For her last award show appearance at the BAFTAs, she wore a menswear-inspired suit but for the most important red carpet event of the year Angelina chose head-to-toe glamour!
She posed wearing a beautiful Elie Saab long sleeve gown with cascading sequin embroidery throughout and thin leather greige belt from the Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection. You may remember Elizabeth Banks wore a similar strapless version last year.
Not only is Angie one of the best-dressed but her finishing touches, especially the smokey bronze eye makeup, was stunning. She accessorized with flawless round cut 42 carat diamond earrings by Robert Procop.
Remember when we covered the best shoes from New York Fashion Week? Well, we’ve abandoned the states and headed to London to gander at the most fabulous footwear from across the pond. They’re funky and kooky – just how we like our London looks!.
We love Matthew Williamson’s unabashed adoration of sparkly, glittery things and vivid bursts of colors. This time around, he toned down his patterns and mixed boho with business…assuming your business meetings are conducted in Studio 54. The footwear paid homage to the theme, being both eye-catching and the direct opposite of demure. Sky high and imposing, the ankle booties come in black satin, banana yellow, Beetlejuice stripes, and shocking glitter. We want to live in a world where these are workplace appropriate.
The boots Joanne Stoker designed for Eudon Choi are definitely one of a kind. With schoolgirl plaids, a red camouflage motif, and cobalt blues being stars of the collection, Eudon Choi’s presentation is eclectic and modern. Polka dots and brown calf hair, zebra stripes with electric pink – all topped off with contrasting tassels. Did the funky shoes match the futuristic air of the collection? Well, we’re not so sure. However, they certainly make a statement.
Michael van der Ham is known for colors and appliqués and this line took us back to Mod style sensibilities. Bright citrus colors, vibrant pinks, and punches of blues make every look eye-catching. The shoes were no different, with as many as five colors appearing on one color-blocked thick heeled take on the loafer curated by Christian Louboutin. Think of it this way: the heels are a fail-safe for every outfit. With so many colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
In keeping with the unique, nearly-random compilation of colors and textures found in Jonathan Saunders’ Fall 2014 collection, the footwear Christian Louboutin designed for the line blend wow-factor with classicality, glitter with smooth and supple leather. Our favorite? The lace-up ankle booty with a shining, glittering panel. These shoes remind us that everyone needs a bit of sparkle in their life.
Todd Lynn’s line might be known for blending masculine and feminine themes, but there is no doubt that the footwear – designed by Christian Louboutin – are all sex appeal. The billowing leather, snake skin, and suede is confined by an edgy wrap-around strap. The muted colors are offset by Louboutin’s iconic red sole.
Mosaic patterns, Byzantine influence, and Art Nouveau floral prints were all part of Temperley London’s eclectic and beautiful collection. The shoes themselves – designed by Shoerazzi fave Charlotte Olympia – were relatively basic, save for a color blocked trompe l’oeil ankle bootie. We also love the geometric shape of the suede and leather pump – it’s a classic shoe that will work well for a variety of events.
Antonio Berardi’s latest line was swimming in varying themes. Sculptural tailoring, hand-painted chain embroidery, lamé, flannel – and those are just a few ideas and textures he played with. Still, it managed to encapsulate the powerful sex appeal he’s known for. The shoes, designed by Rupert Sanderson, were no exception and definitely amplified the seduction. Dramatically laced over-the-knee boots in dominatrix black leather, strappy closed toed sandals, and ankle booties that would practically scream “bad ass” add a welcome edge to this collection.
For Roksanda Ilincic’s Fall 2014 line, Nicholas Kirkwood amped up the classic tasseled loafer. The modern feeling flats are sometimes color blocked and sometimes metallic, but the shoes are always a hint of modern and a lot of sweet.
Nicholas’ work for Erdem has perfectly captured the dark, romantic vibe the brand is known for. The dramatic shoes come with a chunky heel and are in variants of a stunning floral pattern (swoon!), bedazzled and bejeweled, and with hints of crocodile skin. Every dynamic pointed-toe shoe has a flat counterpart – just in case you want to switch up your heel game a bit.
