SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent has finally designed the cool girl’s quintessential roller skate.  Imagine skating down Venice Beach in a pair of high-waisted denim shorts and these bad boys.  Channel your inner Lana Del Rey below.

Saint Laurent California High-Top Roller Skates, $1195, via Luisaviaroma

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What do you think of these roller skates?

xo

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Marni

Swiss-born, Milan-based designer Consuelo Castiglioni, who founded the brand Marni over 20 years ago, stepped down from her position earlier this week to welcome her new replacement, Francesco Risso.  While it was rumored that Castiglioni would be stepping down after her runway show this fall, the news has stirred up controversy in the fashion world.  Nonetheless, she gave her blessing to Risso, and is confident he will design with her vision in mind.

Marni's Spring/Summer '17 show at Milan Fashion Week via Elle.com

Marni’s Spring/Summer ’17 show at Milan Fashion Week via Elle.com

In a 2014 interview with The Telegraph, Castiglioni said:

I design for an independent woman. She dresses for herself, not to please others or to be judged. She wears Marni because she feels good in it, individual… I don’t like clothes that are tight or fitted, clothes that are about… [she spits out the word] SEX. This you will NEVER find in my collections. There is femininity, but it is an elegant femininity.

Take these one-of-a-kind sculptural pumps by Marni for example.  In a world dominated by sex appeal, they are a refreshing reminder that fashion is not about sex.  It is about uniquely expressing one’s individuality through the simplistic art form of dressing.  

Marni Sculptural Pump, $980, via Moda Operandi

Marni Sculptural Pump, $980, via Moda Operandi

 

Wear these babies with a flared midi-skirt and a tucked-in blouse for a look that’s both fashionable and feminine.

Marni White Sculptural Pump

 

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

xoxo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Alexander McQueen

It’s no secret that Alexander McQueen and skulls go together like man buns & tattoos, or affliction jeans & bad taste (oops, did I go there?).  These black leather boots feature the trademark Swarovski-crystals embellished skull emblem on the Perspex heel of the boot.

Alexander McQueen Leather Skull-Heel Ankle Boot, $1,265

Alexander McQueen Leather Skull-Heel Ankle Boot, $1,265, via Net-A-Porter

Style these boots with a pair of cuffed (and preferably ripped) denim jeans and a tucked in, oversized white button up à la Kate Moss.  Finish with red lipstick and major backcombing for a rock’n’roll-inspired look.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Leather ankle boots

 

Would you wear these boots?  If so, what would you pair them with?

xoxo

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

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Miu Miu

Miu Miu’s glitter-emblazoned pumps made headlines after their retro-inspired runway debut for Fall/Winter 2015-16 at Paris Fashion Week.  Their block heel is on-trend for this season, and the baby blue details and cartoon-sized button add the perfect eccentricity to what could very easily become blah.  Pair these heels with a pair of flared, dark denim trousers & a fitted turtleneck, or with a shift dress and a contrasting, candy-colored jacket.

Miu Miu Glittered Patent-Leather Pumps, $755

Miu Miu Glittered Patent-Leather Pumps, $755

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What do you think of these glittery pumps?

xo, beauties

Trending Now: The Boho Look

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Boho chic is once again one of the leading fashion styles of the season. Drawing influences from unconventional bohemian lifestyle on the one hand, and hippie subculture on the other, this fabulous trend has to be your choice for this autumn. However, if you are not quite sure how to achieve this kind of look, we are here to help you. Here is an essential style guide with some useful tips concerning this fashion style.

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Style Roots

Boho chic is once again one of the leading fashion styles of the season. Drawing influences from unconventional bohemian lifestyle on the one hand, and hippie subculture on the other, this fabulous trend has to be your choice for this autumn. However, if you are not quite sure how to achieve this kind of look, we are here to help you. Here is an essential style guide with some useful tips concerning this fashion style.

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Fashion Inspirations

This amazing style is a throwback to the 1970’s, being an inspiring combination of characteristic shapes and fabrics embodied in flared jeans, bell sleeves, culottes, fringes, suede dresses and many others. Even though it was fairly popular back in the 70’s, it actually reached its peak in 2005. Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen largely contributed to the popularization of this specific style.  They introduced oversized tunics and dresses, peasant blouses, maxi skirts, and fringed jackets, and we have those lovely ladies to thank for bringing this trend into the mainstream.  This season, many designers recognized the beauty in this style, and chose to incorporate it into their collections.  Stella McCartney’s larger than life flared pants, Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary boho floral dresses, Asian-influences at Marchesa, and Marc Jacobs’ woven hobo bags with fringes are true representatives of this free-spirited style.

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Ethnic Influences

Wearing bohemian clothes means connecting with nature as well as with other cultures which influenced this style.  It is present everywhere, from runway to high street fashion, which is why it became so trendy and available to everyone. The most prominent elements of this style are related to ethnicity, because designers are drawing their inspiration from the distant cultures of Africa and Asia. In this way, they are creating unique pieces of clothing that are indeed a form of art, but which can be combined with basics such as jeans or classic trousers. If ethnic wear is your cup of tea, the possibilities are infinite. There is a wonderful variety of Salwar suits for true fans of Indian ethnic wear. You can choose them in accordance with your favorite colors, and be sure that gorgeous embroidery will blow you away. Of course, jewelry is unavoidable when it comes to this style, and the rule is – go big or go home!

