Antonio Berardi blazer, Lover Serpent top, Boiled skirt, Gisele Ganne fur sole, Isabel Marant shoes, Christian Louboutin bag, Harry Winston diamonds.
The festive time of the year is approaching. Better begin with the preparations.
You know that feeling of excitement you sense when getting your hands on the new seasons first issue of your favorite magazine and heading straight to the “IN this season” pages? Having seen many I agree with partially and others not so much at all, I decided to make my own. So here you have it – High Heeled Banshee’s What To Wear This Fall.
Left to right: Versace, Gucci, Burberry London, Marc Jacobs
The (Leather) Pencil skirt – After the first Dita von Teese craze resided a few years back, I quite forgot about pencil skirts and they fell to the back areas of my closet. Now it’s time to bring them forth once again and get some new leather ones as well. I am absolutely thrilled to be getting (or rather making) one soon. Massively inspired by the Louis Vuitton fetish theme.
The 1000$ power sweater – Sweaters used to be so boring and anonymous. Boy, have times changed or what… every yarn pattern seems to be saying something about the kind of a fashionista you aspire to be, as well as the designer behind it. There are different lengths, different shapes, cuts and colors to play with. Thin yarn, thick yarn. Angora, cashmere.
The Pointy heel - Such a glorious comeback for the classical stiletto. Isabel Marant has been paving the way for some time but this is THE moment of the pointy heel. It’s time to bring out all the Manolos you bought back when Carrie was fueling women’s shoe obsessions. Extra points for needle/cigarette heels!
The Furry coat – When it comes to clothes this season, it’s all about luxury and quality materials. This applies especially to coats and jackets. I’d kill for a wool-fur hybrid Burberry coat! However when that’s really not an option, one can always adopt a fur neckpiece to add some lavishness to otherwise boring outergarments.
The luxe parka – last years parka obsession has gone nowhere. But now, as mentioned before, there’s a far greater emphasis on materials. The more luxurious the silk and the fur, the better. Those Vera Wangs (almost) make me long for colder weather.
The Minimalist bag – The ideal bag right now is simple yet structured, made of quality materials and isn’t staggering under excessive hardware. The Olsen twins and Victoria Beckham – renowned handbag designers? If you would’ve said it 5 years ago, everyone would’ve laughed but the reality is that they’re making some seriously droolworthy and conceptually powerful purses, not doubt. Sadly, with otherwordly prices.
The Armor – Jewelry, particularly necklaces are keeping the same simplistic fashions from spring and enhancing them with tribal and industrial elements. Everything’s still very cuff-inspired.
Long gloves – Anyone who paid attention to the fall shows saw the massive use of elbow length gloves. Long have they been personal favorites of mine and this season they’ll be getting more use than ever. Somehow they just scream luxury.
The Python print – Easily the most lusted-after print of the season not only in leather but also in clothes. It has to be fairly natural-looking and in neutral hues to appeal to my taste but everything here makes my pulse quicken.
The Navajo girl – this tribal trend was greatly initiated by Isabel Marant and Proenza Schouler’s fall collections. I’d recommend taking it quite slowly with the different prints, fringes and feathers, no need to pile it all up at once. Do it right and you’ll end up with a beautiful aesthetic.
The Colors – As much as I’d sometimes like it, we can’t get by entirely without colors. I’d say the hues of burgundy, mustard and cobalt are quite appealing this fall. One other trend aspect here – ladylike clothes are on the rise! Some call it the “Kate-effect”, but what ever it is, clean and well-outlined classical silhouettes are a smart investment for more seasons to come.
Left to right: Zara blazer, Rachel Comey blouse, Stella McCartney dress, All Saints dress, French Connection jumpsuit, Alexander McQueen leggings, Not Just A Label spine cuff, Dominic Jones rings, Givenchy clutch, Prada fur scarf, Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb, YSL nude lipstick, Christian Louboutin python pumps.
Gotta get ready for summer!
Left to right: Lanvin
Jacquelyn Jablonski is everywhere lately
All credit goes to Tommy Ton
I think that as spring is approaching, we should take one final look at the fall/winter collections to perhaps spot something we’ve previously overlooked. While lurking on style.com again, I stumbled upon this picture of Celine’s leather-pocketed dress and a light bulb lit on top of my head. I instantly worked some leather-magic on a completely unworn Zara men’s sweater I had gotten my father for Christmas some years ago, it was ridiculously easy to sew some leatherpatches on it. I love wearing it. Unfortunately, there are no pictures to show you but i’m sure you’ll manage without. Celine’s F/W 2010 was one of the most iconic shows of the year indeed. Only now have I began to fully grasp that. Carried by the same Celine enthusiasm, I also went over the spring/summer collection but came out emptyhanded. Oh merde… warm season clothing is so not for me.
On the other hand, my heart will scream of joy when I finally get to toss the winterboots to the corner. At this moment, there’s a medium of 60 cm of snow covering the whole country, can’t even wear my beloved ankleboots. Can’t wait for the day I get to just put on some pumps and run out the door. Now, we’ve all been wearing Christian Louboutin-like pumps and gladiatorheels for some years now and this spring I’ll be glad to give another shoe design a chance. I’m thinking something pointy and closed-toed, maybe even leopard, should I feel outstandingly adventurous (have I mentioned that 100% of my shoes are black?). Like this.
