A BRIEF HISTORY OF DESIGNER SANDALS

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A Brief Of History Of Designer Sandals

Sandals are an item of clothing that have been around almost as long as civilisation itself, archeological findings have discovered evidence of sandals up to 10,000 years ago, discovered in Oregon, Fort Rock Cave. Primitive in design and construction, they still showed the beginning of the well known sandal design, boasting a woven fabric to hold the toe area in place.

Throughout the spread of the human race over the coming thousands of years, sandal findings were climbing, with that we can observe advancement in design, with additions such as fur lining, animal hide, platformed wedged heels and even jewels added to brighten up an otherwise functional item of footwear.

From these early beginnings, these simple yet effective shoes have left their mark throughout history and across all parts of the globe. One area with a large significance is the ancient Egyptian period, showing strong appeal to the sandal. The Pharaoh Narmer, famed for unifying Egypt and becoming the founder of the First Dynasty, to a lesser extent is famed for his love of sandals.

Wall paintings depicting the Egyptian King show first evidence of the importance of sandals across Egypt. The image of Narmer is shown followed closely by his sandals bearer, ensuring he never has the shoes far away. They would even be left in pride of place upon his throne on his absence. Even the bearer themselves were held in high regard.

Sandals were definitely a sign of a high status amongst the Egyptian people, with only the top of society deemed successful or powerful enough to wear them. As an example, Tutankhamun was buried with no fewer than 42 pairs of his favourite sandals.

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From this high beginning, sandals have had a very fruitful and popular life, spreading across the globe. Countries such as Japan, China and even South America fell in love with the simple sandal. The Greeks were once such a country who placed great stock in these shoes, manufacturing a vast amount of different footwear, including of course many varieties of sandal. Unfortunately there is limited amount of actual physical evidence of Greek footwear. However, the Greeks to their credit created a large amount of artwork to back up their creations, these have luckily survived through the ages.

Of course in time, the Romans famously invaded Greece, overtaking their land and enslaving their people, during this occupation the Roman People began to adopt many of their customs, including the wearing of sandals. It wasn’t long before the allure reached their homeland, eventually even the top echelons of Rome saw the beauty in the footwear.

The Roman’s even coined their own variation of the name, in Latin tongue ‘Sandalium’. During the rise of the Empire, the popularity of the humble sandal rose. Colour for example was used to determine social status of the wearer, red was used exclusively for Emperors. Julius Caesar had a special red and purple design specially reserved for him and his children.

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Despite the popularity of sandals, there was still a status quo to be upheld, one such unwritten rule was that they were preferred to be worn indoors, stepping outside with them would alert others that you were in the depths of poverty. The Romans were some of the early designers of incredibly elaborate designed sandals, a sign of the start of their infamous decadent lifestyle.

Even the Emperor Nero had a fondness for sandals, the Nero who nearly single handedly was responsible for the demise of the Roman Empire with his extravagant spending. The infamous ruler’s lavishness even spread to the sandal design, with stunning silver pairs crafted for himself. His wife’s design was even more elaborate, a poured gold base encrusted with the rarest jewels. Due to Rome’s dominance across Europe, the popularity of sandals spread to all their occupied countries, leaving their mark across multiple lands. However, once Rome fell, and their grip was released from Europe, the sandals phenomenon almost simultaneously began to decline. For much of the following centuries, sandal wearing was almost non-existent in Europe.

sandals_goldTowards the late 1800’s the French designers looked back upon ancient fashions, one such inspiration that caught their interest was of course the forgotten sandal, giving them a much needed lease of life. But it wasn’t till the early 20th century that sandals became popular once again, harking back to their heyday during the Roman Empire.

The revival can be pinpointed down to the cinemas fascination with movies based on Biblical stories. Thousands of sandals were created for the huge numbers of cast members, with the top actresses in particular choosing to wear them off set. This led to fans wanting to follow suit and donning similar footwear. One designer at the forefront of sandal design during this period was Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced new designs such as the heeled wedge and peekaboo style. With the heeled variety in particular being associated with the popular pin up girls of the time.

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Throughout the course of the 1900’s sandal production steadily increased into the millions, largely in part to the new interest in cheap plastic manufacturing. The 60’s introduced us to what was to be known as the ‘Jesus’ sandal. Simple yet practical with a leather v-strap or toe ring, these were particularly popular with the hippie movement of the day. The following decade, their was a sudden interest in foot health and comfort. This gave rise to the famous Birkenstocks, allowing freedom of movement and much better support than previously possible.

In recent years, sandals have become even more accepted for day to day wear, it’s not uncommon to see fashionistas and off duty catwalk models stepping out in fashionable sandals. A definite turning point was when the simple shoe with the humble beginning graced the pages of that illustrious magazine, Vogue. Since, fashion houses everywhere having been feverishly creating interesting designs each successive season in time for summer.

