parallel universes

prada is such a fun brand.  they’ve teamed up with illustrator vahram muratyan, famous for his blog-turned-book paris vs. new york (which has been on my wish list i might add), to promote their spring/summer 2012 collection in something called “parallel universes”.

parallel universes is a virtual road paved with prada 2012 spring/summer men’s and women’s accessories, which highlights through rapid and intuitive movements two parallel universes that meet under the auspices of prada style.

for the campaign, a microsite was launched yesterday and prada’s really trying to improve its digital presence (the site’s mobile-optimized).  muratyan’s illustrations are animated as gif’s and juxtaposed with photos of the actual products each image features.

visit the microsite.  this one’s my favorite:

driving the prada pyramide bag while throwing shade in dixie sunglasses

dixie sunglasses

pyramide bag

mm...saffiano skyscraper...drool...

dixie again

teddy sunglasses

 

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’nuff said

although what she had to say about them was kinda interesting too.

toms get luxurious

hello, dear readers…it’s been a while since i last posted, have you missed me?

i love toms.  my feet get tired really easily, which has been irritating to no end, but my toms are like some of the most comfortable shoes i own.  in my trip to nyc in april, the most comfortable pair of shoes i brought were a pair of tory burch reva’s, which girls swear by as being comfortable (lies!).  my feet were in such discomfort from all the walking i was doing that i actually looked up the closest toms retailer on the website and quickly bought a pair for the rest of the trip.

what’s also great about toms is the philanthropic component of their business model, which is also a big marketing/selling point for them–as demonstrated in their motto/slogan “one for one”.

the row, one of mary kate and ashley olsen’s many companies, has collaborated with toms to create a collection made of italian-sourced wool and cashmere blends in their classic styles.  the price points range from $140 to $150, which are about 3x’s more than the price of their normal classic styles.

what do you guys think?

i don’t know how i feel about this.  it feels contradictory almost.  it’s important for toms to have appealing designs and be constructed well and out of quality materials but if one of their key missions is charity, it almost feels wrong to have such an expensive, luxurious pair.  i actually find toms rather expensive already at their normal prices but some can justify it as buying two pairs, including the one that’s donated (but you know, without any tax deduction benefits like real charitable giving).  they’re still donating a pair for each pair bought from this collection, but i almost feel they should be donating 3 pairs, rather than 1.

christian louboutin is en pointe

if you find christian louboutin’s painful, then these 8″ stiletto toe shoes will be murder on your feet.  they were designed for a charity auction to benefit the english national ballet.  msr. louboutin commented, “‘Isn’t the classical dancing ballet slipper the ultimate heel? The heel which makes dancers closer than any other women to the sky, closer to heaven.”

i love ballet and louboutin but these are definitely meant for display, not wear.

versace for h&m preview

the highlight of yesterday’s versace men’s show at milan men’s fashion week actually had nothing to do with the men–it was donatella versace herself, taking a bow, in a versace x h&m dress.

this may come as a surprise, since she has previously stated in a 2008 new york magazine interview, that although she respects other big designers for collaborating with mass market chains to create an affordable line, that she wouldn’t do one herself, “because i work very hard to put the versace line in the luxury section.  i think to put the versace line in h&m would confuse the brand.”  perhaps, to avoid the confusion, it’s being billed as “the iconic collection” rather than a diffusion line.  this will go nicely with the deal versace struck with lady gaga, winner of the cfda’s 2011 fashion icon, to wear only versace in the next several months.

when asked about the collaboration,  donatella said, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience.  The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.”

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says margareta van den bosch, creative advisor at h&m.

donatella will raid the archives of the fashion house that was originally started by her brother gianni in 1978 and reinterpret the designs for today.

the collection will roll out first on november 17th (in 300 stores & online) with women’s (around 40 pieces), men’s (around 20), and home collections.  followed by a pre-spring collection on january 19th exclusively in countries with h&m online sales (austria, denmark, finland, germany, holland, norway, sweden, and the uk).

per the h&m press release:  “The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the [awards] season, featuring studded leather, silk and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspread.”

high fashion meets high art in christian louboutin’s fall 2011 look book

i’m loving (and geeking out over) christian louboutin’s fall 2011 lookbook!!  this lookbook, which is photographed by peter lippman, is inspired by classic portraiture style and features recreations of iconic paintings.

art history is one of the few classes i got an a+ in college so i’m pretty stoked.

** WARNING: the last image is nsfw **

christian louboutin's toostie bootie

james mcneal whistler's "arrangement in black & grey: the artist's mother" (better known as "whistler's mother")

christian louboutin's puck

georges de la tour's "magdalene and the flame"

christian louboutin's pigalle plato, gold strass & spikes, & catalina clutch

francois clouet's "elisabeth of austria"

christian louboutin's 8 mignons, amethyst suede

francisco de zurbaran's "santa dorotea"

christian louboutin's halte

jean baptiste-camille corot's "portrait of a girl"

christian louboutin's griffon artemis day bag

jean-marc nattier's "marquise d'antin"

christian louboutin's balda bootie

marie-guilleme benoit's "portrait d’une negresse"

and some of my personal favorites from his a/w 2011 collection:

alex lion paw pump

really liking the 1en8 in…

lace

houndstooth

strass

tweed

which material do you like most?  having a hard time deciding.  i think i like lace the most…but i already have lace shoes.

LOVING this:

markesling

shoes, please

anthropologie windowpane wedges

toms navy-striped calypso wedge

miu miu peep-toe jeweled patent ballet flats

chanel cambon snakeskin ballet flats

white brogues

toms glitter

christian louboutin relika mary janes (in black/nude)

pour la victoire irina pump

audrina partridge's mystery shoes (info would be appreciated)

christian louboutin runway exclusives

alexander mcqueen gold-studded old faithful booties (i think the pair pictured are fake)

alexander mcqueen buckled leather shearling ankle boots

givenchy fisherman wedges

christian louboutin canon 140

the shoes appreciation society

a visual guide to shoes of all styles:

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