Credit: Christian Louboutin & photographed by Donato Sardella
Alessandra Ambrosio attended the Christian Louboutin launch of the Fall/Winter 2014 ‘Passage’ Handbag collection wearing Christian LouboutinImpera lace-up pumps. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring white leather, laser-cut detailing, 120mm heel and long leather laces. Impera is available with a 100mm heel in white leather at Neiman Marcus. You can also find the latest spring styles at Christian Louboutin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.
She posed in a Sally LaPointe white silk crepe jumpsuit with a deep v-cut top, white organza ruffle underlay and loose sleeves from the Spring 2014 collection. Alessandra added a thin white leather belt cinched at the waist and AS29 by Audrey Savransky Cascade long diamond earrings.
In this day and age, it seems as if shoes are taken to crazier and more defiant heights with every season. They’re fun to look at and they’re perfect for high fashion editorials, but the fact of the matter is that for the real world – where business slacks are not complemented by Day-Glo hues and exquisitely opulent flower embroideries – you need to have a few pairs that are made of clean lines and pure sophistication. You know the shoes, the pairs that you can wear for years on end, the soles that have just enough edge to let onlookers know you’re feisty without being too over-the-top. For those shoes that have the honor of such frequent use, we turn to Tania Spinelli, whose spins on the traditional are both classy and confident.
You might recognize her name, as her designs have been spotted on celebrities and style icons such as Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, and model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The captivating designs are strappy and designed for a strong woman. For Spring 2014, we can expect studded supple leather, intricate gladiator-inspired sandals and heels, risqué mesh overlays, and an über chic mid-calf lace-up sandal boot that is sure to clear a path when you enter the room.
To know a bit more about the fabulous woman behind the footwear, we conducted an interview with her. In the following interview, we learn about what inspires her, what she thinks about her collections, and the kind of woman she designs for.
1. What was the inspiration for your current collection?
I never design into a theme, rather each collection is a design evolution of my aesthetic which is clean, modern, classic but with an edge. Many of my influences come from architecture. I love “building” around the foot and leg, often by caging details and geometric uppers.
2. Do you have any muses that you think of when you are designing?
My muse is the woman I’m designing for. She is not defined by age but rather a mindset. She is active, on the move, strong, sexy and confident. She is fashion conscious but yet, her style is effortlessly chic. She is true to her own style, she wears everything with confidence and because of that, whatever she wears, she makes a statement.
3. What does your design process look like? Do you have a favorite album or artist to listen to when you are creating?
My design process involves a lot of research and development. I begin with an idea in mind, a vision, but as I research and see new and different things, it evolves. I begin by developing each construction. I work directly with the last and heel makers in Venice, Italy where my shoes are made. I visit tanneries, and attend leather fairs to research materials and colors for the upcoming season. At that point, I am very inspired and excited to begin sketching. I keep sketching until I feel confident with how the collection looks on paper, knowing that I have some very strong pieces along with some great basics.
From my sketches I work directly with my pattern maker in Italy to make our first prototype. This is my favorite part of the design process as it’s where my sketch comes to life. As I am able to actually try it on, and see it on my foot, I modify the design whether for technical reasons or just to make it better. It’s a long process but an exciting one.
Although I do not have a favorite album or artist I listen to when creating, most of the process takes place in Italy so I am definitely listening to Italian music!
4. How would you describe your design signature?
My design signature is sleek, sophisticated, feminine shoes but with a cool, modern edge.
5. Which collection are you most proud of?
The collection I am most proud of is always the most recent. I feel each season I grow as a designer and become more confident in expressing my vision and who I am as a designer.
Her Spring 2014 shoes will soon be available at Tania Spinelli’s e-store. You can also shop new resort arrivals right now and we have a discount code just for ShoeRazzi readers! Just enter SHOERAZZI10 at the checkout and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase (until 12/25).
Asymmetric leather strap sandal in nude with a pull-tab back zip and woven straps, also available in black leather
White leather sandal with a studded high-rise heel cuff and long leather laces, also available in nude & black leather – this is my favorite style from the collection!