For more in depth information into the fascinating history of sandals, check out fashion history love to know and all about shoes

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DESIGNER HANDBAGS TOP 10 FALL 2016 HANDBAG TRENDS

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Fall 2016 Handbag Trends

As we kick off Fashion Month with the new Spring/Summer 2017 trends, let’s take a look at the top 10 Fall/Winter 2016 Handbag trends.


  1. Chains

    Fall 2016 Handbag Trends- ChainsMiu Miu, Versace, Marni, Loewe

    Chunky hardware glistened its way down the runway this season, in designs from Miu Miu, Versace, and many more. Either silver or gold hardware will complete your rock-and-roll look.

    Chain Designer Handbags available on PORTEROBlack Chanel Black Medium Boy Bag With Handle $7,050. Louis Vuitton Minaudière Coffre Lizard and Satin $3,305. Prada Arcade Bag in Python and Leather $2,225. Stella McCartney Falabella Fold Over Embellished Shaggy Deer $945.

2. Fur

Fall 2016 Handbag Trends- FurChristopher Kane, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loewe

No winter look is can be without fur (faux or otherwise). If a fur coat is too much for you, opt for one of these furry handbags, but be sure you don’t take them out of the house when it’s raining or snowing, as the damage you might cause them could be irreversible.

Fur Handbags available on PORTEROChanel Dark Gray Rabbit Fur Bag $1,550. Louis Vuitton Caresse Mink Speedy 25 $5,330.  Fendi Black and Blue Fur and Leather Tote $1,840. Gucci 85th Anniversary Brown Mink Bag $3,300

3. Exotic skins

Fall 2016 Handbags Trends- Exotic SkinsGucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton

Many designers are adding exotic skins to their bread-and-butter designs to make their bags even more luxurious. Some great examples are Louis Vuitton, and although not pictured above, Hermès. There are many exotic skins to choose from, including alligator, crocodile, lizard, and the more durable, ostrich.

See: Top 10 Hermès Leathers and Skins

Exotic Skin Bags available on PORTERO.comHermès 18cm Mini Constance Bag in Shiny Aubergine Alligator and Palladium Hardware$38,995. Ralph Lauren Brown Crocodile Ricky Bag $6,900. Vintage Chanel Black Alligator 2.55 Double Flap Bag $13,250. Hermès Birkin 40 in Vert Fonce Matte Porosus Crocodile and Palladium Hardware $135,500

4. Box Bags

Fall 2016 Bag Trends- Box BagsLouis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana

If you prefer a more structured look, a box bag might be the perfect bag for you. Designers like Dolce & Gabbanahave been presenting box bags in their collections for a few years now, but more recently, others like Gucci andSalvatore Ferragamo have jumped onto the box bandwagon as well.

Box bags available on PORTERO.comLouis Vuitton Bleeker Bag in Yellow Vernis Leather $420. Chanel Vintage Tortoiseshell Plexiglass Box Bag $2,200. Louis Vuitton Bleeker Bag in Green Vernis Leather $499. Chanel Cigarette Minaudière $3,499

5. Backpacks

Fall 2016 Bag Trends- BackpacksLouis Vuitton, Anya Hindmarch, DKNY, Versace

Backpacks are not just for school girls anymore. They’re great for travel, especially when you have your hands full with another carry-on suitcase. The multiple pockets ensure you’re never without anything you need.

Backpacks available on PORTERO.comLouis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack PM $2,200. Gucci Navy Patent Leather Backpack $905.Red Chanel Urban Spirit Small Backpack $5,250. Louis Vuitton Montsouris GM Backpack $950.

6. The New Bucket Bag

Fall 2016 Bag Trends- Bucket BagsMarni, Alexander Wang, Lanvin, Giorgio Armani

The new bucket bag has a top knot. You can carry it on your hand, or slip it onto your wrist for extra support.

Top Knot Bags available on PORTERO.comChanel Black and Gold  Plexiglass Box Bag $6,823. Salvatore Ferragamo Vintage Black Suede Bag $695. Chanel Purple Suede Double Tassel Bag $1,980. Black Vintage Chanel Bucket Bag$1,100

7. Velvet

Fall 2016 Bag Trends- VelvetGucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Miu Miu

Another popular texture this season is velvet. With a luxurious feel, fun patterns, and in beautiful jewel tones, velvet will make any outfit look and feel a lot more opulent.

Velvet Bags available on PORTERO.comBlue Quilted Velvet Chanel Medium Boy Bag $4,200. Tom Ford Black Velvet and Metal Minaudière$745. Burgundy Gucci Velvet Bag $399. Black Velvet Givenchy Pandora Bag $1,093.

8. Crossbody Bags

Fall 2016 Bag Trends- Crossbody BagsGucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Chloé

For your hands-free leisure, crossbody bags are still in this season. Mini bags are perfect for running errands, but larger bags can be great for the office.

