Archive for December, 2007

Great Wall of Fendi

December 22, 2007

How did I miss this? Some time back in October I must have been too busy with school or work to have seen the news about Fendi‘s $10 million fashion show held on the Great Wall of China!

Not only was this a magnificent display of lighting, planning and design (which according to Fashion Wired Daily could be seen from space by satellite), it showcased Fendi’s Spring/Summer ’08 collection after an exclusive mini collection of reds, black, silver and white ensembles designed for the occasion. The summer collection added color palettes of yellows and cremes. Satin, sequins, stripes, tulle dresses & waist belts were dominant trends on the runway which will continue into summer.

The entire event emitted class and luxury. Guests received velvet Fendi logo hand warmers to keep them warm on their heated seats. A light show above the runway sparkled as the second half of the show took place, which seemed to be timed perfectly with dusk. Not only was this the most expensive fashion show ever, estimated at $10 million, it was probably the most memorable. Not many other fashion houses, if any, would be able to respectably pull off a fashion show on a historical and ancient wonder of the world without much criticism.

I haven’t been so impressed with a combination of fashion, innovation and planning since the Kate Moss hologram in Alexander McQueen’s ’06 fashion show  and even that does not compare on any level to the Fendi show which took 12 months of planning and exhibited much more wearable fashions.

Luxury Lust List is Never Ending!

December 7, 2007

So I thought of a few other things for Santa to bring to fashion hungry girls… besides the Christian Louboutin “Jaws” pumps featured on my “About” page.

Wish for… New Jeans

Luxury Lust: Seven for All Mankind Cross Stitch Crystal A-Pocket Stretch Jeans7 For All Mankind® Cross Stitch Crystal A-Pocket Stretch Jeans (Caribbean with Blue)

Price Tag: $227

Why They are Lust-Worthy: Simply put, the A-Pocket looks good whether or not you have a butt. While I would prefer that the material was not stretch (as I have unfortunately learned to equate “stretch” with becoming stretched out no matter how much you are paying) the A-Pocket was my first pair of designer denim and it has remained my favorite. I just wish the price of this style was the same that I paid back then!

Wish for….Jewels & BaublesLori Bonn Double Shank Rectangular Cocktail Ring

Luxury Lust:Lori Bonn Double Shank Rectanglular Cocktail Ring

Price Tag: $178

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: This semi-precious platinum quartz ring could compliment virtually any winter color combination that you choose to wear with it, besides brown. The modern design and double band make it an eye-catcher that doesn’t look like some of the cheaper imitation cocktail rings that have been around lately.


Reality Wish: Kenneth Jay Lane  Flower Pearl Ring

Price Tag: $98.00

Reasoning: This ring is different and combines gold metal trim, purple enamel and finishes with a pearl center in case it didn’t already catch your attention. Downside- the ring is adjustable… and I think $98 is too much to pay for an adjustable ring. 

Betsey Johnson Metals Collection Three Strand Bracelet

 Luxury Lust: Betsey Johnson Metals Collection Three Strand Bracelet

Price Tag: $200

 Why it’s Lust-Worthy: I was recently in Nordstrom and this bracelet caught my eye all the way over from the shoe section. Someone finally got smart and decided to compete with the eclectic jewelery fashions that Juicy Couture has been banking on for the last two years. Betsey Johnson’s new line of jewelry can be too loud for some, but this bracelet can make an outfit with it’s crystal and glass discs accented in gold.


Reality Wish: Alexis Bittar Faceted BangleAlexis Bittar Faceted Bangle

Price Tag: $85.00/each, sold in Gold, Silver and Gunmetal

Reasoning: While it would be nice to stack a few of these delicate bangles, the price of buying three would have to qualify as a “Luxury Lust.” Luckily, they are beautiful and faceted so they will catch the light and would be just as memorable if worn alone.

Crocs Unfortunately Proving They Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

December 7, 2007

First, let me say that it saddens me to have to make this post. I had been postponing this post for a while, because I already had a lot to say about the fashion disaster shoes known as Crocs.  Then, yesterday, I stumbled across an article in the WSJ online titled, “New Croc Styles Include Open Toes, Traditional Heels.” It’s not that I was expecting the new “styles” to actually be wearable, but I was intrigued. I have had many discussions with my friends regarding my distaste for the Croc brand. When I saw this article, I remembered a conversation I had with [Cyprus, a shoe from Crocs women's line.]one friend in particular (who will also never bring herself to sacrifice fashion for comfort in this form) who said that maybe if the shoes were cute, or in a heel form, that she would consider wearing them. So I clicked on the article and unfortunately came across the picture to the right. Croc’s new “style,” (if you can even call it that)of “traditional heels” is no more than a clonky, open toed, 70’s-style clog.

I didn’t think that the Crocs could make anything uglier than their men’s “Axle” clog in blue camouflage (pictured below)

Croc Axle

Or what about theCroc AxleCroc Axleir children’s “boot”?

