Olivia Munn wore Stuart WeitzmanNudist sandals to the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards held in LA. These heels feature bronze foil nappa, thin adjustable ankle-strap and 4.5″ stiletto heel. Nudist is available in several styles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Stuart Weitzman.
Outfit Details: Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 embroidered draped chiffon cantaloupe gown, a dark red lip, Jimmy Choo Box clutch plus Piaget white gold and diamond rose cocktail ring and earrings.
Cate Blanchett wore GivenchyClara platform sandals to the ‘Cinderella’ premiere held during the 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival. These heels feature black suede, open-toe, shark-lock fastening, a 50mm platform and 130mm stiletto heel. Clara is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and on sale at Farfetch.
Outfit Details: Custom made Givenchy Pre-Fall 2015 sequin embellished gown, shimmery gold eyes and apricot glossy lip plus Repossi diamond rings.
These Spring 2015 heels feature a soft magnolia flower & moth design painted on soft black leather, a polished silver tone shark tooth turn-lock closure and covered stiletto heel. Make it a perfect look for the office with these heels paired with a soft peach blouse & black pencil skirt or with cropped denim jeans & sheer delicate top for a more casual look.
These delicate Spring sandals feature a sleek ankle-strap, silver logo-engraved detailed buckle, bonded vamp and stiletto heel. A slight platform balances the 110mm heel, making them perfect for day or night. Half sizes are available, made in Italy.
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
It’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.
The 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 fullycrystal 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.
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.
Shailene Woodley wore Gianvito RossiSparkle sandals to the 2014 ICG Publicists Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in L.A. Theses lightening bolt motif shoes are from the Spring 2014 collection featuring mirrored rose gold leather, thin buckled ankle-strap and 100mm heel. They’re available in silver at MyTheresa or red & rose gold leather at Gianvito Rossi.
The 22-year-old actress has begun promotional appearances for her latest film ‘Divergent’. She arrived wearing a Jonathan Saunders peony textured jacquard Helen satin crepe dress in soft fluo orange from the Resort 2014 collection.
Shailene put the finishing touches on this beautiful look with her pixie ‘do swept effortlessly to the side. She also accessorized with a peach rose lip and Dannijo Peanut stud earrings.
Lupita Nyong’o wore Prada d’Orsay ankle-strap platform sandals to the 2014 Academy Awards. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They’re from the Pre-Spring 2014 collection and custom dyed in blue satin to match her gown. You can find them in black suede & mirrored silver leather at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue.
After telling the press she tried on over 70 gowns and that her choice was a minimalistic with clean lines, I figured we would see her in Calvin Klein Collection. Lupita continued her red carpet reign and arrived wearing a custom Prada light blue silk georgette soleil v-cut gown which was the perfect award season “finale” gown.
Fred Leighton provided the jewels including a diamond head band, gold wrap cuff bracelet and diamond cluster earrings. She also finished her look with a warm pink rose lip and Prada satin clutch.
When 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.
Agapax d’Orsay pump in leather & suede with a whipstitch trim and long leather ankle-wrap laces
Aghatax bootie with a striped canvas heel and multicolor suede fringe front panel
Kate Beckinsale wore Stuart WeitzmanNudist ankle-strap sandals to Warner Music Group’s 2014 Grammy Celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel. This staple shoe debuted in the Fall ’13 collection featuring black textured leather, two thin straps and 4.5″ heel. Nudist is available in black & nude at Stuart Weitzman, black leather at Neiman Marcus, gypsum & black leather at Shopbop or white & black leather at Harrods.
She also chose a fun & flirty floral printed silk strapless cocktail dress with a ruched bodice and draped bubble skirt detail by NY designer Rubin Singer from the Fall 2012 collection.
Kate’s hair was pulled back in her signature red-carpet-ready ponytail, this time styled in natural waves with a extra voluminous front. She also finished her look with a Salvatore Ferragamo Edith pewter karung minaudière, soft blush lip, maroon nails and diamond shield earrings from Broken English boutique.