Rihanna wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps to the 2013 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These pointed-toe shoes feature black suede and 100mm heel. This style is available in several colors at the Neiman Marcus Made-to-Order BB boutique.
She skipped the red carpet but made an appearance backstage in the press room after winning the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist. Rihanna wore a gypsy flavored two-piece including a patchwork lace mermaid skirt and sequin embroidered bra top from the Jean Paul Gaultier’s Indian-inspired Spring 2013 Couture collection.
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.
Manolo BlahnikBellantomod boot | 105mm/4″ heel | shop at Barneys for $1,195.00
Bellantomod first debuted on the runway during NYFW at Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2013 show. They feature black grained suede, open toe, corset-style lace up back, black tonal long suede laces and signature Blahnik stiletto heel.
Kate Moss wore these in the April 2013 issue of Vogue Paris. Half sizes are available and you can also find the Bellantomod in a gorgeous two-tone nude & black leather at Neiman Marcus.
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.
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.
Nikki Reed wore Christian Diorpumps to the Stand Up For Gus benefit held at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring pink silk satin and 105mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Olivia Palermo, Marion Cotillard & Bella Thorne.
She’s back in Christian Dior wearing her second look from the Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection. Jennifer looked beautiful in this vanilla silk strapless evening dress with a layered bodice and softly draped skirt. I thought the random blob on the skirt was a water droplet from the photographer’s camera lens but it’s actually a sequin embroidered circle.
Here’s a closer look at her hair & makeup which I will be bookmarking because it’s flawless! The starburst pink lip, luscious lashes and slightly smudged eyeliner = perfection.
Jennifer Lawrence wore Manolo BlahnikChaos sandals to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ premiere after-party in London. These shoes feature black patent leather and 100mm heel. Chaos is available in black patent leather at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. I also love this new two-tone suede style.
Sarah Jessica Parker wore Manolo BlahnikBB pumps to the series premiere of her new AOL show ‘city.ballet’ held at Tribeca Cinemas. These pointed-toe shoes feature forest green suede and 100mm heel. This BB pump is available at Barneys plus several other colors at the Neiman Marcus Made-to-Order BB boutique.
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 nape of the neck. She also carried a marbled box clutch.