Sneaker pimps!

Luxe sportswear has been around for a good few seasons now, but with the Olympics round the corner, we have seen a number of fashionistas and designer backing the trend more and more.  Even Karl Lagerfeld has paid homage to this trend recently with  his collections for Chanel and collaboration with Hogan.

The growing trend in ‘pimped out’ and ‘blingtastic’ trainers had us talking recently.  One of our style crushes du jour, the lovely Victoria Koblenko, recently lit up a room with her fab Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers above.  Literally had all gals and guys swooning, but then, Victoria is famous for her extravagant wardrobe and her impressive shoe collection; we recently dedicated a post to her style here.

A number of style bloggers have also been ‘pimping up’ their sneakers and designers are increasingly adding these to their lines.  We absolutely love Karen Blanchard’s (of wheredidugetthat) diy customised converse and Chiara Ferragni’s (of The Blonde Salad) Isabela Marant sneakers.  Relaxed effortless chic!  Victoria, Karen and Chiara, we salute you! Definitely worth checking out the blogs of these super stylish ladies – details below!

Here are a few of our favourite sports luxe sneakers.  What do you think?

We love these ‘high-brow and über modern’ Giuseppe Zanotti leather high-top sneakers embellished with gold straps we found on (images courtsey of  Alas sold out but we found a couple below from his current collection which are equally gorgeous.

Left: Dove gray nappa and suede high-top sneakers with two zippers at sides and light gold-tone plate on front  Right: Silver mirror-effect calfskin high top sneaker both by Giuseppe Zanotti.

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Ciara in Wedge Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers, find them here

Christian Louboutin proved he’s not all about red, sky-high heels with these patent leather sneakers smattered with silver studs (courtesy of These shold out a while ago but we found a few below which are just as fun.


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We love Karen Blanchard of in her diy customised converse; (image courtesy of


Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad in Isabela Marant sneakers (above) and her impressive collection of sneakers below  (images courtesy of


Victoria’s website:

Karen’s blog:

Chiara’s bolg:

Sneaker pimps!

Ankle cuffs – love or hate?

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Ankle cuffs have been around for a while but going from strength to strength. They can be the perfect accessories to transform the look of any shoes. Blogger Ezster of stylorectic  (see first two images above) is one of our favourite wearers of ankle cuffs.  Check out her blog for more images – we salute this hot mama!

Jewellery for your ankles – love or hate? We love them but what do you think?  If you love them, here are a few we’ve tracked down to buy:

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 Gold / Silver Color Mirrors Metal Ankle Cuff- width 1.5cm – $45 from Backstage

Luv Aj Sheet Metal Ankle / Arm Cuff (available in oxidized brass or black painted copper) -width 3cm- $143.00 from Shopbop 

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Ankle cuffs – love or hate?


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This is your last chance to see MARCO GLAVIANO: SUPERMODELS which closes this Saturday 24 March at 4pm. This is Glaviano’s first UK exhibition and it’s at one of my favourite galleries: The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ. This wonderful gallery in the heart of Chelsea has been voted the No 1. emerging art gallery in London by independent sources and definitely worth a visit if you haven’t yet been.

Marco Glaviano is one of the most famous names in the fashion industry, sought after by all the supermodels from Cindy Crawford to Eva Herzigova. He has photographed more than 500 magazine covers for American Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle and other leading titles. He has shot campaigns for L’Oreal, Valentino, Revlon, Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, and Calvin Klein. He has published ten books, and had nine solo exhibitions around the world.

He has been the leading pioneer of digital photography becoming the first to publish a digital photograph in American Vogue in 1982. His photographs are highly collectable and hung in some of the world’s leading museums and private collections. He also designed and founded Pier 59 in New York, still recognised as the most important and well-known photo studio in the world.

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The Little Black Gallery

One of London’s hidden gems, The Little Black Gallery is a boutique photography gallery which was set up by Tamara Beckwith, Lindsey Carlos Clarke and Ghislain Pascal in November 2008. It is also home to the Bob Carlos Clarke Foundation and has a permanent room of work by the legendary photographer.

Tamara Beckwith is a celebrity who appears regularly on TV and in the press. She is involved with several businesses including Gift Library. She is a collector of photography.

Lindsey Carlos Clarke was a model and married to the legendary photographer Bob Carlos Clarke.

Ghislain Pascal was a celebrity agent and publicist before becoming the agent to the photographer Bob Carlos Clarke. Following the death of Bob Carlos Clarke he now manages The Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke.


Madonna’s New Dare as she launches her shoe collection

Madonna has teamed up with Aldo and is launching her first shoe collection in August, under the new Truth or Dare label.  The label is owned by MG Icon, a joint venture between Madonna, her manager, Guy Oseary and Iconix Brand Group.  The collection also marks the first license agreement for Aldo.

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The initial collection consists of more than 60 styles including flats, heels, booties and over-the-knee boots, set to retail for $89 to $349 and aimed at 27-50 year old women.  Madonna’s friend, stylist and “W.E” costume designer Arianne Phillips serves as the collection’s creative consultant, but the pop superstar herself will also have constant input into the line’s development.

“Her fingers are really on this brand,” Phillips told Footwear News. “The first thing I did was remind her of all the shoes she wore over the years, and we took the styles that we can’t live without. You can always depend on her to bring her style and provocateur quality, but she also has a very feminine perspective.”

The collection is expected to be stocked by a number of major retailers including Nordstrom, and Macy’s, which was also a launch partner for Madonna’s first retail project: the Material girl collection that hit in August 2010.  Selfridges in the UK will also create a pop-up shop for the collection and the brand is expected to expand globally to Germany, France, Spain and Italy in 2013.

In addition to shoes, the Truth or Dare brand will launch intimates later this year and is in discussions about legwear and additional accessories for 2013.

The Macy’s team was impressed by the brand’s “great dress shoes and boots” and expect their customers to be excited by the collection.  What do you think of the initial press photographs?

Source: Footwear News

Madonna’s New Dare as she launches her shoe collection

Eki Orleans and MO SAÏQUE at Arise Fashion Week 2012

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We were proud to make “Nostalgia”,  the AW12 collection of Eki Orleans come alive with our MO SAÏQUE heels at the ARISE Fashion Week 2012. The designer Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, looked to the sensual shape of the calabash musical instrument for inspiration and created delicate draped and curve-enhancing pieces.

There is just something about draped dresses… they evoke a nostalgic old world charm and melancholy while remaining sensual and seductive….which I just love!