In an extreme sartorial climate where the pendulum swings from luxury heels that equate to a small studio apartment to bargain bin blue collar workwear, where does one draw the line between price and practicality?
Will you wear that Gucci spearmint feather hat from MFW more than once? Is it worth forfeiting the mortgage repayments this month? These are the absurd questions the aspiring fashion aficionado has to ask themselves.
In revolt against this ridiculous penchant for high priced peculiarities and IT items, a welcomed wave of mid-range designers is dropping into the e-commerce sphere with beautifully crafted and carefully costed style accoutrements. One break-away brand with a moniker that might raise a few brows is Mercedes Castillo.
Have you heard that name before?
Well, those of you with finely tuned hearing and a subscription to Vogue will know that Mercedes Castillo was in fact, the creative director for Tory Burch.
Sending alarm bells ringing across fashion capitals when she exited in August, the former accessories mogul has teamed up with old partners, Camuto Group to create her own namesake brand.
Bringing a sense of strong Spanish design to the international fashion sphere, her bold sculptural sandals and backless mules offer a taste of high luxe without the weighty price tag. Tapping into a market of young professionals with purse strings just able to stretch into the hundreds, her first collection launched earlier this year, and Mercedes was almost instantly courted by luxury online boutiques from the likes of Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom.
One particular design to catch our attention and have us scrambling to hit ‘buy’ before they were all gone was the Riza block heel.
A snip at comfortably under $500, we’re pretty sure we heard our bank manager breathe a sigh of relief from his corner office. Available in a range of trend-conscious colourways, these beautiful suede block heels with accordion chiffon frills are a style stunner! Totally on-trend and front row ready, these tactical low heels blend the best bits of fashion footwear for SS17.
Styled with similar touch-me-feel-me adornment, the VAUGHAN girls have styled the Riza block heel with a pair of tapered Capri pants and our classic Cassie silk pussybow shirt in white. Tucked into the waistband of these smart/casual trousers, this monochrome combination has a strong footwear focus, with unfussy separates helping to lead the eye down to the ground. Styled with a leather tote in a matching mustard hue and pendant tassel earrings, this look is all about sensual adornment and intricate detailing.
Worn for work to play and everywhere in between, this colour block ensemble is the ideal mid-season treat without the usual post-splurge financial hangover.
Pre-order these Mercedes Castillo heels online and have enough money left over for a work week cocktail, too. Raise your glasses to mid-priced luxury, who knew affordable fashion could look so good?
Pictured: Mercedes Castillo heels, VAUGHAN Cassie pussybow shirt,
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