Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Let us pause for a moment...


...and think about those sartorial decisions in the past that have left us filled with regret.  Amidst the revelry of London fashion week, I spotted the above pair of Miu Miu lightning bolt sandals that I previously blogged about here.  I can remember it like it was yesterday - it was only the second high-end shoe outing of my life.  The year was 2000.  I was 15.  I stepped into Jeffrey (then Bob Ellis) Atlanta confident, ready to buy some serious footwear.  After all, I was, of course, already the owner of TWO pairs of designer shoes.  And then it struck me - like a moth to a flame I was instantly drawn to THE pair.  Allll the way in the back of the store.  Past the best-selling Manolos, the uppity salesmen, and the blurry shapes of lesser shoes, I first laid eyes in person on the Miu Miu lightning bolt sandals I had seen (in super low-res) previously on an infantile Style.com.  They were simple, strappy, an unexpected combo of pale pink and metallic red, and they were everything I had ever dreamed of.  I tried them on, they fit perfectly, and I fell in love.  But there was just one problem - my dad hated them.  When I was younger, my dad used to take me on all of my shopping trips, and I can only remember one occasion where he literally hated something I loved so much - and this was it.  He wouldn't buy them for me, rationalizing that I would wear them at most once.  I was devastated, but like any teenage shoe fanatic, I had already starting focusing in on some of those blurry shapes closer to the front of the store, and in order to heal my broken heart, I quickly slipped into a pair of Prada D'Orsays in a much more wearable shade of brown.  Sure, I liked them in the moment, I liked them a lot.  But guess how many times I wore them?  ONCE.  And how many times have I dreamed of the Miu Mius since?  Looking back on that day, I wish I had begged, or pleaded, or even left the store empty handed.  Because every time I looked at those Pradas, their ugly brown non-metallic leather taunted me with visions of an impossible future - a future in which I wore my Miu Miu lighting bolt sandals EVERY. FREAKING. DAY.  At some point, I sold them on eBay, and I guess in the twelve years since I have healed from the pain.  But I will never quit searching for the most perfect pair of shoes of all time.  So, unidentified lady in the party picture above, may you be somehow transcendentally drawn to this blog post, may your feet be a size 7, and may you be willing to sell those shoes to me for a reasonable price.  Because until they are mine, I will be forced to live with this horrible judgement system:



And that's just insane.

Style, Haleh.tv

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Prada Fall 2012 + Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 = Os Gêmeos







Street art has been the theme of this week so far for me, and I can't help but share the work of Brazilian duo Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for 'The Twins') alongside the recent collections of Marc Jacobs and Prada, whose prints and accessories I feel would be right at home in their aesthetic.  Dreaming of a James Jean x Prada or Murakami x Vuitton level collabo here...

Style, Sala7Design, Brooklyn Street Art, Art Nouveau

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Look of the Day: Anniversary Dinner



Wearing: 50's vintage dress, Proenza Schouler belt, Céline bag, Miu Miu shoes

Tomorrow is my boyfriend's and my six year anniversary, so we went out to dinner tonight to celebrate (the restaurant where we wanted to eat is closed on Sundays and Mondays).  I wore a 1950's shirt dress that I bought on Etsy, cinched with my trusty Proenza belt that goes with everything.  And I finally got to wear my Miu Miu sandals from last summer that I wasn't able to wear then because I sprained my ankle.  They go with almost nothing, but they're really comfortable and are one of my favorite pairs.  I'm also toting my new baby - the Céline Trapeze bag - for the first time, as well as wearing my new Repossi rhodium phalanx ring, which you can't actually see in any of these photos.  Right now, I'm just enjoying being in my PJ's, as I had a massive dinner of steak tartare, followed by more steak topped with crab meat, and then (eek!) ricotta cheesecake.  Tomorrow might be a good day to finally figure out how to work the treadmill in our gym ;)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I'm News!!


I recently was interviewed by one of my all-time favorite online destinations, The Fashion Spot, where I am currently featured as the third subject in the new Member Spotlight series, which highlights members who contribute regularly to their popular forums.  I could not be more in shock or more honored that they found me interesting enough to interview, but they published a whopping two pages of my thoughts.  Thanks so much to Pilar, who interviewed me and wrote the amazing full article, which you can read here.

The Fashion Spot

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Window Shopping: Pre-fall 2012 Looks

Sunglasses: Maison Martin Margiela @ Net-a-porter
Earrings: Ileana Makri @ Barneys
Sweater: Marc Jacobs @ Net-a-porter
Skirt: Marc Jacobs @ Net-a-porter
Clutch: Jil Sander @ Net-a-porter
Boots: Narcisco Rodriguez @ Barneys

Sunglasses: Maison Martin Margiela @ Net-a-porter
Earrings: Ileana Makri @ Barneys
Sweater: Stella McCartney @ Net-a-porter
Skirt: Kenzo @ Net-a-porter
Clutch: The Row @ Net-a-porter
Booties: Balenciaga @ Barneys

Sunglasses: Maison Martin Margiela @ Net-a-porter
Earrings: Ileana Makri @ Net-a-porter
Shirt: Stella McCartney @ Net-a-porter
Skirt: Azzedine Alaïa @ Montaigne Market
Clutch: Fendi @ Barneys
Boots: Azzedine Alaïa @ Montaigne Market

