How to be flashy and sassy chic

I am a fan of artistic expression in clothing and believe that a woman feels her best when she looks her best.

That being said, I absolutely love this Indian fashion brand I came across called Papa Don’t Preach.

The designer is a London College of Fashion student/graduate who created the Papa don’t preach brand in 2010. She managed to create a fusion between western and eastern culture appealing to both worlds respectively.

Here is a brief history on the designer taken from their Papa Don’t Preach site:

Designer and creative director of Papa Don’t Preach, Shubhika Davda, caught the entrepreneurial bug at a young age. Having made her first business acquisition during her college days at age 19, Shubhika took over a small boutique where she started to explore her passion for fashion. Armed with this invaluable experience and a fashion diploma from London College of Fashion, UK, she eventually launched her own label, Papa Don’t Preach, in 2010.

 Seeking inspiration from music and the arts, her designs are very individualistic, kitschy and effortlessly stylish. Remaining true to her essence, Shubhika’s Indo-western, high-street culture, exaggerated and dramatic design ideologies are immaculately expressed through the medium of clothes and accessories.

Her designs are a juxtaposition of Indian and Western aesthetics aiming to give a new definition to contemporary Indian bridal dressing and vibrant red carpet dressing. Her experimental hand embroidery techniques, quality conscious craftsmanship, inherent need to keep breaking the rules and most importantly her constant endeavour to make her viewer/buyer go “Oooo ! how did you do that! is what according to her keeps her going!

This brand makes me excited and happy looking at all of the embellishments and color patterns used to create these beautiful statement pieces.

If you are ever in Mumbai India and want to take a look in at their flagship store then you will not be disappointed at what you will find and experience there.

The 1200 sq ft Papa Don’t Preach flagship store designed by Design Hex sits in the heart of Mumbai (INDIA) in Lower Parel

Until next time, stay as fashionable, beautiful, and chic as can be.

Xoxo,

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Saudi Sandals with a twist of Jil Sander

Far long have designers who were admirers of the classic arabian sandal from the gulf region, danced with making their own version of the unique ethnic footwear.

I must admit there is something quite special about the sandals donned by royals and layman alike of Arabia.

Here is a glimpse of the original, authentic , ethnic style of the sandal

Saudi Madas Sharqi worn by a local

A more festive detailed pair of the original for ladies….

Now take a look at Jil Sanders version of the classic

She calls them the detailed sandal. Can be purchased Here.

I personally like them and thinks she did an excellent job on modernizing an otherwise very ethnic looking shoe to meet the eclectic updated taste of the western world.

Here is an even more detailed version of the Saudi sandal by Jil Sander

These are my favorite.

Jil Sander isn’t the only designer making this sandals a part of her season collection. Last SS 2019 British Columbian designer Esteban Cortazar created a beautiful detailed version of the Saudi sandal in both flat and heeled styles.

Can be purchased Here.

I am all for designers venturing out into other cultures and putting their own touches and twists on the original design. After all that is what being an artist and designer is all about.

There are many versions of the sandal created by many designers and local brands in the Middle East. Take a look and get yourself a pair to stand out from the crowd.

Created by local brand Thaqafah in the United Arab Emirates. Can be purchased Here.

Created by local Emirati brand Tamashee. Can be purchased Here.

I hope you loved the collections just as much as I did. Until next time , stay as chic and fashionable as you are unique and special.

Xoxo,

Style-Diversity

Candy coated handmade custom Avarcas

If you want your very own pair of avarcas sandals in any color combination you’d like then make your way over to our Etsy shop to put in your custom order or purchase our ready design sandals.

We gave some fashion ideas to pair your Avarcas with in the pics below.

Enjoy!!!! Shop Here.

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Our Chic winter Donald J Pliner picks

If you haven’t heard of Donald J Pliner then today is the day to learn who he is and take a look at some of collection.

Since 1989, Donald J Pliner has built a reputation for innovative materials, unexpected design and quality craftsmanship in women’s and men’s footwear and accessories. The brand is known for combining impeccable design with a commitment to fit and comfort.
 

