A Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part 4: Statement Heels

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part 4: Statement Heels

Finally, I have picked the final group of shoes after a lot of thought and not nearly enough red wine. I have to say that this group was the hardest one to pick, but I think I picked some great “look at me” heels to compliment Martin Grant’s “Dana” dress.

What do you think?

Product descriptions:

Martin Grant Metallic Cocktail Dress, $1,140/ Anne Michelle Woven Platform Sandals, $30/ Dsquared2 Sequin Shoe Boots, $1,975/ Vs2R Platform Heels $555/ Charlotte Olympia Feather Platform Pumps $1,615/ Casadei Satin & Rhinestone Pumps $2,400/ Dsquared2 Gold Platform Sandals $1,305/ Siren Avenge Jeweled Pumps,$190 / Nicholas Kirkwood Suede Pumps, $380

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part 3: Peep Toe Peep Show

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part 3: Peep Toe Peep Show
Martin Grant’s “Dana” dress is made for peep toe pumps; the higher the better. While it is natural to stick with the navy, white, and gold colors in the dress, it is perfectly OK to kick it up a notch or two by introducing other colors into the mix. As you can see, I used a lot of red. I was feeling patriotic, and I have a lot of red shoes that have not made recent appearances.
Martin Grant leather dress / rsvp heels / Gucci open toe pumps, $595 / Alexander McQueen open toe pumps / Giuseppe Zanotti leather pumps / Promise Shoes red high heel shoes / Peeptoe shoes, $23 / Giuseppe Zanotti peeptoe shoes, $730 / Abbey Dawn platform high heel pumps

All That’s Gilded ~ Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part Two

All That's Gilded ~ Shoe-aholics Dilemma Part Two

I love metallic anything so metallic shoes make me squeal on sight. The “Dana” dress has a built-in gold leather belt, which adds to the versatility of the dress. Incorporating gold metallic shoes takes this dress from day-to-night with a few accessory changes.

Stay tuned for Parts 3 and 4 of A Shoe-aholics dilemma.

Martin Grant metallic dress / Tory Burch gladiator sandals / Giuseppe Zanotti ankle strap wedge / Giuseppe Zanotti ankle strap wedge / Yves Saint Laurent yves saint-laurent shoes / Gold heels / Wear it out

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma: 1 Versatile Dress, Too Many Shoes

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma: 1 Versatile Dres, Too Many Shoes

A Shoe-aholics Dilemma: 1 Versatile Dress, Too Many Shoes by stylenigma featuring blue platform pumps

My first thought when I saw the “Dana” dress by designer Martin Grant was it’s versatility. Any woman could “make it work” with her own personal style. Being a shoe-aholic, I thought it would be fun to pick different shoe styles that would compliment the dress. See if you agree.

Weekend Getaway

Uh oh, I decided to play with Polyvore. Big mistake. Huge.

Weekend Getaway

Open front cardigan, $51 / Dorothy Perkins / Rocket Dog shoes / Crochet tote

Hermès Soie Cool Bag

Hermès Soie Cool Bag

Speaking of Hermès, a new handbag has arrived just in time for spring at Hermès stores nationwide. The Sac Soie Cool is made of silk and leather; not to hard, not too soft. I have to say, it is gorgeous. The silk portion of the bag is made from one of two Hermès classic scarves, the Brides de Gala or the Carré en Cravate. The drawstring bag looks elegant, colorful, and carefree. Unlike the Hermes crocodile shirt for men that cost $100,000 after taxes, the Soie Cool handbag is reasonably priced at $2,050.

Photo: Courtesy of Elle.com

Hermés $91,500 Crocodile Shirt Found Slumming in New York City

We all know that Hermés is the crème de la crème of luxury fashion brands, so we shouldn’t be surprised that a $91,500 T-shirt exists. Should we?  The black crew-neck T-shirt was discovered by a blogger at The Awl, while browsing at the Hermés boutique on Madison Avenue. According to The Awl, “Literally, the entire shirt is just luxurious, beautifully sewn swaths of crocodile“, and it was hanging inconspicuously on a shelf, slumming with the less expensive clothing. (The poor shirt probably doesn’t have a choice. How many 100k T- shirts could there be?)  Unfortunately, the blogger couldn’t take a picture of the shirt, but managed to capture  a picture of the price tag. The taxes on that beauty is roughly $8,000, and I think for that kind of money, that shirt should be your personal stylist and dress you in the morning.

