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Jessica Chastain attended the Ischia Global Festival 2014 Gala Dinner wearing Charlotte Olympia Octavia platform sandals. These spiderweb-inspired heels feature mirrored gold leather, two adjustable ankle straps plus a 146 mm heel & 38mm platform. You can shop new styles at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Charlotte Olympia.

Outfit Details: Dolce & Gabbana tropical floral & red chili pepper printed dress, statement gold hoop chandelier & red ruby stone earrings.

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Mindy Kaling wore Saint Laurent Janis pumps to Fox’s “Girls Night Out” held at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in Hollywood. These classic heels feature black leather with a 4 1/4 inch heel and 1 inch platform. Janis is available at Nordstrom.

Outfit DetailsRadio Waves print crepe dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs, black smokey eyes, Miu Miu quilted chain shoulder bag and a dark ruby pout.

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Blake Lively wore Casadei platform pumps to the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in London. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring light pink suede, hidden platform and 5.9″ heel. You can shop the latest collection at Casadei and Farfetch.

Outfit Details: Pink sequin fitted dress with a scalloped hemline from Michael Kors Resort 2015 collection, thick metallic headband plus oversized Lorraine Schwartz hoop earrings & bangles.

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Angelina Jolie wore Saint Laurent Janis pumps to the ‘Maleficent’ photocall held at Grand Hyatt in Tokyo. This signature style features smooth black leather, tapered toe & platform and 125mm heel. Janis is available in black leather at Barneys and Saint Laurent.

Outfit Details: Atelier Versace long sleeve fitted dress with a swoop neckline and simple light makeup.

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Taylor Swift was spotted out in New York City wearing Miu Miu strappy sandals. They’re from an older collection featuring nude suede, cross-strap front, double platform and back-zip. This style is sold out however you can find a similar sandal (on sale!) at Yoox and shop the latest collection at Barneys.

The nude shoes only lengthened her long, lean pins even more which Taylor paired with a matching summery pink Marled Love Ady set including a sleeveless crop top and skater skirt.

She also accessorized with a tan leather Bhailiu Streamlined satchel plus her favorite Rose Heath bobby pins by Anthropologie and a Ban.do Mini Pom Pom Flower hair clip in blush.

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Beyoncé Knowles wore Gucci Claudie sandals to Gucci’s Chime for Change event held at the Fifth Avenue flagship store in NYC. They feature black silk satin, thin ankle-strap, towering 145mm heel and chunky platform. Claudie is available in black suede at Gucci, printed calf hair at Nordstrom or black satin covered in crystals at MyTheresa.

She posed next to Frida Giannini wearing a white stretch-silk halterneck jumpsuit with a plunging v-neck, tapered trouser and darted waist also by Gucci.

For her other accessories, Beyoncé added a Lorraine Schwartz platinum white diamond twist ring, seafoam mani and Charlotte Olympia clear acrylic Pandora box clutch.

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Cheryl Cole was spotted out in London wearing Saint Laurent Paris two-tone pumps. These classic pumps feature a black and white leather lighting bolt motif and 105mm stiletto heel. Paris is available (on discount!) at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and Matches.

She left the BBC Radio 1 studios after promoting her latest single wearing an all white outfit including a J Brand semi-sheer Tilman cotton blend sweater paired with a Base Range waffle-knit bra and skinny jeans rolled at the ankle.

Cheryl also debuted new ombré locks and accessorized with a black leather Emile tote by Alexander Wang plus Tom Ford oversized Jade black sunglasses.

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Henri-Lepore-DezertAmerican-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. Henri-Lepore-Dezert-Carmela-pump

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: henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela Carmela crossback t-strap pump in black leather with tonal goatskin suede trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-red-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in glossy red patent leather with goatskin suede piping and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-white-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in white leather with contrasting bronze leather piped trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-edda Edda spat bootie in black leather with a black suede front panel, anodized antique gold stud buttons and stacked wood 85mm wedge heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-geary Geary geometric cut-out bootie in black leather with a back-zip and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-off-the-cuff Off The Cuff tricolor peep-toe platform sandal in cognac brown leather, pollen gold suede and white lizard with a stacked 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-razza Razza double ankle-strap sandal in black leather & stingray with a metallic effect and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-salana Salana pointed-toe d’Orsay pump in pale gold python with a tonal piped leather trim and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-royal-blue Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in blue silk satin with a darker blue leather and 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-chevron Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in augmented monochromatic chevron with a leather covered 120mm heel and platform

You can also find a selection of HLD’s sandals featured in Moda Operandi’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ curated trunkshow.

Written by Shannon Weston

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Amber Heard wore Casadei Mohawk platform pumps to the premiere of ‘Two Days, One Night’ at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. This style debuted in the Fall 2013 collection featuring glossy nude patent leather, 150mm covered heel and 30mm platform. We’ve also seen these pumps on Jena Malone and Katharine McPhee. You can shop the latest collection at Casadei and Farfetch.

She arrived to the red carpet wearing a white viscose jersey bodysuit and metallic silk gazar skirt by Vionnet from the Spring 2014 collection. I would title this look ‘effortless romance’ but (anything) effortless is not for Cannes and so I’m left underwhelmed.

Her hair & makeup on the other hand was faultless. Amber’s long hair was styled in waves and braided down one side (by Ricardo Rojas).  She also accessorized with a Zagliani Faye python clutch and de Grisogono diamond briolet-cut earrings.

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Naomi Watts wore Jimmy Choo Vibe 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.

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