Saturday, December 29, 2012

RAG and BONE: Simple, Elegant, Funky Chic


Clean lines and detailed tailoring make up the essence of Rag and Bone's Apparel line.  Lots of black, white, and gray along with pops of red, military green and royal blue give just the right amount of variety to this eclectic, urban collection--perfectly intertwining the "soft" with the "hard."

Since it's inception in 2002, founders Marcus Wainwright and David Neville have created a fusion of their British roots with clean, sleek, modern design elements to make their line stand out from the rest.  The clothes are chic, yet comfortable with a functional "wearability" that is conducive to today's Social Media, don't have a lot of time to sit still lifestyle.

FA'SHOE'NISTA salutes Rag & Bone's impeccably crafted, award winning line of urban wear.  Feast your eyes and enjoy!




































All images courtesy of Neiman Marcus


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Online Discount Shoe Stores Take the Hassle out of Designer Shoe Shopping


 
I’ve discovered something during my stretch of being “transportationally challenged.”  Internet shoe shopping can be dangerous; especially during the holidays. No lengthy, tiresome durations of standing in mile long lines. No fighting with rude, inconsiderate customers, each reaching for the last pair of 50% off stiletto booties. No stress, no mess, no migraine meds, but I digress…

Enter online discount shoe stores.  Shopping on the internet makes my shoe craze much easier to satisfy.  Online discount “shoetiques” have become my new compulsion and I’m not picky as to location.  From local shops to shoes in Canada and from around the globe, armchair shopping takes my need for a dedicated shoe room to a whole other level.

How about you, my Loverlies?  Does the ease of the internet influence your shoe shopping budget or lack thereof?

FA’SHOE’NISTA!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Online Boutique Signals the Return of Funky Fashion

Hello to all my fashion divas! I am here to announce that Funky is back with a vengeance and Garage.ca, Created in Montreal proves that the funk is not limited to these shores. There's something for everyone, from the latest in outerwear, funky bottoms, fresh tops, and fun accessories, to the softer more feminine dresses, sequined tank tops and supple knitwear. Military jackets, form fitting fleece joggers, and utility vests bring an urban, edgy casual chic to the fall/winter fashion season.   Who says warm has to be stodgy? These aren't your mother's jogging pants. Layer up with stylish flair to ward off that burst of arctic air!

Shipping is free on orders totaling $50.00 or more.

So be sure to check out Garage.ca, Created in Montreal where Funky, Fresh and Fun are the new "F" words.

Mistresses of Funk unite!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Designer Showcase: Kate Spade New York - Fall Collection

Color, style, classic design and, oh...did I mention color? These are all elements of Kate Spade New York's Fall Collection. As an artist and a colorist, I love, love, love this collection. Not only are the classic designs a vintage throwback to "Sixties Mod," but they have just enough of an edge to satisfy today's modern fashionistas.

Colorblocking takes shape in the form of skinny pants, knit dresses, and solid colors in outerwear mixed with bold patterns underneath. There is no shame in Ms. Spade's game as the mixture of colors, textures and patterns gives the collection a look of urban edgy chic that translates well from day to evening. So, take a gander, my lovelies, and enjoy the transition into fall with a sprinkle of bold color and eclectic style!



























Kate Spade New York garby colorblock jacket, arianna merino-cashmere sweater & avery dot-print pants Neiman Marcus



























Kate Spade New York rainey embroidered dress Neiman Marcus























Kate Spade New York
steffie warp-plaid coat, fran dot-print cap-sleeve top & evan a-line colorblock skirt
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, September 22, 2012

THE PRICE WE PAY



















Here is a repost of a particularly favorite article of mine written some time ago.  For those of you who are regulars to this blog, hope you enjoy it again.  For all my new readers, here's some fashionable food for thought.  Indulge!


