It’s hard to sum up Tabitha Simmons in a nutshell. In her youth, she was a stellar fashion model that successfully transformed her career into a must-have stylist, styling runway shows, lookbooks, and editorials for massive names such as American Vogue, Rag & Bone, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana. Her pleasant demeanor and behind-the-fashion-scene acumen sent her career on a sky-high trajectory but Tabitha didn’t stop there. Her voracious appetite to try new things and artistic eye led her to pick up another avenue in the fashion industry: shoe design. Naturally, she and her brand have flourished. With that in mind, if we were to accurately describe her in three words, it’d probably be: Fashion’s Wonder Woman.
Since starting her brand in 2009, Tabitha’s footwear has been widely and warmly accepted by the fashion industry. Her Spring 2014 collection is as strong and lush as we’ve come to expect from Tabitha’s aesthetic, which is to say: everything we could ever want and more. Unmistakably feminine, confidently daring, it’s hard to pick a favorite.
The silhouettes range from sleek to quirky, strappy to minimalistic - giving plenty of options for any walk of life. We love how she’s not afraid to play around with heavier shapes and despite the season, even adding in a signature calf hair boot. Sugary sweet themes, such as thin baby blue stripes or candy colored glitter, are balanced out by the undoubtedly dramatic – we’re talking snakeskin, perforated eyelet leather, and crystal covered bows.
We particularly gravitate to the Bailey fullycrystal embellished sandal and the handful of designs that are printed with colorful butterfly designs on woven silk. They’re the perfect blend of classic and sass which make for the ultimate statement shoe.
Though the heels are high and the impact is bold, Tabitha never designs without comfort in mind. She understands the daily routine of a woman on the go and knows the importance of wearability, no matter the style or height. After all, we find it hard to believe that Tabitha herself is in one place at one time for more than five minutes – why shouldn’t style travel alongside comfort? We can’t ask for a collection of shoes more perfect than hers.
Alexa slingback pumps with a contrast panel at the toe; available in white leather at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Moda Operandi.
They’ve arrived! Here’s a sneak peek at 13 new styles from Christian Louboutin’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. This collection is by far the sexiest ever. I hope you’re more than conformable in your current 120mm Pigalle & So Kate’s - M. Louboutin kicked it up a notch this season, 10mm to be exact. The new Allenissima open-toe slingback sandal features 130mm heel (without a platform in sight!).
Another standout design is the Pigalle Follies pump which is covered in beautiful dégradé crystal strass. Many fans have already noticed that they also have a slightly higher cut vamp than the classic Pigalle 120mm pump.
Remember the pointed-toe sculpted wedges that walked the runways at the recent Marchesa Fall 2014 show? They’re named Conquilla and debut in the main collection featuring spicy tiger printed calf hair.
More styles will be posted soon as they are officially released, I promise!
Viennana strappy pump in rouge de mars suede with a 120mm heel
Pigalle Follies Strass Dégradé crystal covered pump with a 120mm heel
Allenissima black leather open-toe slingback with a 130mm heel
Franca cutout ankle-tie pump in eclipse suede with a 85mm heel
Ostri Sling pump in eclipse suede with gold grommets, red leather details, eclipse suede and 120mm gold specchio leather covered heel
Berlinissimo bootie in black suede with a lattice style front and 100mm heel
Pigalle Follies in maxi fiori printed silk with a 120mm heel
Pensamoi ankle-strap sandal in black silk satin with a 120mm heel and crystal-embellished two-tone flower detail
Conquilla 120mm sculpted wedge pump in tiger printed calf hair with a corset-style lace-up back
Aztec mixed media sandal in silk, python, suede leather & stingray with a 120mm heel
Lamadone knee-high lace up boot in black leather with a 120mm heel; Plakamina boot with peek-a-boo fishnet panels in black suede & merlot plus a 120mm heel; Tinafrange black suede fringe boot with a 120mm heel
Nicholas Kirkwood is a shooting star in the high fashion footwear world and soaring ever higher – if you’re not familiar with his eponymous brand, chances are you know and lust after his footwear designs for Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic, Erdem, Fendi, Rodarte, and Pollini. Unsurprisingly, the brand has jumped up on the “Must Have, Must Love” list after LVMH purchased a majority stake in the company last year, reflected in the skyrocketing sales and sudden attention from acclaimed stylists. His fabulous shoes appear on the red carpet regularly, donned by Hollywood starlets and certified celebrities alike; from Kiernan Shipka to Cate Blanchett, from Lupita Nyong’o to Saoirse Ronan, it wouldn’t be a star studded sartorial affair without a pair of Kirkwood’s not-quite-classic heels making an appearance.
