Thursday, 31 March 2011

Fashion Bloodhound

For those who haven't heard about Fashion Bloodhound, it is the newly launched and leading online retailer for designer gems. Not only do they have a beautiful array of hand picked 'recycled designer fashion' available to buy on their website, as well as styling and fashion advice, but what they specialise in, and what makes them really unique, is that they source items for you which you never thought you could get your hands on - new or vintage.

Alongside their site they have a blog, and I feel very lucky to have been asked to pick out my Top 5 Shoes  on their site and why I love them. Click here to read more about my Top 5 and Fashion Bloodhound coming to Paris!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Kirkwood Collaborates

Kirkwood for Rodarte, Autumn/ Winter 2011/12

Nicholas Kirkwood is one of my favourite British shoe designers, his iconic, distinctive architectural shapes and innovations have won him numerous awards from Conde Nast to Vogue. He has collaborated with Swarovski, Ghost, John Rocha and Erdem as well as gaining the role of accessories designer for Pollini. One fashion house he has continued to design for though, is Rodarte.

The Rodarte / Kirkwood collaboration kicked off in Spring / Summer 2009 and since, his shoes have been storming the Rodarte runways. Each season appears to get better and better, my favourite have to be between this current season's with the intricately carved wood heels or next season's combination of beading and cow hide.

Whether its chains and leather bondage, metal screws and dripping wax effects, or most recently, carved wood and embroidery, Kirkwood is definitely experimental, creating avant-garde pieces that dominate the catwalks.

Rodarte / Kirkwood Timeline...

Spring / Summer 2009
Autumn / Winter 2009/10
Spring / Summer 2010
Autumn / Winter 2010/11
Spring / Summer 2011

Monday, 14 March 2011

Orange Treat

Colour blocking is a huge trend this season, and after having taken this photo at fashion week last week, (as seen in my last post) I immediately feel in love with the combination of the vivid orange silk trousers with the these incredible colour blocked shoes. I thought her outfit was head - to - toe designer, particularly the shoes, of which I thought were Prada / Marni, but after a bit of scouring, I found out that they are in fact only Zara, and at only £79.99, a real bargain and a great investment for these coming months. 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

PFW According to Me

Throughout the last week Paris has been buzzing with fashionistas be-it models, editors, stylists or the alike all looking uber chic and cool - the perfect opportunity to be snapping away. I was outside shows and on the streets and here are some of my favourite shots from the week.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

New to the Game

If you haven't already heard about him, let me introduce you to Raphael Young.

Although he was propelled to success by the help of his uncle, (Yves Saint Laurent's Shoe Studio Creator of the 50s, Alexandre Narcy), his name has only recently hit the shoe scene by its own accord. Launching his own label in 2007, Young now designs shoes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Rhianna, and in September of last year he opened his first store in the chic 1er arrondissement of Paris.

His 'education' was from one of the best, Narcy, and at just 14 he designed and made his first pair of shoes. Today he cuts, stitches and carves every last detail of each pair which has earnt him the title of a "true artisan".

I see influences of Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, McQueen and Alexander Wang, yet his shoes are still incredibly unique and beautifully created. Designing for both women and men (with a wicked selection of high tops) and looking at the current season as well as ahead to Autumn / Winter 2011, the collections are amazing.

He might just be moving his way into my "Goodman, Kirkwood and Olympia" category (my favourite shoe designers!).