BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK: STUNNING BLACK DRESSES AT THE VMAS

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RECAP : AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2014

The Africa fashion week 2014 this year has been quite amazing, there has been various African designers from around the world whose collections would be showcased this year. Revealing various unique Africa trends, London’s fashion week which was hosted on the 7th and 9th of August 2014 was an amazing events with collections from over 30 designers which were very inspirational, and innovative with their fabric manipulation, and design development. The African prints and African fabric were so summery and attractive, there were also appearance of various fashion lovers, fashion bloggers, and fashion students. The entertainment was done by the handsome, sexy Cameroon born artist Valentine. (more…)

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (VMA) : RED CARPET 2014

The VMA where you find your favourite celebrities in gorgeous, amazing, or surprising outfits. Its also a place where you get various amazing, funny and interesting shows from your favourite celebrities. Enjoy our Opiid gallery from the VMA 2014 and share with us who your best and worst dressed are, we would love to see your comments.

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Opiid Guide: A Lazy School Girl’s Makeup Bag Essentials

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The life of  a student can sometimes be exhausting; from sleeping and waking up at odd hours to consuming all the wrong things. Finding the time to maintain a great beauty routine can be daunting and the average students makeup bag should reflect that. Here are seven makeup bag essentials to make a students life easier.

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Rihanna’s Fierce W Magazine Cover, Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter Makes Fashion Debut | The Week In Review

Rihanna stuns on W magazine’s September 2014 cover in a tribal-inspired spread. The 26 year old singer appears topless while wearing a bulky metal necklace, gold ear cuffs and a bold nose piercing on her septum. The pop star looks gorgeous while wearing almost no makeup. (E! Online)

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Audrey Hepburn’s Granddaughter Makes Fashion Debut

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Emma Ferrer, eldest granddaughter of the iconic actress makes her debut on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar, she channels a variety of Hepburn-inspired looks in a series of photos taken by Michael Avedon. (Elle)

Cara Delevingne Celebrates Birthday 

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Star model and party girl Cara Delevingne returned to Ibiza on Monday where she joined her girl pals to celebrate her 22nd birthday on board a luxurious mega-yacht. (Modelinia)

Rihanna, Iman and Naomi for Balmain

Olivier Rousteing Balmain’s designer recently had an interview with W magazine, he shared his love for fashion and his love for his job which he is so passionate about. Olivier spoke about his preference working with Balmain to when he worked with Cavalli, he said “I loved what he was doing,” “It was more my taste than Cavalli” He also shares with w magazine his journey working with Balmain, his difference and similarities with Christophe Decarnin’s and his vision for Balmain. Rousteing explained his inspiration and decision for his models Rihanna, Iman and Naomi. “These women are inspiring to so many different people,” he says “Bringing them together represents the concept I’m working toward.”

Instagram Pick Of The Week

Our instagram pick of the week goes to Kesha and her different shades of hair since emerging from rehab. She debuted the results of her latest transformation, baby green, on Sunday.

The “Tik Tok” singer, who’s currently on US ABC’s Rising Star, has coloured her hair several times in the last few months — from pink, to purple, to aqua, to blue and now green.

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Global Fashion Trends 2015/2016

The global fashion trends for autumn winter 2015/2016  forecast is very interesting, colourful, and trendy. Its fashion, architecture, and design, is transformed into a world of modernity, visual simplicity,and raw edge. It calls for disrupted shapes, summoning the beauty of colliding fabrics, folding, unfolding, tightening, and unfurling volumes. A broad, wide-angle view, embracing initial sketches and concrete realities, with fabrics that anticipate clothing, and promise powerful and bold volume. Opiid introduces the futuristic autumn winter 15/16 trends by Chantelle Fadino , which are : Sahara desert, Galactic galaxy, Metal meteor, Holographic sky and Pixalated pixels.

 

The Sahara Dessert: Sahara dessert incorporates elements of nature along with old and new. It is inspired by landscape of various desert structures, and desert scenes from sci-fci movies. Its inspiration includes earthly aesthetics, mixed with a modern edge. The sahara dessert colours for autumn winter 2015/2016 are molten lava, shell coral, nectarine, blazing orange, praire sand, and taffy.