These Valentinos are pretty much to be blamed of my sudden change of heart when it comes to shoe shape. They manage to be strappy, studded, pointy and high at the same time – what’s not to love.
And should I be presented with these red Isabel Marants… Well, I wouldn’t say no either.
Today I’m in the mood for something clean-cut and minimalistic. Like Celiné or Stella McCartney. But instead, I’m showing you some of the highlights of Zara’s November and Evening collection lookbooks.
Speaking of lookbooks, I really love them. They are always tastefully done and give such an accurate view of the garments. And they are really useful for planning your next season’s wardrobe. I hear many of you out there are already obsessed with S/S. Well, not me. I like F/W much, much better and I’m not gonna prematurely spoil all my fun. Or it might be that I’m just not tired of this season yet when all these goodies keep on coming.
The last two outfits are my absolute favorites. I really like the newfound appreciation for skirts of every length and shape. I mean, we have absolutely everything right now, tulip skirts, pencil skirts, maxi skirts, puffy skirts. I love it. The shape and the material of the last skirt really pops out against the plain black T. A clever combination. And the red dress looks like a real quality-piece. Very McQueen-like in it’s form. Love.
And to finish it off, I’d add some Louboutins
It’s almost here, my favorite holiday. Halloween has always been a very special time of the year for me. It’s one of my favorite things in the world actually, might love it even more than Louboutins. Unfortunately, where I live people don’t really celebrate it, so it’s more of a private party for me. But still, it’s a party. Tomorrow, I’m gonna slip on a long black dress and impersonate Morticia Adams all day, blow the dust off my ouija board, carve some pumpkins, burn candles and watch all the half-decent scary movies that I haven’t seen already. Wish I could erase my memory and watch The Exorcist for the first time again.
And wear this dress. Dsquared FW 2010, almost got a stroke when I first saw it. Wish I could be buried in it. I just want to kiss the Dsquared twins for making this dress.
This Ann Demeulemeester ring
This Balmain jacket
These Chanel biker boots
This outfit. The shearling jacket, the necklace, the pants, the whole shebang.
Erin’s fur vest.
The Celine bag.
Taylor’s cateye sunglasses.
This feather cape.
Between my many material obsessions, one is crowned as my ultimate passion. Shoes. I will never have enough of them. Never! 2010 has been very generous when it comes to fabulous designer shoes and I thought I’d make a small round-up.
I love this heel, the round shape of it and the mixed texture. This shoe has so many different things going on and often it can be a nuisance but definitely not in this case. Available in multiple vampy colors.
Ponyhair booties. Need I say more? Nowadays, it’s not so common to come across something in footwear-design that hasn’t already been done. But the loose calf-tight strain design is not something I’ve seen before Givenchy.
Let’s start with the color. A perfect, slightly dried blood red. The narrow black leather bows – a highly tasteful addition. The shape. This particular shape has been lost from the scene for a handful of seasons, it’s almost refreshing to see it again, a’la Manolos of 2006. This fall, they’re trying to revive the extreme kitten heel as well, a task in which I pray to God, they fail. But these Pradas are just divine.
I remember my astonishment when I first saw that bone heel. This one will go to the history books. If cavemen would ever have worn heels, I’m sure using their enemies bones as the heel would not have been frowned upon. For their extreme height they seem very comfortable and the bandage design is the icing on the cake.
There are thousands of different versions of lace-up booties out there. What I adore about these is how at first glance, they appear quite minimalistic but when you really look at them, you can see great attention to detail.
These are the shoes that I would commit actions of questionable legality for. I’m sorry but I just cannot resist studs and red soles on black sling-backs. I’m just a human. First saw a nude version of these on Dakota Fanning sometime in late spring and I’ve been in love ever since.
With the rise of Burberry Prorsum, so many amazing things have been given to the world. Including these shoes. Leather and suede bandage. Tie me up now.
The Acne Admire wedge is the must-have of this season. Every blogger out there is drooling for this embodiment of Scandinavian edge. Acne has secured it’s position in the heavyweight league of the coveted but attainable.
These platform sandals from spring were the ultimate summerheels. In fact, if I had these, I’d wear them every summer until they fall to shreds or I’m eighty and have a broken hipbone. Which ever comes first. If there’s anyone who can make lucid heels look classy, it’s Fendi.
I love how these are so robust and yet so classy. A hard cocktail to mix but Alaia has delivered perfectly. In fact, I’m in desparate need of hiking boots for my trip to Switzerland. Hey, feeling fabulous while climbing the Alps is more important then surviving it.
Dark zebra pattern, embellished chains, sounds quite flashy, right? An yet, these pumps manage to look tasteful while containing many dangerous elements. These are the kind of shoes your daughter might some day find from your closet and be in awe for years.
A follow-up for last F/W military boots, now buckled and lined with sheepskin. Something that will keep your feet toasty warm during those damned cold winters we now have, without looking bulky or having to sacrifice the heel for sturdiness.
I’m relatively certain these jawdroppers from the iconic S/S 2010 show were never distributed to the common consumers. For those who managed to acquire a pair, I’d kill to be in your shoes. (no pun intended) If Trent Reznor was a woman, I’m sure he’d wear these very industrial-looking pumps on stage at Lollapalooza or somewhere. And I would be buried in them .