Archive for the ‘Kenneth Cole’ Category
LEANNE WAS ROBBED!!!! Robbed, I tell’s ya!
How beautiful and classy and chic-with-a-(literal)-twist was this outfit? It’s a blouse and skirt, and I would wear both of them, together, separately, any which way I could. And she accessorized it perfectly with that gold necklace and the Gucci Eva wing-tip inspired platform pump.
On the other hand, the actual winning outfit (Kenley’s) did indeed look like it was made with… what did Joe call it? Ft. Lauderdale pool furniture cushion fabric. From the 80s. Not in a good way. I’ll give it that it was interesting and well-made and a good interpretation of the photograph on which it was based. And it gave us our first double shoe usage (the emerald green Robert Cavalli sandal from episode 1). But I can’t put this dress in the top 3 at all, let alone give it the win.
Who would I say was deserving of more love (and perhaps a spot in the top three instead of either Kenley’s or Terri’s (which was also interesting, but the dress over pants thing is old hat, and hers seemed to have a lot of extra messy fabric that made it look flouncy rather than streamlined sexy)?
Once again, Jerell. He made a whole gown, for chrissake! And it’s perhaps more limiting in what kind of “night on the town” you can wear it to (a black tie gala? a flamenco performance?), it’s beautifully made and a gorgeous dress. And worn with shoes that are not quite the Kenneth Cole Hit or Miss, but pretty close.
I’d also give a shout out to Kelli for this rocker Mad Max number, which went perfectly with the Gucci Ebony sandal, which isn’t available anymore, but I remember well from Chris March’s Hershey outfit last season.
I mean, I even didn’t hate Blayne-licious and his neon frills. Though I didn’t much like the blah shoe choice (something along the lines of the Charles David Devin pump).
Emily’s losing “little black dress with a corsage” (Tim Gunn is always right, people. Listen to him!) wasn’t great, and one could argue that the Gucci Eva maryjanes (guess it was the night for Gucci Eva shoes) were the most fabulous part of the outfit.
But in this, too, I think the judges went wrong. Because I swear to you that I would much sooner be seen in public wearing that dress—which is at least kicky and has an energy to it—than Jennifer’s dowdy and depressing silk charmeuse number, which looks like maternity wear for a ladies club luncheon rather than a dress for a night on the town.
I have a sinking feeling about the shoes of this season, at least as far as posting about them goes. Because here’s the second week running where a number of the interesting shoes don’t seem to be available on Bluefly anymore.
Take Suede’s fantabulous dress, which rocked the runway and deserved its win (well… wait till I get to the Jerell dress). Its shoes were similar, but not identical to, these Dolce & Gabbana red satin numbers.
The idea of buying that dress from Bluefly is seriously tempting me. I love it.
Apparently using the same shoe in black was Korto, whose dress wasn’t as terrible as all that, in my mind. Not great, but at least tailored and structured and classy looking (unlike Wesley’s mangled mini and Leanne’s overly elaborate number that looked like the secret love child outfit of Peter Pan and a flight attendant).
And, oh look! Terri used the same ones, too, but in what looks like a navy patent leather. But the closest that seems to be available is this Modern Vintage Karina sandal.
Here’s another triple play shoe of this episode, used by Daniel, Joe, and Wesley respectively.
But does it appear on Bluefly? Doesn’t look that way, because the closest comparable I can offer you is the Kenneth Cole Paper Back, which ain’t too close at all.
There were a couple pairs of shiny silver shoes, too. This closed-toe maryjane from Stella, and this (cuter) sandal with the (cuter) outfit last week’s winner, Kelli, designed.
But, again, the closest Bluefly has to offer is this Dolce & Gabbana strappy sandal.
So, with a final note of trepidation and a hope that this “mystery shoe” situation will soon remedy itself, I will leave you with the outfit that I was the most head over heels in love with. Jerell’s.
Oh, how this outfit deserved more love from the judges. Peacock feathers for earrings and trim. Perfectly matching bracelets. Look at that collar! This is young and sophisticated and fresh, and I love love love it. Sure Suede’s deserved the win (look at how much work he put into that thing, and how beautifully it turned out), but this was the dress I wanted to walk off that runway with.
Of course, shoe-wise, even these seemingly basic black patent mj’s don’t seem to be on Bluefly, because the closest I could find was this pair of Dolce Vita suede and patent Brighton heels.
Kenneth Cole must have really loved this color-blocked shoe from last season:
Kenneth Cole “Oh Bell” $89.99 at Shoes.com.
Prefer a rounder, conical heel? Get this season’s recyled version:
Kenneth Cole “Workspace” in Black/Red from Zappos $83.00.
