Francine Ballard's Rantings of the Accessory-Obsessed.

If you are as obsessed as I am with Phoebe Philo then you’ve already stalked all three Céline stores in the U.S. only to find that her Skate Check Slip On Sneakers ($650) are out of stock. Not to worry- you can create your own at VANS. I made (and ordered) both of these today for $65. Boom.
Images - Top: VANS, Middle: Céline, Bottom: VANS
"Only those with no memory insist on their originality."
Coco Chanel
#Hermes #KellyCrocCity
Why I’m Obsessed with Vintage:

1. To quote Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade but style is eternal”. And vintage never goes out of style.
2. Because each piece is unique and tells the story of the true “You”.
3. Because you have to know enough about fashion to know what you’re looking for, and not just be spoon-fed a trend.
4. Because it costs a tenth of what the big designers who copy it does.
5. The thrill of the hunt.

For all of these reasons and more, check out the new Cheeky Vintage store on designersocial and find your accessory-soulmate from eras past.

Céline Springs Eternal
Look closely, not one of these designs is Phoebe Philo’s, yet every single one of them bears a resemblance to her original signature Cabas, Trapeze or Luggage shapes. Major handbags from every formidable fashion brand these days owe their commercial appeal to a singular influence. And that undisputed authority belongs to the house of Céline.
With nary a sign of stopping or even slowing (despite their complete disavowal of e-commerce) it seems they are perched comfortably at the apex of a perfect consumer success storm. It is the intersection of great design, desirability and you guessed it: scarcity. Taking an approach adopted by French luxury behemoth, Hèrmes; it seems like the harder it is to find something, the more in-demand it becomes.
From top left: Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Minkoff, Coach, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Calvin Klein Collection, Lanvin, Prada, Marni, Victoria Beckham, ZAC by Zac Posen, Fendi, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Gonzalez, Valentino, Chloé, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Sander, Rag & Bone, Zara.
FDB [via Business of Fashion]
Get to the point already. #ready for it.
It’s Bring-a-Birkin-to-Work day at designersocial.
Beware right angles or smooth surfaces, these Karen Walker Number One Sunnies make me want to ditch my aviators pronto.
"… I hate when people compliment me on what I’m wearing. It was Saint Laurent who said that you should compliment a woman for her beauty and not for her clothes, which are only supposed to set off her beauty."
Hedi Slimane to Carine Roitfeld on who the Saint Laurent woman is
The only thing that could potentially upstage Hedi Slimane’s spring collection or golden Balenciaga rings on every finger is a fabulous Minx mani. If you’ve ever been tempted to try it, there’s no time like the present. Since it’s been around since ‘07, it’s probably safe to say it’s become sufficiently mainstream.
- Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane silk and satin jacket, silk blouse and pants and neck bow. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere rings via W mag.