Friday, December 30, 2011

Pretty Patterns

Patterns are making a serious comeback in the wardrobes of in-the-know fashionistas. Here are some of my favorites from Essence.com. Take a gander and see what happens when the mixture of patterns is done right!


Anaelechi Owunanne
Photo courtesy of Essence.com


Brittany Burfenl
Photo Courtesy of Essence.com


Enyinne Owunwanne
Photo Courtesy of Essence.com


Fashion Stylist Rosemary Kokuhilwa
Photo Courtesy of Essence.com


Paula Rogo’s subtle brocade pattern
Photo Courtesy of Essence.com


Taneese Barksdale black and gold pattern
Photo Courtesy of Essence.com

Friday, December 16, 2011

Designer Showcase: Vicente Rey


Vicente Rey

The type of vision that designer Vicente Rey holds is extremely rare. With mass production taking a foothold on the fashion industry, to see this type of artistry is refreshing.

Vicente was born in Galicia, Spain and his experience as a fashion phenom began at an early age. He made his debut in Barcelona as a trainee, designing costumes for stage, dance programs and short films. His first shoe collection made from curved iron was presented as his graduation project.



A winner of numerous awards, Vicente is the recipient of the Escarpin de Cristal, "New Designer Award" (Sept. 2001) and the Footwear Designer Award (2003) in the ANDAM
(National Association for the Development of Fashion Arts), which was organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

I can't begin to describe this young designer's shoes. The clarity with which he sees and develops his product is astonishing. He is a true artist; to call him simply a designer seems like the ultimate misnomer. His creations are so far above what we knowingly call design; they captivate the mind and open the fashion psyche to new dimensions in the concept of footwear.

For those of you who have never heard of him, get ready to have your hair blown back. For those of us in the know, let us enjoy and have our hair blown back yet again by the creations of this genius extraordinaire in the area of fashion footwear, Vicente Rey. C'est bien!


Vicente Rey
Mariee Collection



Vicente Rey
Savoir-faire Collection



Vicente Rey
Savoir-faire Collection



Vicente Rey
Savoir-faire Collection


The Rise of Cultural Chic

In case you haven't noticed, I have a new blog. Cultural Chic (formerly Positively Lovely) will incoporate my art and design concepts. My goal with this blog is to connect with the interior design and home decor industries with new work and designs of my own.



So join me at Cultural Chic and take a gander (I'm on facebook too!) Hope you like what you see. How 'bout you let me know, humm?


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

PUMP IT UP!

Pumps are back (did they ever leave?) and the choices of styles are bigger than ever.
Metallics, patent leather, floral, lace, and color, color and more color. Oh, did I mention color? From the classic elegance of the House of Lanvin and YSL, to the funky stylings of Miu Miu and Alexandre Birman, from platforms to kitten heels, pumps are all the rage for the fall season.

So get your tootsies in gear and take your pick!


Lanvin
Crystal-Flower Pump
1688.00
Neiman Marcus



Nicholas Kirkwood
Floral-Print Satin Pump
795.00
Neiman Marcus



B Brian Atwood
Peep-Toe Platform Pump
$300.00
Neiman Marcus




Alexandre Birman
Suede/Python Pump
495.00
Neiman Marcus



Yves Saint Laurent
OpYum Contrast Pump
$665.00
Neiman Marcus


I positively love Miu Miu!

Miu Miu
Crisscross d'Orsay Sandal
$990.00
Neiman Marcus



Miu Miu
Jeweled-Heel Platform Pumps
1195.00
Neiman Marcus


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Whoa Mama! Christian Louboutin Fall Collection at Neiman Marcus

Hello my Loverlees!

Hope every last one of you had a most fabulously fashionable weekend. The weather's changing pretty quickly here in Michigan and it's time to break out with the colors, textures and styles of the Fall season.

Neiman Marcus is one of the premier stops for everyone's favorite footwear Frenchman, Christian Louboutin. This year's collection is no exception. Styles range from peep-toed fur covered stilettos, tall, tantalizing boots, to funky cork platforms. Here are just a few samples from the folks over at NM. Enjoy my Bellas!


Christian Louboutin
Lady Fox-Heel Platform Slingback
1395.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Splash Fur Slingback
1595.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Ecotrash Platform Slingback
1095.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Suede Buckled Platform Boot
1695.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Cork-Wedge Leopard Pump
695.00
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Schutz Designer Shoes sold at various shopping sites

Alexander Birman is my new shoe hero. His designs are sophisticated, eclectic and indicative of the modern women who wants to look sexy, stylish, and professional when necessary. Schutz, Birman's latest designer brand fits the bill perfectly. From beautiful nude Charlotte platform pumps to funky, chunky heeled penny loafers, the Schutz line offers a wide range of gorgeous footwear for the fall season.

And now, Schutz has expanded its Stockists and the brand is offered at a variety of online shopping sites, making them even more accessible for the Schutz obsessed FA'SHOE'NISTA! Here is the list below:

1. amazon.com

2. shopbop.com

3. cusp.com

4. bhldn.com

5. amrag.com

6. dnafootwear.com

7. shoptheshoebox.com

8. singer22.com

9. egosoleil.com

Enjoy the journey. Ciao Bellas!


