We were flipping through a recent copy of WWD's Footwear News and found a photo of our new Made In Italy bootie, The GRIFTER, coming out this Fall. Although the weather is just warming up, this gives us something to look forward to next season. We love the way they look with knee-high stockings and an above-the-knee skirt or shorts.
Many of us stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to watch the Royal Wedding take place live at Westminster Abbey. Catherine Middleton tied the knot on April 29th to become "Princess William of Wales" and the "Duchess of Cambridge". With the ring on her hand and her royal titles bestowed, the world watched as a new global fashion icon was crowned. Kate stunned millions of onlookers in a sleek Alexander McQueen dress with a V neckline, lace bodice and tulle underlaid skirt.
Kate's personal style is sophisticated, smart and demure. Her look is best defined as British Preppy, mixing UK designs with chain-store finds. We've gathered a few suggestions to replicate Princess Catherine's (footwear) style. From a classic riding boot such as the RUMBLE, a simple pump such as the POMPADOUR or a casual sandal like the TURBULENT, take a walk in what we've selected as her off-duty shoes.
It's no secret that Natalie Portman is an eco-conscious dresser. She'll trade in leather for man-made materials any day. Not many girls can say that. According to Kate Young, Natalie's stylist, there's a lot of good, enviro-friendly choices on the market that are just as good if not better than the 'real' thing. Take, for example, the Charles by Charles David Satin PURE as featured in Teen Vogue. This shoe is made of ALL vegan material.
We've mentioned that the Pure is Natalie's go-to shoe on the red carpet. Now we know why.
Clip courtesy of Teen Vogue
Each month, Who What Wear features a Look Of The Day blog post, presented by yours truly. For April, we spotted blogger and model, Caroline Blomst (of Carolines Mode) out and about in Sweden. She's wearing slim, red pants and a beige sheer shirt, creating an effortless but very cool ensemble. Naturally, we were drawn to her neutral, buckle sandle with a slight heel.
Caroline's shoe reminds us of our very own JESTA, soon arriving in an orange leather or blue suede combination. Wear this style with some leggings and a light, loose top... et voila... a casually chic look for business or pleasure.
These images of Bethany Hamilton wearing the KEENE to the L.A. premiere of "Soul Surfer" were passed around our office. With a movie based on her story opening this weekend, it reminds us of her exceptional braveness and determination to beat the odds.
Many of us may recall that Bethany, at the age of 13, was attacked by a tiger shark while surfing in Hawaii. Her left arm was severed below the shoulder and she lost 60% of her blood within minutes. But after merely one month, a number of surgeries and a strong desire to go pro, Bethany was out in the water again pushing up on her surf board with her one remaining arm. She went on to compete and win multiple awards for national and world series competitions.
We love how Bethany looks in our shoes, but more importantly, we're inspired by her passion and ongoing belief. Never give up on your dreams!
Top photo by Bauer Griffin. Press clip courtesy of the New York Post.
We heard that one of our beloved top models from the 80's and 90's celebrated a birthday this week. At 47 years old, Elle MacPherson is still rocking that slender, yet curvacious body which made her famous. See a few pics we pulled from her modelling days. For fun, we've paired her barely-there looks with some of our new Charles by Charles David shoes.
We're feeling that 70's style. Fashions inspired by this decade have returned and the trend has never been louder and stronger than it is right now. Think Ali MacGraw, Farrah Fawcett and Faye Dunaway in wide leg pants, maxi skirts, oversized sunglasses, jumpsuits and tunics. Footwear ranges from wedges and platforms to wood-sole bottoms and chunky heels.
As seen in the April issue of People Stylewatch, two of our favorite shoes that define this look are the Laura (retail price: $175) and the Gabriela ($145). These two styles are part of our Made In Italy collection and come in leather and suede respectfully.
If you love the 70's as much as we do, stop by one of our stores and have a look at the new styles now in stock.