Haute for Haiti Fashion Show: Great Cause, Eh Clothes

As part of the Boston Stands with Haiti relief campaign, Boston University’s Hillel House co-sponsored the lackluster “Haute for Haiti” fashion show Sunday February 28th. The designers featured were Kat Schamens, Betsey Johnson, Tom’s Shoes, and two BU student designers: Emily Gasda and Cassie Locsin. Hilary Rappaport for HMR Designs provided the jewelry.

Some of the designs may have looked a unquestionably familiar if you attended the Fashion & Retail Association’s Fall 2009 “NUDE” fashion show November 14th. The burst of fresh air in the runway show was Kat Schamen’s carnival-inspired line.

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Betsey Johnson Fashion Show in Boston

Betsey Johnson is known for her youthful party dresses in delicious shades like baby pink and soft teal, and her finale cartwheel and neon pink shopping bags. February 7th, I was lucky enough to attend a Betsey Johnson Fashion & Trunk Show at BOND lounge at the Langham Hotel. Here’s the lowdown for when BJ took over Beantown:

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Drive Wedges Into Your Wardrobe

Wedges have never really had a place in my closet. I’ve always found them to be the awkward love child of flats and heels. They are no doubt functional, but they tend to lack extremity, distinctiveness, and therefore, that much sought after “wow-factor.”

Certainly your fellow Fashionistas will complement your adorable metallic ballet flats and beg to borrow those six-inch platform pumps, but what about the wedge? Doesn’t it deserve some gratuitous praise too?

My reaction to this Fashionista’s zipper wedge booties was priceless. They received the gasp of the cutest flats and the tallest Vivienne Westwood heels combined. These booties are the opposite of the boring and expected, yawn-worthy wedge. Opt for lux fabrics, like this rich black suede this autumn and winter.

Hint: These booties are extreme, so keep the rest of your ensemble simple. Stick with a fairly basic color palette and steer clear of crazy patterns.

These statement shoes are by Jeffrey Campbell but you can find similar styles from Urban Outfitters and Betsey Johnson.

Style On,

Renee Trilivas