Making Chanel’s Couture Sneakers

I’m not one to fall in love with “It” accessories or shoes. Most I could take it or leave it.

But have you seen Chanel’s couture sneakers? These might be the first It shoes that I really wish I could own. See how the Fusion Sneakers are made below, and be amazed.

Friday File – Things That May or May Not Have To Do With Cake

Love-Letter Cake by Wendy Kromer, from Martha Stewart Weddings

I don’t know why or how I ended up looking at cakes on Martha Stewart Weddings, but I did. Go with it.

Ikat and French Silk Ribbon Wedding Cake, from Martha Stewart Weddings

These cakes are incredible. They are too pretty to eat!

Vibrant Violets Cake by Wendy Kromer, from Martha Stewart Weddings

And now for some interesting things around the web that have nothing to do with cake:

This info graphic about “What Does That $14 Shirt Really Cost?” is going to make you think about your purchasing habits — for better or worse.

On a related note, Nike’s “Making of Making” app is a tool for designers, creators and anyone who wants more transparency regarding design’s impact on the environment. It gives me hope that a company like Nike is opening up about sustainability, and that they have a VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation (Hannah Jones), who nails it with this quote: ““There’s always one set of arguments that say we should all consume less. The next says let’s make better, longer, more durable products. The third is the one I think is most interesting. How do we actually close the loop? How do we create products that could be infinitely recycled?”

And if you’ve ever wondered about the possibility of an American haute couture designer, this piece on Fashionista sums up the landscape pretty well.

Exhibition File – Charleston Couture

Charleston Couture exhibition graphic from The Charleston Museum

Each major city in the United States has similar but different relationships with the world of couture clothing. Exhibitions that focus on a particular city’s couture garments are extremely interesting because they help us gage where its residents traveled, how much money those residents had, the city’s economic lines of trade, and how developed its own fashion industry might have been.

The Charleston Museum’s exhibition Charleston Couture will do just that until February 10. Included in the exhibition are garments and accessories dating from the 1770s to the 1970s. Haute couture works by European couturiers mingle with fashions designed by local dressmakers in this show. The exhibition tells the tale of how a port city was able to gain “access to fine goods, including textiles, fashion plates and magazines, imported from around the world.”

Address: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
Admission: adults $10, children 3-12 years $5, children 2 and under free
Website: www.charlestonmuseum.org/exhibits-charleston-couture

Exhibition File – Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 exhibition image, courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

If you are looking to swoon, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will do the trick. The show covers two floors with more than 60 designs spanning 60 years. Gowns worn by royalty, on the red carpet, to private parties, and so on, many of which are couture, will dazzle. The V&A has pulled out its serious showstoppers to highlight the tradition of British design. Ballgowns runs until January 6, 2013.

Address: Cromwell Road, London
Hours: 10-5:45 Monday-Thursday, 10-10 Friday, 10-5:45 Saturday-Sunday
Admission: advanced tickets — adults £10, seniors and students £7, child free, see site for other rates
Website: www.vam.ac.uk