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