Saturday, February 28, 2009

Designer Showcase, the Timeless Designs of Donna Karan

Designer Donna Karan
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I love Donna Karan. She is one of the few designers whom, I think, can dress both men and women with class and style. Her men's line looks like a MEN's line (Go to to see a fantastic video of her new men's line). I wouldn't have a problem with my man wearing most of her designs. The classic lines and fine detailing make for a timeless style that transcends mere "trendiness." Fashion victimization is clearly not found as a part of her cache.

I love these two looks. I know they're similar in style but the color is rich and the ensemble is extremely versatile.

FA'SHOE'NISTA! celebrates the feminine, classic, and very chic, designs of Donna Karan.

Donna Karan
Evening Star Loop Pouch
Neiman Marcus

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My wish list and just because...

When I wish upon my pocketbook...

$255.60 (sale)
Akira Online Store

I love this store and will surely be going back
to make a purchase or two...

I don't think I'd be able to stand myself if I owned these...SUHMOKIN'!

Christian Louboutin
Neiman Marcus

Marc Jacobs
Amazon Shoulder Bag
Neiman Marcus


Designer Todd Lynn

I like this designer a lot. Lately I've been
enamored with all things English. Hope to
get to London soon...
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Simply Beautiful...

Carlos Falchi
Floral Poof Tote
Neiman Marcus

Monday, February 23, 2009

Shades of Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford
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I love this Oscar de la Renta 1940's inspired peep toe slingback. Visions of Joan Crawford in "Mildred Pierce" dance inside my head. What lovely childhood memories of watching cinematic excellence in both acting and glamor all rolled up in the likes of Madam Crawford and her peers, Betty Davis, Anne Bancroft, and Rosalind Russell.

Thank God that Glamor is back with a vengeance.

Oscar de la Renta
Bow Slingback
Neiman Marcus

Designer Tracy Reese: Triumph in the Midst of Sorrow

Designer Tracy Reese -

Once again we are privy to the ability of the human creative spirit to triumph in the midst of adversity. Premier Designer Tracy Reese has dedicated her fall 2009 collection to the memory of her late mother, Patricia Reese, who recently passed away. The designer states of her greatest supporter, "Her vibrant spirit lives on in me and in the lives of all she touched."

At the end of every one of the designer's runway shows Reese always received a bouquet of flowers from her mother Patricia. This year the honor went to Reese's father, who handed her the bouquet coupled with a kiss as the designer received her accolades during the finale of her Fall 2009 RTW show.

Tracy's eclectic designs represent the fashion savvy of the "Every Woman," with bright colors, and a mixture of texture and flowing fabrics transformed into beautiful lightweight dresses, sweaters worn with thigh-high leggings, knit caps and fur collar accents around the neck.

FA'SHOE'NISTA's prayers are with Ms. Reese in her time of bereavement and we look forward to her continued success as one of fashiondom's most prolific designers.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Designer Showcase: The Prince of Luxe, African-American Shoe Designer Etu Evans

Shoe Designer, Etu Evans
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African-American shoe designer, Etu Evans, is being hailed as the "Prince of Luxe Footwear." With celebrity clientele such as Halle Berry, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Sharon Stone, and Erica Badu, it's no wonder his star in on the rise.

An accomplished philanthropist and entrepreneur, Evans is the founder of the Solesville Foundation (1998)a non-profit organization that teaches families and individuals how to better themselves and their lives, and provides shoes and various types of aid to those less fortunate.

Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Evans graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design with a degree in shoe design. But his extensive academic achievements don't end there. He has a BA in Social Work from South Carolina State University, a Masters of Science in applied behavioral science from Columbia University, and is also a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, specializing in footwear and accessories design. A magnificent list of accomplishments for a young man who during his early years was labeled as learning disabled.

The spirit of the Entrepreneur took hold of the premier shoe designer at an early age. Fueled by the support and inspiration of his mother Rosa, also an educator, Evans learned the importance of earning his keep by starting his own flower arranging business at the tender age of six. From there, at age 13, he found considerable success as an interior designer. The designer has plenty of experience to share and does so by visiting various schools around his base of operations, Harlem, New York, inspiring young people to take the initiative for their own success, and helping teachers to bring out the creativity of their students to help them to face life's most difficult challenges.

I must admit and am somewhat ashamed to say that I really had not heard of this eclectic young designer until recently. Obviously, I was extremely impressed with his many accomplishments, both inside and outside of the fashion realm.

So for Black History Month, FA'SHOE'NISTA! is proud to feature in this edition of Designer Showcase, Etu Evans, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and shoe designer extraordinaire. Enjoy, my Loverlees.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

For the Love of Springtime

Yesterday and today has brought a welcomed change from the zub-zero freezing temperatures we've had here in Michigan for the past few months. Forty and above temperatures serve to remind me of the coming of spring and the designer shoe collections that are indicative of the season change.

From Burberry (which are surprisingly edgier) to my personal favorites, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Fendi, and Giuseppe Zanotti, this season's open toes and barely there designs can surely transform a girl into a strappy happy FA'SHOE'NISTA!

Is it getting warm, or is it just me (and the shoes)?

Giuseppe Zanotti
Two-toned sandal
Neiman Marcus

Tory Burch
Francesca Heeled Gladiator
Neiman Marcus

Patent Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Christian Dior
Bow Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Christian Louboutin
123 Double Platform Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Platform Gladiator pump
Neiman Marcus

Crisscross Ankle Wrap Sandal
Neiman Marcus

From the edgy to the ethereal

Christian Louboutin
Petal Sandal
Neiman Marcus