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.
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!
September 29, 2000 |
Life really can't get much better than this for a shoemaker: a company that has grown from scratch to $50 million in four years, a luxury brand favored by movie stars, and a waiting list as long as a pair of pony-skin boots to buy $450 to $3,000 shoes at boutiques from London to Los Angeles. The name is Jimmy Choo, but in fact, the ready-to-wear shoes are designed by Choo's niece, Sandra Choi, with the help of company president Tamara Yeardye--two shoemakers with the world at their feet.
January 24, 2013 |
Cosmetic brand Make Up For Ever is hitting the road in a giant mobile Make Up School to give women a makeup bag remix. The brand's team of professional artists will take a peek inside your makeup bag and tell you how to better use your own products, and which ones are ready to be tossed, regardless of the brand. Consumers can book 30-minute appointments online for one-on-one makeup bag evaluations inside the Make Up School. All you have to do is "like" the brand's Facebook page.
January 10, 2014 |
"Pretty Little Liars" star Troian Bellisario and costume designer Mandi Line turned up to celebrate the launch of the "Pretty Little Liars" collection by Aeropostale at the retailer's store in Times Square on Wednesday. Line persuaded Warner Bros. that there was consumer demand for a clothing collection tie-in with the show. The collection is in stores and on aeropostale.com now. [Fashionista] Actress Cameron Diaz has a new book out on health and beauty ("The Body Book"), but she wasn't always an expert.
July 5, 2013 |
Reaction to Andrea Hasler's show at Gusford is inescapably reflexive at first--and not just one reflex is triggered, but two, the polar opposites of attraction and repulsion. The Swiss-born, London-based artist plays the extremes to creepy, compelling effect. Her show, "Burdens of Excess," leaves a multitude of searing impressions. Hasler re-fashions high-end designer accessories (mostly handbags and shoes) into grotesque specimens, bulging globs of pink wax studded with brand-name zipper pulls, insignias, straps and handles.
July 30, 2013 |
'Fashion Star' fizzles: NBC has canceled the reality fashion competition show "Fashion Star," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, which featured Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos mentoring up-and-coming designers, had a two-season run. [Hollywood Reporter] Saks sold: Saks Inc., parent company of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store chain, was snapped up by Canadian retail giant Hudson's Bay for $2.9 billion (including debt)
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.
May 11, 2012 |
Louboutin red isn't just for the soles of sky-high stillettos anymore. Shoe designer Christian Louboutin is branching out into beauty. His luxury French company is pairing with Batallure Beauty, which helps develop brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Macy's, Marchesa and Sephora, to launch the Christian Louboutin Beaute line in late 2013. Sephora, a cosmetics and fragrance retailer, happens to stock perfumes from another well-known shoe titan: Jimmy Choo. Louboutin, who founded his company in Paris in 1991, has never ventured into cosmetics before.
June 9, 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 for 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 closets or resell them for a plump profit.