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Celebrity Style: Genevieve Nnaji

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Today’s celebrity style focus is on Nigerian Actress Genevieve Nnaji. Over the years, Genevieve aka King Genny has risen from a young actress to one of the highest paid in Nollywood. She’s considered the Sharon Stone of Nigeria and has been appreciated on various international platforms, including The Oprah Winfrey ShowCNN and more.

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Bridal: Zuhair Murad SS 2015 Collection

Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad never fails to disappoint with his collections. We absolutely adore these wedding gowns from this Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Over the years, Zuhair Murad has become the favorite amongst Hollywood stars and continues to help brides all over the world find their unique gowns for their big day. Even if it’s not your wedding yet, you can still get inspired!

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Blogger Series: Fisayo Longe

Welcome to our Blogger Style Series on OpiidFashion! We will be featuring fashion bloggers whose styles we love and also those we believe bring their uniqueness to the blogosphere. Check back every week for our blogger series.

Today’s feature is focused on fashion and style blogger- Fisayo Longe. She’s Nigerian and British and inspires her readers through her personal style and travel experiences which will have you completely drooling and focused on her creative personal style blog- Mirrorme. We absolutely love her style! It exhibits a unique, chic, and classy style. Fisayo started her blog in 2012 and since then has wowed the blogosphere  with her style. From fall to summer, she has shown us the essence of owning your personal style while staying comfortable and chic.

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Ghanaian Label 1981 unveils its “EDO1/2014″ Collection

We can’t get enough of African Designers dishing out unique look books from their collections. We came across “EDO1/2014” collection from the Ghanaian fashion brand 1981, and we couldn’t help but bask in the clean cut inspiring designs. The collection comprises of a range of beautiful pieces with detailed designs that can be worn for both day and night looks.

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Celebrity Style: Lupita Nyongo

From street style to red carpets, we are continuously inspired by some celebrities and how they uniquely embrace their fashion styles. Despite the fact that fashion designers hover over them to directly or indirectly market their products to the public, we’ve seen celebrities become trend setters and at the same time stay true to their personal styles. This week, Lupita Nyongo’s style captured our hearts.

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AAMITO STACIE FOR ELLE MAGAZINE SA’S JULY 14 ISSUE

Africa’s Next Top Model Cycle 1 Winner- Aamito Stacie, looks stunning in the Elle Magazine SA July 2014 Issue. Photographed by Lee Moami, the black beauty strikes effortless poses in this dark and sultry beauty shoot.

In her interview with Elle SA, she talked about her ride to the ANTM audition and gives advice to other young models.  It still feels like yesterday when she won the ANTM Cycle 1 edition. I watched as she progressed and worked hard during every episode. Her gradual rise as she graced international runways and editorials definitely shows that hard work and determination pays off.

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Fashion Protégé Winner Omon of Belois Couture debuts “Átómu” Collection

 

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We congratulate the first winner of the Multichoice Nigeria Fashion Protege CompetitionOisetohanmen “Omon” Isinugben. She has indeed shown her creativity through her unique designs and presentation.

She is the Creative Director of Belois Couture, a brand based in Abuja Nigeria. Belois Couture launched in 2012 as a way to appreciate the modern woman through series of 70s and 80s inspired elegant and youthful pieces.

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Wardrobe Inspiration Around the Globe

Some trust in their expensive shoes while others trust in the fact that they can always be inspired by their wardrobes. It’s no surprise that interior decorators, wardrobe stylists and DIY lovers keep ranting about how important it is to have a wardrobe that inspires. I mean, who doesn’t love looking at their closet and getting hyped by the colors or at least the unique arrangement of their clothing? Previously, we brought you 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Women. Incase you missed it, click HERE. It’s not enough to get those summer and work outfits . It’s best to understand how to arrange them to make life easier.

