Pantone recently announced radiant orchid as the 2014 color of the year. This charming purple hue captivates a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” while “emanating great joy, love and health”.
I always look forward to this report which covers the season’s most important color trends. This purpley shade covered the runways at NYFW and I expect to see it on our favorite red carpet starlets as well as on clothing and accessories throughout the year.
Featured below is a quick look at several spring shoe styles I’ve found in variations of this hue. I love the graphic patterns used on the Roger Vivier & Nicholas Kirkwood styles combined with a spicy cayenne red. Manolo Blahnik opted for a warmer two-tone design mixing byzantium with fandango.
Get radiant purple on your feet right now; check out these available styles:
I love making announcements such as these: Chelsea Paris shoes have now launched at select Barneys stores and Barneys.com! The shoes are designed in London by founder Theresa Ebaguaand and expertly handmade using traditional methods in Italy. Woven into her designs are Theresa’s long-standing loves and interests: the Art Deco movement, the sights, colors and artifacts of her native Africa, as well as historical French fashion.
The Resort ’14 Sosa sandals feature a thin strappy cage design, open round toe, corset lace-up front, super long leather laces and gold-tone metal aglets. Half sizes are available.
Winter is upon us, which can only mean onething for the ever-moving world of fashion: Spring shoes are just around the corner and a heap of new trends is going to come with it. It’s intimidating, but have no fear! While you’ve been zipping up your knee high boots, we’ve been hot on the trail of the best shoe styles of the upcoming season. Even though it was difficult to narrow it down, here are the trends we’re most looking forward to for Spring 2014:
Mules: Not to be confused with the animal, mules are shoes characterized by their exposed heel and this Spring 2014 season they are everywhere. Backless shoes are a trend everyone can rock, as they come in a myriad of heights. We spotted them on the catwalks of mega-brands Alexander Wang, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Céline. Our faves? Of course, Gianvito Rossi is the master of the mule – he even designed Altuzarra’s gorgeous runway mules – but, we also can’t help but love Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous use of PVC in her heel-baring designs and Christian Louboutin’s bead-embellished creations.
Placid Blue: This icy-toned blue is one of Pantone’s top picks for the Spring 2014 season. Dubbed “placid blue,” this hue does indeed have a calming and serene quality about it and designers latched onto it for their warmer weather designs. Used as both the main color and as an accenting neutral, we love the way this normally subversive color is taking control this season. From the curved heel of Walter Steiger’s glorious pump to Miu Miu’s chunky heeled platform, this color has proven itself to be much more than an Easter egg favorite.
Freesia: As if to tell placid blue to move over and share the stage, this Pantone pick is a blazing yellow that commands attention. Freesia is the color of electric citrus, and where placid blue is a blue sky, freesia is the smoldering sun. Just a glimpse at the color instantly energizes you, which is why it isn’t surprising that designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, ShoeRazzi favorite Jerome C. Rousseau, and John Galliano (spotted on the trendy heels of Rita Ora) have all utilized this vibrant color. After all, there is no better way to add a kick of ferocity to an outfit than with a sick pair of shoes!
Sporty: This spring, the femininity of high heels are combining with an unexpected element: sportiness. We briefly delved into this trend in our recap of the hottest shoes on the Milanese runways, but this trend is proving to be much more than a footnote. Whether it’s through the use of athletic materials such as perforated leather (Daniele Michetti), woven nylon (Balenciaga), and neoprene (John Galliano), or through design like Emilio Pucci’s padded leather straps, Prada’s rubber bumpers and sole, or Christian Dior’s sneaker laces, it’s clear that one of the hottest trends of Spring 2014 is combining urban style with luxury.
Funky Embellishments: For the past couple seasons, wild embellishments have been a designer standby to make their shoes really stand out, and this season is no different. We’re seeing a wealth of extravagant and unique embellishments that are making classic shoe designs total statement makers. From Sophia Webster’s spunky and vibrant butterfly wings to Bionda Castana’s ingenious use of lace and silicone to create a leopard print, using embellishments is the go-to way to make your shoes the most enviable soles on the block. Christian Louboutin even got in on the trend with his darling doorknocker embellishments and that’s how you know it’s a must-follow trend.
Floral Appliqué: Along the same vein of embellishments, another incredibly popular trend during this upcoming spring and summer season is the use of floral appliqués. It makes sense when you think about it: what better way to celebrate warm weather’s flowers and gorgeous variety of colors than using those very vessels of vibrancy as shoe-spiration? The flowers range from subtle (Christian Dior, Brian Atwood) to a veritable bouquet (we’re looking at you Aperlai and Kotur!), but no matter the size of the flower, we love the elegance and femininity it effortlessly conveys.
Beaded: By this time, you’re probably sensing a theme: next season is all about personality-filled shoes. The more accoutrements the better. Following the shoe jewelry trend (shoewlry? We’ll work on a name for this, we promise), some of the hottest shoes you’ll be seeing in Spring 2014 are ornately beaded works of footwear art. Emilio Pucci’s Masai-inspired beading is picture perfect, Paul Andrew’s floral inspiration combines two trends in one pump, and Aperlai’s caviar beaded platform shoes – seen on Willow Shields during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour – is edgy while still being darling. However, the shoe that takes the bead-embellished cake is definitely Jerome C. Rousseau’s multi-beaded, multi-dimensional heel, which is sure to turn heads.
