Thursday, November 27, 2008


When I was a kid I grew up in the country, with dirt and dust, no smooth suburban pavements or sidewalks to use. Fortunately my parents had the foresight to cover part of our driveway, which delighted my brother and I and resulted in many years of hockey and basketball on our rough but better than dirt, bitumen surface.

It wasn't until we were a bit older we realised that we needed more room if we were ever to be as good as the Mighty Ducks (see the movie if you have no idea). Being older and wiser I see now that ice hockey is for tough bitches, not for ladies like me. So in essence, I can pare down my love of roller sports to just this: I've always loved rollerskate chic.

Alice Dellal for Preen.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

For Better Or Purse

Next week the Melbourne event, For Better Or Purse runs its 'Get Ready For Summer' Event. It's a year since the event started and everyone is encouraged to attend.

To all Melbourne girls and boys,
Get your summer clothes early and don't pay anything for them.
Donate to our lovely charity via your entry fee.
Summer is upon us and in times of recession and financial difficulties, we must band together and stay fashionable. Some of the best fashion was born in the depression!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Eyes To Our Souls

Renowned party photographer The Cobrasnake uses street style photography at parties to capture the essence of 'party'.

Why do photographers like to capture the feet of partygoers? The party scene, in particular the Indie subculture is all about art and style; about being an individual and not at all about classical ideals of fashion.

To celebrate individuality, indie kids like to wear unique outfits, which of course extends to shoes. So we can say shoes can explain who we are, and photos of our shoes can do it without referring to any other part of our bodies or outfits.

A 20 year old Arts student at college, wishes he lived in the free loving 70's.

An 18 year old retail queen with her musician boyfriend.

The coolest girl at the party, she likes to surprise, but she isn't into hiking.

The glam girl. Rich parents, at college but just for the sake of it.

Showing off their 90's grunge prowess, the new generation teenagers wearing their Docs do so with more style than their 90's counterparts.

Thinking about who wears these shoes, what that person does and stands for, is an interesting pasttime of mine.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Friendly Touch

In fashion, the importance of being ethical and green is just starting to really show it's true colours. Until recently only a handful of designers held a ethical but innovative vision to clothing and accessories design. Now with designers like Stella McCartney and Natalie Portman for Te Casan paving the way for designers like Elizabeth Olsen, we will start to see the makeover of ethical fashion to fashionable.Ethical fashion means everything is produce by workers in countries guided by the principles of fair trade.

olsenhaus is an anagram of the designer's name, Elizabeth Olsen, an American woman looking to change the world. The founding philsophy of olsenHaus is based in the universal truth, respect for all beings, with a dedication to the expression of spiritual truth in the material world.

The collection heralds fashion; innovation, light, love and most of all form and function. The colour palette is speckled by silver, and material choices and unique details like the huge cone heels, make olsenHaus friendly and edgy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Drawn By Hand, Made By Hand

I'm all about the bespoke, and so are Vein Wear.

An Australian men's footwear company that handcraft gorgeous leather and combination material shoes. For something different order from their store.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Why Italians Do It Better

Italians shoe designers number a plenty, and are universally known as the best in the biz. Young shoe designers from across the globe flock to Italian shoe houses to train under the watchful eyes of major brands like Prada, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi and of course ballet flat extraordinaire Salvatore Ferragamo.

A status only some can afford, the “Made In Italy” engraving on the sole of Italian made shoes means many things together: fit, materials, fashion, durability—the good and the beautiful together.

Vito Artioli, an Italian shoe designer since the age of 16 hopes consumers consider the “Made In Italy” tag a symbol of ‘Italian living, our history, tradition, culture, civilization and sense of the beautiful.’

These crocodile print pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti exude classic Italian style; the rich and exuberant.

But Italian designers are not stuck in their old traditional ways. Italian super brand, Sergio Rossi have debuted a fanciful and flirty grey suede ankle boot.

Of course debate rages over the Made In Italy tag. Many believe it unfair as some big brands do very little of the production in Italy, but still earn the label. Yet still, undeniably Italian shoe designers reign supreme. In the words of Vito, shoes are not an accessory any longer, they are an essential part and foundation of fashion. Indeed.