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Five red heels for an LBD

I came across an image months ago now of a beautiful blonde girl wearing a black off-the-shoulder tiered mini dress, paired with startlingly red, lace-up high heels. She looked effortless – by teaming an otherwise quiet looking LBD and black studded clutch with fuck-me pumps, it appeared that she had put the heels on just because she loved them. She wasn’t trying to make her outfit work, she was just enjoying herself and fashion. Of course, I have most likely been entranced by her chicness and the outfit in reality took many nights to think up so well. The fantasy is far sexier in the moment though, so we all go with that.

With this image in my head for weeks, and no opportunity as of yet to sport a fluorescent red stiletto, I found myself surfing Lyst for flame-coloured high heels that I couldn’t afford. They are as follows (from left to right):

Women’s Red Sandals by Sebastian – £278 down from £377
These have the toe-shape made popular again by Saint Laurent’s Classic Jane sandal, but I have always desperately loved a sandal with a square toe. They follow the foot far more closely, and the blunt end of them is also trendy, so they are simultaneously elegant and cool. These Sebastian heels also feature spaghetti thin straps akin to candy store strawberry laces. They are catwalk meets bananashoes.com (take a look) and I love it.

Women’s Red Sandals by Le Silla – £107 down from £325
A bit more metal, a little less tart, these Le Silla sandals have a nice amount of attitude. I became so serious in my mission to find red heels I could not afford, that I began thinking practically too, and was enamoured by this pair’s calling for some URL-blue jeans. Vicious and versatile.

Women’s Red Sandals by Pinko – £206
These are here firstly for the sexy steepness of the sole, and secondly for their subtly flared stiletto heel. They are movie house-wife gone awry, or a college prom ankle waiting to break, but either way they’d look bloody fantastic with a tan, as would the teeny tiny LBD. Add plastic, oversized sunglasses and hoop earrings to further cheapen your look, until you appear to be rather somebody with too much money to care.

Women’s Red Sandals by DSquared2 – £219 down from £468
This is the pair that I can’t take the piss out of. Elaborate, refined, endlessly detailed and soaked in historical influences. Of all things, I appreciate the elasticated slingback strap. Anything that slips on instantly bumps up effortlessness levels which we all know positively correlates with glamorousness.

Women’s Red Pumps by Le Silla – £115 down from £289
Le Silla appears again, and these pumps are rather devilish, with their sharp, pointed toe and caged straps. Otherwise however, what more can I say about these? Well, that is exactly their charm: scarily casual for a red patent 4-inch stiletto heel, an overlap of outrageous and ordinary is always sexy and intriguing.

McQueen ‘Dante’ Show – Live Blog

I am writing this as I watch McQueen’s show ‘Dante’ – my mother is passive-aggressively banging things around the living room. The lights at the show have come up – the drums have started so I have just paused the video so I can go and get my headphones. I think this will make the experience more intense…

The headphones are on.

First look is out on the runway. Second and third, looking around as if stumbled upon this throng of old people, poorly-dressed people. Arrows pointing up and down the body and sheers revealing the very finale of the back, McQueen’s famous bumster. I love the long hair like thick rope swinging across the back. The fit of these trousers is perfect, how is that? The fur collar and cuff coats are so sexy but I hate the shoes. Although it also helps me understand how McQueen wanted to portray women.

A model has come down the runway in mini skirt with her legs bare, it’s so attractive. And horns and lace are beginning to show up on the pieces. The loitering males are all shorter than the women and staring at the women. I love the mix of grey and sheer nude.

6:09 – the skeletal mask clasping across a lace face, maybe the most iconic look of this show. I love her. I love the grey and nude so much.

The first black model of the show appears like a flame and sticks out her red tongue as she strokes the low arch of her back – power. McQueen obviously directed the women to hold and stroke their bodies throughout the show, as they have all been doing it.

A female model has just clutched the face of a male model like he is a sorry child and she has no sympathy.

There are pieces here I don’t like but I think that’s the idea.

The purple is garish and even more so used as a pinstripe fabric – but pale lilac corset. These women look like the sadistic office workers of the underworld. They file your sins into alphabetic order.

A purple arrow clearly points down into the floor, down to the woman’s vagina, down to hell. Am I reading too much into this?

The lights have gone down again, flickering around the church window depicting Christ, there is bizarre shouting and an out of tune concert seems to play. Oh my god.

