Tabitha-Simmons-butterfly-printed-shoeIt’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.

Tabitha-Simmons-striped-LB-sandalThe 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 fully crystal 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.

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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.

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Bailey crystal embellished cut-out sandal; available in nude-pink with crystal embellishment at Neiman MarcusModa Operandinude-pink/black at Tabitha Simmons or leopard-print calf hair at Neiman Marcus

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Bonai perforated black leather peep-toe bootie; available at The CornerLane Crawford and Tabitha Simmons

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Bunny asymmetric strap sandal in flamingo pink mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons and Colette

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Bunny assymetric strap sandal in black mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Clara strappy wedge sandal with thin straps and knotted bow; available in nude/pink snakeskin at Moda Operandi or colorful Peruvian silk jacquard at FarFetch and Kirna Zabete

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Dela colorful butterfly printed woven satin pointed-toe pump with a 95mm heel; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons

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Ellie black suede platform sandal with grosgrain straps and crystal-covered t-strap; available at Browns Fashion and Tabitha Simmons

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Gabby pretty pink & purple butterfly printed woven satin slingback pump with a nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Gabby nude patent leather pointed-toe slingback with a front bow detail and nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Hai t-strap pump with slim leather adjutable buckled straps; available at Tabitha Simmons

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Hayden classic glossy leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast leather toe panel; available at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Lane Crawford

Tabitha-Simmons-Spring-2014-Hunter-BootHunter leather & calf hair boot with a wrap-around buckled leather strap; available at Moda Operandi

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Idda perforated leather open-toe bootie sandal bootie with a thin ankle strap and block heel; available at Barneys

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Idda perforated tan leather bootie with a thin ankle strap; available at Barneys

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Idora grey and white snakeskin strappy sandal with black leather button straps; available at Barneys & Tabitha Simmons

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Jeanie navy suede pointed-toe pump with a crystal covered bow; available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue & Marissa Collections or blue suede/black suede & champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons

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Jen butterfly printed woven satin cross strap sandal with a leather covered heel; available at The Corner or in champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons

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Jennifer cross strap sandal in black silk with a 75mm heel; available in black silk at Tabitha Simmons or pink butterfly print at Marissa Collections

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Jenny platform espadrille wedge in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard; available at The Corner, BarneysLane Crawford and Marissa Collections

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Josephina white leather pointed-toe strappy pump; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons & Moda Operandi or snakeskin at Net-A-Porter

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Josephina black leather strappy pointed-toe pump; available at Tabitha Simmons or in blue silk satin at The Corner, Browns Fashion & Moda Operandi

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LB light blue, pink & white striped silk-twill cut out sandal; available at The CornerLane Crawford, ShoeScribe, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys.

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Leticia white perforated leather wrap around ankle-strap sandal; available at The Corner, Moda Operandi and Tabitha Simmons

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Leticia toffee perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a block heel; available at Barneys and Tabitha Simmons

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Leticia black perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a 65mm heel; available at BarneysLane CrawfordTabitha Simmons & Colette or pink leather at Neiman Marcus

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Lexi leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast front panel and 110mm heel; available in nude leather at Moda Operandi or black leather & black suede at Tabitha Simmons

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Lou pointed-toe d’Orsay ankle strap pump in navy leather ; available at Moda Operandi

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Lou d’Orsay pump in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard and 90mm heel; available at The Corner, Saks Fifth Avenue, FarFetchNet-A-Porter and Avenue K

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Perf perforated white leather pointed-toe pump; available at Marissa Collections and Tabitha Simmons

Written by Shannon Weston, images via Tabitha Simmons & WWD

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!

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Viennana strappy pump in rouge de mars suede with a 120mm heel

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Pigalle Follies Strass Dégradé crystal covered pump with a 120mm heel

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Allenissima black leather open-toe slingback with a 130mm heel

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Franca cutout ankle-tie pump in eclipse suede with a 85mm heel

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Ostri Sling pump in eclipse suede with gold grommets, red leather details, eclipse suede and 120mm gold specchio leather covered heel

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Berlinissimo bootie in black suede with a lattice style front and 100mm heel

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Pigalle Follies in maxi fiori printed silk with a 120mm heel

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Pensamoi ankle-strap sandal in black silk satin with a 120mm heel and crystal-embellished two-tone flower detail

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Conquilla 120mm sculpted wedge pump in tiger printed calf hair with a corset-style lace-up back

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Aztec mixed media sandal in silk, python, suede leather & stingray with a 120mm heel

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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

Credit: Christian Louboutin

Nicholas-Kirkwood-Spring-2014-Collection-Sandal7Nicholas 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!

