It’s the absence of color that has taken the runway by storm this fashion season. The best footwear and handbag designers are using this crystal clear trend to project a mix of elegance and sophistication with stylish and innovative shapes and sizes. While slight hints of color are employed to make a shoe pop and handbags stand out, it is the lack of color that make these accessories a hit for spring. Not to mention, it offers a versatility that allows for easy pairings with almost anything in your closet.
This season shoes will have you floating in air, or at least look like it, according to top fashion houses like Givenchy. Footwear has long been a focus on the runway during fashion week, and this year was no exception. The runways were paved with a plethora of sky-high stilettos and eye popping pumps. But how exactly do you rock the crystal clear trend? That’s easy! Effortlessly shift from day to night with a sophisticated oxford, highlighting stylish cut outs and invisible side paneling, or take that little black dress to the next level sporting see through pumps with invisible straps from Michael Kors. Pair it with a clear tote from Fendi or translucent crystal-like clutch from Gucci.
Sneakers are the go-to in comfort. When you just need to run out on errands, you grab a pair of running shoes and you’re out the door. Sneakers are functional, and with designers like Isabel Marant and Marc Jacobs designing high-fashion sneaker wedges, your tired gym shoes are getting a whole new lease on life. By spinning a classic, sporty design, sneaker wedges have become a fun alternative to traditional wedges and heels. Here are five sneaker wedges Joonbug loves.
A deep cherry red velvet with chocolate brown leather trim. Front lace and Velcro cross-strap is adorned with small brass studs making this shoe street ready.
Cat Footwear, a division of Wolverine World Wide Inc. and global licensee of Caterpillar Inc., is a brand that focuses on quality, rugged leathers, old-fashioned craftsmanship, and sophisticated details, all for a reasonable price. During Nolcha Fashion Week, we got to see a preview of Cat Footwear's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which launches March 20th, and couldn't get enough. The collection features pastels and earth tones, perfect for the warm weather ahead. We particularly love the bohemian look of their sandals, which are made of leather and feature many crisscrossing straps, reminiscent of the gladiator sandal. The Cat Footwear dress sneakers in this collection lean towards the preppy side, but can be worn by any fashionista. The new collection just makes us itch to see the warm weather and have our toes peek out from these summery styles.
Take the practicality of ballet flats, add sleek details or outrageous features, and you have a more refined version of the classic shoe. Smoking slippers are quickly replacing everyday flats as the go-to shoe for stylish women on the go. Like their predecessor, the different routes you can take when selecting your pair of smoking slippers are endless; below are four of the main categories of the new shoe trend!
Classic: Smoking slippers in simple designs with basic fabrications and small yet lavish details are perfect for the woman who wants to keep her shoes as sleek and chic as possible. These shoes by Yves Saint Laurent are the perfect example; with a slight heel and a metal cap toe, they are simple yet stylish. Giorgio Armani and Prada's versions of the simple smoking slipper are other examples of a classic shoe that stands out due to their fine details and sophisticated look.
Singer/songwriter Shontelle is branching out! The talented songstress is showcasing her design skills with her new CAT x SHONTELLE footwear collection, which debuted during New York Fashion Week. Joonbug had the opportunity to chat with the gal of many trades about the inspiration behind the collection, her plans for the future, and more.
ALDO's vibrant ads shot by Terry Richardson exude the carefree attitude and excitement of a tropical vacation --reminding us of how badly we need one right about now!
French-Canadian model Anais Pouliot of Trump Model Management, has some serious fun in the sun alongside a slew of vacation-y props, from palm trees and totem poles, to over-sized popsicles. And, yes, even a big ol’ pile of bananas! In case there was any doubt, these ALDO ads confirm that it is all about color, color and more color this season. Styled by Sabina Schreder, Pouliot is shown in a variety of bright hues, however not to be outdone by the true stars of the campaign: the shoes!
Another Wednesday, another middle of the work week, you know the drill. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. Here are five tracks that can (AND WILL) make your day better.
Off of the RSD release from label Sacred Bones, a new track by our favorites The Men. A sprawling eight and a half minute epic, the chugging guitars and crazy solo will get you to five o'clock a bit faster.
The Units: High Pressure Days
This is a recent discovery, but I'm not sure how I lived before this song. An early new wave/synth punk band out of San Fransisco, The Units didn't have all that much success, but this track is a gem. Party on, Wayne.
Pamela Quinzi kicked off fashion week last night with a bang. The event took place at Room Service, and welcomed fashion lovers from all over the world. Before the show began, Pamela got up on stage and spoke about her love for fashion, New York City and its fans. Pamela stated, "I want to thank New York City for being so nice and really great to me and my line I could not have done this without you! You are all the greatest! I came from Italy just 2 years ago and here I am living a dream." Her humble speech was heart felt through out the crowd and from that point on the show was nothing but a wonderful success.
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