Trend Alert! Ugly Shoes

Manolo Blahnik recently said if he was queen for a day and he could ban any trend right now it would be platforms. As one of the most successful and worshiped shoe designers he would know. But I can’t help but despair because I adore the ugly shoe.

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Arguably there are some outlandishly ugly shoes at the moment but they have so much to offer. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Jill Sander, Sandro, Miu Miu, Prada and Celine have shown us from the catwalk how it’s done. Yes I am aware that we are not all 6ft tall lampposts but in terms of practicality it seems like a savior has spoken.

 

I have fallen victim to the unimaginable and am head over heels for what I can only describe as my new venture into orthopedic heaven. The transition from high heels to the safer option of a clunky unfeminine shoe has been a decision I have not regretted despite some abuse from my fellow peers.

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Admittedly I detested and was very critical of the over powering clunky, less than pretty shoes until I bought my first pair of creepers pre summer followed by my mannish stable biker ankle boots which offer more than enough stability circa wine o clock.

 

Teamed with tailored cigarette pants, jeans, shorts or feminine dress they add the chic boyish vibe we all crave this Autumn. Paired with an oversized coat they offer the height needed to carry it off, especially if you’re the size of a garden gnome like myself. From creepers, to thick brogues and platform styles this will add shape to many of this season’s attires and provide the androgynous feel similar to the runway.

 

Celebrities such as Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny opt sometimes to combine socks with their multiple varieties of the shoe. We’ve had it engrained in out heads with our moral fashion compass it is a no go but these girls demonstrate quite the opposite. The sock shoe combo is actually very manageable and quite chic. We applaud girls who manage this look while still covering up the ugly feet panic or dreaded toe cleavage.

 

Aside from helping out the vertically challenged they offer huge comfort while adding length to the leg so you can still remain hot property. These shoes are reminiscent of the 60’s and early 90’s the edgy cool kids choice was usually a platform that spoke for itself in a rebellious bid to turn heads. The cycle of fashion moves backwards as much as forward it would seem.

 

If you’re one of the lucky minority who can splash the cash on a pair of Miu Miu’s or Stella’s faux leather stabilizers for £685, lucky you! For the rest of us who don’t have time for piggy bank collecting, don’t fret as the high street is our answer. Topshop has various colors and styles so you don’t have to repent for you’re out of season kicks.

 

When Pheobe Philo revealed her new collection of quite unattractive shoes in 2011 some critics almost thought she was joking while others lusted after her for the reinterpretation of the Birkenstock shoe (A fresh pedi is always necessary for an open toe even if it is a Birks). We now have also been introduced to Teva, Birks’ equallyugly relative which Philo spread all over her 2014 S/S catwalks.Celine

 

Ashley Olsen teamed her Birks with a dressed down shirt and jeans combo but then the nimble singer added her $35,000 backpack! Surely then all questions of wearing birks go out the window? It would seem the conventionally ugly shoe isn’t just for in doors or pottering around the garden.

 

These shoes offer something “cool” about the looking “uncool image”. They reek of nostalgia and even demand some attention. Is it too far fetched to think crocs could creep into our wardrobe next? “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”, said Oscar Wilde of short lived mini trends.

 

From 90’s show Clueless, to pop princess Britney Spears and currently Nicki Manaj we’ve seen how it’s been demonstrated with so much variation and choice now it’s a matter of which one. How long is this trend here to stay for? That’s a difficult one to answer but if Philo is still putting them on her runways for Celine that’s a good enough sign. Simone Rocha opted for a thick pink shoe platform that looked effortlessly cool previously for her Respect Your Elders show, which went down a treat. Flashback Prada 2011 was ahead of the game with S/S “flatforms” so there has been signs for some time now.

 

Just remember you now have the advantage of availing of a comfortable shoe and no long term pain for your later years if you choose to let your feet be at peace this season. Lower chiropodist bills and descretley smaller corns while still looking fabulous. There just so bad there good! Haters goina hate!

 

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Simone Rocha Pink platform shoes

 

J.W Anderson

I was’nt quite so sure what to think of men in dresses but J.W Anderson does and maybe we should pay closer attention.

Over the past few year’s men’s runway looks have become increasingly feminine. From make up, floral prints, skinny jeans and platforms. But nothing we havn’t seen before in the 70’s 80’s and beyond but that aside if we take one major designer out of the spectrum of gender neutral fashion designers it’s a whole lot tamer.

I am now ready to embrace and understand the significance of it all. While in the past year many critics have voiced there surprisingly like for the designers collection at fashion week 2013 and 2014 it really has pushed the boundaries of social normality.