Croc Georgie

Does comfort really compensate for wearing something with no aesthetically pleasing aspect? Some people have tried to tell me that Crocs are so popular because  they are ugly. Well, not according to the Croc website, which believes that they have created “a shoe that incorporated function, fashion, and fun, was slip-resistant and waterproof, didn’t smell and would be the most comfortable shoe in existence.” I understand the “fun” part, the comfort part and possibly the function part of having a slip resistant shoe (despite some of my nursing friends no longer being allowed to wear Crocs at the local hospitals as they once were). However, according to a wonderful article that isn’t so biased against crocs, “most Crocs, doctors point out, provide only moderate support.” Arguing further, what exactly makes shoes with holes on the sides waterproof? Even if there is an answer to that, I know there is no answer to my next question, what is “fashionable” about the Croc? The Croc website states, “Fashionistas love the bold colors and the unique design is an expression of individuality.” Unfortunately, way too many people have jumped on the Croc bandwagon, making other people who were only debating whether or not to buy them think that it is socially acceptable to do so. Point being, there is nothing “unique” or “individual” about a pair of crocs anymore. CROCS™ 'Athens' Sandal (Men)Even if you buy one of their less disgraceful pairs like the Athens men sandal  (below) then the chances of you ever being referred to as a fashionista have probably gone out the window. Also, if you really are a fashionista, hopes are that you can find ANY other way to “express your individuality” besides buying a pair of plastic shoes “for comfort.” And all true fashionistas know that sacrifices must be made for fashion, even comfort. Fortunately, not wearing Crocs is not a sacrifice, but rather a well thought out decision not to have your feet gawked at everywear you go for all of the wrong reasons.

My original picture in this post virtually spoke for itself. I mean, do I really have to elaborate on every thing that is wrong with that pair of Crocs and every other pair ever put into production? I would never be able to stop typing.

stress & online shopping

December 7, 2007

As finals are fast approaching, I have become increasingly stressed along with the rest of the university population nationwide. I do tend to be a bit of a stress case, what with hopes of graduating in May and getting a “real” job, but I know how to forget about all of the stress of school, grades, and the job market predictions for 2008. The best gifttherapy of all requires no movement besides my clicker thumb and a long favorites list of “shopping” websites. That’s right, it’s online shopping, and it’s time to make a Christmas wish list.

I’ve given a Luxury Lust Wish and a Reality Wish for each of the following categories: Handbag, Watch, Dress, & Shoes.

 Wish for… a New Handbag

Luxury Lust: Dooney & Burke’s Limited Edition Hayden BagThe Hayden Bag

Price Tag: $500

Why It’s Lust-Worthy: I usually do not like Dooney & Burke bags or their weak advertising attempts (Lindsey Lohan’s line of heart covered bags in childish colors circa 2005, followed by Mischa Barton & Emma Roberts taking her place as the face of young hollywood) Whenever I see a D&B bag with the colored D&B all over the bag I cringe a little bit because I feel that someone has paid too much for a cheap looking bag. Alas! The Hayden bag has changed my mind. Even though they are still using a young hollywood actress (Heroes star, Hayden Penetierre) to promote the bag, I think this bag could fare just as well without her. The design is modern and classic. A long enough strap to wear around the shoulder and yet the bag is not oversized. The Hayden bag is available in black, brown, red, and white patent leather. All colors but white are currently sold out on, but I would recommend the white patent leather as it could last through the summer!

 Reality Wish: Elliott Lucca Genevieve Tote

Price Tag: $268 

Reasoning: Elliott Lucca is an under rated brand. They only use high quality leather and their designs are either classic or trendy. This bag is large enough to use for class or work, and it also comes in black and deep plum. The patent leather will allow you to carry the purse into spring until you find a new purse to love! 

Wish 2… a New Watch

Luxury Lust: Michele “Diamond Deco” Watch with Alligator Band Michele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator WatchMichele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator WatchMichele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator Watch

Price Tag: $1,425

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: Michele is a new luxury watch brand owned by Fossil. They are trying to push selling not only their watches, but their watch bands. They offer a wide selection of colors and materials, from Alligator leather (pictured) to patent leather. They offer many different styles for men & women. I think this watch would definitely be an eye catcher at work or at play. 

Reality Wish: Michael Kors Leather Cuff WatchMICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Cuff Watch

Price Tag: $130

Reasoning: This watch is reasonably priced, and it looks even better in person. The gold detail contrasting with the white band adds a high quality feel, and it can be dressed up or dressed down.

 Wish for…. A New Dress

Luxury Lust: Kay Unger Strapless Dress with Beaded Waist

Kay Unger New York Strapless Dress With Beaded WaistPrice Tag: $450

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: Little black dresses are overdone year round. This red dress is a color that will compliment both fair skinned and dark skinned women and it also falls at a good length for most body types. The dress accentuates the bust with a sweet heart neckline and minimizes the waist with black beaded detail. This would be a stand out at holiday parties or any cocktail occasion throughout the year.

Reality Wish: Max & Cleo Bubble-Sleeve Cocktail Dress

M&C DressPrice Tag: $148

Reasoning: Purple couldn’t be hotter right now and it is another color that compliments most people. Max & Cleo is a division of the BCBG Max Azria Group, hence the beautiful design cut in all the right places and rhinestone detailing across the neckline. This dress may be too hot for a crowded party, but it should suit well otherwise.

Wish for…. A New Pair of Shoes

BCBG Max Azria Marsha

Luxury Lust: BCBG Max Azria Marsha Pump

Price Tag: $215

Why They are Lust-Worthy: Every girl I know (including myself) has way too many black pumps. Finding brown shoes that are as cute as my black shoes is always difficult, but these peep toe pumps with a delicate velvet bow would be great dressed up for work or matched with the right skirt. The foot base is padded, and as an owner of another pair of BCBG pumps with leather padding, they are nicely padded if you do decide to wear them the entire work day.

CARLOS  BY CARLOS SANTANA Women's PounceReality Wish: Carlos by Carlos Santana Pounce pump in Bronze Snake Print

Price Tag: on sale! $79.99

Reasoning: Carlos’ shoes are always eccentric and noteworthy. The bronze color is neutral enough to wear with blacks or browns. The python print plays down the metallic shock and will also make scuffs less noticeable. These shoes will cause double takes in any outfit, even just a nice pair of jeans.