Designer Shoes: Celine

New York, London, Milan….over one hundred shows, countless outfits, and an incredible amount of shoes later, we’re finally in the crème de la crème of fashion week: Paris. The City of Lights and Enviable Fashion! Grab a croissant and a café au lait‎, because we’re going to show you the hottest soles to walk the runway from Paris Fashion Week.

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Anthony Vaccarello is a brand designed around the idea of a confident and sensual woman who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. The line is characterized by microscopic minis, excessive leather, and lots of cleavage. For all of Vaccarello’s verve and sass, the shoes are fairly classic and definitely the apparel’s subtle counterpart. Black, cherry red, and shining silver – the double strap pointed-toe pumps will assuredly show off your legs and complement any mini-hemline you rock.

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If we were to describe the Fall 2014 line in a nutshell, it’d be Technicolor pirate meets Velvet Goldmine. From color blocked suede to luscious booties in metallic-laced snakeskin topped with a golden mirrored heel, just when you think that Dries Van Noten has reached the peak of gorgeous designs, he outdoes himself again. We’re in love with the ankle booties, but the t-strap thick heeled pump is also utterly jaw dropping. Who would have thought that silver-toned calf hair could look so futuristic and lux?

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Rochas’ vibe in recent years has been ‘50s and ‘60s housewives with a sassy, outspoken twist – usually involving ornate embroidery and punchy colors. The heels (with straps or without, because variety is the spice of life) are incredibly embellished and not in a subtle kinda way. Literally dripping with bead and rhinestone embellishments, the pumps offer a not-so-classic-take on a traditional and practical silhouette. We love the way they’re styled with slightly conservative neo-conservative clothing, as it allows the bejeweled shoes to really shine.

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It’s been a rocky road bringing the iconic brand Vionnet into the modern day, but designer Goga Ashkenazi has been tirelessly reinventing the bias cut to bring Vionnet back into the limelight. The result? Vibrant color combinations and stunning draping. However, things get a little more muddled where the footwear is concerned. While the calf hair booties are unique and the calf hair pump with geometric heel is phenomenally inventive, the furry multi-colored sandals are definitely too bizarre for everyday use.

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Oliver Rousteing’s latest Balmain offering is a blend of worldly streetstyle, voluptuous silhouettes, and Masai-inspired embroidery – without ever leaving that sensation of Parisian cool. It isn’t surprising that we’re seeing such bold footwear from Balmain; in recent memory, the brand has been devoted to making a high sartorial impact in the coolest way possible (Rihanna’s had a wonderful effect on the young Balmain designer in that way). Rousteing complemented the “safari chic” collection with olive, black, and gold intricately woven footwear that we’ll all be channeling come cooler weather. Those knotted leather sandal booties might actually be what our dreams are made of!

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Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin is all about making a woman feel like the most beautiful and the most enticing creature in the world, leading his line to be one of the most decadent season after season. Slipping on one of his designs transports you to a fantasy of Old Hollywood glamour with modern day power; this time around, the shoes did not escape that exquisite treatment. Thickly heeled, satin-covered, and exotically skinned (we spy with our little eyes alligator, snake, and stingray – oh my!), they’re over the top in a way that would make Marlene Dietrich keel over in ecstasy.

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The ankle booties that stole Isabel Marant’s show were typical Parisian cool. Strappy and fitted in neutral-to-military colors, just looking at them filled you with a sense of sass and empowerment. While we love the combination of olive green and grey, the show stoppers were the designs that were primarily designed in fur with leather cross straps binding everything together. They were sheer excess in a way that is right up the alley of Beyonce or Rihanna – in fact, we’re sure both the bombastic icons will be snapped wearing them.

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Christian Dior, much like other Parisian designers, are having a ‘90s influence. No, we’re not talking about Spice Girls’ level platform heels – Raf’s ‘90s inspiration revolves around colorful sneakers and molded rubber. Where his sneaker interpretation deviates from the literal (we’re looking at you, Chanel), is that he still includes a pointed toe pump in the design. High-contrast and unique, these shoes will be editorial hits and Anna Dello Russo favorites.

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If Céline’s line is any indication, flatforms are going to have a moment in fall. While we’re not completely sold on the clunky silhouette, the gorgeous use of patent leather and neutrally colored ombre fade make us warm up to the designs more than we thought possible. Besides, who doesn’t love comfort? A flat shoe on a platform provides the additional height without the ankle strain.

