Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ivanka Trump and FFANY Shoes on Sale

Ivanka Trump is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, she knows that power shoes can help a woman feel like she is ready to conquer the world. This year, Trump is digging in her heels to help fight breast cancer through her involvement with QVCPresents "FFANY Shoes on Sale." The charitable collaboration between QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) has generated more than $44 million to date. During the month of October, donated shoes from over 80 brands will be offered at amazing prices to benefit breast cancer research and education. The event is scheduled to air live on QVC Thursday, October 16 from 6 PM to 9 PM (ET), and Trump has taken a step out of the boardroom to appear in both print and television public service announcements supporting the cause. During the three-hour broadcast event, shoppers can choose from more than 200 styles being offered at HALF the manufacturer's suggested retail price. In addition, each weekday from 7 AM to 9 AM (ET) during the month of October, buyers can shop the Shoe of the Day on air, online or on the QVC apps. A minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price will benefit various breast cancer research and education institutions. Select styles from the Ivanka Trump footwear collection are scheduled to be included in the assortment. Beneficiaries for the 2014 QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center's Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center. Those wishing to support cutting-edge research at these organizations can go to Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation to make contributions and find out ways to join in and be part of this important effort.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vivobarefoot : Trail Freak shoes

Vivobarefoot have released Trail Freak shoes and replace the company's Neo Trail and Breatho Trail models. The new lightweight shoes are designed specifically for off-road treks and runs. Available in bright red and yellow, or blue and yellow, the lightweight shoe features a reflective mesh on top and a rubber outsole that has what Vivobarefoot calls its V Trek design for maximum surface contact. The mens version of the shoe weighs around 260g and the ladies 210g.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum

“Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” opens Sept. 10 at the Brooklyn Museum. On display are 178 shoes from mid-17th century Italian chopines made from silk, to more current couture like the Vivienne Westwood purple platforms that nearly killed supermodel Naomi Campbell on a Paris runway in 1993. The collection features a mix of high and low styles: towering red kinky boots from Christian Louboutin to delicate Dior slippers from 1960. The highest heel in the exhibit is 8-inch black booty platform stilettos decked out with gold men statues. These were worn by Lady Gaga two years ago and made by United Nude. Other standout shoes in the exhibit include a pair of heelless Tatehana platforms, standing 9 inches tall; 19th century silk embroidered Manchu shoes from China; and a pair of Prada wedge sandals from the Spring and Summer 2012 collection illuminated with red hot flames and costing upwards of $1,500. The “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” runs through to February 2015.

V&A Announces New Fashion Exhibition, Shoes Pleasure And Pain. Naomi Campbell's Vivienne Westwood Platforms Will Feature | Marie Claire

V&A Announces New Fashion Exhibition, Shoes Pleasure And Pain. Naomi Campbell's Vivienne Westwood Platforms Will Feature | Marie Claire

The centre piece of the next Victoria and Albert museum’s major fashion exhibition Shoes: Pleasure And Pain is the iconic Vivienne Westwood platforms responsible for Naomi Campbell’s famous 1992 catwalk tumble. The exhibition highlights iconic examples of extreme footwear from around the world. The exhibition considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes as well as the latest developments in footwear technology. Also on display will be a dazzling range of unseen historic shoes including a pair of Mary Quant ankle boots from 1967 and a papyrus sandal that dates back to Ancient Egypt and 30BCE. Major trend moments like Patrick Cox loafers will also be analysed, and signature designs by Manolo Blahnik, Roger Vivier Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin (who once famously declared that high heels are all about “pleasure with pain”) will be pulled from the museum’s vast archive. Other exhibits include Nicholas Kirkwood’s sculptural sandals and Miu Miu’s metallic boots. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain will run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016.

The V&A will play host to the Met’s record-breaking exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in March 2015.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Joyce de Gruiter has a new collection of Shoe Sculptures

Love is a Bitch (Red Lace, knife, size: h. 32 x d. 20 x w. 8 cm)

Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned,
Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned.

William Congreve (1670-1729)

A woman rejected in love can be very dangerous and nasty, love and hate are closed together. The softness of the lace turned into hard surface with the knife ready to cut, gives a strong erotic feeling.

Sweet Hurts (Black Lace, knife, size: h. 28 x d. 22,5 x w. 9 cm )

Happy Moments (Wood, mixed media, gold-leaf 22,5 krt. Size: h. 62 x d. 24 x w. 10 cm)

Favorite ice and cake flavors of the designer. Raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and pistachio, on top a big piece of chocolate cake for the Happy Moments.

