Ashley Benson in Bionda Castana Scalloped White Pumps with Black Ankle Strap

Gorgeous & perfectly in tune with Spring’s head-to-toe white fashion, Ashley Benson was absolutely radiant at The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2014, honouring her hit show “Pretty Little Liars”. Wearing Alberta Ferretti & Bionda Castana scalloped white “Rosario” pumps with black ankle straps, she hit the nail right on the head with this look. Pure perfection!

You can find her gorgeous shoes at Bionda Castana, & if you love this brand as much as I do, check out my favourite shoes that are currently available in shop, below!

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Photo Credit: biondacastana.com, google.com

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I Want Shoes! Green Suede Prada Blue Jewel Sandals Spring 2014

Colour. Sparkle. Sass & incredible heels. Just a few things I fall for in a statemetn shoe & this ones takes the freaking cake! Love the bold colours & intense, large gemstones on these incredible 4.5″ heel, suede Prada sandals. And that large ankle strap? A thing to dream about, really. And to make St. Patrick proud on his special day. These may in fact be resilient to green spirit spills! What more could a girl want?!

Green Suede Prada Blue Jewel Sandals Spring 2014

These stunners are available from Barney’s, Avenue K & Prada. A toned-down & un-jewelled version is available at Nordstrom as well (probably worth mentioning the latter is half the price!).

Happy St. Patty’s to all! Mind your step if you’re drinking, will you?

xo ShoeTease
Photo Credit: barneys.com

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Rick Owens WHITE LEATHER ISLAND SOLE ADIDAS EDITION SNEAKERS

I’m all for conceptual, avant garde design, but there is a fine line between an interesting object & an aesthetically pleasing article of clothing. I mean I love Rick Owens, I really do. Most of his sneakers are downright fabulous & his shoes have a dark, sophisticated edge. I will not confirm or deny, but I may have worked with the guy. However impartial you think I might be, I believe this Rick Owens for Adidas sneaker is monstrous. Maybe I should mention that it is in fact a men’s shoe. But either way, ick.

Be it, I have never been a fan of clunky shoes or sneakers, (I cry a river every time I see a oversized bright white basketball sneak), but this one is just unsightly. Or would be, when worn. Looking at it footless, it’s actually pretty amazing. But the fact of the matter is that this ‘object’ is meant to be worn.

Honestly, I’d rather  have my better half wear Croc clogs. And they don’t cost $860.

That is all.

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Photo Credit: ssense.com

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Pastel and Candy Shoe & Accessories trend for Spring 2014

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 BagNasty 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?!

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 Isabel Marant Prissy vs J.Crew Falsetto

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.

You can find this J.Crew “Falsetto” style at Net-A-Porter & from J.Crew. Marant’s 4inch “Prissy” is available at Matches Fashion, Farfetch & its 3″ counterpart “Peas” can be purchased at Barney’s.

Thoughts?!

xo ShoeTease
Photo Credit: farfetch.com, net-a-porter.com

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