Satan’s imp stumbles down the runway with black unicorn horn – grey faces. Does this model realise what jumpsuit she wears? Pointed spikes boned corset zip back. The tight denim mini splattered with bleach, the high neck sleeveless vest like sex on legs!

A woman hides her hand beneath her blazer onto skin – sheer nude backs look like nothing. There are people in the audience talking???

That bare back again, bare chest on sheer embroidery. It gets better and better. Another woman handles a male model like a flea in her way whilst more arrive with their knees and thighs and lots more flashing out from trailing coats – they hold their space between their legs, in her hand over her fishnets, made you look!

I can’t get enough mini skirts.

Lace face arrives again to eat your heart.

It’s going too fast for me now and I can’t keep up.

This beaded piece at 20:47…. overtaken by the roaring priestess in black widow lace! Lace drapes her horns! She has stolen the show. Her fingers curled as she raised her head like a bull witch, matadors flooding the runway to tame the beast! And a high-collar corset clenches at a woman’s waist and breasts and slows her steps to…

Has a man ever felt the pain of corset and heels? I mean the pain to hold it in? Hold in your body, hold in your toes. Strings are playing. Final call. McQueen walks out. I have shivers from the top of my brains down my thighs, shins, back to my eyes again.

Charlotte Simone and Emma Brewin – Fur Connoisseurs

Fur is becoming a key trend this A/W ’15. We are seeing it everywhere: on the catwalk, on the street, to wear out in the winter snow, or to lounge in with nothing else on but your panties and heels. In the ‘What’s Trending’ post a few days back, it was noted how fur was finding its way into a considerable amount of collections this season, and NYFW continues to confirm this observation. A furious act of glamour against the horrific cold of A/W. Hallelujah.

Charlotte Simone Fur Popsicle A/W 14

Charlotte Simone (charlottesimone.com) saw the possibilities of fur in 2011, and has since been creating accessories with equal measures luxury and functionality. There is nothing as glamorous as ease, effortlessness; as fabulous as “I threw this on in a rush”. Charlotte’s ‘Popsicle’ and ‘Candy Cane’ scarves offer one the opportunity to successfully channel this look, even whilst posing against the freezing, soul-biting winds of London.

Charlotte Simone Fur Candy Cane A/W 14

Then there is Emma Brewin, an up and coming fur designer whose Instagram (@emmabrewinfur) provides endlessly feminine, sexy and vintage inspiration. She designs fur with a grittier, less modern approach compared to Charlotte. Emma’s furs engulf and devour its woman, so over the top and loud, yet lazy, lounging over shoulders, fussy and zero-fuss all at the same time. Her pieces, embodying this paradox, epitomise indulgence and decadence – they are quite grotesque in proportion but oh so gorgeous.

Emma Brewin – Wylde Magazine

Below are possible ways to wear pieces by Emma and Charlotte, followed by one of the greatest street style images of all time – which happens to have fur as the centre piece.

How to style Charlotte Simone…

Black  / White / Olive Striped Popsicle Scarf by Charlotte Simone
Liv Cape by Toast
Synergy light 25 tights in Black by Wolford
Anouk Snakeskin Pump in ‘Fire’ by Jimmy Choo

How to style Emma Brewin…

Teal Fur Coat by Emma Brewin
Karlie Lingerie Set by Agent Provocateur
Europa Hold-Ups by Agent Provocateur
Pink Blade Suede Pumps by Casadei

How to wear throw-on fur perfectly…

Style board by Yasmin
Featured image credit to Nadia Lee Cohen, model wears Emma Brewin

Valentine’s Moodboard + Wishlist

Currently obsessing over the Bossa Nova vibe more than usual. Here is a Valentine’s moodboard slash wishlist, including accompanying playlist, channelling glamorous and sweaty, drunken summer nights.

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Coco Collar White Midi Dress by Boom Boom Boutique

Lavish Alice Playsuit with Lace Up Sleeves @ ASOS

D’Orsay Heels by Missguided

Parais Evil Eye Bracelet by Eyelavish

Rihanna’s huge drop hoops.

Glacier cherry red day-glo lipgloss, teeth whitened.

Palm trees along the street, outside an old and expensive apartment building, girls hanging from the balconies with pina coladas in their manicured hands.

Lisa Evangelista staring up at the afternoon sky, wondering how it is that she’s already so hazy.