We may be heading into the homestretch of the dog days but our craving for all things summer – including cheery footwear, is still very much alive. Before we dive into fall styles (boots & boots galore) we want to share our favorite styles from Oscar Tiye’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
We’re huge fans of their bold designs and love supporting emerging brands who really bring something new to the shoe game. After being named “One to Watch” by WWD, designer Anima Muaddi went on to become a finalist for the 2014 Who is on Next? competition organized by Vogue Italia and AltaRoma.
Katie Holmes wore Proenza Schouler cut-out pumps to ‘The Giver’ New York premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater. These heels feature black and apricot lizard effect leather, perforated cut-out design and 115mm heel. You can shop current styles at Shoescribe, Saks Fifth Avenue and Forward by Elyse Walker.
Outfit Details: Zac Posen Spring 2014 plisse chiffron sleeveless pleated dress with a shallow v-neck and bustier-style bodice, Lorraine Schwartz ruby & pink diamond bangles and ruby & white diamond cluster earrings.
Maria Sharapova wore Walter SteigerTheo d’Orsay pumps to the 2014 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring cut-out black suede, pointed toe and signature claw-shaped heel. We’ve also seen these heels on Adriana Lima. You can shop current styles at Walter Stegier.
Outfit Details: Antonio Berardi embroidered layered jersey skirt cocktail dress from the latest Fall 2014 collection, a Jennifer fisher gold Double Knot pinky ring, Bottega Veneta clutch and Irene Neuwirth black onyx flower earrings.
Maria Sharapova posed in front of the Eiffel Tower holding her 2014 French Open trophy wearing Christian LouboutinAir Chance pumps. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring panels of black leather, suede & patent leather plus clear PVC and 120mm heel. You can find new fall styles at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Outfit Details: Jay Ahr black & gold two-tone dress with a flared skirt and cut out sides, plus a TAG Heuer timepiece watch.
It takes a lot of guts to go into the footwear industry when your father is a veritable accessories virtuoso. After all, those are big shoes to fill! However, Gianvito Rossi, son of Sergio Rossi, has taken the challenge in stride and paved a way for his own brand to be front and center in the luxury shoe market. Drawn to classic designs with a subtle, yet unmistakable edge, his collections are always the perfect mix of sophisticated and sexy. Unsurprisingly, his Fall 2014 collection embodies everything he thrives on, from elegant statement makers to staples that will never leave your wardrobe rotation.
Inspired by “the cowgirls of long ago”, the palette this time around is the epitome of autumnal comfort – for example, cream spliced with black, a warm tan that’s reminiscent of the best latte you’ve ever had, and a burgundy that is so rich, you can practically picture the rustling leaves it was inspired by.
The collection is brought to life through contrasting that myriad of hues; the way the tan contrasts against the delicate black shaping, and hints of metallic pumpkin transforms an ankle booty into a total game changer, making the shoes stunning and versatile. The touches of calf hair cow print woven into the collection? Seamless and never too much, ideal for a day at the office and a date with the girls afterwards.
In terms of silhouettes, we see a lot of our favorite Gianvito standbys including lace-up peep-toe pumps, thick buckled ankle straps and over-the-knee heeled boots in smooth as butter leather. However, it’s not all classic, wear-everywhere designs, because he’s included a few gotta-look-thrice options, namely the lace and suede thigh-high Rose boot that will make you instantaneously channel your inner Rihanna the moment you finish lacing them up. Wowza!
With every collection, it becomes clear that Gianvito is a designer on a mission to dress the fiercest women with his age-defying designs. With Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Julianne Moore, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley a part of his esteemed clientele, it’s clear to see that he’s well on his way. We can’t wait to see what he does next!
