Category: Shoes

FashionTrend Alert: Phantom Heels

Chunky, stiletto, cone, kitten… I thought we’d seen it all. Until, of course, there was nothing at all to see! The heelless platform, or phantom heel as I’ve affectionately come to call it, is no longer a magical foot-piece reserved for the theatrical likes of Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj. The cool curved back has been popping up all over, from red carpet to sidewalk, and not just as a crazy Halloween gag. The phantom heel has made it mainstream, so stock up on a pair of your own!
I’m pretty sure Daphne Guinness was born in these….


If you’re looking for real world inspiration, then check out Eteclea. This girl rocks the phantoms like it’s nothing.

(Images courtesy of New York Girl Syle and Google)

ContestsVote on our Outlet Sale

YOU get to have a say in a selection of some of the items for our outlet sale! The top 10 voted items will be a part of the sale, along with many other great deals and items as well. So, vote below!

CLICK on the pictures of as many items as you would like to vote for below and then scroll down and hit the submit button!

BeautyMatch Your Nails to Your Shoes with Neon by Milani

 
Matchmaker, matchmaker . . .
 
While playing around with the super-stellar Neon Nail Lacquers by Milani, I couldn’t help noticing how well these vibrant colors matched some of our hottest shoe trends. If you are at all the kind of girl who loves her nails AND her shoes, then let us play matchmaker for a minute and introduce you to some of the finest pairings that we’ve found!
 

FashionPrada Takes High Fashion to the Highway

 
 I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been to a few hot rod shows in my day, so when I saw Prada’s Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection, the little girl in the rumble seat inside me let out a little squeal of glee. Finally, fashion that my dad might even appreciate….
 
 
 
All the initial hype I read was totally shoe-centric, and they deserve it, but hello! Look at how great everything is!
 
 
I love how she incorporated the classic car motif in so many ways, yet makes the traditionally masculine concept seem so feminine and sweet. Think muscle car-meets-pin-up, with a little fifties housewife mixed in. Prints, micro prints, racing stripes, flames, and full-on hot rod decals and embroidery… Oh my! And the color palette! Who wants to hop in my ’57 Chevy with me and speed on down to the malt shop? (No, I don’t actually have a ’57 Chevy, or know where you’d find a malt shop nowadays).
 
 
But really, let’s get back to the shoes, am I right? Spoilers, wings, chrome, flames, and even tail lights, plus the occasional bow or jewels? I could gush for hours.
 

(Images courtesy of Style.com & BitRebels)

GeneralLuLu*s Reads: Christian Louboutin (The Book!)


 
Ah, Christian Louboutin. He just gets us. Now, an invitation for you to get to know the genius behind those ever-coveted red lacquered soles. Christan Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is 304 pages of leather bound, shoe-lover’s gold.
 

 
Confession: No, I haven’t actually read it, nor had the privilege to even hold it in my hands. Though, I’ll admit, the $150 price tag is beginning to seem like more and more of a bargain as my research forges onward. We’re talking a five-piece foldout binding, a pop-up(!), and never-before-seen photographs spanning the life and work of the most talented and respected shoe designer of our time (or ever? Yeah, ever).
 



 
In addition to all the bells and whistles, just listen to what these six chapters have to offer (paraphrased/pretty much copied from the publisher):
 
 
Chapter 1: Louboutin’s biography, complete with his early creations and influences illustrated with many never-before-seen photos from his personal archives.
 
Chapter 2: Features the Louboutin boutiques around the world, showcasing the varied and extravagant interior designs and displays.
 
Chapter 3: 20 years of design” highlights his shoe designs from over the years with all-new still-life photography, as well as editorial art.
 
Chapter 4: Features the spectacular interiors of Louboutin’s homes in Paris and Luxor, Egypt, and behind-the-scenes shots from his studios and workshops.
 
Chapter 5: Focuses on his creative collaborations with David Lynch, of a series called “Fetish,” of limited-edition shoes by Louboutin and limited-edition photos by Lynch.
 
Chapter 6: A complete catalogue raisonne of his work, with photos of all 120 shoe designs. (Did you catch that? Every shoe ever!)
 
 



 
“…So really, the shoe is just a pedastal of the whole body of the woman.” (The Late Late Show)
 

Well, I have been designing for a lot of stars, I just do not like to name people. Because I sort of take myself very seriously, a little bit like, as a doctor, you know, because a shoe is a bit of an addiction. So as a good doctor, you have your professional secrets.” (Net-a-Porter)
 
My heart melts.
 

(Images courtesy of The Daily Beast & Yatzer; Info courtesy of Rizzoli & Amazon)