Photo: Courtesy of The Awl

The shirt showed in Paris last year for Hermés 2012 Men’s Spring collection, and I keep wondering “Where do you wear a crocodile shirt?” It’s not a breathable fabric, and it is probably heavy, so showing it off at the club is out. Really, everything is out because sweating will ruin it. Where these special crocodiles? Because no matter how beautifully  the crocodile is sewn, $91,500 is ridiculous. Oh, and you know PETA is livid over the demise of the poor crocodiles that lost their lives to outrageously priced fashion.

Photo: Courtesy of JUST ONE EYE

Hermés is not the only fashion label to slap a ridiculous price on an item. The Row, the Olsen Twins upscale clothing line, collaborated with artist Damien Hirst and JUST ONE EYE, and created 12 limited edition crocodile backpacks for $55,000. The backpacks were sprinkled with prescription pills or dots and sold out in no time.  If you missed out, you can still purchase the unadorned, alligator version for $34,000.

Believe it or not, the  Hermés crocodile shirt is not the most expensive shirt in the world. Datta Phuge, an Indian millionaire, nicknamed the “Gold Man of Primpi”  has a 22-carat shirt that cost $235,000. Phuge commissioned Ranka Jewelers to make the shirt as an investment to leave to his loved ones when he dies.

You wouldn’t expect a bottle of fingernail polish to cost more than Phuge’s gold shirt, but Azature’s Black Diamond nail polish contains 267-carats of real black diamonds, and will only set you back a measly $250,000. This couture nail lacquer is definitely for the one percent, like Kelly Osbourne, who flaunted her expensive Azature manicure at the 2012 Emmys.

The Regal and the Rebellious – Chanel and the Diamond

“If I have chosen the diamond, it is because it represents, in its density, the greatest value in the smallest volume.”

~ Gabrielle Chanel ~

I have always been a Chanel fan. I have my crushes, but in the end, if given a choice, I will always choose Chanel because the style is timeless and trendsetting. It started with a handbag, the black caviar leather handbag with the gold chain straps to be exact, a gift from my now ex husband. I opened the bag several times the first few days to look at it, too afraid to touch it because I could not believe I actually owned a Chanel. Through the years I have had the privilege of owning several Chanel accessories, but I wasn’t that interested in the clothing until I had the opportunity to see Chanel clothing up close. It was then that I began to see how easily I could make it work with my style.

I was admiring Burberry’s new handbag “The Blaze” online at Vogue UK, when I came across a snippet about a short film called “Chanel and the Diamond”, which was  about Coco Chanel’s legendary fine jewelry exhibit the “Bijoux de Diamants” in 1932. The film was the third installment from a series titled Inside Chanel, which highlights pivotal innovations from the House of Chanel.

 Coco, a.k.a. Gabrielle had a tendency to think outside the box and make her own rules. When she was commissioned by diamond merchants to rejuvenate a weakened diamond industry, she created a lavish diamond and platinum jewelry collection, and when I say created, I mean she performed a complete overhaul that revolutionized the way jewelry was made and worn forever.

 Apparently, reinventing the wheel was not what the male dominated world of  diamond merchandising had in mind when they hired the talented fashion and jewelry designer, and they were even less impressed that the “Bijoux de Diamants” was shown in her Paris apartment on mannequins, instead of cradled in velvet and encased behind glass domes in a boutique. Perhaps they should have been more specific.

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

 The “Bijoux de Diamants” was Coco’s one and only fine jewelry show, and her audacity was talked about for some time. Chanel recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of the exhibit with a stunning fine jewelry collection,  “The 1932 Collection”  that is inspired by the original collection. The invitation only festivities took place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where Chanel decked guests enjoyed dinner and a viewing of both collections.

It’s amazing that 80 years later, Coco’s classic style, whether it be clothing or accessories, is still relevant, inspirational, and on trend.

 

For more insight on the timeless magic of Chanel, watch the other installments of Inside CHANEL series.

Prabal Gurung

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A look from the Prabal Gurung runway show.