In Donald’s words, “A shoe needs to be fashionable, a shoe needs to be comfortable and a shoe needs to be special.”
 

Key Donald J Pliner branded design elements such as unusual haircalfs, printed leathers, stretch fabrics and elastics are included season after season for the utmost style and comfort. Beaded elements add textured embellishment across the line. Uniquely crafted heels, silhouettes and colors along with meticulous attention to detail make Donald J Pliner shoes works of art.
 

Inspired by energy. Drawn from destinations. From the beaches of Spain to the mountains of Italy, Donald J Pliner shoes, boots and accessories are infused with uniquely bold, unexpected and modern styling.

Thank you for looking at our picks for this chic designer and we will see you in our next post.

Xoxo,

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Our Donna Karen New York pics FW 2019

We have selected some of our favorite current styles from Donna Karen. Feel free to comment if you are interested in a pair of our picks.

Sling back mules

Snake print sneakers

Studded metallic and nude loafers

Wedged ankle booties in stone suede and black leather

Embellished beaded pointed mule in black and nude satin

Horsebit accented loafers in nude calf hair,black kid leather, and sequin pewter

leather

Leave a comment down below for prices and shoe size availability if you would like to purchase .

Xoxo,

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Quirky Accessories for your shoes and Ears

What I love so much about what I do is never getting board of the new talent that I find in the world. People are unique individuals and they produce things that are unique to them as individuals.

I have stumbled upon a new quirky accessories brand based out of Russia called Plyaka Accessories and they make avengers styled footwear accessories that double as earrings which I thought were so creative.

The accessories have various animation of animal faces , beautiful colored patterns and human animated faces and fringes as its design. Beautiful paired with your favorite shoes to jazz them up or wear them as earrings. From the looks of the brand page on Instagram they also have clothing with some of their designs printed in them which is a plus for those ladies that aren’t into shoes or jewelry.

I absolutely love these creations and find them to be so unique and beautiful. They don’t have a website unfortunately so if you want to purchase then you must contact them through Instagram and their what’s App. @plyaka_accessories

Xoxo,

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Thaqafah Woven leather mules Spring 2019 Ready

Add some color to your footwear with our custom dyed leather woven slippers…..

Peach

Mint

Powder pink

Turquoise

And many more colors available just contact us and inquire, and custom colors are also an option.

Be my guest Here.

Xoxo,

Style-Diversity

London Fashion week Fall 2018

LONDON FASHION WEEK

LOCATED AT THE STORE STUDIOS, 180 STRAND, THE DESIGNER SHOWROOMS IS HOME TO OVER 150 BRITISH AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS. PRESENTED WITHIN IS A RICH AND DIVERSE SELECTION OF PRODUCTS IN A HIGHLY CURATED SHOWROOM. SHOWCASING AT LONDON FASHION WEEK RAISES THE PROFILE OF BRANDS AS PART OF LONDON FASHION WEEK’S EDIT OF WHAT TO SEE.

DATES

14th – 18th September 2018

LOCATION

The Store Studios at 180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA

ABOUT

The international element of the showrooms illustrates that the doors to London are truly open, with designers showcasing from Dubai, Finland and South Korea. The pull of London on a global scale is undeniable. The UK continues to be an attractive and fertile home for an array of designer businesses of any size.

Of the four fashion capitals, London is the only city that hosts the Designer Showrooms in the same venue as the official British Fashion Council (BFC) Show and Presentation Space. The LFW Designer Showrooms have launched many global brands, including a number of on-schedule designers.

Showcasing in the highly curated Designer Showrooms allows brands to develop relationships with globally influential stores and helps to increase their exposure to top international journalists, publications and stylists. In addition to this, designers will also gain access to seasonal press and buyer accreditation lists and access to the BFC’s Designer Support programme, which includes one-to-one business advice and seminars.

For more information please visit the website Here.

