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Posted on April 29, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I think I’m one of the last fashion dreamers and it doesn’t feel good. You take a look around and all the designers that used to make you excited are gone or sold out. I have no interest in personal style bloggers and I honestly can’t stand the insiders who have been turned into celebrities themselves. Where’s the mystery, where’s the drama, where’s the anticipation, when it’s so easy to know anything about anyone working in the world of fashion? I usually despise the by-products of this process – the accessories designed by some fashion blogger and produced by some international brand – but I’ve recently come across a pair of shoes that has stopped for a moment my disillusionment.

The British brand L.K. Bennett (which makes Kate Middleton’s favourite nude pumps) has launched a capsule collection of shoes and bags designed by Caroline Issa, Tank Magazine’s executive fashion director,¬†one of those beautiful ones who wow the crowd and the media at fashion weeks.


The Parrot pumps are the most popular piece of the collection. Made of black cotton embroidered with a colourful Thai-inspired geometric and floral pattern, it’s a perfect summery piece. The 105 mm heel and the detachable ankle strap give them a sexy touch.


The embroidery is surely one of the strongest points of these shoes, but what makes them really special are the four pom-poms accenting the back. Funny to see how a simple and playful detail can really turn a simple pair of pumps into an object of desire.


Here Caroline is wearing the Parrot pumps in black and the Cherry embroidered canvas box clutch in Natural. The capsule collection includes other four shoe styles (the Tacca gladiator sandals; the Orchid embroidered leather peep-toe shoe boots; the Cassia strappy sandals; the Jasmine embroidered kitten-heel pumps; the Bamboo embroidered slippers) and another bag, the Tuk Tuk embroidered clutch bag.

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I would wear the Parrot pumps with the Tuk Tuk clutch because they have the same floral motif, but I would pair them to basic black dresses – a silk and tulle draped number by Alexander Wang or a corset multi-strap dress by Willow. I also would wear colourful chandelier earrings – Mallary Marks Apple & Eve earrings in gold, ruby and coral, or Bounkit earrings made of carnelian, turquoise and clear quartz – and a gold cut cuff by Eddie Borgo.