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The Yves St. Laurent Spring 2010 fashions were a mixed bag for me. I liked the neutral palette and the extensive use of separates in the show. One or two spectacular, wearable, separates that you can depend on in your wardrobe are always a good thing.
(The ruffled middle skirt is on pre-order now, love the fluidity on it.)
I particularly liked some of the structured bow details and how they contrasted with some of the more deconstructed pieces with unfinished edging:
But these strangely placed bust-ruffle details that felt like Madonna/Gaultier stage costuming aren’t working for me.
…….the ‘Oh, so you don’t want pockets’ punchline comes to mind.
Nor am I thrilled with the the floor-length, ruffled skirts that are just too long to compliment most body types:
But, the shoes and accessories – Yves St. Laurent, you have my attention.
Just look at this armlet. Gulp. I must find a way to get my hands on this.
Some of the sandals feel like they are a casual blending of YSL’s recent cage sandals with their wildly popular Tribute sandals. These architectural, open demi-wedges have a sweet and flirty summer appeal:
But, it’s the wilted rose-and-thorn shoes have me shifting into full-on shoe-lust mode:
Add these to my list of Holy Grail shoes (unless I find a smoking deal on a pair of aftermarket Vivier Rose ‘n Roll beauties; I would be satisfied with owning either style).
So, just in time for spring, the following retail versions of the Spring YSL runway styles are now available for pre-order at Saks, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, and YSL boutiques:
I’ve been married for almost 20 years. So, I am not currently in the market for anything resembling a pair of spring bridal shoes.
But for our readers, I expect that at least some of you are in wedding planning mode. So why not add one of these spectacular wedding-worthy shoes to your bridal wish list?
Oh, and just in case you are looking for a ‘something blue’ pop of color to go with the old rhyme, how about one of these jewel-toned beauties?
posted by: brianka in Boots, Christian Louboutin Shoes, Flats, Guess, High heels, Jeffrey Campbell, L.A.M.B., Mary Janes, Mules, Payless Shoe Source, Platforms, Poetic Licence, Pumps, Sandals, spring 2010 shoes, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Trend Alert
I’m not one for following every color trend that comes along.
As I push on closer and closer to (age) 40, I tend to stick with those colors that have proved to be complimentary to me over the years. Luckily, pretty much anything in the blue color family works for me.
Plus, with something close to an even zillion re-tweets last week of Pantone’s Color of 2010, this particular color trend seemed worth mentioning.
It will certainly be interesting to see if fashion and shoe trends fall in line with this prediction. It makes sense given the current resurgence of 80′s-inspired fashion that several of the staple colors from that decade, including turquoise and fuschia, would make an appearance. I also recall seeing a significant increase in both turqoise and fuschia sandals last spring and summer, so maybe this is less of a prediction than an acknowledgement of an emerging trend.
So, here it is:
15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.
Luckily for me, I already have my turquoise for the year – care of a few great sales last spring:
Guess ‘Chiquita” & LAMB watch
Sandals by ‘Hot in Hollywood’
Report Signature’s ‘Dita’
Okay, I’ll admit, the last is more of a faboulous sky blue, but what’s the point if all of my shoes are the exact same shade?
Anyway, while I doubt any of these shoes from my collection are still available anywhere but the retail aftermarket, there are still a huge number of fantastic turquoise options for you to choose from right now.
And, for the slightly more budget-conscious:
And, for the extreme frugalista:
So, will you be on the hunt for the perfect turquoise footwear this year?
At first glance, Chanel’s Spring 2010 shoes seem to have a bit of a split personality. The preponderance of chunky clogs and wooden platforms plays as quite a contrast against feminine, textured, cone heels and layered floral-vamp sandals.
But, this strange variance in footwear make sense when taken with Lagerfeld’s 2010 show as a whole.
As noted in the runway review at Style.com:
Lagerfeld was on a roll. Digging into a theme can sometimes throw up some embarrassing puns, and the effort to be youthful has occasionally had off-beam results at Chanel. But with this collection, Lagerfeld’s summing up of the season’s tendencies—beige, ivory, and black; rough textures; transparency and lace—was spun into a collection so masterfully balanced between classicism and current fashion affairs that the whole thing felt delightfully sure-footed.The knack was that he didn’t rush it—just let the thing keep bouncing out in a sustained variation of caramels, taupes, and ecrus, all logically adapted to the house’s nubby tweed suits, frothy blouses, and fluttery chiffons. The editing of everything to short lengths looked sweet without being chichi—the test being that every teenage girl looked naturally at home in the little thigh-split skirts (that’s what has happened to the bottom half of the Chanel suit), as well as in the mini-crinis and ruffled dance dresses.
What is interesting to me is the one descriptive phrase that dominated my thoughts in looking at this runway collection is conspicuously absent from the above review.
That phrase? Gothic Lolita.
(Image c/o wikipedia.com)
Someone’s been paying attention to the underground fashion scene, boys and girls.
Chanel’s chunky clogs and elegant sandals would normally have felt as if they belonged on two separate runways. But, Lolita fashion successfully matches both ultra-feminine as well as goth-chunky choices in footwear, so it is not a surprise to see it working here.
What I found remarkable was how successful the collection was in merging the extreme frothiness of Lolita with signature Chanel textured bouclés. It really does add an unexpected youthfulness to otherwise conservative materials.
But, you can see this for yourself with some selections from the Spring 2010 Chanel Runway (all photos sourced from style.com unless otherwise credited):
Frilly Lolita styles matches with feminine heels:
School-girl Lolita, matched with chunky clogs:
Most successful, for me, were the styles that managed youthfulness while still capturing a the core feel of the Chanel identity. Less overtly Lolita and more of a ‘Hip Chanel’; these, to me, really captured the sophistication I tend to associate with the Chanel brand while staying accessible and relevant to chic, young, professional women.
Other shoes of note:
Ultimately, if you are looking at the shoes alone, you are probably going to find yourself in a love or hate relationship to the clogs, no matter how dolled up they are. But the decorated pumps – heaven.
So, if these ultra-feminine, gothic-Lolita influences trickle down into mainstream fashion, that’s a trend I can really get behind.
I recently read (can’t recall where) that it used to be a counter-cultural statement to dress casually. Now it’s the norm. If it is now a counter-cultural act to dress up and try to make the world a little bit more beautiful through fashion, then bring it on.
What’s your take?
posted by: brianka in 6pm.com, Fall 2008 Shoes, Flats, High heels, Hot Shoe Deals and Steals, Mary Janes, Mules, Oxfords, Platforms, Pumps, Sandals, Slingbacks, Spot the Shoe on Sale, Spring 2008 shoes, Wedges
6pm.com is having one of their brand-clearance specials today. This time it’s on the Gabriella Rocha brand.
Prices on some shoe are as low as $4.95 – you can’t even beat those prices at Payless!
Many styles are on sale:
So, frugalistas: Go forth and shop