A majority of the shoes are designed in a stunning leather filigree of ornate laser cut leather that really adds a punch of glamour and edge to the collection. Stating that he was inspired by the luxurious history of Morocco, those laser cut designs channel hand-painted tiles and motifs. Secondarily, Kirkwood took inspiration from one of the hottest trends in high fashion right now: sportswear. When talking to Nordstrom about the strong influence of Technicolor fabric and lace-up straps he stated, “there’s a sporty ’70s vibe that features high-tech low soles.”
The collection also plays with texture such as woven silk in neon green, brightly dyed raffia, and elaborate jacquards contrasted against metallic snakeskin. Heels vary in shape from streamline to sleek, chunky to jagged – some of the heels even include signature hidden details, like a pearl nesting under the heel or a unique triangle silhouette. If that’s the way Nicholas Kirkwood views the spring and summer season, we definitely can’t complain! It’s a festive collection that makes a statement in every sole.
If you want a Kirkwood pump that is safe to wear in an office setting – because life is sadly not all soirées and chic brunches – he’s got you covered! His trademark metallic pinheel pump makes an appearance in luscious colors such as emerald, bronze, and blazing red; those dynamic colors will provide versatility year ‘round, whether paired with a summer dress or woolen slacks. We can’t deny the appeal of a perfect heel that can take you from day-to-night with ease.
For years Nicholas Kirkwood has been building an impressive repertoire of fashion awards, we’re absolutely stoked that he’s gaining the popularity and recognition that he deserves. We can’t wait to see where he takes his flourishing label next!
Fiery red patent leather sandal with clear PVC side straps; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
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
When you think of Jerome C. Rousseau’s collections, the mental images you conjure should be as vibrant as they are intriguing and as bizarre as they are gorgeous. Remember his Fall 2013 collection? Studs, color blocking, glitter, floral velvet, and bondage straps (sometimes all working simultaneously!) elevated his ultra-high heels to new, quirky heights. However, with new seasons come new inspirations, and we’re very excited to report that the Spring 2014 line from Monsieur Rousseau is a veritable Technicolor wonderland.
Whether you’re into cork-infused pumps, perforated suede, strappy snakeskin, or – yes, you’re reading this right – glittery python, Rousseau has your feet covered and all done with his signature architectural flair.
The crowning jewel of the collection is the embellished bootie – the base of which is his phenomenal Juda model in gorgeous green leather (the color is somewhere between minty mojito and saturated sage) with lemon yellow leather mesh. From the supple leather base, over 7000 beads are carefully hand-applied by Los Angeles artist Emily J. Snyder, including coral, freshwater pearls, and vintage Czech crystal. The booties mirror Emily Snyder’s aesthetic perfectly, with each vibrant clusters of beads combining to create a sole-ful rainbow that will never fail to grab attention.
If you want in on the beaded Juda fun but don’t want to wait 60-75 days for the custom application (or maybe you’re just afraid of a wayward snag hitting your beautiful new booties), the open-toed shoe also comes in a printed silk design complemented by metallic golden leather. Juda is one of Rousseau’s design staples and available in several other stellar designs, like woven leather, animal printed calf hair, and even a leather laser-cut rose motif.
As if the collection couldn’t get better, he has also released a line of clutches and handbags that mirror the themes of his shoes. It’s time to retire your well-worn clutch and invest in one of his statement making minaudières!
Basel ankle-strap sandals with a chunky tapered heel and thick adjustable buckled ankle-strap in cork, tan leather and white croc-embossed leather
Flicker pointed cap-toe leather pump with the signature thorn heel; available in nude patent leather with a silver cap-toe at Jerome C. Rousseau
Karma pointed-toe pump with a thorn-shaped heel and elastic slingback designed in white patent leather with black polka dots, black leather, glossy aqua blue patent leather, jewel-printed silk, lemon patent leather, pearl pink patent leather with polka dots and natural snakeskin
Lio ankle-strap sandal with a 3-d fan bow in lizard-embossed pink glitter fabric and thorn-shaped heel
Lover peep-toe pump with a leather upper, bondage-style leather wrapped heel and leather or snakeskin stiletto heel
Mills adjustable ankle-strap sandal with a fan-shaped front and 110mm covered heel
Narms leather zippered sandal; available at Intermix
Narms stitched leather sandal with a gold-tone zip up front and tapered block-shaped heel
Sweet half d’Orsay peep-toe pump with a high-rise heel tab and thorn-shaped stiletto heel
Topanga banded open-toe sandal in leather or snakeskin with a back-zip and gold-tone pin heel
Vierre pointed-toe Mary Jane cap-toe pump with a buckled halter strap and gold-tone stiletto; available in red leather at Madison Style or black leather Bloomingdale’s
With his button-up shirt rolled to the elbows and his sleeve tattoo peeking out from beneath the haphazard folds, Alejandro Ingelmo doesn’t exactly scream “luxury footwear designer.” However, looks can be deceiving – Alejandro Ingelmo is a fourth generation shoe designer born and raised in Miami who has found his calling in making seductive pumps that women will be reaching for season after season. Parsons educated and New York based, his brand has been on a sky high trajectory since his womenswear collection debut in 2006.
