Sunday, 27 August 2017

Outfit post: Bright, Bright Summer


It's that time of year when summer slowly chugs to an end. Oh who am I kidding, I live in London and summer is as brief as the dresses on the Cannes red carpet. I've resisted pulling my boots and coats out of storage but jumpers have slipped their way into my wardrobe rotation a little too early for my liking. It's still August! To remedy this, I'm giving summer one last hurrah with an ode to my favourite season.


While I love cosying up in winter, the crisp morning air of spring and the colours of autumn, for me nothing beats the feeling of summer. From the feeling of the sun on my skin, the smell of sun cream, the thick sea air... I love it all. When winter starts creeping in, I always tell people that "I'm too brown to cope with this weather" and I suppose it's true. My parents grew up in Kenya and India so hot weather is in my genes. I've never had a sunburn ever and my body always seems to function better in 30c heat!





There are two things I love about fashion in summer. Firstly, it's so carefree - just throw on a dress or shorts and a vest and you're good to go. No complex layering or heavy fabrics to contend with. Secondly, the colours are so vibrant. I love wearing brights and citrus shades in summer, like the sunshine yellow dress in this outfit post. So when I saw this carefree clementine swing dress with its fun pompom detailing, I just had to have it. It's the epitome of unbothered summertime dressing. I simply paired it with a pair of lime green snakeskin lace up Brian Atwood heels for the perfect bold summer look.


Dress - ASOS (also available in Curve and Petite)
Heels - Brian Atwood

Photography by Adorn Girl

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Top Five: Heeled Gladiator Sandals


There are certain wardrobe staples which make an appearance every summer, without fail. Denim cut offs, pretty lace dresses, maxi dresses are all perennial favourites, especially when paired with a pair of gladiator sandals. From traditional ankle and knee high Romanesque varieties to sassy heeled versions, I’m pretty sure every iteration has been done to death, perhaps with the exception of knee high or OTK heeled varieties. They’re part of a rare breed of shoe which is just a little too sassy for their own good. I have a pair of beautiful black leather OTK boots with a sky high heel which are exactly the same and for this reason, they only come out a handful of times a year. This is perhaps why I’ve always given knee high gladiator sandals a wide berth. Until now.
It was Rihanna who first put them on my radar as a viable, legitimate footwear choice. Of course. If anyone can pull off a daring look it’s her. I’ve since seen Ciara dressing hers up and Kendall dressing hers down, suddenly knee high gladiator sandals walked their way to the top of my wishlist. I spied a pair while browsing eBay and it felt like fate, so I clicked the ‘buy it now’ button faster than Dorothy clicked her heels. I have to admit, I have only worn them once and they are definitely not for the fainthearted – I was turning heads, even in Soho! I’m really looking forward to experimenting with my summer wardrobe to toughen up floaty dresses and to go super street with denim cut offs. Watch this space!
If you feel inspired to try out a pair for yourself, here are my top five picks from designer to high street:
1. Paul Andrew Athena gladiator sandals - £1,285
2. Carvela Glyda gladiator sandals - £180
3. Sophia Webster Clemmie gladiator sandals - £675
4. Nasty Gal lace me up gladiator sandals - £70.41
5. Spartoo caged lace up gladiator sandals - £46.95
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Get the Aquazzura look at Topshop


While the name may be unfamiliar to you, luxury Italian footwear brand Aquazzura has slowly but
surely been gaining a cult-like status amongst editors and bloggers since its launch in 2011. Designer
Edgardo Osorio has an eye for wearable glamour which is more than evident in his signature Sexy
Thing bootie, a firm favourite amongst the fashion set. While Sexy Things have become a regular
sighting during Fashion Month, they have been totally eclipsed by the now ubiquitous Belgravia and Christy flats. Osorio really surpassed all expectations of a flat shoe with these subtle pointy toe, lace up beauties which have a slight hint of a heel. Cool and nonchalant but with a little chutzpah, they are
undeniably the shoe of the season.

As with any must-have piece, high street retailers have been quick to turn around their own
iterations at a fraction of the £440 price tag. While New Look were first off the block with their sold
out version of the Belgravia, my favourite has to be Topshop’s collection of Christy dupes which comes in a range of heel heights. The Kingdom flats don’t have the vampy cut out details but aside from that, they are a great high street copy. I also love the mid-heeled Jupiter shoes but my favourite are the super sexy Jillian booties.

What’s your favourite?
Kingdom flats - £62
Jupiter heels - £62
Jillian heels - £68 
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Falling for Valentino espadrilles

 

I’ve never really understood the appeal of espadrilles. They aren’t unforgivable like Crocs or FitFlops but I’ve never felt the need to own a pair, I guess there’s not much need for flat raffia and canvas shoes in London – it just never gets hot enough! Even on holiday, I’m a sandals or sliders kind of girl. I think most fashion girls wrote them off until Karl Lagerfeld debuted the ultra-covetable Chanel espadrilles in SS12 – suddenly the easy, breezy summer shoes were on the top of every editor and blogger’s wishlist. Fast forward three years and every high end designer is offering their own incantation of the humble espadrille, from Celine to Valentino.

