SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Vetements

“I always look to the example of Comme des Garçons for what we want to do,” Gvasalia, the head designer of Vetements, explained in a Racked interview. “Steady but slow growth while doing things their own way.”

Vetements Fall/Winter 2016 Runway, via New York Magazine

Vetements Fall/Winter 2016 Runway, via New York Magazine

Vetements, pronounced vet-MAHN is the cool-girl, underground brand that debuted with a boom in 2014 (despite Lorde’s twitter feed officially calling the brand “uncool” back in May).  With a selection of hoodies, quirky t-shirts, and other miscellaneous items of clothing.  Additionally, they make some badass boots.  See below.

Vetements Textured-leather ankle boots, $1,710, via Net-a-Porter

Vetements Textured-leather ankle boots, $1,710, via Net-a-Porter

I can’t think of a better way to channel your inner street starlet than the look below, socks and all.

VETEMENTS Textured-leather ankle boots

VETEMENTS Textured-leather ankle boots

 

What do you think of these boots?  How would you style them?

xo

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood is one of my favorite designers, and Pac Man is one of my absolute favorite arcade games.  So, when I came across these ‘Eden Pacman‘ heels by Nicholas Kirkwood, naturally, it was love at first sight.

Check out these beauties below.  These would look amazing paired with straight-leg, high-waisted trousers (preferably in the colors red, yellow, or blue) and a chic black cropped sweater.

Nicholas Kirkwood 'Eden Pacman' pumps, $686.16

Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Eden Pacman’ pumps, $686.16

What do you think of these heels?  How would you style them?

xo

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

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

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.

via LeoandBella

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

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: DSquared2

DSquared2‘s shoe game has gotten so serious.  They have been creatively killing it, from high-heeled ice-skates, to vertebrae heels, to brass knuckles, and beyond.  Their latest creation brings me back to the days where tying shoelaces was a feat in itself, but luckily, there were those convenient no-tie, curly Q shoelaces to wear on your sneaks.  These black sandals are tied up with multi-colored ropes that may conjure up some nostalgia from your childhood, too.

Wear them with an athleisure-inspired outfit, such as a black racerback dress or a pair of sporty culottes and a red or lime green tank to balance it out.

DSQUARED2 SWAROVSKI ROPE & SUEDE SANDALS, $2,845

DSQUARED2 SWAROVSKI ROPE & SUEDE SANDALS, $2,845

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dsquared2ropesandals

What do you think of these heels?  How would you style them?

xoxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Aquazzura X Poppy Delevingne

Anytime great fashion designers collaborate with coveted style icons, the end result is amazing across the board.  This season, Aquazzura and Poppy Delevingne brought their fashion forces together to create a beautiful collection of sandals and boots inspired by the bohemian style of her wedding in Morocco.

One of my favorites from the collection are these Midnight sandals, created with nude suede and metallic leather.  They are embedded with astrological symbols and turquoise stones, which look incredible contrasted against the shimmery gold.

Style ’em with a pair of oversized silk shorts à la Poppy (do a Pinterest search for Poppy Delevingne’s style if you’re confused), or with a flowing midi skirt to amplify the free-spirited feel of these sandals.

AQUAZZURA X Poppy Delevingne Midnight sandals

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

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gianvito Rossi

There’s nothing better than an elegantly crafted, classically chic heel with just a simple twist to make it truly stand out from others.  Meet the flavor of this week, the one & only Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal.   With a neutral color combination of rose & black & a 4″ stiletto heel, this shoe is all class (and just a hint tongue-in-cheek), reminding us not to take fashion (or life) too seriously.  Preach.

Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal, Black/Rosie

Gianvito Rossi Bow-Tie Ankle-Strap Bunny Sandal, $980, via Neiman Marcus

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

xo