Diva’s Choice: The Fall Bootie

Christian Louboutin flannel lace-up bootie, $895

Dear Louboutins,

I know I only found you last week, but I can say with certainty that you are the only one for me. I never knew love could be like this, but how could I resist? That peep toe? The classically beautiful lace-up? The heels that bring me to new heights? (I’d be a whopping 5’6″ in these bad boys.) Those qualities alone would have been enough to make me fall for you, but then I discover that YOU’RE MADE OF FLANNEL. And I just want to cry, because I know that you are perfect for me, but that you will never be mine. At least, not until I’m a corporate sell-out.

Hopelessly devoted,

The Democracy Diva

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Diva’s Choice: Color Blocking

Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2010

I’ve been gazing at this photo for months, as if staring at the dress will somehow magically transport it into my closet. I just love that Carolina Herrera combined that beautiful cranberry color with such a bold, saturated, practically fire-engine red. This dress looks so effortlessly beautiful, as if that dress just wrapped and draped itself around the model of its own accord. I love that the draping of the skirt is gathered together underneath the orange-red sash; I love the way the sleeve wraps across her chest – it sort of looks like her shoulder is in a sling, but in a charming way.

But the color blocking is just lovely. It looks so bold and fresh and modern. You also can’t tell by looking at it, but this dress is actually silk. But the colors are so bold and saturated that the fabric looks like jersey or cotton, not something so delicate as silk. For the woman stopping by a gallery opening on a hot August evening, this is the dress to wear.

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