Janelle Monáe wore Self-Portrait x Robert ClergerieKibbont boots to the L.A premiere of ‘Annihilation’. These boots are from a previous collection featuring blue velvet (shown in pink), a pointed toe, back zip with a grosgrain ribbon tie closure which Janelle took out plus a 75mm block heel. You can shop current styles at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shopbop and Robert Clergerie.
Janelle wore a Armani Privé Fall 2016 gown with a polka dot patterned skirt and an embellished sheer top. She accessorized with a Lee Savage Space clutch in graffiti and drop earrings.
We love warm temperatures and gladiator sandals but have to admit that we’re definitely ready for the crisp air of autumn and closed toe shoes. It’s finally time to stash away the sandals and get ready to slip on the fall’s number 1 staple, the boot!
Here are our ‘best boots of fall’ featuring booties and boots. From the must-have stretch velvet to the staple lace-up boot and even Gucci’s amazingly exaggerated turquoise boot – plus everything in between:
Gianvito RossiBrandy black booties | available at Barneys. Beautiful glossy patent leather paneled boot with exposed side zip.
Valentino beige lace-up ballerina boots | available at Ssense. We also featured these in our recent top shoes post; we love Valentino’s romantic take on the bootie featuring long grosgrain ribbons laces – swoon!
3.1 Phillip LimKyoto royal blue stretch velvet boot; available at Forzieri. Why we love it: The beautiful vintage-inspired crushed velvet combined with the moden stacked heel and touch of metal.
Marco De Vincenzo leather & velvet ankle boots; available at FarFetch. You may have seen Vincenzo’s popular braided velvet sandals and now he’s designed a beautiful bow-embellished boot also available in black leather too.
Zimmermann lace-up dress booties; available at Shopbop. We usually go turn to classic black however we would love to style this smooth burgundy leather into our fall wardrobe.
Christian LouboutinHotero lace-up fishnet booties; available at Barneys. These sheer booties may not keep your feet warm but it’s worth it – we love the sexy shape of the stiletto and long wrap-around laces.
Loeffler RandallIsla ankle booties; available at Loeffler Randall A classic choice featuring block-shaped heel and sleek toe; easily one of our top choices from the list.
Gucci turquoise leather with red buckled straps bootie; available at Gucci. This is actually a Pre-Spring ’17 bootie but made it on the list since it’s available at the end of this month (November).
AquazzuraUlyana mink-trim-bootie; available at Neiman Marcus. Another classic with a hint whimsy featuring mink poms poms down the front.
GedebeCaroline black & white leather ankle boots; available at FarFetch. Another favorite, these booties are covered with crystal charms of ‘love’ and ‘pow’ complete with pom pom laces.
Sergio Rossi Changeling lace up boot; available at Stylebop Featuring a lace-up front, stacked heel and almond toe; also available in leather at Sergio Rossi.
Alexander WangKori studded booties; available at Nordstorm. Completely covered in flat silver hardware with a spliced heel.
Miu Miu velvet bow booties; available at Matches. These are darling in a dark blue velvet, piped patent trim embellished with a grosgrain bow at the heel.
Laurence DacadeMila sequined covered booties; available at Neiman Marcus It’s not a complete ‘boot list’ without a number from Dacade and we’re loving these tonal sequin embellished stunners.
Stuart WeitzmanClinger mid-calf booties; available at Stuart Weitzman Another stretch velvet choice, this time from boot maestro Weitzman featuring a column heel.
Ivy KirzhnerStarlite embellished booties; available at Ivy Kirzhner. Statementmakers from Kirzhner embellished with rose gold hardware and cutout trimmed star at the ankle.
CasadeiDaytime black suede lace-up booties; available at Casadei. Another top choice embellished with polished hardware at the front lace-up, also available in bright oak suede.
GiannicoSuper Lola embellished bootie; available at Giannico. A playful take from the always whimsical Giannico featuring nude patent leather details on top of red and navy suede.
CasadeiCity Rock lace-up biker boot; available at Casadei.
Casadei’s take on the biker boot featuring a chainlink front, long wrap-around laces and rubber track sole.
Elie Saab suede over-the-knee boots with tonal embroidery; available at Moda Operandi.
Le SillaGossip black suede over the knee thigh-boots; available at Le Silla The name says it all – Gossip is a statement boot featuring hidden side zips and 120mm stiletto heel.
Tamara MellonHelmut stretch grey suede over-the-knee thigh high boots; available at Tamara Mellon From Mellon’s newly re-launched in distressed grey suede, we equally love the ‘Go West’ version as well.
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Zendaya Coleman wore Haider Ackermann boots to the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. These western-style heels feature black stretch leather with a pointy suede cap-toe and 40mm kitten heel. They’re available at Net-A-Porter and Haider Ackermann.
Outfit Details: Haider Ackermann Fall 2016 red velvet jacket and trousers, Pasquale Bruni diamond ring, Le Vian diamond stud earrings.