Annie pointed-toe leather bootie in beetroot with contrast white Western-inspired trim and 100mm heel
Annie pointed-toe leather bootie in black with a contrast white piped leather Western style trim and 100mm heel
Bonnie white leather pump with black piped leather trim and 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma
Bonnie two-tone leather pump with a western-inspired inlay motif; available in metallic orange & beige at LuisaViaRoma
Bonnie Rebel lace-up peep-toe bootie with a back-zip and sleek stiletto heel
Carlie double ankle-strap sandal in white leather or black suede with contrasting leather corset lacing detail
American-born with roots in Italy and France, Henri Lepore Dezert is no stranger to fashion. As a child, he worked with his father in their family-owned custom upholstery shop; later on, he moved to New York to work with his cousin, none other than the queen of patterned flirty dresses, Nanette Lepore. With ambition and design practically in his DNA, Henri used his discerning palate and superb business savvy to create and cultivate his own brand, separating himself from his family by breaching into footwear.
Luckily, we have obtained the ultimate scoop on this shoe maven and his debut collection. In our interview, he talks about the synchrony that he has found between shoe form, shape, and material; in many ways, the perfect shoe is well-rounded and complementary of itself. He emphasis a lack of forcing a shoe idea or design to happen, which must be why every millimeter of supple leather and suede of Henri’s shoes screams effortless.
Congratulations on your debut collection! After reading a bit about you and given your family’s history in both fashion & upholstery; what really lead you to “choose” shoes & pursue shoemaking?
Thank you, Ashley!
Meeting my wife Antonietta and moving from New York to Italy is what gave me the opportunity to pursue shoemaking the most. In Italy, most people do not live to work, they work to live and enjoy life. With that passion in mind I think shoemaking found me because I’m living in Italy and it has become a part of my everyday life.
Who are the women you design for? How would you describe your design aesthetic?
I design for the woman that desires to be alluring yet classy. My clientele tend to be women that are cultured and well travelled.
As a shoe designer I strive to create shoes that are simple but retain depth. I never force a structure or material just because one or the other is great, they must seamlessly go together to create the right shoe.
I would describe my design aesthetic as ethereal. I spend a lot of time looking for leathers and textiles that are unique and strive to use them in their optimal ways.
Can you explain a little about your design process? Do you have a inspiration board or listen to a certain type of music that helps keep you inspired and the creativity flowing?
My design process has three basic phases: concept phase, prototype phase and final sample phase.
I often begin each shoe by finding particular leathers or textiles that create a certain aura. I like to let the lines or colors of a leather or textile determine each shoe. I’m always going to trade fairs in Italy and France such as ‘Anteprima’ and ‘Cuir A Paris’ on the search for unique leathers, textiles and components.
Next to nature, music is probably my biggest inspiration. My favorite artist right now is Nicolas Jaar; I’ve listened to almost every set of his and each is a masterpiece. Every little sound seems to be precisely thought out, nothing goes to waste. He blends the old with the new so well, it becomes a new sound in itself and has definitely been an inspiration.
Who are your ultimate celebrity clients; who would you love to see wear your shoes on the red carpet?
Wow this is tough… There are so many celebrities that have great style but if I had to limit it to 5, I would say: Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o and Marion Cotillard.
Which style are you most proud of?
I love my Carmela ‘t-strap slingback’ pump; it’s the perfect blend of contemporary and classic design. Meet the debut collection which is currently available for pre-order (delivery beginning August 15, 2014) at Henri Lepore Dezert:Carmela crossback t-strap pump in black leather with tonal goatskin suede trim and 105mm heel Carmela crossback t-strap pump in glossy red patent leather with goatskin suede piping and 105mm heel Carmela crossback t-strap pump in white leather with contrasting bronze leather piped trim and 105mm heel Edda spat bootie in black leather with a black suede front panel, anodized antique gold stud buttons and stacked wood 85mm wedge heel Geary geometric cut-out bootie in black leather with a back-zip and 100mm heel Off The Cuff tricolor peep-toe platform sandal in cognac brown leather, pollen gold suede and white lizard with a stacked 120mm heel Razza double ankle-strap sandal in black leather & stingray with a metallic effect and 100mm heel Salana pointed-toe d’Orsay pump in pale gold python with a tonal piped leather trim and 100mm heel Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in blue silk satin with a darker blue leather and 120mm heel Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in augmented monochromatic chevron with a leather covered 120mm heel and platform
Florence Welch wore Christian LouboutinImpera pumps to the Ivor Novello Awards held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring white leather, intricate laser-cut design, transparent PVC panels and 120mm heel. We’ve also seen this pump on Alessandra Ambrosio. Impera is available in white leather with a 100mm heel at Neiman Marcus and several other styles at Christian Louboutin.
