If you’re looking for typical high-end designer brands at discount prices, Fashionesta is a good destination. The selection isn’t huge, and the finds are usually out of date, but there’s always something classic that’s available at a vastly reduced price (if flashy, displayed logos are your thing, this is your website). We actually fell in love with their selection of Balmain bags, which are expensive, hard to find, and often overlooked by the handbag obsessed. This ‘Balmain Bag in Stone‘ is our favorite, although we loved the rocker black bags also. The grey suede is unexpected and easy to pair with most ensembles, and we adore the soft, distressed effect. It features gunmetal stud and zipper details and people will have no doubt who designed it, as the logo “Pierre Balmain” is stamped prominently across the front. With two top handles, a single zipper opening, and one interior pocket, it’s just enough bag to carry your essentials and so chic you may have to go to Paris just to carry it. #lucky #trends
Recently, we had the enormous pleasure of interviewing Ce Ce Chin, the innovative and amazing designer behind the brand Eighty Twenty. Ce Ce, who has worked with Michael Kors and Calvin Klein was on the hunt for a stylish shoe that combines everyday wear with a unique downtown aesthetic, and when we was unable to find it, she started her own line! We love her approach, her aesthetic, and of course, the hidden wedge that is unique to Eighty Twenty. Read on for our interview with Ce Ce!
1. The name 80%20 comes from the spot-on observation that women tend to wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. What are 4 items you believe should be in a woman’s favorite 20% this F/W 2012?
1) Our Clyde western boot with the Original Hidden Wedge. Western is so in right now, but it’s still important to keep it subtle.
2) Our Seanne Herringbone haircalf cut out wedge. Tailored printed haircalf is preppy chic!
3) Our Ashby Two Tone Loafer- Black and Bronze leather.
4) Our Classic Eliotte Desert Boot in Suede with a stamped pony print.
2. The “hidden wedge” is the hallmark of the 80%20 brand. How do you find ways to keep the concept current and on trend?
I’m always looking at people’s shoes and challenged to integrate the concept into new silhouettes. I like shopping in other cities- recently went to Istanbul and Seoul- great to see what trends exist on the other side of the world.
3. What current footwear trend is your favorite?
Tapestry and Brocade. We have some good ones for upcoming Resort 12!
4. What are some styling tips you can offer for women looking to build an outfit around a tapestry printed shoe?
You can do two things:
1) Wear all black and have your tapestry shoe stand “out”
2) Wear all Tapestry and have your tapestry shoe stand “in”!
5. Your willingness to work with Barefoot Tess has brought fashionable, trendy footwear to women who wear larger shoe sizes. Do you think it’s important to bring about a change in the way the fashion industry views women who wear sizes above a 10?
Sure, I feel that the customer who wears size 10 and above is overlooked. She’s always looking for something that is feminine and I don’t think she has that many resources. Barefoot Tess has cornered the market here!
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Designer collaborations are endlessly thrilling to us. When you take two immensely talented visionaries and throw them in the ring together, the results are one-a-kind, sexy, and inspiring. Therefore, we’re leaping with excitement to learn that Mary Katranzou and Current/Elliott creative director Serge Azria are putting their collective talents together to bring us amazing, unique pieces. Combining the aesthetic of Katranzou’s latest London showing (which centered on the concept of old banknotes, foreign travel, and passport stamps from exotic locales), with Azria’s modern, intuitive denim renderings is guaranteed to produce deliciously wearable separates. Style.com reports that the collection of dresses, skirts, and jeans will hit stores in mid-February. Photos courtesy of Style.com.