Thursday, August 4, 2016

Vintage All Over Again

It always cracks me up when I see a very vintage design crop in in a modern story or store.  Not even an "inspired by" design but one totally reproduced from a vintage piece they must have gotten a hold of.

For example, I was browsing a Who What Wear article on "9 Style Secrets That Bloggers Know (and You Don't)" and saw this purse featured from Gaia.



Oh wait!

 I know that purse... because I have it!

And mine was not $98. It was like $20 and is an actual vintage piece bought in 2011 or so.




Maybe I'm a blogger in the know.

At least I know to buy the original vintage piece for a much better price and quality than a reproduction!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Banana Republic is Stealing Shoe Designs

I know its been ages since I've posted but I had to come out of my semi-closed writing state to comment on what I think is pretty blatant shoe design theft going on over at Banana Republic.

Sure they are knocking off Stuart Weitzman's Nudist sandals like most other mid-tier brands but they are really not being subtle about these items. The top item in each pair is a current/recent Banana Republic shoe and the bottoms is the pretty obvious "inspiration" -

BR Honey vs Aquazzura Wild Things -
 BR Jasmine vs Alexandre Birman Lolita

BR Jackie vs Prada 2008
 

To me this is the worst one - BR Cadi vs Carven's bow slingbacks
 

Knocking off is not cool. You can have a unique shoe at any price point. You won't have any cute shoes if we keep supporting intellectual property theft.

It. Not. Cool.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

You Can't Dress Trashy Until You Spend A Lot Of Money - Golden Goose Trainers

Oh fashion! You are so silly.

There is many a time I shake my head at what designers put out for people to buy but these Golden Goose distressed jersey trainers/sneakers really take the cake.

Some things look better when they're "lived in", but $350 for ripped cotton sneakers is a bit much, dontcha think?




Perhaps I'm hopelessly out of touch fashion-wise (I mean, I don't get the Kanye stuff at all) but I wouldn't wear these in my yard.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Future Acquisitions for Curated Collections - Christopher Kane Irregular Stitching Boot

It's not often that a shoe stops me flat.
Sure there are those that catch my eye. That stand out. That make me say "Gimme!"

But this Christopher Kane boot is different.


And that's precisely what stopped me.

It's edgy not elegant. It's a bit wacky. A bit weird. A lot not my style.

But it is innovative. And unique. And special.

It's a shoe that make me want to have it in the collection. Not just to wear but to curate. It feels like a design acquisition even more than an awesome shoe to wear. 



I'm not sure if I'll get them But I feel like I kind of need them. They're one of those interesting shoes you'll seen in fashion design books where they give historical context and retrospectives.

They touchstone in the evolution of shoes... and I want them.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pulling from the archives - Miu Miu Spring 2016

I was flipping through the Spring 2016 issue of Barney's The Window last night and chuckled when I saw the following feature of Miu Miu wedge sandals...


Why did I laugh?

Because I know that fabric.   It's from one of my favorite Miu Miu collections - Spring 2010.

I loved so many pieces from this collection, but especially my cat printed mary janes that I wear all the time...



I mean, hell, it's my site banner image!

But I recognized the prints used immediately.  Here they are in the original show from six years ago.








 Amazing.  But in a good way?  I'm not sure.

I love the threads of theme that carry through over the seasons for Miu Miu and Prada but I do find it surprising this reuse of fairly iconic patterns.  Six years isn't that long ago.  And frankly, the new shoe design has none of the girlish whimsy that paired so well with the fabric patterns.

I loved these designs but seeing them again now, well, this seems like a rehash.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Not then, Not now

Not only is this a knock-off, but I didn't like the mold inspiration in 2007 from YSL...

And I certainly don't like it now from Stuart Weitzman.



Stop trying to make "mold shoes" happen. They aren't going to happen!

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Best of Boot Season

Boots can be tricky but when good, are so so very good. I've been expanding my boot wardrobe over the years. And I'm well covered with flat boots - from the  Frye Melissas to the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 black boots, as well as the Betsey Johnson Fall 2011 Rally boots in black and tan.

And who could forget the Ann Demeulemester triple laced-boots.

But for heeled boots, I've been bereft, since my Nine West ones completely died.   I've been waiting to find boot perfection and this season, it's happened twice.

First with the Sergio Rossi Secret OTK boots in burgundy.   Amazing in person and on.   Love them....


And then,  while about to give up hope on the right talk black heeled boots, I saw the ribbon laced-up boots from the Chloe Fall 2015 RTW runway.


 So yeah, black versions. Love them!


A great pair of boots is like getting super powers. They make you feel awesome!