What is it that intrigues women so about designer shoes? Why do we go gaga over the likes of a Manolo Blahnik or a Jimmy Choo?
As a woman, ergo one of the intrigued, I often find myself in the middle of discussions about the price of designer brand shoes. Why do they cost so much? Who would pay those prices? Then there’s the ever popular “you would be crazy to lay down that much cash for some famous shoe designer's name!”

There is somewhat of a reprieve, however. Discount stores like DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) and Nordstrom’s, Off the Rack, give a shoe maven the opportunity to scratch her itch for the best designer shoes without demolishing her bank account.



Whenever my cohorts ask me why designers charge so much for their wares, I always have the same answer: because that’s what their clientele want to pay. You see, even the quintessential bargain shopper has her favorite designers and will rarely deviate. Oh, how we love to share our conquest, "girl, you won't believe how much I got these (insert designer name here) for! They were originally…" (insert exorbitantly high price here). While the savvy shopper may be acquiring her favorite designer shoes for less, the original price remains a fixation in her fashion psyche.

Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Rihanna, and Britney Spears are not the only ones amassing their high-end designer collections. It's also the self-made businesswoman, the 21st century female entrepreneur, the unsung heroine who has earned her keep, worked her way to the top, and has no problem treating herself to the guilty, or not so guilty, pleasure of sporting the latest creation of her favorite shoe designer. To the winner go the spoils!

It’s just my opinion, but I believe women who buy Christian Louboutin, Ferragamo, and Miu Miu at full cost, are not only enamored with the shoes, but probably get at least a slight thrill from being able to afford the prices they pay for them. For me it wouldn’t be as much about bragging rites as about the ability to purchase a high quality, high fashion, designer shoe of my choosing without having to worry about what bill I can't pay because of my purchase.


www.chanel-shoes.com
While knock off designer shoes may be just as pretty, or somewhat appealing to the naked eye, and probably just as functional (as is the generic cousin of any product line) they’re incapable of satisfying the true shoe maven's insatiable craving for an original.

There's something to be said for slipping into a Chanel sling back, knowing that its classic predecessor was created in 1957, or sliding into a pair of Christian Louboutins with the knowledge that his signature red sole is based on Chanel red nail polish, and that there are only 120 pairs designed per collection. How can one not swoon over the fact that the uppers, along with many of the intricate details of her Ferragamos are hand cut and crafted by meticulously trained artisans? Think what you will, but these innovators take the meaning of the words "you get what you pay for" to astronomical levels.


Miu Miu

As a young girl growing up, I was in love with anything fashion related. I read every fashion magazine on the market (well, actually I ready anything that was on the market; I am and always have been a voracious reader). Anyhoo, I used to get a thrill reading about how young girls in France used to save their money to buy their favorite pair of Sonia Rykiel’s.

This was an amazing feat to me—to scrimp, and save, possibly do chores or work odd jobs, or even save your allowance and go without a couple, three pieces of candy, just to acquire the latest in designer shoes. Wow! It was at that moment I realized the importance of having fashionable feet. No matter the age group; whether woman, pre-pubescent or teen, females from every walk of life have made the quest for their favorite pair of designer footwear. Now that I’m all grown up, having experienced an even deeper revelation regarding my love of shoes, just the thought of the next designer shoe sale sends shivers up my spine!


Christian Lacroix

Okay, you may be thinking to yourself, “What’s up with that? Doesn’t she know there are other things more important going on in the world than the next designer shoe extravaganza?” Of course I do. Oh—and by no means am I promoting the irresponsible use of credit cards (or rent money) to purchase what you know you cannot afford. I am far from superficial; I merely like what I like. And, even though I am not at my desired level of purchasing power, I suspect I will be in the near future (I dream big).

