I absolutely love shoes. They make you feel great. They can make or break a look. I own way more shoes than I probably should. I’m a hoarder of shoes, you could probably say. I love every shoe that I own….even if I haven’t worn some of them at all since purchasing.
I became obsessed with the hidden wedge sneaker look. I bought a pair of the Steve Madden’s just because one day. I actually wear them a lot. It was the best purchase ever. They give you height but you can’t tell it’s a heel. AMAAAAAZZZZZING!!!!!!!! However, I then saw the Guiseppe Zanotti and Isabel Marant versions and wished that I had saved for those instead. Then again “It’s Not About The Label,How You Wear It!”
I was on Barneys.com on Sunday morning and I think I was looking in the handbag section. There on the sidebar was a shoe and I thought I’ll take a gander at shoes. I’m one of those really fortunate boys that has a shoe size that translates well into a women’s size. So off I went to to look at shoes. There staring back at me in all of it’s FIERCENESS:
I actually am a big fan of shoes like this. They are grown up sneaks!! The really cool thing about this shoe is all the different ways that you are allowed to wear it.
For instance, you can wear it up high by unfolding the suede wrap around straps to create a really cool look with a pair of cigarette pants or leggings(for a girl, or a really fashionably daring gay man)
I really like the contrast of suede and leather along with distressed nature of the shoes soles.
I’m really just beyond obsessed with these shoes. I love sneakers and I think this is a really cool way of growing up from sneakers to SNEAKERS!
Pair this baby with a drop crotch pants and a cropped jacket….FIERCE!
Anyways, somehow the formatting got messed up. That’s annoying but these shoes I mean they are awesome. This brand is really spectacular. I’m able to see my personality shine through in these shoes when I look at them. That’s important when buying a shoe because it really completes the look. It almost even creates the look. I wish the brand much success and I’m sure she’ll have no problem finding that if she’s only 22 and receiving such a buzz!!!
Jean Cocteau has given me my mantra for the rest of 2012 and probably the rest of my life. The great thing about fashion is everything recycles itself at some point. Paris Fashion Week has been amazing to watch so far. Guy LaRoche, Balenciaga, and Thierry Mugler are giving me a new LIFE!! Words really can’t describe how amazing these collections are. One thing I’ve noticed with PFW is the strong, structured elements of the garments. The drapery is not without purpose on how the garment falls on the models, even some of the pieces that are unstructured still have some sort of structure. PFW is just pure amazement, raw talent by some of the most talented designers in the world and pure inspiration.
BALENCIAGA: For one moment, forget everything you “THINK”, you know about Balenciaga. Not being rude, just want you to look past the bags. From the innovative silhouettes, to the eye-catching shoes, futuristic designs, and unique prints that just all seem to flow together to make their collections amazing, Balenciaga is just that AMAZING!!!
Ghesquière usually goes for a more masculine approach, typically going for cuts that are broader and lines that are boxier. This season he actually really embraced femininity and gave us ruffles. While, I’m not a big fan of ruffles and pleats, this collection makes me want to scream “RUFFLES ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND!!!” However, I’ll abstain from that because I have a slightly monotone voice and my excitement still sounds monotone. 🙂
The collection didn’t shy away from an over abundance of high cut hemlines that gave us an array of legs, similar to what we saw at Armani. When watching the show, I was also reminded of the late 80s and early 90s with bare midriff exposing suits.
If you are used to the prints that Balenciaga tends to use this season seemed to lack those. There was a strong use of black & white for the season but used complimentary with neutral shades that infused to the tweed fabric of choice.High slits, exaggerated tops, later on the show, the more patterned and colorful side of The House of Balenciaga is shown. Enjoy the show:
Guy LaRoche, this collection is very similar in the appeal of Gucci’s 2013 collection. A little more on the conservative side of things but still very glamorous and sexy. It screams minimalist but still sleek, chic and FRENCH. Knee length skirts with high collars and colors such as greens and purples were what we were seeing. I still really like it, there were some pieces that were ultra sexy. This is where the quote comes in I think. Style isn’t something you go out and buy because the designer says so. Style is something that comes from within that really shows and expresses how you are feeling. These collections aren’t necessarily for you to buy it look for look, piece for piece down to every detail, it’s for you to be inspired and take something away.
One other thing that was really cool about the collections in general this season, the beauty aspect. Makeup was grungy, yet hair was reminiscent of a Veronica Lake era,but there was also a very 70s appeal to the hair that was classic Jerry Hall, Brooke Shields, Studio 54 chic.
I wish I could find a full link for you to enjoy the show but I wasn’t able. I hate watching the shows in parts and I wouldn’t want to inflict that on you.
