Guest Curator Feature On FashionStake.com

I had the unique pleasure of being chosen as a featured Guest Curator on online shopping start-up FashionStake.com! As an independent designer and inherent techie, I was immediately drawn to the site not only for their support of new designers, but also the innovative way they operate. Instead of faceless buyers deciding on what they think shoppers would like, users are invited to vote on a wide range of carefully selected pieces. The highest rated pieces are then featured in their "Crowd-Favorites," and users are rewarded if they choose correctly. Top style sites like Lookbook.nu and Chictopia understand the power of user interaction, and it's fantastic to see a beautifully curated shopping destination harnessing that power while introducing fashion's freshest faces.

I particularly like their choice of words to describe me in the banners and preview text, appeals to my dark soul.

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Nicolas Kirkwood Creates Keith Haring Shoe Collection

As respected, revered and repeated as Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat, artist Keith Haring's work has continued to grace us decades after the activist and pop graffiti artist's passing due to AIDs in 1990. His latest art/fashion straddling latest was created by shoe designer and Rodarte darling Nicolas Kirkwood. The English designer takes Haring's iconic interconnected patterns and figures and infuses them with both architectural and humorous shoe designs (knee-high roller skates anyone?).


The artist painting one of his signature patterns


Online fashion, arts and culture site Nowness conducted an interview with Kirkwood about Haring's influence and bringing his work to footwear.


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But this isn't Haring's first footwear collaboration. Just last spring Tommy Hilfiger released a capsule collection of sneakers and rainboots for men, women and children in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, which assists in AIDs-related and children's charities.


Check out some highlights from the Haring x Kirkwood collection from Kirkwood's boutique launch in London.




  
Personal fave

LOVE / LUST: Stacked Rainbow Platforms x Stud Saturated Boots

LOVE:
Oh Jeffrey, you never miss a beat. Instead of making another made-for-the-masses designer knockoff from the latest season, Campbell went all the way back to 1938, recreating a Ferragamo design made for Judy Garland. While the design may not be as famous as Garland's ruby red slippers rom the Wizard of Oz, the originals were still celebrated in an archival installation last year. I'm torn between Campbell's replicas and the Chica rainbow platforms, which is better?
The $2,500 original (obviously the best). I initially thought they were painted wood platforms, but they're actually wrapped in dyed suede. So posh!


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LUST:
Handmade Studded Booties - $3,500, Patricia Field
Patricia Field's shoe selection is KILLING it right now. I just about fell out of my chair when my friend Dominique from Love Me Sailor sent me a link to these boots. They're a total mess and practically unwearable and I lust for them like crazy! Perhaps not as violently chic as the Crystal Spike Shoe Harness, but has a post-apocalyptic, robotic glam worthy of Bowie himself (or Optimus Prime if he ever wanted to do runway). The "handmade" tag on these shoes makes my own craftiness start ticking, perhaps I'll be a one-woman Jeffrey Campbell and knock these off myself!

Summer's Hottest Look: No Clothes, No Hair, NO FLESH

With the official bbq-ing, binge-drinking, memorializing kick-off to summer behind us, it's time we start putting into play the hot weather fashion we've seen gallivanting around the music festivals into our everyday looks. With cut-off jean shorts and vintage tees being the perennial trend, why not beat the summer heat with the effortless chic of having no flesh at all.

Think of it: No fuss over high knots or low buns, no sweat glands to make the makeup run on your non-existent face, you'll fit into every bikini you dare to try on and no need to reapply, or apply any sunscreen at all! You'll want to bleach those ivory whites as you soak up the rays from poolside to graveside. 

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But in all seriousness, this set of x-ray model shots presents a unique idea for fashion editorials that could pontentially have a gorgeous, other-worldly result. Rumored to be taken in a TSA airport scanner, these images debuted last fall as a pin-up calendar, but I see it as a new dimension for modeling couture accessories and shoes. (The literally faceless model has yet to be named.)

The less-than-desirable shoes pop beautifully in these images, so just think how fantastic some Sarah Burton for McQueen pieces would look with loads of architectural jewelry pieces seemingly floating above the ethereal form. A high-fashion model would have an even longer and lankier skeleton than the model here, but his or her weight would be irrelevant. A plus-sized model would be even better as the skeleton would be the same, but shoes and accessories would hover even higher. Instead of the model's weight, candidates will be weeded out according to if they have any implants, pins, metal plates or pacemakers.











Style Breakdown: 9 of Spring's Strangest Heels

With the weather starting to warm up, designers are rolling their tan and toe-airing footwear. Scrolling through my trusty online shops, I've noticed an influx of interesting plaforms--some beauties, some beasts. Here's just a handful of Spring's strangest shoe styles.