Designer Crossbody Bags available on PORTEROLouis Vuitton Black Epi Leather Petit Malle $5,250. Stella McCartney Heart Bag $650. Hermès Black Crocodile Porosus Constance 23 $26,800. Saint Laurent Studded Suede Tassel Bag $1,415

9. Baguettes

Fall 2016 Bag Trends- BaguetteBottega Veneta, Lanvin, Christian Dior, Burberry Prorsum

This 90s style is back and stronger than ever. From Fendi to Dior, many designers are reviving this vintage silhouette, but giving it a modern twist with interesting hardware and textures.

Baguette Bags available on PORTERO.comBlue Patent Chanel Reissue Serpentine Bag $1,900. Cream Fendi Micro Monster Crossbody Bag$1,680. The Row Classic Convertible Baguette Python $1,025. Louis Vuitton Art Deco Baguette $1,260

10. Metallics

Fall 2016 bag Trends- MetallicsChanel, Proenza Schouler, Louis Vuitton, Loewe

Another way to add sheen to your look is with a metallic handbag, better yet if it includes some other Fall/Winter trends, like chains, as seen on Chanel and Proenza Schouler.

Metallic Designer Bags available on PORTERO.comChanel Silver Metallic Lambskin Large Backpack $5,025. Metallic Pink Patent Gucci Emily Bag$890. Metallic Gold Python Gucci New Jackie Bag $1,565. Metallic Silver Python Christian Dior Miss Dior Promenade $895

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Designer Bags Trends For Fall 2016: Love Them Or Leave Them

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The classic fake designer bags color choices for fall are usually burgundy, tan, gray and black. Sure, trends come and go but neutrals are usually the go-to choice for the cold season. Also, I think women tend to invest more in work bags and everyday bags in the fall/winter season because the holiday season is over. But do this year’s Fall trends adjust to our replica bags needs? Take a look and decide for yourself!

Colors

In terms of color, I can’t really say I’m surprised. Burgundy/deep wine/oxblood will always be THE color of the fall and this year is no different. Apart from burgundy, this fall is all about rich colors like navy, emerald green, burnt orange, purple or mustard yellow. I love these colors, I feel like they are very feminine but in a mature way.

Fake Designer Bags – Materials That Are Difficult To Imitate

The IT material of this year is velvet, both for handbags and shoes. I have to warn you though, I haven’t seen many fake designer bags in velvet yet. Suede looks and feels like a luxurious material but here’s the thing. Just like it happens with suede, you need to make sure the material used for the replica bag is not in fact a cheaper substitute.

Velvet Bags Fall 2016

Gucci Velvet Bag 2016

Snakeskin is also huge this autumn, but you need to be extra careful when it comes to fake designer bags. The reason why I’m saying this is because exotic leather replica handbags tend to look very cheap if they’re not of very good quality. So you can take the best of both world and get a replica bag that is not entirely made of snakeskin imitation, but features snakeskin details.

Shapes & Sizes

Circle bags are also a thing this year. I love their vintage-y look, but I don’t believe it’s going to be easy to find fake designer bags in this shape. Trendy bags like this are usually more difficult to find as replica because people’s interest fades out and replica sellers are stuck with them.

Smartphone wristlets – the most uncomfortable trend of the year if you ask me.

Small bucket bags – The bucket bag in general is a recurrent trend, just like bags with fringes. This Fall brings mini bucket bag into attention and even if they aren’t the most practical bags out there, they are adorable!

Saint Laurent Mini Bourse Bucket Bag

Saint Laurent Mini Bucket Bag

I must admit I’ve already spotted a small bucket bag I have a soft spot for. It’s the Saint Laurent Monogramme Bourse Mini with the lipstick detail.

Satchels – probably the most conventional trend of fall 2016. Small satchels don’t scream for attention but are extremely comfortable to carry thanks to their crossbody option, which makes them ideal for everyday wear. Popular colors: light brown, cognac, dark brown, navy, burgundy and blue.

Grown up backpacks are still a huge thing this Fall, just like they were in the summer.

Prints

Graphic Designs – Gucci wins this category again with its many printed bags. Much to our advantage, because fake designer bags in graphic prints are usually not that common!

Graphic Designs Bags Fall 2016

Gucci Tian Print Shoulder Bag

Embellishments

Fringes – no surprise here, fringes never go out of style. They always make their way back to fashion and no one is complaining! I think I’ve mentioned this before: I only like fringes in small doses, so my favorite replica bag with fringes for this fall is the burgundy Chloe Hudson with the small fringes tassel.

Fringe Bags Fall 2016

Chloe Hudson Bag With Fringe Tassel

Embroidery – this is not an easy trend for replica bags manufacturers. One of the reasons why designer bags are so expensive is because sometimes they take a lot of time to make. You shouldn’t expect the same level of precision for the embroidery on your fake designer bags because you might get disappointed. Even so, I think that the embroidered Gucci Dionysus will be a huge hit this fall.

Another strong contestant for this category is Fendi, with its Flowerland collection. The bags are beautiful and I’ve already seen some pretty impressive Fendi replica bags that will turn a lot of heads!

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