During my [long] break from blogging, and even though I wasn’t writing everyday, I was still checking out the latest collections – once a shoe lover, always a shoe lover ☺.
One of the reasons I felt it took me so long to get back to blogging is that I couldn’t help but feel overall uninspired by everything I was seeing stocked in my favorite stores. Aside from a few standouts here & there, the designs seemed monotonous. Which is the reason why I have so much respect for designers who manage to balance creativity with wearability and staple pieces while at the same time maintaining a unique brand voice.
I was browsing through new spring styles and wanted to share the shoes which really caught my eye:
Bionda Castana x LK Bennett checkerboard printed pointed-toe pump in navy and white leather.
Manolo Blahnik soft orange suede pointed-toe pump with shiny blue piped leather trim.
Marskin RyyppyMerope strappy cutout pump in tangerine suede and metallic peacock green snakeskin.
Chloe Gosselin cutout pump in vermilion red suede and matching leather.
Paul AndrewHaikou pump in white satin with raffia & sequin flower embroidery in white and dragon red.
Casadei cobalt suede sandal with natural snakeskin straps and long ankle-wrap laces with tassels.
Tabitha Simmons natural raffia strappy sandals with blue starburst floral embroidered straps.
Alexandre Birman sky blue suede sandal with tube straps and snakeskin detailing.
GiannicoPicasso mule with Beverly Hills palm print canvas and pale blue leather covered stiletto.
Chelsea Paris for Jean-Pierre Braganza black leather cage sandal with multicolor details.
Liudmilla jacquard Leandra sculpted wedge pump with a cutout heel and long gold leather ankle-wrap.
Alejandra G. multicolor pastel snakeskin cage sandal with matching tassels.
Oscar TiyeKitty sandal in glossy black patent leather and contrast white stitching.
Malone SouliersIda gladiator sandal in a beautiful laser-cut teal leather with red patent leather and pretty pink laces; available at Avenue 32.
Mary Katrantzou floral printed leather pumps with croc strap and sculpted gold-tone heel.
Le Silla cutout sandal in platinum snakeskin and long corset-style laces; available at Le Silla.
Kerry Washington wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards held in Hollywood. These heels feature black crystal embellishment, pointed-toe and 120mm heel (100mm heel pictured above). You can shop current styles BB styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Barneys.
Outfit Details: Balenciaga Spring 2015 little black halter dress with sheer sleeves and crystal panels at the hips, a light pink glossy pout and Tiffany diamonds.
Rihanna wore Manolo BlahnikChaos sandals to the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center on Monday in New York City. They feature rose gold leather, thin adjustable ankle strap and 105mm heel. Chaos is available in mirrored rose gold leather at Neiman Marcus or mirrored silver leather & black patent leather at Saks Fifth Avenue.
She was honored with the Fashion Icon Award wearing a custom Adam Selman three-piece sheer fishnet outfit including a sleeveless dress, headscarf and opera gloves completely embellished with over 200,000 Swarovski crystals!
Rihanna also accessorized with a Pologeorgis pink fur stole, Jacob & Co. emerald cut diamond solitaire ring plus a pink morganite cushion cut ring & moonstone earrings by Paul Morelli.
When you think of Manolo Blahnik, your mind most likely turns to Carrie Bradshaw’s adoration and incredibly stocked closet of the esteemed brand. After all, his shoes are so gorgeous that the fiction fashion icon proclaimed, “I wanted to let you know that I’m getting married; to myself. I’m registered at Manolo Blahnik.” Since his first collection debut in 1972, Spanish-born Manuel “Manolo” Blahnik Rodriguez has brought classical elegance back to the forefront of fashion.
His legend status makes it even more surprising that the Spring 2014 collection was the first to show during a fashion week. “Everything is becoming so transparent,” the 71-year-old designer started, “with all this technology, with the blogs and tweets, and I wanted to get more in touch with normal people.” Luckily for us, that meant showcasing his luscious collection during London Fashion Week.
