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.
Victoria Justice wore Brian AtwoodYvesse peep-toe pumps to the 2014 MTV Movie Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. They’re from the Spring 2011 collection featuring metallic silver leather, covered platform and curved 120mm heel. You can find the latest spring collection at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
For her second Versace look of the season, she chose a one shoulder purple orchid leather mini dress with a bustier sweetheart neckline, whipstitch trim and crystal diamante covered panels from the Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2012 collection.
Victoria also accessorized with a silver confetti Jean acrylic box clutch by Edie Parker, ELAHN Jewels’ Cigar ring and Kami Lerner XL CZ Spike earrings. Her hair was pulled back in a sleek side-parted low ponytail before finishing with a pretty magenta lip
Cameron Diaz wore Maison Martin Margiela open-toe booties to ‘The Other Woman’ photo call held at the Park Hyatt in Sydney, Australia. They’re from the Resort 2014 collection featuring yellow leather, concealed side-zip and chunky 110mm heel. You can find these booties in yellow at FarFetch or brown leather at Neiman Marcus.
For the last stop during this long promotional tour, she posed with her co-stars all wearing angelic white tops. Cameron wore indigo skinny jeans paired with a Band of Outsiders heather grey cotton hopsack double-breasted Shrunken blazer and silk blend sheer Clark embroidered top by IRO from the Spring 2014 collection.
Olivia Munn wore Christian Louboutin Youpi peep-toe pumps to the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring silver leather covered in tonal mini glitter, mirrored leather toe and 120mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Sarah Paulson & Amy Adams. Youpi is currently sold out at Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin but keep watching for new styles to arrive soon.
She arrived wearing a Reem Acra red silk chiffon gown with a pleated v-cut bodice, thigh-high slit and crystal embroidered loose short sleeves.
Olivia’s hair was pulled back in a messy chignon and she also added a cool raspberry rose lip. She finished her look with a Natalie clutch by L.K. Bennett plus Neil Lane diamond jewels.
Victoria Justice wore Jimmy ChooTreacle peep-toe pumps to the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards held at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. They’re from the Cruise 2013 collection featuring black suede & mirrored gold leather platform. You can shop new Spring 2014 arrivals at Jimmy Choo and Jimmy Choo UK.
She was another best-dressed wearing an Atelier Versace tarot card-printed silk bustier short dress laminated with PVC and cut into narrow strips from the Fall 2012 collection.
Victoria complemented her look with sleek straight side-parted locks, studded Kotur leather clutch and mint nails. She also added Völu gold jewelry including a Triangle Pointring, Pyrite Cube ring, Triangle X ring and Cube earrings.
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.