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Top Ten Fall Shoe Styles

Fall is by far my favorite season. 100 degree weather has finally subsided, the air feels crisp and something about life just seems calmer. Although all of these things really do put a smile on my face, let’s just be honest, fall fashion is one of my reason’s for living. It may sound a bit extreme, but the excitement of being able to layer on fabulous new trends is sometimes almost too much for me to take! And then there are the shoes……

So, as discussed this morning on Martha Stewart’s Sirius radio channel, here are my top ten picks for the best shoe trends for fall:

Back again, for an encore presentation, the over-the-knee boot. Love them. They are incredibly sexy without the “I am trying really hard” connotation. Surprisingly, they are pretty acceptable for most age groups. Of course, you have to be in fairly good shape to pull these off if you are over 45. In addition, as you become “more mature”, you should delete the heel. It just becomes a bit too over the top.

This particular pair by Dolce Vita is a great option. The cut out behind the knee is a superb design allowing for the boot not to get crunched and caught. Also, remember that neutrals can be more then just black or brown. Taupe is a fabulously fantastic choice!


Apparently over-the-knee just wasn’t enough for designers, so along came the thigh high. This really takes a special kind of lady to pull this shoe off. People always want to know if it is “age appropriate”, well this boot really should be put back on the shelf after 35….. Sorry! It is the ultimate in sexy, men are going to love you, footwear. Realistic no, fabulous yes. Christian Louboutin knew what he was doing when he pushed the envelope with this $2,375 pair. Meow!

Up next, brogues. I nearly fell over myself at fashion week chasing down a girl wearing these YSL shoes. For $1000, you better love them, but does it get any better then studded, patent leather lace-up brogues? I don’t think so:) This menswear inspired look began last spring, but has really blown up for fall. Look modern, fun and trendy buy adding these to any outfit.


Just this past Friday I was working with a client and got stopped in my tracks by these Libby Edelman shoes. Granny chic is so in right now! It is rare that I purchase something when working with a client, but she knows me well enough and my fashion conscious would not have allowed me to leave the store without them. They were priced at $49 (holy cow!) and I got an additional 30% off leaving them at $34. I am really good. Without the leopard print and studded toe, these shoes could be just as doubty as you remember on granny. Libby Edelman (of Sam and Libby ballet flat designers of the 80′s) added this punchy material making them uber modern and super fun.

I LOVE LOVE these Kelsi Dagger boots for $200. Ankle booties will not be going anywhere for a while, so invest now. They can be a tricky shoe if you have bigger calves, so choose a lighter color if this is an issue for you. You are always looking to elongate your legs and wearing a darker color will do the opposite by cutting you off at the ankle. This pair is fabulous because it is classic and simple, but adds in a fantastic architectural toe. This is a big look for fall and instantly ups the glamor quotient of any ensemble.

Military is back! I have fond memories of my Doc Marten’s from high school and apparently I am so old that they are back again. Sad for my psyche, happy for my feet! This studded pair by Free People is pricey at $388, but really fun and interesting. The studding is not too over-powering to the boot meaning that they can be worn with multiple looks. Sometimes, when a shoe is too overwhelming, it loses it’s ability to be worn regularly. Be ready to rock these boots with everything from dresses to skinny jeans. This is a fairly young shoe and should be limited to a “Forever 21″ type of crowd. The great thing about them though is that even if you are not an alternative rocker, you too can pull this boot off. Have fun and go out of your comfort zone!

Don’t worry if you can’t wear the studded military boot anymore, you have another high heeled option! By toning down the sharp utilitarian feel and adding a heel, these boots become instantly more sophisticated. They are so much more accessible to every age and style. Try pairing them with a simple ensemble such as jeans and a blazer to add some trend and edge to your look. If you are really feeling fun, a simple, straight style dress is a great combination as well. Push yourself to try something new! You won’t break the bank in these Guess boots for $150.