Credit: Vogue; photographed by Sonny Vandevelde
Hot on the heels of a fiery collaboration with Target and Net-A-Porter, we knew that Peter Pilotto’s shoes would be something incredible to write home about. Utilizing the designing prowess of Nicholas Kirkwood, the heels are strappy, they’re a gorgeous combination of leather and suede, they’re gem toned, they are piped with iridescent colors and neon, and they’re accented with colorful takes on tortoise shell. They might just redefine “cool.”
One of the standout collaborations Manolo Blahnik was a part of for the Fall 2014 season is surely his gorgeous heels for the ever eclectic, yet always classy, designs of Osman Yousefzada. The collection was rich and dynamic, filled with prints inspired by Morocco’s ornamental tiles – the best way to accent the vivid line? Blahnik kept it simple with a major edge. Black velvet heels accented with tassels, rabbit fur booties with a shocking teal heel, and fuzzy cream and black pumps; at first glance, the shoes might seem standard, but they truly redefine trend setting.
For Emilia Wickstead and Richard Nicoll, Manolo Blahnik recreated classics. Whether casting snake skin prints in satin for a slingback pump or reinventing the heeled oxford (metallic leather and velvet? We can’t swoon any harder, seriously!), Manolo Blahnik proves time and time again that classics are truly wardrobe workhorses.
Because apparently Manolo Blahnik refuses sleep for more designer collaborations (the Karl Lagerfeld of footwear, he’s everywhere!), he also created footwear for Felder Felder, Maros Schwab, and Pringle of Scotland. Each shoe seemed to be more classic than the one before – from satin to lovely metallic leather, the sheer versatility of the pieces make them instant wardrobe staples.
Christopher Bailey deserves a medal for his latest collection for the fashion powerhouse that is Burberry Prorsum. It was bohemian, yet graceful. It was wild at heart, yet still retained an air of sophistication. Patterns, art, and color – simply viewing the collection is like a trip to the nearest art museum. Imaginative and vivid, the shoes mirrored the gorgeous myriad of colors in the collection by acting as canvases for whimsical swirls of varying hues. The open toed bootie was accented with a wooden heel and platform, somehow making these shoes even dreamier.
Mary Katrantzou’s line always sets our hearts aflutter, she’s one of the designers at the forefront of modernized romance. That said, not a single digital print seeped into her designs this time around, having been inspired by the world of the “professional.” Was she crazy? Has the world gone mad? And then you see the footwear and everything just…clicks. Color blocked and packing a punch, the square-toed shoes are hefted upon a thick heel – at times solid, other times as a sandal. If this is Mary’s take on professional, we’d love to see her take on weekend fun!
There is something expensively gaudy about Tom Ford, a luxurious flamboyance that cemented his legacy at Gucci and an essence that still resonates within his latest collections. Channeling Studio 54 and the mid-sixties, the soles we saw were nearly cowboy inspired in that when you saw the stiletto boots tromping down the runway, the correct response was “wow, those are definitely boots.” Exotically skinned, baby blue, and sometimes velveteen, they were as excessive as we expect from Tom Ford. For a more discerning consumer, he also designed an ankle bootie embellished with TF in rhinestones, because “understated” simply is not in his vocabulary.
With a theme like debauched debutantes, it’s only expected that Henry Holland turned out some truly outrageous apparel. Sequins, neon lame, and frilly frocks that would have Paris Hilton circa-2002 clicking her heels in joy. Speaking of the shoes, they kept with the near-cartoonish allure of the bombastic collection. Oversized pearls? Check. Velvet, velvet, and more velvet? Check. Giant pom poms? Check. Candy colored hues indicative of House of Holland? Check! The master of kitsch has struck again.
