Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tall and Sleek

Hello everyone. Hope all my ladies and gents are doing well so far this week.
Well, the weather is changing and Fall is fast approaching. Along with the change of season comes new ideas and new looks in fashion, as well as re-interpretations and refurbishings of our tried and true stylish stand-bys.

One of the stand-by fashion giants is Salvatore Ferragamo. Credited with creating the first stiletto, the woman who indulges in the supple luxury that is Ferragamo is confident, elegant, and not easily swayed by every fleeting trend.

So this week's fashion footwear pick is the Lur Platform Peep-toe Pump by Salvatore Ferragamo. Tall, sleek, bold, and incredibly feminine, the Lur Pump sports a 1-1/3 platform with a 5" inch, two-toned metal heel, and is made of Bisque tan leather. Proof positive that this powerhouse of stylish, high quality footwear is sure to be around for another 50 years.

Feast and Bon Apetite!


Salavatore Ferragamo
Lur Platform Pump
$790.00
Neiman Marcus

Friday, August 21, 2009

HAPPY FRIDAY!

Just wanted to say hi to everyone and hope you all are having a divalicious weekend.

Ciao!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Involuntary Vacation

Hey all, hope you're headed for a great weekend. Just wanted to alert my friends that I am minus the internet right now. I'm working to remedy this as soon as possible, but in the meantime I will get to the library as often as I can to keep you abreast of the latest trends in footwear and fashion.

Love you all. Ciao!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nina and Nicholas

If Nicholas Kirkwood is the king of architectural avante-garde design, then Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci is surely the Prince of ethereal edginess.

Unfortunately(?), this last fall 2009 RTW collection for Nina Ricci is the signature finale for the Brussels born Theyskens. The young designer, a design school drop out, launched his own line in 1997, had Madonna to wear one of his gowns for the 1998 Academy Awards, and then was forced by economic woes to shut down. Then in 2002, Theyskens went on to further develop his design expertise as creative director for Proctor and Gamble's fashion division, Rochas. But once again, he was forced out after Proctor and Gamble discontinued this division in 2006. A mere four months later, he joined Nina Ricci for a shot at commercial success.

I like how Theyskens combines sharply tailored lines with soft flowing femininity. His leather jacket is less biker chick and more glam rock with a touch of goth. Still, paired with a flowing chiffon number, or soft, loose fitting pants, the look is both edgy with a chic, tough girl sensibility--I'm beautiful and feminine, but if you say the wrong thing, there could be trouble.

With each collection, Theyskens has given us fashion forward, yet very wearable designs (except for maybe the sheer dresses with see-through tops). I can't wait to see what his next move will be.

And...

As you well know by now, I heart Nicholas Kirkwood. The 28 year old British shoe designer, is definitely the hot topic these days, and with good reason. Having collaborated with such notables as Chloe', Phillip Lim and Rodarte, the young designer is now creative director of accessories at Pollini.

If I may be so bold, Kirkwood is just as easy on the eyes as his shoes. I enjoy looking at him about as much as I do his designs. A true tastemaker, Kirkwood takes his footwear to new heights with every collection. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the high priest of stilettos is about to launch his first flat shoe. How different is that? Can't wait to see it.

Today I'm showcasing a few more of his architectural masterpieces. So let's just sit back, on a lazy Tuesday afternoon and feast on the eye-candy of Nina and Nicholas.


Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci
Spring 2009 RTW
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Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci
Fall 2009 RTW
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Nina Ricci
Stiletto Bootie
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Nina Ricci
Iridescent Metal and Crystal Necklace
w/black feather detail
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Nina Ricci
Black Suede and Candy Stripe
Lace up boot
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Nicholas Kirkwood and one of his amazing designs
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Nicholas Kirkwood
Lizard Suede Patent Leather Bootie
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Nicholas Kirkwood
Lizard Pump
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Nicholas Kirkwood
Suede and python sandal
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Nicholas Kirkwood
www.nicholaskirkwood.com

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Passing of a Legend: First Black Super Model, Naomi Sims, dies at 61


Super Model Naomi Sims

In 1968, I was ten years old. Even then, I was a fashion magazine-a-holic. Though I was in love with the likes of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, even I knew that something, or someone was sorely missing. There weren't any models that looked like me. Then one day, this changed. Suddenly, gracing the cover of Ladies Home Journal and Life Magazine was a woman that I considered to be the most beautiful creature I'd ever laid my young and impressionable eyes on.

Fashion industry pioneer, Naomi Sims, died on this past Saturday from a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 61 years young.

First of all, I have to say that I am appalled at the lack of news coverage. I know she wasn't Michael Jackson or Farah Fawcett, but if it weren't for this determined, confident, and brave spirit, we would not be privy to the likes of Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Chanel Iman, just to name a few. This great woman and the first black supermodel opened doors too numerous to mention in one blog post or in a single volume book for that matter. Her impact on the history of the Fashion Industry is undeniable.

It's hard to believe that her modeling career only lasted 5 years before she gave up the catwalk to become a successful beauty industry entrepreneur. She was muse to many top designers of her day, such as Giorgio di Sant'Angelo, Bill Blass, and is known most notably for her close professional relationship with then reigning king of night-life fashion, Halston. After a prestigious and uncanny career in front of the camera, Sims went on to develop a multi-million-dollar business as connoisseur of beauty for women of color.


Not too shabby for a young, gangly, dark skinned black girl from Oxford, Mississippi. Born in 1948, Sims overcame many obstacles from her troubled childhood, including her parent's divorce shortly after her birth, a move to Pittsburgh, and her mother's ensuing illness which led to painful stints in foster homes.

Instead of allowing her circumstance to tear down her self-esteem, Naomi Sims used the unpleasantness of her younger years to propel her into her destiny. After graduating from Westinghouse High School, she followed her older sister, Betty, to New York. She made the conscious decision to become, simply put, "somebody really important."1

In an industry that, at a tumultuous time in Black American history, had very little use for black models, Naomi Sims literally knocked down doors and busted through barriers. A scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology landed her in New York in 1966. Her quest to make some much needed cash was met with many a slammed door as agency after agency rejected her attempts at being signed as a model.

A smart and timely collaboration with Wilhelmina Cooper, an ex-model starting her own modeling agency led to $1000 a week earnings within the year for the young model. A national television campaign for AT&T soon followed and the "new face of fashion" was born.

Photo courtesy of Naomi Sims Retrospective

Naomi Sims understood better than most the need for black women to experience glamor and a style that was uniquely their own. Her high quality, beautifully made wigs afforded women of color the opportunity to change their look with styles that accentuated their features. Sims eventually expanded her empire by becoming the author of 5 books on beauty and modeling.

The Fashion and Beauty Industry has lost one of its greatest representatives. Naomi Sims was living proof that your environment, no matter how difficult or uninspiring, does not have to dictate your destiny. For every young, black aspiring model, she was the key to the realization of their dreams. She was both their present and their future, showing them the path to entrepreneurial success after the runway. Thank you Naomi Sims. You, your beautiful face, and gracious style will be missed.


1. http://naomisimsretrospective.blogspot.com