Thursday, November 26, 2009

Princess Chic has a new website

Princess CHic has a new website. View our blog, register for Chicmail, interact with other members and browse at gorgeous shoes all day long. Our blog posts will now be posted on our website

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Platforms defy function!

Platform shoes could be the eighth architectural wonder. They are remarkable examples of design but, like most of the seven fabled monuments of the ancient world, surely these extravagant pillars of footwear cannot last.

However exhilarating the shoe's concept, those wearers who equate height with power must finally acknowledge the obvious: Platform defies function. At the recent Paris fashion shows, towering soles topped out at 18cm, with designers such as Christian Lacroix and John Galliano showing all manner of sparkles, tassels and lacings up ... WOW!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Fake Debate

As a working princess, I know about the pressures to look good in an office. Women are more competitive and judgemental then men and notice things like chipped nail polish, last seasons shoes or a really bad hair day. (men wouldn’t notice unless it was wrapped in boobs). We also notice fakes. Fake handbag, fake watch, sunglasses, scarf… seriously what secretary can afford a real Hermes Birkin bag – they cant!

There has been much debate recently about ‘fakes’. Is it OK to buy fake shoes and handbags? What impact does it have for the people in the fashion industry? Is it OK to buy knock offs rather than fakes?

The question should then be asked, how far do we go in the ‘fake debate’? If you criticize someone for wearing a fake pair of Louboutins, do you also have the same criticism for their fake hair (colour or extensions), nails, chicken fillets – cant these all be classed as adding to the fakeness of presentation we may present. Aren’t these all just tools we use to may us feel better about ourselves. And if that is the case, then what is wrong with that?

We accept fake fur? We accept fake orgasms? (c’mon, we’ve all done it). We accept fake hair colour? We accept fake meat (tofu)? How is different that a designer knock off, or a handbag inspired by Balenciaga?

On one side, we have the designers and fans of the products who feel that fakes dilute the brand by allowing “common” folks the ability to carry the bag. The factories that make illegal fashion have sweat shops in foreign countries. They don't have to pay taxes, which means that our economy suffers, and their employees have no benefits or medical care. Why not just buy a good quality leather purse that might not be as expensive, rather than try and be something your not?

On the other side, we’ve got shoppers and wanna-be-wealthy people who want the perceived status of the bag without paying the price. And I wonder if these budget fashionista’s think about the implications of buying the faux bag, shoes, watch or scarf.

I ask how much revenue is derived from companies selling ads to these ‘fakers’ on popular websites. If you look at the paid links, they are literally everywhere. So how can they advertise if it is illegal to manufacturer and sell fakes? That opens a whole other can of worms….

Some people would never knowingly buy a fake brand however buy something that looks similiar, especially in shoes. Steve Madden made knock offs of the Dior gladiators that Carrie wore in Sex and the City – is that wrong? Or just good business? So it brings the debate in a new direction, would you buy brands that knock off the design only, not the name and the design?

I will leave it up to you princess, to decide for your yourself whether to fake it or not

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Write your best shoe poem and WIN

Here are Princess Chic HQ we were inspired by the many reasons you sent us for being a shoe princess during our recent Survey. We loved reading the responses and thought that there seems to be some talented princesses out there so want to enlist your help.

We want you to contribute to the content on our website. As you know each shoe comes with its own unique story. We like our stories to be fun but empowering to women so put that imagination into top gear, straighten that tiara and get cracking on writing your very own Shoe Poem. The poem only needs to be 4-5 lines and be fun and empowering.

The best poems will be added to the site with your name and winners receive a Princess Chic Gift Voucher.

1st Prize: Poem displayed online with your name as author and $100 gift voucher
2nd prize: Poem displayed online with your name as author and $50 gift voucher
3rd Prize: Poem displayed online with your name as author and $25 gift voucher

Get writing princesses! We cant wait to read the fabulous entries.
Promotion ends on 15th November.