Va va voom…Prada!

After a series of hugely successful shows, Prada once again managed to surprise us! From last falls 60’s space age to clean and chic 50’s elegance, Miuccia Prada wanted to bring to the runway some “Sweetness”. But what was the core of the collection really? Well, Italian men have two meaningful relationships in their lives: women and cars. Miuccia put the two together—women in cars—and situated them in a moment in time (maybe the last such) when the world was awash with unambiguous hope for the future, and by that we mean the 50’s.

There were many ways for Miuccia to make her point. The celluloid iconography was irresistible: B-movie roadhouse gals in bandeau tops and leather pencil skirts that had been customized by their spray-painting mechanic boyfriends; David Lynch heroines in varsity jackets and sunray pleats; rhinestone cowgirls in studded Baracutas. If the sweetness in such tough cookies was a little elusive, Miuccia also offered coats in lace or crochet in palest pink and blue and bathing suits that begged for pinup poses round the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The fire graphics and the 50’s cars along with the pastel colours and the feminine silhouette really gave us a smile! Oh and, of course, don’t forget the shoes! The absolutely Whaaam shoes with literally fire on their heels symbolizing the speed of cars!

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Jimmy Choo XV Book

Jimmy Choo is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the icon shoe and accessory brand, by publishing a coffee table book: Jimmy Choo XV. The luxurious Jimmy Choo Chronicles presents fifteen of their most recognizable shoe designs since the companies launch in 1996. Also included are studio design sketches, red carpet shots, behind the scenes fashion photography, past advertising campaigns and a host of stunning editorials. Jimmy Choo is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the icon shoe and accessory brand, by publishing a coffee table book: Jimmy Choo XV.

The luxurious Jimmy Choo Chronicles presents fifteen of their most recognizable shoe designs since the companies launch in 1996. Also included are studio design sketches, red carpet shots, behind the scenes fashion photography, past advertising campaigns and a host of stunning editorials.

The high-fashioned book will be made available at booksellers across the globe in February of 2012.

100 SHOES” book introduced by Sarah Jessica Parker released | by Candy.Hell

History of shoes is retold in 209 beautiful prints in a new release by The Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, with introduction by none other than Sarah Jessica Parker.

If you love shoes, you can’t let this one pass without a copy landing in your collection. At 232 pages of authoritative content coming from the Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art, 209 photographs of stunning creations from the museum’s permanent collection are sure to impress.

This one-of-a-kind compilation brings together oeuvres by many innovators. Andre Perugia, Italian born French shoe maker, designed for the rich and famous and started the Padova brand. Roger Vivier invented the stiletto. Beth Levine, a female designer in a men dominated industry, invented the ingenious “Spring-o-lator” to keep backless shoes from slipping off the foot.

Also present are the designs from Manolo Blahnik, stiletto heel loyalist popularized by “Sex and the City” TV series, Vivienne Westwod, British designer and political activist, Christian Louboutin known for his red-soles and many more. The styles featured in the book cover 500 years of shoe history.

“When I was asked to write the introduction to 100 Shoes, my reaction was ‘Only 100?'” Sarah Jessica Parker reportedly exclaimed when offered the honor, as Stylist.com reports. You will certainly wish there were more.

INFO:

  • Book Title: 100 Shoes
  • Author: Harold Koda
  • ISBN: 9780300172409
  • Publisher : Yale University Press

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN by Helena M.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, renowned for his beautifully crafted handmade shoes and his elegantly sexy stilettos has launched his first ever book, a beautiful tome featuring the designer’s most iconic styles as well as an insight into his influences and photos from his personal archives. “Rizzoli approached me to work on a book together and it happened to be perfect timing as my 20th anniversary was approaching,” Louboutin told.

Celebrated for his vertiginously high stilettos with their signature lacquer-red soles, Louboutin has achieved cult status with celebrities as well as fashionistas. His eclectic and exotic designs, often incorporating feathers, beads, and sequins, are a constant and dramatic presence not only on the red carpet , but also in nightclubs and restaurants all over the globe.

As yet unnamed, the tome will be divided in to six chapters,

  • The first lays out Louboutin’s personal biography, including the work he undertook early on in his career for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
  • The second looks at the various interiors of the label’s international stores.
  • The third charts 20 years of Louboutin design.
  • The fourth features intimate photographs of the designer’s homes in Egypt and Paris.
  • The fifth and sixth explore his collaboration with prestigious director David Lynch.

Louboutin has also recuited some of his favourite models and famous friends to contribute, including Dita Von Teese, Kristen Scott Thomas and Mika.

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