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!
…………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
Straw hand bags are often made of plaited raffia, cane,
dried grass or rushes.
In the mid 1950s straw hand bags appeared on the arms of all the fashion movie elite, in the south of France such as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor & Jane Birkin.
Elizabeth Arden went on to create a high-fashion take on a shrimp basket in 1956, outfitted with a compass!!
By 1958 woven basket bags were staples of high fashion magazines, and still as stylish today as they were then,
With designers such as Kate Spade, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulu Guinness & Bottega Veneta designing their take on this classic bag
Are you feeling like your life (ok, maybe not life but definitely, wardrobe) is incomplete without one of these bags? well, lucky you, Desdemona has done all the hard work for you, and has found a couple of beauts..
(click on link under the picture to go look at the bag)
So this a repost from Fashion Stylist Leslie Christen I will definitely be trying this out…
If you’ve ever hobbled home after a long day or night in heels, this is the tip for you!
Tape your third and forth toes (counting from the big toe) together – We recommend nude medical tape for a low-profile look, but Scotch tape works in a pinch- to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot.
Here’s the reasoning:
There’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it, (a.k.a. when you wear heels). The tape removes the strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.
Let me know if any of you try this out and if it works for you, or have you already tried this? what do you think?
My last post was about the Christmas hair Competition, so I thought I’d just let you know about our latest competition,
the theme was “The Seasons”. I chose Autumn, I must admit Summer is my favorite month by a mile, but I do love the Autumn sun, and the colours of the leaves in Autumn
I also chose to put my spin on the hairstyle 😉 and went for a Vintage 1940s style with Victory Rolls at the front and designed a cute row of vertical rolls at the back and then added a hair slide I made with some decorative acorns, toadstools, feathers etc
Aaaaaaaand…………….. I won 1st Prize!!
I created this look by curling all the hair first with tongs, the two front sections that created the victory rolls were curled back away from the face, and the back all curled in the same direction with the tong held vertically, which helped create the rolls at the back
The rolls were created by twisting them around my index finger and rolling them in towards the scalp, then securing with grips and hairspray
Hope you like it! 🙂
oh and before I finish, here’s the mood board I had to do first, to present my inspirations and materials I was going to use.