A great way to start my Saturday morning was entering the dim-lighted exhibit “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” at the Brooklyn Museum. After watching a preview of the display on the museum website, I had to visit this attraction, which is sponsored by Nordstrom.
Heels are a mesmerizing accessory– there’s an inexplicable draw I have had towards them since reading my first Vogue magazine at about the age of 10. Reading the informational labels accompanying each piece of art, I discovered heels have an artistic expression that is quite serious. These fashion statements became so much more than what meets the eye. For a refreshing view of heels, I strongly encourage those who are able to visit the museum to experience a rich and varied history of an instrument of power (exhibit ends March 15th!).
Designers and design houses represented in Killer Heels include Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Vivienne Westwood. Here are a few of my favorite stunners:
“Rococo” heel botties, Chanel Spring Haute Couture 2010
“Mother of Pearl” wedges, Shoise 2013
“Printz” platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Spring 2013
To learn more about the exhibit and to watch the video, click here: Brooklyn Museum of Art.
A couple of weeks ago, I was enjoying the first day of the autumnal season in the gardens on campus, and I spotted these international ladies from China chatting amongst the vibrant scenery.
It was refreshing to see students not wearing athletic wear and sweatpants. They were chic, elegant, and comfortable. They inspired me to write an encouraging article for the college newspaper about discovering your style. Such great fall ensembles, right?
Another couture season has graced us with its magic. Many people (mes amis) regard it as outlandish and/or beautiful fashion that no one but celebrity fashionistas like Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna and Anna Wintour get the privilege to wear– and that is most likely correct. However, I have challenged myself to placing a few couture creations in a “normal” woman’s life. Let’s make haute couture relevant, shall we?
From left to right: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Valentino.
Donning couture when toasting at a white attire fête (Chanel), strolling through an art gallery (Valli), and mingling at an upscale bar (Valentino). How did I do? You can see all of the Paris Couture Fall 2014 collections at Style.com.
So, I love pumps.
My admiration most likely alerted the wearer of these high heels, for I creepily followed her around Nordstrom to get a look at them for every angle. Where did she get them? “At a shop in Milan,” she smiled. Instantaneously, the shoes became more precious– they traveled all the way from Milano to see me! I complimented them with restraint, and asked to take a photo to as a souvenir. Her glowing face expressed , “I have the prettiest heels in the land!”
If I were a high heels wearer, I would wear pointed-toe pumps everywhere every day! To work and to play, to dress up and dress down. They are so chic, so classic and so versatile. I don’t understand why I’m not seeing more women wearing these shoes. Do they only make special appearances at a soirée or at the office or on celebrities?
Do you wear pointed-toe pumps? If oui, when? If non, why not?
P.S. Bonus Question: Is it possible to wear them all of the time (to please me)?
Those of you in Europe can scroll down to another article, this won’t excite you. For everyone in the US, COS is now available to shop in the US! I remember my first visit to the COS store on Regent Street in London– it was love at first sight! I was complimenting every piece of clothing and accessory– in my head, of course. This is a great day for our nation (or maybe just moi).
COS, H&M’s minimalist, higher-end sister brand, offers men and women modern classics and good quality at an affordable price. This line isn’t disposable like trendy brands, you can keep things you buy for years to come. To celebrate the arrival in the US, the site is offering 25% off to new shoppers until June 7, as well as free shipping until June 30. Physical stores are planned to open in New York and Los Angeles… so excited!
Head over to the COS, and tell me what you think!
Yesterday was an ode to glasses. So, today is the perfect day to share the Warby Parker Summer 2014 collection released today! For those of you who are not familiar, Warby Parker is a vintage-inspired eyewear company that offers boutique-quality eyeglasses and sunglasses to men and women at affordable prices.
As we all know, glasses are now fashion statements. Warby Parker gives you a great variety of the face accessory this summer. Visit their website to view the collection ranging from chic to rad for only $95 a pair. You can head over to one of their showrooms or order glasses to try on with the home try-on program for free! If you make the smart decision to buy your next pair from WP, your purchase will provide someone in need with their own pair. How sweet! I guarantee you will find something you like in this collection (because I’m hard to please and was pleased).
Now, let’s meet my favorite pairs of glasses from the summer collection:
The Duval in whiskey tortoise. Shop it here.The Crane in revolver black. Shop it here.I’ll have to order them to try on first to see which best fits me. Maybe both will flatter my face– we’ll see! After you visit the collection, come back and tell me what you think of it. Which pair fits your style?