2017 marks the 100th year anniversary of the ever-popular Converse All Stars.
"All Star Rocks" (CC BY 2.0) by Lel4nd
The Converse Rubber Shoe Company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, and in 1917 the business created the All-Star design. The comfortable training shoe was originally designed for professional basketball players: for the first time, shoes were made up of a canvas body with a rubber sole and were presented in various colors and patterns. The firm sponsored a basketball team called the Converse All Stars and player Charles ‘Chuck’ Taylor became the face of the team. Chuck travelled around the States teaching and promoting the basketball game in schools and sports clubs, endorsing the All-Star shoes along the way.
Since then, Converse All Stars have never been out of fashion. They are a consistently trendy design which are worn by men and women alike and have even been an accepted fashion item for children.
Women Embrace the Unisex Style
To celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the All Stars, coupon experts Couponbox interviewed Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and curator of a shoe museum in Toronto. She explains how the original male basketball shoe slowly became a women’s fashion necessity, pointing out that the All Stars hit unisex shelves during the hipster fashion era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Female celebrities have endorsed the style over time and are regularly photographed and filmed on TV sporting the trendy shoe. But who are we talking about? Let’s have a look at a few stars who have been spotted wearing them.
In the acting world, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore have all been photographed in a casually styled outfit with matching All Stars. Jodie Foster was seen at a film premiere in a blue silk suit with matching blue Converse and Keira Knightley has often been photographed in her favorite All Stars, coupled with baggy slacks and a knitted cardigan.
Jessica Alba sometimes kicks off her heels and has been photographed playing basketball in loose sports gear and purple All-Star shoes.
Hollywood darling Reese Witherspoon has shown up in a summery, cool outfit of shorts, white top, hat and white Converse All Stars.
Christina Ricci - via Twitter (@celebinconverse)
And check out Christina Ricci in the photo above, where she’s wearing casual jeans, a T-shirt and her All Stars. (see video below)
All Stars have not only been fashioned with the casual “baggy jeans” look by celebs. We have also seen them styled with smarter wear, accompanying evening dresses and red carpets.
For instance, Kristen Stewart is known for her imaginative flair for fashion and was photographed at the MTV Movie Awards in a red-and-black mini dress with black Converse All Stars.
Pop Stars and Their Converse
Katy Perry - via Twitter (@celebinconverse)
For instance, Katy Perry has been seen with several different styles of Converse and has even been on stage in a bubble-gum dress with bright pink All Stars.
As you see, Converse All Stars well deserve to celebrate their 100th year anniversary and could easily continue for another century as an affordable, long-lasting trendy fashion item. The simply designed training shoe has become a timeless statement that can be worn by A-list celebrities or Joe Bloggs and won’t be easily dismissed.
Genevieve Sweeney is a premium British knitwear designer, who has combined her passion for knitting and design flair; bringing an exciting and unique collaboration of contemporary silhouettes and luxurious yarns.
Leicester Fashion Week enticed its participants with a vibrant medley of textures, colours, fabrics and styles, ranging from couture to sportswear, but it was definitely the range of emerging urbanwear labels that have taken the catwalk by storm.
I met Kunmi, founder and designer of MINKU, at a local handmade designer market in Barcelona. It was by far my most interesting encounter at the market that day; a designer who uses the rich and unique attributes of the Nigerian culture, and infuses it into handmade and practical goods. Each Minku item is covered in handmade love and personalised features. It seems that no Minku item is designed exactly the same way. A Minku bag is definitely a lifetime and unique wardrobe piece! Enjoy some of my favourite pieces....
The Ebute Metta Fringe Clutch:
100% leather exterior and strap; with hand-stiched expandable sides.
100% leather exterior, with aso-oke coin-pocket lining.
The Ibaka Work and Weekend Bag:
Mustard yellow vegetable-tanned cow leather with a mesh lamb-leather side pocket
Visit www.minku.com for more beautifully handmade leather goods!
Mango Autumn/ Winter 2016 “Driving To Nowhere” Collection
Hit the road and go on an endless journey with Mango’s, “Driving to nowhere” collection.
The pieces are provocative and glamorous with a rebel edge and totally retro inspired. A true eighties throwback. Taking you on an unknown, unplanned journey to nowhere slowly, where anything can happen.
(Left) Oversized mustard faux fur coat with wide lapels with a Printed Bow neck shirt with a classic collar and long sleeves. With a Biker blacked skirt with zipped pockets detail. A Studded bucket bag decorated with metal star appliqué, drawstring leather fastening and adjustable chain and leather shoulder strap. Finishing it off with black fishnet tights. (Right) Red ribbed crewneck jumper braided layered over a white classic collar shirt paired with slim-fit check trousers with decorative metallic zipper detail tying it all together with a studded skinny belt
(Left) A Houndstooth pinafore dress, black floral jumper with fishnet tights.
(Right) Light grey chunky-knit sweater and embroidered off-white high collar blouse with a Biker mini skirt and fishnet tights
Velvet blazer with patch pockets and removable belt with velvet trousers and animal print pussy bow blouse Accessorised with a round velvet clutch.
(Left) Retro tortoise shell sunglasses, with a leopard print faux-fur coat with fishnet tights and brown leather western style ankle boots
(Right) Black flecked wool-blend coat paired with a black lace pointed collar and bow detail shirt finishing it off with a red biker skirt with front metallic zip detail
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how your style became so plain and lifeless? We’ve all watched celebrities and became puzzled with their everyday polished looks that always seem to be on the point and head-turning.
