Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Coming Attractions... Heck, Some Might Be Here, Already

According to all the so-called fashion experts, during this recession, women will be spending their dollars on accessories rather than rtw. While in theory this is a great way to stretch a wardrobe and save a bundle on over priced clothes, what I’ve found is that a lot of times investing in a good bag, piece of costume jewelry or
(especially) shoes can run into big bucks.

While I can’t promise that some of the designers I’ll list are on the very inexpensive side, I can promise that you’ll get more bang for the buck with the following fall 09 collections, This go round I’m focusing on hats and shoes, in other words, top and bottom.


These are some of the latest fall trends in headwear: knit caps, berets, molded driving caps, cloches, fedoras, floppy brims, plus all sorts of interesting and fun imbellishments. I especially love the designs of Brooklyn-based milliner, Cha Cha, founder of Cha Cha’s House of Ill Repute. Her eclectic creations combine vintage charm with modern hip styling. Cha Cha (love that name) has recently partnered with well known firm, San Diego Hat Co. to broaden her customer base – the result is a line of affordably priced casual millinery that’s sure to stand out in the market. Judging by the traffic at her booth at the Accessory Show I’d say this will be a hit with customers.

For more info on the extensive collections call 212 420-7450 or go on line at www.chachashouse.com.

By this time you all know that platforms, spike heeled stilettos and gladiator monstrosities are still keeping the terminally trendy fashionistas in and out of emergency rooms and podiatrists in clover, I’d rather focus on some more practical ins interesting options, boots and comfortable (now there’s a concept) shoes.

My first pick is Re-Mix, a whimsical, unique line of sexy updated vintage-footwear with looks taken from the ‘20s. ‘30s and ‘40s. Don’t panic, they’re all new shoes not recycled stuff. Styles range from open-toe platforms to two-toned spectators and t-straps and much more. This line is perfect for the fashion individualist of any age. Find out more from the main man at the company, Philip Heath by e-mailing him at philipheath@sbcglobal.net.

The Frye Company is a name known by everyone who ever lived through the 1970’s and didn’t we all own a pair of their famous boots? Well, time marches on and the firm is still racking up sales with a terrific line of ruggedly chic boots with that fashionably broken in look. Tops on my fall hit list, the “Cindy” button boot in cranberry washed goat leather or the soft antique leather “Cindy” slouch boot in dark brown.

Also chic is the antiqued suede “Dorado” in grey. All of the above are available in other colors as well but these are my faves. E-mail John.Smyth@Jimlar.com or phone customer service at 866 929-3793 for retail outlets.

I’m off to Montreal to see what’s new in my fave happening city up north. Until next time, C&C.

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