Actress Jaimie Alexander (best know for her role as Lady Sif in Marvel’s Thor franchise) recently attended a Fendi/Elle/The Coveteur cocktail party in LA in a fetching pair of Fendi PVC Sandals. Fendi has finally tried its hand with PVC, and I have to say, it seems to be going pretty well, from a design standpoint. We saw Hilary Duff in a completely different pair of PVC Fendis just last month. You can get a similar pair of PVC sandals for $995 at Barneys.

The Fendi brand certainly seems to be experiencing a resurgence in popularity, what with a particularly well-received Spring 2014 collection and impossible-to-ignore line of furry “Monster” handbags and key fobs. It seems that Karl Lagerfeld might be channeling some of his more outlandish creative tendencies into his work for Fendi, instead of that other brand for which he happens to be creative director.

Just when I thought color blocking may have been done for good, Fendi takes the tiresome technique and makes it feel fresh and effortless. We’ve all seen color blocking in various forms, and whether this was through bold colors, metallics, or even printed patterns, color blocking has been a craze for a couple of years now, and it was starting to feel redundant. Yet when I saw these Fendi Fendista Suede Colorblock T-Strap Sandals, I actually found myself coveting them.

The colors used in this blocking all compliment each other, and it’s one of the reason I gravitated toward this sandal as opposed to others I’ve seen. Often, color blocked shoes feel like the shades are competing with each other, but here, don’t see that happening. Instead, these colors transition from dark to light to neon seamlessly. While I despise this expression, these colors really do make for a great “pop of color” moment. My only complaint, however, is that the sandal would look better with a single sole instead of a platform. You can bet that if this minor change really happened, I’d be out $850.

Buy your Fendi Color Block Sandals through Saks for $850.

The Fendi buggy family is expanding! By now, I’m sure you’re all well acquainted with Fendi’s little furry monsters. They’re a handbag’s hottest companion, and these little guys fly off retailers shelves. Now, these angry-looking buggies have made their way onto the Fendi Bugs Tribal Fur-Trimmed Leather Sandals.

For Fendi’s fall collection, this autumnal-toned sandal keeps with its fan-favorite distinctive heel and adds another very popular element: a rendition of the popular handbag charm. With the size of this sandal’s upper, we’re able to get a glimpse of a full-faced buggy, and he’s just as angry as he is when hanging from a handbag. Will this tribal-themed buggy sandal be as popular as the handbag charms? It’s hard to say, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these sandals capture the hearts of both Fendi fans and shoe lovers alike. How do you all feel about the buggy family making its way onto shoes?

If you love this monster sandal, you can buy your through Saks for $1,450.

Hilary Duff was recently spotted leaving Crossroads restaurant in LA, wearing a pair of white Fendi Molded PVC and Leather Sandals that really pop with her neutral ensemble. These sandals are direct from Fendi’s fantastic Spring 2014 runway (you can read Bea’s write-up of that collection here), and are a bit of a fashion-forward departure from Hilary’s normal footwear choices. You can purchase Hilary’s exact shoes for $995 at Neiman Marcus. To see more of Hilary’s best looks, check out “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part 2″ on PurseBlog.

I’ve seen a lot of Hilary Duff pics during my two-plus year tenure in the PurseBlog/TalkShoes family, and I’ve learned a lot about her style. For example: she loves high-end bags from Celine and Chanel, but she relies almost solely on Goyard when she’s toddler-wrangling about town; she loves boots and distressed jeans; nearly all the pics I’ve seen of her in the last couple years have been shot outside a gym, at a farmer’s market or outside of a hair salon. But something’s changed in the last month, and if you follow celeb news, you probably know where I’m going: Hilary is newly single.

It’s that time of year. It’s time to get out of our end-of-winter slump and start thinking about bathing suit shopping. It’s a daunting task; I’m a lover of all kinds of shopping, but the pursuit of the bathing suit ranks as my least favorite. Maybe that’s why my sandal count far surpasses that of my bikinis, and I’m perfectly ok with that. So for this week’s One Shoe, Two Ways, let’s put the Fendi Jungle Flower Patent Leather Thong Sandals with two different beach looks.

A classic flip-flop is a summer essential that is worth owning in multiple versions. While the price is steep on these Fendi sandals, that are worth the investment. You all know by know that I’m yearning for warmer weather, and when I look at these two swimsuits and think about summer days lounging by the beach and the summer nights spend on the boardwalk, it makes me actually want to go swimsuit shopping, something I’ve likely never said before in my life.


Fendi Jungle Flower Patent Leather Thong Sandals
$690 via Saks

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Suboo Floral Print Bustier One Piece Swimsuit
$198 via Intermix

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Marysia Swim Exclusive Scallop Trim Bandeau Bikin
$260 via Intermix

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Melissa Odabash Fringe Crochet Dress
$205 via Intermix

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Fendi’s Fall 2014 shoes were definitely the sleek finishing touches to each of creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s runway looks. First and foremost, fur was all over the Fendi runway. Fur coats, fur hoods, a furry Karl Lagerfeld bag bug and my personal favorite, fur on boots.

In recent collections, the brand chose more innovative and distinctive design choices, like its eye-catching jagged heels. However, for Fall 2014, Fendi decided to keep its footwear somewhat less forward-thinking, a much different approach from what we’ve seen in the past. All the boots in the collection have belt-like straps wrapping under the sole, and the colors ranged from crisp white to navy to greenish-brown. With their thick heels and neutral tones, they’d translate easily into a shoe lover’s casual wardrobe. Check out the full collection below.

[Image via Vogue.com]

There are certain brands that I hold near and dear to my heart, and Fendi can do no wrong in my eyes (99.9% of the time). A few months back, Bea covered these Fendi Textured-Leather Ballet Flats, and her review was not altogether positive. I chose to take another look, because when you pair these flats with other monster items from the Fendi collection, they make quite a statement. Even Bea had a change of heart when you pair these flats with the Fendi Monster Continental Wallet and the Fendi 2Jours Monster Petite Colorblock Leather Shopper.

The Fendi monster-inspired line debuted with the Fall] 2013 collection and has grown increasingly popular among consumers and fashion insiders since then. Fendi is one of the few brands, if not the only brand, that can take kitsch ideas, execute them, and make them into luxury goods that go beyond just being literally amusing. The idea of the Fendi monster collection is to look at these items in a not-so-literal way. What differentiates Fendi’s kitsch aesthetic from Kate Spade or Charlotte Olympia is the way Fendi organically places the features of the monster. For the flat, the eyes of the monster simply give illusion of a monster without having to add every single aspect of the Fendi monster face, like a nose and mouth. Genius!


Fendi Textured-Leather Ballet Flats
$590 via Net-A-Porter

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Fendi Monster Continental Wallet
$650 via Saks

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Fendi 2Jours Monster Petite Colorblock Leather Shopper
$1,950 via Saks

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PVC remains a controversial material for many luxury consumers, even as it becomes more and more popular for shoe makers looking to create the types of illusions that the material’s transparent possibilities allow. When it comes to taking advantage of the material in a way that simply wouldn’t be possible with leather, no shoe has done it as well as the Fendi Colorblock PVC Sandals. (more…)

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