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As an art buff, I appreciate most artistic efforts. However, I will forever be obsessed with abstract art in particular. The vibrant colours, outrageous shapes, exaggerated lines, original themes and insane ideas are far more interesting then those of perfectly normal, classic and traditional influences from fine art. Don’t get me wrong; as I said; I appreciate and have been inspired by the classics, but abstract art is definitely more me.

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So it turns out i’m not the only one obsessed with shoes (and bags-but thats another story for another day); the V&A showcased an entire exhibition based on shoes, the evolution of footwear, well known shoe designers who have dedicated their lives to shoes (for us) and shoe-a-holics alike.

Shoes; Pleasure & Pain, was quite an interesting exhibit. As much as it was thoroughly fascinating walking around glass cabinet display boxes one after the other; both admiring and questioning the the variety of stilettos, mules, pumps, mary-janes, boots, ballet shoes, platforms and sandals…etc; I also found myself learning a thing or two.

From bazaar designs (that honestly look rather uncomfortable), to the simple, sweet and delicate as well as your classic styles and teeny-tiny shoes for bound feet (from China, before foot binding was banned*), not forgetting the history of shoes, the construction process and designer influences; the V&A had quite a display.

 

*Once a symbol of beauty and status, foot binding, also known as lotus feet, was carried out in China since the 10th century, falling out of favour in the early 20th century before it was outlawed in 1911. – [ Mail online- click here to read and see more on foot binding]

Teeny-tiny foot bound shoes aside, elite shoes also always push the boundaries of form and ignore the anatomy of feet. Whereas sports makers aim to enhance physical performance, elite shoe designers are unconstrained by corners or practicality. Hence the odd styles, DIY flat-packed clear acrylic shoes, 3D printed shoes and  other unusual designs- to say the least!

Shoe making takes into consideration; design, sculpture and engineering; fusing function and art into craftsmanship and technological innovation. Heels are a complex product formed by dozens of parts, to bring the perfect balance that up holds the weight of the wearer as well as a fabulous looking shoe. Having said that, many important elements are not even visible in the finished product and whilst heels seem like simple construction, disassembled elements reveal many layers – that come together just like a jigsaw puzzle!

Who would have though it eh; piecing together the pieces of your Louboutins, Manolos, Jimmy Choos..etc, just like a kid in a toy story! #Shoe-a-holic

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Shoes Obsessors: [Excluding me] Left to right…

…Robert is a 3 stripes collector- Adidas of course. He collects mostly vintage trainers and has travelled the world for rare finds, to which are increasingly hard to source day by day, step-by-step!

…Katie is also shoe obsessed and collects high-street shoes; filling book shelves upon book shelves. Despite not being designer shoe obsessed (guilty), she does own a one off pair of fabulous McQueens.  

…And last but not least, the late Lionel- a women’s shoe collector also collected regular (non designer/ high-street shoes) but of high quality. He died in 1969 and collected about shoes from 1914- mostly unworn and many unboxed! His collection represents the scarcity of shoes in the inter-war years.

So what can I say; shoes, shoes and more shoes- sounds about right to me! With a small collection of designer shoes and larger collection of high-street shoes (trainers included); I could be next on the list. #WatchThisSpace


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For ten months the V&A Museum are showcasing a fascinating Wedding Dresses exhibition. With dresses dating back to 1775  up until 2014;  the visual progression really is quite spectacular. From your traditional white bride to your bright bride and a statement gown, the exhibit shows wedding dresses in varied lights.

Going back to the beginning (well close enough), wedding dresses were not designed nor made to be worn for just the one day. Made from cotton, polyester, linen and muslin; what a bride wore on the entrance of her marriage, was often what she fashioned throughout her marriage. As years went on, silk, satin and lace were eventually the norm.

From huge hips, extravagant veils and what looked like nothing more than Sunday’s best, to the infamous incredibly tight corset, teeny tiny shoes and layers of lace; came the one of a kind Dior gowns, exquisite Philip Treacy hats and unique Vivienne Westwood dresses; that we love and adore today!

Now the wedding industry is a multi-million dollar industry, (with most of the budget spent on the dress) and there are so many bridal wear designers that brides are spoilt for choice; making it more impossible to find the perfect dress. Eeeek !

To all the soon to be brides out there, good luck!

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Last night’s 71st Golden Globes award ceremony saw an array of glamorous and ooh so fabulous high fashion. From Armani Prive, Ralph Lauren, Prabal Gurung and Carolina Herrera to Oscar De La Rental, Tom Ford and Christian Dior; actors and actresses stepped foot on to the red carpet in nothing but the best. It goes without saying that there were individuals who were really working it and looked quite literally, a million dollars (well almost) nevertheless, there were others who just would not be considered for the “best dressed” title.

One the thing that always raises a question for me, is whether or not wearing red on the red carpet really works. Most of the time the women on Hollywood look fabulous, but stood still for those few minutes to pose for the cameras on the red carpet (wearing a long red gown), always seems to clash (to me); it’s just too much for the eye. Sometimes I can’t even tell where the dress finishes. With this said, Emma Watson did it for me this year. Going for sexy sophisticated, she looked amazing in her (nearly) completely backless red Dior dress.

But what does every body else think? Does it work? Red on the red carpet?

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Typically we think of the cycle as; trees-to-paper, however another great exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery presents these paper bags back in a variation of their some what natural forms. Its a trees-to-paper and back-to-trees story. From a Sephora paper bag to Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior paper bags, the artistic genius that is Yuken Teruya works ever so delicately to create these phenomenal pieces. The paper bags have been cut to not only create a silhouette of a tree but to form a miniature 3D tree within said paper bag-using the same cutout. I have never seen anything quite like them; they are without a doubt amazing.

Teruya’s work is extremely fragile, yet so interesting, unique and creative; all you want to do is reach out and touch it, but because of the fragility the risk outweighs the temptation. The abstract idea that takes paper back to its natural form; through such an interesting and inspirational method; conveys a well thought through creative concept. Furthermore, the use of such well known brands not only suggests, but confirms  a sense of brilliance; to engage the onlooker.

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After weeks of waiting, it is final here; Marc By Marc Jacobs first beauty collection.  With an amazing clothing collections, magnificent bags, adorable purses and pretty shoes; season after season Marc Jacobs delivers; so it was only a matter of time before he joined YSL, Dior and Chanel on the make-up counter. For years Marc By Marc Jacobs has designed make-up bags and now its time to fill those bags. From mascara, to lip gloss, foundation, eye shadow and lip stick; as of today, consider that make-up bag full.

As much as “I heart NY”, may heart also belongs in a designer bag. Currently on a cheeky trip to New York, I came across these BEAUTIES, in the city’s most luxurious shopping district; Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue! With block after block of designer flagships, I knew I was in the right place. Now in this concrete jungle, I’m just waiting for ” my dreams to comes true” so I can purchase a bag or five!

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