Ever since plimsoll first arrived in the 1830s, we’ve been working to constantly improve our athletic footwear. One unfortunate recent evolution — probably originating from the high platforms worn by ravers in the ’80s and ’90s — is the emergence of the high-heel sneaker. You might have had a pair in the late ’90s. Beyonce certainly did. Now the latest thing? Isabel Marant platform wedge sneakers, that sneakily hide the heel inside the shoe so no one has to know that you’ve got an extra little booty push. They’re great if you’ve got an extra $760 to spare. But if not, do what Amelia did, and get a less expensive but still totally cool version of these made by Ash.
Isabel Marant’s Spring Summer 2011 had one piece that i absolutely loved – a mesh overlay skirt. This is actually something that could be infinitely DIY’d with about a yard of mesh fabric and a body con skirt; however, if you have no interest in making your own, Cheap Monday has come out with a fantastic take on the style. Compaired with a starting price point of $650 for a skirt by Isabel Marant, $47 is a steal. Cheap Monday, Asos, $47 Keep reading »
If you haven’t heard of Isabel Marant yet, we wouldn’t blame you. While fashion insiders have been obsessed with her cool boho dresses and French schoolgirl cardigans for years now (when editors trek to Paris for the collections, her shop is a must-stop destination), she’s remained largely unknown in the States and for a very deliberate reason: She has no stores in the U.S., and the few retailers who carry her are forbidden to sell her items online. By limiting the availability of her products, she keeps the kind of customers who care desperately about exclusivity hooked, and it works. In fact, what many consider the “it” shoe of the season are these Otway studded ankle boots, and due to a masterful game of hard-to-get, not only are the $1,295 shoes almost completely sold out, we’ll never see them on any clearance racks. Of course, all of this may be about to change: Not only is Marant opening a boutique in New York in early 2010, come spring the masses can access her on Net-a-Porter.com. Until then, you’re welcome to join the rabid Otway boots maniacs on eBay. [WSJ] Keep reading »