One thing for sure is that, we have a plethora of inspiration on the internet when it comes to how-to arrange our closets. A little inspiration won’t hurt, however, when you are in doubt about how to start, I would highly recommend that you hire a wardrobe stylist or at least an interior decorator with an eye for fashion.

We’ve been inspired by how fashion lovers around the globe arrange their closets and we would definitely love to share. While getting our daily inspiration, we stumbled upon the Pinetest board of Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily Blog and couldn’t withdraw our fashion jaws from their Wardrobe Envy page.

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Bello Edu Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Upcoming Ghanaian brand, Bello Edu released its Spring/Summer 2014 Collection titled “The Bloom”. The lookbook was shot by Esinam Sokpor as the pretty-faced model Soraya Khalil rocked different outfits from the collection. The collection indeed blooms in various trendy ways as we can clearly notice a wide range of trends including crop tops, lace, florals, cut outs and more, all exhibited in subtle and bold colors.

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Trend Alert: FLORALS!

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With summer already in season, it is vital that we know the trends that work for each season. Well, at least for those that follow trends. By now, we have probably seen alot of people rocking florals and other prints. From shoes, bags, dresses, hats, name it, florals are everywhere. Celebrities, bloggers, fashionistas, designers and other fashion enthusiats are always hyped about the floral prints. It’s however essential to understand how prints work. It becomes too much when you go out looking ‘clowny’ all in the name of florals. 

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Blogger Style Series: Epiphannie Amusu

Welcome to our very first Blogger Style Series on OpiidFashion! We will be featuring fashion bloggers whose styles we love and also those we believe bring their uniqueness to the blogosphere. Check back every week for our Bloggers Series!

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Style Crush: Fashion Blogger Folake of Style Pantry

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The internet is full of inspiring style ideas and we can’t get enough of fashionistas and their unique, trendy and chic styles. Today, we are loving fashion blogger- Folake of Style Pantry. She uses her blog as a platform for inspiration as she showcases her daily outfits and also other fashion dailies from lookbooks to runway look and more.

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Trend Alert: Midi Skirts!

 

We are back on Trend Alerts! Last time, we showed you different ways to wear floral trends. Incase you missed it, click HERE. Today we are going to show you some ways you can wear the Midi Skirt trend perfectly without missing it. Midi skirts have changed the way women dress, at least most fashion lovers. They are able to wear Midi Skirts during different seasons while pairing it with different tops from crop tops to sweatshirts; it just keeps getting better.

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Nneka Rocks TW Magazine’s June 2014 Issue

 

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International star and singer Nneka graces the cover of TW Magazine for its June 2014 Issue. Nneka Egbuna talks to TW about her success as an artist and she gives insight about her childhood, her love for music and more. She looks stunning  with pieces from Nigerian fashion designer Ituen Basi.

In this edition, the Nigerian Idol judge shares the double cover with her band’s 26-year-old guitaristTosin, who says she embodies all that inspires her.

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Peep This: Rihanna’s New $7 Million Fortress

The stylish artist who has found a way to capture the hearts of many fashion enthusiasts definitely gives the public something to talk about. In her case, both the lovers and haters probably have something in common- they talk about her anyways. Recently, pictures of her $7 Million house were put out for our viewing pleasure.

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AMINAT AYINDE COVER GIRL FOR BAKU MAGAZINE

The gorgeous African beauty and model Aminat Ayinde graced the cover of Baku Magazine which was photographed by Adrain Steirn. She looked gracious in pieces from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry Prorsum and South African brands like Pichulik and Gavin Rajah. 

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CHICHIA LONDON REMINISCE & LUXE CONCEPT DOUBLE COLLECTION FOR SS ’14

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When it comes to African Fashion, we can always look to brands such as Chichia London and Duro Olowu for inspiration. They stay dedicated to the African print ‘cult’ while giving us unique pieces which we can use for different seasons.

The Chichia London brand released two collections for their Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook. The ready to wear (RTW) made in Tanzania designs which takes us back to a fun yet chic fashion concept. According to the designer, “the 2014 mini collection titled ‘Reminisce’ recalls a sometimes forgotten time; ones childhood. The collection focuses on the idea of being grown up but still wanting to have fun in clothes and dressing up to feel happy, channeling a youthful innocence.”

