Posts Tagged ‘Cocktail Chic’

Trend Alert: Pretty Punk — Botanical Beauties

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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Gawking in awe at Spring prints, New Yorkers wonder when we’ll get the chance to brighten our wardrobe with botanical beauties. We won’t be able to live with ourselves come spring if we don’t find some way to incorporate florals into our wardrobe without looking like a 16-year old teenybopper with a propensity for Lisa Frank.

You have two options when it comes to florals: you can go the feminine route with flats or flatforms or you could add some edge to balance out the dainty dresses with combat boots. When it comes to accessorizing your florals play with prints but be careful because print on print can go terribly wrong (we don’t need you coming back crying to us because you made a fashion fail).

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Footwear News: Halle Berry Launches Shoe Collection

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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Apparently having a shoe collection is the new “IT” thing to do; it feels like every day we report that some celebrity or reality star wants an in with the fashion industry.  One such celebrity is Halle Berry, who is quickly becoming a woman of all trades. The actress slash Revlon spokeswoman teamed up with popular German retailer Deichmann Shoes to create her own line:  ’5th Avenue by Halle Berry’ collection.

Fitting for women her age (we mean that in the kindest way possible), the collection features fairly low heels and wedges, mixing comfort and style for the modern mom. Boasting 40 limited edition shoes, Berry is proud of the new baby in her life, her shoe line. In discussing her new endeavor she said,

“Shoes are a statement. They can be very sexy; they can say something about where you are in the day; they can say what your mood is; they give you a chance to accessorize. And I’m a girl that loves to change my shoes all the time. It’s an expression of who you are really. I’m a girl if I find a shoe that I really like I like to get them in all colours. I’m big on that.”

With the reasonable starting price of £29.99, budget savvy mothers are eagerly awaiting the UK launch in March.

By: Ashley Tschudin

Sundance & Social Media Sorel Style

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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Sundance & Social Media Sorel Style

“Now through January 29, consumers have a chance to score customized lace plate boot accessories and a pair of Sorels, compete in a Polyvore Style Challenge, and get real-time updates from the festival” (Yahoo). Bringing the Sundance excitement to their Facebook fans,  Sorel is giving users the exclusive opportunity to create custom lace plates using their ‘Decked Out. Laced Up.’ Facebook tab. As it they weren’t active enough in their social media endeavors, Sorel recently launched a Polyvore style challenge; “through SOREL’s Polyvore Facebook Tab, the boot brand asks consumers to create looks from a closet curated in collaboration with Alex Frank, style editor of The FADER, a music, culture and style publication. The top 10 consumer-created looks will win a pair of SOREL boots and one winner will receive boots plus a $300 gift card to shop the look” (Yahoo).

Don’t let the celebs get all the Sorel star treatment, shop Sorel!

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By: Ashley Tschudin

 

Milly X Sperry Top-Sider Spring 2012

Friday, January 27th, 2012

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Time travel back to the 60′s with Milly’s limited addition Sperry Top-Siders available in vibrant prints and neon brights. Putting a spin on the classic American shoe, Milly turns boat shoes and wedges from drab to fab.

The collection ranges from $90 to $225 for women’s and $45 to $75 for girls and will be available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman as well as Sperry Top-Sider retail locations, sperrytopsider.com, the Milly Madison Avenue flagship in NYC, and MillyNY.com starting February 2012. (Fashionista) The preppy nautical style is ideal for bold fashion seekers looking to add a POP to their winter wardrobe.

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Footwear News: Karl Lagerfeld Launches Lower-priced Line, Karl

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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The man can do no wrong — Karl Lagerfeld, the “king” of fashion, never fails to amaze us with his many styling and design talents (not to mention the 30 iPads he carries with him at all times). Lager­feld’s dif­fu­sion line, Karl, launched January 25th and is sold exclusively online at Net-a-Porter.

Alike to his own personal style, the budget collection features black and white clothing and accessories retailing from $50 for a canvas tote to aprox. $1,000 for leather pieces. As to be expected, Karl’s trademark fingerless leather gloves make an appearance as do fabulous faux colors. Among the 70-piece collection are 8 pairs of shoes, from metallic sneakers to gladiator sandals, the footwear is simple yet impressive.

We can handle the trademark Karl profile on the tees and tanks, but what about the shoes?! Walking with the support of Lagerfeld on your soles would sure put a pep in our step (we’re just sayin…it’s suggestion for the next collection).