The enterprising fashion genius has made what would usually be classed as women’s clothing is for men, including ruffles, dresses and skirts knee high boots. The S/S 2013 collection was well received and branded a stroke of creative mastermind.

When his 2014 collection came it was different from the last with leathers or neoprene tunics in black white and beige hues and bow details. It seems obvious the young designer doesn’t find the boy/girl thing challenging.

 

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

In a recent interview with Fabien Constant Anderson he expressed clearly that he believes it only to be a big deal because we make it one  “were more backward than we’ve ever been”. He then goes on to defend his men’s dresses comparing them to the oversized rapper style t-shirt in relation to length so why is it unacceptable. He also explains he finds it confusing that a guy can be on a billboard in just underwear yet people make a bigger deal of his dresses for men. “Were uncomfortable with things we don’t understand” he said.

 

Andersons direction seems distinct he’s not willing to change it or let people make fun of it because he genuinely believes in breaking the traditions of gender coding and redefining the male image. And that is what he intends to continue doing.

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

 

Mademoiselle Coco Chanel

An undeniable landmark in fashion history that still remains celebrated and respected today is a staple in every women’s wardrobe that never stops recurring. Coco Chanel  made the little black dress essential to women while reinventing it time and time again. In 1926 when she first designed the iconic LBD it was unusual as black was seen for people in mourning or the clergy predominantly. It was a stroke of genius that would define many of her collections and be a highly worthy investment piece for many women.

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She adopted different styles and variations including black georette, chiffon and velvet. She essentially made the black dress the key to a woman’s femininity and sexiness. Her legendary design then became subject to copy all over the world. The magazine industry was rejoicing and promoting it to women world wide including British, French and American Vogue.

Chanel Today

Chanel Today

 

Arguably Chanel’s  black dresses were revolutionary for there sensuality teamed with mysteriousness. She opted for uneven hemlines and low dropped backs of dresses which still remain and are distinguishing and defining look in the designs today. Adverts such as Nicole Kidman’s Chanel No5 campaign and Keira Knightley’s Coco Mademoiselle advert. It seems even to date and with many passed decades since the LBD became famous by Chanel and as Vogue highlighted is smartest of evening colors.

Chanel remains one of the most highly respected French Couturiers. Her style included layering, ruffles tweed and her dedication to providing practical femininity for women was obvious. She was a firm believer in completing the looks with a string of pearls or diamonds to accompany the LBD for finishing touches. “A woman can be overdressed never over elegant”. Today the LBD still remains as important as it can be dress up or down and accessorized to fit almost any occasion appropriately. Chanel remains celebrated all over the world today for as a woman who was not afraid to break out and because she was the definition of the quintessential chic French woman.

The daring Chanel

The daring Chanel

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Cara

Cara for Chanel

 

Sources

book: Vogue on coco Chanel by Bronwyn Cosgrave

 

 

Punk Rock Rules at the NY Met Gala

The New York annual Mat Gala bought us PunK Rock theme this year. Some took the theme a little over the top while others dawned beautiful gowns and still hinted at and embodied the image with touches of punk like accessories including studs, cuffs, and dipped hair ends. While the theme was bold and fun some stars did not get the memo and arrived to the gala in typical Hollywood red carpet attire. Many of the actresses and singers arrived along side there designers instantly telling viewers who they were wearing with out being asked. Katy Perry arrived in a metallic dress on the arms of the Italian duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The california girl also wore a princess grown and the punk chic style was evident.

Sultry Brazilian Super Mode Gisele very rock chic l

Sultry Brazilian Super Mode Gisele very rock chic l

Coco Rocha wearing a bad clip on fringe thumbs down I think

Coco Rocha wearing a bad clip on fringe thumbs down I think

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume Institute Gala in New York was put together by the one and only editor and chief of Vogue Anna Wintour. The big event was jam packed with A listers and inside was rumored to be decorated all punk rock fitting for the theme. Anna Wintour let Kim Kardashian onto her red carpet this year but unfortunately the reality TV star came under tough scrutiny for her Ricardo Tisci dress which was compared to curtains several times for its traditional looking print. Kim wore gloves and matching shoes which consequently led to a floral pattern overload. Kanye preformed after dinner and shouted out to his baby mama she was beautiful. The crowd then applauded and screamed for the pregnant and usually stylish star.