Christopher Kane’s sumptuous, unpretentious collection was filled with creativity (those 3D effect dresses will haunt our dreams in the best way) and surprising bursts of color. As always, the accessories were pictures of perfection – the handbags detailed and edged in geek chic and the shoes? The shoes. Dynamic takes on the platform Mary Jane, amped up by ruffled leather, mule backings, and exotic snakeskin, make this classic design utterly modern.
If you find the fashion weeks-slash-month completely exhausting, have no fear! We have compiled the must know, must-have shoe sightings from the Fall 2014 runways so you don’t have to! First stop? New York City.
Credit: Now Fashion, Vogue & ELLE
If New York Fashion Week had a line that epitomized romance and luxury, without a doubt it would be Marchesa. Since 2004, Georgina and Keren Craig have been designing and creating some of the most beautiful red carpet looks this side of Valentino. The sumptuous tulle and whimsical lace of Marchesa’s gowns were only complemented by the shoes, designed by none other than Christian Louboutin. From devilishly colored multi-buckle suede ankle booties to dazzling copper hued lacy pumps, as the show progressed the soles only became more enviable. The combination of calf hair and embroidery can only be classified as daring! It’s hard for us to pick a favorite, but we lovedthe concave wedge that – at first glance – made the models look like ballerinas standing en pointe.
Credit: Style.com & ELLE
Credit: ELLE, Vogue, Style.com
At first glance, Ruthie Davis for Duckie Brown sounds like a very peculiar combination. After all, Ruthie Davis has made her name by confronting conventions head on and changing them – her shoes drip with not only femininity, but sassiness. Her brand is all about modernity and romance without fussiness. And Duckie Brown? Duckie Brown is a brand dedicated to dressing men in dapper duds, this season marking the brand’s first foray into womanswear. The result was extraordinarily complementary; Duckie Brown’s menswear aesthetic fit beautifully with the clean, color blocked lines of Ruthie Davis’ playful jewel tone pumps. We can only hope this is the start of a long-standing collaboration.
We are huge fans of Gio Diev’s sensual yet futuristic approach to shoes (hello! We’re still obsessing over his Spring 2014 collection!), so when we heard that he was going to be designing the shoes for Sally LaPointe’s Fall 2014 collection we could hardly contain our excitement. The ankle booties are one of the highlights of the collection, crafted out of supple leather, luxurious snakeskin, exotic stingray, and – just because everyone needs a bit of edge to their wardrobe – phenomenal calf hair. They’re practical, yet elegant. Perfect for adding sophistication to any autumnal look.
There was something decidedly heady about Veronica Beard’s line this season – it could be the way the boho dresses dripped with California cool or the way the jacquard printed matching separates took you back to the best of 70s fashion. A fabulously fashionable collection topped off with sky-high Moiki heels by Rupert Sanderson, who always knows how to make a woman’s choice in footwear the talk of the party. The strappy heels appeared in three variations: not-s-classic black, space-age silver, and color blocked with pink, mustard yellow, and black.
Credit: Vogue & ELLE
If we could sum up the Fall 2014 collection by Altuzarra, we’d have to put it somewhere between simplicity, luxury, and wardrobe staple. It isn’t surprising that the shoes from Altuzarra’s collection match that “wear me everywhere” vibe, because timelessness with a kick is what Gianvito Rossi specializes in. We love the take on a loafer-pump as well as the boots with cut-out accents. The natural color palette (greys, browns, and blacks) provides maximum accessibility and versatility – we can picture the ankle booties in the office as well as a dinner date with the girls.
Cesare Casadei and Prabal Gurung have been collaborating since the Spring 2013 season – it’s no mystery why they’ve kept the relationship strong: the shoes are consistently divine. This time around, Casadei created gorgeously bejeweled pumps exclusive for Prabal Gurung that perfectly blend Gurung’s tactile and experimental aesthetic with the feminine flair indicative of their brand. The shoes are one part costume jewelry, two parts menswear brogue, and all fierce. Coming in an array of colors, we can picture these statement heels taking the place of baubles any day.
Okay, we have a confession: we can predict the future. We can’t divulge all of the juicy details, but we are willing to tell you one thing – our bank accounts are going to be hurting and our wardrobes will be screaming in joy. Why? Because Sophia Webster’s latest collaboration with J.Crew for their Fall 2014 collection is utter perfection. Beautiful prints, color blocking, strappy pumps, and glittery heels are the star components of the collection. We’re not surprised that J.Crew’s prep-meets-edge aesthetic pairs so beautifully with Sophia Webster’s color, prints, and pizazz style, we just hope that the two fashion powerhouses continue to collaborate for years to come.
Credit: Vogue & ELLE
Without a doubt, one of the most luxurious and supple collections of New York Fashion Week was brought to us by Jason Wu. Crushed velvet, fur, marled wool, and sequins so subtle that they catch the light like diamonds were only parts of the ingenious line. Jason Wu’s sumptuous collection was topped off with a beautiful t-strap pump, done in a few variations. The classic, wear-me-everywhere heel came in oxblood, mirrored silver, and a patent black (sometimes color blocked all in one style!). We also love the oxford ankle bootie that made an appearance – one part pilgrim, three parts runway heartstopper, it was a show stealer.
Rodarte’s homage to the seventies, complete with Star Wars iconography and drawstring high-waist pants, is polarizing in its unabashed use of glitter and lurex. The kitschy, thrifty vibe was found from the top of the sparkly berets and down to the tips of the models’ feet. Modest buckles and sequined socks abound, the Mulleavy sister’s footwear is as unique as they are. If you’re not into their idiosyncratic reinterpretation of the flatform, they also have a collection of pumps that range from work-ready snakeskin beige to club-ready bejeweled turquoise.
Narciso Rodriguez’ collection was a perfect meld of casual and sophisticated. The looks are slouchy without being sloppy and the overall feel is one of effortless minimalism. Even the footwear appears modest at first glance. However, the initial thought of simplicity is erased upon further inspection; though streamline and modern, the shoes are definitely a step above the rest. Dramatic takes on a d’orsay heel – the thick strap along the ankle is both fabulous and practical – and color blocked booties with supple leather and snake skin have us going back for another look.
Oscar de la Renta certainly knows his audience, creating stellar red carpet ready gowns and suit separates designed to become classics season, but this season left us feeling a bit cold. Luckily, where this season’s wigs were arguably horrible and many of the looks bored on the unfortunate side of matronly, the accessories were full of the spark and verve we’ve come to expect from Oscar de la Renta’s lux designs. Exotic and ornately patterned laser cut leather? Check. Embellished heeled sandals? Check. Feather and bead embroidered platforms? Check, check, check. They’re so classy and so chic, you’ll by opera tickets just to show them off.
Credit: Vogue & ELLE
Alexander Wang’s utilitarian collection met head on with state-of-the-art techniques (color changing leather? Be still our fluttering hearts); the outdoorsy sentiments were irrevocably high fashion, making it another iconic collection from the flourishing designer. His shoes received the same amazing treatment. The exaggerated height of the over-the-knee boot – done in a gorgeous combination of mid-tone brown and black with a shock of pure white – have a practical vibe that make them beg to be worn during your city’s next Snowmageddeon. Wang also created a peculiar take on the mule, with a thick heel and a very overstated vamp. They might not be for everyone, but man are they cool.
Leave it to Monique Lhuillier to create a show that practically drips with femininity, from the floral embellishments down to the lacy ankle and knee-high boots. We love how, when other designers seem bent on modernizing and streamlining their collections, she remains unafraid to revel in the frivolity. Candy pink sandals embellished with lace? Well, yes, if you insist! Also worth mentioning? The dramatically shaped d’orsay pump, constructed partially out of PVC to hold its theatrical silhouette.
