The image of the festival girl, that elusive free-spirited creature, has been lingering in the fashion imagination for the last few seasons, from her flower-topped crown right down to her gladiator sandal-clad toes. And yet few can bring those familiar bohemian references to an entirely new place in the same way that Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli can.
While the silhouette of drop-waisted and bell-sleeved lace dresses evoked the easy romance of barefoot flower children, the intricate hand of the clothes spoke to a distinctly modern couture-like craftsmanship that we’ve come to expect from this talented pair: We love these casual Chuck Taylor–style sneakers spun with a beaded star-spangled motif that stood on the same level as the treatment of the exquisite evening looks.
VALENTINO STREET BEADED SNEAKERS was last modified: January 6th, 2016 by thefashionistyle
Focusing on sleek lines and clean symmetry, these impeccably tailored suede ankle boots are finished with a genuine python insole for the perfect textural mix. Shop all the styles here.
Fashion 101:Pennsylvania-born Mary Alice Malone of Malone Souliers was a member of the U.S. Junior Equestrian team and a furniture designer before she discovered her true passion and studied shoemaking at the London College of Fashion. Her first collection, unveiled during London Fashion Week, conflated Fifties and Seventies styles. “That’s when sexy was really sexy,” she explained. “There was this beautiful minimalism, keeping a lot concealed and only revealing selectively. These days, it’s all four-way mirrors.”She’s keen to reprise traditional techniques and craftsmanship, and said her mules feature a spring-o-later on the inner sole. “It gets rid of the horrible slapping sound when you walk,” she said of the device she borrowed from a pair of vintage shoes she found in a market.
Malone Souliers Savannah Lace-Up Boots was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by thefashionistyle
Balenciaga Alligator Leather Ankle Boot: We are crazy about this Balenciaga leather ankle boot with alligator details, it will be the perfect boot for this fall! Complete the look and pair yours with cigarette pants and a crisp white shirt.
Fashion 101: The first Cristobal Balenciaga house of haute couture was founded in 1919 in San Sebastian, Spain. By 1937, Paris became home to the famed couturier. In 1946, the House of Balenciaga launched its first perfume, and soon it attracted the same acclaim as the famous Balenciaga couture pieces, which are today under the skillful guidance of Creative Director Alexander Wang.
Balenciaga Alligator Leather Ankle Boot was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by thefashionistyle
Bamboo sandals by Gucci: For sun-kissed feet, Gucci presents soft suede sandals with a gold bamboo detail as the must-have shoe this Summer.
At the head of the Italian fashion house, Guccio Gucci‘s sons Aldo, Ugo, Vasco and Rodolfo designed the Bamboo, a soft leather bag adorned with a curved bamboo handle, in 1957. With its iconic look, 13 hours of hand-crafting and variations in precious leathers and exotic skins, the Bamboo continues to be one of the most desirable Gucci signature pieces. For Spring/Summer 2014, creative director since 2004 Frida Giannini takes inspiration from the iconic Bamboo bag, with a pair of delicate suede sandals featuring the gold bamboo detail. Step into Summer, in Gucci‘s must-have sandals.
Prada Leopard Calf Hair Wedge Slides: We are crazy about these minimalist leopard-printed calf hair and suede slides with a timeless open toe and towering wedge. Shop the style here & here.
Fashion 101: Prada was founded in 1913 in Milan by Mario Prada and was originally known as Prada Brothers. In 1978, Mario’s granddaughter Miuccia Prada led the company’s expansion into distinctive clothing that quickly became a favorite among celebrities worldwide. Currently, Prada is one of the most influential clothing lines in the fashion industry, with an iconic collection that includes sunglasses, handbags, and shoes in addition to men’s and women’s clothing.
Prada Leopard Calf Hair Wedge Slides was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by thefashionistyle