Archive for the ‘Birthday’ Category
Singer and shoe designer Carlos Santana turns 63 today. Santana was born July 20, 1947, in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico. Carlos learned to play the violin at age five and the guitar at age eight. He eventually settled in San Francisco where he began his career as a guitarist, starting the band Santana. When I think of Carlos Santana, I think of Oye Como Va. I love that song.
Robert Clergerie turns 76 today. Born in Paris in 1934, he started as a manager in the Charles Jourdan factory in the 1970s, then worked his way up to designer. His first women’s line debuted in 1981 with a pair of menswear oxfords. He later designed pumps with parallelogram heels that were copied enough that the shape was referred to as the Clergerie heel. He then introduced a steel high heel which is thought to be the pioneer of the spike heel. The factory is still in France and Mr. Clergerie is still in France.
Until working on this post, I had never really paid attention to Clergerie shoes. Now, I am quite intrigued with them. (more…)
Martin Margiela turns 53 today. Martin is from Belgum, and studied at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts. If there was an Antwerp 7, he would be the 7th. He is extremely low profile, with very few photos available.
He worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, then with Hermes, and finally his own label. His label was acquired by Diesel in 2002. There were some snarky comments that Margiela hadn’t been there for a while. Then a press release announced in December, that Margiela “has left the business. No replacement creative director will be appointed. Maison Martin Margiela will continue trading but the company declined to comment on the reasons for Margiela’s exit.”
I find it amazing that larger companies will acquire a label, then proceed to change it. It has happens time and time again. Anyways, here are some Martin Margiela shoes for you today.
Paperbag boots $995 at Saks Fifth Avenue I love these.
I love his shoes. Except maybe the camel toe boots.
Marc Jacobs will put 47 candles on his birthday cake today.
Born in New York City, he seems to have had an interest in fashion and design at an early age. He worked as a stockboy for Charivari at 15, attended High School of Art and Design, then Parson’s School of Design. Professionally he has won several awards.
When he was at Perry Ellis, he introduced a grunge line that was so completely different from what everyone else was doing, it eventually led to is dismissal. Hired by Louis Vuitton in 1997, he brought Ready-to-Wear to the design house. He also has his own Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs lines.
Here are some Marc Jacobs shoes for you today.
Marc by Marc Jacobs 605131 $230 at Endless
To celebrate I will wear my kilt today.
Vivienne Westwood will have 69 candles on her birthday cake today. Do you love the attitude?
She was born to working class parents in Tintwistle, at 17 she attended an art and fashion school for a semester but left because, ”I didn’t know how a working-class girl like me could possibly make a living in the art world.” She then went on to be a primary school teacher. While she was teaching, she made jewelry and sold it on Portobello Road.
She met and married Macolm McLauren, they opened a botique on Kings Road called Let It Rock, where she sold her Punk fashion designs. About this time McLauren started managing the Sex Pistols, who wore Vivienne’s designs.
Her wedding dress was the centerpiece of the in Sex and the City movie wedding, however Vivienne criticised the clothing as frumpy and boring. I think she is a part of the Sex and City 2 style team.
Here are some Vivienne Westwood shoes for you today.
These aren’t for everyone, because they are designed for men. I have purchased unusual men’s shoes and the following are a shoes I would seriously consider. I think the comparable men’s size is 2 numbers less than a womans.
To celebrate I will wear safety pins in my clothing and play punk music on my I-pod.