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Knock your Socks off

In the post-holiday chill many of us are facing (blizzards and all, even in California), the thigh-high sock trend is still going strong.  And we love it to keep us cozy and warm until Spring actually arrives.  But finding the right shoes to wear with your woolies can sometimes be challenging.  Your footwear selection either makes or breaks the look. 

Take this school-girl trend and make it more sophisticated with the Nitrate, Poise or Clasp.  If the combination feels a bit daunting, may we suggest the Purl - a sock and bootie mix already made right. 

 

Street style photos courtesy of Fashionising.com

posted Fri, 01/07/2011 by Charles David

Blue Suede Shoes

In a recent blog post on one of our beloved fashion sources, Who What Wear featured Carey Mulligan's unexpected touch

If you resolve to be a little more daring in 2011, pair the Charles by Charles David blue suede Pompadours with an understated black dress.  It's a show-stopping look that will reveal your inner style confidence. 

 

ph: Nikki Nelson / WENN

posted Wed, 01/05/2011 by Charles David

THE BIG SALE STARTS EARLY

We've decided to start our twice annual sale a little early this season.  Say goodbye to 2010 and jump start the year with a closet full of new shoes. 

THE BIG SALE - begins Friday, December 31st

Fall/Winter 2010 Collection 

70% off SALE Footwear // 50% off all BOOTS

Hurry in and grab those pairs you've had your eye on.  With prices this good, styles and sizes won't last long*. 

 

*For a limited time only. Select styles may be excluded. At Charles David boutiques only. 

posted Thu, 12/30/2010 by Charles David

11 Ways to Ring in 2011 with Sparkle & Shine!

It's that time a year again when we celebrate the New Year!  Whether you are going to a house party, an intimate dinner or Vegas, here are 11 ways to ring in 2011 with a little or a lot of Sparkle & Shine!

  1. A glittery nail polish in a fun garish color.
  2. Pull out your 1999 Dolce & Gabbana velcro SWAROVSKI belt from that you paid way too much for and thought you would never wear again!
  3. Purchase a pair of FROTH from Charles by Charles David to wear with your skinny jeans and a tucked in, overisized silk blouse.
  4. Don a sparkly masquerade mask.  DIY with glitter, spray adhesive and a paper mask (all available at your local craft store).
  5. Dust your skin with body glitter.
  6. Hit up the designer sales and purchase something sparkly from fall winter 2010 collections.
  7. Add some shine to your face with glitter eye pencil or a super shiny lip gloss. 
  8. A glitzy pair of satin FROLIK ballerina flats from Charles by Charles David.
  9. "if you liked it, then you should have put a rung on it"--Beyonce.  There is no better way to ring in the New Year than with a proposal!  A diamond engagement ring is the ultimate sparkle and accessory.
  10. Don't forget about your diamond grill that has been hiding in your drawer.  Slap that on with some magenta lip stick and you are good to go!
  11. Alas, champagne ...  The best bling of all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CHARLES DAVID!

posted Thu, 12/30/2010 by Charles David

Lovely Luisa

Luisa caught our eye and stole our heart.  At the tender age of 19, she's taking the fashion industry by storm.  Her beautiful, pale skin, striking red hair, perfect pout and endless personality set her apart.  Selected to open Marc Jacobs' Spring/Summer 2011 show, Luisa has since struted the runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris for Isaac Mizrahi, Topshop, Moschino, Missoni and Jean Paul Gaultier.  The November issue of Harper's Bazaar notes that Luisa Bianchin is a Model To Watch.  We completely agree.    

This Spring, Luisa becomes the face of our newest ad campaign shot by photographer Francesco Carrozzini and styled by darling editor of Vogue Italia & L'Uomo Vogue, Rushka Bergman.  The photos are gorgeous and we can't wait to release them.  But for now, here's a sneak peek at lovely Luisa on the Charles David shoot. 

First looks at our upcoming campaign also shared by Fashion Gone Rogue, Design Scene and WWD

 

Luisa Bianchin, DNA Model Management

*photos courtesy of DNA and The New York Times, T Magazine

posted Thu, 12/30/2010 by Charles David

Picks of the Sale: Perfect NYE Party Shoes

With 2010 coming to an end, ring in the New Year with some of our top PICKS OF THE SALE. 

PURE - blush & gold satin; Regular: $125 / Sale Price: $87.50
 
DISCO - pewter & gold metallic; Regular: $275 / Sale Price: $192.50
 
DATE - black & blush satin/lace; Regular: $125 / Sale Price: $87.50
 
BANGLES - gold metallic & bordo suede; Regular: $230 / Sale Price: $161.00
 
FRILLY - black & red satin; Regular: $115 / Sale Price: $80.50
 
BABBLE - nude & salmon metallic suede; Regular: $195 / Sale Price: $136.50

 

Reminder! Almost everything from our Fall/Winter Collection is now on SALE.  Find your perfect New Year's Eve party shoes at Charles David and kick off 2011 in style.     

~ 30% off ALL Shoes // 40% off ALL Boots from our Fall/Winter Collection with up to 70% off SALE Merchandise ~

posted Wed, 12/29/2010 by Charles David

Celebrating Sienna

Sienna Miller turns 29 today.  In honor of her birthday, we thought we'd pay tribute to her iconic, bohemian-chic style.  She makes everything look so effortless and cool. 

Take a peek at some of her most defining outfits + the shoes we'd suggest to capture your very own Sienna look.

*Photos courtesy of FabSugar, JustJared and other online style sources. 

posted Tue, 12/28/2010 by Charles David

We Love Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper (born Dorothy Tuckerman November 22, 1889, died March 11, 1969) was an influential and innovative American interior decorator of the early to mid 20th century.

She was born into the aristocratic Tuckerman family in the Tuxedo Park section of New York State. Her great-grandfather, Oliver Wolcott, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dorothy stated later that she had "no schooling to speak of, except that I was brought up where I had the privilege of being constantly in touch with surroundings of pleasant good taste,".Extensive travel in Europe added to her observations; after she married Dr. George Draper in 1912 and continued to live in glamor, she redecorated her homes in such style that other high society friends were asking her to do the same for their homes. Soon, she was being hired by architects; Douglas Elliman then hired her to re-do New York's Hotel Carlyle. Over the years, she did makeovers for New York's Hampshire House, World's Fair Terrace Club, and Maison Coty; Chicago's Drake Hotel's Camelia House, Washington's Mayflower Hotel; and Hollywood's Arrowhead Springs Hotel; West Virginia's Greenbrier. Also, she designed the interiors of the famous Palácio Quintandinha in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1944.   Among decorators, it was said that these locations had been "Draperized".

She was one of the few early women to really delve into the male dominated construction industry. Her style was big, brash, bodacious, bold, and bordered on what some would consider gaudy, shocking both men and women of her day. She was a predecessor of Morris Lapidus, the architect that would redesign, stylistically as well as almost literally, all of Miami Beach. The two had similar styles and approaches, yet his was firmly modernistic, while she still used traditional elements and principles in her work, albeit grandiosely.

To learn more about Dorothy Draper go to www.dorothydraper.com.

posted Mon, 12/27/2010 by Charles David

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