Monday, November 28, 2016

Dorothy’s ruby slippers gets a Kickstart




To help fund the repair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the Smithsonian Institution went to Kickstarter crowdfunding for help for the tentatively-titled On With The Show exhibition, opening in 2018.



The “world’s largest museum and research complex” receives federal assistance to support core functions such as, safeguarding its collections, building operations and maintenance, and staffing. But it also relies on private donations to support many other priorities, including the conservation and exhibition of precious objects like the Ruby Slippers. The ruby slipper project has now been fully funded, and a “stretch goal” of an additional $85,000 had been set to preserve the Scarecrow’s costume for the same exhibition.



The Smithsonian Institution previously funded a project to preserve the original spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Alan Shepard during their space missions in the 1960s. The project will prepare the suits for display during a major exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Evening athleisure shoes




As American fashion has become more casual sneakers have been elevated as high-end status symbols. Mainstream designers are now designing upscale sneakers to be worn on the fashion catwalks. With prices like $495 for a pair of cap-toe Lanvins to $895 for studded Valentinos these have become the preserve of the must have bella figure. Upscale sneakers are designed to go with slim jeans, tailored dress pants and the stylish suit.



For women, pairing fashionable sneakers into businesswear and formal attire, has been a challenge for designers. But where there is a market there is a way and high fashion sneakers are being sold to women from $695 high-tops by Isabel Marant to $990 crystal-encrusted Gucci slip-ons.



Comfortable rubber soled canvas topped kicks are also proving popular with brides and for $60, you can buy a pair of monogrammed Keds from their wedding collection .

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shoes and chocolate:Cacao & Cardamom has the answer




Cacao & Cardamom in Houston, Texas have the perfect sweet treat for the shoe lover: Christian Louboutin chocolate heels. Made from special molds the most complex part of the process was the red soles. The chocolate shoes have become a big favorite with their customers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016