I’m all for Aldo’s collaborations with high-end designers at a lower price point, and I usually die for Preen, but I don’t know if these are working for me. They’re a replica of the shoes worn on the runway in the design duo’s heavily pixelated spring 2012 collection, but I wasn’t so sure of them there, either. I loved the dresses in the show mainly because of the large scale of the pixels, so I think this condensed incarnation lacks the impact of a bigger print. I do, however, love that chunky, sculptural heel. I’m so torn. What do you think? Would you wear them? ($155, Aldo)
I have a shoe problem. I admit this. I inherited it from my mother, who hits the Macy’s shoe department as if it’s the bread aisle at Safeway the day before a tornado. So nine months ago, when I saw the Julian Louie for Aldo collaboration on the runway during New York fashion week, I kind of had a freak out. I watched and waited, and then, okay, I kind of forgot about them. And so I was devastated when I found out the first run of the fairly affordable ikat-print shoes ($125 a pair) were sold out. Keep reading »
The Oscars are a no-expense-spared event, from the bottles of champagne to those adorable little gold trophies. Actors and actresses dress up in designer clothes (though each piece is likely borrowed), primp with hair and makeup gurus and stylists, not to mention all those limos. But this year, the recession took hold in not one, but two different ways. While many starlets choose Christian Louboutin or Manolo heels to pair with their red carpet dresses, Natalie Portman went a very different route, and actually wore shoes that everyone can afford… a pair of black satin open-toe Segura platforms from Aldo! Just imagine little Natalie strolling into her nearest Aldo store, with a picture of her dress in hand. Refreshing, isn’t it? And in a bold move, Diane Kruger decided to forgo the makeup artist cost and mastered the impressive feat of applying her very own beauty look. We have to say bravo to Diane — she looked flawless. [Stylelist and Lucky] Keep reading »
Bet you don’t have anything like this in your jewelry chest. Aldo gives a softer side to the bib necklace by incorporating these embroidered fabric discs with a chunky gold chain. We’re loving the geometric flower designs that have a slight Scandinavian vibe going on. Just goes to show you that a statement necklace doesn’t necessarily need ostentatious bling to make it special.
Fashion is hard work, people! (Have you seen “Kell on Earth”?) Well, maybe not if you happen to be Jessica Stam modeling for photog Terry Richardson. Check out the behind-the-scenes goings-on at the Aldo spring/summer photo shoot. Not only is there a lip couch, disco ball, and ceramic leopard, but Aldo’s got some seriously cute heels set to come out this spring. More fashion-hard-at-work shots of Jessica, after the jump … Keep reading »
You may know Aldo as a mall staple and slightly cheaper version of Nine West. While we knew the shoe store made accessories like belts and jewelry, we didn’t really consider that they could actually be cute. Turns out we’ve either been wrong all along or Aldo has hired a new accessories designer with a very high-fashion outlook. To be fair, the sizable collection has a lot of jewelry that mimics played-out trends you’ve seen everywhere. In the mix, however, are some real gems like this Putton necklace (right) with an art deco vibe and this Blouin ring (left), which takes inspiration from Dior‘s covetable flower cluster rings. Also notable: thin black cuffs with gold fastenings that remind us of CC Skye, knotted necklaces made of thick metal strands, and a gold link necklace interwoven with black ribbon and Gucci-esque d-ring details.
Accessible, cheap, and will leave others wondering what fancy designer you’re wearing. [Aldo] Keep reading »
There’s a superstition in Caribbean culture that says you should never buy your boyfriend or girlfriend shoes because he/she will use them to walk right out of your life. The one time I accepted shoes from a boyfriend (he wasn’t Caribbean), I hadn’t asked for them, and I broke up with him about a month later — all of this is more than a coincidence in my mind. So, shoe shopping has always been one of the ways I get over a breakup, because it’s easier to walk away from Mr. Wrong when I’m wearing super hot heels. And when I really think about it, quality shoes are more supportive and uplifting than a no-good man any day. Keep reading »