The Coolest New Kicks To Step Up Your Sneaker Game

Chanel Fall 2014 Runway

Chanel Fall 2014 Runway

Sneakers have quickly become a huge fashion trend.  Whether worn with a skirt, or played down with a pair of leggings, sneakers are all over the street and the runway.  It’s not surprising, seeing as how the line between activewear and everyday clothing is becoming further and further blurred.

DSQUARED2:

DSquared2 Neon Leather & Nylon High Top Sneakers, $695

DSquared2 Neon Leather & Nylon High Top Sneakers, $695

BALENCIAGA:

Balenciaga Bicolor Trainer Sneaker, Bubblegum, $695

Balenciaga Bicolor Trainer Sneaker, Bubblegum, $695

Check out & shop the 20+ featured creations of Kenzo, Pierre Hardy, and Yohji Yamamoto after the jump.

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Balenciaga

Happy new year, lovely readers!

For 2015, I hope your bold, fearless, beautiful selves shine radiantly, much like this rose fuschia pair of Balenciaga wedges.

Pair ’em with cuffed light denim and a grey sweater for day, or with an athletic-inspired mini for a stunning evening look.

Balenciaga Open-Toe Lambskin Wedges, $995

Balenciaga Open-Toe Lambskin Wedges, $995

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What do you think of these bright wedge boots?

xo

Finally: Why Nicolas Ghesquiere Really Left Balenciaga

System, a new magazine, is releasing it’s first issue complete with an interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere on why he left Balenciaga- straight from the man himself.

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So, why exactly did he leave the brand?  Profound, persistent dissatisfaction with the business operations of the brand. “It all became so dehumanized,” tells Ghesquière:

Everything became an asset for the brand, trying to make it ever more corporate – it was all about branding. I don’t have anything against that; actually, the thing that I’m most proud of is that Balenciaga has become a big financial entity and will continue to exist. But I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things. It just wasn’t fulfilling anymore.

He goes on, complaining about the system that constrained his imagination:

The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people… I started to become unhappy when I realised that there was no esteem, interest, or recognition for the research that I’d done; they only cared about what the merchandisable result would look like.

They keep saying they love fashion, yet they’ve never actually grasped that this isn’t yoghurt or a piece of furniture – products in the purest sense of the term.

Ghesquière claims that, before quitting, he had no idea we all loved him so:

When I got back to Paris I saw the press, and with all the commentary going on I actually learnt things about myself; it was quite beautiful in fact. Generally the reaction had been very positive, even on Twitter there were some very satisfactory things being written.

Source: Bullett Magazine (read more on the article here!)

Verrry interesting, if I may say so.  What are your thoughts on the designer leaving Balenciaga?

Girl Crush: Kimbra (from that Gotye song)

Kimbra Johnson has found immense fame from her lovely vocals on the song “Somebody That I Used To Know“, but has caught some serious attention with her eye-catching hairstyle and immaculate fashion sense.  The New Zealand-based artist has a look that is a mix between Zooey Deschanel and an indie chick from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a unique style sense, reminiscent of the femininity seen in Rodarte, the funky rocker side of Betsey Johnson and the unique cuts and styles of Balenciaga.

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See for yourself after the jump why Kimbra Johnson is officially my new girl crush.

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