Schutz
Women's Charlotte Pump
Amazon.com


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Janelle Monae on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List

Hello all my Loverlees! Hope you all had a simply smashing weekend. Well, back to the grind on Monday moanin', at least for some of us. I'll just be turning over. But I can't laugh too hard, next week is my last week at home. I will return to my own grind on Monday, August 22 (just found that out today, ain't that a kick in the head)?

Oh well, I thought I'd share some great news about one of my favorite fashion icons, Ms. Janelle Monae. The September issue of Vanity Fair features her on their 72ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BEST DRESSED LIST! As far as I'm concerned, she is more than deserving. Monae's style is eclectic, funky, and fly. She exudes old Hollywood glamor with an edge. Many people have dissed her style, calling it boring, weird, and outdated (outdated, are you kidding me?)and she is anything BUT boring. What I think a lot of young people don't appreciate is the fact that she actually is wearing clothes! I'm glad she's not listening to the nay-sayers. Monae's style is what it is and she wears it very well!

So make sure you pick up the September issue of Vanity Fair on newstands now!


Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair


Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Alexandre Birmans

A few weeks ago, I wrote a little blurb about the Gilt Groupe collaboration with designer Alexandre Birman. Little did I know that I would receive a beautiful pair of the designer's shoes as compensation. But, lo and behold, three days later I received a Fedex package in the mail. So, today, I'm posting my lovely acquisitions for all the fashion blog-world to see. They are indeed beautiful. The color is a neutral, sort of rose, and they are soft as a baby's bottom! I know, I know, what a cliche, huh?

Not only did I receive these gorgeous kicks, but I later received a press release with a picture of Jennifer Lopez sporting a pair of the designer's shoes. How cool is that? Great company to be in, don't you think? So do I.

Okay, enough talk. Here are my beautifully lovely shoes. Enjoy and I can't wait to go somewhere special to wear them. Maybe I'll post the outfit...we'll see...





Thursday, August 4, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld Plus Macy's "Impulse" Equals Affordable Elegance

Karl Lagerfeld, one of this century's most notable and talented designers is hooking up with Macy's "Impulse" Department to offer high quality, affordable designs for Fall 2011. The limited edition women's collection will be exclusive to Macy's department stores and macys.com. The Karl Lagerfeld capsule will launch August 31st in Macy's 235 stores nationwide.

Lagerfeld is one of fashiondom's most prolific designers, responsible not only for his namesake collection, but is also over the Italian House of Fendi and the iconic Chanel.

Macy's chief merchandising officer, Jeff Gennette is extremely excited about the collaboration. He is quoted as saying "His participation in Macy's designer capsule initiative marks a very fashionable milestone...Karl Lagerfeld's exclusive collection for Macy's adds a new dimension of attainable luxury for our customers."

The prices for the stylishly elegant collection range from $50.00 to $170.00. Not to worry, however; the designs are classic Lagerfeld, without compromise to his signature style. Easy, versatile, and functional, each piece will be an asset to any fashionistas wardrobe.

The collection includes dresses, tops, tweeds, and the designer's signature "high-collard necks."

For more on Macy's designer capsule collection, visit www.macys.com/pressroom. To shop the collection online, visit www.macys.com/impulse.


Blouse-$89.00


Blush Dress - $119.00


Tweed Dress - $129.00


Vest $89.00-Top $49.00-Pants $99.00

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The High Heeled Art of Mark Schwartz

Hello, all. Hope all of my loverlies are having a wonderful week so far. Happy Wednesday!

My good friend, extraordinary shoe designer and artist, Mark Schwartz is having a sale on his beautiful artistic renditions of shoes. I did an interview with this very talented artist awhile ago and found him to be very charming and personable.

I've seen Mark's work installed in various interiors and believe me, his paintings add a whole new dimension of style and elegance to any home decor.

The sale is on now so check out his website here.


Regular price - $245.00 - Sale price $75.00
Flash
18 x 24 inches, Watercolor and Ink on Paper
One of a kind


Regular price $245.00 - Sale $75.00
Piece
18 x 24 inches, Watercolor on Paper
One of a kind


Regular price -$295.00 - Sale price $75.00
Wedge
22 x 30 inches, Watercolor and Ink on Paper
One of a kind

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Boots: Hottest Trends for Fall

Shearling cuffs, feathers, fur and glitter??? Yes, glitter! These are just a few of the embellishments to be found on boots this fall. More choices, more styles and more fun shopping, the fashionable will have a field day prancing through the array of OTK's, tall boots and short booties (both open an closed toe).

So my Loverlies, feast your eyes on this menagerie of fall fashion footwear! Ciao, Bellas!


Fendi Shearling Cuff Suede Bootie
995.00
Neiman Marcus



Brian Atwood Ostrich Feather Bootie
1225.00
Neiman Marcus



Giuseppe Zanotti Mink-Cuff Suede Bootie
1190.00
Neiman Marcus



Miu Miu Glitter Bootie
890.00
Neiman Marcus