She also wore a folklore-inspired black dress covered in colorful embroidery with a square neckline and three-quarter cuffed sleeves by Russian fashion designer Olga Vilshenko from the Fall 2104 collection.
Staying true to her vintagy bohemian-chic style, Florence accessorized with her styled in a romantic crown braid plus a variety of cocktail rings and a blue sack clutch.
When we think of Sophia Webster, we think of sass. Pure, unadulterated, and heartfelt sass; in fact, we’re pretty sure that if you looked up “feisty” in the sartorial dictionary, a pair of her thin-heeled ankle-strap sandals would be pictured. For her Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 collections, Sophia takes a morose theme (“Heartbreak Hotel”) and turns it into something utterly charming and vibrant. Who needs love when you can buy shoes?
The shoes themselves would be at home in Barbie’s Dreamhouse or on the toes of one of the many girl power popgroups of the ‘90s. Metallic houndstooth, fringe, gaudy faux jewels, and vivid colors were just the start of the Cher Horowitz Heartbreak influence, the saturated over-the-top theme is threaded through both the collections. Fur-embellished mules and sandals collide with laser-cut gladiator over-the-knee boots making for a host of statement making shoes that would turn heads in any scenario. No boyfriend? No problem! These darling heels are sure to add enough sweetness to your wardrobe for an eternity – or, at least, until next season.
Leopard prints, rounded stacked ball heels, and cartoonish embellishments (paisley, hearts, and flamingos!) add an innocent streak through the collection, rounded out by the deviously high stiletto points and edgy addition of vinyl. In terms of silhouettes, we can always count on her to release a balanced collection of thick-soled vintage-inspired designs with pinpoint stilettos – though this time, she also included a couple sneakers and flat-soled sandals. One thing we love about Sophia is her ability to incorporate popular trends into her shoes without them losing her je ne sais quoi. She’s readily embraced the sportswear trend of recent seasons but unlike other designers, the confectionary color of the rubber treads and lace-up styles feel fresh, unique, and playful.
This collection has been hailed as another golden star in Sophia Webster’s impressive catalogue. After scooping up the Emerging Accessories Designer at the British Fashion Awards and landing a Fashion Forward sponsorship, she has become a veritable fashion train that is on the fast track to British design royalty. We’re excited to see where she takes her candy colored fairytale world – if it’s anything like this collection, we know we’ll be head over heels (Heartbreak Hotel not needed!).
Rita Ora was spotted outside the Chiltern Firehouse in London wearing Christian LouboutinLady Cloud pumps. These heels are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black patent leather, white leather cloud appliqué at the toe and 100mm heel. Lady Cloud is available at Christian Louboutin UK.
She was on her way to play at an invite-only gig in at Maison de Mode. Rita also wore a two piece red felt wool outfit by Issa including a short top with wide sleeves and high-waisted column skirt completely covered in pink plasticized flowers throughout from the Fall 2014 collection.
She put the finishing touches on her spunky look with her platinum blonde hair relaxed loose curls and signature red lip. Other accessories included a Rolex Presidential Day Date timepiece.
Nina Dobrev wore Christian LouboutinImpera lace-up pumps to CW Network’s 2014 Upfront Presentation held at The London Hotel in NYC. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring mirrored gold leather, beautiful laser-cut design, transparent PVC panels and 120mm heel. We’ve also seen these shoes on Alessandra Ambrosio. Impera is available with a 100mm heel in white leather at Neiman Marcus.
She posed wearing a black wool blend two-piece look by Alberta Ferretti including a button-up blazer embellished with elaborate gold metallic naval-inspired embroideries and matching flirty flared mini skirt from the Pre-Fall 2014 collection.
Nina debuted new ombré sunkissed locks which were styled in gorgeous bombshell waves. She also accessorized with a gold Coomi cocktail ring and Linanoel gold Arrow drop earrings.