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Classic Black-Tie Footwear

VC Signature Himena Patent Court Bootie Fall 2013 Patent leather was the material of choice for evening shoes from the 1850s through to the 1950s when well-polished calfskin became an acceptable alternative. In both cases the high gloss of the shoe is intended to complement the outfit’s various silk facings as part of black tie’s sophisticated contrast of textures. CLASSIC BLACK-TIE FOOTWEAR Whether slip-on or lace-up, the defining characteristic of formal footwear is its aesthetic minimalism. “Small, slim, and narrow feet give a light, quick, and (and hence) young lift to the overall...

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Brief History of Ridding Boots

VC Signature Dalina Ridding Boot Fall 2013 Over the history of footwear there has been a different boot for a different job. From the world of high fashion to the practical purposes of the military, boots have always been a part of civilization. The world of riding is one area that has seen the epitome of elegance and sophistication, married with practicality. In fact, the history of the boot began with the necessity to wear suitable footwear for horse riding in military campaigns and defending borders. Originally, shoes and sandals were worn with other sections skins and leathers for ankle...

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Saint Barts a Brief History

  Gustavia Harbor 2010, Saint Barts, West Indies Traveling could often be one of the richest things that one could possibly experience in life. It is always full of life transforming moments for me. I got a light of inspiration by visiting St. Barts and contemplating its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and spectacular hill top views. I was also in a daze strolling through its narrow streets and breathtaking harbor, fill with exotic boutiques, chic restaurants and cafes. At that point I was captured by its relax feel and unassuming atmosphere. Instantly this beautiful Caribbean...

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