Monday, March 28, 2011

Post #7: So Very Edgy!

Fashion Designers have successfully found another way to make wedges and heels extremely EDGY... literally and physically. If your looking for a great pair of shoes that will attract the likes of fashion lovers as well as architects, then sulk into a pair of architectural heels. Sharp angles, hollow spaces, and geometric shapes are only a few of the different design techniques applied to the creation of these fun shoes. The wedges have been made into an architectural shoe form with the use of cut-outs of the straps and the actual wedge. The booties or pumps that have regular heels take on a different architectural form by adding bulk to the skinny heel. Chunks of material such as lucite have been added to look similar to an iceberg or a raw crystal while blocks and other geometric shapes give the other shoes a Lego or Tetris look.

How cool are these?! These John Galliano wedges in particular stand out to me because of two particular reasons. First... I have never seen a shoe structured like this! The hollow interior with the gap in the arch of the foot makes the foot appear like its floating. Secondly, I love the mix of the colors and playfulness of the pattern that compliments the effect of a futuristic shoe.
Are these shoes modern? VERY. Are they practical? Probably not. Below shows how Jeffrey Campbell that have dipped their feet into the architectural trend but have managed to keep them wearable. 

Top and Bottom: Balenciaga $999

The fact that these heels are so out of the ordinary and borderline unconventional, not many celebrities are bold enough put a pair on, but we have to admit that those who have tried definitely rocked the look! 

Lady Gaga, like always, is never afraid to break out of the ordinary. She takes a risk by walking the red carpet in these sky-high heels that barely have any support considering the steep angles of the platform.

Seeing how designers can take a basic shoe and re-structure the whole form is amazing. This shows how there are absolutely no rules in fashion and nothing is impossible. 

- Christina Ocampo

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Post #6: He makes them look good, SHE makes them look better...

There’s something about a woman in man’s clothing that has always been sold as sexy, but what about a woman in men’s shoes? I’m not talking about your average wingtip but I’m thinking more along the line of another recent shoe trend….OXFORDS!

I remember when I first saw these shoes on women I was a bit taken back but they have definitely grown on me. It never ceases to amaze me how women can take something masculine and with the right outfit and accessories make it feminine, flirty, and fashionable.Where as men would probably wear there oxfords with a suit, women on the other hand pair their's with shorts, skirts, leggings, tights, name it!

As I do with all my post, I like to show how fashion is affordable to the masses so I came across these three oxfords that hit the trend dead on from low ($)  to high ($$$) end. Regardless of your budget you can fall right in line with this latest shoe trend.

The first style comes from fast fashion retailer Forever 21 for $24.80: 
The second style comes from Nordstrom and is Jeffrey Campbell "Miller" Oxford and retails for $109.95:

The third and last style comes from Zappos Couture and retails for $585:

And while you're at it, dare to be different and try a a pair with a  pop of color, funky laces, or some embellishment like the styles shown below:

- Sanura A. Williams

Friday, March 11, 2011

Post #5: Taste the RAINBOW

 Taste the RAINBOW
Spring styles are here and the color pallets are brighter and bolder then ever! All of the colors of the rainbow are trending from teal blue, coral pink and emerald green that are hot for your shoe wardrobe. Add a pop of color with a heel to your classic black and white outfits. Or add a colorful flat shoe to a fun flirty summer dress. Colorful wedges, sandals or heels are the easiest way to mix up your everyday outfits. This new spring and summer trend is effortless and sexy. All of our celeb icons are wearing colored heels on the runways and redcarpets. And the best news? There is a shoe for everyone at every price! Check out a few of my color favorites below. And remember to own the shoes and be a BRIGHT and shinning star :)xoxo

Christian Louboutin: Altadama Watersnake Platform PumpsDramatic peep-toe design rendered in textured watersnake and standing on a modern double platform.
Pair these hot heels with a floral summer dress or your favorite LBD and handbag.

Lanvin: ballet flat
Wear these fuchsia pink flats with a pair of skinnys and flowy tank for a day out on the town with the girls.
Barneys New York
Jessica Simpson: Jungle Espadrille Sandal
This peep toe wedge goes prefect with a long maxi dress for summer or with a short mini skirt to add length to your legs.

Toms: Calypso Canvas Wedges
Enjoy comfort and leisure in these easy breezy slip on shoes. Perfect for around the house, lounging or quick errands.

AMI CLubwear
Purple Faux Leather Open Toe Cutout Platform Heels
The perfect sexy cutouts to make a gorgeous shoe! The detail in this shoe will lead no one will the real price
a steel of only $25.99!!
 - Jenna Bothwell