I wanted to write a quick post – probably the last of the year - sharing an update on the web site and life, really. This year proved to bring some difficult and trying changes but you know what? – I came out stronger, happier and full of life. I can already tell 2015 is going to be incredible and we have some fun projects in store for you! Some of you have been reading my blog for over five years (!) – I sincerely can’t thank you guys enough for the continued support.
I’m currently living in Los Angeles and started working with talented photographer Will Tee Yang. We went to go play at The Grove with a few of my favorite shoes and God bless Will for having the incredible skill to capture these photos because a model I am not.
I’m wearing the Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps and Gazolina boots:
Cheers to more shoe love ahead in 2015 and for more beautiful photography, follow Will on Instagram (real models included).
Beyoncé attended the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon wearing a merlot knotted draped dress by Haute Hippie with a thigh-high side slit. She paired it with Gucci horsebit-embellished Claudie ankle-strap sandals in brown leather. These chunky 70s’-inspired platforms don’t do anything for her outfit…and they feel out of place.
Oscar TiyeZoe cage sandals Since it’s December and the event was held in NY, I’m not crazy about an open-toe shoe however this unique tassel-embellished sandal in the warm rose gold is a playful option. P.S. – I have these shoes baby blue, j’adore!!!
Daniele MichettiSveva slingback pumps This spicy yellow snakeskin is a perfect complement for her burgundy dress. They also feature a low-cut heel counter and black woven leather trim.
Bionda CastanaDekota pump I love these femme fatale inspired shoes with sexy corset-style laces, geometric leather paneling and sheer mesh sides. Check out how they look on the foot.
Gianvito RossiCarey strappy pumps I can’t get enough of these beautiful Fall ’14 shoes in natural python with three thin buckled front straps.
Nicholas Kirkwoodcolorful pointed-toe pumps Beyoncé’s previously worn many shoes by Kirkwood and these pointed-toe heels are my wildcard choice featuring multi-color Mexican-inspired needlepoint embroidery. I like this shade of pink & aqua paired with her dress.
Fresh on the heels of the 10 year anniversary of the iconic Pigalle stiletto pump, Christian Louboutin’s new collection is a veritable bevy of sporty influence, rock and roll chic, and vibrant femininity that proves, yet again, why Louboutins are still the Go-To brand for every fashion forward fashionista.
The thing we love about Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer collections (other than everything) is that they are always unafraid of making a bold, colorful statement. From patent leather to PVC, from gotta-look-twice embellished wedges to the iconic So Kate in metallic python leather, the SS15 collection is all about putting your best foot forward and strutting with confidence. Though it’s difficult to narrow our favorite designs, we can’t stop looking at the incredibly vibrant fringe of the Otrot stiletto and the phenomenal new interpretation of the Mea Culpa that is done in a warm gold and polished off with an elongated and elegant curved collar vamp.
The Mea Culpa isn’t the only style that has had a bit of an update and we can’t take our eyes off of the unique revamp of Louboutin’s sexy signature stiletto, a curved vamp design that continues down to a serpentine heel. That striking wavy design appears in multiple iterations, such as the Dalida, the Deepik, and the Vagachina, but our favorite has to be the Dalida d’orsay design done in patent opaline leather – the curved heel and stitched motif makes it a must-have for the upcoming sunny months.
As if that wasn’t enough (we’re trying to contain our gushing), Louboutin’s 130mm is back and sexier than ever, replete with t-straps, colorful patterns, and peep-toes. We can already picture the sky-high platform pumps on the heels of Dita Von Teese and other style-icon daredevils!
We love stalking photos of Parisian and Milanese runways, but it just so happens that a lot of the brightest shining soles aren’t the ones name dropped during late night television, they’re crafted by names that are just starting their ascent into greatness.
Here’s a list of our favorite up & coming designers, burgeoning brands and impressive footwear designs that have caught our eye. Since we began compiling this list months ago, several designers are already that much closer to fashion stardom! Many have spotted their work in an upcoming September issue, graced the feet of Hollywood’s finest or even landed a coveted spot in the iconic Bergdorf Goodman window displays.
Sarah Flint With internships at both Diane von Fürstenberg and Proenza Schouler under her belt, it isn’t surprising that the stunning shoes designed by Sarah Flint have a decidedly architectural bent. Adding a twist to classic designs, layered suede and shaped 3D leather are all a part of her impressive repertoire. As for us? We’re dying over her heeled Hayworth sandal.
Henri Lepore Dezert You might remember Henri Lepore Dezert from our recent interview with the designer himself, but just in case you need reminding, he’s a man with his star on the rise. Unafraid of mixing antique embellishments and sentiments with ferociously confident modern day flair, his designs are classic, yet sensual; perfect for work and for play.
Melis Yildiz Blending traditional themes with high fashion touches (think: PVC detailing on a classic suede pump or metallic and textured thick heeled sandals), the punchy colored soles designed by Melis Paciotti for her brand Melis Yildiz are nothing short of show stoppers. Turkish born and Italy-based, elegance is met with vibrant sass with fabulous results.