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Frame by United Nude - $545.00, UnitedNude.com
United Nude has some of the most structually fascinating shoes on the market right now, and no wonder: The line was founded by an architect and shoemaker. I can easily imagine a 50 ft version of these installed in a public space. Modern buildings and modern heels are both in the business of defying gravity, right?
Two Hundred by Ego and Greed - $89.99, Solestruck.com
Dubbed the "flatform" I was surprised to see shoemakers return to the sole that ravers, Spice Girls and Misfits (think creepers) made popular back in 90s. In a sandal, it just feels like treatment for an orthopedic ailment.


Leopard Open Toe Platform by Estelle - $750.00, OpeningCeremony.com
An almost flatform, its not so much the shape as the colors that make me cringe. It's not so much leopard, as it is a block of melted, crispy cheese. Combined with the meaty/bacon-y silk ruffles and shiny surface, these shoes are more fit for a greasy diner than for an equally greasy disco.


Femmes by Gee Wa Wa - $219.95, SoleStruck.com
Despire the oppressively heavy looking platform and the fact it looks like a headless cat cartoon when you squint, this style has a wonderful balance between feminine and badass. Dubbed a "claw" heel, the cut out platform actually reminds me of the Shel Silverstein book The Missing Piece.


Ferme by Jeffrey Campbell - $222.00, Lulus.com
File these under "Are You Serious?" These are true platforms because they look like shoes from the Medieval Times costume closet standing on their own little stages. There's no attempt to blend the two pieces, at least have the suede part of the heel be wood? An awful case of leftovers being tossed together.


Space Wood Wedge Sandal by Minimarket - $369.95, SoleStruck.com
Finally, a stylish solution to Shape-Ups! Ok maybe not, but this salad bowl-round platform is a solution to the chucky wedge without being too clunky. A great Swedish brand, their sunglasses are worth checking out as well.


Monroe Python Wedge by Carin Wester - $348.00, PixieMarket.com
They may not seem strange now, but do a Google Image search on "foot binding" and you'll see why the color and placement of the platform notch weirds me out.



Skate by Jeffrey Campbell - $214.95, SoleStruck.com
I guess the idea was to look like an old fashioned ice skate or sled, but to me it looks like scraps from a rocking chair or door frame. Nice concept, but too This Old House in its execution. Again, another example of Jeffrey Campbell just slapping anything together.
Crystallization by Iris van Herpen x United Nude - $995.00, UnitedNude.com
LUST LUST LUST! We've featured the Iris van Herpen x United Nude Synthesia boot before and had to give props to their other collaboration design. Utterly sexy, utterly unique, this style comes in three colors and also with chains instead of leather laces woven all over. I'm dying, I'm dead.



Lanvin for H&M Teaser Image and Video

Behold, four outfits from the upcoming Lanvin for H&M collection that is launching November 23, 2010. A perfect collaboration for the holiday season, French fashion house Lanvin brings it's timeless glamour and never-ending savvy for designing the chic and sexy short dress to the retail chain. And how FIERCE is that old woman?? Her name is Jane Schmitt and she needs to be front and center, so incredibly cool. The other models, shot by David Sims, are Hannelore Knuts, Tati Collitar (who's looking quite Scarlett Johansson-y) and Natasha Poly. My fingers are crossed that those over-sized sunglasses will be for sale as well.

H&M released a teaser video a little while ago with behind the scenes footage of the photoshoot with Natasha Poly and Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz--who is designing the women's collection while Lucas Ossendrijver is designing men's (I'm expecting a lot of great tuxedo and suit pieces. Take note boys). The outfits are unfortunately pixilated like an episode of Cops.


NY Mag revealed these designs are practically direct takes from Lanvin's past collections from 2009 and 2008. The women who bought the originals must be kind of bummed now that very similar styles will be sold for thousands less. Did the designers procrastinate on their H&M project a bit?

Lanvin pre-fall 2009 (left two), fall 2008, spring 2009

(Images via NY Mag)

Ssense Editorial by Donat








Photography by Donat; Model: Genevieve



Stylishly raw editorial from Ssense.com with interesting usage of dry cleaning plastic covers. I wonder if the stylist got the idea from this fascinating DIS Magazine editorial (if you can call it that?).

I especially like how the model is a cross between Debbie Harry and Devon Aoki and the subtle elements of bondage. You can hardly see the riding crop and leather handcuffs the model is wearing. I'm also in love/lust with the garter skirt, I need to find one for myself.

Have you noticed a lot of the best pieces in fashion editorials are always credited as "stylist's own"?