November 8, 2009 |
Jimmy Choo took the town by storm last week, hosting not one but two parties. Not Jimmy Choo the man (the shoemaker sold his name in 2001), but Jimmy Choo the British footwear brand and its glamorous president and founder, Tamara Mellon. No stranger to Los Angeles, Mellon lived in Beverly Hills from ages 8 to 14, attending Marymount High School (Camp Beverly Hills was a favorite hangout), before settling in London. She was also one of the first to recognize the power of the red carpet, setting up the brand's first Academy Awards showroom for celebrities and stylists in 1999.
May 18, 2013 |
Thanks to the fashion world's enthusiastic embrace of surf/skate culture over the decades, the Vans-style slip-on sneaker - a simple, unadorned, lace-free upper attached to a rubber sole - has become an instantly recognizable Southern California silhouette and an uncluttered canvas for self-expression, not only for Vans, but also for countless other brands. In recent seasons, luxe versions of the humble skate shoe have been rolling out to retail and serving as less-formal, summertime iterations of the ever-popular smoking shoe.
January 19, 2002
In his response to the Howard Rosenberg article on "Sex and the City," Lee M. Jockers (Letters, Jan. 12) bashes the four female stars, asserting that "men of quality and substance would have no interest in these foulmouthed, aging bimbos and their $300 shoes." Jockers is simply wrong. I have been assured by my wife, who is an expert on the cost of fashion, that the Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo shoes featured on "Sex and the City" start at $500, and many styles of these shoes cost more than $800.
June 8, 2012 |
Women salivate over Manolo Blahnik heels. Men covet Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers. The limited edition shoe, designed by rapper Kanye West, has already attracted long lines and frenzied online bidding in the thousands of dollars. That's kind of impressive, considering the shoe goes on sale Saturday at a retail price of $245. Only about 3,000 to 5,000 pairs will be released, and sneaker collectors -- known as "sneakerheads" -- are anxiously awaiting the chance to add the shoes to their closet or resell them for a plump profit.
February 21, 2010 |
Fashion is stepping back a decade this spring, away from fall's 1980s-style acid-washed denim and power shoulders to a season full of 1970s influences, including sun-bleached colors, fringed accessories and the "it" shoe made popular on the Chanel runway: clogs. We're not talking orange rubber Crocs a la Mario Batali. These clogs are sexy and embellished, some with heels as high as those on your favorite stilettos. At Chanel's spring 2010 show last fall, models flaunted their spindly legs in short tweed skirts and 4-inch platform clogs.
February 3, 2008 |
Romance packages at spectacular seaside resorts? Those are so 2007. This Valentine's Day, truly groovy couples will nibble chocolate-dipped strawberries, sip Champagne and gaze into each other's eyes not in a deluxe suite on the Gold Coast but in a shoe store. And not just any shoe store: Footcandy in Brentwood is the only place in town to find the big three --Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin--under one roof. What could be more romantic than that? For $350, the 11/2-year-old boutique is offering a "Romance Your 'Sole' Mate" package that gives lucky couples the run of the shop for an hour, a 15% discount on all the shoes they snatch up ($770 jeweled D'Orsay pumps by Choo--grab 'em!