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LookBook: Re Bahia Wild Magnolia Collection/Diffusion Line

Nigerian Womenswear brand –Re Bahia just released their diffusion line called Wild Magnolia. Just in time for summer, the collection features staple yet unique pieces from a wide range of tops, dresses, skirts while using floral prints, pastel colors as well as the white trend everyone is talking about.

The well styled collection is a breath of fresh air and looks chic while giving us a relaxing vibe. We absolutely love this collection.

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J.Lo!: Jennifer Lopez Billboard Cover Shoot

The 44 year old artist, Jennifer Lopez keeps looking hotter and flattering in whatever she wears. Lopez wore stunning designs from top designers for her Billboard shoot, including an Alaia catsuit, Julieri jewelry and Christian Louboutin shoes. She was photographed by Joe Puliese, styled by Rob & Mariel at The Wall Group. Let’s not forget her amazing hair and make up perfected by Lorenzo Martin at Cloutier Remix and Francesca Tolot at Cloutier Remix.

J.Lo spoke to Billboard about life so far saying: “Things have changed so much for me,” she says. “I had to really do some soul searching and just realize a lot of things about love, and now I feel like I come from a place where I’m stronger and, I think, better.” 

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GET THE PERFECT EYEBROWS!

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Have you ever looked at that fashionista or someone who walks in with their eye brows done perfectly and wished you had the same? Or perhaps you’re constantly watching videos on youtube or looking at pictures of celebrities while wondering how their makeup artists get their faces done perfectly.

These days, everyone seems to have it all together when it comes to having the perfect ‘beat’ on their faces for events, casual days or just DIY experimentals. Whatever you do, always make sure you have those perfect eyebrows. Another essential aspect is having the right products. Luckily for you, Opiid.com has all you need in terms of beauty items.

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LookBook: Vonne Couture unleashes the “Sheer Fantasy” Collection

Nigerian designers keep showing us their talent and creativity. We can’t get enough of their awesomeness! From runways to lookbooks, the fashion world keeps getting inspired with designers feeding our fashion appetites.

Creative Director of Vonne Couture, Yvonne Nwosu just released a Grecian inspired bridal Sheer Fantasy Collection.

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LOOKBOOK: ‘YELLOW SPACES’ BY NYUMBANI DESIGN’S

Tanzanian designer- Kerry Glanfield recently launches her label’s (Nyumbani Designs) Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection. This collection exhibits all sorts of glam from the yellow and print’ vibe to the hint of traditional African Prints. We absolutely love this collection! All the designs in this collections screams SUMMER from top to bottom.

The Yellow Spaces lookbook was styled by Christine Mhando- founder and designer of Chichia London and photographed by OseeGrecaSinare. From buttoned down prints, dresses, shorts to dress shirts and bikinis, you are very well prepared for a ‘beachful’ and sunny summer!

 

 

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Nyumbani design is a lifestyle and home ware range inspired by the beauty and colours of the Swahili coast. Founded by a fashion production and development specialist from the Cayman Islands in 2012, the label is a colourful amalgamation of her homes in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and East-Africa. Graduating with a first-class honors degree from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2005, Kerry Glanfield gained invaluable experience working for high-end fashion designers in London.

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ESKADO BIRD SS14 LOVE BIRD COLLECTION

Summer is upon us with its ever colorful atmosphere and hype! Fashion designers and brands are ready and already showcasing their collections to get us prepared for a blissful fashionable summer.

Indeed, African designers continue to embrace the their cultural aspects with a hint of western designs. Above all, they are gradually creating a unique space on the Global Fashion Map and in the process, setting the pace for other designers to follow. Tanzanian brand Eskado Bird is one brand that continues to feed our fashion appetite with their unique, graphic and fun collection.

Kaleidoscopic Love Bird was  the original name of this Spring Summer 2014 Swahili Fashion Week Collection was inspired by the astonishing, luminous and symmetrical shapes of its print.

