Gianvito Rossi was named Designer of the Year last week at the Footwear News Achievement Awards. 2013 was undoubtedly “his year” and I myself wanting to fill the entire ‘Shop’ section with his designs! Both Resort & Spring ’14 styles are quickly appearing online and he’s cranking out one hit after another.
He’s the son of renowned footwear designer Sergio Rossi and shoemaking is in his blood. Gianvito has created shoes every woman wants by blending high-luxe Italian craftsmanship with an understated elegance. After launching his namesake line almost six years ago, Rossi’s classic single-shoe shoes have finally taken center stage.
I love what he said in a recent interview with WWD about his flourishing footwear fame, ”It seems like fashion is [shifting] to my point of view”. Rossi opts for “timelessness instead of just trendy” and those are the kind of shoes we can hold on to for decades.
We will have a review of the full Spring 2014 collection published soon but until then, here’s a look at my favorite new arrivals:
Nicole Scherzinger was spotted leaving C London wearing Sergio Rossi ankle-strap pumps. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black patent leather, gold-tone metal caged heel cap and 115mm heel. You can find a similar style from the same collection at Shoescribe.
She enjoyed an evening out wearing a classic three-piece black outfit including a Pearce Fionda blazer and high-waisted Claes Iversen trousers with sheer floral lace panels. I love her softly highlighted layered long hair and she also carried The Milan grained leather bag by Milli Millu.
Adriana Lima wore Giuseppe Zanotti studded pumps to the Victoria’s Secret Angels Celebrate Holiday 2013 event held at Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square, NYC. These shoes are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring red leather, faceted micro gold studs and 115mm. They’re available (on sale!) at Neiman Marcus.
She posed wearing a red hot Notte by Marchesa lace cocktail dress with an origami-inspired angular sweetheart neckline, short peplum waist and scalloped hem from the Spring 2014 collection.
Adriana styled her long hair in super sleek center-part and also finished her look with the perfect red pout plus a Mini Pear Diamond necklace by Djula.
Jenna Ushkowitz wore René CaovillaLyra peep-toe pumps to the 2013 TrevorLIVE LA event held at the Hollywood Palladium. Here’a better look at her shoes. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring nude silk satin, black floral lace overlay and Swarovski crystal trim. You can shop Caovilla styles at Shoescribe, The Corner and Yoox.
She was one of the best-dressed on this red carpet wearing a black lace halterneck gown with a small peplum and waist cutouts by BCBGMAXAZRIA. I also love Jenna’s simple but elegant side-parted & loosely curled half-up, half-down hair.
Chances are, if you’re into shoes that amp up the style and add a hefty dose of quirk, you are already well versed in the gorgeous creations of Charlotte Olympia. You’ve pinned kitty-inspired pumps onto Pinterest boards, you’ve re-blogged countless shots of your zodiac emblem on gorgeous suede shoes, and you’ve flipped through every Art Deco movement- and fairy tale-influenced sole until you’ve memorized every stitch. Charlotte Olympia is emblematic of a burgeoning empire, based on classic shapes laden with a kitsch twist; she told Vogue UK, “the essence of my brand comes from my love of old Hollywood glamour. […] The Forties and Fifties are bygone eras that I am nostalgic for, and they play a huge part on the sensibility of the brand. I like to give my collections a soul and a story, and a little sense of humour.”
This time around, Charlotte Dellal – the genius behind Charlotte Olympia – is taking us on a voyage. Sure, her standard use of glitter and sequins have been placed into fins and sea stars alike, and the classic white and navy sailor stripe is prevalent, but we’re thoroughly impressed by the new tricks up her sleeve. Rope is knotted and carefully placed, a blonde mermaid figurehead is fixed onto a wedge calming turbulent seas sidewalks, classic sailor tattoo prints cover pumps and gorgeous suede is laser cut to look like coral. Just when you think she’s found her niche, she explores new techniques and wows us again. She’s even created waterproof sandals with a foam wedge and silicone straps, because stylish shoes shouldn’t be confined solely to land.
Our favorite designs include the fish-centric “Catch of the Day” pump, the lobster t-strap sandal with beaded trim, “Splash” – where an upside down mermaid tail has taken the place of the heel, and the “Save our Shoes” design, which takes the classic S.O.S. message in a bottle motif to a new level. Some may say that she went overboard, but we think this collection is sure to take your style full speed ahead!
