Our tour of the fashion capitals of the world continues. Next stop? Milan! Let’s take a closer look at our favorite Italian exports –nope, not the best-tasting pizza or the creamiest gelato there is –but shoes, of course! Whet your sartorial appetite with these shoes that are just, bellisima.
Dolce & Gabbana
Disney Princess wannabee? Dolce & Gabanna’s whimsical heels will make your fairy tale dreams come true. Metallic t-strap pumps were embellished with glitter, multicolored flowers and furry pompoms. PVC pumps were reminiscent of Cinderella’s glass slippers –you’d never want to leave a shoe behind, that’s for sure –midnight curfew or not.
Furry footwear also tickled the Ferragamo runway. Fur trim adorned the ankle strap on an otherwise classic, muted satin sandal. Toe caps of block-heeled pumps also got the furry treatment, giving the chic footwear the cozy touch of bathroom slippers. Zigzag-patterned lizard skin and suede booties and knee-highs were also playful and edgy additions to the flirty footwear collection.
Stilettos stole the show with its super ornate embellishments –tassels, cord lacing, beadwork, badges, ruffles, belts, straps and buckles were the perfect details to match the military mood of the edgy Victorian coats and Sargent jackets.
The Prada woman for fall is a traveller who treks, hikes and explores in style. Her nomadic footwear consists of lace-ups with wedge heels, multicolored laces and nautical detailing. Her Prada pilgrimage will continue with glossy patents and color-blocked leathers, adorned with golden buckles.
Now you can wear a pair of snakeskin platform boots for almost everyday of the week. The go-go boots came in a plethora of colors –black, gold, purple, blue and green –all snag-worthy for the glam-rock chicks out there.
Cropped and over-the-knee boots weren’t shy of details –the leg covering footwear were heavily dressed up in ruffled leather, scaling, garters and tapered heels. These beauties had an eye-catching color palette too, from cotton candy hues to super bold shades that would light up the streets in the fall.
With Madonna mash-ups playing the background, you can definitely expect a show that is equal parts sexy, rebellious and edgy. Stomp-worthy combat boots were bedecked with studs and colorblocked with blue or green covering. Cowboy boots were studded and buckled –super sexy when paired with short skirts. Then there’s that pair of metallic gladiator boots that are extremely feminine, fierce and totally hot!
Alessandro Michele described his dreamy collection as an ode to, as he said, “some of my passions” –the Seventies, The Renaissance and Street Style were celebrated through platform wedges paired with lustrous hosiery. Horse-bit loafers got a fun makeover and were spruced up with a pointed toe and block heels, while your classic round-toe Mary Janes turned into entrancing accessories with its optical illusion print.
It was a kitten heel parade. Leather ankle booties, got the modest-heel treatment, while pointy pumps already came with zipped up socks for a cosy touch. Ankle strap pumps got a little bit more height and color too. Our favorite? The fluorescent yellow capped stilettos with coral ankle straps.
Consuelo Castiglioni obviously likes to experiment with conceptual forms. Pointy pumps in high-shine neutrals featured wooden wedges with gold trimming –the shoes were like wearable pieces of furniture. Tall boots were also given added lift by wooden orbs, while other pumps were elegantly accented with curved, swirly-shaped wooden heels.
About the author: Zenzhu is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. He thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more).
Bella Thorne wore GucciLeila platform sandals to the premiere of ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. They feature silver metallic leather, adjustable ankle-strap, 100mm stiletto heel and 50mm platform. We’ve also seen them on Kate Hudson. Leila is available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Gucci, plus you can shop more Fall 2014 styles at Neiman Marcus and MyTheresa.
Kate Hudson wore GucciLeila sandals to the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala held in LA. These heels feature silver metallic leather, adjustable ankle-strap, 100mm stiletto heel and 50mm platform. Leila is available at Nordstrom and Gucci, plus you can shop more Fall 2014 styles at Neiman Marcus and MyTheresa.
Outfit Details: Gucci Première nude blush shimmery sequin gown with a tulle overlay, a jeweled silver clutch and Chrome Hearts jewelry.
Kate Beckinsale wore GucciMallory sandals to the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino held in LA. These minimalistic heels feature nude suede with square-cut Swarovski crystals and covered 114mm heel. Mallory is available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Gucci.
Outfit Details: Gucci Fall 2014 mauve longsleeve evening gown trimmed in crystal tube lining, Kotur clutch, shimmery peach colored lip plus Jack Vartanian diamond Glam earrings.
Blake Lively wore GucciNaomi sandals to the 2014 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation in NYC. These heels are from the Fall 2012 collection featuring grey suede, two rhinestone-covered straps and back-zip closure. You can shop new Fall 2014 styles at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Net-A-Porter.
Outfit Details: Gucci Cruise 2015 pale yellow evening gown with a plunging sequin trimmed neckline, a berry glossy lip and statement diamond ring and drop earrings.
Bella Thorne wore Gucci booties to ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre in LA. These heels feature black leather, multiple suede straps, almond toe, side zip fastening and sculpted 140mm heel. They’re available at Farfetch.
Beyoncé Knowles wore GucciClaudie sandals to Gucci’s Chime for Change event held at the Fifth Avenue flagship store in NYC. They feature black silk satin, thin ankle-strap, towering 145mm heel and chunky platform. Claudie is available in black suede at Gucci, printed calf hair at Nordstrom or black satin covered in crystals at MyTheresa.
She posed next to Frida Giannini wearing a white stretch-silk halterneck jumpsuit with a plunging v-neck, tapered trouser and darted waist also by Gucci.
For her other accessories, Beyoncé added a Lorraine Schwartz platinum white diamond twist ring, seafoam mani and Charlotte Olympia clear acrylic Pandora box clutch.
Anne Hathaway wore GucciLili platform sandals to the 2014 Academy Awards. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. This style debuted in the Pre-Fall 2013 collection featuring black patent leather, thing cross-over straps, covered platform and 5.3″ heel. Lili is available in grey metallic or black patent leather at Gucci.
After Anne’s awkward fashion snafu last year and her choice to part ways with long time stylist Rachel Zoe, she really needed a shining red carpet moment. She presented the award for Best Supporting Actor wearing a Gucci black silk halterneck gown with a column skirt and mirrored crystal-embroidered bodice.