Thierry Mugler: Welcome to the World of Mugler Handbags. We’ll get to that later. Nicola Formichetti is really hard at work, working on a way to put his vision into the brand. That’s the really tough part of going into a brand that is already known for a certain image, however, I really think he’s past the hit or miss phase with his collections. The one problem that I have with his pieces, how do you know if it’s a Gaga piece or not. Time will tell, right? The pieces in this collection are very wearable, structured pieces. There is an element to it that says “Rebel With A Reason”
Remember, style is a way of making your impression on the world. Get inspiration from what speaks to you. These are aspects of style that I love. It’s inspiration on all levels, even if you take away the hair and makeup, you’ve learned a little something. Enjoy!!!
I don’t even know where to begin to start with Milan Fashion Week. I always think it’s great when a designer doesn’t need a flashy venue to really make their clothes pop. Yes, sometimes that really can help to showcase a certain theme in clothing but I find I only gravitate towards that in more fall fashion because well fall clothing is more about layer and not being simple. To me Spring/Season is all about “Simple, Sexy, Refined Elegance”.
GUCCI: Seemed to really evoke the 60’s & 70’s fashion forward glam woman in this collection for the SS2013. Bold, Striking, Elegant, Daring, Feminine, Flowing, Gorgeous and STRONG describes this collection. I remember this Kevyn Aucoin makeup that I bought once and one of the women in the book he recreated to look like socialite model Marisa Berenson, that’s exactly what I thought of when looking at this collection. Very opulent, yet wearable for a women comfortable with her sex appeal.
Emporio Armani: Gave us ultra sleek & chic masculine appeal with a very soft, feminine touch. Definitely a lot of leg from this collection and I mean a lot of leg. From the sexy short suits to the minidresses this collection is just everything beautiful. The colors are subdue yet strong. The look below is one of my favorite looks from the beauty of the models to the actual way the clothes fall on the models.
Another really interesting thing about this collections was in the presentation of the beauty of the models. The muted down makeup really emphasized the structure of the models faces which in turned help to really give the clothes an innocence in some aspects. The models look were reminiscent of something from the 90s waif era in the appeal of their look.
BEAUTY: Everybody knows that a look isn’t complete without the hair and makeup. The designers really depend on this aspect to really tie the look together. I know how important that is not only working in a hair salon and watching Fashion Week preparations happen but just from a design aspect of what I like. I know if a look is too Avant Gardè from the makeup and sometimes that’s not what we’re looking for. This season was interesting, Prada brings us STATEMENT lip! Versus brings us gorgeous & elegant makeup looks for their collection. Anteprima brings back with it’s OUTRAGEOUS eyebrow statement almost as an homage to Brooke Shields. Etro and Blumarine kept it simple and as you know Gucci was a running throwback to the 60s with their glamour makeup and hair! Here a few photos to enjoy:
Growing up for some reason I’ve always felt a strange connection to this song. Before truly understanding the meaning of this song, just alone watching the video, I always felt a connection. The excitement of the video, the choreography simple yet so intricate. Something just always resonates and makes me feel so good.
In terms of the meaning of the lyrics, haha I just really figured out the meaning of it. Or what it means to me.
I often times think of the song as being about a person who is sick of the bullshit games that’s being played by the person he or she is involved with. It’s about liberation, freedom, maybe independence!!! It’s a song that speaks on so many different levels that I think that almost anyone can relate too! Plus it’s Janet Jackson….I mean HELLO!!!!
I often what my first impression to someone is. It doesn’t help me that I have a monotone voice, or that contrary to popular belief I’m very introverted. I live for being around people but I’m painfully shy, more than you’ll ever know. So it’s only naturally as I grow older and encounter more people I wonder what my first impression really is.
Over the years, I’ve received everything from intimidating, bitchy, mean and I’ve gotten nice. I have a very dry sense of humor and can be very sarcastic so I often wonder how people perceive this. I mean nobody really tries to be bitchy, yeah I joke around and act higher than thou with friends but has that really transcended into my personality as an extension of who I am? I hope not!
It’s funny, a friend of mine who has known me for years was saying how he could see that people perceive me as bitchy! I was shocked because up until recently we never talked much about where we were at career wise, so it did come as quite a shock that’s what he really thought.
I thank my grandmother for my attitude problem. I’m accountable for my decisions and what I do but she always instilled in me that I was entitled to things, I could do things my way because I was simply me. Great message to send kids! I think so much of her holier than thou attitude has come into my personality more so than I know how to deal with at times. So where do I to from there? How do I be the change? I try to be more subconscious about it but how do I really put the end to it?
One of the mysteries in life, I’ll have to take one step a time.