Month: October 2010
Still Stuck on Spikes
I can’t stop thinking about spikes. The more extreme the better. And yes, I would totally wear these in my daily life. I think people want a bit of fear with fashion. I get more compliments and comments when I wear my spike-y Freddy Louboutin oxfords than any other shoe… imagine the reaction to these amazing pumps by Barbara Gongini, creator of the bARBARA í gONGINI line.
Barbara Gongini Spiked Pumps – $398 at I Don’t Like Mondays
View the bARBARA í gONGINI collections
I have some big secret plans for one of my closets and I need to make some room. These shoes are off to consignment or Craigslist. More on that soon… as soon as I get all the pieces together and in place.
Even if you have a single closet, do you switch around around your seasonal favorites?
A Picture is Worth a Thousand…. Words
My Aspirational Shoes: Roger Vivier
I’m very excited to be getting/have purchased some new delicious little fascinators to perch upon my noggin. I do have a vintage piece I recently scored that I need to shoot but the pieces below are from two of my favorite talented designers. both available on their dedicated sites and on Etsy.
First up, from Topsy Turvy Designs, is the slightly wicked Candy Apple. Kim’s designs are lush, detailed and simply amazing. I need to find a way to get one of her tricorn hats into my life. The apple, I’ve had my eye on (sans fly) and will be a dark counterpoint to my Agent Lover Cake hat.
I also snatched up two other adorable pieces from Mary at Pretty Good Things. She has somehow managed to bring all my whimsical dreams to life with her pieces.
I’ve had my eye on a Bun-Bun piece and her latest sale allowed me to nab it. I think I need a black velvet one too.
I also grabbed the Meadow facinator too (on sale for only $5!). I have Oh Deer! piece (super adorable – see it on me here) and a version with a hot pink base and pink butterflies… this combines them both!
It may be Winter but I can wear a green meadow all year long!
Images courtesy of their designers.
Le Sigh – Valentino Studded Kitten heels
Studs and kitten heels, a crazy combo as the new classic.
Trendspotting: Moroccan Wedding Quilt
Did you know that not only am I a sucker for shoes and sequins but I am also very susceptible to buying vintage bedding, quilts and blankets? I think I have at least 20 blankets with a good majority of them being vintage – from an authentic Swiss army to a Hudson Bay striped camp blanket and a crazy bright yellow chenille peacock coverlet. I just feel a need to have a stockpile of cozy-ness at hand at all times.
I must be missing my baby blankie.
But now I’m totally smitten with handira, a Moroccan wedding quilt. These blankets are stunning. I first saw one on the Corks and Caftans blog. How could you not want to snuggle into this amazing bed? Doesn’t that look dreamy?
For Berbers, objects and visual motifs contain myriad meanings and purposes. The process of hand-weaving, itself, when undertaken mindfully, is thought to endow the textile with baraka, or blessings. When complete, the wedding blanket serves not only as warmth and decoration for the bride, but also to ward off evil and to bestow fertility and good luck upon the newlyweds.
Blessings, sequins and beautiful craftsmanship… dreamy!
So I tracked down one of the best sources for these vintage quilts, Maryam from My Marrakesh. She has a variety of these quilts as well as other beautiful rugs, poufs and textiles.
I’m in the process of ordering one from her (which one to be revealed once it arrives) so I will tell you how it goes.
There are other purveyors of these textiles – L’aviva Home carries them as well – but Maryam is considered the expert and a trusted source. I can’t wait to be wrapped up in a blanket made of sequins and dreams.
Fashion Week Spring 2011: Mataano
One of the best parts of Fashion Week, to me any ways, is to learn about new designers that I have not heard of before. They usually have an unexpected perspective and, because they are so new, they get very creative executing their presentations.
One of the loveliest I saw during the week (yep, I’m really spacing out these show posts) was the Mataano presentation.
For our Spring/Summer 2011 Collection you will sense nostalgia for the late1950’s to early 1960’s, but we didn’t let it overpower our modern sensibility. The highlight of this collection is the use of silk; from Italian shantung to printed organza you will find an array of silk blends. We wanted our customer to feel light and airy in her Spring clothes. The color palette presents an interesting marriage of unexpected light and dark tones to give the option for day and evening.
What was interesting was the venue. The presentation was at the Museum of Biblical Art which is filled with these amazing example of iconography. The room was hushed and the clothes, some on models and some on mannequins, contrasted with the intricate gilt displayed throughout. Because this was a presentation, I was able to get up close to see the details of the pieces and take my time capturing shots.
Here are a few of my takes:
That last look is my favorite. I love the lace insets in the black and creme pieces but the flirty skirt and billowy jacket top looks comfortable and elegant.
To learn more about Mataano visit them online or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning for Poverty: Prada and Miu Miu Spring 2011
I am no longer allowed to look at the Prad and Miu Miu runway collections. I just seem to want almost every pair of shoes each season. It really is a problem. They are just too good.
I love Miuccia knows the way to my heart… it’s through her shoes. I love that each season is brand new but that you can also see the cues evolving from previous years and between the Prada and Miu Miu collections.
This season the Prada collection plays with the bold colors and patterns for Spring but evolves the classic 40s-50s shapes from Fall into the more streamlined and even quirky tropical looks from the mid-to-late 50s.