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The lucite heel, more commonly known as the ‘hooker heel,’ may have a bad reputation, but this season’s updated versions are designed with a subtle twist to wear day or night without being asked, “How much?”
We rounded up eleven clear-heeled, Cinderella-worthy sandals that have spring written all over them. From architectural to sleek, high-heeled to low-heeled, there’s a variety of ways to express the classy hooker in all of us. Jeffrey Campbell is a go-to for this style along with Kate Spade, ALDO, and Alexander McQueen.
Choose a style that suits your tastes and wear them casual or dressed up; but just to be safe, stay away from anything too short, too tight, or too revealing – we don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.
For the fashion fiends, the unspoken thought going around is that for some unknown reason, this round of fashion weeks seemed to drag…and drag. Today, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Elie Saab are among the shows that mark the final day of Spring RTW 2013 Paris Fashion Week.
As part of the final few, Chanel and Alexander McQueen helped bring fashion week to a much-needed climax. The two very different houses can’t be compared to each other; however, in their own signature styles, they stood out and brought back all the warm, fuzzy fashion week feelings.
Karl Lagerfeld, the man of many talents, does it yet again. For Chanel RTW Spring 2013, Lagerfeld continues to raise the bar for himself and his fellow fashion designers who play in the same field, but may or may not have figured out the formula for greatness as he has. To reinvent Chanel would be disastrous, there’s no need to do so because Chanel is timeless. The challenge – that Lagerfeld accepts so well – is to continuously refresh the brand with each collection that speaks to the generations of women who adore Chanel for its past, present and future.
The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées served as the venue of choice with a surreal blue and white runway complete with 13 giant white wind turbines to set the mood. The collection included over 80 looks, most of which were perfectly streamlined, complete with wide midriff jackets, corseted underpinnings, jumbo clustered pearl necklaces, and plenty of florals, prints and colors to choose from come spring and summer.
Sarah Burton continues to do right by Alexander McQueen with one captivating collection after the other. This time around, her inspiration was the bee, the flying insect that is quick to sting if it feels threatened. But to be stung by the Queen Bee is delightful in this scenario where Burton holds the keys to the honeycomb she describes as “a matriarchal society where the females rule.”
The honeycomb provided the shape for the form-fitting silhouettes that were anchored at the high waist. The bee made an appearance every now and then in embroideries. Colors were honey-toned yellow, gold, and copper with black and red to add the deep, dark depth that makes for the total Alexander McQueen experience. Underpinnings, cage- and corset-like, went in or went out, no restrictions in this regard.
To view the collections in their entirety, visit WWD.com.
Today, British fashion house, Alexander McQueen, released the ‘Heroine‘, their newest luxury bag. With an increased focus on accessories, the Heroine launch was featured in an ad campaign shot by renowned still life photographer, Dan Tobin Smith.
The bag features a short top handle, cover flap and two distinct lateral vertical zips that allow for an expandable body.
The Oxblood Suede Medium Heroine is going for $2,495, the lower end of the luxury price point. The Python Heroine in red/brown is available for pre-order and will cost you $6,395 on neimanmarcus.com. In case you’re interested, the Black Crocodile Heroine featured in the ad campaign carries a $37,995 price tag.
What do you get when you mix high fashion with a top sports shoe company? Sheer genius and smart innovation. Alexander McQueen is collaborating with PUMA’s Black Label collection to create the Joust mid sneaker for A/W 2012.
This season’s designs are created with “Medieval Protection” in mind…so, how Sir Lancelot are we talkin? Well the shoe has a sole that resembles the links on a chainmail suit of armor while the three colors it will be available in (Moonless Night Black, Pony Skin Rust Brown, and Silver Metallic) are meant to resemble materials of olde.
No matter the aim on their theme, these sneakers are pretty dope. You can pre-order these puppies here, and expect to be wearing them this August. Better joust a pair of your own before they’re all gone!
For Fall 2012, Sarah Burton chose to look to the future with a collection meant to exude positivity and optimism.
