SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Marco De Vincenzo

Marco De Vincenzo Runway via Pitti Immagine

Marco De Vincenzo Runway via Pitti Immagine

Marco De Vincenzo, ex-Fendi fashion designer, first caught the attention of Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani at a show for his namesake label in 2009.  His collections have been delightfully unpredictable from the usual Italian designers, instead opting for classic silhouettes with unexpected materials and construction (W Magazine says it best: think Judy Jetson goes to finishing school).  

Check out these truly eye-catching heels below that combine futuristic and ladylike elements in a beautiful way.  Complete the look with cropped, flared culottes and a structured, high-neck blouse.

 

Marco De Vincenzo 'Maraboo' sandals, $1,300

Marco De Vincenzo ‘Maraboo’ sandals, $1,300

“I like to make people look twice,” says Marco De Vincenzo about his designs.

 

Marco De Vincenzo 'Maraboo' sandals

Marco De Vincenzo 'Maraboo' sandals

 

What do you think of these heels?  What would you wear them with?

xoxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Roberto Cavalli

Fringe can easily take on the bohemian feel of the wild west, or embody the lavish glamour of the 1920’s and 1930’s.  These sandals are a shining example of the latter.  Covered in an ornate gold color, these exude all of the beauty and charm of old hollywood that only film noir seems to capture so eloquently.

Pair these sandals with a simple LBD, red lipstick, and as much gold jewelry as your heart desires (which is always too much, right ladies?).

Roberto Cavalli fringed metallic sandals, $1,670.54

Roberto Cavalli fringed metallic sandals, $1,670.54

ROBERTO CAVALLI  fringed metallic sandals

ROBERTO CAVALLI  fringed metallic sandals

 

How would you style these heels?

Stay beautiful,

xo

Get the Look: Suki Waterhouse

We love Suki Waterhouse, we love Coachella street style, and we love the Tommy Hilfiger 90’s inspired outfit Suki Waterhouse wore at the music festival.  See below for the details on how you can create the look for yourself.

 

Get The Look- Suki Waterhouse at Coachella
Do you love this look?  What are some of your favorite street style looks from festivals this year?
xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Nº21

Nº21 was founded in 2010 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua, who also serves as the creative director at the fashion house Rochas.  Alessadro uses his eye for modern design to create unique and eye-catching pieces designed for fashionable women.  The sandals below are a great example of how the designer stretches the boundaries of modern design to create truly remarkable pieces that are more like a work of art than simply a pair of shoes.

Nº21 Sandals, $824.54

Nº21 Sandals, $824.54

Nº21 ankle strap embellished sandals

Nº21 ankle strap embellished sandals

What do you think of these glitter sandals?  How would you style them?

Have a beautiful weekend, 

xoxo

Surprise! Alexa Chung Is Launching a Fashion Line — StyleCaster

After a solid decade of topping best-dressed lists, sitting front row at runway shows, and collaborating with brands from Madewell to Superga, Alexa Chung is (finally!) striking out on her own with a full-fledged fashion brand. Announced early this morning, ALEXACHUNG will include denim, daywear, evening wear, shoes, jewelry and permanents, a category that the press release describes as “daily luxuries” (our money’s on pieces like vintage-y soft tees and crewneck sweaters).

Edwin Bodson, formerly the head designer at Haider Ackermann, will act as managing director of the new line, and collaborate with Chung on “wearable, cool clothing you can live in and love in,” as she puts it in the release.

“After many seasons of inspiring and eye opening collaborations with some of my favorite brands, I have decided that now is the perfect time to go it alone and establish my very own fashion line,” says Chung.

Check out the full article on StyleCaster.  Do you love Alexa Chung’s style?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana are known for having delicate & intricate designs, of which the details become the most important parts.  These embellished sandals, complete with jewel-tone beads, yellow bananas, and forest green pompoms clearly represent their new jungle theme through each of the detailed elements, while the raffia-style heel and clasp adds a natural final touch.  They also have a similar pair in red and black.  Match them with a wicker bag, like this one by D&G here, and with a flowy, white sundress for the perfect summer look.

