Designer Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent

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.

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Olivia Wilde wore Yves Saint Laurent Palais platform pumps to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. This classic shoe is from the Fall 2010 collection featuring black suede, round toe and 80mm curved heel. Palais is available at Barneys.

She joined Zoe Saldana bright & early wearing a Jason Wu LBD from an older collection featuring black mid-weight jersey and detachable beaded cutout silk-chiffon collar. Olivia also accessorized with EF Collection jewelry including a Diamond Double Disc bangle and Diamond Pyramid stud earrings.

She finished her look with a center parted loose ponytail twisted at the nape of her neck and black stockings.

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Kourtney Kardashian hosted a 2013 Labor Day weekend bash at the Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas wearing Saint Laurent Thorn pumps. These heels feature black patent leather, peaked back and 115mm heel. Thorn is available in black patent leather at Barneys, red leather at Farfetch, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman & Neiman Marcus or black/white python at Barneys.

She quickly shot down recent pregnancy rumors by arriving in a fitted black lace jumpsuit with a plunging neckline. This outfit is most likely from the new Kardashian Kollection For Lipsy capsule collection debuting this October. Kourtney also accessorized with a Charlotte Olympia Pandora plexiglass clutch, several Cartier Love bracelets and gold Céline cuff.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kourtney.

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Vanessa Hudgens wore Yves Saint Laurent platform pumps to the WWE & E! Entertainment SuperStars for Hope event held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. They’re from the Fall 2011 collection featuring black suede, thick platform and slightly curved heel. You can shop current Saint Laurent styles at NordstromBarneys & Bergdorf Goodman.

She also wore a fully gold embroidered long sleeve evening dress with black point d’esprit netting and black underlay by one of her favorite red carpet designers, Temperley London. Vanessa’s ombré locks were pulled up in a messy milkmaid braid and you can see her beautiful H.Stern X Oscar Niemeyer long gold earrings peeking through the loose strands.

Other accessories included petite gold diamond bands by Anita Ko, gold Coomi Eternity Sanctuary ring and black acrylic Edie Parker Jean box clutch.

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Britney Spears wore Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo pumps to ‘The Smurfs 2’ LA premiere. These shoes feature glossy textured black patent leather, concealed 1.5″ platform and 5″ stiletto heel. Tribtoo is available online at Neiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.

She released her new single ‘Ooh La La’ of the film’s soundtrack. Britney’s also gearing up for her Las Vegas residency and looked quite fit wearing a turquoise bandage dress with black contrast stripes by Hervé Léger. Other accessories included Chris Aire diamond stud earrings.

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Jena Malone posed wearing Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo pumps to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ panel held during Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013. These shoes feature glossy textured black patent leather, concealed 1.5″ platform and 5″ thin stiletto heel. They’re available online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.

And the classic YSL Tribtoo lives on….Jena wore these with a Resort ’14 two-tone navy & black silk jumpsuit featuring cut-out shoulders and front zip by Acne Studios. She accessorized with a nude lip, coral nails and carried a Jimmy Choo blue patent leather Tube clutch.

She could be blonde right now for a current role, but either way I much prefer Jena with dark brown hair.

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Salma Hayek wore Saint Laurent Jane ankle-strap sandals to the NY premiere of ‘Grown Ups 2’. These minimalistic sandals feature black leather, thin strap across toe, buckled ankle strap and 120mm heel. Jane is available online at Net-A-Porter and Saint Laurent.

She posed on the red carpet wearing a Saint Laurent ruched chiffon LBD with a triangular midriff cut-out and asymmetric crystal encrusted rope detail. Salma’s hair was twisted back in an up-do and finished with a braided headband. She also accessorized with pear shaped diamond earrings and Koral diamond hand bracelet by Gaydamak Jewellery.

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Alessandra Ambrosio was spotted wearing Yves Saint Laurent Clara pumps at STK in LA. These shoes are from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection featuring a gold-toned metal plate covering the heel breast. Clara is sold out online however you can find a similar style from the Spring 2013 collection at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

The Brazilian supermodel headed to dinner wearing a white Torn by Ronny Kobo Malena dress. She carried an Alexander McQueen Britannia studded suede skull clutch.

We’ve also seen the Clara pumps on Kim KardashianJessica ChastainGwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham .

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Salma Hayek was spotted wearing Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo platform pumps while leaving a dinner held for London Fashion Week. These shoes feature nude patent leather, hidden platform and round toe. Tribtoo is available online in black at Nordstrom & FarFetch, nude (6″ heel) at Net-A-Porter and mirrored gold/silver at FarFetch.

We can also see she wore a dark teal dress with a satin panel peeking out from under her black fur coat. Salma accessorized with a green cocktail ring and carried a Saint Laurent Betty mini nude leather bag.

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Julianne Hough was spotted making her way to ‘Extra’ at The Grove in LA wearing Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo pumps. These pumps feature nude suede, round toe and hidden platform. Tribtoo is available online in black leather at Nordstrom & FarFetch, nude patent leather (6″ heel) at Net-A-Porter and mirrored gold/silver at FarFetch.

She wore an orange mock turtle neck long sleeve tunic dress by Alberta Ferretti. Julianne was on the show promoting her new Sole Society shoe collection so I’m confused as to why she’s not wearing one of the new styles…

I hope these boring pumps are not her new go-to shoes as she also just wore them to the premiere of ‘Safe Haven’ in Toronto.

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