Today we have an article just for our women readers.
Sometimes as a statement against gun violence, an artist designs a thought-provoking, or simply to be shocking piece—wearable guns and gun-shaped items have been rocking the fashion world since Madonna wore black satin Chanel shoes with a gun-shaped heel. I love fashion and I’m a sucker for anything with guns on it from my earrings and t-shirts, to even my BBQ lighter, but I don’t have the cash to pay for high-end designs, such as those to-die-for Chanel shoes.
One of my favorite fashion magazines has a get the look for less feature every month, so I picked some of my favorite gun-inspired designs and searched the Internet for similar items for less.
When Madonna showed up to her Filth & Wisdom movie premiere wearing black platforms with guns for heels, the shoes were not just a one-off concept. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld the shoes called Miami Vice were part of Chanel’s 2009 Spring Cruise line and were available in stores. The shoe Madonna wore were satin platforms with a 90mm gun heel. The shoe also came in silver. They retailed for over $2,000.
Shiekh shoes have a tamer version for under $40. The leather-look pumps have a pointy toe and a 3.75-inch gun heel. They come in silver, gold or black.
Gold-Plated AK-47 Necklace
Natalie Foster, founder of the Girls Guide to Guns, has played with jewelry design before so it felt natural to combine her love of guns with her love of fashion. In 2011 she introduced her gun-inspired jewelry called The Gun Collection that she sells in her etsy store. In season three of Sons of Guns, Stephanie Hayden wore Natalie’s necklace. Kari Byron from Myth Busters also wears Natalie’s gun necklace. The AK-47 gun necklace is more affordable than haute couture prices at around $100. It is available in either 14K gold-plated sterling silver or plain sterling silver. She also has a pistol, shotgun, AR-15 and double revolver necklaces for sale.
Atlas jewelry has a stainless steel AK-47 necklace with a gold look that includes a stainless steel beaded necklace for $10.
On August 13, 2010, Kim Kardashian tweeted a picture of her wrist sporting a shiny bullet bracelet with the caption, “This time baby, I’ll be bulletproof.” The bracelet is from Bullet Girl jewelry, which Houston designer Jessica Meyer makes from real ammunition. I’ve read she uses ammunition from her father’s ammunition plant in Mexico. Kim’s bracelet is a rhodium-plated .223 bracelet that retails for $600.
Goth emporium, Hot Topic has a three-inch wide stretchy bullet bracelet made with hematite for $10.50.
Machine Gun Manicure
Visual artist Laurent Theopane Bertrand created this 3D machine gun manicure photo for British magazine SuperSuper! Other magazines republished the photo. My regular nail person, Gwen, can do some fascinating things with my nails, but a 3D machine gun manicure would probably be much more than I could ever afford. Plus, how would you work with those nails?
If you want a gun manicure, etsy.com sells 50 little black pistol nail decals for five bucks.
Gold AK-47 Lamp
French designer Philippe Stark designed the 18k gold-plated AK-47 table lamp for Italian lighting company FLOS. The original lamp stands 10.4 inches tall and has a black shade. The AK-47 lamp retails for $2,245. Stark has since made a Beretta table lamp and an M16 floor lamp.
Dallas, Texas based Modern Central sells a replica of Stark’s AK-47 lamp for $280.
Ladies, what are your favorite gun-inspired items? Tell us where you found them in the comment section.