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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Gladiator Sandals Popular at Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion week kicked off over the weekend, and reporters down under are focusing on the seriously downsized show. Since cost-cutting designers have pulled out of every other Fashion Week this year, it should come as no surprise that fewer designers chose to set up shop at Australian Fashion Week. Still, the success and surprising exuberance of the other shows around the world indicates that fashion is relevant and influential, even when spending is down. In response to consumer demands for higher-quality, long-lasting, “recessionista” pieces, designers are working hard to create fashion that’s more appropriate for the depressed world market.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Russian Fashion Week: It’s a Jungle Out There

The worldwide financial crisis has hit Moscow hard. Once known as a city of opulence where luxurious SUVs battled for space on designer-boutique lined avenues, Moscow’s prime real estate is increasingly feasible only for discount stores. Profits from luxury goods are expected to plummet by a third this year, and the Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen storefronts in Moscow are now empty, after only 18 months in business. Still, the fashion show must go on.

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Friday, March 27th, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Slava Zeitsev

Just when you thought the Fashion Week frenzy had finally calmed down, Moscow’s designers are ramping up for another week of shows.  Russian Fashion Week (RFW) opens this Sunday with designs from one of eastern Europe’s most beloved designers: Slava Zeitsev.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The Heelless Boot Is a Star at Paris Fashion Week

I thought the heel-free boot was condemned to the footnotes of fashion history after Victoria Beckham couldn’t walk more than thirty feet in them. Judging by the examples at Paris Fashion week, I was wrong. Heelless boots are apparently still in style—at least if you ask designers like Olivier Theyskens. His final show for Nina Ricci had models strutting down the catwalk on their tiptoes, staring stoically straight ahead, probably because their full focus was required to actually walk in those things.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Yamamoto Brings Red-Hot Shoes to Paris Fashion Week

The Parisians certainly know how to end things with a bang. This week marks the beginning of Paris Fashion Week, the final leg of the worldwide metropolitan fashion showcases for the season. So far, the designs on Paris’ catwalks have seemed to fly in the face of inevitable financial cutbacks, almost as if designers are rebelling against economic limitations.

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Friday, March 6th, 2009

Sportmax Showcases Nude Tone Shoes at Milan Fashion Week

Fashion commentators are calling Milan’s Fashion Week a flashback to various decades. Giorgio Armani took fashion lovers back to the 1940s, and threw in biker jackets and jewels. Prada channeled the wholesome farm girl look of the same decade with wool skirts and waders.  (Yes, waders.  One blogger described the spring Prada line as what would happen if “a character from Gosford Park ran off with a fisherman.”)  Moschino returned to the full skirts of the 1950s and Gucci revisited the 1980s.  The early section of the Sportmax show was inspired by the same 1940s elegance as Armani, but highlighted nudes and neutrals.  The second half of the show featured boxy shoulder pads and tight tailored lines, as if to show Max Mara’s 1980s credentials.  (Sportmax is Max Mara’s everyday line.)

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Thirteen Thursday: 13 Blue and/or Suede Shoes

Historically speaking, March 5th is a great day to wear army boots or blue suede shoes, since on this date in 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the army after finishing his two-year stint in Germany.  The King wasn’t exactly roughing it in the army– he lived off-base, surrounded by family and friends.  Still, he completed his duty at a pivotal point in his career, spending two years away from a nation of swooning teenage girls that couldn’t get enough of the 20-something heart-throb from Mississippi.  So on this day when Elvis traded in his army-issue Big Boots for his old Blue Suede Shoes, Shoeflyer is featuring blue suede shoes. And since it’s Thursday, why not make it a baker’s dozen?

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Shoes At Milan’s Fashion Week: The Platform Dominates

This season’s Fashion Weeks have expressed the fashion community’s responses to the festering, miserable economy.  In New York, many designers worked from a selective palette of very basic tones: black, white, tan, and gray.  Perhaps for New York’s designers, the frightening collapse of Wall Street required a fresh start with honest, somewhat somber ideas about the basics of fashion.  In the UK, pretty punk and naughty schoolgirl ruled the week.  (Why do I feel like I’m in The Breakfast Club?)  The Brits’ trendy leading ladies let go of their fears and poked gentle fun at the mopey atmosphere across the pond.  The eyes of the fashion world turned on Milan last week.  How did Italian Designers respond to these dark days?

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Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Shoes for your Personal Metamorphis

During NY Fashion Week, the New York Times offered a mesmerizing series of blogs showing models transitioning from one ensemble to the next. The Gray Lady’s photographers captured each model before she strutted onto the catwalk.  This method drives home how each model could sport a dozen different designs over the course of Fashion Week. Before reading these posts, I didn’t fully appreciate just how harried and fast-paced such events can be.  I’m addicted to watching each model transition from casual to evening to adventurous, all with a smile.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Sexy Saturday: Fierce Japanese Schoolgirl

Yesterday’s post rejoiced in the return of the naughty British schoolgirl.  But how do other cultures interpret the appeal of the young, innocent girl?  One of my favorite twists on this classic theme comes from Japan, where schoolgirl style is described as “Elegant Gothic Lolita Fashion.” The Japanese certainly know how to pack a poetic description into their monikers.

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