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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Maddie by House of Harlow 1960

In the House: Maddie by Nicole Richie House of Harlow 1960 rules the scene.

Let's just get it out of our system: Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie – deep breath and – Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie, Nicole Richie.

We think she's great too. But we have shoes to discuss people! Yes? Great! Because the Maddie is great. House of Harlow's collection is a tight and smart roundup of '60s and '70s era styling with modern touches for a look that's contemporary, which is to say aware of its roots without being too ironic about it. The Maddie is a moccasin par excellence. The ankle-high suede upper is unlined – the perfect summer-weight top that easily folds down for a casual feel. A padded leather footbed makes it comfortable. A leather thong at the ankle can wrap and tie to influence your look. And it's all pieced together with same-colored whipstitching. And then, the beading.

We mean, the beading. This moc's beading is excessive, which is to say just enough. It harkens both to native American patternwork and the decadence of '60s vintage Bohemian. But can't you also see these at Studio 54 with short-shorts? They also work perfectly today with slouched kneehighs, leggings or even denim. Ultimately, though, what these moccasins offer is the perfect excuse to go out and buy a fabulous summer skirt. Show. Off. Those. Legs!

The secret beauty of Maddie is the mixture of opaque and translucent beads. Light striking the upper bounces off some and through others for a complex sparkle and glitter that flashes like your own personal set of disco balls. A Navajo diamond pattern in the sole (topped with a House of Harlow logo in the heel, natch) drive the theme home. Maddie is a summer dream – casual, easy, fun – topped up with serious glamour and quality construction. The result is a warm weather moc that will add personality and charm to your look, effortlessly.

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