Hey, don't judge me. You have your form of mindless escapism, and I have mine.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wearable Art: The High Heeled Art Designs of Artist Mark Schwartz

"Artist Mark Schwartz builds a fashion collection featuring images of high-heeled shoes. Mark Schwartz, an internationally-collected watercolor artist who creates dramatic and colorful paintings of high-heeled shoes, is now launching a fashion collection of women's tops and handbags featuring images of his art. His High-Heeled Art collection will make it's debut at the Pool Trade Show in Las Vegas which takes place on August 20-22, 2012." (Press Release, Carolyn Edlund, PR Contact)

When I saw the work of Mark Schwartz, I new instantly that I had to talk with him about his creative endeavors. Mark Schwartz transforms every shoe maven's dream into a stunning piece of art through the use of vibrant colors and abstract forms. We have kept in touch through his emails informing me of his art sales and I am always amazed at the beauty of his technique. He has worked with the likes of Andy Warhol and was a protege of the great designer, Roger Vivier. While the paintings are abstract in nature, the viewer's eye is ultimately drawn to the shape of a sexy, strappy sandal or a pointy toed stiletto. One is engrossed in a sea of flowing lines, whimsical brush strokes and intense color saturation not often seen in watercolors.

Now the artist has taken the next step, incorporating his extraordinary works into a fashion collection of wearable art. Schwartz's collection includes functional pieces such as tote bags and tee shirts splashed with images of his high-heeled art. Women's long and short sleeved tee's, handbags, and totes make up the flagship line with future additions to include home decor and dinnerware. Schwartz will make a personal appearance at the Pool Trade Show, Las Vegas, to promote his new collection. For more information on this exciting fashion event, visit the artist's Blog, High Heeled Art.



Photo courtesy of High Heeled Art/Mark Schwartz

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Christian Louboutin Pre-Fall Collection 2012

It has been 90+ degrees here in Michigan for the past 5 consecutive days, yet I'm already thinking Fall RTW 2012. Accessories are going to play a major part (don't they always) in pulling together the total "look" for fall. So, who better to get us off on the fashionable right foot (please pardon the pun)than everyone's favorite frenchman, Christian Louboutin? As far as I'm concerned, Louboutin is unabashedly adorable. I saw a video of him on the Trapeze a few years ago (he was a natural) and was positively delighted by the ease with which he became that "daring young man on the fly..." well, you get the idea.

 Louboutin's Pre-Fall collection is further proof of his willingness to take risks. He knows how to keep us fiending for those red soles, having something for every Fashionista no matter what her level of style. From classically beautiful, to Punk Rocker Chic. From untamed and mysterious to playfully Preppy. I applaud CL's ability to make a woman feel beautiful and powerful simultaneously, all without turning her into a cliche'. His designs are Old Hollywood Glamour with an edge and grateful Fa'shoe'nistas everywhere are all the better for his expertise.

So, my lovely dolls, brace yourselves and feast your style hungry eyes on CL's Pre-Fall collection. Oh, and make sure you have your fancy hanky to delicately dab away the drool...

$1,195 
Neiman Marcus 

$775 
Neiman Marcus

$995 
Neiman Marcus

$1,395 
Neiman Marcus

$1,495 
Neiman Marcus

$1,075 
Neiman Marcus

$1,995 
Neiman Marcus

Havana Woman Trash Oxford
$895
Neiman Marcus

Corneille Asymmetric Slingback, Black
$695 
Neiman Marcus

Splash Fur Slingback
$1,595 
Neiman Marcus

Lady Max Spike T-Strap Sandal, Black
$1,495 
Neiman Marcus 


Bandita Leather Boot
$1,995 
Neiman Marcus

All photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus

 

Friday, June 22, 2012

THE BOLD AND THE COLORFULLY BEAUTIFUL

Hey everyone! I must apologize for being MIA. Busy doing other stuff that I don't particularly enjoy (aaarrrrgh) but that has to be done nonetheless. Hope the hot days of summer are awesome for you so far. Here in my neck of the woods (Sterling Heights, MI) we've had scorching days with skies that look like they're about to open up but only let out a few little drops of rain. Just enough to raise the humidity to an unbearable height. Today's the first day of comfortable weather (79-80) and I'm loving it.