When it comes to making excellent fashion choices, celebrities are usually guided by styling experts.
However, this doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a boring look that makes you blend into the crowd: you don’t need a personal stylist, just a bit of insight on how to make your outfit more eye-catching. Here’s how you can do that.
Rediscover The Clothes You Already Have
Let’s face it: you don’t even know what’s going on inside your closet. Many women have overcrowded wardrobes while they actually wear about 20% of what they own. We tend to wear certain items frequently while we completely ignore or forget other fabulous pieces misplaced in the back of the closet.
Make a selection and donate all the pieces that don’t fit you. Make space for new basic pieces that will function as a solid base for combining many different looks.
Essential Pieces To Look For
There are many celebrities that mastered the art of the minimalistic look and there are some great lessons hidden behind it. If you take a minute to study it, you could clearly see how important it is to have essential basic pieces that can be incorporated into different types of looks. This includes a LBD, a jacket, business pants, a pair of jeans, and a couple of blouses and shirts.
In addition to these, it’s good to have at least one full-length dress: maxi dresses always give you a dash of sophistication and elegance, no matter if they’re paired with heels or flats. With street style pushing the limits of fashion even further, a simple slip-on dress could be both a part of the formal look and a casual one: pair it with flats and a leather backpack, style a messy bun and add oversized Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses – and you’ll end up with a sexy-casual look.
Wear a pair of heels and a clutch purse, style your hair in Old Hollywood waves and you’ll become the queen of glamour.
Be Creative And Reinvent
You know the saying: it’s not what you wear – it’s how you wear it. Let’s say you own an oversized boyfriend shirt. You can style it in many different ways: tuck it in your business pants for an office-appropriate look and add a thin belt. Roll up the cuffs and add a bracelet or a nice watch. With leggings, your shirt gets transformed into a casual dress: wear a belt to enhance your waistline and unbutton a couple of buttons for a sexy vibe. Pair it with ankle boots and you’re done!
For a more feminine look, pair the shirt with an A-line skirt: roll up the sleeves to your elbows, add a string necklace – and voila!
Fashion has evolved, which means every piece you own can become a part of a differently styled outfit. Defining your personal style is a fun journey and you should be creative and playful while figuring out how to express your personality through your looks.
Upgrade Your Look With Accessories
Accessories have a transformative power and can bring your outfit from plain to eye-catching smart casual or even add a bit of formal to it. Choosing the right kind of jewelry is a great starting point, but think beyond just that: scarves, barrettes, belts, watches, even glasses can all help in bringing your outfit to life.
Pick subtle thin necklaces for a sophisticated look, or opt for heavy-detailed oversized ones to make a statement when you’re wearing a duo-chromatic outfit or an all-black combo. This type of jewelry will break the dullness of your look while providing you with just the right amount of chic.
With these simple steps, you can give your clothes a much-needed fashion CPR! The trick lies in combining the right pieces together while minding the materials and colors, as well as incorporating the right kind of accessories.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends and DIY projects. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is style editor at High Style Life.
Boots are going long, this season!! From inspired, leg-lengthening styles finishing just an inch below the knees with mid-to-low heel height. Knee long boots are definitely worth the splurge and that coveted
spot in your autumn-winter wardrobe.
Breathe life into your winter outfits with these black lace up over the knee babies from Dune, pair it with a mini skirt or floating dress for a dramatic and daring look.
Sexy is never sensible, that is why these two pairs will definitely be in high demand this autumn winter season, tight to the leg and finishing an inch below the knees with a stiletto heel.
Grey Suede High Heel Knee High Boots @ New Look
Black Suede Knee High Lace Up Stiletto Heel Boot @ New Look
Flat Heel Tan Suede Knee High Boots @ Primark
When it is comfort you after then, I suggest a comfy block or flat heel for all day running around.
Keep it fresh with modern heel shapes like these faded transparent block heel from New Look
As far as functionality and comfort a low block heel is your best option like these beauties from Dune London
This season your choices are endless with so many different shades, patterns, fabrics and even toe and heel shapes to choose from.
Brown Suede Block Heel @ River Island
Black Leather @ Office
Taupe Lace Up @ Wallis
Pink Suede Knee High Boot @ River Island
Style our fav pair with styling with jeans and a slouchy cashmere sweater or a cute A-line skirt for that 60’s vibe. For a classier look layer your boots under a printed skirt and a blouse for the work day.
While we may be packing away our shorts and summer dresses for another year, fashion is looking forward to SS17.
How quickly summer flies! Don’t forget that as the season changes to a chillier, colder environment, it’s time to take stock of your skincare products and cosmetics.
Get ahead of Autumn/Winter with these looks from the High Street.
Set free you inner-animal with this High neck skater style animal print pleated dress, paired with the ever so sexy, thigh high black pointed heeled boots. Perfect for the office.
All available @ www.newlook.com
Love, this queen of the street look, with its effortless thrown together pieces, working fabulously together. The Burgundy Maxi slip dress paired with a white roll-neck top and the fab vintage feel, faux fur collar heritage checked coat.
All Available @ www.primark.com
My favorite, the Romantic Boho Wanderer, with a touch of 60’s/70’s cool. The Pink frilled top giving the touch of romance and the A-line embroidered denim skirt bringing the “bohemian wanderer” with the buckled patent leather boot stepping you right into that 70/60’s Cool.
All available @ www.riverisland.com
Subtly sexy, tease your date in this mesh ruffle metallic polka dot top with its cold shoulder detail and A-line gold sequins mini skirt for an added touch of sparkle.
All Available at www.missselfridge.com