One look at his sexy, eye-catching designs erases any question as to why his success has been so monumental. We’re in love with the neutral tones he regularly pairs with metallic leather, but this season the addition of color makes the collection more vibrant than ever. Vivacious orange snakeskin paired with gold and rose gold, minty blue-green offset by glimmering gold, and fuchsia paired with gunmetal are just a few of the combinations that have us double taking. It isn’t any wonder that he’s caught the attention of flashy songstresses like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Nicki Minaj.
Not only does the delectable color palette have us coming back for more, the geometric twists of the Odyssey, Boomerang, Franca, and Circe designs need to be seen to be believed. Each and every shoe is masterfully crafted with an energetic and fierce flair. Additionally, Sophia Webster isn’t the only designer inspired by the glamor of the butterfly, as Alejandro Ingelmo’s Mariposa heels channel the delicate curves of a butterfly’s wings while a single leather lace and dramatic form elevate it to show stopping proportions.
If you’re not into racy five inch stilettos, he notably has created a selection of flats that channel his strong aesthetic without the heel. Having also designed shoes for Jen Kao, Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Roksanda Ilinic and Kimberly Ovitz, chances are you’ve been drooling over his designs without even realizing it!
It isn’t all pumps and high-heeled wonders, though. Alejandro Ingelmo also curates a top-of-the-line sneaker collection for men, most known for his crazy cool and futuristic Tron sneaker.
His designs have been spotted on Stacy Keibler, Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Janelle Monae, Hilary Duff, Justin Timberlake, and even Robert Downey Jr.! Stars gravitate to his designs because they combine architecture with a hint (or a large handful) of sparkle, creating statement making soles that are as stylish as they are striking. Luckily for us, even if we aren’t covering issues of Vogue or topping musical charts, we can own a pair of Alejando Ingelmo’s fabulous shoes. That’s just as good, right?
Boomerang strappy lace-up sandal; available in mint at Farfetch and in nude, mint & black leather with a 100mm heel at Alejandro Ingelmo
Circe cut-out leather gladiator knee-high boot with mirrored leather panels and back-zip
Culebra ankle-strap sandal in nude & black leather with a leather ankle-tie
Flavia d’Orsay pointed-toe pump in leather with a cut-out heel and mirrored leather strap
When we covered the amazingly creative new luxury accessories label Oscar Tiye back in November, it was hard to form coherent sentences through our passionate gushing about the brand and their unique Fall 2013 collection. We are happy to report that their Spring 2014 collection meets the quality of the last one and amplifies it, creating a stronger and larger line that is so jam packed with stellar designs, you are going to start apologizing to your credit card now.
We’re seeing a lot of the gorgeous shapes featured in the Fall 2013 collection return in an array of warm weather colors and must-have-it-now variations. D’orsay iterations that put the wow in wow factor, fabulous cut out pumps that can seamlessly transition throughout the year, and an intriguing laser cut keyhole motif that is incorporated into sandals, sky-high pumps, and killer hybrid gladiator boots are all recognizable highlights. Our favorite comeback kid? The scarab beetle wings that echo the emblem of the brand – specifically, if we don’t get a pair of those scarab beetle winged sandals, we’re not sure if we’re going to make it to their next fall collection.
However wonderful those old themes are (and they truly are unique in the best way), with every new collection comes new themes. Gorgeous color blocking collides with fringes and a stellar black and white geometric motif, twining leather straps on ankle sandals add a hard edge to a classic design, and ornate interlocking leather creates a knot embellishment on sandals. Alongside the scarab wings are shoes that incorporate their scarab insignia in a laser cut leather motif, often acting as the front of a sandal or flashy pump.