Dolce & Gabbana Embellished sandals, $1,745

Dolce & Gabbana Embellished sandals, $1,745

Dolce & Gabbana Banana leaf-print embellished sandals, $1,745

Dolce & Gabbana Banana leaf-print embellished sandals, $1,745

 

What do you think of these sandals?  Would you wear them?

xo

Fireworks & Fashion: Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July to all of you lovely American readers.  And happy Monday to everyone else!

Check out these fun 4th of July outfits to use as inspiration for your own unique style.

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Style Type: Classic

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Style Type: Artsy

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Monolo Blahnik x Rihanna

via Vogue UK April 2016

via Vogue UK April 2016

Rihanna launched her limited-edition shoe collab with Manolo Blahnik on May 5, and her fans managed to crash the designer’s website (again and again and again).  The collection features six different shoe styles, including a pair of $4,350 thigh-high denim boots with an embellished garter belt attached.  So, yes, denim assless chaps that are more expensive than most people’s monthly rent payments.

Oh!  But they come with a sketch signed by both Rihanna and Blahnik, so they basically pay for themselves (or something like that….right?).  Check ’em out for yourself below, and see how an editor at Racked styled them (before she was asked to leave the store) here.

Monolo Blahnik x Rihanna 9 TO 5 Denim Thigh-high Belted Boots, $3,995

Monolo Blahnik x Rihanna 9 TO 5 Denim Thigh-high Belted Boots, $3,995

Monolo Blahnik x Rihanna 9 TO 5 Denim Thigh-high Belted Boots, $3,995

Monolo Blahnik x Rihanna 9 TO 5 Denim Thigh-high Belted Boots, $3,995

Personally, I happen to detest western-inspired embellishments, denim boots, and, the real clincher, assless chaps, so I will not be snagging a pair of these bad boys anytime soon.  But hey, that just means one more pair available for those of you who love them.  On that note, I leave you with a shot featuring Jennifer Lopez donning a pair in her new “Ain’t Your Mama” video.

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Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo

Happy 4th Anniversary, Trends & Tribulations!

Happy 4th Anniversary to Trends & Tribulations!

When I started this blog, I had no idea that 4 years from then, I would still be passionately writing away about my favorite fashion designers, trends, and everything in between.  The main reason for creating Trends & Tribulations was really just because I was living this new life in NYC as a fashion trend consultant, and basically, my life was centered around fashion, which meant that I wanted to talk about it 24/7, and it just so happened that my then boyfriend wanted to talk about other things once in a while (I know…it was totally nonsensical of him).

via Shop Ban.do

via Shop Ban.do

Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed by how much things change.  I had no idea I would be where I am today, and, honestly, I didn’t plan my life like this.  But I couldn’t be happier, and this is exactly why I am certain that everything happens for a reason.

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via LeoandBella I love you all

I love you all, and want to give a big THANK YOU to you readers for your kind words and support.  I welcome any and all feedback, and am so happy to continue to evolve and grow.  I hope you all will continue to enjoy Trends & Tribulations for years to come.

xoxo,

Sophie

This Season’s Most Unexpected Trend: Cowboy Booties

Left, Isabel Marant, Right, Mara Hoffman, Runway Show

Left, Isabel Marant, Right, Mara Hoffman, Runway Show

Cowboy boots are not normally something I would have considered to be a fashion trend, but designers such as Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, and many others have created some unique and embellished styles in this season.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley rocking a pair of cowboy booties

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley rocking a pair of cowboy booties

For a more modern take on the cowboy boots, pair ’em with a maxi skirt for a bohemian vibe, or with a motorcycle jacket for a more urban look.

ARSON Western Ankle Boots, $170.00

ARSON Western Ankle Boots, $170.00

Check out more of our top picks after the jump!

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