Friday, August 27, 2010

What Would Project Runway Shoe? Episode 5: Military + Lace

Apologies for being light with the blog this week.  I’ve got a few things in the works for Fashion Night Out (#FNO) so keep on the look out. 

If you haven’t seen my recent posts, I came up with a weekly Friday post that I've titled 'What Would Project Runway Shoe?" (#WWPRS) where I suggest a shoe to go with the winning look of the week.  We’re in Week 5 now and the drama, divas, and hate is being taken to the next level.  Spoiler Alert!!  Stop reading if you want to wait to watch last night's episode first. ;)

A very fabulous congratulations to last night’s winner for his military and lace design, Puerto Rico’s own, Casanova.  Tim Gunn rightfully warned him that the look could easily go into Grandma’s closet rather than the chic girl’s closet if he didn’t steer the design in a more fashion-forward way.  See the design here: ( I have to say that I really loved that lace open backed blouse. Let’s be clear, you won’t be wearing this outfit to any of grandma’s bingo nights! :)  Kudos to Ms. Peach too! She turned out a great blouse that I really want for myself!

Mr. Casanova paired the winning look with sweet little classic black patent pumps.  This is one way you could go with the look but to kind of really funk up the military aspect and the edgy belt with the hardware, I think a shoe with more attitude is a stronger choice.  I have picked the Boutique 9 ‘Denya’ bootie in black to live up to the funkier edge that this look can pull off. 

What made me say, “Ooo, that one’s good”, for this outfit was the combination of the front ruffle that mimics the front ruffle on the blouse.  What made me say, “That’s the one!” was the meshing material that the bootie was made with to compliment the lace effect.  What made me say, “That’s DEFINITELY the one”, was the open back of the bootie that mimics the open back of the blouse.  And, the more I look at this bootie, the more I’m loving it.  It really turns up the funk edge by giving the look that extra notch of “Yes, boys, this is the hauteness” attitude that is the other essential accessory with sporting this kind of fierce outfit.  This is no “Golden Girl vest.”  Funny enough, this shoe was featured in Marie Claire magazine for its fabulousness.  And Marie Claire rarely steers us wrong. ;)

Although I don’t personally have the ‘Denya’ in my shoe closet (yet), reviews have raved that it is really comfortable.  The meshing is usually a good sign because its softer than leather and would likely not squeeze your foot too tightly as some booties tend to make your feet feel after a couple of hours.  The Nine West Boutique 9 collection also tends to be more comfy than their regular line and has a higher attention to details and quality craftsmanship.  These booties were definitely made for a girl’s night out and are reasonably priced at $130.  You can buy them online at:

Now that Tim Gunn did the smackdown on Gretchen’s manipulation and bullying of Team Luxe, I’m pumped to see if next week’s episode brings more of Michael C’s tears or Ivy’s inflated self-affirmations, or BOTH!  Have a great weekend!

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