With the summer comes calm, cool, light fabrics with added bursts of color in the form of knockout accessories. Since this is FA'SHOE'NISTA! I'm concentrating on footwear today.

The Shopping site, THREADSENCE has launched their shoe boutique and I must say it is fabulous. The indie shoes and footwear boutique is chock full of sandals in beautiful Neutrals and wedges in eye-popping "Technicolors." The styles are ripe for playful summer days with funky jeans and graphic tees or fantasy date nights with after five flowing dresses and multiple strand bobbles about the neck.

And...

Not only are the shoes beautiful, they are surprisingly reasonable on the price scale. Many of the wedges are below $100.00 and the sandals are under $50.00! So check out these fierce, fresh numbers from THREADSENCE and tell me what you think. Ciao, Mon Amis!
 

Stop and Stare Fuchsia Wedges


Curvo Wedges by Bacio 61

Neon Dazzle Wedges

Spring Break Wedges

Minx Cutout Platform By Dolce Vita 

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Kickstarter Project is Live!

Hey, everyone.  Hope Moms had a wonderfully blessed Mommy's Day and that everyone's weekend was super fab.

Just wanted to let you all know that my Kickstarter project went live a couple of days ago.  I'm really excited to see if I'll get the funding I need to create a whole new body of work for the upcoming shows in the fall and to jumpstart my art and design career.  Been waiting a long time to make a living at what I love to do most and hopefully, Kickstarter will be the door that I need opened in order to walk into my dreams and creative aspirations.

In order to donate and help with the project, or just to to take a look, you can click here.

Kickstarter is an all or nothing endeavor.  My goal is $2500.00 by June 11, 2012.  If I get 2,499.00, I get nothing. :0(  I know this is done to keep it equitable for everyone, so I am not upset about that.  I can never get less, but I can always get more (isn't that lovely?) :0)

So click on the link above and check out my Kickstarter page.

Love you and stay stylish!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The End of an Era: Vidal Sassoon Dies at age 84

Still beautiful after all these years. Thanks for giving us beauty with an edge. You will be missed.
Photo courtesy of thesun.co.uk
Photo courtesy of Chron.com

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Essence.com - Delicious Divas at H & M Fashion Star Party

Hello all my Loverlees! I know I've been away for a long time and I apologize. Things have been kind of hectic and crazy and I have been extremely exhausted. Looking forward to a long needed break from the grind. Anyhoo... I positively love the Street Style emails I receive from Essence.com. These fashionable women from various arenas in the industry as well as entrepreneurs who know how to work an ensemble are always a great inspiration to me. So for today, I have a Street Style pic from the H&M "Fashion Star" party. A few of the judges are shown in their fabulous outfits (Nicole Ritchie looks absolutely adorable as you'll see) as well as other fashionistas from all walks of life. So take in an eye full of these Delicious Divas and swoon! Is this not the cutest?
Photo courtesy Essence.com Fashion Star judge and Macy’s buyer Caprice Willard Photo courtesy Essence.com
Photo courtesy of Essence.com Fashion Star judge Nicole Richie Photo courtesy of Essence.com

Saturday, March 24, 2012

CAGEY CHIC: Brian Atwood

Brian Atwood was the first American footwear designer to be hired by Versace. These designs below give insight into why that was. Atwood is now an award winning designer with his own line of sleek, well designed footwear for the discerning FA'SHOE'NISTA. Check out these beauties below. Muy bien, no?


Corset Sandal
350.00
Neiman Marcus



Strappy Cage Sandal
400.00
Neiman Marcus



Snakeskin Peep-Toe Pump
300.00
Neiman Marcus



Suede Color-block Pump
350.00
Neiman Marcus



Fringe T-Strap Sandal
350.00
Neiman Marcus



Cylinder Heel Platform Sandal
325.00
Neiman Marcus



Leaf-Covered Asymmetric Sandal
325.00
Neiman Marcus