The ‘Lamp‘ bootie wedge from Jeffrey Campbell was a huge success, and there’s a new version for the SS2013 collection. The ‘Edna‘ is a little lower, with an open toe and more intricate cutout details. Plus, it’s crafted of perforated leather with a tiny buckle at the ankle. So cute for wearing with a floral or striped skirt and blouse. The ‘Edna‘ will be available in black, grey, and blush. Definitely a spring must have! #lucky #trends
I love the Jeffrey Campbell ‘Martini‘ flat, especially in this gorgeous mint green color. The silver studs make an otherwise ordinary smoking loafer into a punk/glam rock masterpiece and they’re easy to pair with jeans or monochromatic dresses or skirts and sweaters. Here are some photos of me wearing the ‘Martini‘ available at Barefoot Tess: #lucky #trends #outfitideas
*all photos courtesy of Erin Clare Creative
Pyramid studs are everywhere right now. Take a look at Valentino’s latest collection and Schutz’s recent T-trap pumps and you’ll find pyramid studs dotting every strap along the vamp. Barefoot Tess has taken hold of this trend and is producing the ‘McKenzie‘ flat, and they will be available in red, yellow, nude, black, and blue, and lined across the top with gold pyramid studs. Set to arrive at BFT in a month, they’re so chic and classy and easy to pair with a fancy little pleated or flared skirt and sweater set, or take it to a glam rock level with ripped skinny jeans and a distressed leather jacket. Dressed up or dressed down, we’re loving this new shoe! #lucky #trends
Gucci evening dress, $3,110 / Bottega Veneta satin cocktail dress, $2,675 / Lanvin velvet cocktail dress, $1,330 / Zero + Maria Cornejo ball gown / Meadham Kirchhoff chiffon blouse, $730 / Oscar de la Renta lace top, $1,020 / Etro / Miu Miu / Gold heels
Dress, skirt, shoes, and tops embellished with a flutter of ruffles adds extra drama to an otherwise simple outfit. The ruffles take an ordinary piece and dress it up. Look for one piece and pair it with something simple, like a ruffled top with a plain, A-line skirt, or, stick to an all ruffled look, like a dress with a ruffled bottom or ruffles down the back. #lucky #trends
The gladiator sandal is back this year, although it’s a little fancier and a little more formal than before. You’ll find studs, crystals, and sequins, and well as a more refined, Grecian silhouette. Think Goddess, not Gladiator. The Dolce Vita ‘Marquez’ laser-cut sandal in nude is a gorgeous representation of this trend. It’s feminine, comfortable, and superbly stylish. We’d pair ours with colored skinny denim and a blazer or a maxi dress. #lucky #outfitideas #trends
*all photos courtesy of Erin Clare Creative
One Shoe, Three Ways… by jenniferastin featuring zip bags
Erdem dress / Derek Lam / Band of Outsiders / Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti printed pants / J Brand skinny leg jeans, $275 / Marc Jacobs zip bag / Michael Kors ostrich leather handbag / Larkspur & Hawk topaz jewelry / Halleh lapis lazuli earrings / Valentino swarovski crystal jewelry / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Elizabeth’ Wedge (Blue)
We love the deep cobalt hue of the ‘Elizabeth‘ wedge, and it’s surprisingly easy to pair with ensembles. We like choosing pieces that carry the same shade or variations on the shade to keep up with two trends at the same time: bright colors and monochromatic outfits. Check out what we’ve styled here! #lucky #outfitideas #trends
I have to admit, I’m really quite thrilled that the platform pump trend is slowly dying out. At the risk of offending my readers and publicizing controversial material, I’m going to tell you something: I hate platform pumps. I think they’re trashy looking. I invariably trip while attempting to navigating dark restaurants in them. Every cheap-looking Real Housewife on Bravo wear huge ones and they look ridiculous in them, and also trying to walk in them. Whatever, I’m totally over it. Now, I admit, I’m also a late 1990’s-early 2000’s Manolo Blahnik enthusiast to the point of obsession, so for me, the trend toward the 4″, no platform, slightly pointed toe stiletto is like coming home. I say, good riddance and ring in the New Year with better looking, classier shoes. #lucky #trends
Sometimes, a great pair of sneakers can make an ensemble cooler than a great pair of heels or a deliciously expensive set of ballet flats. The editors and fashionistas are currently pairing theirs with jeans and a fur topper, be it a coat, vest, or cape. Maybe it’s overbearingly upper class, or perhaps it’s a little too hipster-with-money, and I understand these complaints. To pull the look off successfully, stay away from colored or printed denim and choose a classic rinse. The cut is less important, and you could just as easily pair a straight leg jean with sneakers and fur as a flare, but beware the bell, since these tend to look better when covering a heel or stacked platform wedge. The denim pick I find the most chi-chi right now is the sass & bide “Roll the Dice” boyfriend jeans. At the moment, I wear my Joe’s Jeans Chelsea cuffed jeans with everything, but I can only get away with this in L.A. because they’re absolutely torn to shreds (witness the photographs of me). The look of a cuffed, slouchy, straight-leg jean with fur and sneakers is very appealing to me, the fur adding that bit of “So what?” that every great getup needs.
