The piece: Manolo Blahnik Belta
The price: $925
Why we want it: We've been fans of the classic pointed toe Manolo Blahnik pump in both leather and suede for years and can't think of a more versatile closet staple. Normally we shy away from anything that feels too rocker, but we can't resist the craftsmanship of this pump. The studded ankle straps give us a little something extra we didn't know we needed but now know we can't live without. Pump up a classic jeans and t-shirt look, add a tough touch to a floral dress, or go all-out rocker and wear these with cropped leather pants and a slouchy cashmere sweater. Just think classic but never boring.
Barneys is boosting your style IQ with even bigger markdowns (up to 60% off, to be exact) on select Spring/Summer merchandise! Our wish list includes Lanvin's standout striped peplum dress, some Manolo Blahnik heels, and how about a bold Marni cuff to complete the look? Shop more covetable sale picks below.
The announcement came on the heels — literally — of the 15th anniversary of Sex and the City, and if you've even seen the opening credits, you know the HBO series put Parker on the map as both a fashion icon and, of course, as a Manolo Blahnik loyalist.
It makes sense, then, that the actress has chosen to collaborate with Manolo Blahnik's CEO, George Malkemus, and will draw inspiration from "great old-school labels like Charles Jourdan and Maud Frizon." In as much, expect classic, elegant silhouettes in unexpected colorways, with pumps and flats priced from $200 to $300, and bags starting at $700. Parker told Vogue, "We're putting new colors together that people don't typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet."
Grosgrain will be one of the signature materials used within the footwear line, and Parker explained why. "I grew up having to wear grosgrain hair ribbons every day. We had a [bureau] dedicated to them." But that's not the only fabric she favors: suede also registers high on her list. "I don't like a shoe to be too shiny. Sometimes it loses its chicness. That's why suede is so nice — it takes color so beautifully as opposed to calf."
The SJP accessories collection is slated to launch in early 2014 and will be sold exclusively through Nordstrom. As for what Parker had to say about (finally) taking the design reins: "In a silly way, I think it's what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw."
Thanks to Diane Kruger's latest travel ensemble, today's outfit is right here. Her winning mix of prints started with a navy-and-white Diane von Furstenberg "Paulette" studded blazer, then quickly moved into full-on striped boyfriend jeans territory. A black tank and Ray-Ban aviators kept things casual and cool, but it was her white add-ons — a fedora, Rochas bag, and clear cap-toe Christian Louboutin flats — that packed a punch. No matter where today takes you, look to Diane for an extra dose of what-to-wear inspiration. And to take this look from day to night, lose the fedora and sunglasses and add high heels, a colored lip, and gorgeous waves. Shop our editors' picks below to get the party started.
Clockwise from top left: Joseph polka-dot blazer ($608), AllSaints black tank ($58), Citizens of Humanity striped jeans ($228), Rochas white bag ($1,725), Manolo Blahnik cap-toe pumps ($775), Ray-Ban aviators ($125), Eugenia Kim fedora ($338)
If you're one for wedding traditions, we found 24 perfect "something blue" pieces for the bride to wear on her special day. Blue shoes are always a popular option for those who just want to show a peek of blue — who can forget Carrie Bradshaw and her perfect satin jeweled Manolo Blahniks? If the bride wants something a bit bolder, we love the idea of a statement clutch (like this gorgeous Tiffany rendition seen below) or wrapping a slim belt around the waist of the wedding dress. Earrings, necklaces, and bracelets also offer just the right amount of shimmer, and if you want something really discreet, there's always the lingerie option. Shop our top editors' picks below, and tell us which piece you love the most.
- Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham have been remade as British royals to promote The Sunday Times' Style Magazine's annual best-dressed list. [BuzzFeed]
- Condé Nast has confirmed that Kate Phelan, who left her role as Fashion Director of Vogue UK to be the creative director of Topshop, will return to the publication. There is no word yet on what her position will be at the magazine. [Telegraph]
- Public relations executive Lynn Tesoro has reached a settlement in her $1 million lawsuit against three French attendees of Zac Posen's Spring 2013 show, one of whom slapped Tesoro when she attempted to reseat them. [WWD]
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Manolo Blahnik revealed he's open to the idea of collaborating with a high-street store, according to an interview with Vogue UK. Does that mean a lower-priced shoe line, courtesy of Blahnik, could actually be in our future? It looks like we shouldn't get too excited (yet) — this is still just a pipe dream. The iconic shoe designer did assert, though, "If someone asked me to do high street and I really liked it, then why not? . . . If it was something exciting and I could really collaborate with someone marvelous then yes, of course." So, while we wait with bated breath for a mass retailer to step forward and take Blahnik up on this idea, we're asking you: would you buy into a lower-priced Manolo Blahnik collection? Weigh in below.