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When fashion is inspired by art and art is inspired by fashion; its just one big cycle; and it will continue to go around, then come back round again!

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A contributor to the De Stijl art movement, Piet Mondrian was (and still is today), known for his abstract compositions of primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in a black grid of vertical and horizontal lines, against a white background; Mondrian !

His classic compositions were also used as backdrops in the fashion industry, before taking the catwalk in 1965 in the form of an A-line shift dress by Yves Saint Laurent. This iconic “Mondrian dress” was debuted in the Autumn/Winter ’65 season in both a jersey and wool knee length style shift dress.

Since then, similar dresses and other garments alike have been re-inspired and reproduced. Some taking the runway like the infamous YSL piece and others straight to high-street stores or street fashion.

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FullSizeRender-3…These Nike Huaraches are aaa-mazzz-iiinng! I never thought I’d be so pro trainers but these days I’m opting for the comfort of a good pair of kicks on a night out, rather than arch aching killer heels. Do not get me wrong, I will forever be obsessed with fabulous shoes; especially when it comes to a pair of designer heels that I’ve been eyeing up for months, while I save/ spontenous splurge; however you simple can not go wrong with practicality and comfy reliable footware. Plus, these particular trainers are gorgeous! Yes I said it! They are amazing; the colour, suede mix, style, petite little size…you name it; the perfect pair of Huaraches! #WishList

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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

…I still call it the View From the Top… and it continues.

As the seasons change, so does the attire. So look out for layers upon layers, winter warmers and frosty finishes.

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VFTT 193 Autumn Settings

VFTT 193 Autumn Settings

 

…Sometimes its not all about the high heels, designer shoes and 5-inch stilettos. Only sometimes!

So a few weeks ago I decided I wanted a new pair of trainers because like I said; its not everyday designer heels! Anyway, long story short, I wanted some comfy-everyday-flat footwear and these are what I ended up with. Naturally I am not a trainers kind of girl, however the odd few pairs that I have invested in over recent years, I’ve loved! And hey, they’re practical too! Well, so I’ve heard.

Usually it takes me a while to decide on a pair of trainers, but I’d never even seen these Air Maxs before I bought them. It was more of an; I need trainers >> I’ll go look >> I’ll get these; kind of situation. Nevertheless, I had a successful shopping trip. I got new trainers-Check. They’re different and unique-Check. I haven’t seen anyone else with them (Yet)- Check. I love the colour- Check. They’ll go with most outfits-Check. And hey, I love ’em- Check, check, check!

Walking down the runway at Chanel’s haute couture show in Paris, Cara Delevingne had heads turning once again, as she wow’d the audience in Karl Largerfeld’s bridal designs. Looking extremely elegant in the delicately embellished bridal-style dress, the supermodel made her way down the catwalk in a feather headdress; followed by a page boy, also in a glamourous white suit. What surprised everyone most, were the luxurious, yet extremely casual trainers that completed Cara’s ensemble; as well as completeing every other couture outfit on the Chanel runway.

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Some say  “tamato” and others say tomato.

Plenty say trainers and even more say sneakers…

Most say Adidas, yet others say “Adeedas”.

But whatever twang, dialect, accent or language someone speaks, we all know what is being said (well sometimes). With Nike remaining in the limelight, other sports brands make a Comeback, whilst Adidas host a “Throwback”!

Showcased at the Hoxton Gallery; in the heart of East London; the brand with 3 stripes surly showed its age; with over 600 different pairs of vintage, deadstock , re-issues and collaboration style trainers. (Most to which are owned by one man-and I thought I was a hoarder!) Whether its walk, jog or run; the exhibition was definitely a step back into history- History that I didn’t even know existed. Some of the trainers on display only dated back 10 years or so; however, many were creations from the 90s, 80s, 70s…

For all my fellow fashionistas, footwear lovers, trainer freaks, sneakerheads, avid sporty people and the curious passerbyers; if you do get a chance or happen to be in the area, go and have a look. The space is quite small, nevertheless it’s a space filled with character, colour, culture and lets not forget…cabinets!  And whats more, it was rather interesting to browse through and worth popping into.

Nikey Dunk Sky HI: NY

Nikey Dunk Sky HI: NY

For someone like me who has never really been a trainer lover, but more of a pretty shoes- “loubis type” junkie, I love Nike Blazers and these lady-like “Nikeys”. These limited edition Nike Dunk Sky Highs represent the four FASHION capitals of the world; London, Paris, New York and Milan and are part of the “city pack” collection. Found in the glamorous-est of them all; New York City, in Soho’s Nike store; Im not keen on them all but nevertheless I was eager to snapped them up!

Sky-Hi-Dunk City Pack

Sky-Hi-Dunk City Pack

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