Who’s buying all the Michael Kors watches?

What is the deal with the Michael Kors watch phenomenon? Everywhere I look there’s another small wrist encircled by an oversized gold Kors disc. Beauty PRs and fashion assistants absolutely love them, as do twenty-something city girls. (more…)

Balenciaga launches ecommerce site: “It’s almost like a daily magazine now: it has to be really alive”

Ever since reading WWD’s article earlier in the week, I have been checking and rechecking the Balenciaga website. It has now relaunched. Working with Wednesday-London, Balenciaga has created a site that marries a high spec retail experience* with engaging brand history, including archive images and (soon to come) video. (more…)

Nail news: !!Ellesse!! !!Wah Nails!! !!Sophy Robson!!

Ellesse Wah Nails
This summer is shaping up to be quite the celebration of all things Italian. Prada’s IPO, Firenze4Ever and Versace dominated June, while so far, Masters of Style and Dolce & Gabbana (just launched their own etail site and now stocked at Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter) have taken over July. This weekend sees more Italia loving with the Ellesse heritage pop-up boutique (at 77 Redchurch St, E2) screening stylish Italian movie classics. Adding to the fun, Wah Nails will be on hand to add some suitably colourful cheer to your nails with a special menu of Ellesse-inspired designs (above).

In other nail news, the one woman dynamo that is Sophy Robson has only gone and developed a range of nail art in collaboration with OPI and Sephora! There are also nail art ‘recipes’ and how-to videos as part of the package. How ‘wow’ are these cherry blossom nails?

[Image credit: Cherry Blossom nails via SophyRobson.com]

Walkable heels: Louboutin’s Mistica

I wrote about walkable Loubutins last year for Lyst but had never been able to pin down Sofia Coppola’s exact model. (The press office deduced that these were an old style – typical.)  Instead, I’ve discovered the next best thing, the Mistica, which has a sensible 60mm heel and low cut toe box. Obviously, the flash of red on the sole is what gives these their va va voom. Without, it would leave a rather plain court shoe but I guess that’s the power of the Louboutin signature for you! Mistica is a great shoe for daytime power meetings if you want a bit of elevation but don’t have a Wintour-style town car at your disposal. I’d wear them with my Club Monaco 7/8th trousers and a 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse.
Christian Louboutin Mistica AW11

Alas, I can’t find these online in the UK (Louboutin’s ecomerce operation is in the planning stages) but you can buy from the US Louboutin site or from Harrods (£375).

Anja Rubik for Kurt Geiger AW11 campaign

Bloggers may be stealing a march on celebs in the ‘face of’ stakes but you can’t beat a good old fashioned supermodel when it comes to a really slick campaign. Kurt Geiger has tapped Anja Rubik as the face of its campaign for AW11. The brand was recently bought by the US-based Jones Group who has clearly set its sights on international expansion. What do you think of Eric Tortensson’s picture of Rubik? Does it make you want to drop a bundle on cute animal-print bootees?