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Fiery red patent leather sandal with clear PVC side straps; available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Asymmetrical strap satin sandal with a curved heel and PVC detail; available in sky blue at Nordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue, burnt orange at Moda Operandi, navy at Nicholas Kirkwood & Montaigne Market,

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T-strap knotted leather sandals with a zig-zag shaped heel and thin padded leather straps

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Signature sandal bootie in natural snakeskin with white leather trim, woven leather front detail, leather laces and gold-tone pin heel

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Asymmetric sandal in white snakeskin with gold glitter trim, PVC inserts and gold-tone pin heel; available at Harrods or in a similar style at Saks Fifth Avenue

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White laser cut leather sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available at Neiman Marcus

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Nude leather laser-cut leather sandal with a gold-tone sculpted pin heel; available at Net-A-PorterHarrods or in black suede at FarFetch and Browns Fashion

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Nude laser cut leather peep-toe slingback bootie with a gold pin heel; available at Nordstrom and Nicholas Kirkwood

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Laser cut-out leather pointed toe pump; available at Matches for $902.00

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Black laser cut suede pointed-toe pump; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Ankle-strap sandal in nude laser cut leather with a cork platform and mirrored block heel

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Cobalt raffia slingback open-toe bootie with a white technical rubber platform, green leather trim and hexagonal bijoux

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Orange raffia ankle-strap sandal with fuchsia snakeskin trim, beige jacquard ankle strap and technical rubber platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Sage raffia ankle-strap sandal with a sky blue and holographic snakeskin trim; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Lime green raffia pointed-toe pump with a hexagonal bijoux embellishment at the toe; available in black suede at Ssense or white leather at Matches

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Grey raffia pointed toe pump with a cream hexagon; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Orange raffia round toe platform pump with a hammered gold platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Grey raffia round toe pump with a thick hammered gold platform; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Cobalt blue raffia pump with a mirrored block heel, iridescent green trim, cream hexagon, and white technical rubber platform

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Geometric printed fabric pump; available with a shorter heel at FarFetch and Browns Fashion

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Black suede platform pump with a technical rubber trim and block heel; available at Harrods

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Seafoam suede pointed-toe pump with a white technical rubber trim and block heel

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Nude leather pointed-toe pump with a contrasting white rubber trim and mirrored pale gold block heel

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Black leather open-toe slingback bootie with a mirrored pale gold block heel; available at Nordstrom

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Leather ankle-strap platform sandal with a hexagon button and block heel; available in colorful jacquard and woven raffia at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Geometric printed silk jacquard curved heel pointed-toe pump; available in black silk jacquard at Moda Operandi, blue jacquard  at FarFetch and woven raffia at Net-A-Porter

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Curved heel pump in natural snakeskin; available in green snakeskin at Net-A-Porter

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Red snakeskin asymmetric sandal with a thick curved heel and PVC insert

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Black suede platform pump with the signature angled platform and small pearl detail at the cutout heel

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Nude silk satin sandal with a cut-out heel and small pearl detail

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Sheer floral lace pointed-toe pump with a gold-tone pin heel; available in black lace at Forward by Elyse Walker & Nordstrom or red lace at Harrods & Net-A-Porter

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Cream lace round toe platform pump with a hammered gold platform

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Pale pink silk satin sandal with a crystal-studded asymmetric strap and clear PVC strap

Nicholas Kirkwood floral printed leather sandal bootie

Blue floral printed fabric sandal bootie with blue suede laces and navy leather details

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D’Orsay pump in glossy black patent leather with a floral-printed ankle-strap and gold-tone pin heel

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T-strap sandal in yellow & navy with thin patent leather straps and thin sculpted pin heel

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Ankle-strap sandal in teal silk satin with a blue patent leather trim, mirrored beaded straps and floral printed curve-shaped heel

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Peep-toe mule wedge sandal; available in nude leather and black suede sandal with a gold chrome wedge at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Pointed-toe pumps with a sculpted gold pin heel; available in red suede, black suede & nude patent leather at Ssense or mirrored rose gold at MyTheresa