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Footwear News: Converse to Launch Skate Shoes

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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On January 18, 2012,  Nike announced that the beloved Converse corporation will launch several collections of skate shoes in Spring 2012.  As part of the Converse Skate Ambassador Collection, pro skaters Nick Trapasso, Anthony Pappalardo and Kenny Anderson will each have shoes released on February 1st, 2012 .

Partnering with the professional skaters was inevitable — Trapasso started his own company, Life Extension Skateboards, along with fellow skater Patrick Pasquale. “Trapasso’s signature shoe is called the CONS Trapasso Pro and will feature a multi-density sock liner and full memory foam collar that are designed to conform to the skater’s feet” (Yahoo). Trapasso’s Converse will be available in either suede or leather and either black and white or gray and cranberry, while Pasquale’s will be canvas or suede, available in brown and black or gray and red. Anderson’s skate shoes, the KA-ONE, will “come in black and red, red and parchment, parchment and white, black and white as well as black and parchment” (Yahoo).

With so many materials and colors to choose from, skaters are sure to do their next ollie in style (whatever an ollie is….).

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Mark Fast, J.W. Anderson, Preen and Libertine Collaborate with Selfridges

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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On  Thursday Jan. 19, Mark Fast, J.W. Anderson, Preen and Libertine announced their collaborations with Selfridges for ALDO Rise collections. The London Fashion Week foursome were tapped  to put together their own ranges to sell in Selfridges’ Shoe Galleries in London with an exclusive pre-launch on Jan. 18th.

Purchasing the collection shows support ALDO Rise, ”a fashion week collaboration program, launched by ALDO to help increase awareness of upcoming designers and offer them support through their retail network and designer contacts”  (OK!). As shown above, Mark Fast’s collection was inspired by “tribal and metallic glam” , featuring cut-out details, and retailing at £125. If the other three collaborative collections are as “spring chic” as Fast’s we’re sure you’ll support ALDO Rise as avidly as we do.

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Eco-Friendly Footwear: OKA b. Shoes Launches Ballet Flats

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

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The brand you already adore for their quality flip flops, OKA b., recently launched a ballet flat collection. A leading U.S. manufacturer of eco-chic and recyclable footwear, OKA b.’s sleek and slim fitting ballet flats are designed with their signature craftsmanship and recyclable materials. Not only are the flats eco-friendly, but they are also bacteria resistant, non-slip, durable, and washable, meaning you can say good-bye to stinky flats forever!

Available in ten styles and colors, the release of this collection is sure to impress customers who have continuously requested their launch.  “For years our clients have asked us to create a closed-toe shoe to wear in the spring and fall,” says OKA b. Vice President, Kelly Schmidt. “We looked at several possibilities and chose the ballet flat because of its sleekness and versatility while being able to maintain our consumer-friendly price points.”

While we currently do not have the flats in stock, they are available online and in the meantime you can continue to shop their eco-chic flip flops at DNA.

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Sole Mates

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For all of you coupled up (*gag*), remember that a couple that shops together stays together.

Whether you’re having a  snowball fight, rocking out at a concert, enjoying a dinner for two, or making googly eyes at a gala, we’ve got shoes to fit your Valentine’s date needs. While we aren’t huge advocates of being matchy-matchy, if any day is the day to be cliche Valentine’s Day is it! So ladies, convince your men to care about style for one day for the sake of Cupid and all things pink and red.

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By: Ashley Tschudin

Collaboration Alert: Adidas + Opening Ceremony

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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While  no pictures have been released, this week it was confirmed that famed athletic shoe company Adidas is teaming with Opening Cermony for a capsule collection of reinterpreted Adidas Originals. The 100 piece collection will honor this summer’s Olympic games, an event that Opening Cermony holds true to their heart.

“The idea of Opening Ceremony re-creating Adidas Originals products with their creative sensibility in mind was something that intrigued us,” the label’s global creative director, Dirk Schönberger, told WWD. “Once we delved deeper, we discovered Opening Ceremony’s close ties to the idea of the Olympics and with London coming up this year, it was just the perfect fit.”

In learning more about this collaboration it was brought to our attention, by  The Coveted K, that the collection will not only include footwear but clothing as well. Footwear will retail between $140 and $235, while the clothing will  range from $100 to $630. One vote yes for the footwear but one huge thumbs down on the price of the clothing… that is until we actually see the collection with our own eyes…

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By: Ashley Tschudin