On My Radar: 5 Designers to Get Excited About

5 designers on my radar:

Daniele Michetti
Michetti launched his shoe line back in 2009. Honestly, I wasn’t crazy about the studs + watersnake combination from last season however this spring collection is the best yet. I love the oversized grommets, zig-zag trim, color choices and woven leather.

Rose Byrne also wore one of Michetti’s designs in Flare last year. You can shop these styles online at ShoeScribe.

Andrew Kayla
While scrolling through Style.com’s Accessories Index, these adorable bow-embellished sandals stood out. Their main designer Catherine Fung has background training at a lingerie atelier in Paris.

If you’re regular reader you know I have a growing distaste toward PVC, however, thanks to this nude sandal (and Gianvito Rossi) I will handle it in small details doses.

Krysten Ritter has worn a design by Andrew Kayla to Disney’s TCA Press Tour event. This collection hasn’t hit retail yet but I will keep you posted!

Isa Tapia
These shoes are clearly eye-catching and the designs/colors are so energetic. Tapia is originally from Puerto Rico. She attended Parsons The New School for Design and has also interned for Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.

This spring collection was inspired by a trip to Weilin, China. She says in an interview with WWD, “There are women who do handwoven embroideries. My collection is about the embroideries and the town, mixed with the aesthetic and some of the colors from the first collection. The embroideries are all sourced from Weilin. They have birds and all different flowers, and they are about prosperity and happiness.”

Ashley Greene recently wore a lace-up sandal from the Spring 2012 collection on the cover of Teen Vogue.


Liam Fahy
This Spring 2013 collection is titled Congo and influenced by the 1951 classic movie ‘African Queen’ starring Katharine Hepburn. Alexis Bledel has worn one of Fahy’s signature silk designs which was recreated this season in a bright yellow print (pictured above).

Liam was one of the winners at the recent NEWGEN awards by The British Fashion Council which supports emerging designers. He will also be presenting at London Fashion Week this February.

Spring styles will soon be available online at Liam Fahy e-Boutique.

Paul Andrew
Andrew spent 10 years as vice president of collection accessories design at Donna Karan. This is his first label and I like this quote from an interview with WWD which describes his design aesthetic: “I feel like everything out there is so heavy and ostentatious, it seems so over the top. It was time for the return of a more fine, sexy shoe that was comfortable also…”. *You can now find his heels available online at Saks Fifth Avenue.*

Credit: Images via Daniele Michetti, Isa Tapei, Paul Andrew, Style.com

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