Friday, February 25, 2011

Beauty & The Beast
Vendor Highlight: EnPrivado

A photo shoot like Beauty & The Beast could not have happened without the help and support of our crew and vendors. We choose our team with much consideration and we always aim to show off everyone's talents and offerings in an artful way, but unless we're willing to reduce the shoot into a series of product placements, sometimes we aren't able to do a vendor or product full justice. I'd like to dedicate this post to one of Beauty & The Beast's unsung heroes:

Located in downtown Edmonton, just south of the Legislature building, EnPrivado is a loft featuring designer shoes, handbags and fashion accessories. It's a place to linger and relax with a cup of tea, while perusing the shoes. During our visits to select shoes, Rosanne, one of the resident shoe-aholics, was an expert source of advice given their many tempting choices.

For each of the 3 looks, ID Bohemia featured a different style from EnPrivado's shoe closet:
  • Paco Gil Sequin Booties - the strong silhouette of these shoes was a perfect complement to ROOY Couture's architectural dress in gleaming white duchess silk satin. The sequin finish turns an otherwise deceptively simple design into something appropriate for your wedding day, and though not your usual bridal shoe, they'd be a chic choice for the fashion-forward bride. (After the wedding, they'd pair fantastically with dark denim or a little black dress.)

  • Pura Lopez Ivory Bow Shoes - these sweet and flirty heels were chosen for ROOY's flowing white silk charmeuse gown with hand-beaded black French lace overlay and satin sash—a playful choice for Beauty's love-driven transformation into a Bride. In ivory silk-satin, this shoe is the most typically bridal of the three styles we worked with, but the audacious proportions of the bow detail ensure a daring and sophisticated statement for any bride. For evenings out, EnPrivado also carries this shoe in racy red and understated black.

  • Paco Gil Black Strappy Wedges with Lacquered Heels - we paired this glittered wedge with ROOY Couture's hand-beaded and embroidered red Italian silk gown with lace-up corset bodice, for a look that is bold and romantic, yet distinctively modern.

The women at EnPrivado are supremely knowledgeable about their product and about a shoe's ability to contribute to the overall style of its wearer. Rosanne helped us beautifully translate abstract ideas like "we want the shoe to feel stark, even cold" into unexpected, yet entirely fitting shoes for each look. Checking out their website today, I'm feverish for these Pura Lopez Grey Booties.

Bravo EnPrivado!

(n.b: Though most of their lines are geared towards women, they have an equally stylish selection of mens shoes as well. After looking for Beauty's shoes with me, my partner Aaron said he'd be back to check out the mens shoes, and he usually hates shopping.)

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