It’s hard to believe that Giuseppe Zanotti’s twenty year road to success was not paved in stiletto-friendly golden cobblestones. He reminisced to WWD, “I started with stilettos that were superglam, superfeminine and sexy — and the business was a flop. For the first two or three seasons, it was a tragedy.” With the ink still damp on his LMVH partnership and an ever-growing fanbase, it’s hard to envision a fashion world bereft of his sleek and sexy footwear. It makes you want to go into your closet, pick up your favorite Zanotti stiletto – at least four inches high – and feel thankful that we live in an age of sass, verve, and sartorial savviness.
So, how does Giuseppe Zanotti celebrate twenty phenomenally successful years in fashion? Not with a tell-all book or autobiographical movie, but – as per our expectations from the Italian footwear maestro – with more shoes; a four part delightful capsule collection, to be precise. Taking inspiration from the past while looking to the future is innovative and clever, a way to pay homage to those who were with him at the start of his journey to new coming fans that can’t get enough of his trademark snake embellishments.
With the gorgeously glamorous Spring 2014 collection still fresh in our minds (and hearts, and dreams…you get the picture), we were wondering how those exotic and quintessential Zanotti themes would appear in an autumnal context. If we had any doubts that he still had it (we didn’t, this is hypothetical), they would have been swept away by golden snake-embossed leather slingback stilettos and gotta-look-twice red quilted leather moto heels.
Glitter, suede, and python-embossed leather – oh my! This collection is one to start budgeting for, carrying designs fit for every lifestyle and fashion twist. From the stunning geometric suede and rhinestone-embellished booty to the golden leafy filigree on an open-toed sandal; from the glittery flat boot to the crimson mule; just when you think Zanotti can’t top his last collection, he finds a way to make you lust after a pair of kitten heels. And, really, is that not real power? In addition to the flattering and statement making silhouettes, there is a plethora of dainty silver chains, buckles, calf hair, snake emblems, and gold plating to make sure that one look from onlookers will have them keeling over in envy.
If these designs are any indication of the genius of Zanotti, we can only imagine the adept hand and skill used to craft his 40th anniversary. That’s just around the corner, right?
Gold filigree sandal in black suede embellished with gold leaves embroiderey and clusters of crystals; available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Cut-out black suede sandal with crystal embellished buckles down the side; available at Neiman Marcus
Red velvet sandal with a gold rope chain and crystal encrusted chain link t-strap
Midnight blue velvet ankle-cuff sandal with a leather covered heel and covered platform
Mirrored gold snake-embossed leather slip-on mule sandal with two bands
Silver snake-effect leather slip-on mule sandal with a covered 120mm heel
Black leather sandal with two adjustable buckled straps, armor-like gold-tone plate and silver studs
Black patent leather sandals with a buckled ankle-cuff and silver-tone pin heel
Black suede peep-toe bootie embellished with gold studs and triple wrap-around leather straps
Cutout peep-toe bootie in black suede with wrap-around leather straps and concealed side zip
Metallic gold python embossed leather slingback pointed-toe pump and stiletto heel
Glossy black patent leather slingback pump with a stiletto heel and tonal insole
Black suede pointed-toe pump with a v-cut front and oversized side bow
Two-tone pointed-toe pump in black suede with a mirrored gold leather inlay and small bow attached at the toe
Gold python embossed leather kitten heel pump with a slender t-strap and sleek pointed-toe
Black leather kitten heel pump with a pointed-toe and skinny buckled t-strap
Pointed-toe pump with a black suede cap-toe, strass crystals and stiletto heel
Glossy black patent leather and black suede d’Orsay pointed-toe pump
Black suede pointed-toe bootie with a strass crystal embellished panel; available at Neiman Marcus
Glossy black patent leather boot with small straps, silver-tone adjustable buckles and short heel
Mixed media black suede boot with colorful embroidered leather panels and crystal studs
Black suede sandal with angular cutouts; available with a 110mm heel at Saks Fifth Avenue
Bright red suede pointed-toe bootie with a dipped vamp and flame motif trim
Metallic gold snakeskin embossed leather Chelsea boot with black elastic side panels and kitten heel
Black suede boot with a stacked chunky heel and silver zipper details
Glossy black patent leather boot with a stacked short heel, leather lining and thin buckled strap across the front
Black leather biker boot with a tonal padded & quilted leather panel, stacked heel and silver zipper details
Bright red suede pointed-toe biker boot with a thin stiletto heel, quilted & padded leather panels and oversized silver-tone zipper details
Black leather pointed-toe boot with silver chain lace-up panels and back pull-tab
Black leather pointed-toe boot with three buckled straps, gold tone armor-like plates and sleek heel
Military green suede platform boot with a sleek pointed-toe & platform plus concealed side zip
Black suede pointed-toe boot covered in fluffy blue fur
Stretch black velvet over-the-knee-pointed toe boot
Smooth black leather cowboy boo with a stacked short heel and side pull-tabs
White leather cowboy boot with a stacked heel and crystal embroidered rattlesnake
Written by Shannon Weston,