Demi Lovato wore PradaBaroque sandals to the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. These strappy heels feature black suede, cut-out details, back zip fastening, a 135mm heel and 32mm platform. Baroque is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Lupita Nyong’o wore Prada d’Orsay ankle-strap platform sandals to the 2014 Academy Awards. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They’re from the Pre-Spring 2014 collection and custom dyed in blue satin to match her gown. You can find them in black suede & mirrored silver leather at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue.
After telling the press she tried on over 70 gowns and that her choice was a minimalistic with clean lines, I figured we would see her in Calvin Klein Collection. Lupita continued her red carpet reign and arrived wearing a custom Prada light blue silk georgette soleil v-cut gown which was the perfect award season “finale” gown.
Fred Leighton provided the jewels including a diamond head band, gold wrap cuff bracelet and diamond cluster earrings. She also finished her look with a warm pink rose lip and Prada satin clutch.
Winter is upon us, which can only mean onething for the ever-moving world of fashion: Spring shoes are just around the corner and a heap of new trends is going to come with it. It’s intimidating, but have no fear! While you’ve been zipping up your knee high boots, we’ve been hot on the trail of the best shoe styles of the upcoming season. Even though it was difficult to narrow it down, here are the trends we’re most looking forward to for Spring 2014:
Mules: Not to be confused with the animal, mules are shoes characterized by their exposed heel and this Spring 2014 season they are everywhere. Backless shoes are a trend everyone can rock, as they come in a myriad of heights. We spotted them on the catwalks of mega-brands Alexander Wang, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Céline. Our faves? Of course, Gianvito Rossi is the master of the mule – he even designed Altuzarra’s gorgeous runway mules – but, we also can’t help but love Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous use of PVC in her heel-baring designs and Christian Louboutin’s bead-embellished creations.
Placid Blue: This icy-toned blue is one of Pantone’s top picks for the Spring 2014 season. Dubbed “placid blue,” this hue does indeed have a calming and serene quality about it and designers latched onto it for their warmer weather designs. Used as both the main color and as an accenting neutral, we love the way this normally subversive color is taking control this season. From the curved heel of Walter Steiger’s glorious pump to Miu Miu’s chunky heeled platform, this color has proven itself to be much more than an Easter egg favorite.
Freesia: As if to tell placid blue to move over and share the stage, this Pantone pick is a blazing yellow that commands attention. Freesia is the color of electric citrus, and where placid blue is a blue sky, freesia is the smoldering sun. Just a glimpse at the color instantly energizes you, which is why it isn’t surprising that designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, ShoeRazzi favorite Jerome C. Rousseau, and John Galliano (spotted on the trendy heels of Rita Ora) have all utilized this vibrant color. After all, there is no better way to add a kick of ferocity to an outfit than with a sick pair of shoes!
Sporty: This spring, the femininity of high heels are combining with an unexpected element: sportiness. We briefly delved into this trend in our recap of the hottest shoes on the Milanese runways, but this trend is proving to be much more than a footnote. Whether it’s through the use of athletic materials such as perforated leather (Daniele Michetti), woven nylon (Balenciaga), and neoprene (John Galliano), or through design like Emilio Pucci’s padded leather straps, Prada’s rubber bumpers and sole, or Christian Dior’s sneaker laces, it’s clear that one of the hottest trends of Spring 2014 is combining urban style with luxury.
Funky Embellishments: For the past couple seasons, wild embellishments have been a designer standby to make their shoes really stand out, and this season is no different. We’re seeing a wealth of extravagant and unique embellishments that are making classic shoe designs total statement makers. From Sophia Webster’s spunky and vibrant butterfly wings to Bionda Castana’s ingenious use of lace and silicone to create a leopard print, using embellishments is the go-to way to make your shoes the most enviable soles on the block. Christian Louboutin even got in on the trend with his darling doorknocker embellishments and that’s how you know it’s a must-follow trend.
Floral Appliqué: Along the same vein of embellishments, another incredibly popular trend during this upcoming spring and summer season is the use of floral appliqués. It makes sense when you think about it: what better way to celebrate warm weather’s flowers and gorgeous variety of colors than using those very vessels of vibrancy as shoe-spiration? The flowers range from subtle (Christian Dior, Brian Atwood) to a veritable bouquet (we’re looking at you Aperlai and Kotur!), but no matter the size of the flower, we love the elegance and femininity it effortlessly conveys.
Beaded: By this time, you’re probably sensing a theme: next season is all about personality-filled shoes. The more accoutrements the better. Following the shoe jewelry trend (shoewlry? We’ll work on a name for this, we promise), some of the hottest shoes you’ll be seeing in Spring 2014 are ornately beaded works of footwear art. Emilio Pucci’s Masai-inspired beading is picture perfect, Paul Andrew’s floral inspiration combines two trends in one pump, and Aperlai’s caviar beaded platform shoes – seen on Willow Shields during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour – is edgy while still being darling. However, the shoe that takes the bead-embellished cake is definitely Jerome C. Rousseau’s multi-beaded, multi-dimensional heel, which is sure to turn heads.