Durian Shoe (also available in gold-leaf, 2011/2012) size: h. 30 x d. 19 x w.10 cm

Bringing it into an airplane is strictly forbidden. The exotic Durian, emperor of all fruits has hard spines and is only eaten by true dare-devils. When the fruit is cut open an overwhelming smell takes your breath away. It is an explosive experience not recommended for the faint of heart. But later your bravery is rewarded when you taste its soft creamy texture. It can't be compared to any other fruit. Asians believe that durian is an aphrodisiac, for some the same as wearing high heels.

When the durians fall, a saying goes, the sarongs go up.

See more at Joyce de Gruiter Concept and Design

Finger and toe nails: The factoids

Human nails grow at a rate which varies with many factors: age, sex and the finger or toe in question as well as nutrition. However, typically in healthy populations fingernails grow at about 0.1mm/day and toenails at about 0.05mm/day. Primates appear to have evolved long fingers for grasping and claws flattened into nails to protect the distal small bones that lay beneath. Fingernails grow about three-four times faster than toenails. Scientists remain baffled as to the biological mechanism behind the different growth rates. But, they do have theories based on more than 100 years of finger and toenail observations. Nails begin in the nail matrix behind and below the nail plate underneath the epidermis. This specialized epithelial tissue produces modified keratin, a tough, fibrous protein that gives structure to the nail plate. The nail plate is attached to the skin below (nail bed) by a series of grooves. Some people believe fingernails and toenails grow fastest during the summer, when circulation is best. In the case of the latter we are more likely to see our feet during the summer months and therefore more aware of toenails than when safe housed in winter boots.

The little we know about nails comes from scientists and others doing controlled experiments on themselves. For much of the 20th century, Dr William B Bean (1909 - 1989) was fascinated with finger nails and undertook a linear (longitudinal) self study of fingernail growth. His research was published in a series of papers in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The works were entitled Nail Growth: Twenty-Five Years' Observation in 1968. Further works, Nail Growth: 30 Years of Observation appeared in 1974. From the age of 32 he scratched a line on his nail from where it emerged at the cuticle on the first day of every month. Then he measured how far these lines travelled. Later to aid accuracy he had a small dot tattooed just above his cuticle and used this as a baseline. After his first twenty years of observations, he discovered his rate of nail growth had slowed by more than a month. This led him to believe that blood flow and metabolism were linked to the rate of growth. He continued his observations and published, Nail Growth: Thirty-Five Years of Observation in 1980. After 35-years of observation of the growth of his nails he was able to conclude normal nail growth slows with age. The average daily growth of the left thumbnail, for instance, has varied from 0.123mm a day during the first part of the study when I was 32 years of age to 0.095mm a day at the age of 67.

Joseph Honoré Simon Beau (1806–1865) was French physician fascinated by signs and symptoms of circulatory changes in the tissues. He believed fingernails grow faster because they are closer to your heart, and therefore receive more blood. He also observed when toenails were damaged by trauma the replacement nail was thicker caused by increased circulation to the matrix. When the area got better the epithelial growth slowed down causing the thicker nail plate to thin out. Beau's lines describe deep grooved lines that run from side to side on the fingernail or the toenail. They may look like indentations or ridges in the nail plate. As the nail grows out, the ridge visibly moves upwards toward the nail edge. When the ridge reaches the nail edge the fingertips can become quite sore due to the misshapen nail pressing into the flesh deeper than usual. Beau’s lines may also be a sign of systemic disease.

Dermatologist, Dr Rodney Dawber did his own experiment after his left ring finger was jammed during a rugby match. Based on some early research he had read, Dawber believed the growth rate of the nail depended upon “terminal trauma,” i.e. how often a fingertip is used. A splinted finger, he reasoned, would get a lot less fingertip use. Accordingly, he hypothesized that the nail on his splinted finger would lag behind the rest of his fingernails. For the three months it was splinted, Dawber’s left ring fingernail grew 25 percent slower than the three months after he took the splint off. Dawber acknowledged the injury itself might have affected the growth, but he noted that the damage was limited to his tendon, not the blood vessels or bone. He also noted the fingernails on his dominant right hand grew faster than his left, while his toenails on both feet grew at the same speed. Dawber concluded fingernails grew in response to how much their corresponding fingertip was used. Frequent fingertip use signals to the nail matrix, the nail is probably being worn down faster, so it calibrates by increasing the rate of growth. It slows down with less use, so the nail does not grow too long and get in the way.

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