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Save Steal Splurge: the Flat Gladiator

It doesn’t matter if fashion is obsessed with straight jackets and cephalopods or Shirley Temple and Rococo painting, because like Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, as soon as spring arrives on the calendar, women everywhere get the itch to slide into their gladiator sandals. Every summer, every girl from the festival fan and boho babe and even urbanites can’t escape the siren song of the strappy shoe. We’ve got the best wear-everywhere styles that’ll pair perfectly with cutoffs and t-shirts and sundresses alike.

Just try and make sure the sun’s out and you’ve got your shades ready. Don’t even try to resist, because nobody is immune to the allure of the gladiator.

Save: Free People Sunever Sandal ($68)

Steal: Vince Camuto Hevelli Sandal ($118.95)

Splurge: Stuart Weitzman Athens Sandal ($398)

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Monday Muse: Disney’s Snow White Inspires Red Valentino

Walt Disney’s Snow White

It’s a tale as old as time — wait, no, that’s another one — Snow White was Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film (it debuted in 1937), and it was the fairy tale that Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pieropaolo Piccioli chose to focus on for the Fall 2014 Red Valentino collection. In the past. the duo has delved into fairy tales and enchantment for Red Valentino, but this was the first time that the two went literal with the idea of fairy tale fashion. Fans of Red Valentino’s signature brand of playful fashion are probably also fans of animation and Disney, making this collection a real treat, especially halfway through the gauntlet of fashion month.

Red Valentino Fall 2014

We all know the story of Snow White and her seven little friends, so Chiuri and Piccioli had plenty to work with when they put the collection together. Disney’s animated feature has become as synonymous with the fairy tale itself that most of us have no other image of Snow White apart from Walt’s raven-haired, alabaster-skinned princess. The fall Red Valentino collection went from cheeky — there were sleek, zippered leather clutches that read “Once upon a time…” and “Fairest of them all” that we’re sure will get plenty of snaps from street style photographers when they hit stores this summer. Bags and accessories also took from the story’s poisoned apple, which made its way onto totes and round-toe pumps in bright technicolor hues.

Snow White’s own signature accessory, her red hair bow, was worn by the lookbook’s model Marine Deleeuw, but since it’s also one of Valentino’s house signatures, there were bow-bedecked handbags, secretary blouses and more, bridging the sweet fairy tale of Snow White and clothes that girls can actually wear without veering into Halloween costume territory.

Red Valentino Fall 2014

Red Valentino Fall 2014













A few of the pieced did veer into costume, however, such as a bright yellow tulle tutu worn under a polka-dot plastic rain slicker that recalled a more modern version of Snow White’s own gown.

It was cute, no doubt, but we don’t think we’ll see the outfit put together just like that anywhere outside a fairy tale. Pulled apart, however, we could see the clear trench and the tee making an appearance of PYTs around the world. The collection included graphic prints of Snow White on sweaters and tees as well as more grown-up pieces such as leather bikers, puffer jackets and shirtdresses that eschewed graphics altogether. But in the end, the looks that mixed fantasy prints with real-life staples were the ones that really stood out against the Lichtenstein-inspired Pop Art backdrop.

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