The Egyptian symbolism continues with the inimitable elongated neck of the ibis that serves as inspiration for a stunning lace up sandal booty, done in shocking yellow, vibrant blue, and luscious rose gold. Whether you’re a fan of fabulous flats or sky high statement heels, there is a pair of shoes out there just perfect for your shoedrobe.
With us being knee deep in red carpet season and the Academy Awards just around the corner, it’s time to rock your own Oscars.
If Sophia Webster’s last collection was all about doing your best Cher Horowitz impression while strutting down the tiles at your local mall, this season is all about getting lost in the imaginative and colorful realm of nature. Literally! For her presentation, Sophia let herself walk on the wild side, creating a scene that was straight out of Alice in Wonderland or the most far out Dr. Seuss tale called “Insect Slumber Party.” It was a whimsical presentation, complete with flower-twined daybeds and Cindy Lou-Who hair; the models (thankfully) didn’t resemble bugs in the slightest, though the apparel definitely evoked patterns found in the outdoors, specifically channeling the beauty of the butterfly.
The butterfly was transformed most frequently and in a myriad of ways. Delicate laser cut butterfly wings construct intense gladiator knee-high boots or land on the back of stellar pumps, while the ornate patterns of the wings are found in patent and matte leather renditions. It’s unsurprising that these are some of the most inspired pieces of the collection, as she constructed an entire shoe line while studying at RCA.
Not to rely on nature alone (Sophia Webster isn’t Sophia Webster without prints, prints, and more prints), this collection is also rife with kooky combinations of natural and manufactured prints – a butterfly’s wings juxtaposed against vibrant polka dots, PVC with iridescent leather, stripes with flower petals, and would-be-basic pumps tread into statement making territory with the use of alphabet beads stacked to become a totally killer heel. Heels weren’t the only soles with an attitude, because there, along the foliage and heart prints, were speech bubble slogans emblazoned on the tops of sandals, proclaiming such things as “Here Comes the Hotstepper” and “Walk the Walk”. Those very watchwords are also found on other accessories like handbags and backpacks.
Our favorite? Though we can’t resist the charm of a sassy slogan or the allure of intricate laser cuts, we’re completely in love with her cloud pattern, amped up with a 3D embroidered trim. It’s the perfect blend of charm and quirk that makes a pair of shoes constantly rotate into your weekly rotation.
Although her eponymous line is somewhat new, Sophia Webster’s 2013 hinted at her coming success. With a wildly successful J.Crew collaboration under her belt, winning the prestigious “Emerging Accessories Designer” award at the British Fashion Awards, and this stunning start to the 2014 year, it’s clear that her career will flourish like this collection.
Alana red, baby blue & black stripe sandal with multicolor beaded fringe; Amina asymmetric cut d’Orsay ankle-strap pump
Aldora peep-toe patent leather pump with a laser-cut butterfly attached to the heel
Andie ankle-strap sandal in colorful PVC with polka dot appliqué and beaded heel
After being named 2013’s Designer of the Year at the Footwear News Achievement Awards, it’s clear that Gianvito Rossi, son of shoe design royalty Sergio Rossi, is only gaining momentum. Much like his father, Gianvito excels at blending just the right amount of trendy with the perfect amount of timelessness, making his creations wearable for years to come without losing a single ounce of pizazz or allure. With his Spring 2014 collection, he has impressed yet again, designing one of his strongest and most luxurious collections to date.
With every season, he pushes the boundaries a little further, incorporating trends that many would consider too edgy for everyday use with an ageless and chic construction that sways even the staunchest of tastes. Leave it to him to create a blue denim pump and have it look completely modern, instead of looking like it belongs on the cast members of Saved by the Bell! However, denim isn’t the only textile adventure he takes us on with this collection, as he also uses metallic leather in beautiful excess. Rose gold, flashy red, and silken silver are complemented by flirty fringes, extravagant snakeskin, and on-trend PVC for shoes that are a balance of eccentricity and classicality. If PVC paneling isn’t for you, he also offers a variety of sheer mesh and smooth, supple leather.
Our favorites? It’s a tossup between the blazing ferocity of his flame-motif heels or the lightning bolt themed shoes that are sure to move faster than the speed of light into our wardrobes. If we’re talking shapes, it’s hard not to bow down at the sight of his gorgeously constructed mules, one of Spring 2014’s hottest trends.
His stylish clients include Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Rowland, Elizabeth Olsen, Emma Watson, and most recently Jennifer Lopez (in gorgeous Venetia mirrored rose gold leather sandals from this season, no less!). Though he came into the industry six years ago labeled as the son of Sergio Rossi, it’s clear that he has forged his own merited path to success. We’re excited to see where this It-designer’s career takes him.