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
Founded by two half-Italian Londoners – Natalia Barbieri and Jennifer Portman – Bionda Castana collections are built upon the fashion principals of class, sophistication, and impeccable craftsmanship. Season after season, their sleek designs are inspired by pinnacles of feminine strength. Whether it’s strong, vibrant, and textural pop art styles, or slinky, seductive, and strappy soles fit for femme fatales, their shoes are perfect for a woman that has excellent taste and a heavy hand of self-confidence. When the quirk of London melds with the panache of Italy, the result is a pair of shoes that women feel proud to slip into. With this in mind, it isn’t surprising that their fall 2013 collection is nothing short of enviable.
“Our autumn/winter 2013 collection took regal inspiration – from the fabrics, to the colours, to the detailing. The couture detailing is further elevated from last season, showcasing the talents of the Italian artisans that produce our collections each season,” Natalia said about the duo’s latest collection to Fashion Gone Rogue.
One look at the designs truly cements the opulent feel, as the pumps, boots, and smoking flats are crafted with ingenious combinations and vision. Lace-overlain leather, sumptuous velvets, and mesh incorporated into geometry soar to new heights with platforms, studs, and ornate fan-inspired shaping. It all harkens back to the Renaissance in its attention to detail and old-fashioned feel, but with a modern twist that makes every design distinctly eye-catching. We love how unafraid they are of integrating old themes – such as brocade fabric and courting shoes – into new age tastes without the end result feeling like the footwear found at a costume party.
They’re a brand that effortlessly exudes class and elegance. Lately, their styles have been seen on the feet of style stars like Eva Mendes, Elizabeth Olsen, Miranda Kerr, and Gemma Arterton. By attracting actresses and fashion icons that radiate an Old Hollywood va-va-voom appeal, they have found their niche in the market that we didn’t even know needed to be filled until they stepped up and showed us that “classic beauty” is not synonymous with “boring.”
These shoes practically beg to be worn this winter season, because these shoes are holiday spirit and warmth incarnate. Order a pair now and feel Christmas come a bit early this year.
Kate Moss was spotted at the Topshop Unique show during London Fashion Week wearing Azzedine Alaïa platform boots. They’re from the Fall 2012 collection featuring black suede and leopard-print calf hair lining. Net-A-Porter, Matches and Montaigne Market has the best selection of Alaïa shoes.
She sat front row next to Anna Wintour wearing a Saint Laurent two button tuxedo blazer (first worn to a summer party) paired with grey leopard-print drawstring trousers. Kate also accessorized with Prada private collection customized initial sunglasses and carried a Kate Moss for Longchamp 2013 blue patent leather buckled clutch (not yet at retail).
Red sole fans have learned to expect a playful and fantastically kooky collection debut. This season, beautiful window displays inspired by Ancient Egypt were presented in boutiques around the globe.
The signature Pigalle will always be my first classic stiletto love but there’s a new lust-worthy sleek pointed-toe pump, the So Kate (yes, Moss). Remember the Décolleté 100 pump which debuted in Fall ’12 collection? So Kate has the same shape featuring a 120mm heel. Whenever & wherever you find this pump, snatch it up.
M.Louboutin’s t-straps are so wickedly sexy and I’m coveting several new styles including the Très Croise, T-Slick and Lagoula. Another fly-off-the-shelf design is the Body Strass crystal-embellished mesh pump.
If you’re heart isn’t palpitating yet, meet the Mado – holy boot, enough said.
Rupert Sanderson designed a statement spring collection which has something for everyone. It’s playful and creative but still includes what I call the “staples”, like the new Elba pointed-toe pump. Elba is a red carpet favorite which we’ve seen on Zoe Saldana, Naomi Watts, Michelle Dockery and Emma Stone. Several styles feature an embroidered cockatoo appliqué and there’s even a wedge boot with western stitching.
My top 3 favorite designs: the metallic pink Harting sandal, Latifa lip suede platform sandal and the Zandy cut-out arrow sandal in white leather
I came across a street style photo this week of someone wearing Charlotte Olympia’s Zena boots outside the shows (NY or London I think). They were so goregous on the foot and now I can’t find the photo anywhere (if you find this photo, please send it to me!). *Update, June Ambrose just recently tweeted a photo of them*
It’s had me thinking about lattice…again. Several designers have used this technique with their own style this season. I especially love the Ralph Lauren Collection Jebria heels which feature a military-inspired cage silhouette with hand-pieced gold tone chain links. You can’t talk about latticework in footwear without mentioning Sergio Rossi; the crystal-embellished scalloped design is their signature.
5 reasons why Manolo Blahnik is having a fantastic fall:
1. Rihanna can’t get enough of his shoes, she’s worn the Chaos sandal & BB Strap pump several times.
2. A new Manolo Blahnik boutique just opened up in Harrods. A private opening celebration was held during London Fashion Week. Guests included Olivia Palermo who wore my favorite design this season, the Laura sandal.
3. The BB pump is having another moment and was worn by Victoria Beckham at the Olympia Closing Ceremony.
4. Blahnik collaborated with a total of 15 designers during the New York Fashion Week, Spring 2013.
5. Emma Watson wore the Raviota pump in the October 2012 issue of Glamour Magazine.
Here’s a look at some of the Fall 2012 collection (names included!). My favorite three styles are BB strap, Laura and Gualeguay. By the way, Manolo Blahnik is now on Twitter and Facebook!
Andalmod wedge sandal; available online in black suede at Barneys