October 12, 2012

Love Affair...With Valentino

I seriously cannot get enough of this collection. Last night I was doing a bit of internet "window shopping" which is basically where I shop my brains out online by placing items into a shopping cart but then I don't actually buy anything.  This is what I do when I am low on funds but still need a shopping fix. Pathetic I know, but at least it helps quell the urge in the moment and helps me relax.

Anyway, I came across the ankle boot (shown below) and literally fell in love! I cannot stop thinking about these shoes so I decided to do a post on Valentino.

Here are the shoes from the "Rock Stud" collection.  I plan on putting some funds aside to buy these lovely boots and if I could would buy every single one of these lovelies.


Yummy! I can imagine a million outfits for these.

oh! it is so hard to choose, what a beautiful tone of Nude.

This combination of Red and Nude with the studs is just too AMAZING

I mean really, am at a loss, just too too lovely!

I would wear these everywhere, The perfect flat!

photosource: http://www.valentino.com

October 1, 2012

Spotlight: Andreia Chaves

Continuing on the theme of shoes as collectible art, I would like to introduce you to Artist/ Designer Andreia Chaves.

Andreia hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been capturing the attention of the fashion world and art collectors for a few years now. She graduated from the Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 and in early 2011 launched her well known and much spoken about series entitled "Invisible Shoe".
Andreia challenges and melds the worlds of art, fashion, industrial design and architecture in her studies of shoes and creates these absolutely beautiful pieces that I personally would be equally proud to display in my home or on my feet!

Here are a few examples of her work. I recommend you keep this designer on your radar as I expect we will see many more great things from her and she will continue to challenge and surprise us.

Shoes are made in goat leather or lambskin and all of the structures are 24K gold plated.

Leather Portion of shoe is handmade in Italy and the Gold is done in Ireland

The "GoldSculpt" series comes in 3 different styles, this is the 3rd in the series

Beige Lambskin, High Polished Bronze and 24K Gold Plated Structure

The "Invisible Effect" is the result of s study on the Optical Effect applied to Shoe Design

The Naked version of the "Invisible Effect"

This shoe is all Leather on the inside and the Outside structure is a 3D printed Nylon

photosource: http://www.andreiachaves.com