An illuminating contrast from past collections designed by Alexander McQueen himself, the assortment managed to provoke similar reactions as viewers entered the eternally breath-taking world of the house of McQueen.
Take a journey with Burton and follow the models as they cascade down the runway, eyes shielded by futuristic wrap-around visors, waists cinched elaborately by sculptural metal belts and wrists and ankles cuffed in fluff, be it feathers or fur.
Every dress moved outwardly and swayed with each step. From luminous whites, to pale shades of pink, bright reds, soft lavenders and finally jet black, each piece seemed to be extensions of the bodies they adorned.
The outward extension could be symbolic of Burton’s sights on the future of the brand which will go on with the goal of preserving the emotional connection between garment and consumer forged by McQueen.
Wearable? No, but the runway looks serve as inspiration for a commercial collection that is available and is sure to aid in the aspirations to move forward.
See the collection in it’s entirety here.
Name: Amanda McArthur
Title: VP Talent Acquisition, JBCStyle
Location: Seattle, WA
Recruiting specialty: The majority of my days are dedicated to Buying, Planning, Design and Development. My past recruiting experience includes IT, Marketing, and Creative.
I became a recruiter because … I LOVE talking to and meeting new people! When I first got into recruiting I remember sitting in my manager’s office and telling her that I finally know “what I want to do when I grow up”. I love the fact that I can make a difference in the lives of the people I work with and make my hiring managers lives easier by finding the perfect new addition to their team. I know it sounds cliché but I love it, and I think people notice when you have a genuine love for what you do.
Favorite designers: Alexander McQueen and Kimberly Ovitz
Celebrity crush: Vin Diesel (with tattoos)
Favorite place in Issaquah: On a kayak paddling Lake Sammamish
Best interview tip: Don’t sell yourself short, but check your ego at the door
Favorite accessory: Diamonds
If I could be an animal I would be … Panda, Manda the Panda
Dream vacation: Cabin on the water
Sweet or salty: SALTY
In my spare time I … Hike, go riding on the back of my husband’s street bike, snuggle with my kiddos
Fashion or Beauty Tip: Nude heels go with almost anything
Favorite item in my closet: Vintage plaid vest and pant suit
Restaurant I would recommend: The Pink Door in Pike Place Market
Favorite music artist/band: Fleetwood Mac
Favorite quote: “Confusion is a gift, because it makes you think. Of what is in the future, and what has come to be. What you’ve left behind, and what you have yet to see”.
Name: Kristen Gregerson
Title: Talent Acquisition Executive & Assistant to SVP Jamie Grossman
Location: Culver City, CA
Recruiting specialty: Apparel Merchandising, Design & Technical Design
I became a recruiter because … After being recruited by JBCStyle for a temporary role with a fashion tradeshow! I was so inspired by their knowledge of and passion for the business that I eagerly pursued the opportunity to join the team and work under/learn from Jamie. I love having the ability to utilize my passion for art, culture and bringing people together while being constantly challenged by an ever-evolving industry.
Favorite designer: Alexander McQueen
Favorite place in Los Angeles: Weekend mornings on the beach in Santa Monica with my toes in the sand and a hot cup of coffee
Best interview tip: Show your enthusiasm, preparedness and sense of professionalism: research the company, have questions in mind and never speak poorly about a previous employer.
Favorite accessory: A little “joie de vivre”
Sweet or salty: Chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel. It’s all about harmony.
In my spare time I … Attend and support local fashion events as well as music and art shows, hike the canyons of Malibu and explore the vast culinary offerings of LA
Fashion or Beauty Tip: Style comes before comfort. To the ladies out there who, like me, stand at or over six feet tall — go on and rock those 4 inch heels
Favorite item in my closet: The Burberry Hooded Duffle Wool Coat that got me through a few extremely cold winters in upstate NY & Boston!
Restaurant I would recommend: Pub and Kitchen in Philadelphia, PA — My favorite place in the States, and I’ve lived in/traveled to quite a few.
“your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous.
the gods wait to delight
- From Charles Bukowski’s The Laughing Heart