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As per usual, Chloé’s line of shoes are clean, sleek, modernist goodness wrapped in stunning suede, supple leather, and intriguing fur. We love the mixture of different textures on every design, if only because she takes simple ideas (black and navy, quilted leather) and elevates them to a plateau of high fashion. The complementary palette of eggplant, sage, navy, and cream make the designs stand out even more; the neutrality means that you will be able to wear these shoes practically anywhere, all winter long. When the heeled boots look this amazing, who could blame you?

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The shoes are simply sensational in their open-toed and strappy sandaled goodness. From the exquisite color palette (burnished reds and oranges, stark whites, hints of mint, and streaks of snakeskin) to the perfectly unique silhouette that is edgy without being bizarre, Givenchy’s shoes are firmly cemented as some of the most covetable heels of the season. If this is Tisci’s glamour, we can’t be more thankful for the lack of sweatshirts.

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We watch Stella McCartney’s shows for her neo-prep sensibilities, the kind that make you quirk your head to the side and think “wow, I never thought of styling a blazer like that.” Similarly daring, Stella’s shoes for this season are not for the faint of heart – the multi-tone flatforms are one part loafer and three parts gutsy. Ranging from neutral to star printed, they match her aesthetic of modernist with an attitude.

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When Elie Saab presents his collections, we’re always expected stunning gowns and perfect, modern opulence. This time around, the footwear is strappy and dramatic, perfectly inter-weaving leather and suede. What has our heart pounding is the luscious color palette; the gorgeous purple perfectly balances the vibrant teal, further tied together with hints of black and beige. Swoon. If these shoes don’t scream sensual sophistication, we don’t know what heels do! We predict that these shoes will be mainstays on the red carpet and we can’t wait to see who rocks them.

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If there’s one thing that’s certain about Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, it’s that the collections are made for partying. Miniskirts, sequins, and enough fur to make an Old Hollywood starlet blush, they practically drip with Los Angeles essence; they scream “I’m a cool girl.” Why would the shoes be any different? Coming in primarily three styles, the strappy Mary Janes, London-style ankle bootie, and the sleek knee-high boots are knock-your-socks-off fabulous. Sure, you could go for the black patent leather or sleek chestnut suede variety, but we can’t stop looking at the glitter infused, rhinestone studded, and striped variations. Silver leather knee-high boots that walked straight out of a 1960s science fiction movie? Uh, yesPlease and thank you.

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It wouldn’t be a Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel collection without a heaping helping of absurdity and Chanel’s supermarket chic collection is filled with just that. How absurd is absurd? Well, let’s just say we haven’t seen so many gym-ready Chanel shoes in…well, ever. That’s right: the Chanel shoes of the season are exclusively sneakers, taking a cue from the last haute couture collection where kneepads and fannypacks were standard fare. The collection was rife with multi-tweed sneakers that came in ankle and knee-high variety, perfect for those who like their style to have a dose of novelty.

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It’s no surprise that Valentino’s FW14 footwear offerings are sensational – their shoes have been ruling the streetstyle blogs for a few seasons now. This collection, they’ve embraced Italian Pop art by use of rich red hues, mod shapes, moody blues, and a stunning mosaic print. Alternating the styles between knee-high boots, a stellar ankle bootie, and a lovely strappy pump, we predict that these shoes will be everywhere come September.

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This is the first collection from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that we’re seeing large undertones of dark and gothic romanticism that truly feel like they were taken out of Alexander McQueen’s diary. Keeping with the brand’s London roots (nevermind that it shows in Paris), the footwear collection was comprised entirely of hiking boots with a stuffy Victorian twist. Imbued with ruffles, and embellished with fur, the booties were on the masculine side of decadent but decadent nonetheless. Some of the most intriguing? The knee-high eyelet lace ups; only the most courageous would rock those.

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Nicolas Ghesquière’s premier collection for Louis Vuitton was a smash hit and filled with pieces you want to buy and wear to shreds. The footwear did not escape the lush treatment, designed in combinations of black, beige, and cognac leather – a select few were even adorned with a gold LV medallion. We love the curved heel that pervaded the shoes, but our hearts are set on the two-tone mid-calf boot with superfluous straps.

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Miu Miu’s collection was all about girlish, stick-to-your-teeth sugary charm. Pastels were rampant, the bags were perfect, and the shoes? Well, the shoes were just charming. Candy colored satin booties and metallic paisley brocade pumps were all fitted with a playful screw-like pin heel. If the hardware motif is not up your alley, the transparent waterproof boots are sure to make the impact you’re looking for.

