Charline De Luca Spring 2014 Collection



Some people are born knowing what they want to do when they grow up, others never find out, and sometimes the path only becomes clear when they’ve committed themselves to another passion. For Rome-born Charline De Luca, she discovered her adoration for shoes while attending the New York Institute of Technology for architecture. After finishing her degree in New York, she sought to study accessory design at the Central Saint Martins School in London. After graduating in early 2011, she returned to Rome to fulfill her “Made in Italy” destiny, crafting her first sole-ful collection.

Charline-De-LucaIn the four subsequent seasons, she developed a distinctive image that blended her adoration of architecture with striking modernity – a combination that has piqued the interest of many fashionable connoisseurs and leading voices in the industry, going so far as to being a featured finalist in accessories for Vogue Italia’s prestigious Who Is On Next? competition. For her Spring 2014 collection she’s upped the ante, delivering designs that stay true to her trademarks (we could write sonnets about her signature cutout wedge with mirrored panels) while incorporating new techniques and materials.

Vibrant jewel tones such as ruby red and sapphire blue are cast into snakeskin straps, triangular shapes of leather create a dramatic silhouette and towering modern chunky block heels combine to create a collection that is as cutting edge as it is aesthetically arresting. Our favorite designs include the varying metallic shades of the Elettra sandal (why choose one tone of metal when you can wear them all?); the geometrically paneled Regina lace up sandal that brings new life to high-shine spotted leather; and the pale daffodil Rea wedge, which is a perfect blend of sleek and romantic.

And now, with her gorgeous architecturally-inspired designs being sold at four-star shoestablishments such as LuisaViaRoma, Shoescribe, and Saks Fifth Avenue, this sartorially gifted up-and-coming designer should be first on your list of “designers to watch.”


Aphrodite strappy leather &  snakeskin sandal; available in green at Saks Fifth Avenue


Artemide snakeskin and canvas cross-strap sandal; available in polka dot snakeskin at Saks Fifth Avenue


Delaunay cut-out leather open-toe bootie with a thin ankle-strap; Dafne snakeskin & leather open-toe slingback bootie


Dione colorblock slingback pump with a large cap-toe in mirrored, patent & smooth leather


Elettra colorful snakeskin platform sandal with cage-like thin straps and block heel


Euridice wedge sandal with a covered wedge and contrasting leather cross-straps


Galatea strappy sandal in printed leather with padded leather straps and back-zip


Iside cut-out wedge cross-strap sandal available in mirrored gold & black leather


Khalo open-toe sandal bootie with the signature cut-out wedge, covered platform and concealed side-zip


Medea leather sandal slingback bootie with a chunky block heel, adjustable ankle strap and high rise front



Ninfa leather open-toe sandal bootie with a sheer mesh front panel and leather cuff


O’Keefe cut-out leather wedge sandal with a contrasting printed leather asymmetric strap


Rea d’Orsay pump with a leather lace-up cuff and snakeskin pointed-toe


Rea yellow leather wedge with a lace-up cuff; Era dotted snakeskin wedge sandal with black leather cuff


Regina layered triangular cut leather corset lace-up sandal with long leather laces

Written by Shannon Weston

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