I fall for at least one fabulous leopard-print shoe each season and these have the stolen the spotlight for Cruise 2014. They feature dyed calf hair, signature sporty buckled ankle cuff, wide front strap, piped black leather trim, high back and nude leather lining. 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.
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.
Gianvito Rossi ankle-strap sandal | 100mm/4″ heel | now on pre-order at Barneys for $ 760.00
Rossi’s the shoe man of the moment. He combines Italian craftsmanship with aesthetically beautiful design creating a gorgeous line of classic lust-worthy shoes. I recently read a MFW feature in Footwear News and loved what he had to say about his new popularity; “It seems like fashion is [shifting] to my point of view”.
This Spring 2014 style features a glitter-embellished thick PVC front strap, metallic gold leather, round toe and high-cut back attached to an adjustable ankle strap. Half sizes are available.
Jennifer Hudson received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame wearing Gianvito Rossi pumps. They’re from the Spring ’14 heels feature clear PVC sides, white leather cap-toe, nude leather heel and 100mm heel. This style just arrived at Matches and Barneys. You can also find them in black suede, silver, spice suede & red suede at Forward by Elyse Walker, or rose gold, silver & gold at Matches.
She looked fabulous wearing a Stella McCartney Resort 2014 python jacquard LWD with a long halterneck tie and draped sides. Jennifer’s side-parted slick pixie was reminiscent of the 60s and gave her whole outfit a mod feel. She put the finishing touches on the look with a dusty pink rose smokey eye and metallic blue nails.
Elizabeth Olsen was spotted outside AMC Lincoln Square Theater before the screening of ‘Oldboy’ wearing Altuzarra slingbacks. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection by Gianvito Rossi featuring black satin, 120mm heel and elastic slingback. This style is not available yet however you can shop fall styles at Saks Fifth Avenue.
She wore an outfit from the same Altuzarra Spring 2014 collection including a long Acacia silver metallic one button blazer and white silk Lily draped dress. I love the runway styling and prefer the hair worn back with this. Liz also carried a Jimmy Choo white leather Cayla gemstone stud clutch.
Gianvito Rossi cut-out bootie | 100mm/4″ heel | shop exclusively online at Barneys for $990.00
Gianvito’s fall collection and particularly this bootie is completely stealing the show right now. This brand is a celebrity favorite and currently one of my brand crushes – the styles just keep getting better & better! The designs are comfortable, walkable (averaging a 4″ heel) and HOT. These sandal booties feature black geometric cut-out suede, white leather panels and back-zip closure. Half sizes are available.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore Gianvito RossiEdgile pumps to launch of her new lingerie line, Rosie for Autograph, held at Marks & Spencer Marble Arch in London. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black python, v-shaped front and 110mm heel. Edgile is available online in metallic silver & military green at Shoescribe or military green at Farfetch.
Michelle Dockery wore Gianvito Rossi two-tone pumps to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Performer Nominee Reception in Hollywood. They’re from the Fall 2012 collection featuring mirrored silver leather, satin trim, high back and 105mm heel.
She looked stunning in this Resort 2014 sleeveless dress by Antonio Berardi with a crystal-embellished woven mesh bodice and knee-length pencil skirt. Michelle put the finishing touches on this beautiful look with a Judith Leiber Fizzy crystal minaudière, glossy terra cotta lip and Graziela Gems Baby Wave diamond ear cuff.