Scary Beautiful shoes by Leanie van der Vyver. Photo by Lyall CoburnWe've seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed "Scary Beautiful" is definitely the most treacherous footwear we've ever seen. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front "heel" end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty.
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Van der Vyver is South African, and recently graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. We spotted "Crazy Beautiful" on her website, cargocollective.com, and reached out to her for the inside scoop.
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Scary Beautiful shoes by Leanie van der Vyver. Photo by Lyall CoburnWe've seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed "Scary Beautiful" is definitely the most treacherous footwear we've ever seen. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front "heel" end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty.Read More »from The Scariest Shoes of All Time
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 4:56 PM EDT
As Frank Sinatra's daughter, Nancy was destined for fame, but it was her smoking figure, mod makeup, and signature footwear that made her a household name. Nancy Sinatra showed off her own pipes on songs like "These Boots are Made for Walkin'," "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)," and the James Bond theme, "You Only Live Twice," and she had a brief acting career co-starring alongside Elvis Presley. We're taking a look back at her most stylish moments on the 1960s, from big hair to stylish menswear, and even contemplating a very awesome-yet-simple Halloween costume. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from Nancy Sinatra’s Iconic Boots and Enviable '60s Style
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Style Crush – Mon, Oct 8, 2012 2:09 PM EDT
Nicole Kidman and Grace KellyGrace Kelly is one of the most beautiful and stylish women who ever lived, so it was only a matter of time until she received her own biopic. Nicole Kidman has been selected to star in "Grace of Monaco," and we're fairly impressed with her transformation! We think she nails Kelly's sleek coif, and her calm, regal expression. Her white dress adorned with beading and gemstones has us very anxious to see the other costumes in the film.Read More »from Nicole Kidman to Play Grace Kelly in "Grace of Monaco"
"Grace of Monaco" will hit theaters in 2014, and showcase the actress-turned princess during a six-month period in 1962, when Kelly was around 33 years old. It highlights Kelly's involvement with Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle dispute over tax laws and attempt to save the city-state from a coup. Parker Posey, Paz Vega, and Tim Roth will also star.
How do you feel about Nicole Kidman playing Grace Kelly? We know it's hard to stand up to a gorgeous screen legend and princess, but we have faith in Kidman's acting
Chanel's new purse may be the most impractical one ever. Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty ImagesMany would consider Chanel the pinnacle of glam, to-die-for accessories, but we saw something a bit different from the brand's Spring 2013 collection yesterday. Namely, a colossal white quilted leather purse anchored between to two giant black hula hoops. We're intrigued, we're amused, and, perhaps most of all, we're confused.Read More »from Chanel's New Hula Hoop Bag is Insane
Paired with a swimsuit on the runway at Paris Fashion Week, we're assuming this Chanel bag is intended for the beach. (If Kim Kardashian can park her Hermes Birkin in the sand, we suppose the 1% can bring giant Chanel bags to the shore too.) But this thing is HUGE. Yes, we've seen the Olsen twins cart around bags large enough to sleep in, but we'd estimate the diameter of this hula hoop purse at around three feet. Can it event fit inside a car door? Can it sit on your shoulder without falling off? Will it set off metal detectors? Would someone try to steal it more than a regular coveted Chanel bag?
Also: remember those gorgeous-but-bizarre Chanel shell clutches
You know that strange phenomenon when you have absolutely no interest in a dress/jacket/bag/pair of shoes until you see a really stylish lady wearing it and looking incredible? Suddenly, an item you've previously dismissed goes directly to the top of your must-have list. That's what happened with us and varsity jackets after we saw Rihanna rocking one by Opening Ceremony in London. "We Found Love" in the contrast sleeves, patches, and sporty striped cuffs, so we've rounded up 10 similar styles that cost a mere fraction of Rihanna's jacket. Click through our slideshow to cop one now. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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Forget crossbody styles and trendy python prints--backpacks are the most popular style of bags for fall, especially in supple leather. Every designer from Gucci to Chanel to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line The Row made leather backpacks this season. Whether you need something to tote your laptop around in, or you're just looking for something stylish and comfortable on your shoulders, we've rounded up the best leather versions on the market. Are you vegan, or trying to nab this style for extra cheap? We've got some fashionable faux options options too. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Sep 28, 2012 1:35 PM EDT
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld once said, "one is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a little black dress." We can thank Coco Chanel herself for creating the ubiquitous-but-never-tiresome garment on October 1, 1926, when black clothing was typically used for mourning. Nowadays the LBD is a fail-safe wardrobe go-to for any occasion that has earned it's stylish status through iconic moments like Audrey Hepburn's famous scene in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to Angelina Jolie's recent leggy red carpet statement. In honor of the 86th anniversary of the little black dress, we've rounded up the biggest LBD highlights throughout history. Let us know which one is your favorite. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty EditorRead More »from The Little Black Dress Turns 86: The Best Throughout History
Some of our favorite women have been gorgeous class acts since day one. But many of them have learned how to flatter their body types, refine their style, and conquer their industries. As a result, they look prettier and more confident than ever. Behold, 12 ladies who are taking the world by storm, one fashionable step at a time. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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Fashion rules are made to be broken. Who says you can't white after Labor Day, or black to a wedding? Why are you supposed to match your handbag and your shoes, or your manicure to your pedicure? It's boring! And to whomever said black and navy don't go together: we think you're flat out wrong. Designers sent loads of black and navy combinations down the runway, celebs are smitten for the forbidden color duo, and we've seen loads of cute pieces at every price point just begging to be worn this season. Covering yourself with black and blue has never been so desirable. Check out the inspiration for rocking our new favorite color scheme. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
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As far as we can tell, there's only one benefit to summer ending: it's time to wear boots! Short ones, tall ones, heels or wedges, we love boots in all shapes, colors, fabrics, and sizes. We're making your life easy by rounding up a dozen on-trend and classic styles all under $100. Now your only dilemma is which pair to buy. By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
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