As summer is coming to a close, I’m starting to realize that it’s time to revamp my back-to-school wardrobe – especially my shoes. Every season I buy a pair of flats and a pair of boots, wearing them into the ground until they die (case in point: my knee-high suede boots from last year looked like I had splattered them with paint and them tossed them into a paper shredder by April).
After shopping around (where else) shopbop.com for a few hours, I came across my newest obsession – Tory Burch’s python print Reva flats ($235). They’re the same classic shape but in an updated gray snakeskin-print texture. A high price, but the shoes are great quality and sure to last far beyond the one season I usually get out of flats!
The combination of denim and leather is not something you’d expect. Denim is a relaxed classic for jeans, leather is usually for hardcore, skintight looks – and people who have the confidence to pull them off. But together, they create a high-fashion edgy style. Right now, I am super into these jackets – paired with anything from black leggings to white jeans to a flowy skirt, you can create any look you want. In the end, isn’t fashion all about personal customization?
From left: Yigal Azrouel, intermixonline.com; Helmut Lang, shopbop.com
Now that he’s done with sunglasses, what else can Alexander Wang apply his edgy touch to? Jewelry? Home furnishings? It’ll be hard to top this incredibly creative collection…
Images courtesy of ssense.com
…isn’t everyone? Despite some claims to the contrary, reports have shown that the market for couture is actually increasing in areas other than the US, such as the Middle East – now is when you move to Dubai. For fall, designers toned down their collections somewhat (qualifying that statement majorly) into pieces that women can wear more regularly than they used to. To me the looks seem as fanciful as ever, but I’m not going to red carpet events on a weekly basis! Either way – you can still appreciate the beauty and craftmanship painstakingly put into each of the items.
Clockwise from top left: Givenchy, Givenchy, Valentino, Dior. Images courtesy of style.com
(Givenchy – my favorite. Look at those two gowns! Astounding.)
Looking ahead of this major heat wave to fall…
From left: the Glamourai, theglamourai.com; Juicy Couture, net-a-porter.com; Vince, shopbop.com
Whenever I take style quizzes, I always land on the edgy/urban/modern side of the results – never in the bohemian/ethnic arena. That’s why I was shocked to realize that I had fallen in love with Prada’s new B.Y.O. Bags (“Bring Your Own Bags”). In intricately cool colors and prints, these lightweight bags are a beach staple that are also perfect for city adventures. The only downside is the $295 price tag (the bags are made in the traditional Prada fabric with archived prints on them), but hey, they’re amazing quality and will last a really long time! They also go match perfectly with Prada’s Resort 2011 collection and give you even more of a reason to jetset off to the islands for December. Sold exclusively at Prada boutiques.
Bags, images courtesy of selectism.com; Runway, images courtesy of prada.com
My favorite is yellow one that says ‘barca’ on it – everyone needs a little color to spruce up their basic black, right?
Shoes just keep getting better and better (aka higher and higher – for a 5’2″ girl, 6-inch heels are perfectly fine, thank you). Check out these new ones desgined by Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte for their Fall 2010 collection – beyond the obviously amazing color and design details, look at how the stilettos were made to imitate melted candle wax! Plus, all of the heels glow in the dark. Can you get any more creative?
From top: images courtesy of jakandjil.com, shoeblog.com, fashionindie.com