Christian Louboutin – the book
I have a girlfriend who owns a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. She prioritises her fashion wardrobe budget around luxury shoe purchases, choosing to wear her existing clothes but with a spectacularly updated heel.
Naturally, she was the first person I thought of when I received the most stunning press kit about Christian Louboutin – the book, which celebrates the designer’s 20-year history through photos by Philippe Garcia and an interview with Eric Reinhardt.
The press kit didn’t include the book itself or a pair of shoes for that matter but it was beautifully bound and included some gorgeous stills from the book printed on thick card. They’re just asking to be framed, if you ask me. If you’re a shoe or fashion addict this one should find its way to you this Christmas. Shouldn’t it?
Miss Unkon for Sportsgirl
I do love a designer collaboration. And I do love chain stores supporting young fashion design talent. That’s the case with Sportsgirl‘s last collaboration for 2011, teaming up with Miss Unkon. Miss Unkon designer Courtney Meyer has designed seven styles that feature an exclusive foral print – as seen in the maxi dress here. Look for the range in store and online from November 14.
Ethical Clothing Australia
I always get excited about finding clothes that are Australian-made but this week I learned that that did not necessarily mean the garment had been produced ethically. There are about 50,000 workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry, many who work from home and are vulnerable to exploitation. The Ethical Clothing Australia program has received government funding to ensure these workers receive fair pay and conditions.
It’s all part of a campaign called Meet Your Maker, where you can head online and connect with the actual makers of the garment you plan to buy. You can also now look out for the Ethical Clothing Australian swing tag or label (an “e” symbol). When you see it, be assured that the garment of your dreams was made in Australia and that everyone involved in its production received as a minimum the legal rates of pay and fair working conditions.
Labels that are Ethical Clothing Australia accredited and involved with the Meet your Maker campaign include Ginger & Smart, Gideon Shoes, Nobody Jeans, Cue, Lydra, Otto & Spike, The Social Studio, Silver Fleece and New Model Beauty Queen.
For a full list of Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brands and manufacturers, visit www.ethicalclothingaustralia.org.au.
The Kardashians are in town
Reality TV stars-turned-accessories-designers, Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian Odom, are heading to Sydney on Thursday to launch their Kardashian Kollection handbag range in conjunction with Strandbags.
To get a glimpse at THAT ring and some seriously high heels, head to Westfield Miranda before the girls arrive at 4.30pm. Kim and Khloé will meet and greet Strandbags fans for two hours – and if you’re one of the first 200 to purchase a bag you’ll get an autograph as well.
There are 67 pieces in the “kollection”, “is inspired by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashians’ own personal style and fashion instinct”. Prices range from $39.99 – $139.99 – a bit different to that which I saw in their wardrobes in a recent mag spread.
Me? I won’t be able to get to Sydney to meet Kim and Khloe but I have got fashion on my mind today. Tomorrow I’m off to the track to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday and some little horse race that’s happening. Are you heading somewhere to celebrate Melbourne Cup tomorrow? What are you wearing?