The print could almost suggest that it was the reflection of the visions seen at the other end of a Kaleidoscope. The multiple reflections seen at the other end of a Kaleidoscope inspired the pattern placement of this collections design.

With every twist, the kaleidoscope makes magic with light and mirrors. Kaleidoscope, meaning beauty, is a toy used to observe beautiful forms. Love Bird is a collection that worships and acknowledges beautiful forms, the several beautiful forms of a Lady Bird.”

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TYRA BANKS COVERS BLACK MAGAZINE’S 21ST ISSUE

The America’s Next Top Model Diva, Entrepreneur and Queen of the runway- Tyra Banks, covers BLACK Magazine’s 21st Issue. She looks abosultely looks stunning as she rocks different hair styles, outfits and unique looks. Tyra Banks continues to be an inspiration to many models out there and she promotes diversity in her brand.

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TREND ALERT: Denim on Denim

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The fashion world feeds us with different trends every year and season. The Denim on Denim Trend is definitely one that keeps coming back. Although it has always been in season, it was especially rampant in 2013. For the most part, the men have won this trend for many years now. But it took the fashion world in form of trend setters, models and designers to make us dig into and revitalize our closets.

From street style, fashion week to bloggers rocking it, this trend has been accepted compared to its awkward rejection in the 90s when Jay Leno was seen wearing matching jean shirt and pants. Just a little bit of history here, this trend can be traced back to the original name ‘Canadian Tuxedo’. The Canadian Tux was popular in the movie Super Troopers, anyone remember?

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DESIGNER ALERT: CAVEN+ETOMI HAIR COLLECTION

The Caven+Etomi Thy Kingdom tees are a unique class on their own. They showcase the various aspects of the African art, culture and historic references. Their @high summer 2014 Hair collection  featured works of prolific Nigerian Photographer- J.D Okhai Ojiekere, who has been celebrated worldwise for his Hairstyles series.

 

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10 Wardrobe Essentials For Women

Over the years, while working on my unique fashion style, I have realized that there are certain items that are a MUST HAVE for our closets. Despite the fact that a fashionista can get hyped about latest trends in fashion, she still clings to some basic items that just make every outfit complete.  In no particular order, below are my lists of versatile and functional basic but stylish wardrobe essentials that are necessary for your closet.

1)    BLAZER

Honestly, a well structured black blazer just gives you that complete look. The most amazing part of this item is that it can be styled in various ways and for different occasions from business, casual to night. I would advice that you buy a blazer that fits your body shape. It helps to flatter your body no matter how you rock your blazer.

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Blogger Series: Banke Balogun

Welcome to our Blogger Style Series on OpiidFashion! We will be featuring fashion bloggers whose styles we love and also those we believe bring their uniqueness to the blogosphere.

Today’s feature is focused on fashion and style blogger- Banke Balogun. A LA based blogger who inspires are readers through her personal style and blog- withlovebanke , to inspire women around the world to take control of their style and create outfits that are chic and hip.

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Just Friends? Kendall on Cara, British Fashion Awards 2014 | The Week In Review

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The hot pair have become fast friends but a new magazine shoot which is a teaser for an upcoming issue of Love Magazine has seen Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevigne sharing a saucy snap that might seen as a little more than friendly.(Dailymail)

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Go Wild With Leopard Print Shoes!

Leopard print shoes are a great way to add flair to any ensemble. They are neutral and versatile and can easily create an intense, glamorous and sensual look when paired with the right outfits.

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Let your style roar in this CIRCUS BY SAM EDELMAN LEIGH LEOPARDY

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Keep your look sophisticated with this chic INC International Concepts Benecia Platform.

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Ensure high fashion and comfort with this Falcji Leopard Wedge Sandal

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This Faux- Suede  leopard print peep- toe flaunts bold colour blocking with a cutout styling for a flirty touch.

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Feel free and confident when strutting in this gorgeous buckled toe sandal with adjustable ankle strap.

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You can always try out a different shade with this stunning heel from the Cassys Signature store

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Stay hot and stunning with touch of red in this lovely wedge.

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