Jena Malone wore Charlotte OlympiaBonbon platform pumps to ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ premiere held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These heels are from “La Vie en Rose” Spring 2013 collection featuring mirrored gold leather, almond shaped toe, adjustable strap with push pin closure and 150mm heel. You can shop new Fall 2014 styles at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Charlotte Olympia.
Outfit Details: Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2015 red long sleeve gown, a Jill Milan Art Deco clutch and Beladora Vintage 1980 Flame diamond earrings.
Jennifer Garner wore Christian LouboutinBanana pumps to the 2014 American Cinematheque Award ceremony. These heels feature black patent leather, rounded open peep-toe plus a 25mm platform and 127mm stiletto heel. You can shop Fall 2014 heels at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin.
Julia Roberts wore Christian LouboutinVendome pumps to the 2014 Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. These heels are from the Classic collection featuring a custom dyed navy satin, 20mm covered platform and 120mm heel. You can find new fall styles at Christian Louboutin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Outfit Details: Elie Saab a midnight blue dress fully embroidered with stones & pearls, a Irene Neuwirth Limited Edition blue moonstone ring plus Wilfredo Rosado earrings.
Beyoncé Knowles wore Christian Louboutin Lady Peep pumps to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. They feature black patent leather, 150mm heel and 50mm platform. Lady Peep is available in several styles at Christian Louboutin plus nude or black patent leather at Barneys.
Outfit Details: Nicolas Jebran Fall 2014 Haute Couture black beaded and lace long sleeve fitted geometric lined gown, metallic silver manicure plus several diamond rings and statement earrings from Lorraine Schwartz.
Cheryl Cole was spotted outside BBC Radio 1 studios in London wearing Sergio Rossi peep-toe booties. These two-tone heels feature cream and tan leather, adjustable buckled ankle strap, sleek side cutouts and 110mm heel. You can shop Sergio Rossi heels on discount at Yoox.
Taylor Swift was spotted out in New York City wearing Christian LouboutinLady Peep signature platform pumps. They feature raspberry leather,150mm heel and 50mm platform. Lady Peep is available in several styles at Christian Louboutin plus nude or black patent leather at Barneys.
Kate Hudson wore Aruna SethVenus pumps to the screening of ‘Wish I Was Here’ held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in NYC. This style debuted in the Spring 2013 collection featuring a mini houndstooth print, thin black patent leather criss-cross front straps, small peep-toe and covered 140mm heel. Venus is available in several styles at Aruna Seth
Outfit Details: Michael Kors Resort 2015 cut-out sequin bustier embroidered strapless dress, Edie Parker Flavia pearlized zebra acrylic clutch, black cherry lip, plus delicate gold earrings & thin bangles from the latest Kate Hudson + Chrome Hearts collaboration.
Li Bingbing wore Giuseppe Zanotti pumps to the Berlin premiere of ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’. They’re from a older collection featuring nude leather, sculpted heel, adjustable ankle-strap and peep-toe. Unfortunately this style is sold out online, however you can shop the latest collection at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Giuseppe Zanotti.
Outfit Details: Elie Saab Couture Spring 2014 sheer floral embellished gown, white manicure, baby pink lip and diamond drop 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
Naomi Watts wore Jimmy ChooVibe pumps to ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They feature gunmetal mirrored leather, peep-toe and 145mm heel. Unfortunately this style is no longer available (it’s now a red carpet exclusive) but you can shop new Pre-Fall 2014 styles at Jimmy Choo and Jimmy Choo UK.
Naomi arrived wearing a custom Marchesa creation in collaboration with Francesca Azzara. She posed in a sterling blue silk chiffon one shoulder gown with a ruched boned bodice, cowl overlay sweeping the crystal cluster embroidered sweetheart neckline and cascading skirt.
She also finished her look with a Bulgari Ultimate Temptation high jewelry Serpenti necklace from the 130th Anniversary collection draped around her neck and Jimmy Choo Carmen crystal studded clutch.