I like the color combination and relatively manageable heel height. I am also tickled that these bring back 80′s color combinations with the bold black and red blocking; now, if we can only avoid shoulder pads and women’s “Power Suits”, I’ll be happy.
Now that summer is officially upon us, I’ve noticed lots and lots of women wearing variations of essentially one model, which looks more or less like this:
For easy mental reference, I call this “the bib sandal,” a thong sans décolletage, if you will, all naked at the toes and all business up at the ankle. The one pictured above is the Kenneth Cole New York “Hampton Beach,” $129 at Zappos; there are plenty more, of course. They create the illusion of pointedness without the aggravation of pointy shoes: a win-win situation, if you ask me. The women I’ve seen in this type of gladiator-light sandal looked spiffy and put together (not to mention comfortable) in their breezy linen capris or summer-weight jeans, or gauzy flowing skirts. Here are a few more for your browsing pleasure:
A classic look that will go well with just about anything, but especially with flowers in your hair and a big smile, the K. Jacques “Cyrus” sandal is $178 at Shopbop.
The Frye “Mary” beaded edge thong comes in four colors (black, white, gray, and wine) and is $158 at Shopbop. A truly classy look with lots of fun details (buckle, beads, heel cutout) which makes this sandal a winner in my book.
If you want more of an evening look, there’s this Pelle Moda “Arion” model with loads of rhinestones and pearlized leather, coming in four color combos (black, silver, bronze, and platinum gold); it’s $116.10 at Zappos, or if you’re just looking for the gold version, $62.48 at Endless. (And for those of you who live and sleep in high heels, they also have a high-heeled version of this sandal for $133 at Zappos). Oh, while you’re at it: check out this identical twin (IDENTICAL IN EVERY WAY, people!): the RSVP Adrianne sandal (available for $70). My mind is officially boggled!
For the Marc Jacobs fans, here’s a simple and sleek version in a low wedge, in green or tan, on sale for $206.50 (down from $$295) at Shopbop.
The Kate Spade “Kip” sandals, in red, green, or black, are positively dreamy–though, at $264, they’re kind of pricy. Still, I love the print, the skinny-bib effect, and the strategically placed studs. (Very similar concept but different execution here, in this Lauren by Ralph Lauren “Edie” sandal in Kelly-green patent, $89 at Endless:
.) I’m sure you can find your own favorite versions with a little bit of prodding–Happy Sandal Shopping, shoe lovers!
This issue of Ask the Shoebloggers comes from a friend of mine with a dilemma that’s got to do with a very of the moment trend.
What kind of (hopefully comfy) shoes look best with the now-trendy
wide-trouser-leg pants? I have a pair of nice wide jeans/slacks, and
I’m always worried I look a little Saturday Night Fever-ish if I wear
close-toed shoes or platforms–but I can’t wear flats because they’re
First off, I have to say that I support the trouser jean trend. Sure, you have to be careful about the high-waisted aspect, but it’s so much more flattering on so many more people than the horrible skinny jeans that are still unfortunately making the rounds on many more legs than they should be.
I, too, have bought a pair of trouser jeans, which I love, and I specifically had them tailored with a little extra length, so when I wear them, it’s got to be with heels or platforms of some sort.
Here are a few solutions I go for, illustrated with shoes that are close to (if not exactly) ones that are sitting in my closet.
First off, there’s the dainty look with a low wedge (which, for me, means 2″ or less). Or really any wedge, since if you want to go for more height, a wedge is a fairly comfy way to do it.
To avoid Saturday Night Fever, stick to something that doesn’t have a platform. Here are two pairs that have just been/are about to be added to my collection that I’m already planning on pairing with the trouser jeans.
Ecco Durango ($140), which is a good option to transition from one season to another.
I’ve been pairing my trouser jeans with boots for the past few months while the weather’s still been cold. Everything from a 2″/2.5″ heel, sleek sort of boot like the Kenneth Cole Kiss Hello ($110)
to the classic cowboy boot (a good sturdy, comfy way to get a couple inches of height). Mine are Lucchese, similar to the N4540 pictured here, and on sale right now for $263 at Shoes.com.
Also fun would be sticking a pair of Camper Twins under your trouser jeans. Since just the toes will peek out from under the wide legs, I’m all in favor of those toes being interesting and different. I’m all about these Peacock heels ($165), which also come in another color combo that you can get directly from the Camper website.
Pretty much, I’d say almost anything goes. Just stay away from platforms, yes, because the 70s are over. Closed-toe shoes should be fine, as long as there’s something interesting going on with the toe (see above examples: stitching, buttons, open-toe, multi-color appliques). That should keep your inner disco diva confined to her proper place where she can keep you going all night on the dance floor instead of looking like you’re missing your John Travolta.