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Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto purple laser cut heel sandal with satin straps; available at Nicholas Kirkwood

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Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto turquoise and aqua laser cut heel sandal with satin straps; available at Nicholas Kirkwood or in nude at FarFetch and Kirna Zabete

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Curved heel ankle-strap sandal; available in mirrored silver leather at Forward by Elyse Walker & Ssense, colorful woven raffia at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue & Ssense, black leather at Matches & Moda Operandi

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Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem platform booties with an ombré lucite block heel and PVC or lace sides

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Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda Ilincic t-strap pointed toe pump with a flat bow detail and curved heel

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Nude laser cut leather gladiator sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available at Neiman Marcus

Written by Shannon Weston

Manolo-BlahnikWhen 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.

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Agapax d’Orsay pump in leather & suede with a whipstitch trim and long leather ankle-wrap laces

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Aghatax bootie with a striped canvas heel and multicolor suede fringe front panel

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Amatis d’Orsay pump in taupe & black satin with a bijoux covered ankle-cuff; available with a 89mm heel at Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman.

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Ares double ankle-strap sandal in purple & red leather with a ruched thick toe strap

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BB pointed-toe pump; available at Barneys, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and ShopSavannahs

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The classic BB pump is also available in several colors & height options (made-to-order) at the Neiman Marcus

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BB Strap pointed-toe pump with a thin ankle-strap ; available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Biton t-strap pump in rust & blue canvas accented with tonal tassel fringe

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Boniato pink suede sandal with multicolor color suede swatches at the toe; available at ShopSavannahs

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Chaos signature ankle-strap sandal; available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and ShopSavannahs

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Hangisi jewel-embellished satin pump; available in black satin at Barneys & Neiman Marcus and several other styles at Saks Fifth Avenue & ShopSavannahs

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Indian mesh pointed-toe pump with tonal lace embroidery and leather covered heel

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Krivog slingback d’Orsay pump in patent leather with a loose knit toe and patent leather trim

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Kuanta strappy slingback sandal in blue & brown leather with daisy appliqué

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Llanis leather slingback sandal with a wide buckled front strap and whipstitch trim

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Merlota strappy two-tone leather sandal covered with matching leather shapes

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Natuk tricolor ruched leather peep-toe pump; available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Nigata strappy leather sandal with two brass emblems connected to the ankle-strap

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Norf two-tone leather sandal in raspberry & white with wavy cut-out straps and black leather trim

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Taulida spectator wing-tip sandal, Bipunta cap-toe pump, Ronda snakeskin sandal

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Pacha PVC crystal-embellished cap-toe pump; available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue

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Persefa colorful leather t-strap sandal embellished with multiple silver-tone buckles

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Plusanda d’Orsay sandal with contrasting embroidered lace; available at Bergdorf Goodman

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Puktis d’Osay slingback pump in canvas with contrasting leather trim and leather covered heel

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Quadrax colorful leather sandal with giraffe and zebra printed front panels

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Reya silk satin d’Orsay pump in chartreuse, cream and red with a front ankle-tie

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Rondinaia leather and canvas slingback sandal with a layered cut-out circular front panel

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Rouer white leather pointed-toe pump with a tricolor layered leather detail at the toe

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Snayl two-tone woven canvas slingback sandal with leather trim and covered heel

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Trebula ruched silk santin sandal with a polka dot insole in black, burnt orange and fuchsia

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Twiga strappy sandal in white and green leather with leather leaf appliqué

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Worty snakeskin & leather strappy sandal with a buckled slingback strap

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Zilax black leather sandal with a thin toe strap and silver-tone grommet accents; available at Bergdorf Goodman

Written by Shannon Weston

Jerome-C-Roussea-Jude-embellished-peep-toe-bootieWhen 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!

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Basel ankle-strap sandals with a chunky tapered heel and thick adjustable buckled ankle-strap in cork, tan leather and white croc-embossed leather

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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

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Floyd strappy sandal with a gold-tone pin heel; available in nude croc-embossed leather at Shopbop & Jerome C. Rousseau, colorblock style at Pink Mascara or white croc-embossed leather at Jerome C. Rousseau 

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Juda open-toe booties; available in jewel-printed silk at Bloomingdale’s, black laser-cut leather at Mona Moore, laser-cut cork at Bloomingdale’s or embellished with over 7000 beads (custom made) at Jerome C. Rousseau.

