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Reese rocks purple frock at BAFTAs in L.A.

By Andrea Thatcher on November 2nd, 2007

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Reese Witherspoon paired a beautiful purple satin knee-length dress with leg-lengthening nude heels at the at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in L.A. last night. Reese was presenting during the show, and provided a perfect example of why you shoudn’t always resort to length when going formal. The satin fabrication and saturated, sophisticated color of her gown made it perfectly appropriate for a special evening event, especially with sky-high nude Louboutins. As someone considering purple for holiday this year, I hope to take cues from Reese on how to do it.



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Two American designers among Furla’s new collaborators

By Andrea Thatcher on November 2nd, 2007

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New Yorker Courtney Crawford, whose African queen pump is shown at left, and native Texan Nicole Brundage are part of Furla’s new “talent hub” as a result of their participation in the Who’s on Next design competition. The Italian accessories house, like its countrymen, is not known for collaborations outside the family network and some consider this quite a coup. The hope is that these new designers will help renew the 80-year-old company’s image.

Crawford is known as a protege of Andre Leon Talley after having debuted his line in Europe last year and contributing to Missoni’s spring ’07 shoe line. The high, sexy heels he’s designing for Furla will be part of the fall ’08 collections.

Expect Brundage’s line to be inspired by pinup girl fashions. The focus is on reimagining classic styles like satin T-straps and calfskin mary janes.

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Our top 10 picks from the resort collections to wear right here at home

By Andrea Thatcher on November 1st, 2007

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We’ve languished over the fact that we rarely have anywhere resorty to go that would require any sort of resort wardrobe, but now we’re getting over it and making the best. We’ve chosen the top 10 resort pieces to wear right where you live – to work, to parties, out on the town. We’ve even found some pieces that will help you keep cozy in colder climes. I’m sure somewhere a doyenne on the upper east side is rolling her eyes that we would concieve wearing resort fashions anywhere other than Biarritz, but so be it.

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We love this Prada bag for anywhere any time of year. The leather tote, available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, could double as a carry on if you like to look chic in-flight or on the road, and has just enough structure to pull off at the office. We adore the green, but if we were going to spend $1,495, we’d want it in black.

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Christian Louboutin Clichy Painted Pumps for holiday revelry

By Andrea Thatcher on November 1st, 2007

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Leave it to Christian Louboutin to tap into devilish styles just in time for holiday season; this year’s debut of the Clichy Painted Pumps are a fresh take on conventional styles, a splash of graffiti for a traffic-stopping look in bold red. The pumps feature a comfortable almond shaped toe and tiptoe-inducing 4″ heels. Paired with a simple black dress by night, this one’s ready to create a scene; also available in a luscious (but plain) plum color:

Above, check out the Christian Louboutin Clichy Painted Pumps: $650

Other top party picks from the Louboutin collection after the jump.

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Accessories, Designer Fashions, Footwear

Playful shoes with hidden wedges by 80%20

By Andrea Thatcher on November 1st, 2007

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Designer Ce Ce Chin was fed up with wearing sneakers designed by mega brands. The shoes were made for men, but were supposed to fit women’s slender feet as well. Of course, they didn’t. Chin decided to create a line of footwear based on the sneaker aesthetic, but made for a woman’s foot.

Named after the theory that we wear twenty-percent of our wardrobe eighty-percent of the time, she wanted to create a line that would fit into that twenty-percent. The line includes boots and sneakers, many with hidden wedges that give the wearer a major height boost without giving away the trick.

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Shoes the new artists’ medium with TOMS Shoes at Fred Segal

By Andrea Thatcher on October 31st, 2007

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Six artists recently unveiled their original designs for TOMS Shoes at the Hollywood-hip Fred Segal. Each participant was given 12-15 pairs to embellish with their artistry, which will sell for $75-$150. “I want to allow people to express themselves through their TOMS,” said company founder Blake Mycoskie. “Toms are canvas, so why not get artists to start painting them so they can express themselves through Toms?” Not only does TOMS support the arts, but for every pair of shoes sold, they donate a pair to needy children.



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Bootleg Booties: Christian Louboutin vs. Steve Madden

By Andrea Thatcher on October 30th, 2007

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It’s easy to spot which bootie above is real and which is fake based on the red Louboutin give-away soles (not to mention the telltale gray Saks background). But if you just saw them walking down the street it might actually be kind of hard to tell! Steve Madden is unquestionably getting much more brazen with their copies, seeming to focus on elite footwear designs like Miu Miu and Christian Louboutin. Plus, Madden ups the stakes by offering many of the copies, like this Steve Madden Becks bootie, $149.95, in 10 different colors. So if you love the Christian Louboutin Miss Fred Tacco boots, $695, but don’t like the contrast piping you can experiment with colors like ruby and gray.



