If there's anyone who knows how to make the best shoes, it's
B) Giuseppe Zanotti, and
C) Yves Saint Laurent.
I have been a HUGE fan of the three since I can remember. I think shoes can make or break an entire get up, and that's why they're so important. Any woman can look sexy in the right pair of shoes and any man look smart in the correct pair. The tricky job is- to know what is right for you and what well, isn't.
Here's getting to know a little about Christian Louboutin and Giuseppe Zanotti, from well, themselves! They talk about their ideas, their inspirations and their love for the beloved art of shoe making. Every woman lusts over a pair of these shoes and only a handful from around the globe can covet them.
Here's hoping they'd also do a mens collection. Louboutin has, but I need more variety. :)
As each day passes, I see myself change/evolve, and with it, my sense of style which go hand in hand with what I like and what I dislike.
What I'm currently loving is John Varvatos. A menswear genius. His crock print tote for men in already on my wishlist, I'm only waiting to see more. :)
John Varvatos, now many years old... Has worked for Ralph Lauren from 1983, and then in 1990 appointed head designer for menswear by Calvin Klein.
Eventually leading to form a label named after himself... Called- no guess for that now- John Varvatos.
His designs are timeless, they are a collectors item, something I'd pass on to the generation below me. They speak of subtlety and class. They speak of man in power. John Varvatos is by far the best menswear designer we have, today.
After the success of Zara, DKNY, etc., Coming soon is the collective, housing some premium brands like D&G and Rajesh Pratap amongst others, also opening shortly, in the same mall is, Forever 21. A multination, multi million dollar shop dealing in modern, contemporary and very up to date trends for girls at a very affordable prices.
From jeans, to dresses, to tops, and jackets, everything is available at Forever21. They also deal in trendy sunglasses at a MUCH affordable rate and shoes, all the same.
Since Forever21's opening now, I hope we get to see some of my picks for the summers best shoes to own, from their own catalogue.
In yet another addition of Ripped. You've got a Louis Vuitton Platform Wedge Heel shoe from one of their previous collections. I saw it in Vogue (I think) a while back and remember being drawn to them immediately, simply because it was odd. And I liked that.
And then you have Bebe that retails a same/similar design in a MUCH affordable range. They're both really old, and out of stock now but here's just another addition of Ripped, just generally. :)
Where I'm normally seen, loitering around... Doing nothing. Skipping from Big Chill to Route 04. (Fab places btw) I also like to try on sunglasses. The bigger the better for me. And considering how effin' huge my head is, it's RARE to find a pair that looks good on my face. I normally go for the rectangular Marc Jacobs type or the size 62 Ray Ban Aviators.
Now, a designer we all love and adore, Stella McCartney (Daughter of the legend, of course) has her well established Label named after herself. What I love most about her stuff is that it's all vegan fashion. She steers away from real leather and fur... I mean, really, how many designers really even care? Not many...
So I was at Khan Market and one of the opticals shops, I'm not sure which one, but it's in the middle of the two centre lanes. On the same line as Sugar And Spice and all those grocery stores? They've introduced the Stella McCartney Sunglasses. And they're brand new season AND ALL. They're big, durable, fun shaped (Ones totally Lady Gaga like btw) and they start at around 10 G's. Which isn't SO heavy on the pocket now. Right?
I love T.V. shows. They're literally my only source of entertainment. (No, Facebook does not entertain me, I use to to stalk people.... And keep in touch, with friends)
My favorite shows swing from Greys Anatomy, to Desperate Housewives and Gossip Girl. However, just today I discovered this FAB new show called United States Of Tara.
It's about this average mom, with Multiple Personality Disorder. She swings from her normal avatar as Tara, the mother to one gay son and a very hormonally charged daughter. She has a loving husband who hasn't left her side. And in a second, snaps to Alice, a retro lady who wears frocks, Mary Janes, aprons, bakes cakes and has perfectly curled blonde hair with the right tone of red lipstick. Her third personality consists of T, an overtly horny teenage (mom) girl who's uncouth and kinda on the slutty side. Her THIRD personality brings out the man in her, called Buck. He's a motor cycle ridin' Hillbilly, who smokes, drinks, and dresses like a man, hits like a man.
The show is about her and how she deals with this problem she's forced to live with. It isn't comical. It's funny, yet it brings out the seriousness of the matter. Compelling the viewer not to sympathize, but commend the strength she must possess to deal with it, everyday. Her family too, must live with it. Her husband who's been forever loyal to her. Her two children, the gay son who's currently crushing on the high school hot guy person, who turns out to be secretly gay too, and then I have a feeling they get together or something. And the teenage daughter, a more eclectic looking Jenny Humphrey. She's rude, obnoxious, and sick of her moms problems. She starts to earn her own living.
Anyone who reads this (namely Arushi, since, she's all I got) MUST watch this show. It's informative and funny all at the same time.
Toni collette plays Tara Gregson (The MPD mom)
John Corbett plays Max Gregson (The husband)
Rosemarie DeWitt plays Charmain Craine (Taras real sister)
Keir Gilchrist plays Marshall Gregson (The gay son)
Brie Larson plays Kate Gregson (The rude daughter)
Steven Spielberg is the executive producer of this show.
You have the great design houses. The great labels. You have Balmain, Balenciaga, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, you even have Barbara Bui. They all make wonderful clothes, carefully crafted, made to perfection. With this perfection, and the piece of cloth/embossment on the article, comes great price. Expensive. It's these large amounts that make these articles- coveted. Unique and something that not every Rinky, Tina and Shaloo own but YOU. You own it.
And then you have Steve Madden, Aldo, Nine West, Charles And Keith amongst others who make these same designs available to Rinky, Tina and Shaloo and even you, for a fraction of the price.
The pair of shoes you like, by Givenchy/Balmain/Balenciaga/Gucci, needn't require you to break open that piggy bank. (A MASSIVE piggy Bank, might I add) All one really needs to do is hop into anyone of these stores and there you have it, Steve Madden, Aldo, Nine West, Charles and Keith or Shoedazzle... and pretty much EVERY designer shoe has a customised version on sale there. Just a tad different... And MUCH cheaper. Is that a good thing or not?
I can't really tell.
I mean, there's a lot of thought that goes into designing a pair of shoes. And if Lanvin did design a pair of shoes that appealed to most... They should reap the benefits of it, nah? I mean, then you have Steve Madden going ahead and doing the exact same pair, just maybe a tone lighter, and MUCH lighter on the pocket, which helps STEVE MADDEN rake in more money. While I think it's awesome that, that way, everyone can afford luxury style and what not... But then, it loses its exclusivity, no?
I mean, see for yourself. First I showed you them Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and now these Balenciaga shoes.
So, you've seen Zoe Saldana wear his clothes, you've seen Rahcel Zoe wear his clothes. Prabal Gurung is the designer behind MANY of the red carpet appearances all these celebrities must make. He's 30 years old and has been awarded many awards and grants. You know what's awesome though? Is that he was born and brought up in Nepal. (Who knew) and studied at NIFT Delhi, after which he pursued his dreams further at Parsons in New York.
Today, he's living his dream. Doing his parents proud. Setting a name for himself in the industry. His designs are classy, feminine and wearable. He says that ultimately he designs garments for them to be worn. He designs clothes, not costumes. And his clothes, his creation has won over many hearts in the Hollywood circle with even Demi Moore admitting to be a huge fan of his.
He's living the All Nepalese Dream isn't he? How I would love for that to happen too.
Here's a video though, it shows you his work, his thought process and some behind the scenes footage of his show. Check it out!