and accessories. And did I mention it looks as good with flats as with heels?

My favourite way to wear one this season is to pick one-colour version in either bright or pastel shade, team it up with oversized T-shirt and add randomly put together long chain necklaces. And if you are not afraid to experiment team up socks with wedges à la Mulberry campaign and you are ready to rock it!

The best thing – there is such a wide range to choose from whether you are looking for designer item or cheaper way to adopt this trend. My favourites are those by Jil Sander which come in so many colours you would not want to look anywhere else. Bellow are my designer and budget picks for joining on the hot trend of Spring Summer 12!

Designer: 

  1. Maison Martin Margiela, £330
  2. HMH Couture, £150
  3. Pleats Please Issey Miyake, £339
  4. See By Chloe, £334
  5. Jil Sander, £580
  6. Jil Sander, £580
  7. Jil Sander, £282
  8. Jil Sander, £580

High Street:

  1. Jovonista Pleated Skirt With Tonal Flower Print, £25
  2. Topshop Pleat Calf Skirt in Yellow, £48
  3. Max C Pleated Midi Skirt also available in red, £15
  4. Asos Petit Exclusive Midi Skirt also available in yellow and baby blue, £28
  5. New Look Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt also available in cream and black, £19.99
  6. Sister Jane Pleats Skirt, available in Topshop, £49
  7. Asos Midi Skirt With Pleats also available in black, £21
  8. Zara Accordion pleated Skirt, £39.99

Hot Shoe Trend: Toe Caps

February 28, 2012 § 3 Comments

Spring Summer 12 season brought us brand new hot shoe trend: metallic toe caps. Ever since Louis Vuitton show had toe caps on shoes of all shapes and colours I fell in love and looking at the pictures above who would not?  Indeed it has been a while that pointy shoes were off the fashion chart but now with the toe cap update they are back and they are big!

And it is not just Louis Vuitton – many other designers and high street already adopted the trend and made a wide range of beauities to choose from whatever your budget:

  1. Giuseppe Zanotti, Toe Cap Pump, £360
  2. Christian Louboutin Duvette 120, also available in nude
  3. Mango Toe Cap Pump, £75
  4. Sinner Contrast Toecap Points, £62 at Topshop
  5. Gilmore2 Metallic Toecap Points, £60 at Topshop

But the one I am the most excited to see hit the shops is the Kurt Geiger version from their campaign poster: white sling backs with metal toe cap and medium heel height, those are perfect for day-to-night summer wear and are definitely worthy of my summer fashion wish list.

I am sure is a month time, when the weather heats up you will see them everywhere! The only question is: would you go for classic black, summery white or trendy pastel shade?

All New Kurt Geiger

February 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

It is so exciting to see new season collections arrive to stores! And currently my excitement surrounds Kurt Geiger all new good-enough-to-eat pastel shoe range. The brand really hit the nail on the head with it – spring/summer pastel outfits need the shoes to match and Kurt Geiger is the answer. Heels, wedges and flats – all you need is to pick a style you want and there are at least three colour schemes to choose from, and who doesn’t like that kind of a dilemma! Here are my delicious picks – I am already thinking of what to wear them with. Another thing worth highlighting, possibly due to current economic situation it is not surprising that Kurt Geiger lowered its prices – apart from Naomi and Himalaya the rest of the shoes above are nearly a 1/3 cheaper that usual. I think fashion gods have heard our prayers! Happy Friday!

  1. Gen Bow £195
  2. Naomi £395
  3. Himalaya £295
  4. Golden £250
  5. Geldof £220
  6. Gwen £210

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