FASHION FROM ABROAD: Mints and Prints

Fashion From Abroad

Warning: killer pair of heels ahead. But really. These beautifully crafted works of art by Russian designer Paolo Conte are as intriguing as Medusa’s mane—you just can’t look away.

When I saw this model-esque Fashionista strut by me on Carrer de Balmes on my way to the Universitat de Barcelona, those shoes were impossible to overlook. I’ll even go as far to say these shoes share the same qualities as diamonds. I am of course talking about the three Cs of cut, clarity and color. With a sharp mint color, a carved heel and rainbow-swirled patterns hidden below, this heel is a hot commodity. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but shoes are more affordable.

Christian Louboutin is known for his collection of show-stopping heels with a different splash of color underneath. You may be familiar with the classic black pointed-toe stiletto with a red underside. Colored soles and patterned prints under heels have become more prominent on the streets recently. A peek-a-boo detail adds a certain versatility to an already standout shoe.

This week’s Fashionista displays the trend in perfect harmony with the rest of her Zara-based wardrobe. She used sheer tights, a classic charcoal peacoat and a flowy dress as undertones for her pumps. The bold red tote and ivy green gloves work to highlight the shade of her shoes. A light scarf with leafy detail complements the earthy tones and minty hue of her ensemble.

This outfit is infinitely chic on its own, but it really came to life because of the Fashionista’s confidence and poise. The camera loved her, and she was all smiles while talking to me. In my opinion, clothes will only get you so far. You have to own your style. Here’s some advice from Yves Saint Laurent, a man I’ve quoted many times before: “Over the years, I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

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