Alejandra G. Alejandra G. has one goal in mind: make an impact and make it big. The larger than life combinations of cherry red and leopard print, platform pumps and tassels, and snake print and studs just scratch the surface of the gotta-look-twice collections designed by the ever-fierce Alejandra. Slipping into a pair of these celebrity-endorsed sky-high heels will definitely make you the center of attention.
Giannico Nicolò Beretta is a luxury footwear wunderkind and his brand Giannico reveals this 18-year-old’s massive talent. Giannico’s collections take architectural embellishments and flair to an entirely new level, weaving 3D geometric shapes into dramatic curves and swerves that have been snapped for the pages of Vogue Italia and Marie Claire Italia. Endlessly creative and new to the game, we’re sold on Giannico’s eclectic elegance.
Gianluca Soldi Contemporary, sleek, confident. In a nutshell, that is Gianluca Soldi, whose designs balance the razor’s edge or romantic and modern. After freelance shoe designing for little brands you might have heard of (Kenzo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace to name a few), Gianluca started his own brand to fully encapsulate his vision. The result is sleek lines and vibrant color combinations, pin-thin heels and exotic skins, and we can’t get enough.
Giseli Dias For every understated Sofia Coppola, there’s a Lady Gaga to balance her out. If Lauren Marinis is the Sofia in question, Giseli Diaz must be Gaga circa Pokerface. Her shoes are stratospheric in height, the patterns and colors are brighter than Oz, and there are enough rhinestone embellishments to make Elizabeth Taylor lose her cool. Fierce and unique, Giseli Diaz’ shoes make a bold statement.
Lauren Marinis You might think that sky-high 5 inch heels aren’t for everyone, but one glance at Lauren Marinis’ vibrant, unique, and undeniably elegant collection will change your mind in a heartbeat. Using iridescent greys, teal snakeskins, and dyed calf-hair to prove sophistication can be vibrant, luxury never looked so obtainable. Her pumps will fill you with confidence and make you look like you have legs that go on for months, what more could you possibly want in a killer pair of shoes? Excuse us, we’re swooning over here.
Chloe Gosselin Chloe Gosselin has stated that music, vintage aesthetics, and visual arts deeply inspire her collections and the resulting dark romance of her shoes is palpable – every design in her fall 2014 collection was named after a poisonous flower, after all – and yet, she never loses a sense of deep-rooted luxury or sophistication. Every discrete detail and hint of snakeskin belie an adoration of immaculate quality that would be at home on any cobblestoned Parisian street, and that sense of easy chic is priceless.
Malone Souliers With a keen eye for detail and an adoration of luxury, Mary Alice Malone – the genius behind the brand – brings new life to staples. Flawlessly, she blends pops of color, ropes of suede as ankle straps, sleek lines evocative of equestrian gear (unsurprising, as she was a member of the Junior Olympic Equestrian Team as a youth), and exotic skins into soles that demand to be worn to work and to a ritzy soiree after. Simplicity doesn’t denote mediocrity and Malone Soulier’s not-so-basic basics seal the deal. We especially love the strappy peeptoes and the ankle booties.
Charkviani Charkviani is a brand with modern aesthetics with an international twist, aiming to make their footwear collections wearable art. Their shoes are fit with fringes, ruffles, patent tortoiseshell leather, and thick ombre plexiglass heels, making the concept not for the faint of heart, but for the fiercest of the fierce. Having aided the shoe designs of Diesel, Chloe, John Richmond, and Kanye West, Charkviani is leading the charge to make their own name.
Thomas Lieuvin Dedicated to comfort and to style, Thoman Lieuvin is a brand that almost seems too good to be true. Fanciful and feminine, every minute detail of his collections – from the vamp zipper to the superfluously chic straps, from the combination of printed calf hair and vibrant leather – urges you to take a step out of your comfort zone and into a new, chic state of mind. Think of it as Alice waking up in a Technicolor Wonderland, where you are Alice and Technicolor Wonderland is Bergdorf Goodman.
Andrea Wazen After studying fashion design in Paris and learning the ropes from internships at Rupert Sanderson, Elie Saab and Christian Louboutin, Andrea Wazen launched her own namesake luxury shoe line. Her designs exude feminine elegance topped off with their own “distinct personality” which you can shop at her beautiful boutique in Beirut, Lebanon.
Poise Design Candied apple sweet and Betty Page sassy, Poise Design is the perfect brand for the women who love a little (or a lot) of glitter to go with their electric pink, who love their pink loafers studded and their bows emblazoned with rhinestones. There is a very good chance that slipping into a pair of Poise Design’s shoes will make you feel like you’re playing a round of Pretty Pretty Princess, but when Cinderella herself would be jealous of your shoe collection, all you should feel is pride.
