Jennifer Lawrence wore Charlotte Olympia Joyce pumps to the 2018 EE British Academy Film Awards held in London. Joyce is from the Fall 2016 collection featuring black satin which is layered at the toe along with an adjustable buckled ankle strap, knotted detail at the counter and sky-high stiletto heel. You can see a closer image of her shoe here. Shop current Spring 18′ styles online at Moda Operandi, Matches, MyTheresa and Charlotte Olympia.
Jennifer also wore a Dior Haute Couture Spring 18′ tuxedo gown with baby pale-pink chiffon sleeves. She accessorized with emerald and diamond jewels and carried a Roger Vivier Boîte de Nuite satin clutch.
Taylor Swift wore Giuseppe ZanottiLavinia booties to the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. These heels feature patent black leather, small peep-toe, side zipper, 38mm platform and 140mm chunky block heel. Lavinia is available in black patent leather at Neiman Marcus and in pink patent leather at 6pm.
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.
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.
Anne Hathaway wore Charlotte OlympiaDaphne platform pumps to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They feature black satin, clear elastic across the front, 35mm signature island platform and 145mm heel. Daphne is available in black leather at Farfetch, leopard-print calf hair at Neiman Marcus or white suede at Charlotte Olympia.
For her second dress of the night, she switched into a Viktor & Rolf custom white silk strapless gown with a graphic trompe-l’oeil knit bodice, sweetheart neckline and column skirt.
Anne also switched up her accessories adding a Neil Lane tennis bracelet and black diamond stud earrings. She carried a Paint Box mirrored clutch by Roger Vivier.
For her last award show appearance at the BAFTAs, she wore a menswear-inspired suit but for the most important red carpet event of the year Angelina chose head-to-toe glamour!
She posed wearing a beautiful Elie Saab long sleeve gown with cascading sequin embroidery throughout and thin leather greige belt from the Fall 2013 Haute Couture collection. You may remember Elizabeth Banks wore a similar strapless version last year.
Not only is Angie one of the best-dressed but her finishing touches, especially the smokey bronze eye makeup, was stunning. She accessorized with flawless round cut 42 carat diamond earrings by Robert Procop.
Sarah Hyland was spotted outside ‘Good Morning America’ in NY wearing Jimmy ChooVibe peep-toe pumps. These shoes feature black suede, wide peep-toe, sky-high 145mm heel and 40mm platform. She’s also worn these shoes to the BAFTA LA TV Tea Party last year. Vibe is a celebrity favorite and is now reserved for the Award Season collection (I suggest checking eBay). You can find a similar style at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The ‘Modern Family’ star arrived wearing a luxe wool three-quarter sleeve Tory Burch Felicity coat with tonal sateen appliqué and matte seed beading from the Fall 2013 collection. She paired this with a Pre-Fall 2014 graphic printed Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël sleeveless colorblock dress.
She finished her look with a Diamond Disc lapis bangle, Diamond Square ring and Diamond Double Spiral rose gold ring by EF Collection plus Joan Hornig rhodium deco stud earrings.
Laura Vandervoort’s fabulous stylist, Karen Raphael gave us the scoop on what shoes were hiding under her long ball skirt! She wore Stuart WeitzmanVictoria peep-toe pumps to the 2013 TrevorLIVE LA event held at the Hollywood Palladium. Here’s a quick peek – they feature blush satin, covered platform, v-shaped peep-toe and 120mm heel. Victoria is available (on sale!) in petal leather at Stuart Weitzman and several other styles at 6pm.
The Canadian actress wore a dress by House of Ronald with a cream silk full skirt and jewel-printed ruched cutout cropped top layered on a sheer illusion panel from the Spring 2014 collection.
Laura put the finishing touches on this beautiful red carpet look with her super long hair pulled back in a low wrapped ponytail and rubellite lip. She also accessorized with a Neil Lane gold bracelet.
Red sole fans have learned to expect a playful and fantastically kooky collection debut. This season, beautiful window displays inspired by Ancient Egypt were presented in boutiques around the globe.
The signature Pigalle will always be my first classic stiletto love but there’s a new lust-worthy sleek pointed-toe pump, the So Kate (yes, Moss). Remember the Décolleté 100 pump which debuted in Fall ’12 collection? So Kate has the same shape featuring a 120mm heel. Whenever & wherever you find this pump, snatch it up.
M.Louboutin’s t-straps are so wickedly sexy and I’m coveting several new styles including the Très Croise, T-Slick and Lagoula. Another fly-off-the-shelf design is the Body Strass crystal-embellished mesh pump.
If you’re heart isn’t palpitating yet, meet the Mado – holy boot, enough said.