Milan Fashion Week is basically synonymous with stellar, gorgeous, and innovated shoes. Season after season, we can rely on them to amp up the footwear game with unexpected influences and executions. Spring 2014 was no exception, as each show seemed to have shoes that screamed “buy me, buy me!” as they were strut down the catwalk. Without further ado, here is your Milan Fashion Week footwear recap:
To celebrate his growing rapport with hip hop and R&B icons like Ciara, Rita Ora, and Rihanna, Peter Dundas’ latest Emilio Pucci collection is a heady combination of streetwise sportiness and opulent elegance. Perforated leather and SCUBA-inspired shaping goes head-to-head with ornate Masai embroidery in sporty lace-up booties, resulting in a shoe collection that is equal parts unique and energetic.
Thin and strappy was the name of the footwear game on Roberto Cavalli’s catwalk. Dazzling sandals were fitted with meticulously braided and knotted leather straps and laces of varying lengths, sitting overtop a sturdy stacked heel. Additionally, the muted and neutral color palette of the shoes make these gorgeous soles perfectly fit for most flouncy and flirty spring outfits.
When we think of Versace, we usually think of a punk-infused, revealing glamor. Even at their most studded and patent leathered, Versace shoes tend to be edgy and sleek. This season, Donatella did a 180° twist from what we normally expect, presenting us a shoe collection centered on a clunky-soled sandal with silver-tone buckles situated on elastic straps piped with leather. We can’t say whether or we like this direction from their design team, but judging how celebrities are already wearing the designs out and about – Lady Gaga was spotted in a lavender pair – we’re sure this will be a commercial success.
Anna Molinari’s latest Blumarine collection was all about balancing the desire to be innocent and the urge to be a provocateur. On one hand, the sandals were dainty, polite, and sweet – perfect for picaresque picnics with friends, or a mid-morning brunch with family; the slight platform was as far as the edge went. The other hand? Dramatically strapped snakeskin booties, embellished with near-gaudy gems and with a dramatically pointed toe. The duality of the collection makes it commercially viable, a pair for every personality type.
This spring collection was all about revisiting the Etro archives, so it isn’t surprising that the shoes spotted on the runway evoke a classic, timeless feel to them. Etro’s signature patterned fabrics, which we have come to know and love, could be spotted the embellished straps of sandals and delicate pumps. Metallic finishes brought them into the modern era, but the line still maintained a ‘70s party allure.
Like Versace and Emilio Pucci, Gucci’s line was heavily inspired by sports. While it isn’t quite as literal as Pucci, we saw three different styles on the runway – ribbon slashed heels, cut-out pumps, and strappy sandal-booties – with differing variations of python, leather, and suede. The illustrations of Erté and the era of Art Nouveau were the inspirations of the collection and we can see that showing through with the pops of marigold, merlot, mid-tone purple, and forest green. Our only problem with collection is that it felt very autumnal and heavy for a spring collection.
Season after season, Prada creates shoes that blogging fashionistas fawn over. Miuccia Prada is a designer that revels in the ugly, loves taking risks, and is a regular in the world of art-fashion. The high rubber sporty heels of this collection were typical of what we expect – mashed-up themes, vibrant primary colors, thick straps, oddball color blocking, and massive rhinestones bejeweled onto every available surface. They’re bizarre and they’re statement making, just how we like our Prada lines.
If Kaiser Karl’s last Fendi line didn’t reignite your love of the architectural aspects of fashion, we’re not sure what to tell you – the shoes presented on the runway were nothing short of stellar. Set upon industrial caged “double heels,” delicate interlocking straps of metallic, patent, and lizard leather were offset by an ingenious use of semi-sheer PVC and gemstones. In his apparel, he layered organza to create unique and stunning motifs; in his shoes, he used thin PVC to replicate the effect, creating an image of varying opacity. When he wasn’t doing that, he was using the vivid colored plastic to mold dramatic angles and pyramidal crevices. There was a whimsical and modern air to Fendi this season, Karl Lagerfeld has reassured us again that he is a visionary.
Dolce & Gabbana
On the spring 2014 runways, it was business as usual for iconic Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana. Those who grow tired of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s use of Sicilian culture and Italian iconography in their collections don’t understand that those ties to the Mediterranean are so ingrained within their brand’s DNA that to not include the images would not be Dolce & Gabbana. It’s a gaudy overabundance that we have come to expect, a sort of literal inspiration – like the rhinestone embellished gladiator sandal, the platform pump set upon an ionic column, the wedge studded with Roman coins – that makes us smile. It’s an artisanal workmanship that turns away from the phrase “less is more,” opting for embroidery, embellishment, and vivid colors.