Although the now iconic ‘double C’ Chanel holds a certain appeal, I tend to prefer the more subtle take on trends or must-have pieces – I hate looking or feeling like a walking advert! While I was umming and ahhing over espadrilles, I spied the gorgeous Valentino version which were covered in their new butterfly print. They look luxe without overtly advertising their brand. Sold.

 
I never thought I’d be eagerly awaiting the arrival of a pair of flat raffia and canvas shoes, but I was practically hopping up and down with excitement waiting for the postman. The espadrilles were actually much more lovely IRL – leather lined and super comfy, the print was heavy on the forest green so super easy to wear, particularly to add a pretty edge to the military trend.


I’ve been super eager to wear my lovely Valentino shoes, although the weather hasn’t been overly cooperative, you wouldn’t know that spring has supposedly sprung in London! For now, I’ve been wearing my espadrilles with my trusty jeans all around town but I can’t wait to wear them with more summery looks when the weather decides to play ball. I love Karolina Kurkova’s decidedly South of France take with cropped white jeans as well as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s understated chic look.


Keep your eyes peeled for my next post, I’ll be sharing my top five espadrilles to get you summer ready.
 

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Top Five: Midi Heels

I make no secret of the fact that I’m a certified heels girl. Heels are obligatory for me; that’s not to say I haven’t dabbled with flat but they’re just not for me. I bought a pair of plimsolls which sat in the box for months, I’d just looked at them and think “what am I supposed to do with you?!”. When I eventually plucked up the courage and wore them to work, the entire office turned around in shocked silence – I wish this was an exaggeration!

Recently though, I’ve been eyeing up midi heels with curiosity. Sure, a 4” heel gives you a little extra sassiness but there’s something so nonchalant about a chic midi heel. I know they’re not exactly revolutionary, they’ve been on the runway for seasons now, but the high street is really pulling out the stops with midi heels now. They used to feel a bit frumpy and neither here-nor-there; not a proper heel yet not quite a flat. This season, they’re souped-up with a bit of embellishment, animal print, metallic, jewels or just looking really, really appealing (she types in her 4.5” Rupert Sanderson stilettos). I may not be quite there yet but these beauties are seriously tempting me away from the big girl heels, especially those ASOS beauties!

 
 

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Adidas Consortium x UNDFTD x NBHD SS14


Adidas' SS14 Consortium collection is pretty dope. My favourite sportswear label has teamed up with Neighbourhood and Undefeated, two of the hottest sweetwear brands to create a collection of super luxe, all black everything sneakers. Combining UNDFTD's high fashion sportswear aesthetic with NBHD's bold graphics, the bridle leather and full nap suede sneakers feature Adidas' iconic three stripe logo as well as UNDFTD's five-strike branding and NBHD's cute skull and crossbones logo which pays homage to the vintage years of Adidas France. The collection also features two t-shirts alongside the re-worked Micropacer and Official Mid 80s sneakers.

Micropacer
The original Micropacer was released 30 years ago as a technological wonder with a microcomputer placed the tongue. UNDFTD resurrected the sneakers today  for their vintage, space-age feel while NBHD worked on the graphic touches on a chic all black canvas. 

Official Mid 80s
For the iconic Mid 80s, UNDFTD choose a pared back, minimal aesthetic while NBHD worked on the graphics and materials, with a long-haired suede upper and soft leather on the tongue and lining, resulting in a super luxe feel. 





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Friday, 21 June 2013

Designer spotlight: Kat Maconie

A few seasons ago, I spied a gorgeous pair of chunky heels with jewellery-like metal accents at London Fashion Week. After a few weeks of research, I nailed down the designer – Kat Maconie. I’ve been following Kat’s career for a while now but inexplicably I haven’t shared this on Fashion Daydreams. Shame on me! For those who are unfamiliar with Kat’s work, she is a London College of Fashion alumni who studied shoe design and went onto work as a stylist for various magazines as well as buying, design and product development for the likes of Tomasz Starzewski and Whistles.

In 2009, she set up her own label, which fuses fashion and function, taking inspiration from jewellery and trims. Heavily inspired by British antiques and vintage markets, the devil is in the detail, each pair includes the Kat Maconie signature gold screw feature and luxury ‘mould to measure’ insoles – who can resist a pair of comfy heels?!

The price points are surprisingly affordable, with most of the collection hovering between £150-250, on par with Kurt Geiger. I prefer Kat’s ultra-modern,  severe and striking aesthetic to Kurt Geiger, which tends to be fairly safe and highstreet (and not completely deserving of the high price point). Kat’s shoes actually tick all my shoe boxes – they’re a certified statement shoe but simple enough to be versatile and therefore justify the price tag, we all operate on a cost-per-wear model, right?


Here are my top 5 Kat Maconie heels. Eenie, meenie, minie, mo…


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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Kurt Geiger's rocks and studs spring/summer 2013 collection

I am utterly obsessed with Kurt Geiger's Spring/Summer collection for one reason, the subtle sprinkling of studs. I'm so predictable, add some studs or sequins to a shoe and they'll be on my feet before you can say "I'll have those in a size 6". Rather than all over studs which looks a bit old and dated now, the studs are primarily on heels and toes for a more subtle look. Here are my favourites from the collection. 