Nude patent leather platform wedge with criss cross front straps and center back zipper; available at Tania Spinelli
Black suede platform ankle-strap wedge with a 130mm wedge and 25mm platform; available at Tania Spinelli
Multi-strap in natural watersnake with a black lacquered heel and back-zip closure
Black leather sandal bootie with a mid-calf lace-up front and long leather tassel laces
Gladiator laser-cut sandal with 4 buckled straps; available in black patent leather, white leather and mirrored gold leather
Signature strappy cage sandal in natural watersnake with a pull-tab back-zip
Laser cut white leather gladiator sandal; also available in black patent leather
Black patent leather single sole pointed toe pump with a steel micro tip and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli
Pointed-toe pump in yellow patent leather with a black mesh overlay and 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli
Classic single sole pump in coral patent leather with a 110mm heel; available at Tania Spinelli
I’m a very gotta-have-it-now express shipping kind of shoe buyer so when I know a style won’t be on my feet until February, March or April I usually wait. A pre-order makes sense when I find that absolutely-in-love (over-the-fence, World Series kind of stuff) shoe that I know is a rare or coveted style only carried at a few retailers.
I receive emails daily from readers trying to find their must-have shoe when unfortunately their size sold out. Pre-ordering is a good way to snag your favorite next season shoe – especially if your size is always sold out or you take a half size like me!
My favorite pre-order potentials for spring are featured below. I also added a few styles from new Pre-Fall 2014 collections which are currently available for a limited time at the pre-order hub, Moda Operandi.
Zendaya Coleman wore Tabitha SimmonsHarmony booties to the 2013 Keep A Child Alive Black Ball held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. These Fall 2013 shoes feature red suede, laser-cut slanted high front, point-toed and 110 mm heel. Harmony is available in red at Farfetch, Boutique1 & Neiman Marcus or in black suede at Matches, Tabitha Simmons and Net-A-Porter.
Red was the color of the night and also spotted on Alicia Keys, who was wearing a beautiful Cushnie Et Ochs dress. Zendaya chose a loose-fitting Dolce & Gabbana Fall ’13 delicate tulle knee-length dress with corded and Chantilly lace appliqué.
Rachel Bilson wore Givenchy sandals to the People’s Choice Awards 2014 Nominations Press Conference held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. These heels are from an older collection featuring perforated white leather, round toe and stacked 100mm heel. They’re available on discount at Yoox.
Even though the temperature is quickly dropping, Rachel still embraced her “California girl” style wearing a Hawaiian floral printed stretch silk crepe outfit by Milly from the Spring 2014 collection. This two-piece look features a zip front crop top and midi pencil skirt with a black elastic waistband. Her long dark brunette hair was styled in those signature tousled waves and she also accessorized with a light pink pout plus bronze smokey eye makeup.
I first saw this Cruise 2013 collection for pre-order on Moda Operandi this summer. This collection is beautiful and very wearable. The chic Giovanna Battaglia is a big fan of Aquazzura’s shoes and so is Nina Garcia.
What I love: the colorful snakeskin, soft suede, small laser-cut star details, string tie closures…there are many different styles I love – and want!
My favorite designs: the Amazon (can’t decide between the nude & blue), Very Sexy in blue and the Sexy Star in pink.
Amy Adams wore Giuseppe Zanotti platform pumps to the 2012 GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills. These pumps are from the Fall 2011 collection featuring black laser-cut suede, peep-toe and ankle-strap (which Amy removed). You can find them available online (on discount!) at Zappos and in a bootie style at Stylebop.
She also wore a Roland Mouret black dress and carried a Roger Vivier Belle Vivier gold studded clutch. We’ve last seen these pumps on Michelle Williams at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards. Check out Zanotti’s latest Fall 2012 collection and more shoes spotted on Amy.
Heidi Klum wore Charlotte OlympiaLorelei laser-cut platform pumps to the Project Runway 10th Anniversary event in NYC. These heels are from the Spring 2012 collection and available online in gold (on sale!) at Charlotte Olympia.
Nicholas Kirkwood leaf print peep-toe platform | 4.75″ heel & .75″ platform | buy online at Nordstrom for $975
These heels are from the Spring 2012 collection featuring leaf shaped laser-cut white leather over shimmering magenta satin, satin covered signature platform, peep-toe and low vamp. There’s also a nude version available with a white platform, also at Nordstrom.