As if to balance the theme of overabundance in Milan this season, Costume National went for soles that were strikingly minimalistic. To match the deconstructed tailoring of the collection, the footwear feels distinctly practical with a unique edge. There is something in the dramatic point of the closed-toe, the exaggerated slope of the foot, and the color finishes – mostly monochromatic, but we can’t get enough of the woodgrain-inspired pattern on some of the shoes – that make this a unique and downright cool shoe collection.
Jil Sander’s footwear collection was among the more classically inspired from Milan Fashion Week, with focus primarily on breathing new life into the classic oxford. How? Well, with a massively chunky wooden platform heel, of course. The flats on the runway were also not-quite-flat, elevated by an inch or two of platform (flatforms, we like to call them) that drew attention to the added height with the use of dichromatic color blocking. Dove grey, stark white, black, and taupe were the stars of the color palette.
For their spring collection, Salvatore Ferragamo stayed within a muted and soft color palette. Save for the occasional use of black, this season was about an earthy-toned romanticism based in neutral snake skins and soft beiges. Boxy shapes and square toes were innovated by tiny eyelets and nailhead studs skattered along the snakeskin, internal metal plating, external seaming along the ridges, and unique, double-take worthy flared heels. We even love the exaggeration of the edges with the large buckles, it’s a high fashion pilgrim look that we can’t wait to spot on savvy style stars.
Shoe highlights from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013:
Gucci As I started to look at the detailed photos, I wasn’t really excited by the patent leather cage designs sandals. However, towards the end of the show, there were a couple beautiful ankle-strap sandals. Most of them feature the signature metal horsebit and one design featured an oversized buckle.
Credit: Vogue UK
Prada What do you think, futuristic cuteness or alien trashy? This footwear collection features geisha-inspired flatforms, metallic socks, appliqué flowers, pink satin and modern bows. The platform sandal pictured in the middle right above this text is cute however I can’t see past the black socks. It would be very nice in the pink satin/metallic silver combination.
These are certainly interesting to look at but thankfully, Prada’s off-runway shoes are the platform sandals & wedges we actually purchase :).
Credit: Elle Runway & Ermanno Scervino Facebook
Ermanno Scervino There were two different types of platform cut-out wedges seen on the Spring 2013 runway. One variation was made of stingray and leather edging, the other featured skinny leather straps across the toe and ankle with a wooden platform.
Versace I caught the show on live stream and it opened with the tall black leather gladiator boots featuring a pointed-toe and pvc insert. We then saw the pointed-toe pumps featuring gold rectangles on the straps. The next styles had gold fringe with gold metal detail which matched several of the outfits. The last shoes to hit the runway were the lace-up platforms in nude, orange and navy, these were my favorite.
The designs were beautiful however I’m over the PVC! Well not completely, (I would wear these) but I refuse to purchase/wear the styles that will suffocate my feet…no one wants to wear a foggy shoe!
Emilio Pucci I also watched the live stream for this show and the these sky-high platform wedges were a perfect complement to the sheer embroidered long pants and dresses in this Japanese-inspired collection. Several shoes featured an intricately carved wedge with knotted skinny leather straps and others had a metallic gold textured wedge with satin straps. My favorite design is the white leather sandal with the pet dragon, I love how his body wraps around the wedge.
Dolce & Gabbana I’m ready for a Sicilian holiday! There were predominately kitten heels and flats walking the runway however the few wedges we saw still made a statement. They were all very bright and featured crochet & raffia uppers with either a sculpted, hand painted wedge or wicker embellishment.
Giorgio Armani The black leather and teal python ankle-strap sandal pictured above was one of the best shoes seen on the runway during this fashion week; it’s stunning. I also really like the sandal pictured next to it featuring cut-out black suede with crystal-embellishment.
Roberto Cavalli I really loved Cavalli’s python ankle-strap sandals. They have a platform set atop a gold or silver pointed-toe with a metal strip attached to the ankle-strap and a metallic stiletto heel. My favorite design is the pale lime sandal.
Dsquared2 The fashion show featured sky-high platform sandals made of metallic leather and python with buckled straps that wrap around the shoe. Another design had a completely embellished upper with a metallic silver leather platform and peep-toe. The shoes are nice however I’m still thinking about Cavalli’s designs…
Salvatore Ferragamo The obvious standout shoes were the over-the-knee sandal boots. They’re beautiful however would you wear these for spring/summer (more for editorial, no?)? The other shoes in the collection were as equally nice featuring a lace-up ankle wrap with a chunky heel and pointed-toe.
Prada’s Spring 2011 RTW runway shoes were all about checkers, stripes and scrolls. Miuccia Prada described the collection as “minimal baroque”. The cutout platform oxford sandal speaks more modern baroque to me with the beautiful scroll detailing accented by a multicolored rubber striped sole. The collection also featured striped Mary Jane pumps, woven platform sandals and metallic accents.