ZBspoke

A Few Words on Fashion

Month: August, 2012

All I Want For Autumn Is…

 My two front teeth A pair of thesethis (in Frenzy), and thigh-high, over-the-knee flat boots.

Not a lot to ask, is it? Oh no. This is where one finds oneself harshly in the wrong. Frenzy is already sold out and boots are the hardest thing in the world to shop for.

Since c. winter 2009, I’ve been going completely crazy for a pair in the over-the-knee style but, fearing the imprudence of a possible one-season trend spend—I’m a [half] WASP: we make wardrobe investments—my guilt (blame that on my other half) staid me. Last year, in true Wasp-y Yuletide-y spirit, I attempted to cheat the eye and spare expenses by pairing a black thigh high sock with my black vintage Guccis (hand-me-down riding boots from my Episcopalian mother, duh). It looked somewhat foolish, more Hot Topic than Haute Hippie.

2012 shall be the year this nonsense stops. What with the Mayan Armagedon etc. occurring this winter, it may be the. last. chance., and we wouldn’t want our knees to be poorly dressed when the world ends, now would we? Indeed not. Ergo, Ima get on* a pair of thigh-high boots and say to the world: who cares where you’re from or the culture that bore you; It’s all about where you’re going and how fabulous you look when you arrive. 

 

*Feel free to laugh at my incredibly clever little pun. It’s not like I didn’t take that straight from Miss Congeniality, which if you’ve never seen (seriously though, why haven’t you seen it you’ve had well over a decade by now since it’s release) you should probably just quit reading this right now and get yo’self to netflix before December comes ‘round and you can never watch movies ever again ever. The world is ending, got it?

Buuut since it’s only August and still pushing 100 temp-wise, I have ample some time to [ful]fill my shoes mission. Stay tuned for thrilling updates.

In the meantime, enjoy these Givenchy feet coverings—I’m not sure they can be called shoes: 

Everytime I look at these I giggle. They look like yak feet, if the yak were shorn and maybe had gout.

The general consensus from the style crowd seems to be that these are super stylish; I think they’re super stupid and I’m just not going to waver on that. Sorry Ricky.* 

*That’s Tisci, for those of  you no smarter than yaks and yak-like footwear. 

 Also on my wishlist for fall: leather. Leather everything. I would bathe in leather soap bubbles and sleep in leather pjs if such things were manufactured. I LOVE LEATHER.

 

And the hoarding has already begun (courtesy of Kelly Wearstler and the August super-sales):

 

 

On a side note, I highly encourage the googling of “pictures of yaks” for brief and meaningless amusement.

 

bisou bisou,

Z

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Slipping and Falling

When it comes to getting dressed, I take a rather Nietzschean approach: Follow trends I do not (and apparently take yoda-like speech patterns when discussing said dressing habits). Besides wearing one (almost shearling vest season, almost!), I don’t want to be a sheep, but even I cannot curl my toes up at this fantastic fall footwear trend: the smoking slipper.

Behold:

Miu Miu Tassel Loafer

FINALLY, something new. Swear, it’s like you see the same silhouettes season after season—tortuous ones, all about the stacked heel or the flatform (Love, but let’s be real, in my line of work—and most—it’s just totally impractical to have that much material between myself and the earth. The feets! They hurt!). The SS does the same job as a ballet flat, but working a different silhouette on the foot it looks fresh and feels the same.

I don’t love cats the way some folks do, but Charlotte Olympia‘s kitty slippers are too cute:

Some of the cleverest shoes on the market. Stop it! My sole is aching.

To ease the pain: Pour la Victoire’s Astrid flat is fierce and financially feasible. I shall most certainly be acquiring these in Black Pewter (pictured) and/or Tobacco and/or Tobacco Yellow and/or Burgundy Red and/or  every single color way P.l.V produces.

Pour la Victoire’s Astrid Flat

Look, even Jeffrey Campbell, possible king of the stacked heel/flatform/sky-high-spiked-glittery-whatever is doing smoking slippers, so you know this is a thing:

Jeffrey Campbell’s Martini Suede Studded Loafers

If you get a pair (though really, you should acquire more than one) in green or navy or one with an embellished toe, you could work up to four fall trends at once—imagine that!—without looking stupidly overdone.

Said trends could be, and I’ll type this quickly with my eyes clothes so I don’t have to go around bearing the guilt and shame (Friedrich would be so disappointed) of advocating fashion en masse:

  • navy and green—fall’s it colors
  • embellishment in the form of brooches, which could technically appear anywhere, even on the toe
  • masculine and British influence via the style of shoe, and then the shoe itself which if you haven’t been paying a lick of attention during this entire post, is IT for the footwear this season.

Since I am disinclined to give a full fall trend report at the mo, here are some others who have so graciously compiled ones for you:

Style.com’s Fall Trend List

Ken Downing’s Fall 2012 Trends

xx Z

All Pink Everything

Last Thursday was the annual Party in Pink at Hotel Zaza, benefiting cancer patients and survivors via the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation and a handful of the city’s 200 whose [social] health depend upon attendance at functions of these sorts. Only kidding! The party was circus themed—take from that what you will—and excellently executed. Everything, and I mean everything, was pink; even the water in the fountains and the rosé champagne that was [allegedly] being passed out (I never actually saw a full glass, sigh). Sprinkles Cupcakes provided treats, which, and this means a lot coming from someone who is not a big fan of cupcakes, were uh.maz.ing. I think I ate, like, four. Later Sprinkles’ offered pink candy-coated apples. Precious to pose with, not as cute to eat. Wish I had taken more pictures, for you readers’ eyes to feast on (since you can’t have any cupcakes mwahaha), but I think CultureMap got it covered.

inconsPINKuous in the evening’s color of choice

wearing: Joie dress, Chanel pumps, Marc by Marc Jacobs purse. Earring by Necromance.

bisou bisou,

Z