Slammed for her choice

Slammed for her choice

Emma Watson in a sexy cut out still remains elegant

Emma Watson in a sexy cut out still remains elegant

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabana

Katy Perry in Dolce and Gabbana

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My favorites <3

My favorites ❤

Beyonce swanned up the red carpet in a Kenzo Dress worn with potentially questionable matching sky high boots that only she could pull off. Some how the entire ensemble gloves included looked fabulous teamed with her golden locks and train she was the star of the night as always. The jet setting star who is in the middle of touring took a night off for the much anticipated event.

in Marc Jacobs

in Marc Jacobs

Miley Cyrus was also widely criticized for her choice. The 20 year old singer wore a Marc Jacobs creation rumored to have been worn by Kate Moss years ago. The singer opted for spiking her short peroxide  hair a look evidently that didn’t sit well. I think that if Miley had worn the same dress with her prior brown tresses she would not have been under scrutiny for her choice at all but most people had a serious issue with her dramatically different hair. She was not the only star to dawn a peroxide do as Anne Hathaway arrived with a new peroxide pixie look also that she wore quite well in Valentino .

Anne Hathaway in her new do

Anne Hathaway in her new do

Rooney Mara was my personal favorite of the night in Givenchy also accompanied by the creative director Riccardo Tisci. The white romantic lace gown with a plunge neck was undoubtedly for me the winner of the night. She wore a very dark lip with her black hair that made the white illuminate as well as her. Nicole Richie did cream TopShop and a dark lip with white grey hair which also had a gothic theme to it.

The best Rooney Mara is flawless

The best Rooney Mara is flawless

Anna Wintour did not abide by the dress code and arrived in floor length Channel because she can and ho would question that. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a eccentric Philp Tracey creation resembling a mohican. The Sex and the City super star wore a Giles Deacon gown and LV boots but had a minor flash scenario.

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Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

All the Super Models represented with Miranda Kerr in revealing cut out a Micheal Kors creation finished with a spiked gold Louboutin clutch. Rosie Huntington Whitley was enchanting in Gucci and Cara Delevigne in Burberry who posed with fellow Brit Sienna Miller also in Burberry. Both wore low V plunges with spikes finishing.

Girls Star Alison William looks beautiful

Girls Star Alison William looks beautiful

Tiger Woods bought his new girlfriend ski champion Lindsey Vonn to the event and Amber Heard and Johnny Depp are rumored to be an item. Blake Lively  showed up in Gucci gown that was duck blue and bled into black sweeping the floor giving the impression of a feathered look the fashion icon did not arrive sadly with hubby Ryan Reynolds. Lastly Madonna made a serious statement the material girl barred all in chains a black wig and provocative baring tights. The material girl went above and beyond in a studied plaid Givenchy piece and not much else.

Rosie in Gucci

Rosie in Gucci

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

All out in typical Madonna fashion

All out in typical Madonna fashion

very dressed down for the flamboyant singer

very dressed down for the flamboyant singer

Mary kate left Ashley right

Mary kate left Ashley right

Chaos and fashion excelled as expected and most did not  disappoint!

The Hollywood Bling Ring

The film the "Bling Ring" is out this June

The film the “Bling Ring” is out this June

Emma Watson is playing Alexis Neiers in the much anticipated Summer film that depicts a story of the Beverly Hills teens based on true events. The “Bling Ring” as they have been so infamously labeled robbed homes of celebrities on several occasions. In 2009 there is estimated robbery for the year was said to be around $3 million in belongings as well as ca$h. Famous heiress Paris Hilton was a main target as well as Lindsey Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Hills reality star Audrina Partridge. Footage shows a man and woman grabbing everything in sight wearing hats and gloves in Partriges released tapes. The story unfolded before the affluent teens eyes and soon enough video footage and prints all pointed at the over exposed teens. It seemed like all they wanted was fame, money and ultimately to be a part of the Hollywood scene as they were rich and already partying way beyond there means and age. Alexis Neiers had a reality show on E where she attempted to be seen as a troubled good girl gone wrong but consequently looked like a total brat. She assisted in robbing Orlando Blooms house which she was caught fleeing the scene with stolen possessions. She is now facing three years probation and has served 30 days in prison. The film is set to come out this June. Paris Hilton plays herself in the film. These notorious events at the hands of a couple of high school teens has made history. The Bling Ring slowly became identified by police as surveillance footage revealed them one by one as it built up from numerous celeb CCTV cameras.That was the first break but the culprits were over heard several times bragging loudly about the high valued goods they had stolen in there private school and it didn’t take long for tip offs to ensue. Nick Prugo one of the main ring leaders has been charged with 7 accounts of burglary. All of the upper class teens equally searched for acceptance in the LA high school were popularity was everything. Once they got a a taste they just couldn’t stop! Whenever Rachel Lee wanted a new outfit or ran out of money for drugs they would rob or as she liked to call it “go shopping”. It all became an addiction of stealing , living on the edge and adrenaline. Cant wait to see the film