The best part about this nautical collection is that some of the pieces are available for order now, which means you can order some beach-ready looks just in time for the summer season. These shoes are sure to make your peers – and the Little Mermaid herself – envious.
Ahoy Sailor! flat sandal with rope covered straps in red leather with embroidered sailor emblems
Amy Adams wore Christian LouboutinBody Strass pumps to the LA premiere of ‘American Hustle’ held at the Directors Guild of America. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring crystal-embellished sheer mesh, black patent leather and 120mm heel. Body Strass is available with a 100mm heel in black at Christian Louboutin or metallic silver at Bergdorf Goodman.
This is the second look we’ve seen from David Koma’s Spring 2014 collection (first spotted on Miranda Kerr). Amy posed wearing a neoprene and jersey striped sleeveless dress with a square cut bodice and sheer paneled underlay. You can find several styles from Koma’s collection on pre-order at LuisaViaRoma.
With her auburn locks styled in a silky straight side-part, she also finished her look with diamond leaf drop earrings by Neil Lane.
Rita Ora wore Christian LouboutinArtifice pumps to the 2013 British Fashion Awards. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black satin, half d’Orsay design, metallic embroidery and crystal cluster embellishment. Artifice is available in black and blue khol at Christian Louboutin.
She posed wearing a Vivienne Westwood Gold Label gunmetal sequin covered Bellini strapless dress with the signature built-in boned corset and draped column skirt. Rita styled her platinum hair in Marilyn Monroe inspired Hollywood glam curls and also carried a Fendi Spring 2014 silver three-dimensional sequin covered Baguette bag.
I realized I haven’t posted about any of my new shoes since March so I figured it’s probably time for an update. I can’t believe it’s already December! The year has flown by and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. After an adventurous summer trying to figure out where to call our new home, we settled in Miami Beach a couple months ago. It’s unlike any other place in the country; life is sunny, spicy and full of (deco) art here.
I also met fashion writer & editor Valeria Boucas while previewing Jerome C. Rousseau’s collection. I was flattered when she asked to write a small piece about ShoeRazzi on her new blog – you can read more about my blog’s beginnings at Valeria Boucas.
Here’s a look at the shoes I’ve added to my collection:
(If you ran into me this summer, odds are I was wearing one of these outfits. In the left photo I paired them with a Zara top & Free People cutoffs and to the right, a Joie jacket worn with a Helmut Lang sleeveless knit + Rag & Bone leather shorts.)
I adore these Valentino clear Rockstud strappy pumps which were one of the first shoes I purchased last season. I still can’t bring myself to wear a full on PVC shoe but this design allows my feet to breathe. They’re now available in black leather with smokey PVC straps and black studs at Forward by Elyse Walker.
1. Striped Alice + Olivia dress 2. Ohne Titel perforated leather skirt 3. Clover Canyon mini skirt
The first shoe pictured is the Amma embellished sandal bootie from Sophia Webster’s debut collection (found at her online store). I love the ikat-printed taffeta and multicolor beaded trim.
The Manolo Blahnik Charly sandals were a super lucky find on eBay! They’re from an older collection in black canvas embellished with two oversize buckled straps.
On a NY trip I visited the Jean-Michel Cazabat flagship store and purchased these Omayra thin strappy sandals in fuchsia snake-print leather.
J’adore these stunning Christian Louboutin Stardust pale pink satin pumps with a crystal-embellished black lace overlay. Snagged at a special sale, I plan to wear these boudoir-inspired pumps with a floor-length black silk satin dress.
This Anastasia multicolor flag-trimmed cutout pump was my favorite style from Manolo Blahnik’s Fall 2011 collection. I think they look even cuter worn with black stockings.
This is the most romantic and opulent shoe I own! These Charlotte Olympia Belinda platform sandals sold out almost immediately but I found them at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas. They feature laser cut metallic silver leather and you can find them in white suede at Matches, Net-A-Porter and Charlotte Olympia.
This is a classic ankle-strap by Roberto Cavalli embellished with a gold-tone sculpted heel, ankle bijoux and metallic pointed-toe which juts out from underneath the small platform. They appeared later in season on Cavalli’s web site but I purchased them at the Las Vegas boutique.
I rarely feature flats but now that I walk everywhere here in Miami, they’re an important wardrobe staple. Chanel espadrilles (featured in my last update post) are a perfect shoe for this city and I also wear Converse sneakers, Nikes & Christian Louboutin ballet flats.