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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
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Lio ankle-strap sandal with a 3-d fan bow in lizard-embossed pink glitter fabric and thorn-shaped heel
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Lover peep-toe pump with a leather upper, bondage-style leather wrapped heel and leather or snakeskin stiletto heel
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Mills adjustable ankle-strap sandal with a fan-shaped front and 110mm covered heel
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Narms leather zippered sandal; available at Intermix
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Narms stitched leather sandal with a gold-tone zip up front and tapered block-shaped heel
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Sweet half d’Orsay peep-toe pump with a high-rise heel tab and thorn-shaped stiletto heel
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Topanga banded open-toe sandal in leather or snakeskin with a back-zip and gold-tone pin heel
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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

Written by Shannon Weston

Alejandro-Ingemo-Spring-2014-collectionWith 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.

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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?

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Boomerang strappy lace-up sandal; available in mint at Farfetch and in nude, mint & black leather with a 100mm heel at Alejandro Ingelmo

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Circe cut-out leather gladiator knee-high boot with mirrored leather panels and back-zip

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Culebra ankle-strap sandal in nude & black leather with a leather ankle-tie

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Flavia d’Orsay pointed-toe pump in leather with a cut-out heel and mirrored leather strap

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Franca cut-out leather lace-up sandal with long leather laces and 100mm heel; available at Alejandro Ingelmo & Antonioli

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Franca lace-up flat; avaialble in nude or rose gold leather at Alejandro Ingelmo

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Frederica pointed-toe d’Orsay slingback pump in black leather, fuschia snakeskin, orange snakeskin and matte blue leather; available at Alejandro Ingelmo

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Mariposa cut-out leather open-toe sandal with leather laces; available in gunmetal leather at Alejandro Ingelmo or with a closed toe in black leather at Alejandro Ingelmo, Saks Fifth Avenue and Farfetch and purple leather at Ahalife

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Mariposa cut-out leather pointed-toe flat; available in mint and black leather at Alejandro Ingelmo

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Odyssey cut-out sandal with mirrored panels, open-toe, back-zip and 100mm heel

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Tron pointed-toe pump with a 100mm heel and subtle pop of gold on the toe; available at Alejandro Ingelmo

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Written by Shannon Weston

Oscar-Tiye-Zoe-rose-gold-sandal-Spring-2014When 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 Oscar-Tiye-bootwe’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.

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This collection hasn’t hit retail yet but you can find Fall ’13 designs at LuisaViaRoma and Antonioli. Spring styles will be stocked at H. Lorenzo, Antonioli, LuisaViaRoma, Avenue 32, The Box, Liska, Santa Eulalia, Passhion, and Alter.

Written by Shannon Weston

Sophia-Webster-Spring-2014-shoesIf 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.
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Alana red, baby blue & black stripe sandal with multicolor beaded fringe; Amina asymmetric cut d’Orsay ankle-strap pump

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Aldora peep-toe patent leather pump with a laser-cut butterfly attached to the heel

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Andie ankle-strap sandal in colorful PVC with polka dot appliqué and beaded heel

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Athena laser-cut butterfly-inspired thigh-high sandal boot; Electra laser-cut patent leather sandal bootie

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Brandy leather cage sandal with small studs and patent leather toe; available in a knee-high style at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Chiara ankle-strap sandal with a thin toe strap, pin heel and butterfly heel

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Cleo d’Orsay ankle-strap pump with an asymmetric cut front, pin heel and butterfly heel

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Coco heart print pin heel pointed-toe pump in matte satin; Peron heart beaded peep-toe slingback pump; available in a peep-toe pump at Saks Fifth Avenue & Neiman Marcus

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Finn lace-up & buckled sandal in colorful matte satin and pink heart print

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Elle butterfly-inspired matte satin pump with rhinestone trim; Lyla slingback pump with a pin heel

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Flutura ankle-strap sandal with a butterfly heel; available at Nordstrom and in black patent leather at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Kelly embroidered speech bubble round-toe pump with a cylinder heel

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Kimimi laser-cut patent leather open-toe mule with a lace-up front and pin heel; available in pink patent leather at Neiman Marcus

