Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inspiration: Lanvin & Bebe

Hello all of my FA'SHOE'NISTAS!

I'm starting a new series called "Inspiration." Every week I will try to post a short blurb about what inspires me, whether it be in my art, my handbag designs (yes, I'm going to design a line of handbags), or my closet.

So come along for the ride with me and be inspired!

Isn't this little satin clutch a beauty from the house of Lanvin? I love the flower on the strap and the color is simply divine.

Satin Mini Pop Clutch

Good to know that Embellishments are just as popular as ever. This is the perfect Rocker Chic boot!

Platform boot with chain embellished front

Boots available at

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Peter Breese at the 4th Wall Gallery

For those of us who are familiar with the work of this extraordinary artist, it comes as no surprise that his star is on the rise. The work of Peter Breese is fun, sexy, and sophisticated. A man of few brush strokes, his imagery screams at us and we hear it loud and clear. The women are beautiful, the clothes are fabulous. We want to shop where they shop. We want to have coffee and sip tea. We want to sit front row and center at the runway shows in which Peter's women are featured. They are a paradox; feather light, haute and heavy.

If you are privileged to be in Dallas Texas on November 7th, stop by the 4th Wall Gallery and feast on the visual caviar that is the art of Peter Breese.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Very Valentino

Aaahhhh Mr. V. Your handbags are like melted Butta', you see,
I'm feeling very Valentino right to join me in my fantasy?
Come along and feast with me...

360 Nappa Bow Hobo
Neiman Marcus

Jeunesse Bow Shopper
Neiman Marcus

Premier Bow Shoulder Bag
Neiman Marcus

I know they're all the same color, but that just makes for all the more butta!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Interview with Handbag Designer Sandra P. Medina

As a self-proclaimed fashion aficionado, I am always on the prowl for the new, innovative, and the edgy. Handbag Designer 101 is one of my favorite places to look for new talent.

The exquisite, hand-painted designs of Sandra P Medina are a meticulous fusion of art and fashion. Beautifully constructed and saturated with rich colors, these detailed works of “functional art” are a fresh alternative in a sea of today’s mass produced handbag “trends.”

Ms. Medina graciously agreed to share her expertise with FA’SHOE’NISTA regarding her wonderful creations.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: Your bags are nothing short of detailed works of art. What inspires you?
SM: I used to have inspiration from topics that I like or admire because I need to have an emotional attachment with my inspiration point. In this case, the group Pink Floyd, my favorite band, inspired my first collection and I used to catch my emotions from their songs. For that reason, I called my collection Psychedelic Handbags, because I found the colors and shapes so aesthetic. In the early days of Pink Floyd this theme was used to ambient the scenery at UFO`S bar. Also, the contrast of strong and harmonic sounds with beautiful lyrics is represented through the colors I mix, always using my intuition.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: What are some of the materials you use to create your handbags?
SM: I use canvas, denim, waterproof fabrics, and cotton. I like to experiment with any fabric, except animal furs. The paint makes different textures depending on the fabric that I am working; for example, in cotton the texture is soft to the tact, and I have had good response from my customers when I transform cotton.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: How do you choose your rich color palette?
SM: This is the most fantastic part of my job, cause I enjoy it. I choose my color palette depending on the mood and my inspiration, but always basing the combinations on primary colors. Also, I mixed three or five colors at the same time, and if they are opposite that's all the better, because I like to create new ones, based on the season or the inspiration point.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: When did you first discover your love of fashion and your capability as a designer?
SM: I've been painting since I was 5 years old, because my father is a painter. When I was a child, I was the little one of my family, so my way to have fun was to paint.
But I studied journalism in college and I stopped painting for a while and I began to miss my passion. When I finished college, I worked in an editorial position. I had the opportunity to get to know the fashion world and I fell in love with it. So, I decided to study Fashion design. However, before I studied it, I made 10 handbags that I sold to my cousins and friends, and my father told me that I had a skill to paint fabrics. He motivated me to study fashion design, and I realized that this is the love of my life along with my two sweet dogs.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: Have you had any formal training in sewing?
SM: Yes, recently I finished my studies in Fashion Design. I studied for four years and I learned to sew and to illustrate, which is my other passion. Now I am beginning to create artistic fashion illustrations for some magazines.