As for the sneakers, pick a simple, unadorned pair. Classic French company Bensimon has perfected the sneaker to the highest possible level of understated elegance. The “Tennis Mid Homme” Bensimon collection is truly iconic, totally Parisian, and absolutely chic. The line was inspired by uniforms and work clothes, and the spartan, military colors and shapes are carried through in Bensimon’s tennis shoes. My favorite Bensimon sneaker is the “Tennis Mid Homme” in sable (a lovely tobacco, taupe color). This simple lace-up style tennis shoe is easy and timeless, made of buttery soft canvas with a sturdy but supple rubber sole. A must-have! I’m also wild about Superga, a company started in 1913 by Walter Martiny and the Italia sneakers have been worn by royals, made in variations with canvas, linen, and leather. LOVE. The “Bologna” is the best of the bunch, and the unisex styling makes finding these sneakers in larger sizes a snap. I’ve found them in military, which is a dull green with a bright green sole, black (which is actually a cadet blue), and navy, which is a lovely cornflower hue with a dazzling cyan sole. The over-dyed canvas upper of the “Bologna” is fabulously worn-in looking, and the laces are short, lending a basic, no-frills attitude to a kicky pair of tennis shoes.
Now, the fur is a tricky situation. I personally love and wear real fur, but it isn’t for everyone and for good reasons. If you like faux fur, go for the amazing “Inked” faux fur jacket from MINKPINK. The plush, two-tone blue cropped jacket is beyond chic with sneakers. If you like real fur, go to a thrift store and buy vintage. I’m pictured here in a vintage golden fox fur I found at an antique shop on the Eastern Shore of Maryland when I was 17 (thanks, Dad), my Joe’s Jeans Chelsea rolled cuffs, a vintage Coca-Cola tee, and a pair of “Bologna” sneakers in blue. I’ve always found that vintage shops are the best place to buy furs. The selection is incredible and you never know what little jewel awaits, as if made just for you. I’m a big fan of “intuition” shopping. Now, some may just call it “impulsive” shopping, but I assure you, the two are extremely different concepts. Impulsive shopping implies a compulsion to grab anything and everything in sight to fulfill some deep need, be it a fear, an anxiety, or an emptiness within. Intuitive shopping means employing the “Listening Language” to lead you to the perfect item. The “Listening Language” is that voice within you, your gut perhaps, or maybe just your heart, and if you learn how to quiet your mind and listen to your inner consciousness, you’re speaking the Language. When you shop using your intuition, you’re buying what’s best for you based on who you really are. #lucky #trends #outfitideas
The onset of winter has us itching for a brand new pair of boots. In style seasons past, the fabulous fervor leading up to designers’ boot debuts fizzled fast as fashionistas chose pants that covered up the intricate details that distinguish one pair from another. With nothing showing but the toe, all we saw were tonal variations of a pointy tip, leaving much to the imagination and masking some pretty magnificent creations. This year, the we look forward to boot season with renewed vigor and sense of purpose, determined to showcase our gorgeous finds with low-key pants tucked in, so as not to steal the show.
What makes a great boot? The options seem endlessly combined and complicated, but this season, there are key elements that we look for, namely, clean lines, soft leathers, easy construction, and simple sophistication. It’s all too easy to mess up even the simplest boot, but little variations on a classic theme give the best results. We’re loving the idea of a classic, high-heeled boot based on the idea of a functional yet stylish shape without giving it all away for a silly trend. The ‘Zelica‘ boot from Vaneli fits the bill perfectly. A classic, pointed-toe, black leather boot with a 2 3/4″ covered heel and slightly curved 14″ shaft is the ultimate winter 2013 boot to own. #lucky #trends
Flats are the new “It” shoe, along with sneakers (especially wedges and studded ones). Why are we so excited about this? Because both trends are COMFORTABLE. Sure, we love to throw on our 5 or 6 inchers for parties and to make our calves look amazing, but for work, for social outings, for lunches, for DATES even, we’re so relieved that it’s finally OK for us to wear flats. The trend right now involved bold prints and colors, so don’t be afraid to pick something other than a solid black or brown. Go bold! #lucky #trends #outfitideas
Flats, Flats, Flats! by jenniferastin featuring bloch shoes;FS/NY flat shoes / FS/NY taupe flat / Bloch shoes / Bloch flat shoes / Corso Como flat shoes / Ariella purple flat shoes / Steve Madden flat shoes / Steve Madden / Irregular Choice brown shoes / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Kingston’ Flat (Rust) / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Napa’ Flat (Multi) / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Napa’ Flat (Yellow Missoni) / FS/NY ‘Fixture’ Flat (Orange/Camel) / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Austria’ Oxford (Natural Python) / Steve Madden ‘Tailor’ Flat (Taupe Multi) / Steve Madden ‘Tailor’ Flat (Neon Yellow) / Steve Madden ‘Tailor’ Flat (Gold Glitter) / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Palm Springs’ Flat (Luggage) / Steve Madden ‘Tailor’ Flat (Neon Purple) / TESS by Barefoot Tess ‘Kenya’ Flat (Off White)