"" wondermomo: March 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012


A fascinating (albeit silent) glimpse into 1905 sartorial style as these boarding school girls head out for a day at the seaside resort of Coney Island, NY.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 30, 2012

VINCE CAMUTO (USA) Platform Pumps with Heel Cut-Outs

Build a sensational party look from the feet up with Vince Camuto’s platform pumps!
A classic round-toe pump with a clean leather silhouette front the front, this shoe hides a little delight in the back -- along the chunky heel, the designer has added animal prints-like cut-outs that show a peek of metallic leather shining through.
Wear them with everything - mannish tailoring, denim, or party dresses.
Heel measures approximately 5.2 inches/13.2cm with a 1.2 inch/3cm platform.


While Vince Camuto the man is well known to insiders in the American footwear industry, his name is largely unknown to regular consumers. Fashion lovers will, however, be quite familiar with brands he has created, among them Nine West, which he co-founded and where he served as the creative director and, later, CEO. After the Nine West Group was sold, Camuto finally stepping into the spotlight with his own eponymous line in 2001. His Camuto Group is now a powerhouse that controls over $2.5 billion at retail and holds the $750 million Jessica Simpson master license and its 22 categories, as well as footwear divisions like Tory Burch, BCBG and countless other brands and private label for 5,400 department stores and retailers around the world!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

3.1 PHILLIP LIM (New York) Beaded Sleeves Top

Feel like you’re in a fashion rut? Reclaim your style savvy with this stylish tunic top from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Unexpected ‘sea urchin’ beading at the sleeves lend rockstar levity to the flattering silhouette.
Wear simply with skinny trousers and killer heels for instant cool!
(RRP €485)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HOUSE OF HARLOW 1960 (by Nicole Richie) Pumps with Inset

In the few short years since she launched House of Harlow 1960, burgeoning fashion icon Nicole Richie has turned what was at first a modest line of costume jewelry into an empire replete with ready-to-wear, shoes, and more — and there's no mistaking her distinctive boho-chic vibe in every piece of merchandise.

Do not be deceived by the modest and vertiginous appearance of this House of Harlow 1960 stilleto. Its secret: a beautiful, snakeskin pattern embossed yoke, cleverly placed on the back of the heel. Chic and sexy, this shoe will seduce more than one ;-)
Heel height: 13cm / 5 in.
(RRP US$250)

Nicole Richie spotted in NYC last week (12 Mar) with the come-hither pumps on her feet.

Monday, March 26, 2012

SPORT B. (by agnès b.) Voluminous Shirt

An offshoot of French fashion empire agnès b., SPORT b. is the young-at-heart version of the brand’s embodiment: simple, natural, eternal and romantically French.
The SPORT b. voluminous shirt flaunts a free-spirited poncho shape. The stripes and colour echo Spring’s raging nautical trend.
Balance the super-chic, -comfy and -cottony look of this top with slim jeans and sandals.

agnès b.
Inspired by film noir and rock ‘n’ roll, French fashion pioneer agnès b. created a cool simplicity that still looks incredibly fresh nearly 4 decades later. Encompassing collections of FEMME (womenswear), HOMME (menswear), SPORT b. (casual wear) and VOYAGE (bags and accessories), the agnès b footprint has extended to countless stores worldwide. With a designer’s strong passion for art and culture, the brand has even gone beyond fashion into lifestyle ventures like agnès b. FLEURISTE (florist), agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ (café), agnès b. DÉLICES (chocolate boutique), agnès b. LA MAISON SUR L'EAU (travel concept store), agnès b. LIBRAIRIE GALERIE & GALERIE DU JOUR (art gallery) and agnès b. CINEMA (cinema). (Did we miss out anything?) No wonder, when asked which item of clothing would she never allow into her wardrobe, the 71-year old uber-designer answered, “Anything from any other designer, because I have no desire for it, nor the time, and I love my own stuff”. Meow!

Ms. Agnès b. appearing at the end of the Women's Fall-Winter RTW 2013 presentation during the Paris Fashion week earlier this month (6 March).

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Happy Sunday!
Time for a nifty post-apocolyptic chase sequence.
P.S. Keep your eyes glued to the screen until the very end.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FRYE (USA) Saddle Oxford Shoes

Saddle oxford shoes are basically oxford shoes with a saddle-shaped, contrast-colour decorative patch in the middle. Especially popular in the 1920s ~ 1940s, this laced-up footwear has endured the ebb and flow of trends, and more and more shoe designers are creating their own version of this shoe in recent years.

This interpretation by American heritage label Frye updates the vintage style with a cute pointy toe.The full-grain leather saddle --over rich, smooth contrast-colour suede-- is perforated in the classic style. The suede interior is luxe, while the 0.25” / 0.64cm heel delivers a secure step. This is one shoe that’s as comfy as it is eye-grabbing.


Rooted in the classic American West, Frye footwear is one of just a handful of brands that has not only merely survived the test of time, but has thrived. Founded in New England in 1863 –that’s 149 years ago!— by John A. Frye, a well-to-do shoemaker from England, Frye holds the record of being the oldest continuously operating boot manufacturer in the United States.

Frye products have a long and illustrious history. Frye boots were worn by soldiers on both sides of America’s Civil War, soldiers in the Spanish-American war, and Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. When home-steading drew adventurous New England families to the West during the mid- and late-1800s, many of the pioneers wore Frye boots for the long journey. During World War II, Frye supplied thousands of servicemen with boots - by mail order. And when searching for items to represent the America of the 60's, the Smithsonian Institute chose a pair of Frye boots, which remain on display today.

Today, Frye is practically the Samsonite of the shoe world, trusted for its classic styling and time-proven durability. The brand is even undergoing a vigorous revival of sorts, as the fashion world clamor for classic American footwear (saddle shoes, boat shoes, penny loafers, and the like).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

3.1 PHILLIP LIM (New York) Pleat-Front Sleeveless Blouse

Flattering, understated and neutral, 3.1 Phillip Lim’s pleat-front sleeveless top is a perennial essential.
Great for layering for work under a sharply tailored blazer.
Or team it with capri pants -and metallic sandals- for the picture of downtown luxe on your leisurely weekend lunch dates :-)
Also available in other colours.
(RRP US$620)

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Charming retelling of Little Red Riding Hood by Hyunjoo Song... with a bit of howlin' and a bunnycorn :-)
Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hidden Gem: PAUL & JOE SISTER (Paris) Printed Crossover-Front Dress

Nothing welcomes Spring quite like a printed dress. Today's 'hidden gem' is from Parisian label Paul & Joe Sister —by former Azzedine Alaïa designer (and mother of two sons named Paul and Joe) Sophie Albou— is made in a comfy silk quality with a tiny floral pattern and all-over flock-printed dots. Though 40's-inspired, the dress is brought up to the minute with a tantilising keyhole at centre back.
Paired with your favourite wedge espadrilles and a cardigan, it's the best 'seasoning' for your romantic dinner date ;-)
(RRP US$352 / €259.95)