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Well-Heeled

image Calling all commuters! You no longer need to pair panty hose and skirts with socks and sneakers, one of the worst fashion faux pas ever to be committed (remember Melanie Griffith in Working Girl?). Thanks to CamiLeon Heels, the world’s first completely convertible high-heeled shoes, not only will you be able to sprint for that train, but you’ll catch it blister-free too! Elegant and eye-catching, these comfy and convenient pumps transform from a sleek 3 ¼ inch stiletto to a chic, 1 ½ inch heel in seconds.

Ideal for girls on the go who don’t want to schlep multiple pairs of shoes in their purses, with CamiLeon Heels, you’ll never have to… no matter where you’re headed. Created by Dr. David Handel, who wanted to rid women of ailments caused by wearing towering heels for hours on end, the concept for CamiLeon Heels came about simply by watching his sons playing with transformer robots. Using technology similar to that found in these retractable toys, CamiLeon Heels morph from high to low without having to remove the shoe. When you want to go low, just unlock the adjustable heel, stow it beneath the arch, et voila, you magically have a lower-heeled version of the same shoe. Thanks to the steel rods running through the heels and secure locking device, you need not worry about spraining your ankle when you choose to wear ‘em with added height.

Buyers beware: ache-free feet don’t come cheap (from $250 and up).  Made from buttery soft, high quality Italian leather, CamiLeon Heels are available in an assortment of surprisingly sexy and seasonal styles, from flirty ‘n feminine almond-toe sling-backs, strappy pointy-toed pumps, sophisticated spectators to stunning open-toed patent sandals. And with a smashing combo of classic colors such as black, bone and fire engine red, there’s no reason to stash those Reebok’s in your office drawer anymore.

CamiLeon Heels are available at camileonheels.com & zappos.com
Happy shopping!

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Patent Pending

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Summer in the city just got a whole lot steamier, thanks to Cammie Hill’s sizzling new collection of patent leather clutches. Unlike anything you’ve toted around town, these ultra hip, high-shine handbags are being snatched-up by style influencers from Hollywood to the Hamptons.

Starting out in 2003 with a signature line of ruffled wristlets sold out of her New York City apartment, Cammie Hill’s big break came after Sarah Jessica Parker pranced around with one in an episode of Sex and the City. Ever since, her line has garnered praise from stylists and celebs alike and has grown into a coveted collection of chic ’80s-inspired clutches and ruched hobos constructed from buttery Italian leathers, double-faced satins, burlaps, cork and punchy patents.

Down right practical and durable, every Cammie Hill clutch is crafted with a silky satin lining and a roomy interior pocket that zips up, so you can safely store essentials like your fave over-sized shades and lipstick. An even bigger bonus: each silhouette is also suitable for corporate functions and black-tie affairs since they’re made from a medley of high quality fabrics with sheen, ranging from ultra modern shades of kelly green, cherry red to gleaming gold. Just wait ’til you get a hold of the playful Cocktail Can Can – an irresistible combo of flirty, multi-tiered leather ruffles and curvy wooden handles. Other Cammie Hill arm candy you’ll want to get your hands on include an elegant white, patent envelope shape with contrasting navy piping (a perfect cruise companion) and the frilly canary yellow cinch which snaps shut with a secure, magnetic closure.

With a plethora of pretty styles at insanely accessible price points (nothing tops $245), its easy to become a Cammie Hill collector (I already have 5 of my own).

Exclusive deal just for YOU! CammieHill.com is offering Fashion Junkie subscribers 30% off all merchandise from Monday, June 4, 2007 to Monday, July 2, 2007. To redeem this special offer, enter code FJFIX at checkout. Happy shopping!

  • Cammie Hill New York
  • 646.206.6261
  • cammiehill.com
  • $210-$245
  • within 7 days of purchase with receipt
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Buttoned-Up

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Amp-up the cool quotient on anything in your wardrobe with wild ‘n wacky, head-turning accessories from Cynthia Ferraro Creations. Definitely not for wallflowers, this avant-garde yet affordable jewelry line, created by Canadian artist, Cynthia Ferraro, is the best thing to happen to bijoux since those stackable, Madonna-inspired neon gummy bracelets we sported up to our elbows in the early ‘80’s. Not your Bubby’s baubles, Cynthia’s one-of-a-kind trinkets are causing a commotion from the streets of Montreal to Manhattan. Touted for transforming the ordinary into extraordinary, Cynthia’s handmade candy-colored necklaces, earrings and rings are instant conversation starters.

Eco-friendly fanatics will be happy to know that every core item in the collection is constructed from recycled plastic that’s first heated, then molded into wearable works of art. Nothing gets tossed in the trash. The end result is an explosive fusion of color, ranging from purple cable-cord necklaces with chunky crystals to red button rings blended with miniature hoops and copper coin earrings woven with strands of frayed, fuchsia yarn. Just wait ‘til you set your sights on the kid’s selection – an unbelievably hip roster of rings topped with everything from mini-shaped gingerbread to teddy bears.

Some pearls of wisdom: Cynthia’s inventory sells out super fast, so place those phone orders pronto…

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Asian Inspiration

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Stuck in a fashion rut? Don’t sweat it – transform your wardrobe from ho-hum to hurrah with Asian-accented apparel and accoutrements from Han Feng. Fashion designer by day and gourmand by night, this international tastemaker is shaking things up in her native Shanghai and here in the West. What started out as a small, impromptu collection of pleated silk scarves (which can double as sexy shawls and shrugs) has since morphed into a coveted line of edgy clothing, jaw-dropping jewelry and elegant crystal-encrusted silk handbags. 

Known for creating the vivid Asian-inspired costumes for last season’s Madama Butterfly opera in New York and London, Feng’s Spring ‘07 collection showcases a similar theme. A fantastic fusion of East meets West, her designs combine silky silhouettes and natural fibers with multi-colored checkerboard prints, striped patterns with oversized flowers, polka dots and butterflies.

Even more head turning are her handcrafted pearl necklace concoctions. Not your grandma’s pearls, these super-sized, avant-garde South Seas strands are guaranteed conversation starters.  Each one-of-a-kind piece is made from the highest quality materials in the Mainland, from cleavage-plunging, double-stranded jade pendants to chic freshwater chokers with knotted silk ribbon details. Now that the complete line is available at New York’s upscale AsiaStore, there’s no excuse for feeling jade-ed.

  • Asia Society
  • 725 Park Avenue, New York
  • 212-327-9217
  • Mon.-Sun., 11-6pm; Friday until 9pm
  • asiastore.org
  • $75-$300 (clothes and accessories); $375-$1000 (pearl necklaces)
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