Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flats are for quitters.

Charlotte Olympia F/12. Photo courtesy
(Full disclosure: I'm writing this post barefoot sitting on my giant purple chair all loopy from a migraine/vicodin. If things don't make sense -- more so than usual -- that's why, my Buttons!)

So I was just watching The Conversation, that new interview show on Lifetime with Amanda de Cadenet. She asked Diane von Furstenberg what her vice was. Amanda said her vice was shoes and Diane responded that shoes aren't a vice; shoes are a necessity (or something to that effect). I couldn't agree more. Wedges, stilettos, platforms, chunky heels, funky heels: I love them all. But size really does matter. 

Oh, and the title of this post? It's probably my most favorite quote from 30 Rock. Yes, I wear flats when I walk to work and I'm barefoot when I'm doing yoga, but for me, anything lower than a 3 inch heel just doesn't work. It doesn't make sense to me. With shoes, it's all or nothing. Ballet flats or ankle breakers. Anything in between is just wrong. I may be 5' 8" but I ADORE sky high heels. The engineering that goes into the perfect pair of stilettos baffles and amazes me. The design that occurs simultaneously fills my little heart with joy. 

Ok, I'm done with my loopy ranting. It's time for some serious shoe love. Side note: I know the price points for these beauties is astronomical but 1) a girl can dream, 2) you get what you pay for, 3) shopping mall knock-offs make me want to cry. 

Alexander McQueen F/12. Photo courtesy
Alexander McQueen F/12. Photo courtesy
Nicholas Kirkwood F/12. Photo courtesy

Jerome C. Rousseau F/12. Photo courtesy
Nicholas Kirkwood F/12. Photo courtesy
Chelsea Paris F/12. Photo courtesy
Casadei F/12. Photo courtesy
John Galliano F/12. Photo courtesy
Tory Burch F/12. Photo courtesy
Alejandro Ingelmo F/12. Photo courtesy
Diane von Furstenberg F/12. Photo courtesy
Stuart Weitzman F/12. Photo courtesy
Diego Dolcini F/12. Photo courtesy

Nicholas Kirkwood F/12. Photo courtesy

Roger Vivier F/12. Photo courtesy
Yves Saint Laurent F/12. Photo courtesy

Gio Diev F/12. Photo courtesy
Versus F/12. Photo courtesy
Edmundo Castillo F/12. Photo courtesy
Pedro Garcia F/12. Photo courtesy

Burak Uyan F/12. Photo courtesy
Diego Dolcini F/12. Photo courtesy

So there you go! Just a few of my Fall 2012 favorites. My birthday isn't until October but I'll gladly accept gifts in the form of footwear in advance ;) 

Melissa, your Shop Therapist

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Anna Wintour's Prom Night

Hello once again Buttons! 
It has been entirely too long since I have posted. I have no excuses whatsoever but I promise that not a day went by that I didn't think of my job as your Shop Therapist. 

So what do I talk about? The fashion industry's prom was last night so OF COURSE I'll give you my favorites! The Met Costume Institute Gala was last night and anyone who's anyone was there (read: No Kimmy K lolz). So let's get to it! Oh, and I tried to rank these little lovelies but no dice. Too much fabulous. 

Carey Mulligan in Prada. Mermaid perfection!
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Gotta love the Stone Bone in custom Alber Elbaz for Lanvin.
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Elizabeth Banks in a Mary Katrantzou.
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Victoria Justice in McQ Alexander McQueen. Cute, fun, age, and venue appropriate. Love. 
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Beyonce in Givenchy. Di-vine. I'm getting flashes of Cher.
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Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen. Because you can never have enough feathers at a ball!
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January Jones in Atelier Versace. I got it at Ver-sayce!
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Basically, there was just too much fabulous so go over to Vogue UK to watch their slideshow. There were so many fashion risks that were taken, so many walking works of art. Here are a few more of my favorites: 
  • Kristen Stewart in a Balenciaga. Sure she looks like she hates her life but I'm loving this dress -- Although it may be a little too casual. 
  • Rooney Mara in Givenchy Haute Couture
  • Diane Kruger in Prada
  • Rihanna in Tom Ford 
  • Rachel Zoe in her own design. Major. 
  • Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen: Tonight was a night to wear the haut-est of haute couture. I know Joan Rivers is going to have a ball with this one but I think Flo rocked this one.
  • Christina Ricci in custom Thakoon. Yes, she's tiny and yes, this dress is about to eat her alive but it's GORGEOUS. 
  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry
  • Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs. Normally her style makes me want to throw stuff but I'm loving this shirt-dress combo. 
  • Donatella Versace in (duh) Versace. From the neck down, obvi. 
  • Amber Heard in Zac Posen. Love the cut and it's tailored perfectly. I'm not loving the color but I'm guessing the color is much better in person. 
  • Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe. Yes, I even love the turban. It's BA-nanas. 
  • Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier

And a few WTFs

Tom Brady's hair. For serious leave it alone. Thank you for cutting it, though. 

Marc Jacobs. I love you to pieces and I get it but dress like you've made it because, well, you have made it! You don't need stunt queen moves like this to be in the headlines. 

Leighton Meister: Pale is pretty! Look at ScarJo! Spray tans (and tans in general) aren't for everyone. Poor Leighton looks shiny and dirty :(

Emma Roberts. LOVE the dress. HATE the wrinkles. This is the most fabulous red carpet you will EVER walk so I don't care if you have to lay down flat in your town car on the way to the gala! 

Kirsten Dunst. I know you've been working on that comeback but dressing like an extra from The Help just isn't working. 

Jessica Biel: What did your stylist do to the hem of your dress?? It's like it was stitched on the way to the Met. Major bizarro. 

Chloe Sevigny. You look like an a-hole. Just stop. 

Mary-Kate Olsen. No words, just WTF?

So there you have it! And I'm back! Leave me some love and tell me about your favorite Met Ball hits and misses in the comments below. 

Hugs and kisses! 
Melissa, The Shop Therapist