Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stylist Nolan Wells presents The Wild One's


Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a live presentation by local celebrity wardrobe stylist Nolan Wells. The event, entitled The Wild One's, showcased Nolan's F/W 2012 style picks inspired by the late 80's grunge era and rock idols like The Cars and Journey. The show was held at the world famous Basketball Hall of Fame located in Springfield, MA. Wells also donated a portion of the event proceeds to Naim Mafuz a Springfield high school teen who was in a prom night 2010 car accident that left him paralyzed. Friends, family, fashion lovers, and local press came out by the dozens to support hometown sweet heart and ubber talented Wells.

The show was a hit with a mix of major designers like Gucci and Prada and upcoming designers like Everett Hoag, Zack Lo, and Mama Iguana's. With this showcase Wells was able to make his vision a reality; in his own words:

 "My goal for this show was to mix edgy street wear with many patterns to glamourous gowns edged up to hit the streets.  For men I chose bulky flight jackets with heavy boots and light weight plaids for the waist. I mixed a variety of wide brim hats with less traditional flight hats. For the ladies, I mixed great dresses layered up for that warm effect. I used more of a current fashion, the Turban to bring the today flare to the looks."

I was also able to catch Wells after the show as well to ask him some questions about the event and his future plans (video below).  I've added the Q&A below as well in print since it's a bit hard to hear his response int he video (note to self invest in an iPad microphone).  Also, excuse the 50 millions times I say "Awesome!" in the interview...technically it was my 2nd time giving an interview so I'm working on it.  : )

video

Me: "You just finished your show; how do you feel?"
Nolan: "I'm very happy I think it came out great. I like to think about positive things and not what could have been better. So I think with that said I feel like I did a good job and everything came out the way I'd hoped."

Me: "When did you first fall in love with fashion?"
Nolan: "High school senior year I got the opportunity to style a show there at my school so I decided to try it out and that was my first show.  That's when I really fell in love with fashion and then being a stylist."

Me: "Talk about some of the people that you've styled for recently."
Nolan: "Recently Karina Smirnoff [Dancing with The Stars] is my client right now. I'm also going to be styling Justin Krinoll [sp] he's a new artist coming out; I'm working with him so I'm really looking forward to that and also some other opportunities."

Me: "Have you ever thought about designing or anything like that?"
Nolan: "I have, right now I want to accomplish being a stylist and then move forward and do maybe accessories and shoes."

Me: " So, what's next for Nolan Wells?"
Nolan: "Next I'll be moving. Not sure where yet I'm looking in L.A. and in New York.  But I'll definitely be moving and I'll be opening up a company and a show room wherever I move."

Tell me you didn't just fall in love with him after that video...I did.  I'm really impressed with Nolan and everything he's done as such a young age.  Mark my words he's going places...so keep and eye out for him fashion lovers.

Picture time!  Please check out the some pictures my oh so multi-talented assistant (@Ki-Labella) was able to get at the show (at end of post).


























Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Versace Studded Suede Mesh Clear Platform Sandals

Heyyyyyyy!  These Versace studded platforms so give me high end Vegas call girl...that's right Daddy $2k just to buy me a drink!  What's great about these shoes is that they tap into that secret (not so secret in some women) compartment we women have where we want to be a little slutty but look expensive doing it.  I for one love them and feel they give off the right amount of naughty without looking cheap and tacky.  What do you guys think?  Bad Bytch - Bold Bytch - or is she just a Boring Bytch?




Shoe features suede and mesh upper with gold studs, cutout detail, transparent Lucite 6" wedged heels, and 2.5" platform.  Retailed at $1,895 and available at Net-A-Porter.

Sporty Shoe Trend

I'm honestly torn about this sporty shoe trend I'm seeing for the spring.  It almost reminds me of those horrible Jordan sneakers with the equally gross kitten heel.

Exhibit A.


Don't get me wrong none of the shoe's I've seen are as bad as the fiasco above but I'm still a bit torn.  On one hand I like the concept of spicing up the sporty look to make it more versatile.  But how much versatility do you really need with sports attire...I mean it's just the gym, golf course, or perhaps the tennis club...and why would you need heels for any of those things?  Unless of course you are going there to look cute and pick up guys in which case go for it.  But the reality is you'd have to take the heels off, throw on some sneakers and get to business.

On the other hand they definitely make a statement...there giving me 'I can make anything look sexy even my workout' and I like that.  Check out this month's U.S. Glamour magazine to get a taste of the sporty shoe trend or view pics below.   I wouldn't say this trend is for me but I have my eye on those Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung heels...love!  What do you guys think?


Rag & Bone

Jimmy Choo

Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung


*Images from April, 2012 Glamour Magazine

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nene Leakes and Kim K Shoedazzle Collabo

The rumors and rumblings are true.  Reality TV star and now Glee regular Nene Leakes will be collaborating with the folks at Shoedazzle to create a shoe line.  Kim Kardashian of course is heavily vested in Shoedazzle and her and Nene have beeing exchanging friendly tweets and hanging out over the past few months. 



I for one am looking forward to seeing what NeNe has to offer being a fan of her current personal shoe collection for awhile now.  I think this is a great look for NeNe and I'm so happy for her.  Do you guys think this will be a big seller?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jeffrey Campbell 'Damsel Spike'

Just when you thought you've seen all you could from spikes...JC comes out with the Damsel Spike wedged spiked bootie.  This shoe is not for everyone and definitely not for every occassion but offers an interesting take on the Spring/Summer bootie.  It comes in 4 colors Black w/silver spikes, distressed Khaki w/silver spikes, White w/dark silver spikes, and White w/silver spikes (pictured below).  Let me know what you guys think!





*Pictures from Solestruck.com

Shoe features 6.5" wedged heel, 2" platform, fabric or leather upper, and retailed at $219.  Available at Solestruck.