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Happy Birthday Manolo Blahnik. We celebrate with a shoe gallery

By Andrea Petrou on November 27th, 2009

We want to wish Manolo Blahnik a very happy birthday and we know we’re not alone in rejoicing the day that designer was born, well at least when he was old enough to hold a pencil.

Manolo, who is 67 today has done wonders for people’s shoe collections and is creations have been a favourite of the Sex and the City girls with his fabulous footwear appearing on a range of episodes.

One example that sticks in our minds is Season 3, Episode 17 when Carrie got mugged in an alley and the guy took her favourite pair of Manolo strappy sandals. Not the most cheerful but definitely the most poignant.

We remember her words to this day: “Please sir,” she pleaded. “You can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and my watch, but don’t take my Manolo Blahniks.”

So what is it about the designer that makes him stand out?

Well ever since he first started his designing in 1970 Manolo has been solely responsible for the design and prototype of every shoe that bears his name. Working alone without apprentices or assistants, he sketches his shoes, chisels the wooden lasts on which they are moulded and sculpts the heels. He then supervises their production and even sketches the illustrations for his advertising campaigns.

He told his friend Michael Roberts in the 1970s that he achieved all his designs without any formal training as he “didn’t need it.” He said this was because he had “the best taste in the world.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Happy Birthday Manolo, we’ll of course be baking you a stilletto shaped cake.

We’ve also put together a mini gallery of some of the designers creations. Click on the picture below to begin the gallery.



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Kate Moss launches nightwear range for Topshop

By Andrea Petrou on October 27th, 2009

Kate Moss nightwear.jpgKate Moss has become a well know fashion name amongst us fashionistas in the past few years, designing amazing ranges for Topshop.

We’ve seen her come up with a range of funky t-shirts, dresses and cardigans and queued for hours outside Topshop to get our hands on the latest must have bit.

So imagine how excited we were to hear Miss Moss is now launching a range of night ware, which we think is perfect for snuggling up on these cold winter nights.

However, as you would expect with any of this starlets pieces, they are far from original (we’ll put our fluffy slippers away now.)

Instead Kate’s range is based on vintage, as well as exotic cultures, which can be seen quite clearly with this stunning Oriental butterfly kimono and slip.

We haven’t been able to get our hands on pictures of the whole collection, which launches on Thursday, but look out very soon for a gallery of this range. We definitely think it’ll be worth it.



Designer Fashions, designer pick of the week, Fashion News, Features

Moschino launches affordable line of accessories

By Andrea Petrou on October 20th, 2009

Moschino Love.jpgWe love Moschino, and for once it seems to love us back, well sort of.

The Italian fashion house has announced that it will launch a more affordable line of accessories, meaning us highstreet girls can get our hands on the brand.

The Love Moschino range, which includes tote bags, shoulder bags, purses and clutch bags in a range of fabrics will retail between £100 – £270 (not bag for a designer bag). We can’t wait to get our hands on one.

[Via WWD]



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TruffleShuffle launches Elegantly Waisted collection

By Andrea Petrou on October 14th, 2009

image003.jpgIf you’re a rock chick looking for a t-shirt with a twist then log onto TruffleShuffle.

The online retro t-shirt store has launched a new brand on the block, Elegantly Waisted.

The collection takes classic Amplified Vintage rock tees and adds bespoke design twists like tasselled fringing, buttons, ribbon, lace and appliqué.

As such, each and every Elegantly Waisted tee is a one-off custom-made design, perfect for thr glam-grunge, post-punk style, which will be hitting the highstreet this season.



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An amazing video that shows the painstakingly way couture is made

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2009

While I’m on a designer roll it would be wrong not to tell you about this amazing video showing how a seamstresses turns a Karl Lagerfeld sketch into a finished dress and jacket.

After all there’s nothing more exciting than seeing how designer garments are made, and what we’re actually parting with our money for.

The video, which was given exclusively to The Cut, by Chanel is a great insight into all the hard work that goes into making these pieces and it’s definitely worth a watch. Yes the seamstress makes it look easy but watch the way each sequin is picked up and the way the piping is stitched on. I’m not sure I’d have the patience.

I think that if I’d actually seen a video like this during my disastrous attempts in my textiles A-level I may have done better (well I have to blame something.)
[Via the Swelle Life]



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Designer Pick of the Week: Marc Jacobs Collection resin bangles

By Andrea Thatcher on March 10th, 2009

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If you’re looking to update your wardrobe for spring with some fun new accessories, I think these Marc Jacobs Collection resin bangles are a great way to go. Fun colors and designs make them a little different and definitely Marc.

To really see how cool they are don’t rely on the image at right, but click on the link above and use the zoom feature to check out the sparkly, spacy inlay. I have a feeling these are one of those things you’ll stare at all day when you wear them.

For around $350, they are a pretty penny, but I know I’d get a lot of use out of them.