Jenna Ushkowitz wore Chelsea Paris pumps to the 2013 American Music Awards. These shoes are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring mirrored gold leather, small island platform, almond toe and high back. This style is not yet at retail but you can shop older designs on discount at Bluefly.
The ‘Glee’ actress posed wearing a beautiful silk blend v-neck sleeveless gown by Raoul with a column skirt. She also debuted new blonde highlights throughout the front section of her mane perfectly framing her face.
Jenna carried a sand-filled Sandy acrylic clutch by Ashlyn’d and added on several pieces of Neil Lane gold jewelry including a long tassel necklace.
When warmer climates arrive, the boots get stored away and cheery sandals (strappier the better) come out to play. I love a classic court shoe but the brighter & more playful spring shoes are always my favorites.
Style.com’s Spring 2014 Accessories Index was just released and market director Marina Larroudé reveals the news on shoes spotlighting 10 standout styles. Her selections focus on several upcoming footwear trendsincluding mules, sportysandals and kitten-heel pumps.
Notes: I’ve named Isabel Marant’s latest creation the moccanstock since they’re a hybrid of a moccasin combined with a Birkenstock-style footbed. Gianvito Rossi solidified the spotlight again this season with his super sexy mules – which he also designed for Altuzarra.
Sporty shoes covered the runways at Milan Fashion Week and the most obvious example of this trend is Prada’s athletic-inspired heels featuring thick rubber bumpers. My favorite choice from Larroudé’s list is Tabitha Simmons super strappy pump in white leather; I imagine these look amazing on the foot.
My top picks: As usual, my selections are all about the heels and this season they’re especially different from the editor’s picks. I can never pass up a hot shoe! There were so many styles pulling at my heartstrings, it was difficult narrowing this down to 10.
Notes: Gianvito Rossi is the “master of the mule” and I love the mirrored leather combined with black python. Fendi’s silicone sandals are architecturally amazing and check out the industrial caged “double heels”. I adore Charlotte Olympia’s “Overboard” sea-inspired collection and yes, those are upside down mermaid heels! Diego Dolcini’s strappy sandal is a signature style redesigned in a trendy violet tulip neoprene and captivating shade of indigo.
Stana Katic wore Chelsea Paris Zoe sandals to the premiere of ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ premiere at the 2013 AFI Fest. These strappy heels feature black croc-embossed leather, thin t-strap, three ankle straps and back-zip. I love this brand and hope more retailers start carrying the Spring 2014 styles. You can shop older styles on discount at Bluefly.
The ‘Castle’ star wore a custom Halston Heritage long sleeve stretch black dress with a snap front, tonal silk blend trim and sexy side slit. Stana skipped the jewelry and finished her look with a thick eyeliner plus pinky nude lip. She also carried black and blue caviar crystal covered Ciggones minaudière by Emm Kuo.
It’s become tradition – every season I enjoy looking through the Accessories Index at Style.com and selecting my top 10 shoe picks.
First, these are market director Marina Larroudé’s top choices:
Here are my top picks:
I would love to know what’s on your must-have list. Sophia Webster’s embroidered boot is such a standout! Another easy addition to my list was the crystal-embellished sandal by Tabitha Simmons – it’s so stunning. Not surprisingly, Ms.Olivia Palermo has already snatched up & worn the beautiful Aquazzura Madison feather pumps.
More top shoes:
I’ve been collecting lookbooks and making notes of trends all summer – a giant fall trends post is coming up next.
I’m also working on a personal post of the shoes I’ve been wearing recently & I promise it will be posted soon. X
Sarah Silverman wore Chelsea ParisSofia ankle strap pumps to the LA premiere of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring a d’Orsay design with black suede and skinny ankle straps. Sofia is available online in black/white Chelsea Paris.
She’s also wearing a cap sleeve with a peplum waist by Bird. Sarah accessorized with black vintage studded earrings and a carried a Vince Camuto clutch. Check out more recent celebrity shoe spottings.
Salma Hayek wore Giuseppe Zanotti blue suede bow-embellished platform sandals to the ‘Savages’ photo call in London. She’s also wearing a Roland Mouret Mercy colorblock dress.
Salma clearly took a cue from Katy Perry with the blue shoes however they’re not a match for this dress. These sandals are too chunky and this blue color clashes…plus, I prefer a bordeaux color.
Shoes She Should Have Worn:
Valentino platform sandal; available online at Valentino I go through hundreds of shoes for these posts, this was the first shoe that I choose and it made the final cut :). It features cut-out suede with rose details and a pink platform.
Alexander McQueen leather & velvet platform pump These are a bit more red however I love how the velvet pleat complements the dress’s bodice.
Chelsea ParisCatherine suede ankle-strap pump; available online at Chelsea Paris (sold out, but there are other fall styles available) These pumps are from the Fall 2012 collection with a flirty lace-up back.
Alexander McQueen leather platform pump This is the most basic option from McQueen’s Fall 2012 collection and the color is perfect.