Xoxo,

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Dressing with dignity by Colleen Hammond

Wooh! A touchy but true read this is. As other reviewers have said about the book, I don’t agree with all aspects but so many of her points on modesty and dressing according to how you would like to be treated was so on point. She also touched on the history of fashion in America.

Here is an overview of the book.

In this ground-breaking book, Colleen Hammond challenges today’s fashions and provides you the information you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the onslaught of tasteless, immodest clothing. Colleen Hammond shares real-life examples of how women can accentuate the grace and beauty of their femininity, and she shows that modest definitely does not mean frumpy !! DRESSING WITH DIGNITY covers it all . . . The history and forces behind the changes in fashion. How to talk to teenagers about the privilege of femininity so they will want to dress with dignity. How to awaken chivalry in men and be treated with respect. How to regain and teach the lost charm of interior and exterior femininity! How to dress in an attractive, dignified, classy manner! Specific documents about manners of dress from the Magisterium, the Popes and the Saints. Comprehensive guidelines for choosing tasteful attire. Resources on where to find beautiful, modest clothing. And much, much more!

Here is a pic of a beautifully modestly dressed lady that I found which led me to the the author Colleen’s book and we paired it with a pair of Thaqafah tri color mules.

Have a read here.

And check out Thaqafah shoes here.

Xoxo,

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Moma: the vintage style on your feet. The modern dandy footwear

An extended family. 38 dreamers that put heart, soul and passion for creating special and special shoes, with a strong personality and vintage mood. It’s to create Moma shoes.

Moma. Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Or.

Midnight Over My Action. A name that remembers the origin of the brand:  many sleepless nights spent around Europe, observing, discovering and searching for inspiration. Although more than 20 years have passed since the birth of Moma, Daniele and Gigio, two artisan brothers, have never stopped repeating how important passion and will are to make dreams come true.

This point of view comes to life day after day in the hands of artisans, artists, workers and designers and it takes the form of an out of the box pair of shoes, that’s why Moma shoes are worn, ruined, dirty or – as we say today – vintage. A brave choice considering the years when it was made, when vintage word was not in fashion yet. A choice that paid off.

And the secret is in Gironacci brothers’ words.

“We keep on doing what we like and what we like is not what the market demands. We are a company that still works following its own heart not its own business. When you do something with your heart, it lasts for a long time not just for one season. It’s for life.

Today Moma shoes are on the feet of men living in the four corners of the globe; this makes these shoes not just a simple accessory, but a way to express themselves. Moma footwear owes its specialness and its beauty to craftsmanship. In fact, each shoe sees the light still in the same small workshop in the heart of the Marche. A real resistance in a time of total standardization of goods and flattening of styles.

Worn, dirty, aged, Moma shoes are like wrinkles: every chromatic shifts, every irregularity, every detail that may seem a flaw, tells a story, an experience, a person. So, as time goes by, the beauty of MOMA shoes becomes more authentic and marked by life, just like a man’s face, in full compliance with the corporate philosophy.

A perfect mix of elegance and comfort: thanks to the 100% Made in Italy production and the leathers purchased from the best Tuscan tanners, Moma footwear is indestructible and very comfortable. Each shoe is different from every other one because the techniques used that include plant products: each leather reacts differently to the mixture of dyes, getting the “vintage effect”.

But how to wear a pair of Moma shoes?

Mixing vintage and modern. The shirt is inspired by the textures of retro furniture, just like the single-breasted herringbone vest by Messagerie in wool and linen blend. Match them with a pair of Moma lace-up in garment-dyed leather, with micro perforated decorations and used effect.

The wardrobe for young eccentrics comes from the Far East. Multi-coloured prints meet dandy details. For a man who knows how to live urban life. He is wrapped up in colourful, embroidered jacket to wear with a pair of Moma lace-ups, dark brown-coloured, made of genuine leather and fully perforated.

A striped jacket, in light nuances, a Panama on the head and a linen shirt: the flawless and timeless summer style of a gentleman. On his feet a pair of Moma loafers, made of genuine garment-dyed leather with tassels and visible stitching.

Shop some moma here

Xoxo,

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