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Denim Shoes: Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie Collection


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Available now is the Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie collection of Amor Lace-up Platforms. The cult specialty store’s collaboration with the iconic French shoe designer resurrects Clergerie’s classic aesthetics that the designer is best known for, a feminine oxford with a masculine undercurrent.

France has been heavy on our minds as of late. We??™ve turned to the country as the next to add to our international roster of designers, and it??™s also as the home base for our latest collaboration with revered footwear designer, ROBERT CLERGERIE. Many aspects of Clergerie??™s rich heritage made us ecstatic to work with the brand. We were inspired by Clergerie??™s innovative spirit, which, among other things, made him the first designer to produce a women??™s shoe on a men??™s last – creating a traditional flat lace-up oxford for women. Opening Ceremony worked with Robert Clergerie to create a rope-sole platform oxford in fabrics featured in the SPRING/SUMMER 2010 OPENING CEREMONY COLLECTION. Polka dot linen (in oatmeal and navy), indigo linen, and a custom FLORAL WATERCOLOR-PRINTED denim all made the cut.

After working under iconic footwear designer Charles Jourdan, Robert Clergerie expanded on his own and purchased the famed Joseph Fenestrier shoe factory in the French footwear capital of Romans, France. Built in 1895, his factory is an integral part of shoemaking in France ??“ and we couldn??™t wait to see it for ourselves. Check out the OPENING CEREMONY PAR ROBERT CLERGERIE Spring 2010 collection, and some photos from our trip from Paris to Romans to visit Robert and his epic headquarters! (Opening Ceremony)

At the height of Clergerie’s career, which was in the late 80′s and early 90′s (when I was just a VERY young fashionista), I remember it was a must-have to own a pair of Robert Clergerie shoes, which, of course, I did and still do. After coming out of retirement and buying back his namesake company in 2005, Clergerie now continues to produce fresh and innovative footwear that Robert Clergerie fans, including myself, still covet.

Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie, Amor Lace-Up

Opening Ceremony Robert Clergerie Amor Lace-up Platforms, $460.00

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Heel Boy Heel!


Ladies, when you’re out on the prowl dressed in your sexiest jeans, what’s the denim jean’s wing-man? Shoes, of course. Let’s talk about the perfect way to lure in that cute boy you’ve been eyeing with some captivating sexy footwear. Before you know it, you’ll have to beg the poor pup to “heel boy heel!”

Here are a few “IT” boots and shoes that are currently hot! In addition, more sizzling trends for the upcoming season as inspiration and lower priced alternatives to get your juices flowing!

Ice-Ice Baby! Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga had the mind blowing rubber and latex boot this F/W. These futuristically architectural boots are something that I would imagine wearing around in Superman’s ‘Fortress of Solitude’. Illuminating and avant garde, with these on you will be a force to reckon with! One trend to look out for this coming spring and summer are lucite heels. Check out Stella McCartney’s gorgeous lucite-heeled sandals from her S/S 09 collection (inquire at Stella McCartney stores for more info and price).  I would go as minimal in dress as possible to showcase both the shoes and your oh-so-fine figure and derriere.  Get a jump start on the jumpsuit trend and try these shoes with Thayer’s denim romper ($169, www.shopbop.com).

But for most of us, who’s kryptonite is the paralyzing recession, let’s take a look at more modest takes on the two styles. Nothing can compare to the Balenciagas so we won’t even try, but there are plenty of fashionable alternatives.  If you want to invest in a pair of pricey shoes, make sure that they are either really special or classics that you can keep forever. Otherwise, ride the trend wave and shop around for the best inspired looks at bargain basement prices.

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  • Nine West – “Taffela” Booty on sale for $99.99, originally $189.00 (www.ninewest.com). Get the versatile ivory color, great for all year round. Comes in Ivory or Black leather.
  • Stuart Weitzman – “See All” Lucite Wedged Heel Sandal in silver on sale for $99.95, originally $298.00 (www.shoebuy.com).

Sex on the Beach or Shirley’s Temple? Whether you are looking for some “Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Man” or a little more romancing the stone, show up wearing Chanel’s strappy ankle boot with translucent detail and a 105 mm whirlwind heeled cut-out open toe ankle boot ($850, available at Chanel stores).  Pair these bad-boys up with Pratt Denim’s ‘Norton’ black oiled skinny motorcycle jeans on sale for $119, originally $198 (www.bluefly.com). For a little twist, add something more chic and feminine on top with J. Crew’s metallic ‘Astrid ‘ jacket on sale for $99.99 plus an additional extra 30% off  on top of that (code: EXTRA30), originally $375.00 (www.jcrew.com).

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  • Nine West ‘Yung’ Ankle Boot (www.ninewest.com). This strappy open-toe ankle boot comes in black patent or silver patent on sale for $69.99, originally $119. What a bargain!

Friends with Fringe Benefits? Thinking about doing a little drunk dialing and making that booty call? Well, how about greeting him at the door with Sergio Rossi’s ultra luxe – ultra sexy ‘Yvette’ Ankle Fringe Python Sandals ($1,295.00, www.intermixonline). Snakeskins and animal prints are hot trends for this spring! Second to being au natural, try pairing them up with Trina Turk’s sexy ‘Royale’ dress in dark-wash denim on sale for $194.60, originally $278.00 (www.shopbop.com).

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  • Frederick’s Top Fringe Sandal, $24.99 (www.fredericks.com). Comes in black and natural. Practically giving them away!

Love is a Battlefield! Down a couple of drinks, take a deep breath and get out on the battlefield (a.k.a the dance floor) and outshine the competition! You are beautiful, smart, confident, and on the prowl! Get a leg up on the other ladies with Robert Clergerie’s ‘Diane’ black platform gladiators, $760 (www.barneys.com).  Slide into Current/Elliott’s Super Stretch Legging jean in washed out black on sale for $174.40, originally $228 (www.bijouapparel.com) topped off with H&M’s white motorcycle jacket, $49.90 (www.hm.com) for a look that will surely bring him to his knees.

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  • Glaze Zippered Gladiators, $49.90 (www.flyjane.net). Insanely cheap!
  • Abaet?© for Payless Gabriel Gladiators, $38.00 (www.payless.com). You can’t pass this up!

Pin down that stud-muffin! Show him who’s boss with some sexy studded sandals. Step out in the ‘Caucaso’ leather studded wedge with studs and back zipper by Sigerson Morrison, $845.00 (www.shopzoeonline.com). Pair them up with Alexander Wang’s baggy denim shorts with holes and distressing, $285.00 (www.shopbop.com) topped off with an Ombre fringe tank top $17.80 (www.forever21.com) for a sexy boyfriend look.

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  • Baker’s Danaka T-strap Studded Platform Sandal, $69.95 (www.bakersshoes.com) Sexy!
  • Jeffrey Campbell’s Studded Heel Pump, $148.00 (www.urbanoutfitters.com), for a studded pump alternative.

Oh, do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight!

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jan 27 2009 in Uncategorized
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