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Cameron Diaz wore Céline pumps to the opening of TAG Heuer’s NYC flagship store on Fifth Avenue. These shoes are from the Fall 2011 collection featuring black suede, round toe, leather ankle-wrap, hidden platform and 120mm heel. We’ve also recently spotted them on Hilary Duff. They’re still available (on discount!) at Yoox.

She’s been the brand ambassador for the luxury timepiece label along with Leonardo DiCaprio since 2012. Cameron posed wearing Giambattista Valli polka dot lurex tweed jacquard coat with a notched collar and hidden snap button front closure from the Pre-Fall 2014 collection (which is currently available for pre-order at Moda Operandi).

She stayed warm by adding black stockings and carried a Hunting Season Fall 2013 Pyramid Horn box clutch. Several jewelry pieces by Eva Fehren completed her look including a pavé diamond Wrap Claw ring, X rings and Zipper stud earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Cameron.

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Hilary Duff wore Céline pumps to Delta Airlines 2014 Grammys Weekend Party in West Hollywood. They’re from the Fall 2011 collection featuring black suede, hidden platform, leather ankle-wrap and round toe. You can still find these shoes on discount at Yoox.

She looked fabulous wearing a blue & oxblood printed silk sleeveless mini dress (similar style) by Jenni Kayne with a contrast black leather panel and high-low hem from the Resort 2014 collection. Hilary also layered this with a Helmut Lang Smoking Tux black blazer.

Other accessories included a raspberry pout, Donatienne Megan snake-embossed black fur clutch and 2 Bandits Rodgers black onyx cuff.

Check out more shoes spotted on Hilary.


Katy Perry wore Céline ankle-strap sandals to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. These shoes feature black suede straps and gold-tone embellished thin front strap (pictured above in ox, closest photo we have!). You can find older Céline styles at Bluefly & Yoox.

Meow! Katy also chose a leopard print long sleeve high neck dress with gold embellishments by Emanuel Ungaro from the Fall 2013 collection. The sassy frock was accented with dragonfly embroidery which had gold palliate covered wings & crystal details. She finished her look with a sleeked wrapped pony tail and Anita Ko jewelry.

Check out more shoes spotted on Katy.

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Miley Cyrus was spotted making her way to the set of ‘Fruehstuecksfernsehen’ wearing Céline pumps. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring white leather, black sole and 105mm heel. You can shop Céline shoes at Bluefly and Yoox.

She also wore a knee-length figure-hugging sheath black leather dress with a deep v-shaped neckline by Jitrois. Miley also accessorized with her favorite Cartier extra large Juste un Clou bracelet, red nails and vintage Gianni Versace medusa medallion ring.

Check out more shoes spotted on Miley.


Miley Cyrus was spotted outside ‘Good Morning America’ in NYC wearing Céline pumps. These pointed-toe pumps are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring white leather and 105mm skinny heel. You can shop Céline shoes online at Yoox and Bluefly.

She left the studios wearing Chanel including a black & white knee-length knit dress and Fall 2012 leather backpack. Miley announced the iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup and accessorized with a Cartier Juste un Clou extra large bracelet, Jack Vartanian Handcuff necklace plus her favorite Mini Safety Pin earring by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry.

Check out more shoes spotted on Miley.

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Jessica Alba wore Céline pumps to the 2013 Spike TV Guys Choice Awards. These pointed-toe pumps are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring orange leather and 105mm skinny heel. You can find Céline shoes online at Yoox and Bluefly.

She was the best-dressed and quite the bombshell on this lovely leopard carpet wearing a canary yellow Atelier Versace croc print bustier mini dress. I love the styling including her side-swept glamorous hairstyle, Jacquie Aiche Assorted Diamond Bezel ear cuff and carmine pink lip.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jessica.

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Cheryl Cole wore Céline tuxedo slippers to the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball in London. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black & burgundy patent leather with a grosgrain ribbon across the front.

She walked the red carpet wearing a Balmain tuxedo jumpsuit with her hair pulled back in a ponytail. Cheryl’s dramatic eye makeup was accented with an orangey-bronze tone and she also accessorized with bright red nails. I’m thankful Cheryl wore this before Kim Kardashian could get her hands on it…

Check out more shoes spotted on Cheryl.

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Rihanna is featured in the November 2012 issue of Vogue wearing Céline mules. These heels are from the Resort 2013 collection featuring black leather, smoked vinyl and open toe. They’re not available online yet.

Rihanna posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz wearing a Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012 hand-embroidered silk cutoff dress and red lip. I also posted on Rihanna wearing these mules yesterday with an embellished Marc Jacobs outfit. Check out more of her feature at Vogue and other shoes spotted on Rihanna.