Ahhhh, riding boots. I loved them 3 years ago, I love them today and I will love them 3 years from now. These babies aren’t going anywhere and I am thankful for that! They are so chic, so fantastic, so rugged. I instantly feel like I should head out to the Hampton’s for a polo match when I put them on. I don’t know a thing about polo (other then hot men seem to play it), but I sure do know how to dress for a match. The great thing about riding boots though, is that you don’t have to be going to a polo game to wear them! Rock them in the city, rock them in the suburbs, rock them in the country! Throw on leggings and a longer sweater and you are ready for a casual stroll in the park. You really just can’t go wrong with these boots no matter your age, social status or style.

One of my personal favorites for fall shoe trends is the funky sneaker. Realistic for function, realistic for style. These PF Flyers are just above what I would pay at $130, but will really kick your outfit up a notch! I walk around NYC for a living, so comfort and style must go hand in hand. These two concepts do not have to live separately. I refuse to wear sneakers unless one of two things is going on: 1. My back is killing me. 2. I am going to the gym. This allows me to be happy and comfortable at the same time. Yea for dressy sneakers.


Rounding out my top ten for fall is the platform pump. Just when you thought they couldn’t get heels any higher, they did. The great thing about this trend though, is that the higher you make the platform, the flatter your foot actually is. Your foot is not technically painfully arched because you have balanced out the heel with a toe platform. Finally, designers have caught onto the fact that pain should not equal fashion!!!! These Brian Atwood Maniac pumps for $575 have been all the rage for a while now and have spread what some would consider an epidemic of platform heels across the nation. I am just happy it is an epidemic I can handle:)

So ladies, even if you purchase just one new pair of shoes this fall season make sure you will love them, cherish them and most of all, wear them. Enjoy!

Carmelita Couture: Funky Designer






I was truly lucky when I found this designer. Carmelita Couture has the funkiest, quirkiest, sexiest design aesthetic I have seen in a long time. The best part about her clothing? The fact that you can rock out a bit without leaving your comfort zone.

Fashion week was not only about the actual runway shows themselves, but about the people attending that were walking their own personal runways. Of course I had to not only be included in this “real person” fashion show, I had to be the best:) To be the best, you have to borrow clothing from the best. I utilized my stylist hat to pull every single outfit I wore. Everyone that I met thought it was hysterical that I was a one woman walking store. Everything I had on was for sale and my big mouth was going to let everyone know!

Carmelita was kind enough to ship a few fabulous frocks to me overnight because I was running out of options! I knew wearing one of her creations would definitely make me stand out (in a good way!). The last day of fashion week I decided to push the envelope (for my comfort zone) a little bit. Now, no one ever said that I wasn’t partial to a jumper, but wearing one in fuchsia and red was a bit of a leap for me. My roommate let me know when I tried it on at home that I looked like a very stylish character in Austin Powers. I said thank you and started making decisions about how to do my hair and makeup…. The greatest compliment I got was that I could have been in a fashion show circus. And guess what? I was already under the big tent and this is the biggest fashion show on earth so I felt I hit the nail on the head!!! Go me and go Carmelita. How perfectly did this jumper fit me? It was crazy because it could have been so wrong and yet it was SO right! Love it. Let’s not forget to give a quick shout out to my handsome friend, editor and owner of TheFashionWalk.com, Keeniun.

And here we have my “sexy secretary with a funky fashion week twist” look. I like to get very specific when I am creating fabulous ensembles! Working 12 hour days interviewing people was hard enough, but preparing for my head to toe overhaul might have been harder! It usually takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to get ready on a normal day. I was giving myself at least an hour and a half during fashion week. I was my own fashion stylist, hair person and makeup person. For those of you not in the industry, it is VERY difficult to be camera ready for 12 hours when you are the one doing everything! When asked what was the most difficult part about fashion week, that was always my answer. It sounds crazy, but it is very tiring to constantly make sure your hair is in place, you are not shiny and your lipstick is properly applied. I am working on my entourage so I can stop complaining about this. Oh, the difficulties of my job:) Please see the ridiculousness of this statement…..

Check out www.CarmelitaCouture.com!!!

More NYC Fashion Week!

