Whilst reading the magazines and watching the stars is great for identifying the trends, there’s nothing that beats going into the shops to see where it’s really at. I love to look at, inspect and feel the pieces that I have seen in magazines, just to see what they are really like – and then to pass that information on to everyone else!
What I really noticed when in the stores yesterday – it was difficult not to – was that studs were everywhere. They graced ballet pumps, smoking slippers, stilletos and bags. I felt slightly under attack by them at one stage – wherever I turned, there they were!
First off, I spotted these ballet flats – Lieutenant by Carvela at Kurt Geiger, which cost £95. For me, the studs on these shoes serve to make them a much more up to date style of ballet pump. Just so you know, they are really heavy!
Next up, I love this Steve Madden studded slipper shoe £80. The shoes are seriously wicked. They also come in black and they are brilliant. I know, I can’t believe I’m saying that either but they are! I tried them on and loved them – though the studs which stick out at the side do have the effect of widening the feet – which I am not sure is a look I am entirely after!
Or, for a bag, how about this Slyvie stud tote at Kurt Geiger, reduced to £119 from £260.
And finally, for something totally off the scale – The Only Way Is Essex anyone? Here we have the KG Kurt Geiger Eris £190. They make me feel nauseous just looking at them – the vertigo, the pain, the cost – just the shoes really. But I accept that some will love them – and all items deserve to be loved by someone – it just won’t be me loving these.
If it’s a nod to the trend you are after – as opposed to a full on Sid Vicious onslaught, how about this Renegade Cluster Bracelet £45 from Stella & Dot, which also comes in silver. It’s a lovely piece which shows that you know where it’s at, rather than screaming it from the roof tops!
So, that’s a whistle stop tour through one of the major trends of A/W ’12. Just remember that you saw them here first!