duo boots
This “Great British Summer” doesn’t appear to be lasting for very long (Insta-proof). We’ve had a few days golden sunshine and warm summer breezes then – before we knew it – those breezes turned into blustery wind and a summer shoe’s worst enemy. It’s time to plan ahead and when a few shots of DUO’s Autumn/Winter collection popped into my inbox, I found a fantastic excuse to do a cheeky bit of shoe searching (soul searching is obviously for those without credit cards). On the catwalks over the last few months we’ve seen a lot of red, purple and blue – commonplace for the changing season – and it seems that the DUO design team have taken that as their A/W 2012 inspiration. I wouldn’t say their shoes were a massive departure from the shoe brands we all know and love, but the fact that all of their shoes can be tailor-made to measure (in up to 21 calf sizes and 3 widths) definitely sets them apart.

Time to share some favourites from the “Autumn ladies shoe collection“. Up first: boots (seen above)! The Amora boot is a low heel riding boot in premium crocodile-embossed leather which comes in black or tan. It is a classic-looking boot and potentially my favourite of the bunch. They would work perfectly with a knee-length dress, as pictured, if you’re having a ‘ladylike’ day, as well as skinny jeans and a trench for a casual vibe. The Belice boot is the super-glamorous knee-high boot to its right, with a fierce stiletto heel. They come in plain black leather, black snakeskin-effect leather or blue suede (my ode to Elvis). They’d go equally well with a knee length dress or an all-white/all-black ensemble.
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Natalia Vodianova Without Makeup

Natalia Vodianova

To celebrate the launch of London’s Viva Model Agency, photographer Scott Trindle captured many a makeup-less beauty to compile this raw image set. We’re talking no styling whatsoever on women who’s livelihood depends on that very practice. It is a compelling and beautiful collection that features the likes of Natalia Vodianova, Maryna Linchuk, and Jessica Clarke. See more below, and at Vogue UK. View Post

Leopard Dolce Gabbana
If you didn’t already know, Dolce & Gabbana have a webzine called Swide. Tomorrow, fashion editor Yuri Ahn (and Co.) are e-sharing a print story titled “The Story of Leopard” which will trace Dolce & Gabbana’s affinity for the print since 1991. A special preview is below, lucky you.

The truth about leopard: we all wonder what the obsession is all about. Leopard is a fashion icon of its own. Therefore the mystery needs unveiling. The seductive yet dangerous appeal of the print has been a keepsake for Dolce&Gabbana since its debut with the FW91-92 collection. Who better than the designers themselves could give an insight? A family inspiration, a fashion tribute, or pure love. It might not need an explanation. Does love?

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Chelsea Handler
I am going to try to make this a (brief as can be) follow up to Don’t Want Kids. In Chelsea Handler‘s promotional interview with Piers Morgan, he decides to embody the role of ‘Alpha Society Male’ while drilling the successful comedienne about children and marriage.

Listen, hombre, the “modern dilemma of successful women” is not that we’ve talked ourselves out ‘handling motherhood’ but the unreasonable, insistent drilling we receive when stating motherhood isn’t our game. Possessing ‘motherly qualities‘ (which everyone should strive for regardless of their stance on procreation) is not the same thing as wanting to be a parent. I would be interested to see if you throw out the same implications on parenting that you have expressed here the next time you ‘interview’ a male with no interest in babymaking.

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