SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gucci

Up until 2014 when Alessandro Michele took the reigns as the new creative director of Gucci, the label had lost some of its luster in recent times (aka: post the reign of Tom Ford).  Sure, they had maintained a luxury status due to their monogram and the loyal customer base, but essentially, it just hadn’t kept up with the ever changing world of fashion.

Alessandro Michele walking the runway at Gucci's Autumn/Winter 2016 show

Alessandro Michele walking the runway at Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2016 show

Enough lingering on the past.  The point being, is that Alessandro Michele is a freaking genius, and he’s dolled up the fashion house real pretty since coming into office.  After his first Gucci presentation in February last year he said, “It’s been 20 years since Tom worked his magic at Gucci. The world is completely different. What women want is completely different. Amen.

After their fashion-forward September catwalk show last season, they became Net-a-Porter’s second best-selling brand.  Naturally, the shoes have become a game-changer once again, with sky-high platforms, and enough studs to officially dub them a lethal weapon.  See the almost-sold out (albeit still in pre-order) Malin Spiked Leather Sandals below, with the signature Gucci colors, and adorned with dangerously alluring details.  Style these sandals with a boxy skirt and geek-chic details to balance out the look.

Gucci Malin Spiked Leather Sandals, $1,500, via Saks

Gucci Malin Spiked Leather Sandals, $1,500, via Saks

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Gucci Malin Sandals

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

xo,

stay lovely

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Designer Spotlight: Au Jour Le Jour

Au Jour Le Jour via Buro 24/7

Au Jour Le Jour via Buro 24/7

Recently, I stumbled across a sushi-printed jacket, and had to track down the designer immediately.  It turns out, the jacket was the product a new fashion label known as Au Jour Le Jour.  The Italian label debuted in 2010 as brainchild of designers Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez.

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Designers Mirko Fontana e Diego Marquez

The designers combine their complementary and diverse skill sets and backgrounds to create elegant, yet quirky and sophisticated, yet totally unique designs.  

Anna Dello Russo in Au Jour Le Jour

Anna Dello Russo in Au Jour Le Jour

Their whimsical prints can be found on celebrities and fashion icons alike, as well as through high-end department stores and prestigious online fashion boutiques, such as FarFetch.

Au Jour Le Jour Menswear

Au Jour Le Jour Menswear

Their lines include both mens’ and womens’ wear, and prices range from $200 to over $1,000.  My personal favorites include this bus-printed skirt, this pair of sequin-embellished denim shorts, and this apple-print playsuit.

Au Jour Le Jour Spring/Summer '15 runway show, via StyleBlazer

Au Jour Le Jour Spring/Summer ’15 runway show, via StyleBlazer

What do you think of their funky designs?  Would you wear them?

xo

What’s Trending: 5 Must-Have Fashion Week Worthy Accessories

One of my favorite things about fashion is the quirky, eclectic pieces that you find.  It has been said that people shop for items to wear at Fashion Week all year long, but I find it’s more fun to try to combine those conversation-starting pieces with classic basics to achieve a fashionable balance any day of the year.  As a bonus, when Fashion Week does come around, you have an arsenal of tried and true pieces in your closet to throw on- saving you time to try that mohawk braid you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months.

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Piers Atkinson Tropical Flamingo Headband, $230

Piers Atkinson Tropical Flamingo Headband, $230

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Ashley Pittman Samaki bronze & horn earrings, $395

Ashley Pittman Samaki bronze & horn earrings, $395

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Anna-Karin Karlsson Tropical Swarovski crystal-embellished sunglasses, $1,010

Anna-Karin Karlsson Tropical Swarovski crystal-embellished sunglasses, $1,010

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Vika Gazinskaya Printed brushed-satin and silk-blend cloque dress, $3,540

Vika Gazinskaya Printed brushed-satin & silk-blend cloque dress, $3,540

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Charlotte Olympia sunny metallic patent-leather & PVC clutch, $895

Charlotte Olympia sunny metallic patent-leather & PVC clutch, $895

What do you think of these unique items?