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Designer Pick of the Week: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection pochette

By Andrea Thatcher on February 11th, 2009

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The Stephen Sprouse Collection from Louis Vuitton is finally available online, so I perused the small collection for our designer pick of the week. I picked this floral pochette not just because it’s one of the more affordable options at $500, but because I think that Sprouse’s floral *graffiti* design works best on this petite fellow. It’s a great way to own a piece of this limited-edition collection.



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Designer Pick of the Week and an extra 20% off clearance at Net-a-Porter

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on January 13th, 2009

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We’re always looking for a cool leather jacket. It’s a luxe basic that can be incorporated into any wardrobe, so this Aminaka Wilmont leather biker jacket 50% off for $997.50 in the Net-a-Porter sale will probably go quickly.

What will make it go quicker? An extra 20% off. This week just enter the code WINTERUSA through Sunday, January 18, to get the extra savings on all clearance items.

An asymmetric closure and notch collar keep the style modern, while the cropped silhouette is classic. To keep it really fashion forward, avoid a full-on biker look and wear your leather jacket with the unexpected – jeans are the easy way out.



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Designer Pick of the Week: A Christian Louboutin Simple Pump in a ‘nude’ to fit any skin tone

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on January 6th, 2009

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We have long touted the leg-lengthening properties of the “nude” pump. The problem is, the color of beige we typically think of as nude only matches one skin tone.

It would be Christian Louboutin who provides the solution. Louboutin’s Simple Pump 85 comes in, yes, a nude version which is a light beige, but also several other colors which will match a whole range of skin tones. Click the link to see them all.

Ladies of any and all colors rejoice! There’s a leg-lengthening, skin-tone matching pump out there for you. And by the shoe master himself. Provided you can spend $575 to $725 on a pair.



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Designer Party Dress of the Week: Sheri Bodell Siren dress

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on December 16th, 2008

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This is probably your last week to buy a party dress online, and you already might be paying a bit extra for shipping if you want to wear what you’re buying on Christmas. Since Shopbop ships items within one business day of your order, you should be fine if you want to order this Sheri Bodell Siren dress, $568.

We love the artfully arrange sequin embellishments on this short, strapless style. It’s definitely glam enough for New Year’s Eve without being all-out bling (so over).



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Designer Party Dress of the Week: Catherine Malandrino Tuxedo Swing Dress

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on December 9th, 2008

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We you know we’re dedicating all designer and bargain picks of the week to party dresses for the month of December, so here’s our second pick for Designer Party Dress of the Week.

We had to have at least one awesome red showstopper and this is it. The Catherine Malandrino Tuxedo Swing Dress, $425, would work equally well with a cardi for a family celebration or glammed up for a night out.

And we think the little red dress is a great alternative to all the little black dresses in your wardrobe, not just at Christmastime.

We’ll try to find a similar red number for our Bargain Party Dress of the Week on Thursday, meanwhile check out Catwalk Queen’s



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Designer Pick of the Week Party Dress Edition: Zac Posen silk love dress

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on November 25th, 2008

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We know you’ve got a lot of parties going for the holiday season whether it’s beer at a friend’s house or a grand gala. So throughout the holiday season we’ll be dedicating our Designer Pick of the Week on Tuesdays and our Bargain Pick of the Week on Thursdays to party dresses. So everyone gets tons of inspiration for their own looks, and you can check out fun frocks at various price points.

Today we chose Zac Posen’s silk love dress, $1,800, for its unique color. The lime full-skirted dress with stitch panel detailing will really stand out among the sea of reds and greens at holiday get togethers.



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Designer Pick of the Week: Tod’s Took Shopping Media bag

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on November 18th, 2008

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We’re always on the lookout for stylish bags to take to work. To us, this means it has to hold a notebook and camera.

A little more special than the average leather tote, Tod’s Took Shopping Media bag, $1,750, has the style we look for in such a bag. Zippers and pockets look modern in new proportions on this slim

Our only question mark is the shoulder straps. No dimensions are given and we’re wondering if they’d slip over bulky winter coats or not. Or is it cute enough not to care? You decide.



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Designer Pick of the Week: William Sharp Swarovski star cashmere slippers

By Andrea Thatcher on November 11th, 2008

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This may be the cheapest, and the most casual, that designer pick of the week has ever gone, but I’ve been on the lookout for some warm, chic slippers so that may have incfluenced my choice.

These William Sharp Swarovski star cashmere slippers, $230, are just what I would get if money were no object.

You know they’re warm because they’re cashmere, and the detail is just pretty enough to make you wish you could wear them out of the house.

Check out more comfy cozy picks from Net-a-Porter here.



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Halloween High End Pick of the Week: Luella Penelope Ribbon Dress

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on October 28th, 2008

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We’re not sure whose caviar dreams include spending $1,000 plus on a Halloween get-up, but at least this one is fabulous and has a life outside a closet full of slutty Disney princess costumes.

The Luella Penelope Ribbon Dress, $1,130, is darkly gothic and fashionably sexy.

It also requires some creativity on your part. Sure, you could be a witch, or you could be a dark fairy, a dead socialite? Tell us your stylishly spooky ideas in the comments!




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