Fashion Podcasts To Tune Into Now

Photo: Garance Doré
Photo: Garance Doré

Podcasts are multiplying by the second. So much so that it almost seems impossible to listen to every raving recommendation from a friend. For those starting out in a career, listening to podcasts can either be a fantastic place to get advice or to instantly feel overwhelmed. For those looking for a career in fashion, especially fashion journalism, listen to these podcasts now. I promise you will only be invigorated with feelings of motivation and inspiration.

Garance Doré’s Pardon My French

Photo: Garance Doré
Photo: Garance Doré

Illustrator, author, entrepreneur, and blogger extraordinaire, Garance Doré expanded her world into podcasts early this year and what a joy. She brings her infectious curiosity and optimism into the world of conversation, interviewing everyone who inspires her. Her conversations range from interviews with fashion icons like Michael KorsPhillip Lim, and Pat Cleveland, to chats with her friends in the studio about tattoos, sex, and exercise. Her elegance, authenticity, and passion make for a podcast you can’t miss.

The PanDolly Podcast

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Fashion Features Editor Pandora Sykes and dating columnist Dolly Alderton of The Sunday Times Style host a pop culture podcast that balances poise and hilarity. Every Friday they tackle the week’s news, fashion advice, and the latest in pop culture ridiculousness. They analyze every tweet, highlight moment, and catastrophe in a way you wish you and your friends could do. Filled with brilliant advice about careers in writing, being “modern women”, and young, driven professionals, you’ll feel motivated to become their best friends within moments of tuning in. Their “high street buys of the week” are always worth a listen.

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Emma Gannon is a force to be reckoned with. At 27, she has already built up such an impressive career, including author of her very own book about growing up on the Internet. Her refreshingly optimistic attitude toward the World Wide Web imbues her listeners with a new perspective about the Digital Age. She herself is a perfect example. Her blog, originally titled Girl Lost in the City, which she vigilantly worked on grew to so much success that she could quit her day job and seize the world. Her conversations with inspiring women, including Liz Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed, are amazingly mature and insightful.

Oh Boy by Man Repeller

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Hosted by filmmaker Jay Buim, Oh Boy focuses on conversations with women in the arts, tech, and beyond. Buim’s unique humour provides insight into the lives of brilliant, creative, powerful women, such as Leandra Medine and Lena Dunham‘s mum, artist Laurie Simmons. His next big interview goal is Kathryn Bigelow.

One month one style: Furry Feet

Summer is almost over, so whether you are excited for the first blast of Autumn air or still trying to hold on to these last days of summer, one thing is for sure: the new season means refreshing your wardrobe with new clothes. To make the transition a bit smoother, let me introduce you to hottest trend of the month that can be easily incorporated into your current summer-y wardrobe: furry shoes.

Fur has always been one of the top trends during the colder seasons. But for fall 2016, the fur has been extended into our footwear! After observing all the biggest runway shows, we can definitely say that hairy and furry shoes are more relevant than ever. From high heels to slides, sneakers, boots and loafers, everything will look that much trendier with fur, so don’t hesitate to release your inner wild side and open up your mind for the unexpected new addition to your shoes.

Gucci Loafers | Photo: Man-Repeller, Who What Wear

Here are five ways to give your shoes the fur treatment:     

1. The Funky Touch: Slides

These rubber base shoes that  usually function as a shower shoes or for pool activities got a fancy update: fur! It all started when Rihanna released a new line of furry slides with Puma. As expected, they sold out the moment they went online and from that point onward the furry slide became a footwear phenomenon.

Slipping them on instantly creates a fashion forward statement. You can basically wear them with any look. Cropped trousers, boyfriend jeans or skinnies are all great options that will give your look a fun boost. But hurry up, the funky slides can’t be worn when the temperatures drop are dropping down.

Rihanna modeling fur slides from her Fenty x Puma line.
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2. The fancy feet: Sandals

We all know that fur has a fall/winter feel to it, so fur sandals are the perfect shoe for the transition from summer to fall.

Following in the footsteps of Gucci, which gave their heels edgy an interpretation last fall, other designers such as Fendi, Alexander Mcqueeen and Blumarine introduced their vision to the fur mania: two strap sandals covered with fur, tuft of fur in the middle of open toe shoe or ankle strap sandals with cut-out wedge heels and a lot of hairy details.

Alexander McQueen show, Backstage, Autumn Winter 2016, London Fashion Week, Britain - 21 Feb 2016
Alexander McQueen | Photo: Giovanni Giannoni/WWD
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Photo: Fendi

3. Just a glimpse, Loafers with fur lining

If you are not crazy about all of these hairy shoes , there is another way to channel your fashion forward look: leather shoes with fuzzy soles.

The statement loafers with the fur lining are definitely a must-have for fall footwear, and even though they scream attention, there is something about them that has got us hooked. It comes as no surprise that It-girls and fashion influencers, like Alexa Chung, Leandra Medine or Mary Kate Olsen, have indulged themselves with these Gucci loafers. We adore them simply because they match with any fall outfit, plus they are so comfortable you will never want to take them off.

Photo credit: Gucci Fall Winter 2016 campaign.

4. Pompomania, Furry pom pom shoes

Colourful pom-poms elevate any casual look to a pure fun and help any woman embrace her flirty, girly side. This fall, pom-poms have returned in full swing as footwear accessories. Top designers gave their interpretation to the charming pom-pom. Dolce and Gabbana, which have been the pioneers of the trend, introduced their metallic pumps with the fun fur embellishment. To feed up our cheerleader spirit, Fendi featured colourful fluffy heels. Sonia Rykiel’s pom pom version was more sensual and feminine with an oversized pom-pom attached to the front of the shoes.

L to R: Sonia Rykiel, Dolce and Gabbana | Photos: Giovanni Giannoni/Fairchild, REX Shutterstock

5. Fur trimming

Experimenting with different materials is one of the biggest trends in footwear this season. Designers are no longer satisfied showing conventional shoes on the runway. Instead, they are willing to invest in unique details like fur accents. BCBG, for example, showcased snakeskin shoes with a fur band on top and chunky fur lined heels. At Christopher Kane, the kicks got a luxury update with fur that cover the feet, ensuring that we will be safe from the chilly breeze. The fur-attached shoes not only will keep your feet warm and cozy, which is obviously an essential addition to your winter wardrobe, but also will add a touch of modern glam to your appearance.

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BCBG, Christopher Kane| Photos: Getty Images