This is the epitome of a “fall” look here (no jacket required!)…I’m wearing a sleeveless knit dress from Bank Fashion & suede Converse sneakers from Size UK.
Del Toro slippers worn with a white Versus Versace dress from a few season ago and IRO grey denim top, Prada bag.
Del Toro is a luxury shoe brand based here in Miami. They make shoes for both men and women and have a fresh design approach blending creative designer Matthew Chevallard’s Italian heritage with a Palm Beach prep aesthetic.
I’m wearing pretty pink & white scrunched gingham slippers featuring the signature red grosgrain heel stripe. Del Toro carries sneakers, drivers, espadrilles, Chelsea boots and more. I can’t wait to visit the boutique here! There are also several customizable options and I think they’re a perfect Christmas present.
The Spring 2014 collection is adorable and available for a limited time on pre-order at Moda Operandi:
I’m wearing the ‘So Kate’ paired with a printed Equipment top and Vince textured leather leggings.
I grabbed these So Kate pumps in black leather at the Christian Louboutin boutique in SoHo. Many readers have asked about the fit compared to the Pigalle…So Kate has a different toe box, vamp, stiletto shape and unlike the Pigalle, it doesn’t have the elastic band in the back of the heel. I appreciate both classic styles and love the sleek long toe on the So Kate.
It hasn’t been cold enough to wear these Christian Louboutin Psycho boots yet but I’m bringing them along for our winter travels. They’re from the Fall ’12 collection in black suede with an almond toe and swirled panels of black leather.
Roger Vivier sandals wore with an older See by Chloé cutout dress and Chanel Boy bag.
It was love at first sight after seeing these Roger Vivier Prismick t-strap sandals on Emma Stone. They feature a tapered t-strap, panels of stone leather and textured yellow leather on top of black suede and 120mm heel.
Iggy Azalea was spotted outside The Ed Sullivan Theater for the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ in NYC wearing Givenchy harlequin booties. They’re from the Resort 2013 collection featuring black & white woven leather, silver studded platform and lace-up front. We’ve also seen these on Khloe Kardashian. This style is sold out but you can find new Givenchy styles at Barneys and Forward by Elyse Walker.
The 23-year-old Aussie rapper performed her latest single, ‘Change Your Life,’ with T.I. wearing a white leather jacket, metallic silver bodysuit and sporty white leggings. She also carried a Versace lilac leather chain shoulder bag with Greek-key quilting design.
Lately, we’ve been looking for something a little bit different to fill the void in our footwear fashions. Where classics shoe shapes and silhouettes are undoubtedly wonderful, sometimes we just want to be able to look down at our feet and say “wow.” Sometimes, we just yearn for something elevated from the norm and evocative of effortless elegance. It wasn’t until we discovered Gio Diev and his sculptural footwear that we realized exactly what we have been missing, after what felt line eons of web browsing, we believe we’ve found our solemate.
Founder and creative director of the brand Gio Metodiev used to work in the world of PR with top designers – such as Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi – before realizing his need for creativity and stepping out from behind-the-scenes, heading straight to the forefront of design. That access and knowledge of the industry greatly aided his career ascent, but what really skyrocketed his career was his style; instead of basing his designs on the classics, he launched a footwear brand dedicated to being bold and memorable. Strong, yet sensual. He’s inspired by his surroundings, from the Melbourne Opera House to Josephine Baker’s banana skirt and he noted to Racked, “I see each shoe as a miniature sculpture. When it’s perfectly made it’s like a glorious vision of precision and beauty.”
Truly, when you look at his shoe designs, you are immediately struck by his signature sweeping sophisticated curves, a futuristic “Space Heel” that juts away from the body of the shoe, bold silhouette, and – our favorite! – silver lacquered heels of varying shapes. This season, he’s incorporated his trademark futuristic edge into luscious suede, vibrant python, metallic nappa, and soft leather to create a sensational, feast-for-the-eyes collection. As if that wasn’t excellent enough, his Ancona shoe uses a transparent rubber appliqué overtop white moiré grosgrain for a three-dimensional dazzle and he’s introduced a delicate Namaste embellishment, because the chicest way to say “Namaste, bitches” to your friends isn’t with an organic cotton tote, it’s with a pair of gorgeous handcrafted shoes.