Inspired by the turn of the 20th century, the collection is filled with costume jewelry embellishments, vibrant colors, and a flair for the dramatic. Truly, the use of color blocking, tiered satin, and pleated silk harkens back to a time where women gladly spent a third of the household income on fashion and frippery. The modern twist? The use of braided leather and hyper-futuristic mesh ensure that the collection doesn’t become too stuffy. We especially love the use of tassels and the elaborate embroidery on many of the mules and kitten heels – they embrace Spanish history in only a way a Spaniard could. It might be over forty years since his first collection, but his attraction to sophistication and decadence has never wavered.
If you want to see this gorgeous collection in motion, Manolo Blahnik’s first feature film entitled Jealousy! showcases the old glamor collection beautifully. The silent film embraces the decadence and drama that epitomizes the era from which he drew inspiration, bringing it to the modern day.
If his mainline collection is a little too old world for your tastes, there is a very good chance that the fantastic and minimalist designs he created for Osman, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Nicoll’s collections are perfect for your wardrobe.
Agapax d’Orsay pump in leather & suede with a whipstitch trim and long leather ankle-wrap laces
Aghatax bootie with a striped canvas heel and multicolor suede fringe front panel
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.
For the final US premiere she chose another Christian Dior look, this time a black wool short sleeve jacket paired with a pale pink and lime knitted bra from the Cruise 2014 collection.
This has been a long promotional tour and Jenn has another one coming right up for her next film, ‘American Hustle’. After learning about her recent health woes which she revealed to David Letterman last night, I’m even more impressed by her (incredibly stylish) stamina.
Reese Witherspoon wore Manolo BlahnikChaos ankle-strap sandals to ELLE’s 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in LA. These shoes feature nude suede and 107mm heel. Chaos is available with a 107mm/4.25″ heel black, gold and nude at Nordstrom.
She was the best-dressed and joined the other honorees wearing a fiery red viscose strapless Calvin Klein Collection dress with a contrast white stripe and pleat detail around at the waist. Reese put the finishing touches on this beautiful look with her hair loosely twisted back and pinned at the nape of the neck. She also carried a marbled box clutch.
I wanted to get this post out last week but TIFF kicked my butt. I have such a soft spot for a good strappy shoe and NYFW did not disappoint. Manolo Blahnik had the most collaborations again this season, 20 total.
– Brian Atwood designed his popular Evie open-toe pump in several yummy confectionary colors for Dennis Basso.
– Gio Diev debuted his first collaboration with Sally LaPointe. The pumps were strong & sexy with a high-rise front, slightly padded straps & pinhole closures.
– I hope you like mules…they’re sky-high & sexy as ever. The standout designs were seen down the runway at both Altuzarra and Victoria Beckham.
– Sophia Webster burst onto the scene with her debut collection last year. She has officially hit a whole new level and has already collaborated with J.Crew!
– Cesare Casadei for Prabal Gurung is a brilliant match. This season we saw sexy slingback pumps with several thin straps wrapped around the heel.
– Christian Louboutin for Marchesa‘s fairytale-inspired collection was extra dreamy & romantic with lace-up laser cut suede pumps.
– Marissa Webb was my all-around favorite. Her slightly sporty pumps are wearable (4-4.5″ heel) and have the corset lace-up front which I’m crazy about.
– The super strappy pumps at Narcriso Rodriguez were another stand out, and this black & white snakeskin design is TDF.
Jessica Biel wore Manolo BlahnikCuttabo silver crystal-embellished sandals to the premiere of ‘Hitchcock’ in NYC. These heels are from the Fall 2011 collection featuring metallic silver leather and multiple crystal brooches on the straps.
She walked the red carpet next to co-star Scarlett Johansson. I think Jessica over accessorized this already embellished Oscar de la Renta outfit. On the runway, this look was complemented with silver jewelry which I much prefer over Jessica’s Lorraine Schwartz white jade accessories. She also wore a white caviar manicure and dark berry lip.