Designer Spotlight: Yaz Bukey

Yaz Bukey, ottoman queen and Parisian designer, is my new favorite person.  Of course, I’m not alone in this- Bjork bought out Yaz Bukey’s entire first collection.  Her namesake line, Yazbukey, is filled with unique, tongue-in-cheek pieces that poke fun at celebrities, and have an playful, cartoon-like appeal that makes the inner 6 year old in me squeal with excitement.

Yaz Bukey in her home.  Photo courtesy of The Coveteur

Yaz Bukey in her home. Photo courtesy of The Coveteur

Yaz Bukey started out working at Jeremy Scott, Givenchy (alongside Alexander McQueen), and worked at Maison Martin Margiela, but her style is completely her own.  Check out some of the photos from her Spring/Summer ’14 collection, titled “Fabulous Market” below.

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Just try to tell me your not obsessed already, too.  Check out her collections at her website here.

Designer Spotlight: Coco & Breezy

Coco & Breezy (aka Corianna and Brianna Dotson) are two twin sisters from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who designed some unique sunglasses for themselves, mainly because they were super shy.

Coco & Breezy

Coco & Breezy

They went out to New York City on vacation for a few weeks, and people started stopping them on the street to buy their sunglasses right then off of the girls.  Long story short, the girls decided to make a business out of making their quirky sunglasses, and moved out to NY with a dream and a lot of determination.  Soon enough, their sunglasses were selling out faster than they could make ’em, and worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, and Pharrell Williams, among many other celebs.

An editorial featuring their shades from the OakNYC pre-fall edition

An editorial featuring their shades from the OakNYC pre-fall edition

What I find truly amazing about Coco & Breezy’s story is that it truly shows with ambition combined with hard work, anything is possible.  When asked for their favorite quote in an interview with Jason Lee, they responded:

“I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond buying a snack and this older lady told me, “First, it’s about taking care of your health ,and second, its about being happy and true to yourself.  Then, its the money.  If you don’t have the first two things primary, then the money doesn’t matter.  Money is not what makes happiness.”
Undoubtedly, these twin sisters are trendsetters

Undoubtedly, these twin sisters are natural born trendsetters

Their sunglasses and miscellaneous other items (jackets and children’s, among others) can be found at their website, as well as everywhere from Karmaloop to Napolean Perdis.   Each collection under the Coco and Breezy eyewear range has its own story.  “20/20” collection – living in the year twenty twenty and having 20/20 vision, “Rainy Days” based on the concept of an umbrella, the literally translated collection “Wearable Art”, and “Omorose” meaning ‘beautiful’ in Egyptian.

A look at their children's collection (I'm all for raising a generation of super cool badasses)

A look at their children’s collection (I’m all for raising a generation of super cool mini-badasses)

To C&B, “Your eyewear is always your outfit and your clothing outfit is always your accessory.”  Be sure to keep an eye out for these inspiring fashionistas.

I was in bed,bath and beyond buying a snack and this older lady told me “1st its about taking care of your health, 2nd its about being happy and true to yourself and thennnnn its the money. If you don’t have the 1st two things primary, then the money doesn’t matter. Money is not what makes happiness.” – See more at: http://iamjasonlee.com/2012/07/exclusive-jason-lee-catches-up-with-coco-breezy/#sthash.X2bO1dKF.dpuf

Zoe Karssen Resort ’13 Lookbook (It’s Amazing!)

Zoe Karssen‘s funky and unique style is evident in each of the looks in the Spring/Resort 2013 lookbook.  Although the t-shirts are simple, their quirky designs would look great tucked into a pair of high-waisted denim shorts or dressed up with a pencil skirt.  See the looks below!

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Street Style: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn has a creative energy and artsy vibe, and it’s completely apparent that the stylish ladies have outfits that exude their unique personalities.  Here are the photos I shot in the past couple weeks of some of the lovely females.

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY

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Good morning to you lovely readers!  Today, I present you the Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem heel from their Fall/Winter 2012 Collection.  Nicholas Kirkwood has become such a shoe icon, with his interesting shapes, cuts, and designs.  These heels are crafted from silk-covered leather and finished with a graphic heel.  Continue reading to see more of the collection.

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