I have always had a passionate love affair with pink!!! To me it is and always will be a perfect neutral. Now that said, I always gravitate towards the softer shades of blush, petal and orange tinged tones of salmon. I sometimes find the fuchsias and magentas to be a little harsh on my skin tone. I do however always feel powerfully attracted to these dramatic, hot pink tones and therefore am beyond excited that Spring '09 is the season of these more intense hues. Hot pink is the key bright for the season and it is being manifested in every way, shape and form. If had the cash to burn ladies, these are the pink stunners I would be rushing to own...
Of course I am going to start with shoes, glorious shoes... I am oh-so obsessed with the Louboutin C'est Moi Shoe Boots in vibrant fuchsia on Net-A-Porter. They would of course be my insane splurge. Wear them with dresses and this season's slew of cropped pants and shorts. Don't ruin them with a long pair of pants or by mixing with another commanding color girls...they demand to be the focus and to be seen! Since a shocking pink shoe boot for spring is on the fairly aggressive side of fashion, I am also coveting these perfectly, feminine, hot pink Manolo Blahnik Patent Sandals from Neiman Marcus. Remember when Manolos were the ultimate aspirational shoes? Now at $685, they almost seem like a bargain in a sea of shoes over $800. I still love and wear my favorite cherry red patent Manolo "strappies" which I have had for several seasons...these are also the perfect versatile investment!!! You know I need my flats and I found the perfect flashy little hot pink pair from a wallet-friendly line I just discovered, Bloch London. I love it when brands do one thing and do it beyond well...Bloch is that brand, as they specialize in ballerina flats, one more covetable than the next!! The one I desire is under $200 on Cusp.com.
Now shoes of course are always a safe way to play with color, but if you really want to pop this season, try one of these amazing electric pink bags... At the top of my want list is the YSL Large Tribute Tote in Magenta patent available at Saks. It is a flawless combination of classic-meets-trendy, so at under $1,000, I think it is a smart investment piece. You see, a great bag never goes out of fashion. I don't believe in the It Bag concept...in fact, I just started to carry my Gucci Baguettes again and I get compliments left and right. Next on the "I Gotta Have It" list is this cool chick bag from Kooba. I adore the zipper details, again plays right into my fetish for girly, rocker looks. Its called the Ryder Tote in case you want to shop around, but if you just want to click and buy, NeimanMarcus.com has is now for just under $600. I crave big bags, that can accommodate all of the stuff I need to run around with daily and the perfect snakeskin hobo from Beirn will definitely do the trick. It is sturdy, yet supple and packs that hot pick punch (it comes in several colors). You can get it at Calypso for the palatable price of $340. It will become your go-to carry all!
As you can see, I am slowly easing you into the big color WOW statement...forget the LBD this season and rock a LPD instead!!! My absolute fav is from my one of my true loves, Alexander McQueen. His asymmetrical, silk fuchsia number is so to-die that it almost makes me salivate... What can I say, I have a Pavlovian reaction to fashion. If you can afford the hefty price tag, click away on Net-A-Porter!!! Now of course, if you are being budget conscious like me, then I found some amazing easier-to-swallow versions. I am coveting 3 in particular, a girly, ruffled, little number from DVF ($385), a sweet, strapless frock from Alice & Olivia ($330) and a perfect, rosette-adorned, casual option from Bella James ($101), all on Cusp.com, my new "lowish" go-to.
I always save my favorite for last. If there was one hot pink item I could own, it would be this crazy good hot pink
stunner from emerging designer Alex Elliott. Her snakeskin bags rock and
are this season's must-buy at only $595. She is just starting out so contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't know about you, but just dreaming about owning all of these vibrant pieces has put a big smile on my face. A little shot of hot pick is just what the doctor ordered!!! No wonder everyone is fawning over my fuchsia snakeskin Gucci Baguette... So girls rock some big pink this season, in fact go ahead and rock it now and tell the world you are one cool, confident woman!!!!