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Thursday, March 19th 2009

sweet suede dreams


Delicate yet dramatic.  Ladylike with a subtle temptress edge. Prima ballerina grace with an intrepid strut. This spring, Parisian designer Alexandra Neel beautifully delivers all these elements in a way that has shoe addicts (like yours truly) musing about achieving pure sandal nirvana.

My current Alexandra Neel fantasy? My whole apartment is covered in the delicious rose-colored suede of the Anouket Strappy Wedge Sandal. I’m hostessing a cocktail party, gliding around like a goddess in my Aphrodite Fringe Wedges. Of course I have to switch footwear throughout the night (as any good hostess should), and soon I’m inventing excuses to elegantly cross my legs while modeling the shoe de résistance: the Cleopatra Fringe Stiletto Sandal. Although I want to live in the Cleopatras and start conquering a fashion empire outside of my rose-suede apartment, I can’t let my guests go without flooring them with Neel’s signature: the sexy corset-inspired heel of the Sharon Whipstitch Open Toe Pump.

The best thing about this shoe rhapsody? I look fabulous in all of the above and there’s no formal frock required. A silk cami, short-shorts, and miles of leg let Neel’s creations get all the attention they deserve.


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