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HAVE YOU MET my girl Melissa yet? This Brazilian
bombshell has dominated my shoe collection for
the past five or so years -- I currently own about 20
different pairs that I wear constantly (not all at once,
I am not a mutant). It's my kryptonite -- if kryptonite
left Superman with an enormous, long-lasting,
comfortable shoe collection chock full of great
Anyway, this company was responsible for the
original jelly shoe back in the 1970s, but the specially
designed plastic they use is incredibly comfortable
-- once you've worn them in, they mold to the foot,
so no uncomfortable, blistered feet. Also, they're
scented: so for a while, you'll smell like a walking
Tis the season for...
PKW | As far as PKW is concerned, it was a case of lust at first sight. This line of costume jewellery
and accessories by Brisbane-born designer Paula Kyle Walden is described as "statement pieces", the
statement being, "We are earth-shatteringly fun and unafraid to be a bit loud and different".
With a background in visual arts and a fine jeweller by trade, Paula is putting all of her tools to use
to create fantastical headwear and neckpieces in her latest collection.
The pieces are intricate exercises in perspex sculpture married with touches of glass beading, feath-
ers, lace and metals. You will certainly want to take the headpieces beyond the racetrack, but they're an
ideal alternative to hats and fascinators come Spring Carnival time, and the necklaces are going to save
your most boring outfits time and time again.
She might be new talent, but she's definitely got experience behind her, collaborating with other
Australian greats like Gail Sorronda on her "Birds of Prey" collection and George Wu for his 2009
bespoke line. Keep an eye on her: she's due to launch a couture line soon and it's bound to be stellar.
Buy PKW online at paulawalden.com.
No, we're not suggesting everyone should run out
and buy ass-less PVC pants, and there certainly
can be a lot of scope for "bad" as far as plastic (or
fashion generally) is concerned, but if you stick to
picking aesthetically pleasing pieces that look great
on you, you're pretty much in the clear.
What's more is that it's about to get even rainier
outside, and unlike anything gorgeous and suede-y,
for example, the water will run away from your
fantastic plastic like water off a duck's back.
There's nothing quite so satisfying as a bit of plastic
in your wardrobe. Yes, we know it's probably against
everything serious and black-cashmere-fashion-wah,
and we should probably prefer to dress in quilted
French pony hide, or whatever, but there's a lot of
joy to be had in the shiny, colourful world of the
synthetic, and we don't want you to miss out
because of some preconceived notion of tackiness.
A slightly more traditional application of our old
friend, rubber, for sure, but these wellies are
undeniably gorgeous and totally not a cop out.
Created more than 150 years ago to combat Britain's
wild, unruly weather, Hunter wellingtons have not
one, but two Royal Warrants -- the seal of approval
from the royal family. Not only are they fit for
queenie royalty (I imagine HRH would gad about in
hers while walking the corgis), but they're fit for
fashion royalty too: Miss Kate Moss wears hers at
music festivals with typical, inimitable style.
Made from 28 individual parts, they don't just
look great, they perform beautifully and are, thank-
fully, lightweight for maximum comfort. The soles
are cushioned and the fit orthopedic, so whether
you're mucking about in the garden, jumping in
puddles or dancing like a maniac at Glastonbury,
they're going to keep you covered.
We're salivating over their Boa Snake Carnaby tall
boot (above, right), but there are other classic styles
available in six colours, in gloss and matt finish.
Pick up a pair at Love Story, Shop 1/1 Glyde St,
Mosman Park. (08) 9383 2212.
gumball machine. Vivienne Westwood has created
a number of collections for Melissa, and the latest
does not disappoint. Standouts include little ankle
boots touched with bows in a variety of colours, or
the slightly more naval look with buttons running
down the side, including Vivienne's signature orb on
the button (above, right), but if you're in the market
for a black flat, go for her Ultragirl Bow shoe (above,
left). They're ridiculously comfortable, and they're
the only flat shoe I've ever seen on Dita Von Teese,
so heel-wearers, you're not compromising on style.
Melissa shoes are available at Yo Yo Buffalo, 134
Oxford St, Leederville, (08) 9443 4774, or see
melissaaustralia.com.au for more.
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