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Ralph Lauren Purple Lable Advertisement, rocking the tuxedo slipper in its traditional form, Image courtesy of Freshwallstreet.com

Banishing these slick slippers to formalwear is a thing of the past, tuxedo slippers are becoming a more versatile part of stylish men’s wardrobes.  And as per usual, like any decent sartorial find enjoyed by men, women are interpreting them for themselves, as well.

Del Toro/Theophilus London Collaboration Black Velvet Slippers. Although relatively new to the slipper market, Del Toro has become a serious contender, Image courtesy of Theurbanprince.com

Alexander McQueen’s Smoking Slippers were a favorite among fashionistas long before the tuxedo slipper trend, Image courtesy of Shefinds.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter your gender, the tuxedo slipper offers many style options for the current season and beyond.  Rendered in canvas, the slippers make the perfect casual summer shoe.  Left in the traditional velvet and they are a far more stylish alternative to a certain shearling boot in chilly months.  Finished in patent leather and they add a sophisticated edge to any ensemble.

Apparently these are Mickey Rourke’s Custom George Cleverley Monogram Slippers. I’d say he’s putting that Iron Man money to good use, Image courtesy of Permanentstyle.co.uk

Personally, I am aching for a pair of tuxedo slippers with the full-on old school treatment, maybe even my family crest embroidered on the toe in fine silk.  Whether I sport jeans or trousers with those bad boys, I will be one dapper dame.

These Fox on Sage Needlepoint Loafers are just the right amount of weird, Image courtesy of Bypaige.com

My vintage sweet spot is tingling for these quirky needlepoint loafers.  They come in all kinds of kooky patterns and motifs.  And like their fancy velvet cousins, they can even be monogrammed.

Embroidered Canvas Loafers, a more traditional take, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Leopard Print Calf Hair Loafers, a more wild tone, Image courtesy of Gap.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we cannot all break the bank over our newfound love of tuxedo slippers, so I have found a solution in Gap’s new offering of loafers for ladies–sorry fellas.  Available in so many lovely textures, colors and patterns, I may need more than just one pair.

Enjoy your new slippers–inside and out.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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Flipping through Women’s Wear Daily on Thursday, June 28th, an unusual accessory caught my eye.  A sloping, varnished wood Lanvin clutch, topped with a mint green enamel clasp, stood out amongst all the surrounding colorful, embellished Resort 2013 accessories.  I was so struck by its unique and quiet, earthy beauty, I thought, there must be more like it!  (Although some may like to think so, designers do not create in a vacuum.)

Lanvin’s Varnished Wood, Clutch Resort 2013, Image courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Of course we are all familiar with the classic wooden-handled canvas clutch that accompanies our summer outfits on occasion, but this is a new breed of wooden clutches.  The wood stands alone; requiring no assistance from textiles in structure or in adornment.  The result is a sleek and fresh clutch with vintage appeal, ready for any occasion.

Here are a few more wood clutches I have stumbled upon (click for purchasing information)–I may have to start a collection of my own:

Stella McCartney Engraved Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Viecouture.com

So pretty and delicate, I would love to see this Stella McCartney clutch with an outfit that compliments it (a white sun dress), as well as one that contrasts it (a motorcycle jacket and skinnies.)

Emilio Pucci “The Box Clutch”, click this image to see variations of this clutch; Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

The mixed materials of varying depths on the faces of this Pucci clutch and the exposed screws on the sides give it an unfinished, rustic quality, despite its modern design.

Rachana Reddy Studded Teak Gold Clutch, Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

I appreciate the vintage appeal of the Rachana Reddy piece and how it looks as if it is wearing a studded cuff.  Minimal jewelry needed with this one.

KAYU Alyssa Shell Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Polyvore.com

This KAYU clutch is an absolute stunner and my favorite of the bunch for its unusual use of natural materials.

French Connection Wonder Wood Clutch, Image courtesy of Realliferunway.com

If you are unable to count carpentry as one of your skills, this one is a financially feasible alternative to trying to DIY your own clutch.

SigniCase Wood Camera iPhone Case, Image courtesy of Photojojo.com

This is not a clutch by any means, but it popped up in my search and I could not resist including it in this post.  For the non-clutch-carryers out there: a little timber for you, too.

