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The Armadillos

I am sure nearly everyone has seen these photos somewhere by now, but they are still WOW!

Originally posted on vogue.co.uk, the photos really do show how extreme the Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2010 runway shoes are. I am sure the commercial versions will be toned down a great deal, which will make these press samples a real treasure once they come out of press circulation. I am looking forward to seeing how the Spring Summer magazines are going to photograph them, and,  I am sure Steve Madden will have trouble copying these.

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Rodarte Shoes

It was announced last week that the Rodarte boots from the Autumn Winter 2009/2010 collection (designed by Nicholas Kirkwood) will only be available in Dover Street Market in London. I toyed wit the idea of calling to se if they had any left in my size, not that I can really afford them (they cost £2250) but they are so bloody fantastic it might just be worth it. In the end, I didn’t call, knowing full well that they were probably sold out before they even arrived in store.

But it does make me think…I find it a bit strange that Rodarte designs pretty nice dresses, but their shoes are AMAZING. It seems there is a major discrepancy between quality of shoe design and quality of dress design. No offence to the Mulleavy sisters, who are great designers, but their shoes are from another planet, a very rock’n’roll planet at that.

Rodarte AW09/10 boots designed by Nicholas Kirkwood (image from www.dazeddigital.com)

Rodarte AW09/10 boots designed by Nicholas Kirkwood (image from http://www.dazeddigital.com)

In fact, my dream shoes are a pair of the Louboutin spike stilettos from their Spring Summer 2009 collection, and I’ll take a pair of the matching gloves too.

Rodarte Shoes SS09 designer By Christian Louboutin (image from www.harpersbazaar.com)

Rodarte Shoes SS09 designer By Christian Louboutin (image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com)

Rodarte Shoes SS09 designer By Christian Louboutin (image from www.harpersbazaar.com)

Rodarte Shoes SS09 designer By Christian Louboutin (image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com)

The Rodarte Gloves (image from www.hintmag.com)

The Rodarte Gloves (image from http://www.hintmag.com)

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Jil Sander and Uniqlo

I think a very suitable first post topic would be one about something we can’t find here in Vancouver, as I’m guessing a lot in this blog will be about just that. I suppose I am somehow hoping that I can convince Canadian retailers to start to sell more exciting clothes, but I suppose first I need to convince Canadians to want them.

Anyway, for Canadians unfamiliar with Uniqlo, imagine a bunch of stylish Japanese people getting their hands on Gap and injecting colour, style, and cool. That is exactly what Uniqlo is. Then, to top it all off, they ask Jil Sander to come in as Creative Director. Their new line, J+, launched 2 weeks ago, has resulted in line ups outside the Paris store for over a week. So there must be something amazing in there, and I can’t have it. In fact, the only place it can be found in North America is New York.

Here are some photos, and if you really want to upset yourself, have a look at the prices on their website. I should also note there is tons of fantastic menswear, which we all know is very difficult to find if  you don’t want to break the bank.

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Photos courtesy of Uniqlo.

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