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Layering jewelry is key to achieving a boho look. Image via Pinterest

How To Achieve the Boho Look?

Vintage accessories and flowy clothes are a basis for this look.  

Beauty:

To achieve the look with your make-up, choose natural make-up and relaxed, beach waves for hair.

Clothing:

When it comes to fabrics, with the bohemian style, anything goes – there is everything from cotton, leather, suede, linen, and (faux) fur pieces.  Make sure that you have chosen items in natural colors, such as beige or white, so you could pair them up with other patterned items.

Patterns & Prints:

A wide range of patterns is allowed, from floral to more abstract and ethnic-inspired ones.  Lace dresses, as well as crocheted blouses and tops are an absolute must-have when it comes to boho look.  Accessorize yourself with fringes and beads and you are halfway there.

Bohemian Color Palette:
via TheChicFashionista

via TheChicFashionista

Boho style is all about comfort, which is why it is characterized by oversized clothes, often worn in layers. A great option would be to try combining skinny jeans with a flowy, floral blouse and a fringed vest for a gorgeous & easy look.

As you can see, this fashion style is beyond inspirational and it allows for playful exploration with clothes and patterns. This is exactly why many people would agree that boho is a state of mind, and not just a trend in fashion that will pass sooner or later. No matter how you perceive it, boho chic is a style that is worthwhile, simply because it survived and remained popular throughout many decades of confronting with different trends in fashion.

About the Guest Blogger:

Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute Of Creative Design, he worked as a style assistant for many local fashion events. Combining all his skills and experience along with his complete love for fashion, he is planning to launch independent styling company.

xo, darlings

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: J. W. Anderson

J. W. Anderson was nominated for the Womenswear & Menswear Designer of the Year by British Fashion Awards earlier this week, penning him against the likes of Victoria Beckham and Christopher Kane.  He couldn’t be more deserving of this award, with his innovative and unique designs in both the men’s and women’s sector of fashion.  Check out these loafers created with suede, leather, and a varnished, marbled effect on the heel.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Style ’em with cropped, frayed denim & a lacey blouse, and fringed cape for a full on 70’s boho chic look.

J. W. Anderson Loafers, $1,310

Would you wear these loafers?  If so, what would you pair them with?

xo, lovelies

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: DSquared2

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DSquared2 is one of those super awesome labels that just exude a certain cool attitude, with a unique IDGAF kind of feel.  And these skeleton heel ankle boots are totally in on it (and kind of perfect for the Halloween season…).  The outsides of the boots have a shoelace-inspired lace-up closure that reminds me of equal parts Frankenstein and football, which isn’t an easy feat to pull off.

Wear them with anything and everything during any months ending in -ber.

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DSquared2 Skeleton Heel Ankle Boots, $1930

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

Stay beautiful,

xo

The Long Awaited Bucket Hat Comeback

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Runway, via the ManRepeller

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Runway, via the ManRepeller

There’s really no easy way to say this, so I guess I’ll just get on with it… As many of you witnessed at NYFW, the bucket hat is back.  And BCBG really wants to make sure you are aware, as every model at the Spring/Summer 2016 show in New York adorned one of the 90’s inspired floppy, patchwork hats.

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say, the real question on everyone’s minds is: Where can I score one a pair of mohawk headphones from the Desigual show? Sigh.

Mohawk Headphones from Desigual's SS16 NYFW show

Mohawk Headphones from Desigual’s SS16 NYFW show

Really though, the bucket hats can’t come as too much of a surprise, considering the 90’s are (and have been back) in full force over the last few years.  Since you might as well give into the throwback Sugar Ray-inspired fashion trend, here’s some picks to shop below.

Ashley Williams shearling bucket hat, $545.37

Ashley Williams shearling bucket hat, $545.37, via FarFetch

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Bucket Hat $42.00

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Bucket Hat
$42.00, via ShopBop

Keds® Patterned Reversible Bucket Ha

Keds® Patterned Reversible Bucket Hat, $33, via JCPenney

Bleu De Paname Denim Hat, $63.26, via FarFetch

Bleu De Paname Denim Hat, $63.26, via FarFetch

Quick side note: BCBG had an amazing playlist.  Like “almost forgivable for bringing back the bucket hat trend” -kinda good.  I digress…

Bucket Hat, $35, via DollsKill

Bucket Hat, $35, via DollsKill

What do you think of the comeback of bucket hats?  Will you wear the trend?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gucci

While many people adore Gucci for their iconic bags, for me, Gucci has always sold me with their classic, yet very on-trend designs.  I’m currently obsessed with these Gucci Glitter Pumps, featuring a chunky 2″ heel.  The balance of board-room style loafers with the sparkly glitter exterior is serious enough for work, while adding on a stylish and fun whimsy.

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Gucci Glitter Pumps, $650, via MyTheresa

Pair ’em with a pair of cropped trousers for work, or a ’70’s inspired mini skirt (preferably this adorable Emilio Pucci ZigZag Leather Mini Skirt….) for a chic weekend look.

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What do you think of these Gucci loafers?  What would you wear them with?

xo