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Neimans has new Manolos for resort

By Andrea Thatcher on October 29th, 2007

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I guess if you can afford Manolo Blahniks there’s actually a good chance that you require a resort wardrobe for the winter. These babies actually run $565 – $665 which is comparatively more affordable than many high-end heels these days. With retailers predicting slow holiday spending, maybe these prices are meant to coerce luxury spenders into buying more. Keep reading for the details on each shoe.

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Miu Miu’s famous colorblocks go neutral with this brogue-style pump

By Andrea Thatcher on October 26th, 2007

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I’ve been drawn more and more to neutrals lately, and these Miu Miu pumps are a fun way to do a neutral look that’s in no danger of being boring. There’s plenty of beige to this shoe, it’s true, but it’s jazzed up with exciting texture, crystals on the heel, and a soft pink on the toe. I like that the crystals do go around to the side of the shoe so they’re not just visible from behind, but are sure to catch eyes from all angles. Such a traditional shoe is a great way to get away with the sparkle for a more buttoned up occasion. As they’re $720, guess I’m going to have to wait for Nine West to copy them.



Celebrity Style, Designer Fashions, Footwear

Victoria’s Secret sells discount takes on designer footwear

By Andrea Thatcher on October 25th, 2007

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Victoria’s Secret, best known for their lingerie and televised fashion shows, has expanded their clothing and accessories options in recent years. What once started as a catalog selling tanks with built in bras and jeans suitable for your grandmother, the website has started selling additional brands, like BCBGirls, and has expanded their stock to include trendy items inspired by designer collections. Two remarkable items available at victoriassecret.com are boots taken straight from the runways of Balenciaga and
Chloe.

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Claudia Ciuti discusses the “it” quest and shows us her new collection

By Andrea Thatcher on October 25th, 2007

Accessories designer Claudia Ciuti, best known for her stylish, ladylike shoes in amazing Italian materials, invited us into her showroom during New York Fashion Week to chat and check out her upcoming collection. The spring line puts a lot of focus on shine with pearlized, metalllic or metalized leathers and/or silicone finishes. The shoes are, as Claudia puts it “100% not made in China” and 100% made in Italy, where Claudia grew up, learned the family shoe business and went to fashion school. Her family connections give her access to the best tanneries, heel makers, and manufacturers in Italy, with whom she can collaborate on the best colors and leathers, and exchange ideas. “I can walk into these places and learn the newest leathers and finishes and even make modifications,” she said. Continue reading for a look at shoes from the spring line and more from Claudia.

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NYMag.com offers online window-shopping

By Andrea Thatcher on October 23rd, 2007

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New York Magazine’s amazing online presence has taken a step up with their new Shop-A-Matic feature. With 283 women’s shoes to look at, you can pick boots, flats, platforms, or pumps and browse through pictures. The options are unique and have obviously been picked out by hand by someone very in the know. The David Bootie by Pink Studio, $99, is reminiscent of the Balenciaga witch boots Mary Kate Olsen wouldn’t be seen without, and the graduated patent leather pump by Prada, $550, is sure to become a museum-worthy piece someday.

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SteveMadden.com is having a great clearance sale

By Andrea Thatcher on October 15th, 2007

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From metallic peep-toe heels to chic patent flats to classic round-toe pumps, SteveMadden.com is offering awesome discounts on stylish footwear–much of which are still very on-trend for the season. Look hot and sassy in these Eccho leather peep toes (left, $39.99) with a 3 1/2-inch heel. They’re available in four colors–gold, black, brown, and white. Keep super comfy in the Talli patent flats (center, $29.99)–perfect for walking to work or running errands–and are available in black, green, and ruby. The Myra patent pumps (right, $39.99) have a 3 3/4-inch heel and are a great must-have accessory for sleek fall/winter shine–they come in black and red. Check out the site for tons more options.



Department Stores, Designer Fashions, Footwear, New Fashions

Pair a stacked wooden heel with meanswear-inspired clothing

By Andrea Thatcher on October 8th, 2007

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Stacked wooden heels are high on the list (pun very much intended) this season to go with wide-leg trousers and other menswear inspired get-ups. Sister site Shoewawa.com reported on the fabulous pair from Yves Saint Laurent this season, a rounded pale wood heel paired nicely with a pointed patent leather toe, available at Barney’s and Barneys.com for $640. Christian Louboutin makes a fabulous wooden heel pump as well, sold at a rent-busting $735. If you’re not into sitting on a street corner holding a cardboard sign, try the J Shoes Oakley oxford pumps (right), available for $150 at shoes.com.



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Saks sale means shoe savings for Prada!

By Andrea Thatcher on September 25th, 2007

0468264151713_275x275.jpg Saks Fifth Avenue has Prada shoes on sale, and if I were you, I’d be headed there right now! Soft, supple black leather Prada Linea Rossa Pointed Driver–a slightly pointed driver with stamped logo and made in Italy. Originally $340.00 and on sale for $237.90. Get a a new fall handbag too, while you’re there! Leather Prada anything makes me drool…just not near the handbags of course! Check out the sale online too.




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