Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Global Time Mint Watch, Kate Spade Gemstone Necklace, D&G Florette Sunglasses, Kate Spade Jewel Flats, Valentino Rockstud Pumps, Aldo Gemstone Rings, Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pump, Nasty Gal Grapefruit Bag, Nasty Gal Mint To Be Lipstick, Charlotte Olympia Sweet Dolly Pumps, Swatch Caramellissima Watch
Is it only me, or are the many pink, blue & colourful shoes/accessories coming out for Spring looking very much like candy? Of course, designers such as Charlotte Olympia & swatch have taken the pastry trend literally, with adorned anklets & bracelets, but aside from the obvious quasi-edible statements, don’t the floral motifs make you think of wedding cake decorations? The colourful gemstones seem like gumdrops? Maybe I just have Shoe Bakery designs in my mind. Maybe I’m just hungry. But I can almost taste the sickeningly sweet stickiness of these scrumptious pastel shades & glossy colours. Mint. Rose! Lavender!! I’m seriously smitten by the quirky, feminine nature of it all. And coming from someone who isn’t as girly as some would like to believe, this means a lot
Are you looking forward to this 2014 Spring trend?!
Well, well, what do we have here, folks?! Almost identical triangle/bow-tie prints on a pointy-toe high-heel pump. The top design named “Prissy” by Isabel Marant & the other, pictured below: ”Falsetto” by J.Crew. At least we’re not looking at the same last & heel this time around, like in the last CopyCat or Coincidence post! But this kind of similarity is almost worse, as it will, at first glance, look like the same shoe. Now we always know that it’s the lower-end design that copies the original, high-end one, but sometimes you never really know. But in this print is kinda standard to Isabel Marant’s brand. Still, however, this could be complete coincidence which might be leaving J.Crew either feeling a little silly. Or a little savvy
For those of you that don’t work in design, incredibly creative companies put out these amazing trend books each year (& more recently, constantly updated web content) to inspire & direct designers in their trade. We’re talking about trend forecasting a few years forward here. Many a time, some fashion houses copy a design they see from the trend geniouses, almost to a tee. Sometimes two of them do, which often results in extreme similarities in products form two fashion houses during the same seaon. These similarities, however, can also result from blatantly stolen ideas. Yes, as funny as it sounds, fashion spies among the creme-de-la-creme of the design world do exist! And then there is Jeffrey Campbell. But that’s a case all to itself.
Yet to the dismay of fashion designers world-wide, everyday fashion lovers rejoice in being able to get similar high-end looks for a significantly lower price. And in this case, J.Crew’s $280 version is not only less expensive, but it is also made of leather. Although I would not refuse Isabel Marant’s more avant-garde canvas version, J.Crew’s sinuous shiny pump is more my style. Nothing personal.
Photo Credit: farfetch.com, net-a-porter.com
These Fendi “Iridia” PVC blue & purple sandals are the most original shoes of any kind I have seen in a long while. But then again, Fendi shoe designers never cease to amaze me! Just out now & available for pre-order at Barney’s & even though there is a lot going on within these 4.5″ heeled sandals, every element is in perfect synch! If there were a LEGO queen, I believe she would wear these heels.
And considering the intricate heel & design, they’re almost a steal at $995. You know, considering a simple Louboutin pump can easily go for well over 1K.
Anyhow, I am in awe. Do you love these designer high heels, or do you find them to be just a little bit much ?!
Photo Credit: barneys.com
It should come as no surprise that someone writing a shoe-based fashion blog has a bit of a shoe problem. If you follow ShoeTease at all on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter, you’ll already know that I also have a slight chocolate/cake/sugar/sweets issue. So to be confronted with a blend of my 2 biggest vices is a little overwhelming, so please bear with me!
The craftsmanship on these outrageously amazing cake & pastry inspired flats, heels & accessories from Shoe Bakery is incredible. Seriously good enough to eat! But alas, the only flaw that these incredible creations have, is their inedible nature, which, you know, is a good thing if you’re going to wear them. Kinda keeps them sturdy & such. A wicked bridal shoe idea too, where you can match your shoes to your wedding cake or commemorate a special occasion (they have holiday-themed sweet treat shoes as well!). This is a fairly neat, niche idea that for their sake & my love of sweets & shoes, I hope does exceedingly well. If they weren’t made to order, I can see the sprinkle donut-inspired flats flying right off the shelves! I’d definitely love to own them, myself. The high heels? Not as commercial, but for max $200 a pair, they’re a heck of a lot more quirky than anything Charlotte Olympia or Sophia Webster would dare create & much, much less expensive! Seriously worth at least a visit. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth, enter at your own risk!
Would you buy a pair of these shoes?!
Photo Credit: shoebakery.com
Photography by Leonard Shen
I’m a keen print & pattern mix ‘n matcher. So much so, that I think it’s become a bit of a problem. It’s like I’m in competition with myself to see how much of a mishmash of prints & stripes I can get away with. Nope, a minimalist I am not (although every now & then, a subtle attempt is made!). Such an attempt was not sought, however, when I shopped the recent Peter Pilotto for Target collection. I picked up 2 pairs of sunglasses & a couple of tops. This will likely cause some sartorial cacophony in the Spring, but I’m looking forward to it! There was a time in my teens & twenties when I used to be concerned. I felt uncomfortable wearing anything other than head-to-toe black, because, frankly, if you didn’t wear something conservative, the folks in Toronto thought you were a thing to gawk at. But living abroad, then getting older helped me transition from black-on-denim to pretty much anything I want. Fashion should be fun. And if you sometimes miss the mark, so be it. Heck, as long as you’re not wearing leggings as pants with UGG boots, you’ve already come a long way
Diamond-Print Pants: Gap, on sale! (also similar). Striped Sweater: J.Crew (similar). Plaid Trench: Jacob, old. Graphic Sunglasses: Peter Pilotto for Target (love these). Patent Pumps: Zara (love these). Woven Bag: old (similar + high end). Beaded Necklace: old. Earrings: similar. Nailpolish: Essie in Marshmallow. Lipstick: Revlon ColorStay in Coral.