Nicole Kidman wore Sergio RossiLady Jane Cult pumps to a press conference discussing her new film ‘Grace of Monaco’ during the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. They feature black suede, ankle-wrap straps, gold details, a purple cap-toe and stiletto covered 4.1 inch heel. Nicole opted to tie the straps at the back of heel instead of twice around her ankle. Lady Jane Cult is available at Sergio Rossi.
Outfit Details: Salvatore Ferragamo long sleeve coated leather effect knit dress with a gathered mock neck and draped accent at the waist, berry pink pout and simple gold hoop earrings.
These opulent sandals are from the latest Cruise 2014 Filigree collection. They feature black satin toe & thin front strap, gorgeous metallic gold laser-cut leather resembling butterfly wings which wrap around the ankle, thin adjustable buckled strap, gold plated butterfly body attached to the heel strap and gold chromium plated metal stiletto heel.
This style is only available in whole sizes at Zappos or whole & half sizes at Saks Fifth Avenue. You can find a few more styles from this collection at Sergio Rossi.
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.
I started collecting these images weeks ago and wanted to share some major shoe eye candy just in time for the new year. Most of these styles aren’t available yet, however, there are a few available for pre-order.
I love this pink sandal by Brian Atwood and the Sophia Webster bootie is delightful!
Brian AtwoodAlisée pink snakeskin sandal
Casadei crystal-embellished Blade pump
Charlotte OlympiaBelinda bootie; available online at Colette
This reflective technique was the first trend I noticed. Designers have used it on both snakeskin and patent leather. It’s also seen in Dior and Pierre Hardy’s collections (not pictured).
Stella McCartney seems to be one step ahead & if you can’t wait until spring, she designed a faux-leather iridescent pump available at Bergdorf Goodman.
Mixed Media Madness
There are several obvious examples of this mixed media trend and I chose designs featuring 3 or more different materials. The styles below are colorful and show the designers’ playful side.
For me, the combination of different textures & colors is a hit-or-miss. Christian Louboutin uses mixed media wildly throughout his collection.
I love embroidered details, they give a fun, special touch. Barbara Bui and Balmain have several styles completely embroidered whereas Rupert Sanderson & Isa Tapia feature parts of the shoe embroidered with tropical birds.
Looking through Style.com’s Accessories Index I’ve spotted several orangey tones. Then I saw nectarine listed on the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report which has also migrated to footwear. Nectarine has a warm coral touch and is also a skin flattering tone.
I came across a street style photo this week of someone wearing Charlotte Olympia’s Zena boots outside the shows (NY or London I think). They were so goregous on the foot and now I can’t find the photo anywhere (if you find this photo, please send it to me!). *Update, June Ambrose just recently tweeted a photo of them*
It’s had me thinking about lattice…again. Several designers have used this technique with their own style this season. I especially love the Ralph Lauren Collection Jebria heels which feature a military-inspired cage silhouette with hand-pieced gold tone chain links. You can’t talk about latticework in footwear without mentioning Sergio Rossi; the crystal-embellished scalloped design is their signature.
Sergio Rossi’s Spring 2012 Collection is tropical,vibrant and sexy. After looking at the spring campaign it’s obvious this collection was inspired by female physique and nature. It’s filled floral designs, colorblocking, and crystal embellishment. One of the standout designs, the Chloris, was inspired by the South-Pacific island breezes and in Greek mythology means the goddess of flowers or spring. We’ve already seen Jessica Alba wear the Milady pump several times, Ginnifer Goodwin in the crystal embellished Song platform and Amanda Seyfried wear the Milady pink satin pump.
Sergio Rossi Fall 2011 Creatures of the Night collection is stunning! I especially love the heels featuring suede piping which are available online at LuisaViaRoma (in arrival by September 30). The pink pump is so adorable & follows the pink color trend. These designs have a very wide price range; from $897 to $1595. Emma Stone was featured in Elle wearing beautiful polka dot booties also from this collection. Look for the entire collection reviewed in the Runway section soon!
Pink suede pump with suede piping | 4.7″ heel | available online at LuisaViaRoma
Check out the detailed video on this pump at Sergio Rossi.
Blue suede Tortuosa bootie | 4.7″ heel | available online at LuisaViaRoma
Leather boot with suede piping & zip closure | 4.7″ heel | available online at LuisaViaRoma