Emma Watson is playing bad girl Alexis Neiers

Emma Watson is playing bad girl Alexis Neiers

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The real Alexis

The real Alexis played by Emma Watson

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Knightley united

Kiera Knightley is set to marry today in just a few hours according to sources. The well known British actress go engaged last year to James Righton after the pair were introduced by her good friend Alexa Chung. The wedding plans have been very hush hush over the last few months but it has become quite obvious that it will be in France today. The Mail Online has reported a large number of marquees have gone up in Mazan in the South of France.

First peep of what is thought to be the Marque in the South of France where the duo will marry

First peep of what is thought to be the Marque in the South of France where the duo will marry

The 28-year-old Pirates of The Caribbean star was photographed in a French airport greeting him as the affectionately showered each other with kisses while she looked relaxed and happy in a pair of dungarees. glasses and stripped top. After the to be couple hoped in a car with her mum and took off. They have apparently warned there guests to arrive separately and in small groups not to draw to much attention. The biggest question on everyones lips naturally is who shell be wearing.

EXCLUSIVE Keira Knightley greets her fiance at the airport

The Prime suspect at the moment is Chanel for many reasons.Rumors have circulated that the labels director and potentially fashions most powerful man will have custom Chanel made for the Hollywood star. She has been the face of Coco Mademoiselle fragrance in both a major ad commercial and several campaigns. The Atonement star has also had a long relationship wearing the brand for red carpet events. My money is on Chanel. A feast of celebrities will be wined and dined a all night undoubtedly.

Can’t wait for the photos of the nuptials to follow.

The very famous Chanel ad she featured in

The very famous Chanel ad she featured in

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Campaign

Gorgeous in Chanel

Gorgeous in Chanel

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Kiera and Karl will she wear CHANEL?

Kiera and Karl will she wear CHANEL?

Coachella’s Passion for Fashion

Simple chic white crop top bandeaux and print shorts

Simple chic white crop top bandeaux and print shorts

You would think all the reports, blogs and talk about Coachella music festival in California would be all about the music? No, it would seem music is second and there is more emphasize on the three day annual festivals fashion goers mainly while music is taking the back seat. At the festival Women used there opportunities to embody there inner hippies and channel looks from the 60′s 70′s 80′s and 90′s even mixing the genres up. Dungarees seemed to have made a come back in denim, white and black teamed with a little crop top underneath. The California sun provided the perfect opportunity for the coachellets to demonstrate chic fashion but also offer the not so privileged goers an inside view of trends that will dominate this summer. Denim shorts were a staple as always, bohemian jewelry was to be seen in every corner which the hipster extravaganza and paradise that Coachella is.

Vanessa Hudgens rocks the Boho festival look

Vanessa Hudgens rocks the Boho festival look

Vanessa dawns a floral head peace

Vanessa dawns a floral head peace

It would seem the majority of festival girls were bonkers for boho. The fringed bag was back with a vengeance while more grunge style victims wore there torn up denim. The girly and hippy girls were seen in floral headbands probably the latest and most trending festival accessory currently. Vanessa Hudgens was seen looking goddess like in white with deep red rose colored band. Katy Perry looked the part in D&G crop top and swing skirt, head to toe teamed with perfect shades which made a nice change from all the reappearing shorts.

Katy Perry pretty in D&G

Katy Perry pretty in D&G

Kate Bosworth looks cool while taking in the festival

Kate Bosworth looks cool while taking in the festival

Mixed prints made there way onto the Coachella runway as did maxi skirts with a bohemian twist. Clash pints and over accessorizing went down a treat for the sunny weather. Quirky sunglasses have never been so versatile to date as now potentially another ideal way to spruce any outfit up. Wide leg hippy flare trousers were a surprise return but perfect and appropriate wore by Vanessa Hudgens on another day. Vanessa Hudgens I think could win a trophy for the perfect style diary for the event. Take style inspiration from the stars in the photos like, Rita, Alesandro, Vanessa and many more. There is no excuse now for not knowing whats on trend for festivals with the wide variety of styles that Coachella has brought us.

Pretty accessories and floral top...effortless

Pretty accessories and floral top…effortless

Party Girls

Party Girls including Victoria Secret model Alessandea Ambrosio

Perfectly demonstrated effortless style
Perfectly demonstrated effortless style