The red sole goes viral

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Christian Louboutin gives  a new way for the heel obsessed girl to snag the latest must-have shoe. Yesterday, Louboutin launched the European Web site that will include spring 2012 men’s and women’s collections  and will also carry designs from the labels recently launched 20th anniversary capsule line. The new site will allow customers to either access the online store or browse through Louboutin’s Web site for more company information. Later this spring, customers will be able to chat live with representatives about purchases and advice on shoe shopping. Also, a new feature will show the inspiration behind each shoe. When a customer clicks on a shoe, it displays a photographic backdrop of inspiration such as a LA pol or a NY skyline. Later this summer, Louboutin‘s U.S. and Canada site will revamp the same features as the European Web site. In 2009, the label  addressed sites that were selling fake Louboutin shoes. At the end of March, customs seized  694 pairs of fake shoes in the UK.

These are my favorite from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. One of these days  when I’m not spending my money on the weekends and  school-related stuff  I will buy a pair! Hint Hint mom and  dad  for my graduation present ( it won’t happen but I can dream). Which pair do you like? Do you have favorite shoe labels? Let me know what you think!

                                         

I recently just purchased a pair of these heeled sandals from target for only $30. These come in turquoise and  cereelium  which can add a pop of color for spring.  The purple platform  heels can be paired with a neutral pair of pattern pants such as snake skin or  pair of cream trouser shorts. Both of these are affordable for us broke college students!

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March Jacobs: expanding lines & creating a buzz

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Hello, loves! Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate the support! Through my blog, I will bring the latest fashion industry news with trends and pieces of inspiration. Happy reading!

One  of the designers I particularly like to  follow for his collections and new collaborations is Marc Jacobs. He has conquered the world of clothing and accessories and even has Lifetime Achievement Award from the CDFA to prove it. This year, Marc Jacobs celebrates 15 years with Louis Vuitton, contributing to the 143 years of brand history. Another reason for him to celebrate in the upcoming months is a new makeup line with the  cosmetic powerhouse Sephora. Jacobs met with the company for the first time last week and said, “I see makeup, fragrance — everything really — as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight.” He later mentioned how him and his team are refining what the cosmetic line will entail. In a recent interview for his new fragrance, Dot, he explains his passion behind the  new line. “Anything to me that is part of the joy, the ritual, of getting dressed — things for me — things that women enjoy like bags, shoes, fragrance, clothes, makeup — that’s what fashion’s about for me. I love the opportunity, wherever there is one, to adorn, to decorate, to scent, to dress. That’s what fashion’s all about. It’s not necessary, it’s something you want — it’s a fancy and a whim.”

Honestly, I am not too surprised that Mr. J will have a new line with Sephora, because he is not only a talented designer, but is also a smart businessman. The line doesn’t have an expected launch date, so stay tuned! Another controversy surrounding Marc Jacobs and the fashion industry is the attempt to not allow models under 16 to walk the runways and restrict those under 18 from working past midnight. The CDFA pushed the guideline in the seasonal letter, but like most of the modeling industry, it was voluntary. According to model Hailey Hasbrook, who worked over 30 (unpaid) hours for Jacobs during New York Fashion Week, the designer violated these guidelines. During this NYFW, she walked for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Theyskens’ Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste, Victoria by Victoria Beckham and Houghton. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily she said, “One night I did looks for Marc Jacobs from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and then the next day I was there until 4:30 in the morning. And I had Theyskens’ Theory the next morning with an 8 a.m. call time.” Marc Jacobs is among many designers who don’t pay their models, even the look models who try on clothes and are measured for hours on end. Jacobs pays his models in a trade for clothing or accessories. Hasbrook said, “But for some things, like all of the Marc Jacobs stuff I did, I got trade, not cash.”

The modeling industry has seen better days back when Giselle and Naomi were paid for their work, occasionally eating burgers without feeling too bad and made successful careers out of modeling. When do guidelines turn into laws and stricter regulations set on designers and modeling agencies? I support young, 16 year-old models, because they are enjoying what they do. Many young models make names for themselves, such as Doutzen, Chanel Iman and Karlie Kloss.  Anyway, what do you guys think should happen when designers are making millions of dollars and can’t even pay their models the proper wages? I’d love to hear your views!

xoxoxo

Kaylyn

Passport to Fashion

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Fashion is more than just about the latest trend, the next European model on a Vogue cover or which designer was had the most innovative collection. These are all interesting parts of the fashion industry, but these shouldn’t be overlooked for the issues and news surrounding the industry. As a fashion junkie and journalism major, I am interested in addressing news and issues relating to the industry in a “Kaylyn editorial style.” My blog will cover fashion, personal style/trends and pieces of inspiration I enjoy and want to share with my lovely, stylish readers.