So it is the last day and I am very happy and very sad at the same time. I don’t think I could handle another day, but it is truly one of the most fabulous weeks I have ever had! I have seen and interviewed more amazing people than I ever have in my life. It really seems like everybody has some fabulous job that I stand next to. Yesterday I met the director of design from Spanx and I went crazy. The other day I sat next to the fashion editor for In Style Mexico. It is the most networking I have ever done in my life. I have a stack of cards to get through once all of this madness is over….

Just for fun, here is a list of celebrities I have either interviewed or seen: Brooke Shields, Tim Gunn, Kim Kardashian, Whitney, Erin, Olivia and Joe Z from “The City”, Katie Lee Joel, Christina Hendricks, Michael Douglas, Donald Trump and Melania, Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, Michelle Trachtenberg, Rashida Jones, Mena Suvari, Robert Verdi, Rachel Zoe and Brad, Zoe Salanda, Kelly Osborne, Nicole Murphy, Kelly Bensimon, Bethany Fankel, Jill Zarin and Romona from “The Real Housewives of NYC”, Gail from “Top Chef”, Carmen Elektra and many more….. Ok, enough name dropping. Here are the newest pics:

Pretty Pregnancy: The Wedding Bee

I have been working with the lovely and talented Bee Kim for a little while now. She is the founder of The Wedding Bee blog which features everything and anything wedding related. Having conquered her own wedding, she has recently become a mother. These lovely shots are from a shoot she did during pregnancy (obviously!) in Central Park. I was lucky enough to help her out with the styling for the shoot. Knowing where she was shooting, I wanted it to be ethereal and colorful. Kind of “earth mama” like. I think the shots turned out pretty perfect if I do say so myself….. Take a look!

Fashionista University: Learn to Design

My wonderful designer friends, Kathlin and Courtney, are offering an amazing opportunity for girls looking to learn about everything fashion! Their Fashionista University is the chance for any young lady to learn the ropes about being the next big fashion designer. Since I have a big mouth (and I love them), I am sharing this opportunity with the world! If you know someone who is in or around NYC, this is a fabulous chance….

Have you dreamed of being a part of the Fabulous World of Fashion?

Fashionista Universtiy is for anyone who wants to be a future fashionista!

Go beyond Project Runway and the latest issue ofTeen Vogue to the heart of the Garment District in NYC and experience fashion in the real world! Fashionista University is the first program of its kind to offer a new type of “hands on” fashion experience that offers a multitude of programs and classes taught by real live fashion experts including nationally known Fashion Designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer and Public Relations Guru Gwen Wunderlich!
The program is offered to junior high through college-aged students – leaving no Fashionista behind. This is an opportunity unlike any other that will help students lay the foundation for their futures. With unforgettable experiences – only made possible by industry insiders – students will learn things that they never imagined possible from the BEST in the business. Students will emerge from these classes with a sense of confidence that will give them the edge they need to make it in uber-competitive world of Fashion.
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Sat., Jan. 16th-March 6th 11am-2pm Fashion Design 101 Session
Sat., Jan. 16th- March 6th 2:30pm-5:30pm PR Prep101 Session
REGISTRATION: $600 a session (or $500 each if signed up for both)

Each Session limited to 25 students- Supplies Extra Registration Ending Jan. 8th, 2010
***Please note no class on Feb. 13th, 2010 due to President’s Day

FASHION DESIGN 101: Hosted by designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer (www.kathlinargiro.com) founders of Kathlin Argiro a womens special occassion company since 1997. Learn first-hand what it takes to design a collection from start to finish, from getting inspired to sketching a fashion model, students will learning about fabrics and how to use them, merchandising and styling a collection, and presenting it. The designers will even give you the inside scoop on where designers go for all their fashion finds!! Get ready for Glamour, Glitz and Red Carpet Couture.

PR PREP 101: Hosted by Gwen Wunderlich of Wunderlich Inc.(www.wunderlichinc.com) can help you begin your journey here! Her expertise, based upon her years of experience working in Public Relations and even starting her own public relations company from the ground up, will give you an inside look into how to become an “it” publicist-where celebrities not only want you, but they need you! Gwen’s class will be focused on the necessity of being connected-where you can meet the needs of your client, and often times, go above and beyond.