Wake Up! I understand the boots you’ve just seen are absolutely faintworthy but read on….
So, there I was waiting in the Post Office que scrolling through Instagram at fashion/vintage related pics (and the cute dogs, double tap, love them all) when WALLOP! these boots jumped out at me, I’m sure I felt the force of the platform up the back of my head!
I can not believe these platform boots, but they look so much like originals, I thought they had to be vintage Terry de Havillands?!
They wouldn’t look out of place on the feet of Brian Connolly of Sweet stomping around belting out Blockbuster on Top of the Pops in ’73
But no, these feet sculptures are the work of shoe designer & maker Chris Francis, in L.A
He creates one-of-a-kind shoes by appointment only, and custom-sized for every client (lucky b*stards). Including a string of celebrity customers. He finds inspiration in every aspect of his life from his favorite books, to the music he listens to, to a flea market find. All of his shoes are handmade with no technology involved, just a few pieces of hand-powered old shoemaking equipment. “The only technology I use is my iPhone for music,” he says.
His Instagram has some great pics of the process of the shoes being made step by step in his studio @chrisfrancisshoes
Artist in Action
Really now?! just stop!
Google him, and if you’re ever in L.A get him to send me over a pair of the Biba-esque black and gold peep toe Mary Janes in the photo above, size U.K 5, right!
Hey readers! I hope you are managing to stay warm on this blustery November day, Brrrr!
Last month I was approached by Jill from Jillzyne to write a short article on Winter Fashion for the Jillzyne readers and include some of my top picks from the high street this season
I hope the colour palette I’ve chosen will warm your cockles and blow away them winter blues…….. So here it is……..
Hayley’s Top Picks
“So Winter fashion….. I just love all the rich jewel & natural tones… Emerald green, Heather, Conker, Rust, Navy, Gold, Amethyst, Sand These are all the colours that are proven to be flattering on all skin tones (and let’s be honest we all need a little help just to look alive in the cold weather, let alone healthy) These shades are sophisticated yet fun and easier than you’d think to mix and match and somehow they all just work together. Team navy with rust & oatmeal or emerald green with peacock blue & mustard with mushroom……… Mustard? Mushroom? Oatmeal…???? Sounds more like a recipe than a fashion colour palette! But that’s just it….. I believe that’s why all these colours all go together and complement each other so well, is because they are found in nature together side by side, and there’s nothing more beautiful than natures own creations. Right?
All these hues make for great layering, Trust Me! Try it! Especially if you are anything like me and slip so easily into the head-to-toe-black rut in the winter months The skies may be grey but your outfits don’t have to be.”
…………This is the coat that really started it! Worn by Jackie Onassis in 1962 designed by Oleg Cassini, before this, leopard print (real leopard fur (YUK!)) was worn by women as fashion in the decadent days of the 1920s through to the 1950s, usually by actresses and the very wealthy, but it was Jackie O in this coat that made mainstream women in the 60s hunt down their own copies of this coat, usually in faux fur.
Leopard Print is timeless and never really goes out of style & it demands attention
you can still pack a punch with leopard accessories if you don’t want to go full on with a coat, however I think you’ll be surprised how many outfits this will compliment, either the stylish smart Parisian look or go for the rock chic edgy look like Kate Moss
…….even I’m at it! I do LOVE a bit of leopard print
……It just so has it that Desdemona Style has found you the perfect jacket, gorgeous double breasted, large 70s style lapels, looks just as fabulous smart as it does casual, I’ve styled it up here for you in a flat shot with vintage denim flared jeans, some tan leather ankle boots, a black felt floppy hat, a vintage 70s suede & fur bag (also for sale!) and a silver & turquoise necklace