Brian Atwood

Tuesday Shoesday: Thigh High

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Coat: Express | Bag: Kate Spade (similar) | Boots: Brian Atwood (in brown)

Remember that fantastic Brian Atwood sale I wrote about? Well here’s the amazing deal I managed to snag! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for the perfect thigh high boots. I love how elegant an outfit can look with properly styled tall boots, not to mention they are great for lengthening the legs. What frustrated me the most during my search is that a lot of boots this high (for the price I was willing to pay) are crafted of man-made materials, which in my opinion don’t look as sophisticated. Another issue I encountered was that most styles I tried on went up just barely over my knees. Imagine my excitement when I spotted the Kacey on sale. As much as I wanted a pair of heeled leather thigh highs, the practicality and versatility of these suede flat-soled boots won me over, not to mention the fantastic price. I couldn’t wait to wear these, and immediately pulled them on when they arrived just two days later. It’s a good thing the weather isn’t warming up yet, I plan on wearing these a lot! If you love them as much as I do, the Kacey is still available in dark brown suede. I keep telling myself I don’t need them in another color…

Serious Sale: Brian Atwood Bargains

I love clearance and final reductions, this means you can find fantastic shoes for the lowest of the low prices. But you’ve got to make decisions quickly because stuff sells in a snap! This morning I got a mouth-watering email: Brian Atwood Reductions. It pointed to some seriously reduced lust-worthy footwear, with prices so tempting that I wanted to load up my cart with fabulous footwear that I probably wouldn’t even have an occasion to wear.

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Seriously sexy strappy sandals! The Alyssa is definitely a statement-making shoe. I’d love to adopt a pair of these, if only the fee was a little bit lower.

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Double-Take: Brian Atwood Hester

 
If you’re looking for whimsical and glamorous shoes with sex appeal, look no further than Brian Atwood. He was the first American ever hired by Versace, and he fine-tuned his skills for 9 years before conceiving his own label. Atwood’s shoes are regularly worn by celebrities on the red carpet, and he also has a slightly (but just barely) more affordable diffusion line, B by Brian Atwood, that us budget shoe-lovers can have access to. It’s usually easier to get your hands on his shoes if they’re on sale, which I’ve seen at Nordstrom Rack, Off Fifth, and Last Call. Or you can keep an eye out for double-takes. The Helice sandal from Ivanka Trump looks very similar to Hester by Brian Atwood. Both pairs have an ankle strap, a straight heel, and crossed straps at the toe. The major difference is the heel shape and the fact that the center straps on the Helice cross while the center straps on the Hester join together. Either way, both are very nice, but one is much more affordable. Plus, Ivanka Trump shoes are high quality and usually quite comfortable, so you’re still getting a great pair of shoes!

 
Ivanka Trump Helice (Amazon, Piperlime, 6pm)
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15 Designer Picks for Fall 2013

My favorite styles off the runways.

Even though it seems as though summer flew by in a flurry of summer dresses and sandals, I’m excited to start wearing fall shoes again, especially boots! Before each season starts, I browse the Accessories Index on Style.com for upcoming trends and to pick out my favorite styles. Since I can’t have them all, I’ll be keeping an eye out for similar styles or double-takes!

 
1. DSquared2
2. Giuseppe Zanotti
3. Giorgio Armani
4. Cole Haan
5. Barbara Bui
 
1. Alejandro Ingelmo
2. Casadei
3. Diego Dolcini
4. Paul Andrew
5. Diane Von Furstenberg
 
1. Jerome C. Rousseau
2. Brian Atwood
3. Gucci
4. Jimmy Choo
5. Donna Karan
 
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Double-Take: B Brian Atwood Franciska

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The only B by Brian Atwood shoe I’ve tried on was a pair of Bambola peep-toe pumps. And despite the seemingly uncomfortable height, the shoes were probably one of the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever had on my feet. I’m sure the Franciska fits just as well. Brian Atwood is one of those shoe designers who believes a shoe should be as comfortable as it is beautiful. His collections are known for their exceptional craftsmanship and bold color combinations. Although many of the shoes in his collections are tastefully designed with platforms, there are several beautiful single sole designs as well. The B by Brian Atwood collection is the lower-priced contemporary line, but still a bit pricey. However, there are double-takes out there!
 
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Enzo Angiolini Loveutoo (6pm, Amazon, DSW, Nordstrom)
I haven’t tried this particular pair, but Enzo Angiolini shoes are generally very good quality and will last you a while for a lot less than the designer pair. There has been quite an upsurge in stylish shoes from this brand, which you can find at several department stores as well as off-price retailers like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Nordstrom Rack. I’ve been eying a few pairs lately, we’ll see what happens!
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On their feet: Shoes at the punk-themed Met Gala

 Aubrey Plaza in Barbara Bui Heels

Of course I noticed all the dresses, but I was definitely paying more attention to the shoes worn for the punk-themed Met gala last week. I was surprised how many I actually recognized. I picked out several of my favorites, as well as tracked down where you could get some of them if you really wanted to. Enjoy!

Jaime King in Gianvito Rossi Pumps (ShoeScribe)

Karolina Kurkova in Manolo Blahnik Belta Pumps


Kate Beckinsale in Giuseppe Zanotti

Madonna in Casadei Blade Pumps


Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent Janis


Nina Dobrev in Rupert Sanderson Elba

 Rooney Mara in Givenchy “Shark Tooth” Sandals
(available on Yoox in black, light pink)
Emma Watson in Brian Atwood Selma 
(Fall 2013 Collection, not available online yet)
 
Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga 
(Fall 2013 Collection, not available online yet)
Brooklyn Decker in Sergio Rossi