Aurelie sandal bootie with a high stretch leather cuff and wide plexi front strap; available in nude & black leather at Neiman Marcus
Candice tri-color leather mule sandal with a wide buckled strap; available in python at Neiman Marcus
In this day and age, it seems as if shoes are taken to crazier and more defiant heights with every season. They’re fun to look at and they’re perfect for high fashion editorials, but the fact of the matter is that for the real world – where business slacks are not complemented by Day-Glo hues and exquisitely opulent flower embroideries – you need to have a few pairs that are made of clean lines and pure sophistication. You know the shoes, the pairs that you can wear for years on end, the soles that have just enough edge to let onlookers know you’re feisty without being too over-the-top. For those shoes that have the honor of such frequent use, we turn to Tania Spinelli, whose spins on the traditional are both classy and confident.
You might recognize her name, as her designs have been spotted on celebrities and style icons such as Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, and model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The captivating designs are strappy and designed for a strong woman. For Spring 2014, we can expect studded supple leather, intricate gladiator-inspired sandals and heels, risqué mesh overlays, and an über chic mid-calf lace-up sandal boot that is sure to clear a path when you enter the room.
To know a bit more about the fabulous woman behind the footwear, we conducted an interview with her. In the following interview, we learn about what inspires her, what she thinks about her collections, and the kind of woman she designs for.
1. What was the inspiration for your current collection?
I never design into a theme, rather each collection is a design evolution of my aesthetic which is clean, modern, classic but with an edge. Many of my influences come from architecture. I love “building” around the foot and leg, often by caging details and geometric uppers.
2. Do you have any muses that you think of when you are designing?
My muse is the woman I’m designing for. She is not defined by age but rather a mindset. She is active, on the move, strong, sexy and confident. She is fashion conscious but yet, her style is effortlessly chic. She is true to her own style, she wears everything with confidence and because of that, whatever she wears, she makes a statement.
3. What does your design process look like? Do you have a favorite album or artist to listen to when you are creating?
My design process involves a lot of research and development. I begin with an idea in mind, a vision, but as I research and see new and different things, it evolves. I begin by developing each construction. I work directly with the last and heel makers in Venice, Italy where my shoes are made. I visit tanneries, and attend leather fairs to research materials and colors for the upcoming season. At that point, I am very inspired and excited to begin sketching. I keep sketching until I feel confident with how the collection looks on paper, knowing that I have some very strong pieces along with some great basics.
From my sketches I work directly with my pattern maker in Italy to make our first prototype. This is my favorite part of the design process as it’s where my sketch comes to life. As I am able to actually try it on, and see it on my foot, I modify the design whether for technical reasons or just to make it better. It’s a long process but an exciting one.
Although I do not have a favorite album or artist I listen to when creating, most of the process takes place in Italy so I am definitely listening to Italian music!
4. How would you describe your design signature?
My design signature is sleek, sophisticated, feminine shoes but with a cool, modern edge.
5. Which collection are you most proud of?
The collection I am most proud of is always the most recent. I feel each season I grow as a designer and become more confident in expressing my vision and who I am as a designer.
Her Spring 2014 shoes will soon be available at Tania Spinelli’s e-store. You can also shop new resort arrivals right now and we have a discount code just for ShoeRazzi readers! Just enter SHOERAZZI10 at the checkout and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase (until 12/25).
Asymmetric leather strap sandal in nude with a pull-tab back zip and woven straps, also available in black leather
White leather sandal with a studded high-rise heel cuff and long leather laces, also available in nude & black leather – this is my favorite style from the collection!
Nude patent leather platform wedge with criss cross front straps and center back zipper; available at Tania Spinelli
Black suede platform ankle-strap wedge with a 130mm wedge and 25mm platform; available at Tania Spinelli
Multi-strap in natural watersnake with a black lacquered heel and back-zip closure
Black leather sandal bootie with a mid-calf lace-up front and long leather tassel laces
Gladiator laser-cut sandal with 4 buckled straps; available in black patent leather, white leather and mirrored gold leather
Signature strappy cage sandal in natural watersnake with a pull-tab back-zip
Laser cut white leather gladiator sandal; also available in black patent leather
Black patent leather single sole pointed toe pump with a steel micro tip and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli
Pointed-toe pump in yellow patent leather with a black mesh overlay and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli
Classic single sole pump in coral patent leather with a 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli