Designer Shoes: Peep toe

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Julia Roberts wore Christian Louboutin Vendome pumps to the 2014 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These heels are from the Classic collection featuring a custom dyed navy satin, 20mm covered platform and 120mm heel. You can find new fall styles at Christian Louboutin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Outfit Details: Elie Saab a midnight blue dress fully embroidered with stones & pearls, a Irene Neuwirth Limited Edition blue moonstone ring plus Wilfredo Rosado earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Julia.

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Beyoncé Knowles wore Christian Louboutin Lady Peep pumps to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. They feature black patent leather, 150mm heel and 50mm platform. Lady Peep is available in several styles at Christian Louboutin plus nude or black patent leather at Barneys.

Outfit Details: Nicolas Jebran Fall 2014 Haute Couture black beaded and lace long sleeve fitted geometric lined gown, metallic silver manicure plus several diamond rings and statement earrings from Lorraine Schwartz.

Check out more shoes spotted on Beyoncé.

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Cheryl Cole was spotted outside BBC Radio 1 studios in London wearing Sergio Rossi peep-toe booties. These two-tone heels feature cream and tan leather, adjustable buckled ankle strap, sleek side cutouts and 110mm heel. You can shop Sergio Rossi heels on discount at Yoox.

Outfit Details3.1 Phillip Lim sleeveless sculpted tank, Alexander Wang pleated leather skirt, Arme De L’Amour gold plated finger bracelet, gold Wishbone pendant necklace, a shiny pink lip plus Saint Laurent rounded square sunglasses.

Check out more shoes spotted on Cheryl.

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Taylor Swift was spotted out in New York City wearing Christian Louboutin Lady Peep signature platform pumps. They feature raspberry leather,150mm heel and 50mm platform. Lady Peep is available in several styles at Christian Louboutin plus nude or black patent leather at Barneys.

Outfit Details: Sleeveless sea foam green white flower printed cut-out dress, Ray-Ban original Wayfarer sunglasses, Tod’s Sella leather shoulder bag, Lulu Frost Plaza letter D necklace and vibrant red lip.

Check out more shoes spotted on Taylor.

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Kate Hudson wore Aruna Seth Venus pumps to the screening of ‘Wish I Was Here’ held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in NYC. This style debuted in the Spring 2013 collection featuring a mini houndstooth print, thin black patent leather criss-cross front straps, small peep-toe and covered 140mm heel. Venus is available in several styles at Aruna Seth

Outfit Details: Michael Kors Resort 2015 cut-out sequin bustier embroidered strapless dress, Edie Parker Flavia pearlized zebra acrylic clutch, black cherry lip, plus delicate gold earrings & thin bangles from the latest Kate Hudson + Chrome Hearts collaboration.

Check out more shoes spotted on Kate.

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Li Bingbing wore Giuseppe Zanotti pumps to the Berlin premiere of ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’. They’re from a older collection featuring nude leather, sculpted heel, adjustable ankle-strap and peep-toe. Unfortunately this style is sold out online, however you can shop the latest collection at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Giuseppe Zanotti.

Outfit Details: Elie Saab Couture Spring 2014 sheer floral embellished gown, white manicure, baby pink lip and diamond drop earrings.

Check out more recent celebrity shoe spottings.

Garcon-leather-boot-Gianvito-Rossi-Fall-2014It 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!

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Annie pointed-toe leather bootie in beetroot with contrast white Western-inspired trim and 100mm heel

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Annie pointed-toe leather bootie in black with a contrast white piped leather Western style trim and 100mm heel

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Bonnie white leather pump with black piped leather trim and 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma

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Bonnie two-tone leather pump with a western-inspired inlay motif; available in metallic orange & beige at LuisaViaRoma

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Bonnie Rebel lace-up peep-toe bootie with a back-zip and sleek stiletto heel

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Carlie double ankle-strap sandal in white leather or black suede with contrasting leather corset lacing detail

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Ellipsis signature pointed-toe pump in mirrored metallic orange leather & burgundy with a high rise back and 100mm heel; available in burgundy at LuisaViaRoma or iridescent metallic leather & black patent leather at Neiman Marcus

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Jane lace-up peep-toe bootie in brown or bright red suede with a 100mm heel; available at LuisaViaRoma and Gianvito Rossi

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Leslie lace-up boots available in a kitten heel or over-the-knee style with stretch leather side paneling

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Mable short boot with tonal Western-inspired detailing and 100mm heel; available in dark brown leather with a 85mm heel at LuisaViaRoma

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Mattie knee-high boot in slate blue, cow printed calf hair or burgundy; available in brown suede at Neiman Marcus

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Pearl short cowboy inspired boot with a chunky heel and long almond-shaped toe

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Pearl tall cowboy-inspired boot in black pony hair or burgundy leather with side pull-on tabs

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Kate cut-out lace-up sandal in patent glossy red patent leather with tonal leather laces and 100mm heel; available in red at FarFetch & Neiman Marcus or black at FarFetch

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Rose lace-up peep-toe boot & bootie in black or purple suede with sheer mixed media lace panels

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Brace ankle-cuff sandals in Bordeaux leather with a wide toe-strap and 105mm heel; available in Bordeaux at Barneys or in Bordeaux and black suede with crystal studs at Neiman Marcus

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Fannie printed calf hair pump with a 100mm heel and piped black leather trim; available at FarFetch

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Vamp cow print calf hair peep-toe bootie with a 100mm heel; available at FarFetch and Neiman Marcus

Written by Shannon Weston

Henri-Lepore-DezertAmerican-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. Henri-Lepore-Dezert-Carmela-pump

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: henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela Carmela crossback t-strap pump in black leather with tonal goatskin suede trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-red-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in glossy red patent leather with goatskin suede piping and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-white-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in white leather with contrasting bronze leather piped trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-edda Edda spat bootie in black leather with a black suede front panel, anodized antique gold stud buttons and stacked wood 85mm wedge heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-geary Geary geometric cut-out bootie in black leather with a back-zip and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-off-the-cuff Off The Cuff tricolor peep-toe platform sandal in cognac brown leather, pollen gold suede and white lizard with a stacked 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-razza Razza double ankle-strap sandal in black leather & stingray with a metallic effect and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-salana Salana pointed-toe d’Orsay pump in pale gold python with a tonal piped leather trim and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-royal-blue Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in blue silk satin with a darker blue leather and 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-chevron Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in augmented monochromatic chevron with a leather covered 120mm heel and platform

You can also find a selection of HLD’s sandals featured in Moda Operandi’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ curated trunkshow.

Written by Shannon Weston

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Naomi Watts wore Jimmy Choo Vibe pumps to ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They feature gunmetal mirrored leather, peep-toe and 145mm heel. Unfortunately this style is no longer available (it’s now a red carpet exclusive) but you can shop new Pre-Fall 2014 styles at Jimmy Choo and Jimmy Choo UK.

Naomi arrived wearing a custom Marchesa creation in collaboration with Francesca Azzara. She posed in a sterling blue silk chiffon one shoulder gown with a ruched boned bodice, cowl overlay sweeping the crystal cluster embroidered sweetheart neckline and cascading skirt.

She also finished her look with a Bulgari Ultimate Temptation high jewelry Serpenti necklace from the 130th Anniversary collection draped around her neck and Jimmy Choo Carmen crystal studded clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Naomi.

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Cate Blanchett wore Roger Vivier pumps to the photo call for ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. They’re from the Fall 2014 collection featuring red patent leather, covered slim platform and curve-shaped heel. You can find the latest Vivier styles at LuisaViaRoma, Roger Vivier and Tessabit.

She joined her costar America Ferrera wearing a Delpozo pop-art tone and playful geometric structured top and above ankle wide pant from the Fall 2014 collection.

The outfit spoke for itself, no jewelry was needed. Cate’s bob was styled with lots of texture and fullness before finishing with a blush tinted glossy lip.

Check out more shoes spotted on Cate.