Designer Shoes: Christian Dior

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.

Written by Shannon Weston

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Allison Williams wore Christian Dior pointed-toe pumps to the third season premiere of ‘Girls’ held at Lincoln Center in NYC. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They feature pink rose technical material, asymmetric cut front and 100mm transparent graded perspex heel.

She was the best-dressed on this red carpet wearing Dior head-to-toe including a darling baby blue silk satin sleeveless dress with a translucent iridescent vinyl plastic petal embellished bodice, soft pleated skirt and high-low hem.

Allison’s hair was swept back in a sleek updo and she added another pop of sparkle by wrapping a crystal hairpiece around her chignon. She also accessorized with a French rose pink stained lip, barely there pale pink mani and several Rose Dior Bagatelle diamond jewelry pieces.

Check out more shoes spotted on Allison.

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Marion Cotillard wore Christian Dior sculpted pumps to the premiere of ‘Waltz for Monica’ at the 2013 Marrakech International Film Festival. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black mesh, suede trim, sculpted wedge and thin asymmetrical strap. You can shop Dior styles on discount at Yoox and Bluefly.

She also wore the last look from Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2013 collection including a two-part dark navy silk dress layered with a striped orange & black silk evening dress.

Marion’s hair was pulled back in a chignon leaving out her brow-skimming bangs. She finished her look with a Dior Venis Blue Label 997 mani, pretty pink pout and metallic blue rimmed eyes.

Check out more shoes spotted on Marion.

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 trends including mules, sporty sandals and kitten-heel pumps.

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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.

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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.

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Marion Cotillard wore Christian Dior pumps to the premiere of ‘Blood Ties’ at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. These heels are from the Winter 2013 collection featuring black glazed leather, 100mm heel and pale pink leather overlay at the toe & heel.

She posed wearing a navy floral lace Dior sheer dress with a short front and long train. The dress is beautiful but I have several problems with the mishmash styling. I would have preferred Marion’s midriff covered, a more feminine updo (the super sleek look is too harsh), and she absolutely needed to remove the green stingray cuff.

Check out more shoes spotted on Marion.

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Jessica Biel was spotted making her way to an event at Saks Fifth Avenue for the inauguration of the new windows dedicated to the House of Dior’s Fall-Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear collection. She wore Christian Dior pumps from the Spring 2013 collection featuring mirrored rose gold patent leather, curved heel and asymmetric cut front.

She was appropriately dressed in everything Dior for the event including an ecru long sleeve dress with an asymmetric hem and ivory bottom panel. Jessica carried a baby blue python clutch and also added a classic red mani. She finished her look with a gold cannage design cuff bracelet from the My Dior jewelry collection.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jessica.

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Christa B. Allen wore Christian Dior slingbacks to the 12th Annual InStyle Summer Soirée held at the Mondrian Los Angeles. These heels are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring metallic blue leather, asymmetric front cut, long pointed-toe and sculpted heel.

The ‘Revenge’ ladies were in full fashion force last night. Christa arrived right behind her co-star Ashley Madekwe wearing a black tech suiting Resort 2014 dress with white trim by Robert Rodriguez. She finished her look with Martin Katz hexagon diamond drop earrings (retailing for $39,500!).

Check out more shoes spotted on Christa B.

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Jessica Paré is featured in the July 2013 issue of S Moda wearing Christian Dior ankle-strap pumps. These Fall 2013 shoes feature black suede, thin wrap around ankle-strap and 108mm sculpted heel. Sofia Vergara also wore these in Harper’s Bazaar.

The Canadian actress who stars as Megan Draper on ’Mad Men’ posed for the Spanish magazine wearing three different looks including leather & lace. Jessica said this Davidelfin blue number ”Looks like he has designed it for me, fits me like a glove”. It’s from the Spring 2013 collection with a pleated skirt, white collar and currently on sale.

Check out more photos from her feature and other shoes spotted on Jessica.

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Sofia Vergara is featured in the August 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar wearing Christian Dior heels. These Fall 2013 shoes feature black suede, thin wrap around ankle-strap and sculpted heel. This style is not yet at retail but you can shop current Dior styles at FarFetch and Colette.

She’s gearing up for Season 5 of ‘Modern Family’ and also promoting her new film, ‘Machete Kills’ which premieres this October. Sofia posed for photographer Terry Richardson wearing a red trench also from Dior’s Fall 2013 collection paired with Harry Winston diamond earrings.

Check out more photos from her feature including a behind-the-scenes video interview and other shoes spotted on Sofia.

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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:
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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.

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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