Left to right:
Esme by KG By Kurt Geiger - £160
Vex by KG By Kurt Geiger - £156.90
Culprit by KG By Kurt Geiger - £120
Wild by KG By Kurt Geiger - £190
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Friday, 29 March 2013

Julian Hakes' Mojito heels


I often talk about fashion being art and architectural influences in fashion but nothing epitomises this as much as Julian Hakes' Mojito heels. Two parts architectural design and one part shoe design, the Mojito heel looks more like a work of art than something you slip your feet in.

Created entirely by accident, architect Julian was trying to which parts of a shoe are actually needed to support the foot. As it happens, only the heel and ball of the foot need to be supported and everything else is surplus so Julian created a shoe made out of a single spiral supporting the entire foot - like the curl of a lime in a mojito. 



Since designing the first Mojito heels, Julian has collaborated with Ann Sofie Back Atelier and Ada Zanditon at London Fashion Week, been featured in Forbes, Vogue Italia and Elle and won the Drapers award for Best Footwear Designer 2012. Not bad for an architect playing footwear designer. What do you think of the Mojito heel? 

The Mojito heels are available at Sarenza
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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Shoe of the week: Sawp by Ted Baker



When I think Ted Baker, I tend to think perfectly tailored suits with quirky linings and detailing rather than shoes but I have now seen the error of my ways. How jaw-droppingly stunning are these banana heel, snakeskin Sawp court shoes? They immediately made me think of the McQueen armadillo heels and that is never, ever a bad thing. I actually snapped these shoes up this week and they are even more beautiful in real life than the pictures. I think I'm allowed to indulge my court shoe addiction just this once, look at them, how could I not? What do you think of these Ted Baker heels? Are you a fan of their shoes?



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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Shoe of the week: Cristal by KG Kurt Geiger


Last year, I went through a dark phase of my life. I got addicted to court shoes, there I said it. I somehow acquired shoes so many court shoes I've literally run out of space for them. I was a woman possessed. My rationale is that they're good work shoes (they are, by the way) but 20 pairs really is too much for just one person. The first step was admitting my problem and I'm now on a slow, day-by-day path to recovery. Some days are easier than others, especially when I find a pair of beautiful, shiny work wedges like these. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to wedges, I hate a chunky wedge but the heel on these KG by Kurt Geiger shoes is subtly tapered to give it a more elegant shape. What do you think of Cristal by Kurt Geiger? 


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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sam Edelman SS13 campaign with Kate Upton


Kate Upton is continuing her one woman quest for world domination at hyper speed. The Sports Illustrated favourite who began to crack high fashion in the latter part of 2012 has just scored a pretty sweet, super commercial deal. As the face/feet/body of Sam Edelman's spring/summer 2013 campaign, Kate is showing another facet of her versatility. Shot by David Lipman, the campaign features a glamorous kate lounging around in lingerie surrounded by shoes. With a feminine, old Hollywood feel, the campaign is absolutely stunning and shows Kate's more down-to-earth, accessible side. What do you think of the campaign? 



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Monday, 28 January 2013

United Nude x Iris Van Herpen Voltage boots


One of my favourite aspects of fashion is when something stops being a piece of clothing or an accessory and it becomes a piece of art. For me, this would typically be something I’ve seen at Mary Katrantzou, Alexander McQueen or Rodarte; the few designers who transcend into fashion fantasy and aren’t constrained by boundaries. It’s very rare to find this on the high street, which is why I had to pick my jaw off the floor when I saw these incredible shoes by United Nude. Collaborating with Iris Van Herpen for a seventh season, these handcrafted leather ankle boots were created for Iris’ fourth Haute Couture show in Paris. Based on the central themes of electricity and light’s effect to chance states, the collection has an avant-garde, alchemist feel to it. This fits in perfectly with United Nude, who is known for their architectural footwear. These boots are available in extremely limited quantity so be quick!



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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Shoe of the week: Tattoo by Terry De Havilland



Terry De Havilland comes from a family of shoemakers, which is more than evident from his sculptural, signature design. He cut his first pair of shoes when he was on leave from National Service and by 1960, he was assisting at his father's shop. Although he's known for his beautiful wedges, I actually really love his boots and in particular these Tattoo boots. The hardwear on the boots is inspired by traditional tattoos and gives these otherwise ordinary black boots a badass, biker edge. My favourite part is the dagger heel, have you ever seen a heel look so cool? 


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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Shoe of the week: Platforma by Eden


Brrrrr! We're in the depths of a very chilly Winter, a place where shoes are not welcome - this is a boots-only zone. I remember a time when knee high boots were all the rage but for the last couple of years, ankle boots have walked all over their warmer, more practical relative. So used to seeing and wearing ankle boots, I actually find it really hard to find knee boots which don't seem frumpy. I don't know whether it's the wedge heel, ruched detail or cut away at the top but the Platforma boots by Eden are right at the top of my shoe wish list. Are you a knee boots or an ankle boots kind of girl? 


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