The High Heel Survival Guide

Winter is one of the worst times of the year when it comes to doing damage to your feet. The weather is bitterly cold causing the ground underfoot to be slippy and dangerous, but party season calls for glitter, glamour and high heels. It is always important to look after our feet at any time of the year, but the season of merriment and festivities is also the season of chillblains, blisters and sore tootsies. In addition, this is the one time of year when the toenails really need to sparkle – you don’t want the look of your Jimmy Choos spoiled by uneven and split nails.

Respected shoe retailer Charles Clinkard have put together a fun and informative infographic detailing some of the problems our feet face in winter, whether it is due to high heels (and as someone who once broke toes falling from a car when my heel got stuck in a seatbelt, I truly know all about those sorts of problems!), or even the sorts of nasty little issues we can have when the feet feel warm and cosy in our boots (sweaty feet anyone – yuck!).

The infographic also has a few ideas for tackling these problems – I’m suggesting you print it off and stick it on the inside of the wardrobe in order to have stress free feet this Christmas and New Year.

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 vb-heat-oct-13-1I instagrammed these shoes with the caption ‘I’ve had to abandon them. My feet are killing me! #fashion

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Cannes – Final Fashion moments.

The Cannes film festival is at an end, and this year has been more starry than ever. Brad and Angelina, best actress winner Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp, Uma Thurman, Gwen Stefani..the list has been a-list all the way. And the clothes have been amazing – some amazingly bad if truth be told. Here is the final Cannes fashion round-up.

Kirsten Dunst looked wonderful in a mustard yellow dress by Chloe whilst promoting her film ‘Melancholia’, for which she was awarded the Palme D’or. This look was worthy of an award itself, for its total freshness and sunshine quality. I was less impressed with the Rodarte gown worn on the red carpet. The fit was amazing, but it just sort of resembled a 70s lampshade. Her grooming though, was immaculate.

Milla Jovovich looked like she was channelling the spirit of Garbo and Hepburn in this 1930s looking dress by  Prada.Retro bangs completed one of my favourite looks this season. She continued the retro vibe in slinky Versace at the AMFAR benefit.

Socialite Tamara Beckwith failed to impress in the sort of dress that usually turns up in ‘Come Dancing’. Cut to the naval and really cheap looking,with a sloppy ponytail – this said ‘fail’ on all counts.

Naomi Campbell had some varied fashion moments at Cannes this year. But she looked truly beautiful in this burgundy tiered dress by Azzedine Alaia which looked beautifully elegant. Less successful was the Country and Western inspired Givenchy dress which is just missing the Stetson.

Pregnant women desperate for sex puts on some saucy undies, maybe to induce labour. That is the only description I could give to Charlotte Gainsbourgs outfit. Brave, but ultimately uncomfortable viewing – and I’ve had a child!

Classic black dresses can are a red carpet staple, and I loved the one worn by Clemence Poesy from Chanel, and was also surprised by a groomed and glamorous Mischa Barton, frankly looking better than she has looked for a long time.

There was a tale of two rock queens. Gwen Stefani looked groomed and gorgeous in one of her own LAMB designs, whilst Courtney Love looked a half undressed, dishevelled mess on the red carpet.

I loved Uma Thurman in dove grey Chanel with romantic  roses around the neckline, but I wish she hadn’t worn the flat sandals – I think they jarred with such an exquisite dress.

Was Dasha Zhukova wearing Princess Beatrice’s hat by any chance?

Love the ethereal princess feel of Zhang Ziyi in this beautiful gown at the Elle and Dior party.Top marks to in posing on a colour coordinating staircase.

But am totally surprised by the normally sartorially wonderful Claudia Schiffer looking so cheap in dodgy Dolce and Gabbana. Leave this look to Rihanna, Claudia.

Cannes continues – More Frock Stars and Frock Horrors.

Day 5 and 6 of the Cannes film festival have given us some more looks to sallivate over, and a few others that have left me shaking my head and asking ‘Why’. Good clothes have happened to good people, but bad clothes have also happened to good people. Here are some of my best and worst looks of the last few days.

Good – Elizabeth Olsen in The Row.

It is official, Elizabeth Olsen is the best advertisement ‘The Row’ will ever get. The little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley wore her sister’s designs, a daytime look in white and a stunning black 1920s flapper look whilst promoting her film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’.

Bad – Julie Judd – who found a clever place to put her satin stole when the clock room was full! Trust me, there’s a great green gown under there!

Good – Fan Bing Bing. I think she looked glorious in this two-tone lilac Atelier Versace. This is an ultra romantic gown that she compliments with impeccable grooming.

Bad – Naomi Campbell in Pucci. Yes, she looks amazing, but surely this is a tunic, not a dress. Naomi seems to have forgotten half of her dress. And that lacing at the neck always reminds me of heavy rock videos.

Good – Zoe Saldana in Armani Prive. This red striped Armani dress looks great, but what really makes this outfit effortless and appealing is the lack of fussy hair and accessories. A simple gold cuff is all the adornment needed.

Bad – Mia Wasikowska in Valentino. OK, it;s quite simple. This girl either needs to get some colour in her wardrobe, or she needs to get a spray tan. In this blush Valentino dress,  she is in danger of fading into the carpet. And the Princess Anne hair doesn’t  help matters.

Good – Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace. In this chocolate-brown Versace dress she is  just sheer movie star. This is Hollywood glamour at its best.

Bad – Dasha Zhukova in Valentino. This resembles a scarlet Valentino sheer dressing gown.

Good – Zhang Zilin in Elie Saab. This is one of the beautiful Elie Saab S/S dresses that I absolutely loved, so I am so glad to see them on the dazzling on the red carpet.Note to Dasha, this is how to wear red on a red carpet.

Bad – Li Bing Bing in Elie Saab. Another Elie Saab dress, but this looks too long, too big across the  bust, and, with that leg thrust out, it’s far too Elizabeth Hurley!

Good – ageless French Style courtesy of Isabelle Huppert and Aissa Maiga. Isabelle Huppert looked beautiful in this simple satin column dress. Her hair would be better in a neater updo, but she still seems to grow more beautiful with age. Young French Actress Aissa Maiga shone in a Grecian style blue strapless column dress.

And the most fabulous outfit of the last few days…Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney. We’ve seen this jumpsuit before,  Iman wore a gold version at the Met Ball, but I think Gwen looked unbelievable in the black version. It’s not for the faint hearted, but Gwen looks like she’s just left Studio 54. Amazing!