Diane von Fürstenberg’s collection was classy with an edge, filled with pieces that would seamlessly go from day-to-night without so much as a jacket change. However, our favorite part of the collection wasn’t the eclectic prints or sensible totes, but the crazy amazing selection of pumps and wedges. Dramatic suede heeled sandals were accented with gold leather piping, mesh was embellished with darling suede hearts that scream “don’t just wear me on Valentine’s Day, wear me everywhere!” and modern looking wedges that were completed by a stellar mirrored gold heel. Black, gold, and red is a timeless combination – Diane von Fürstenberg just gave it a kick of sass.
The sensible schoolgirl aesthetic of Marissa Webb’s collection was given a much needed dose of attitude via kickass footwear. High stilettos with snaking laces that would make Roberto Cavalli proud and gorgeous blocky ankle booties might seem dour in color, but are jam packed with attitude. Suddenly, tweed doesn’t seem so prim and proper!
Credit: Vogue IT & ELLE
Jerome C Rousseau’s work with Lela Rose this season marks his very first – we know, it’s hard to believe that he’s not on every NYC designer’s speed dial! – runway collaboration and to soaring success. The eclectic vibe of Rousseau’s shoes perfectly matched the quirky edge that Lela Rose used in her collection (think: feathers, gem embellishments, sequins, and ombre hues). Though we love the metallic ombre glitter booties and his tell-tale thorny heel, our favorite shoe from this collaboration is the mesh peep-toe bootie. Swoon!
Katya Leonovich’s Fall 2014 collection was all about futuristic, science fiction designs with a very seductive kick. Metallic, semi-sheer dresses and oblong silhouettes were complimented by sleek soles from Tania Spinelli. We love the amazing selection of boots she provided, thigh-high to ankle, lush suede to shiny gunmetal – we almost paid more attention to them than the line of clothes (woops!). But, we’re not surprised that we love the shoe selection; when Tania Spinelli is doing the designing, you know the product will be amazing.
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
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.
Pantone recently announced radiant orchid as the 2014 color of the year. This charming purple hue captivates a “harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones” while “emanating great joy, love and health”.
I always look forward to this report which covers the season’s most important color trends. This purpley shade covered the runways at NYFW and I expect to see it on our favorite red carpet starlets as well as on clothing and accessories throughout the year.
Featured below is a quick look at several spring shoe styles I’ve found in variations of this hue. I love the graphic patterns used on the Roger Vivier & Nicholas Kirkwood styles combined with a spicy cayenne red. Manolo Blahnik opted for a warmer two-tone design mixing byzantium with fandango.
Get radiant purple on your feet right now; check out these available styles:
Award season is right around the corner! I wanted to share what shoes we can expect to see Hollywood’s A-list stars pair with their gorgeous gowns. For the most important red carpet events of the year including The Oscars, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, celebrities need a beautiful shoe they can walk in for hours (and hours).
Platform styles are popular since they’re easy on the feet and give ample height for long ball skirts. We also usually see silk satin, sheer floral lace and metallic leather designs plus oodles of crystal & glitter embellishment.
Last year at The Oscars, Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence wore Brian Atwood Hamper pumps under her Christian Dior gown, Kristen Stewart stuck with her go-to Vibe pumps by Jimmy Choo, Jessica Chastain chose sky-high Christian Louboutin Volpi d’Orsay sandals and Sandra Bullock wore Jimmy Choo’s crystal covered Kalpa sandals.
Several designers such as Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo and Brian Atwood also offer white satin styles which can be custom dyed to perfectly match any gown. At the Emmy Awards last year Zoey Deschanel wore Charlotte Olympia’s signature Paloma pumps in custom pale grey blue.
I’m a very gotta-have-it-now express shipping kind of shoe buyer so when I know a style won’t be on my feet until February, March or April I usually wait. A pre-order makes sense when I find that absolutely-in-love (over-the-fence, World Series kind of stuff) shoe that I know is a rare or coveted style only carried at a few retailers.