Karen Gallo If this day and age in fashion has one singular runaway trend that has exploded with unforeseen popularity, it’s blending urban flair with uptown sophistication and that fierce combination is honed to a gorgeous leather point in the hands of newcomer Karen Gallo. If structured lines, a monochromatic color palette, and contemporary verve is a hint of the collections to come, we’re officially waiting with bated breath.
Ffion Lloyd Inspired by the gorgeous vibrancy and intricacy of nature, Ffion Lloyd is a London-based footwear designer specializing in bringing atoms, crystals, cells, and other little-noticed microcosms to fashion life. She’s worked for Tom Ford, Sophia Webster, and Marc Jacobs, which only spells a positive future for her solo career. We personally can’t wait to see the stunning, mother nature-inspired collections she creates.
Chloë Moretz wore Stuart WeitzmanNudist ankle-strap sandals to the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ premiere during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. This signature, celeb-favorite style features blonde satin, thin straps, cut-out heel detail and 4.5″ heel. Nudist is available in 10 different styles at Stuart Weitzman.
Willow Shields wore Ruthie DavisRae strappy sandals to the Hollywood premiere of ‘Maleficent’ held at the El Capitan Theatre. They’re from the Fall 2014 collection featuring rouge boheme patent leather, pony hair covered toe and iridescent leather ankle-strap covered in rose gold spikes. Until this style hits retail you can shop the latest collection at Ruthie Davis, Amazon, Neiman Marcus and FarFetch.
The 13-year-old actress (from ‘The Hunger Games’) posed on the blue carpet wearing a Mary Katrantzou Caspian Jacquard Valee dress in a beautiful dreamscape printed silk with structured cap sleeves, cropped top overlay and short collar from the Resort 2014 collection.
Willow’s look complemented the mystique of the fairytale-inspired film and I like her contrasting red shoe choice. Her (super long!) hair was pulled back in sleek ponytail and other finishing touches included dramatic cat eye makeup plus pearl earrings.
Kristen Stewart wore Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps to the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ premiere during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection (named after Kate Moss) featuring glossy nude patent leather and 120mm high heel. She’s also previously worn them in black patent leather. So Kate is currently available in nude patent leather at Neiman Marcus, black/nude/red leather or striped calf hair at Saks Fifth Avenue and several other styles at Christian Louboutin.
I was hoping she would debut the newest Fall 2014 Pigalle Follies pumps but the SK pumps work too :). Instead of the typical (and expected) glamorous ball gown, Kristen opted for a sleeveless athletic-inspired jumpsuit completely covered in opalescent sequin embroidery with a button up back and horizontal stripe sequin cuffed trousers from Chanel’s Spring 2014 Haute Couture collection.
She also added Chanel Fine Jewelry including a Plume de Chanel bracelet (totaling 24.2 carats of diamonds!). With her fiery copper hair styled in side-parted waves, she put the finishing touches on the look with complementary silvery-purple smoky eye makeup.
Jessica Chastain wore Paul AndrewShakti Soir pumps to ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ photo call held during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring fuchsia silk satin, colorful sequin & bead hand embroidery and 100mm heel. You can find a similar style from the same collection at Shopbop.
Before removing her pumps to play on the beach, Jessica posed for the photographers wearing a beautiful ivy velvet jacquard sleeveless dress by Alexander McQueen with two contrast waistbands, full skirt and seam pockets from the Fall 2014 collection.
She also accessorized with winged eyeliner, blush lip and pavé diamond flower earrings.
Angelina Jolie wore custom Christian Louboutin shoes to the photo call for ‘Maleficent’ held at Hotel Bristol in Paris, France. Although currently nameless, this style was designed custom for her! They feature a cutout patent leather pointed-toe, sheer nude mesh and stunning patent leather sculpted wedge – very wickedly maleficent indeed! You can find the latest Spring ’14 styles at Christian Louboutin.
She’s not exactly known for her daring shoe choices so I’m thrilled to see her back in sexy Christian Louboutin heels! For this press tour kickoff Angelina chose a two-piece outfit by Ralph Lauren including a black wool-crepe bustier with a short peplum, tailored skinny trousers and matching thin belt. Her look was classically “Jolie” spiced up with a funky accessory – J’adore!
She also added faceted white quartz drop earrings by her go-to jeweler, Robert Procop.
Leighton Meester wore Jimmy ChooDeny sandals to the 2014 Met Gala celebrating “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in NYC. They’re from the 2013 Award Season collection featuring ruched nude suede straps, gold chain trim and back-zip. You can shop the latest spring & pre-fall styles at Jimmy Choo and Jimmy Choo UK.
She arrived wearing a nude tulle Emilio Pucci long-sleeve gown with a plunging neckline, wrap-effect skirt and gold Ikat embroidery throughout from the Fall 2014 collection. You may remember Cameron Diaz recently wore the mini dress version a few weeks ago.
I have mixed feelings about Leighton’s gown choice. On one hand, she went a completely opposite style direction from what everyone else was wearing which I respect (no structured ball gowns for her!) but I also feel it was a difficult dress to pull off. Plus, I’m not crazy about the draped area around her midsection.