 

Prabal Gurung is my new favorite designer. Not that I don’t still love my Chanel and Alexander Wang, but every time I see an outfit that I fall in love with on sight, it’s a Prabal Gurung. I am really drawn to his aesthetic.  He is destined to be in my closet and I want my wallet to agree without constantly reminding me it’s impossible… Mission Impossible.

There is no doubt that Prabal Gurung has arrived.  He launched his capsule collection for Target on February 10th, and according to Business Insider,  it almost sold out in one day. The 93-piece line has clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. The collection is colorful but not overwhelmingly bright because there is black incorporated to give it some balance. The florals are more classic than trendy, and the line print is a bit abstract, but not enough to make you lose interest. Top the collection off with the bold jewelry if you still feel the need to kick it up a notch. Everything is meant to match and swap, and the possibilities are endless.

 

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A look from the Prabal Gurung for Target capsule collection.

 

You can definitely see Prabal in his collection for Target, and it cost a fraction of his high-end line. Prices start a $19.99 and top off at $199.99? So if you always wanted a Prabal Gurung but couldn’t justify spending thousands of dollars,  Target is giving you the opportunity to start your Prabal Gurung collection. If you’re a super-fan this nail art tutorial is inspired by one of his prints.

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Prabal Gurung Inspired Nail Art by Elizabeth Monson

 

I need every single Prabal Gurung outfit I saw from his New York Fashion Week show. His Fall 2013 RTW collection is… Badass. Sorry, if there are any sensitive ears out there, but I was actually sugar-coating my description. There really is no room for political correctness here. The olive green military inspired outfits are embellished with fur, belt straps, and leather gloves, and the results are striking. The collection is inspired by Asgardа, a  Ukrainian martial art that has been recreated to accommodate a woman’s physique, and many of the outfits have authentic Ukrainian embroidery. The dresses are seductive, and feature strategically placed cutouts and thigh-high slits that flow seductively in white, olive green, royal blue, and red silk.  The message is clear; look but don’t touch. It’s hard and soft and reeks of attitude. There is very little in his 2013 Fall collection that I didn’t like. Check out the gallery of my favorites and tell me what you think about the collection.

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Can You Wig a Weave? Yes, You Can

Wigs and hair weaves have come a long way baby. For many of us, our first introduction to a wig was probably an elderly relative or a Halloween costume. They play a more important role for people who are losing or have lost their hair, psycho exes, entertainers, women who are having a bad hair day, or those who just want to kick it up a notch in the bedroom. While I have never worn a wig, I am a big fan of weaves. I like that I can give my hair a break from the torture it goes through almost daily, and when the weave is taken out, my hair is well rested, healthy and has grown much faster than if I was still torturing my hair. I remember one time I was getting a weave put in, and my stylist kept asking me why I wore weaves when my hair was already so long. She felt I didn’t need one and couldn’t grasp the concept that my hair was long because I wore weaves! Duh!

I had a system; I would put a weave in every three months, then take it out for another three months. I repeated this cycle for years, and while my hair got extremely long, it didn’t hold a curl as well as the weave hair (I used Remy), so I became dependent on them and eventually I had to give them up cold turkey. I can’t say I will never have another weave but I can say that I will do so with the attitude that it is merely a fun tool. I have had to have discussions with a few acquaintances of various ethnicities who were going down the same terrifying road of weave and hair extension dependence for various reasons. This diseases doesn’t care who or what you are and it is addictive. True story…

I write a lot about overall beauty and recently I wrote a couple of articles about weaves and wigs that were published on the Daily Glow website. One article, Remy Hair Care: Lace-Front Wig Accessories, explains how to take care of a quality lace-front wig and touches on the products and accessories that will help your investment (they are not cheap) stay beautiful and functional longer.

Ok, this is a real hair weave!

The other article is a DIY about How to Make a Cap Weave, which is a hair weave that can be removed daily. I like to view it as a weave and a wig combined. If you know how to put in a weave, you know how to make a cap weave, and a cap weave will last longer than a weave if it is properly taken care of. As I think about it, it’s also a great way to learn how to put in a weave. Just use cheaper hair, preferably synthetic until you get the hang of it. You do not want to practice on 100% human hair, trust me.

Now that is a good weave!