The first pieces from pre-fall collections are now hitting the sales floors at some of my favorite shopping destinations, and I could not be more excited for this season of uniqueness and excess.  I am especially enamored of delicate earrings paired with over-the-top pieces, Narcisco Rodriguez's newly re-relaunched shoe collection, and the perfect shade of pale blue (see The Row clutch above).  I am eyeing a pair of simple sandals at ASOS in a similar hue.  Above are a few looks highlighting some of my dream selections ;)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Paolo and Picasso




Since couture my mind has been swirling with dreams of everything over-the-top and luxurious. The subject of many of those dreams has been the work of fine jeweler Paolo Costagli, a Florentine whose architecturally inspired line I stumbled upon at Neiman Marcus.  His pieces are also carried at Bergdorf Goodman, Betteridge, and in his 5th Avenue boutique in New York.  Don't you think his designs look absolutely perfect paired with portraits of Picasso's muse Dora Maar?  Maar is one of my ultimate style icons, even though a few black and white photos and these abstract portraits are all that I have to glean inspiration from.  But just as a single piece is often more inspiring than the whole, the fiercely unique essence I attribute to Maar is enough to allow me to imagine her gracefully styled in Costagli’s pieces.

Google, Paolo Costagli, Betteridge

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Catherine Kwong's Blogger Paradise




Here is a taste of the indoor version of paradise.  Inspired by the omnipresent blogger culture, interior designer Catherine Kwong has created the ultimate fashion writer's haven en suite to the master bedroom of a San Francisco mansion.  It features luxury custom finishes throughout (check out that cabinetry!) and a selection of classic mid-century pieces, like a sleek Eileen Grey desk lamp, as well as sartorially-inspired art, including a large-scale backstage photograph of a 1954 Balmain show.  Of course the entire room is centered around the most important piece of furniture in any blogger's life - the desk.  Julian Chichester's "Cortes" desk lends an art-deco feel to the room, while a lavish Mansour Modern rug and a cubist Blackman Cruz chandelier round out the polished yet eclectic feel of the space.  The entire 11.500 square foot property will be on display as part of the 35th Annual San Francisco Decorator's Showcase.  For more information on the event visit this link, and hopefully you will be inspired to create a blogging sanctuary of your own.

Catherine Kwong

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Purple #17 SS12 "Best of Fashion"






I was totally shocked that this ed was more or less panned on The Fashion Spot - it is by far the best editorial I have seen since Carine left Vogue and will no doubt be lingering in my subconscious for an indiscriminate amount of time. The 80's-meets-classic-French styling and the Guy Bourdin-inspired palette could not be more spot on with how I am feeling about fashion right now (and always, really).

And while I'm on the subject of Mme Roitfeld - so excited for CR Fashion Book. FabSugar has the details.

Style, Sala7Design, Brooklyn Street Art, Art Nouveau

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mid-Century Miu Miu


It was love at first sight with this Miu Miu sandal, because it is literally the amalgamation of so many of my favorite works by Milo Baughman and Karl Springer. I can only imagine the magical mid-century pads they were made to prance through...



Miu Miu sandal @ Barneys

Pink Vendetta and Untitled, 2010 by Charlene Von Heyl; Milo Baughman credenza/Karl Springer python telephone table and lucite console/ Toso chandelier/Serge Mouille lamp @ 1stdibs


Window Shopping: Spring 2012 Looks

Jil Sander beanie @ Feathers
Prabal Gurung x Linda Farrow sunglasses @ Linda Farrow
Hoorsenbuhs leather and sterling wrap bracelet @ Net-a-porter
Jil Sander intarsia sweater @ Net-a-porter
Marc Jacobs draped silk faille skirt @ Net-a-porter
Prada Saffiano Vernice framed top handle bag @ Saks
Prada patent leather slingback wedge sandles @ Saks

2012-03-19_02-55-57Prabal Gurung x Linda Farrow sunglasses @ Linda Farrow
Balenciaga printed techno satin top @ Browns
Balenciaga long pale lilac skirt @ Browns
Reed Krakoff stripe Gym tote @ Nordstrom
Repossi black gold and diamond Berbère ring @ Barneys
Balenciaga flared heel knee boot @ Barneys

Proenza Schouler aviator sunglasses in Light Tortoise/Black @ Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler printed silk shirt dress @ My Theresa
Dries Van Noten jungle print clutch @ My Theresa
March Jacobs rubber and metallic leather cowboy boots @ Net-a-porter

I haven't done a wishlist since Fall 2011, so I guess this is a biannual feature for now. Above are some of the items I am most coveting this spring/summer, including my favorite and first acquisition for the season - the green Prabal x Linda Farrow sunglasses. Fashion has been getting exponentially more exciting for me these past few seasons (the previous several felt like somewhat of a drought), and I am in love with so much of spring and fall that it's almost bittersweet. Balenciaga, Altuzarra, Thakoon, Céline, and Prabal Gurung all have me drooling right now, and there has never been a better time to window shop (so much awesomeness for sale and so many more brand e-boutiques). BTW, thanks for expanding your online shop, Balenciaga!!! I hope you enjoy my little ensembles - I would love to rock the hell out of them all.