We love this gorgeous, glamorous Spring/Summer 2014 collection filled with a spectrum of colors and luxe textures. Sahara is the perfect sassy summer sandal featuring a soft yellow suede front panel, braided tan leather cord side straps, long leather ankle-tie, tonal leather insole and yellow suede tassel charms.
Half sizes are available and you can also find them in nude or black suede at Shopbop.
Aquazzura’s illustrated campaign with colored palms & dragonflies by Lula
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.
Sophia WebsterElectra lace-up sandal booties | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at FarFetch for $895 or Browns Fashion for $776.87 (excluding VAT), $933 (including VAT)
Float like a butterfly…in these stunning Electra sandal booties by Sophia Webster from the new “Insect Slumber Party” themed Spring/Summer 2014 collection. They feature glossy black patent leather, butterfly wing inspired laser cut panels, black suede trim & toe, lace-up front section with tonal leather laces and nude leather lining.
Half sizes are available and here’s a peek at how they look on the foot. I find Webster’s sandals run a tad small, so you may want to take one half size larger than normal.
Cate Blanchett wore Nicholas Kirkwood sandals to the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. These shoes are from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection featuring cutout cream leather, two small front buckles, gold micro studs and 105 sculpted gold-tone metal heel. They’re available online at Net-A-Porter.
She posed wearing a Roksanda Ilincic tricolor felted wool sleeveless dress in brick red, delphinium blue and camel with a column skirt which was snagged straight off the runway from the Fall 2014 collection. Cate also added the thick gold-tone plated runway belt.
Pierre Hardy cut-out suede, leather & snakeskin sandals | 120mm/4.8″ heel | shop at The Corner for $1,175
These Spring 2014 shoes are an artistic spin on the staple summer gladiator sandal while showcasing Pierre Hardy’s sleek & graphic design esthetic. They combine wavy straps of black & white striped elaphe snakeskin, ice-blue matte leather, peach suede, mirrored silver leather and pale lemon suede. I love the black patent leather covered hourglass-shaped heel and they also feature a double buckled ankle strap, small asymmetric cut peep-toe and round toe.
This style is only available in whole sizes and you also find it in metallic brushed snakeskin at ShoeScribe.
With his button-up shirt rolled to the elbows and his sleeve tattoo peeking out from beneath the haphazard folds, Alejandro Ingelmo doesn’t exactly scream “luxury footwear designer.” However, looks can be deceiving – Alejandro Ingelmo is a fourth generation shoe designer born and raised in Miami who has found his calling in making seductive pumps that women will be reaching for season after season. Parsons educated and New York based, his brand has been on a sky high trajectory since his womenswear collection debut in 2006.
One look at his sexy, eye-catching designs erases any question as to why his success has been so monumental. We’re in love with the neutral tones he regularly pairs with metallic leather, but this season the addition of color makes the collection more vibrant than ever. Vivacious orange snakeskin paired with gold and rose gold, minty blue-green offset by glimmering gold, and fuchsia paired with gunmetal are just a few of the combinations that have us double taking. It isn’t any wonder that he’s caught the attention of flashy songstresses like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Nicki Minaj.
Not only does the delectable color palette have us coming back for more, the geometric twists of the Odyssey, Boomerang, Franca, and Circe designs need to be seen to be believed. Each and every shoe is masterfully crafted with an energetic and fierce flair. Additionally, Sophia Webster isn’t the only designer inspired by the glamor of the butterfly, as Alejandro Ingelmo’s Mariposa heels channel the delicate curves of a butterfly’s wings while a single leather lace and dramatic form elevate it to show stopping proportions.
If you’re not into racy five inch stilettos, he notably has created a selection of flats that channel his strong aesthetic without the heel. Having also designed shoes for Jen Kao, Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Roksanda Ilinic and Kimberly Ovitz, chances are you’ve been drooling over his designs without even realizing it!
It isn’t all pumps and high-heeled wonders, though. Alejandro Ingelmo also curates a top-of-the-line sneaker collection for men, most known for his crazy cool and futuristic Tron sneaker.
His designs have been spotted on Stacy Keibler, Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne, Janelle Monae, Hilary Duff, Justin Timberlake, and even Robert Downey Jr.! Stars gravitate to his designs because they combine architecture with a hint (or a large handful) of sparkle, creating statement making soles that are as stylish as they are striking. Luckily for us, even if we aren’t covering issues of Vogue or topping musical charts, we can own a pair of Alejando Ingelmo’s fabulous shoes. That’s just as good, right?
Boomerang strappy lace-up sandal; available in mint at Farfetch and in nude, mint & black leather with a 100mm heel at Alejandro Ingelmo
Circe cut-out leather gladiator knee-high boot with mirrored leather panels and back-zip
Culebra ankle-strap sandal in nude & black leather with a leather ankle-tie
Flavia d’Orsay pointed-toe pump in leather with a cut-out heel and mirrored leather strap
Sarah Rafferty wore Oscar TiyeAmira pumps to Audi’s Pre-Golden Globes Party held at Cecconi’s Restaurant in LA. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring red wool plaid, black piped leather trim, 110mm heel and signature magenta leather insole. I love these shoes, particularly the aqua snakeskin style as seen on Giovanna Battaglia…they’ve also been spotted on Alexa Vega and Zoe Saldana. Amira is available (on sale!) in black ostrich at Antonioli.
She stars as the lead actress in ‘Suits’ and matched the red carpet wearing a Rhea Costa crepe long sleeve with a v-neck back, draped side waist and back vent from the Pre-Fall 2014 collection.
Sarah carried a small white satin clutch and also accessorized with statement mother-of-pearl earrings by Danielle Queller Jewelry.
Daniele MichettiMahima sandal | 110mm/4.3″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus for $750
This eye-catching sandal is from Michett’s Indian-inspired Spring 2014 collection. Mahima features an electric yellowish green lime leather, multisize rectangular laser-cut designs throughout, silver-tone buckled ankle-strap, squared off toe and black leather insole.
Half sizes are available and you can find more styles from this new collection at ShoeScribe.
Giuseppe Zanotti strappy suede sandal | 120mm heel/12mm platform | shop at Zappos for $1,395
This is a new statement design from Zanotti’s Resort 2014 collection. I’ve seen it in several colors but this pale jade hue is my favorite. They feature circle cage cut-out suede, tapered almond toe, a row of three buckled ankle-straps, nude leather insole and concealed back zip.
I wanted to share a quick look at my favorite new arrivals this week. Many more playful resort styles have landed and a few new spring shoes are also trickling in (on pre-order).
Notes: - Sophia Webster just launched her funky fun Resort 2014 collection and her signature Riko booties are (unsurprisingly) almost sold out however you can still snag them at Farfetch. - Christian Louboutin’s latest staple peep-toe pump, Youpi (which I think we will see on the red carpet very soon) is now on pre-order in a classic black patent leather. - Tamara Mellon’s debut collection has launched (have you seen the short film starring Karlie Kloss?)…it’s a relatively simple collection with select pieces now available at Net-A-Porter.