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Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: MSGM

April 17, 2012
tags: Anna Dello Russo, , brand, , designer spotlight, italian, luisaviaroma, massimo giorgetti, msgm, , , , the blonde salad, ,
by Sonia

I’ve only recently discovered the brand MSGM, but let me tell you, I’ve fallen fast. Bright prints mixed with flattering silhouettes? Sign me up! As someone who happens to thoroughly enjoy the color yellow from fluorescent gatorade to egg yolk, it’s no wonder MSGM caught my eye - their current collection is full of neon yellow!

The brand is Italian and designed by Massimo Giorgetti, and though still relatively new, it’s already garnered the attention of fashion’s most elitist crowd - aka the brigade of street style snapped editors. And though I’m by no means elitist, it’s caused me drool this morning’s cup of coffee on my keyboard which, to me, is sufficient proof of a promising label. So before you continue browsing these photos, might I suggest a napkin or a bib of sorts?

{ Some of my current favorite pieces available at Asos and Luisaviaroma }

// 2nd and 4th photo via

Designer Spotlight: Olympia Le-Tan

February 28, 2012
tags: , Book, catcher in the rye, clutch, dracula, ernest hemingway, , , lolita, michelle williams, moby dick, natalie portman, olympia le-tan, olympia tan, permier, , , , , , where can i buy, , you can't judge a book by its cover
by Sonia

Back in high school art class (I’m aware that stories should never start with this), I found an old-fashioned book with the most beautiful cover and all I could think was how awesome it would be if I could carve out all the pages and turn it into a box. After many hours of precise exacto-knife cutting, gluing, and glazing, my book-box was finished and I promptly put it on my shelf only to be forgotten and gather dust like so many other teenage projects.

Years - and I mean years - later, Natalie Portman stepped out for the premier of Black Swan holding a green Lolita book clutch and I was immediately brought back to my high school book-box. Within minutes I was on the internet googling away, finding out who was responsible for creating such a keepsake accessory.

Her name is Olympia Le-Tan (apparently I’ve got a thing for Olympia‘s right now), and she launched her “You Can’t Judge a Book By its Cover” collection back in September 2009. How it took me until 2010 to discover her is trivial; her books are so clutch (see what I did there?) I want to collect all of them like a creepy librarian.

See all of her current pieces here. Which would you pick?

//photos via here, here & here

Designer Spotlight: Charlotte Olympia

February 7, 2012
tags: , , cat heels, charlotte olympia, charlottes web, clear clutch, designer spotlight, , kitten heels, lucite clutch, , platforms, , , , ,
by Sonia

I’ve decided to add another element to my blog. Meet the “Designer Spotlight” where I plan to showcase designers that put me on an emotional roller coaster with their beautiful creations. First up, Charlotte Olympia. You may know her because you stalk her designs like me, or perhaps you recognize those kitty heels frequently seen in flat form on Alexa Chung, but in the chance that you don’t know who she is or what she makes, allow me to show you a few of my recent favorites.

Along with sky scraper heels that will put you face-to-face with the Jolly Green Giant, she also designs structured clutches that are simultaneously architectural, modern, and elegant. Check out Miss Clear Lucite down yonder ↓ — ain’t she a beaut?! But if a see-through clutch has you fearing that the world will see your Hello Kitty iPhone case or tampons, fear not because it also comes with clothed inserts of snow leopard, denim, and all those other must-have fabrics.

As for the aforementioned sky scraper heels, she’s quite well known for her golden mega platforms, but I’m obsessed with her mix matched booties made of two different animal prints. While I don’t own any Charlotte Olympia - she’s one of those Wish List/Save-up-to-buy designers for me - I’ll have you know that those kitty heels have been high on my list for quite some time, and her Spring 2012 collection (see bottom photo), well, it should come as no surprise that I want leaves on my feet.

// photos via tfs & net-a-porter