Jimmy Choo, for Spring 2014

How beautiful are these ? New from Jimmy Choo for Spring, sent to me from my friend Stephan Moody in Salon Shoes at Nordstrom, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

He likes to torture me…


It’s hard to describe what designer Rocky Gathercole sent down the runway for Phoenix Fashion Week’s final show on Saturday night – but it was definitely a dramatic close to the 3-day event. Mr. Gathercole, based in Manila, describes himself as avant garde and it’s clear there were pieces from different collections showcased in this presentation. Showgirls, Bridal Couture and Battlestar Gallactica ? It’s beyond words, which is why we have cameras…

Rocky Gathercole, 13e

Rocky Gathercole, 12e

Rocky Gathercole, 6e

Rocky Gathercole, 5e

Rocky Gathercole, 3e

The craftsmanship and detail on these pieces was astounding. Beads and embellishments, feathers and ribbons… nothing was off limits. The models wore sequins, paillettes and pearls on their eyes !

Rocky Gathercole, 4e

Rocky Gathercole, 8e

 Rocky Gathercole, 7e

Rocky Gathercole, 11e

There was so much creativity in this designer’s work. When I asked Phoenix Fashion Week Director Brian Hill how he was going to top last year’s astounding finale from designer Furne One, he said, “You just wait. Rocky Gathercole will have the crowd on its feet.”

They were.

And at the end of the show, the models lined up on the runway while the photographers made a mad dash to shoot these clothes up close. No animals were harmed…

Rocky Gathercole, 14e

although I must admit, a little part of me died inside…

Rocky Gathercole, 1e

when I saw the sleeves on this…

Rocky Gathercole, 15e

And so, as I struggled to find the words to describe this show to you, my dear readers, all I could come up with was this…

Rocky Gathercole, 2e

The thrilla from Manila was killa !

Rocky Gathercole, ladies and gents. Take note.

p.s. Would love to hear what you think below. Don’t be shy.


Party in the shoe department ! Saks hosts AWEE’s Shoes in the City

September 29, 2013

Hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, this AWEE fundraiser was held in the only shoe department with its own zip code: that is, Saks’ infamous 10022. What fashionable woman could resist the setting of this stylish event ? I mean, surrounded by Manolos and Louboutins, Zanottis and Choos ? It’s like our natural shopping habitat. And [...]

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A touch of elegance for Fall: Three stunning looks from Escada at Neiman Marcus !

September 26, 2013

Styled by the Scottsdale Neiman Marcus team, each of the elegant looks shown here feature pieces from Escada. I was invited to preview the looks and choose my favorites, modeled by the lovely Lauren from Agency Arizona. This is why I love my job ! I was supposed to pick one, but that proved impossible [...]

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Five new Fall fashion launches you’ll love !

September 1, 2013

From customized Manolos to Marchesa’s 3-D nails, we’ve got the scoop on fall fashion’s best new launches…ladies, prepare for lift-off ! 1- Made-To-Order Manolo Blahniks from Neiman Marcus If you’ve always wanted your very own pair of Manolos, now’s the time to take the plunge. You can order the classic BB pump in the color [...]

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Pitch perfect: Louis Vuitton shoes and handbags for fall

August 18, 2013

Now playing at Louis Vuitton in Scottsdale, a collection for fall/winter that makes you want to shout… HALLELUJAH ! Louis Vuitton Martingale Boot   Louis Vuitton Lipstick flat   Louis Vuitton, Merit pump   Louis Vuitton, Be Bop boot   Louis Vuitton, Loyalty ankle boot   Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Box handbag, Noir   Louis Vuitton, [...]

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Fall Fashion Trends: what to buy now for Fall !

August 2, 2013

Transitioning into fall fashion isn’t easy when you live in Arizona. Sweaters and coats are a distant dream when you have at least 3 more months of warm, and I mean triple-digit-don’t-even-talk-to-me-about-leather weather ! What’s a girl to do ?! In my recent interview with Ken Downing, Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus, I asked exactly [...]

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Why smart shoppers never miss Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale…

June 29, 2013

The Anniversary Sale is not only Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year, it’s my favorite because it’s all new merchandise arriving in the store specifically FOR the sale. That means it’s not picked over, or things that didn’t sell and were then marked down…no, it’s the best of the new Fall season arriving early and [...]

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Saturday Shoegasm: Sergio Rossi

June 22, 2013

There’s something about pink shoes that always cheers me up. They’re like an anti-depressant for your feet… Spotted at Nordstrom in Scottsdale, from Sergio Rossi. Tweet

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Punked at the Met Ball: My picks for best punk fashion, hair, makeup and attitude !

May 7, 2013

This year’s Met Ball Gala may go down in history as one of the strangest Red Carpet events ever. There was confusion and chaos, which in hindsight makes perfect sense, since this year’s fashion exhibition at the Met is Punk: from Chaos to Couture. Personally, I thought it was delightfully entertaining ! Like in this [...]

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