What designers do you admire?
SM: This is a tough one, because there are many designers that I admire. Edith Head is one, I like her work very much, and the fact that she worked as costume designer for Alfred Hitchcok`s movies makes her a fashion legend for me. Also, I like Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: Tell us about the design process from beginning to end. What is a typical day for you?
SM: First, I sketch the design with colors. Then I make a pattern to cut the fabric. The second, and my favorite one, is to paint the fabric. This is the moment when I disconnect my mind and my soul and relax myself painting and mixing colors to create something very personal. The last step is to sew the handbag.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: What has been your experience since being featured on Handbag Designer 101?
SM: I have to say that since I graduated that has been the best experience, because I have had good and positive responses from the people. For example, this interview is very motivating to me and the fact that other countries are going to know my work is the best part of it. Also handbag designer 101 grants you the opportunity to know people in the fashion business and that is the idea when you are establishing your brand.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: Now for the personal stuff. Where is your favorite place in the world?
SM: London. I would like to live there and establish my brand.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: What is your favorite color?
SM: Purple

FA’SHOE’NISTA: Describe a good day.
SM: A good day is when I can do whatever I want with my time, and the most important part of that day is that I could go to walk with my two dogs.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: Describe a not so good day.
SM: A not so good day is when someone that I care about gets sick.

FA’SHOE’NISTA: And the final, clich├ęd question. What advice would you give to aspiring fashionites and fledgling handbag designers such as myself?
SM: I think the perfect advice is that you have to listen to your inner voice, don´t listen to anybody but you. Only you know what makes you happy and you only do things well when you are satisfied with your work. I did that and changed my profession despite all my family’s advice. I listened my to inner voice and I am really happy with my second profession.

FA’SHOE’NISTA thanks Sandra P. Medina for her time and for sharing her talent and creative energy with us. Congratulations and much success!

For more information on the Handbag creations of Sandra Medina, visit

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Essentials: Well "Red"

Sergio Rossi, Cut-out Zip Pump
$750.00 - Neiman Marcus

The must have trend for the 2009 fall fashion season is, drum roll guessed it...RED. Red for evening, Red for casual, and my personal favorites, Red shoes and handbags. Red suede, leather, satin, you name it--richly saturated Reds are breathing life into many a fashionista's closet.

Below are some of the more edgy pieces that stoked my fancy. Though each featured designer is as talented as the next and their pieces are much to be desired, my personal favorite is Valentino. The lines, swerves, and curves of his embellishments bring a one of a kind flair to his creations. They are exquisite, elegant, and effervescent. Wouldn't you agree?

And while this is fastly becoming the new industry buzz word (the same happened with Purple) for me, RED doesn't have to be the "New Black." It's just fine being it's beautiful Red self!

Stephen Dweck
Agate and Jasper Earrings
Neiman Marcus

Serpeant Pumu
Neiman Marcus

Jimmy Choo
Lohia Patent Hobo Medium
Neiman Marcus

Jose and Maria Barrera
Hammered gold Jewelry
Neiman Marcus

Jose and Maria Barrera
Two Strand Jade Necklace
Neiman Marcus

MARC by Marc Jacobs
Bow-Detail Pump
Neiman Marcus

Marilyn Schiff
Stretch Bracelet
Neiman Marcus

Nancy Gonzalez
Shiny Croc Tote
Neiman Marcus

Salvatore Ferragamo
Lien Platform Pump
Neiman Marcus

360 Suede Bow Hobo
Neiman Marcus

Idylle Ruffle Tote
Neiman Marcus

Petal Tote
Neiman Marcus

Rose Vertigo Hobo
Neiman Marcus

Yves Saint Laurent
Eelskin Pump
Neiman Marcus