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Lucita mixed media platform wedge in striped raffia, canvas and patent leather; available at Saks Fifth Avenue & Nordstrom

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Lula ankle-strap sandal in patent leather with a 4″ heart beaded heel; available at Nordstrom

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Lyla red patent leather pump with a v-cut front and alphabet beaded “killer” pin heel; available in black patent leather at Nordstrom

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Oprah slingback sandals with an embroidered speech bubble attached to the front straps

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Sklya patent leather pump with embroidered white cloud appliqué and pin heel

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Skye patent leather strappy mule sandal with a clear acrylic heel and white cloud appliqué; available at Net-A-Porter

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Suki flatform open-toe sandal with an adjustable ankle-strap and v-cut front

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Tyra mixed media pointed-toe slingback pump with a heart beaded pin heel

Written by Shannon Weston

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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.

Gianvito-Rossi-Cameron-denim-sandalWith 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.

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Aurelie sandal bootie with a high stretch leather cuff and wide plexi front strap; available in nude & black leather at Neiman Marcus

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Candice tri-color leather mule sandal with a wide buckled strap; available in python at Neiman Marcus

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Carey triple strap leather pump with a 100mm covered heel; available in black at LuisaViaRoma & Neiman Marcus

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Carey triple strap sandal in mirrored red & rose gold leather
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Christie ankle-cuff sandal in snakeskin and mirrored rose gold leather with a buckled wide cuff
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Diane mule with a wide black python cuff and mirrored rose gold leather
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Red leather pointed-toe pump with sheer red mesh inserts and 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Ellipsis single sole pointed-toe pump with a 100mm heel; available in mirrored silver leather at LuisaViaRoma

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Harley open-toe sandal bootie with a high-rise buckled cuff; available in black leather at LuisaViaRoma and in nude leather at Neiman Marcus

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Sheila strappy leather band sandal; available at Shoescribe | Inferno black leather flame sandal bootie with sheer mesh inserts throughout

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Inferno flame motif red leather open-toe mule with a 100mm covered heel
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Josephine mirrored leather ankle-cuff sandal embellished with thin chain tonal trim; available at Neiman Marcus
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Plexi glossy leather cap-toe pump in white & nude; available at LuisaViaRoma & Farfetch

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Plexi glossy leather cap-toe pump in nude & black; available at LuisaViaRomaFarfetch & MyTheresa

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Plexi pointed-toe pump with PVC sides & mirrored rose gold leather; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Suede trimmed sheer floral lace pointed-toe pump; available in nude at LuisaViaRoma and black at MyTheresa

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Anais ankle-strap d’Orsay tricolor pump with PVC; available at MyTheresa & Farfetch

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Signature pointed-toe pump in white leather; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Signature single sole pointed-toe pump in nude leather; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Sparkle lightening motif ankle-strap pump in mirrored red leather with a contrast pale gold leather trim
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Sparkle mirrored rose gold lightening motif ankle-strap sandal; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Nude leather pump with a metallic silver lightning bolt trim pump; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Venetia ankle-strap strappy sandal with a high heel counter and sheer mesh inserts

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Virtua black leather mule with a wide PVC band and sleek pointed-toe; available in dark brown and brown at Barneys

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Vitello leather & PVC slingback pump; available at Farfetch & MyTheresa

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Written by Shannon Weston

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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).

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Asymmetric leather strap sandal in nude with a pull-tab back zip and woven straps, also available in black leather

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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!

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Nude patent leather platform wedge with criss cross front straps and center back zipper; available at Tania Spinelli

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Black suede platform ankle-strap wedge with a 130mm wedge and 25mm platform; available at Tania Spinelli

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Multi-strap in natural watersnake with a black lacquered heel and back-zip closure

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Black leather sandal bootie with a mid-calf lace-up front and long leather tassel laces

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Gladiator laser-cut sandal with 4 buckled straps; available in black patent leather, white leather and mirrored gold leather

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Signature strappy cage sandal in natural watersnake with a pull-tab back-zip

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Laser cut white leather gladiator sandal; also available in black patent leather

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Black patent leather single sole pointed toe pump with a steel micro tip and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli

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Pointed-toe pump in yellow patent leather with a black mesh overlay and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli

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Classic single sole pump in coral patent leather with a 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli

Written by Shannon Weston

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