I receive emails daily from readers trying to find their must-have shoe when unfortunately their size sold out. Pre-ordering is a good way to snag your favorite next season shoe – especially if your size is always sold out or you take a half size like me!
My favorite pre-order potentials for spring are featured below. I also added a few styles from new Pre-Fall 2014 collections which are currently available for a limited time at the pre-order hub, Moda Operandi.
Resort, Cruise, Pre-Spring – whatever you call it, I like it! These inter-season styles are a welcome change after a gloomy winter filled with heavy boots. Cruise is now one the biggest and most important seasons of the year for both retailers & brands (including Chanel!).
The yummy colors are a breath of fresh air and designed for frolicking around the Caribbean or other tropical destinations. Many times I much prefer the playful cruise styles over the spring collections. This season is delicious as ever with Jimmy Choo’s pastel gelato heels and Charlotte Olympia’s Sweet Talk confectionary creations.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite new resort arrivals:
Some people are born knowing what they want to do when they grow up, others never find out, and sometimes the path only becomes clear when they’ve committed themselves to another passion. For Rome-born Charline De Luca, she discovered her adoration for shoes while attending the New York Institute of Technology for architecture. After finishing her degree in New York, she sought to study accessory design at the Central Saint Martins School in London. After graduating in early 2011, she returned to Rome to fulfill her “Made in Italy” destiny, crafting her first sole-ful collection.
In the four subsequent seasons, she developed a distinctive image that blended her adoration of architecture with striking modernity – a combination that has piqued the interest of many fashionable connoisseurs and leading voices in the industry, going so far as to being a featured finalist in accessories for Vogue Italia’s prestigious Who Is On Next? competition. For her Spring 2014 collection she’s upped the ante, delivering designs that stay true to her trademarks (we could write sonnets about her signature cutout wedge with mirrored panels) while incorporating new techniques and materials.
Vibrant jewel tones such as ruby red and sapphire blue are cast into snakeskin straps, triangular shapes of leather create a dramatic silhouette and towering modern chunky block heels combine to create a collection that is as cutting edge as it is aesthetically arresting. Our favorite designs include the varying metallic shades of the Elettra sandal (why choose one tone of metal when you can wear them all?); the geometrically paneled Regina lace up sandal that brings new life to high-shine spotted leather; and the pale daffodil Rea wedge, which is a perfect blend of sleek and romantic.
And now, with her gorgeous architecturally-inspired designs being sold at four-star shoestablishments such as LuisaViaRoma, Shoescribe, and Saks Fifth Avenue, this sartorially gifted up-and-coming designer should be first on your list of “designers to watch.”
Aphrodite strappy leather & snakeskin sandal; available in green at Saks Fifth Avenue
Artemide snakeskin and canvas cross-strap sandal; available in polka dot snakeskin at Saks Fifth Avenue
Delaunay cut-out leather open-toe bootie with a thin ankle-strap; Dafne snakeskin & leather open-toe slingback bootie
Dione colorblock slingback pump with a large cap-toe in mirrored, patent & smooth leather
Elettra colorful snakeskin platform sandal with cage-like thin straps and block heel
Euridice wedge sandal with a covered wedge and contrasting leather cross-straps
Galatea strappy sandal in printed leather with padded leather straps and back-zip
Iside cut-out wedge cross-strap sandal available in mirrored gold & black leather
Khalo open-toe sandal bootie with the signature cut-out wedge, covered platform and concealed side-zip
Medea leather sandal slingback bootie with a chunky block heel, adjustable ankle strap and high rise front
Ninfa leather open-toe sandal bootie with a sheer mesh front panel and leather cuff
O’Keefe cut-out leather wedge sandal with a contrasting printed leather asymmetric strap
Rea d’Orsay pump with a leather lace-up cuff and snakeskin pointed-toe
Rea yellow leather wedge with a lace-up cuff; Era dotted snakeskin wedge sandal with black leather cuff
Regina layered triangular cut leather corset lace-up sandal with long leather laces