Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted at LAX Airport wearing Isabel MarantScarlet wedge boots. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black suede, ponyhair front panel, leather velcro straps and 90mm wedge. Scarlet is available in black leather/pony at Barneys & Net-A-Porter or midnight blue leather/pony at Farfetch , Forward by Elyse Walker and Matches.
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.
Ariana Grande wore Jimmy ChooTamba boots to the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black stretch leather, almond toe, 110mm heel, size-zip and ankle-strap detail. Tamba is available in black leather at Net-A-Porter and (on sale!) forest green suede at Jimmy Choo.
She performed ‘Last Christmas’ on the Dora the Explorer float wearing a Miss Selfridge peacoat in duck egg mint with a white faux fur collar. The 20-year-old actress & singer styled her hair in a softly curled side-parted half up, half down ‘do and also accessorized with her signature shimmery pink lip.
Jessica Alba was spotted outside The Honest Company offices in LA wearing Jimmy ChooDart biker boots. This classic boot features slightly distressed black leather, two gold-tone buckles and chunky stacked 90mm heel. Dart is available in latte suede at Saks Fifth Avenue and several other styles at Jimmy Choo.
She also wore a Current/Elliott X Revolve embellished crew neck tee, Isabel Marant for H&M printed silk pants and black leather jacket (most likely Balmain). I love all of this except the busy pants; I would have paired this with grey denim skinny jeans.
Manolo BlahnikBellantomod boot | 105mm/4″ heel | shop at Barneys for $1,195.00
Bellantomod first debuted on the runway during NYFW at Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2013 show. They feature black grained suede, open toe, corset-style lace up back, black tonal long suede laces and signature Blahnik stiletto heel.
Kate Moss wore these in the April 2013 issue of Vogue Paris. Half sizes are available and you can also find the Bellantomod in a gorgeous two-tone nude & black leather at Neiman Marcus.
Kylie Jenner wore Christian LouboutinMado lace-up boots to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ LA premiere. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black leather, sexy lace-up front, sleek pointed toe and 120mm heel. Mado is available in a short boot & thigh-high style at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The 16-year-old posed wearing a Kimberly Ovitz Spring 13 Chalu ponte jersey cocktail dress in thunder with angular seams, slim cutout neckline and asymmetrical hem. Ashley Madekwe first wore this dress to the Trevor Award last year.
Los Angeles based brand and shoe designer Jerome C. Rousseau has had an eclectic fashion history. Born in Quebec, the Canadian-bred boy took an interest in art at an early age, though he specifically cites Deee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart (and their subsequently funky, colorful, and gaudily vintage-inspired shoes) as his main source of sole-spiration. Over the next ten years, he worked alongside and learned from London design greats, such as John Richmond, Matthew Williamson, and John Rocha. It wasn’t until 2008 that he launched his eponymous label in L.A. and it has been met with well-deserved fanfare.
Need proof? He was awarded the respected “Who Is On Next” accessories prize by Vogue Italia, collaborated with Disney to create a Tron inspired shoe, and is a Hollywood footwear favorite. Though his brand was catapulted into the spotlight after being spottedon Kristen Stewart during The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 press tour, Jerome C. Rousseau’s shoes have also been spotted on sartorial starlets Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Richie, Katie Holmes, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, and Charlize Theron. With a muse and friend as beautiful as French actress Roxane Mesquida – he told Bloginity “You can just scoop her with a spoon, she’s just SO lovely, you know, like the most amazing dessert.” – it’s no shocker that the inspiration continues to flow.
Five years and eleven seasons later, Rousseau’s Fall 2013 line incorporates the whimsy he’s known for with the architecture he loves. His obsession with modern art, structure, and pop culture – some of these pumps have glitter that would make Mariah Carey compose an Ode to Joy – culminate in a gorgeous holiday collection that is sure to turn heads. This season is all about floral printed velvet, micro-studded suede, pointed-toe booties with elaborate bondage-style straps, and thorny stiletto heels. However, his architecturally driven style isn’t forgotten. Origami-style pleating and elegant looping ensure that his unique blend of industrialism and whimsy aren’t lost.
Carried at both large retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Shopbop, as well as select boutiques such as Avenue32, Jerome C. Rousseau’s collection is perfect for the woman who loves to blend edge and sophistication. Purchase a pair and be ready to feel a rush of confidence.
Bryant d’Orsay peep-toe pump with 110mm heel; available in vibrant orange suede at Shopbop
Charme pointed-toe suede bootie with gold-tone micro studs; available in black suede at Bloomingdale’s and purple suede at Shopbop
Diamant pointed-toe layered bootie; available in black leather at Shoescribe
Hilary Duff was spotted out in LA wearing Isabel MarantTacy boots. These Fall 2013 shoes feature a black calf hair front panel, black suede, padded leather snap fastening straps and 100mm heel. Tacy is available in black at Barneys or midnight blue & black at Forward by Elyse Walker.
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.
One of the hottest brands to be on the lookout for is ready to knock your socks off and replace them with a killer pair of pumps, just in time for the winter season! We’re talking, of course, about Oscar Tiye, an Italy-based shoe brand founded by Amina Muaddi and Irina Curutz. The brand, though still in its infancy, does nothing but stun.
In September, they presented their latest collection during Vogue Italia’s “Vogue Talents” exhibit, where their collection garnered the attention of the industry’s finest, including Ms. Wintour. Here’s a peek at the Pre-Spring & Spring ‘14 designs, but before we move on to warmer footwear, let’s turn our gaze to their beautiful, first fall collection.
“Italy” and “shoes” is a match made in footwear utopia, but it only gets better when you inject the designs with youthful innovation, vibrant prints, laser-cut shapes and even using inspiration from the Scarab beetle to create their signature ‘Malikah’ sandal. Amina has said that her shoes are for the “feminine, chic, refined, cool, and fun” – five enviable traits for even the most seasoned fashionistas and word of this brand has been spreading like wildfire.
While this brand is just breaking into top-of-the-line showrooms, their success is soon-to-be-common-knowledge. We can’t wait for this brand to be carried at our favorite retailers! Take a cue from us: get in on this brand now, so when they completely explode in popularity, you will have been ahead of the curve. All of your friends will be arching their eyebrows in envy at your impeccable taste in soles, and you? You will just smile, delicately twist your ankle to show off their Scarab emblem on the sole and mutter “oh, these old things? I’ve been a fan of Oscar Tiye for ages.”
Amira cut-out pump; available in black ostrich at Antonioli
Baha over-the-knee black suede boot; available at LuisaViaRoma