Hard for some to imagine that there could be similarities between Christian Louboutin‘s shoes and Rick Owens style, right?
^Reference: Pringle of Scotland dress and Club Monaco python belt
Well at least with CL’s Woodstock finish, the heavily distressed leather reminds me of RO’s Blister Biker jackets in that both are somewhere between suede and grained leather. The leather has been pulled to a point where it’s become “fluffy” but not yet as velvety as suede, which I think is just a delicacy on its own! I love the feel! Woodstock is available in Bianca, Numéro Privé, and New Déclic. Please welcome my new shoe addition to my CL collection,
New Déclic 120 in PK7H Nude Earth Woodstock Calf Leather
So I do have to admit that I’m not so much into CL anymore. I’ve been put off by the highly jacked up prices for really simple designs and the hype that drives this craze is just… CRAZY for a lack of better wording. It reminds me of the reasons for why I left Louis Vuitton. A luxury brand should NOT be (relatively) mass-produced to the point where there are more than 2 dozen styles per season just for the purpose of profit, resulting in quality control issues that have surfaced most prominently this season.
Anyhow, these New Déclics fit about the same as the old Declics, which other people have said to run smaller by half size and the newer version are more TTS. I honestly don’t feel much of a difference. I fit into the same shoe size 36 as the older ones. I also prefer the older CL styles now for their comfort since the newer shoes are going into insane heel heights of 150+ which are not practical for me. The New Déclics are very comfortable with a hidden platform. The toe box is spacious allowing you room to wiggle your toes, but length-wise runs half size small as I’ve already mentioned.
Since the leather is suede-like, I would treat them the same as suede: Meltonian to the rescue!!! 🙂
Miu Miu SS11 Cloquet Lurex Flats
Usually Miu Miu’s shoes are always true to size for me, but I was very surprised to find that these run small by half a size and are very narrow at the toe! I’m not too fond of the scrunched elastic heel which digs into my skin, but I got them on the last day of the NAP sale, plus I had a gift card, so it was a pretty good deal in the end.
Lanvin SS11 Miss Lanvin Key Ring
After purchasing Lanvin’s Happy, I’ve become more interested in this brand’s products. I saw this item on sale which is perfect since I need a new keychain. However, I didn’t expect the COD to come out to 40% of its value! Plus I paid a lot for shipping, so it wasn’t much of a deal in the end. The product itself is really cute! I love her flowy dress and pursed red lips!
Lanvin SS11 Happy MM in Beige Buffalo Leather
I’ve been eyeing this style for more than a year now but the opportunity never came for me to make the purchase. I always had other priorities in mind. I did have a chance to buy it in black calf leather at the Lanvin boutique in Shanghai, but as crazy as it may sound, none of my credit cards worked in Asia!!! How horribly embarrassing lol. I tried calling the CC company, but there was a 12 hour time difference, then I tried going to the banks, but they only allowed me to take out 300RMB from my CC accounts (needless to say, my debit cards don’t work there either). It was a real nightmare! My cousin actually came by later and offered to purchase it for me, but I really didn’t want to trouble her since it is a significant amount of money. Anyhow, all this to say that China still operates on an almost exclusively cash based system. If you are traveling, take out LOTS of cash! Otherwise, your CCs will not work there!
Sorry about the rant again lol, the bag is beautiful! The year-long wait was well worth it since I couldn’t be more Happy with this bag that’s in a beautiful rosy-beige color and finely grained buffalo leather, which is so thick and soft! I love how you can remove the logo key ring and use it on its own. The quality is superbe, I’m very impressed! I wish that it came with a blue Lanvin box though, but I read that only the Lanvin boutiques and online store will provide one. Here are some more pix, enjoy!
^For reference: I’m wearing my Jimmy Choo Quiet heels in Patent Glitter Leopard
UPDATE: Although the bag itself is beautiful, it seems like the leather gets dirty very easily… I don’t recall rubbing it against black clothing or scraping it, but there are 4 large patches of black smudges all over the bag!!! The chain seems likely the culprit…