June 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
No, the title above does not have a spelling mistake – it is just the name of the new botanically inspired heels by Charlotte Olympia. This summer is looking like the biggest season for printed and patterned items. Designers took inspirations from the wide range of objects: kaleidoscopic images, colourful scarfs, flowers and jungle. Indeed I blogged about a few print trends already: scarf print post that has received astonishing number of Google referrals just proving how big the trend is and jungle print as seen on Cheryl Cole in her new video. And London based brand Charlotte Olympia is not lagging behind as it has come up with own leafy pattern used for shoes and bags alike (images 2 and 4). And then they just went and stepped it up a notch transforming the pattern to life size leaves and molding them into fashionable items. All in all the collection rules, and if you are looking to spice up your summery outfits why not choose those nature inspired beauties?
- Don’t Leaf Me Bag, £375
- Pandora Clutch (just one out of the three options for interchangeable pouch), £475
- Leaf Me Alone High Heel Sandals, £625
- Meridith Wedges, £565
May 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
It was only last year that I honestly had no idea who Chloe Green is. I am sure I have seen pictures of her next to famous acquaintances like Kate Moss or J-Lo, or standing next to her billionaire father Philip Green (who I would kill to work for one day), but I have never consciously acknowledged her apart from possibly making a few jealous remarks on her high street fashion heirloom.
And then, apparently based on Simon Cowel’s advice she appeared in second season of my favourite scripted ‘reality’ show Made in Chelsea, and a new London socialite/fashionista was born. This week, building on her parents’ high street presence and her newly found fame, she did what any opportunity grabbing fashion lover would do and launched her own show line called CJG.
There has already been controversy whether she designed it herself or not, but to tell you the truth I am completely behind her and believe she has. No, she did not draw them herself but I am sure the shapes, colours, and accessories like studs and chains are Chloe’s creations through and through. Why? Anyone who owns so many shoes (apparently she has 200), has parents who own a fashion empire (free access to inspirational design environment) and well, is a female with a bit of imagination would have enough ideas for at least one collection!
So what can you expect from CJG? Highest heels and wedges suitable for urban jungle with mint green soles (how appropriate – not only is her surname Green but her middle name is Jade), a bit of sparkle and a lot of attitude.
Below are my favourites from her collection (you can find CJG at selected Topshop stores and online), by this time I bet most of them are already sold out, but if you don’t manage to get your hands on a pair, don’t despair as I am sure there will be plenty more to come from a lady that must have a hereditary entrepreneurial genes in her!
1.Bella Lazercut Wood Wedges, £150
2. Lady Mama Crystal Booties, £175
3 – 4. Louisa Chain Booties, £175
5. Tiger Lily Booties, £150
6. Stud Back Peep Toe, £115
January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you do not know it already Bionda Castana is a brand name you should learn. Despite sounding Italian, it is a British shoe label run by two London based designers but made in their family owned factory in Italy. Despite only starting in 2007, the label has done well in its short life span and made many celebrity fans on the way (from Lily Allen to Keira Knightley). Their range is wide – from classics perfect as work shoes, to edgy day to day platforms, to master pieces suitable for a night out: they are true to their motto of providing all kinds of shoes a modern woman needs. The brand is positioned at the high end of the price spectrum for designer shoes, with prices varying between £500 and £800.
My favourites from the recent collections are by far the platforms. They also come in varied styles to suit many occasions. My top three picks pictured above are:
- Beau Capretto Light Beige Platforms SS12
- Bea Crepe Satin Leopard Sky Blue SS12
- Miriam Napa Nero Leather Platforms AW11
November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is looking for a right pair of shoes to wear to the celebrations. This season the shoe trend is perfect – look no further than Cinderella-inspired glitter pair.
While the trend originated with Miu Miu and shoes like the Glitter and Suede Ankle Boots above (£555) there are various great options available on High Street. My favourite of which is the Carvela Grass Wedge (£150) that I will be definitely adding to my shoe closet.
My advice would be to style the outfit down by wearing a single-colour dress, but do not be afraid to experiment with different textures and structures. After all you will be wearing that to a Christmas party and hence would like to stand out as much as possible. Just go for it – every girl dreams of being a Cinderella for a night!