Shoe obsession – Melissa’s plastic fashion

If there is one brand of shoe I am more than a little obsessed with, it has to be Melissa’s. The Brazilian brand, that was founded in 1979, has managed to create ultra fashionable shoes with a total point of difference – they’re plastic. And not just any old plastic, the plastic of Melissa’s always smells like the sweetest and fruitiest Haribo’s imaginable. No wonder I’m totally in love with them.

LADY DRAGON 11 WESTWOOD Pearl / Red  £ 143.99 click to visit Spartoo

LADY DRAGON 11 WESTWOOD
Pearl / Red
£ 143.99
click to visit Spartoo

I first fell under the spell of Melissa when I saw their collaboration with Vivienne Westwood. My first pair was a Mary Jane style in black mock croc. I was shocked at how comfortable they were, and just how pretty they looked. Since then I have got another two pairs of Westwood/Melissa collaborations, as well as a pair of  iconic Lady Dragon’s that were a collaboration with Jason Wu. They are the shoes that I have worn to fashion shows, special occasions, Style Birmingham Live, basically any event where I have dressed to impress. They seem to elongate the legs, add height, and just make me feel ultra glamorous.

Wearing my Red Melissa's at the Harvey Nichols fashion show

Wearing my Red Melissa’s at the Harvey Nichols fashion show

Shoe giant Spartoo currently have an amazing range of Melissa plastic shoes. They have a wide variety of styles, from the Floret with it’s ultra thick wedge style heel, to the Incence Garden, which has a beautiful floral design on the back that calls to mind Charlotte Olympia. There are also new variations on the Lady Dragon’s, including more fabulous collaborations with Vivienne Westwood.

LADY DRAGON 11 WESTWOOD Aurora Purple  £ 140.99 click to visit Spartoo

LADY DRAGON 11 WESTWOOD
Aurora Purple
£ 140.99
click to visit Spartoo

INCENCE GARDEN Black  £ 96.99 click to visit Spartoo

INCENCE GARDEN
Black
£ 96.99
click to visit Spartoo

FLORET Stone  £ 83.99 click to visit Spartoo

FLORET
Stone
£ 83.99
click to visit Spartoo

LADY DRAGON CLUSTER Black  £ 91.99 click to visit Spartoo

LADY DRAGON CLUSTER
Black
£ 91.99
click to visit Spartoo

What I really love with the current range of Melissa shoes is that there are also some great flat styles available, and (squeal!) sandals and flip flops – just in time for holiday season. I have my eyes on a beautiful pair of Harmonic Links Westwood in gold glitter which I think would offer perfect poolside glamour.

 

HARMONIC LINKS WESTWOOD Gold Glitter  £ 55.99 click to visit Spartoo

HARMONIC LINKS WESTWOOD
Gold Glitter
£ 55.99
click to visit Spartoo

HARMONIC 11 JASON WU Blush  £ 41.99 click to visit Spartoo

HARMONIC 11 JASON WU
Blush
£ 41.99
click to visit Spartoo

ULTRAGIRL 11 ORB COIN WESTWOOD Red Rose  £ 93.99 click to visit Spartoo

ULTRAGIRL 11 ORB COIN WESTWOOD
Red Rose
£ 93.99
click to visit Spartoo

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Big Style Crush – Florence Welch

She’s a muse to Karl Lagerfeld, cites 1970s drag queen troop ‘The Cockettes‘ as a fashion influence and has described her style as ‘Lady of Shallot meets Ophelia.’ Is it any wonder that at the moment I am totally besotted by the wardrobe and pure style masterclass that is Florence Welch?

In Chanel

The Titian haired Florence and the Machine songstress is an ethereal, alabaster beauty, a Lizzie Siddall for the 21st Century. And whilst promoting her latest album, ‘The Ceremonials‘ she has adopted a look that has taken in influence from my favourite Art Deco era. Her look is a covered up look, Isadora Duncan style scarves and sleeves, acres of Chanel and Elie Saab.

In Gucci

Florence has a knack for taking catwalk looks that you believe should remain on the catwalk, such is their intricacy, and yet she transforms them into walking works of art. You truly believe no-one else could wear these looks but Florence. She’s a true style icon and a total one-off.  A little bit Kate Bush, a tiny bit Sarah Miles and a whole lot of attitude makes Florence a star always worth watching. No wonder Lagerfeld imagined Florence as a modern-day Venus in a giant clam for the October Chanel show.

In Elie Saab

In Jason Wu

off duty

Florence style is definitely having an influence on the High Street. Just look at some of the Florence inspired items I found trawling the web.

Black Victoriana Blouse £39 

Lurex Pleated Maxi Skirt £39 

Burgundy Snake Clasp Maxi £55 

Biba Waterfall jersey maxi dress £149 

Biba Mixed print maxi dress £87 

Jason Wu – S/S 12 – Oh so pretty!

One of my New York Fashion Week favourites, Jason Wu, unveiled his latest collection yesterday, and the collection could be summed up with a single statement ‘Oh So Pretty’. The designer, one of Michelle Obama‘s favourites, produced a collection that was gorgeously feminine, supremely elegant and totally girly – all of which is music to my ears.

Full of peachy pinks and coral tones, using the wispiest of chiffons and silks, this was a collection for those who really wished to embrace the pretty side of their style personality. Harking back to the 1950s days of Balenciaga and Jacques Fath, there were pieces in this collection that would have graced the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Lee Radziwill with ease.

Waists were emphasised with peplums and pencil thin belts. Bubblegum shades and sheer panels were also utilised, in a collection that could simply have been called ‘girl’. But there were also chic feathered cocktail dresses that recalled Kate Moss in her high glamour Johnny Depp days – dressing crying out for a pair of opera glasses, or a cigarette in a cigarette holder.

The showstopper was an exquisite yellow strapless dress that I expect Sarah Jessica Parker to claim. This had a slightly Spanish feel to it with a flamenco style skirt that was echoed in other looks. Again, the waist was highlighted with the slimmest of bow belts that add just a contrast of black to the vibrant look.

Overall, an exquisite collection that I expect to see lots of in future months. Jason Wu again shows why he is one of the most exciting names in New York fashion at present.