I do not think I will ever look at a small wooden box the same way again . . .

Much love and good shoes,

e

Metallics are an easy way to add instant shine to summer ensembles.  Lately, however, I have seen a new breed of sheen creeping up on the shine horizon, a fluid, iridescent glow reflecting a rainbow of hues when it captures the light.  I propose we give our heavy metal a rest and take these iridescents for a spin.

An all-over, yet delicate, understated, embellishment gives this iridescent look versatility; Marios Schwab Resort 2013

Iridescents can really pack a punch, so if you are feeling a little skittish start small, with an accessory or an embellishment.  This Urban Outfitters ring by Sarah Lewis would be the perfect departure for your ascent into iridescence.

Erin Fetherston at the 2012 CFDA awards in her own iridescent piece

An all-over iridescent piece from Dion Lee Resort 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are ready for an all-over iridescent, brava!  But be aware, the fit must be impeccable and be conscious of what you pair it with.  Your frock can go from classy to trashy all thanks to a pair of fish nets—not a good pairing choice for iridescents, by the way.  Keep in mind, the iridescent is the statement piece, everything else should compliment it.

Now go have fun with these glimmering beauties!

Much love and good shoes,

e

*All images courtesy of Style.com unless otherwise noted.

Olympia Le-Tan “Junkie” book clutch, Image courtesy of Flavorwire.com

Summer is the perfect time to take up a good book.  Getting lost in an enthralling story or even thumbing through a glossy fashion magazine is certainly one of my favorite ways to pass the time when I am reclining in the sun.  Some fashionistas are taking their passion for reading on the go—and even to the red carpet.

Natalie Portman toting an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch at the Black Swan premiere, Image courtesy of Style.mtv.com

Leading the novel procession, Natalie Portman stepped out in Dior at the Black Swan premiere over a year ago, clutching an Olympia Le-Tan, arguably the master of book clutches.  Portman is not Le-Tan’s only celebrity follower; Michelle Williams, Chloe Sevigny and Berenice Bejo were all spotted sporting the literary-inspired clutches.  Book clutches were also featured on Chanel’s Spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway, yet the more classic, quilted, leather-bound look has not caught on as well as Le-Tan’s graphic pieces.  The First Lady of Bling, Judith Leiber, has even dabbled in book clutches, opting for a stacked and strapped look, instead of the more popular simple, single book.

Chanel RTW Spring 2011 book clutch, Image courtesy of Style.com

Judith Leiber “Black Books Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch”, Image courtesy of Malleries.com

Although Le-Tan’s handmade French beauties may be a little too pricey for most of us, there are lower-priced versions popping up on the market, as well.  Kate Spade’s book clutches have the fun cover art similar to Le-Tan’s, but the underlying canvas has a clear cover for protection.  For a more classic look, check out ASOS’s book clutch, complete with a funky tassel.

Kate Spade “A Tale of Two Cities” book clutch, Image courtesy of Deluxe-lv.com

ASOS book clutch, Image courtesy of Asos.com

Thinking of hollowing out some of your favorite classics?  I know, I am, too.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Jessica Simpson “Oversized Ombre Hat”, Image courtesy of shop.nordstrom.com

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we should all be gearing up for warmer weather and a little time off to soak up some rays.  Of course you may already have some summer essentials in your closet, a breezy sundress, embellished sandals, and a classic denim jacket, but let me share my current obsession for summer 2012 that will not even break the bank:

The pink version of my pick, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Wide-brimmed sun hats are creeping up in retailer’s summer collections all over the place.  Whatever your style, there is a straw sun hat just for you.  They come in stripes, bright colors, dark neutrals, and of course, their natural state, straw.  There are even brands, such as Coolibar, that boast UV protection so you can be stylish and protect your skin.  I picked one up for myself at the Gap in a natural straw and black stripe pattern—trés chic!

Wide-brimmed ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

Wide-brimmed, embellished ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

The sun hat trend seems to be a lasting one; sun hats were spotted on Chanel’s 2013 Resort runway with ombré treated brims and others with feminine embellishments.  So snag a few in bright colors and patterns or splurge on a classic neutral that you can wear poolside year after year—sun hats are here to stay.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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