via The Hollywood Reporter
Yesterday, I attended the New York premiere of God Save My Shoes, a documentary in which director Julie Benasra gives audiences a look into the shoe closets of the rich and famous, including Dita Von Teese, Kelly Rowland, and poker champ Beth Shak. This film studies why women are obsessed with heels and what emotions and messages these shoes convey by featuring not only the women who buy shoes, but also shoe and physiology experts including: prominent shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Pierre Hardy, a psychoanalyst, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
While the film itself is entertaining, especially for a girl like me who appreciates expensive footwear (though I can’t afford it), it’s a bit one sided. It touches on the impossibility of walking in five inch heels and some of the physical aliments that result from wearing heels, but doesn’t delve too deeply into the more serious long term problems heels can cause. (But we shoe fiends don’t think much about those anyway, do we?) Furthermore, all the people profiled can afford their fancy footwear; there isn’t any mention of shopaholics whose purchases drive them into debt.
That being said, God Save My Shoes is a fun film, one that many fashionistas will enjoy for its great imagery, brief history of heels, and information and opinions straight from the designer’s mouths.
God Save My Shoes is playing at the Quad Theater in New York City through Thursday April 5th.
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Last night, eBay and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) previewed their their collection of canvas tote bags, customized by over 75 CFDA designers, to raise awareness about counterfeit products. This is the second collection of bags produced for this cause, and many of fashion’s elite turned out in support, including Teen Vogue’s Fashion News Director Jane Keltner de Valle, Fashion Designer Charlotte Ronson, and Michael Kors’s Vice President and Global Creative Director Andrea Linett.
Not only were guests able sneak a peek of these fun bags before they go on sale, but they were also able to customize their own standard totes with fun screen prints and monograms while StreetPeeper‘s Phil Oh snapped their photo. Learn more about the cause here and don’t forget to log on to fashionvault.ebay.com starting at 11amEST on March 20th to purchase the totes and support originality.
1. Bags (clockwise from left) by Kenneth Cole, Peter Som, Rachel Roy, & Nanette Lepore, 2. My own customized messenger bag.
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How quickly the week has gone! Last Tuesday, in the midst of all that’s been going on, I made it down to one of my favorite SoHo venues, W.i.P, to fete the addition of “It Girl” Lenay Dunn to the Ragged Mag team and preview the latest American Rag collection.
The looks in this collection (a Macy’s exclusive) called to mind the fun, carefree dressing of the music festival crowd and the models even posed in front of banners for SXSW, Bamboozle, and Warped Tour. Adding to the music-fueled fun was the band Holy Ghost! who hit the turn tables that night. While their melodies couldn’t be beat, I left the party a bit unsatisfied—but only because I’ll have to wait till summer to wear this amazing hat.
1. American Rag Accessories 2. American Rag Wedges 3. Artwork at W.i.P. 4. Jacket: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Shirt: Bar III (Macy’s), Skirt: Lily White (Nordstrom), Booties: Steve Madden, Bag: BCBGirls, Tights: Chinese Laundry
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Though some time has elapsed since the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference took place at Milk Studios on February 8th, the information learned here still applies to those looking to take their blog to the next level. Everything from advertising and sponsored posts, to Twitter and Facebook integration was discussed by a number of successful bloggers. Those looking to turn blogging into a full time career, or just looking to increase followers certainly found some helpful information to keep their blogs fresh and create a blogger “brand.” It was also a great opportunity for bloggers to network and trade some fashion tips before New York Fashion Week kicked off. Though I wore a muted color palate of grey and black, there was not shortage of vibrant color in the outfits of the other bloggers. Their looks certainly brightened up a cloudy day.
Additionally, attendees were treated to an preview of the J Brand Ready-to-Wear Collection. I found more than a few covetable items I would love to add to my wardrobe including the leather Baez Tee, and and thick knit Moyet Sweater. The leather jackets were fabulously soft and the entire collection had a slightly rock and roll, yet sophisticated feel that I loved. Check it out here. Are there any pieces you are dying to own?
1. Panelists including Style Musee, Fashionably Marketing, Tom & Lorenzo, Brain Boy, and DKNY PR Girl, 2. The J Brand preview, 3. Tops from the J Brand Ready to Wear Collection, 4. Sweater: Kenar, Skirt: Jennifer Lopez Collection for Kohl’s, Tights: Chinese Laundry, Booties: Steve Madden, Bag: BCBGirls, Sterling Silver and Turquoise Earrings
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I’m finally getting a chance to breathe. These past few months have been really busy and fantastic, especially because I am now a published journalist. In December, I was given the opportunity to pen a feature for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 Official Program along with my fellow W27 editors Taisa (EIC), and Sarah (Deputy). Working with IMG was certainly an amazing and unique experience, and I was able to write about some of my favorite contemporary fashion brands: Kaelen, Porter Grey, and Candela, who all created beautiful collections for Fall. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has come to a close, but I still haven’t come down from the high that comes with seeing your work on display in the fashion capital of the world.
Stay tuned for more posts about my fashion week experience.
1. The MBFW Program Cover, 2. Candela Spring 2012, 3. My feature story, 4. Stacks on stacks at Lincoln Center
Images 1-3 Courtesy of IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 Official Program