Jessica Biel wore Manolo BlahnikCarolyne d’Orsay slingback pumps to the 2014 Academy Awards. She gave us a closer look at her shoes via Instagram which feature pale gold silk satin, long pointed toe and 105mm heel. Carolyne is available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue & Nordstrom.
She attended the event as a presenter wearing a Chanel iridescent blue sequin embroidered nude tulle strapless gown with a raw hem and sweeping train from the Spring 2014 Couture collection.
Jessica’s overall ethereal look was complemented with a sheer pink lip and nude nails. Similarly to Kate Hudson and Jennifer Garner, her hair was left down in soft curls.
She also accessorized with Tiffany & Co. aquamarine and diamond jewelry from the 2014 Blue Book Collection.
Anna Kendrick wore Christian LouboutinJenny Sling pumps to the 2014 Academy Awards. These shoes feature black silk satin, ruched & knotted front, 150mm heel and 40mm platform. Jenny Sling is available in red suede at Christian Louboutin.
She attended as presenter wearing a fresh off the runway J. Mendel sleeveless black gown with an embroidered tulle waist and asymmetric wrap front pleated chiffon skirt from the Fall 2014 collection.
Anna also added Piaget jewels including diamond drop black spinel fan earrings. With her hair pulled back in a side-parted French twist, she put the finishing touches on the look with a Rauwolf red & amethyst Brutalist box clutch plus maroon nails.
Kerry Washington wore Christian LouboutinAir Chance slingback pumps to the 2014 NAACP Image Awards. Here’s a closer look at her shoes. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring blue, nude & white leather, pink PVC inserts and 120 mirrored silver leather covered heel.
The now very pregnant actress posed wearing a custom off-the-shoulder gown by Thakoon in navy & peach double faced silk with an empire waist and sweeping train. Kerry’s hair was styled in a cascading fishtail braid swept to one shoulder before finishing her look with a pale peach mani, rubellite stained pout and glamorous smokey eye makeup.
When you think of Jerome C. Rousseau’s collections, the mental images you conjure should be as vibrant as they are intriguing and as bizarre as they are gorgeous. Remember his Fall 2013 collection? Studs, color blocking, glitter, floral velvet, and bondage straps (sometimes all working simultaneously!) elevated his ultra-high heels to new, quirky heights. However, with new seasons come new inspirations, and we’re very excited to report that the Spring 2014 line from Monsieur Rousseau is a veritable Technicolor wonderland.
Whether you’re into cork-infused pumps, perforated suede, strappy snakeskin, or – yes, you’re reading this right – glittery python, Rousseau has your feet covered and all done with his signature architectural flair.
The crowning jewel of the collection is the embellished bootie – the base of which is his phenomenal Juda model in gorgeous green leather (the color is somewhere between minty mojito and saturated sage) with lemon yellow leather mesh. From the supple leather base, over 7000 beads are carefully hand-applied by Los Angeles artist Emily J. Snyder, including coral, freshwater pearls, and vintage Czech crystal. The booties mirror Emily Snyder’s aesthetic perfectly, with each vibrant clusters of beads combining to create a sole-ful rainbow that will never fail to grab attention.
If you want in on the beaded Juda fun but don’t want to wait 60-75 days for the custom application (or maybe you’re just afraid of a wayward snag hitting your beautiful new booties), the open-toed shoe also comes in a printed silk design complemented by metallic golden leather. Juda is one of Rousseau’s design staples and available in several other stellar designs, like woven leather, animal printed calf hair, and even a leather laser-cut rose motif.
As if the collection couldn’t get better, he has also released a line of clutches and handbags that mirror the themes of his shoes. It’s time to retire your well-worn clutch and invest in one of his statement making minaudières!
Basel ankle-strap sandals with a chunky tapered heel and thick adjustable buckled ankle-strap in cork, tan leather and white croc-embossed leather
Flicker pointed cap-toe leather pump with the signature thorn heel; available in nude patent leather with a silver cap-toe at Jerome C. Rousseau
Karma pointed-toe pump with a thorn-shaped heel and elastic slingback designed in white patent leather with black polka dots, black leather, glossy aqua blue patent leather, jewel-printed silk, lemon patent leather, pearl pink patent leather with polka dots and natural snakeskin
Lio ankle-strap sandal with a 3-d fan bow in lizard-embossed pink glitter fabric and thorn-shaped heel
Lover peep-toe pump with a leather upper, bondage-style leather wrapped heel and leather or snakeskin stiletto heel
Mills adjustable ankle-strap sandal with a fan-shaped front and 110mm covered heel
Narms leather zippered sandal; available at Intermix
Narms stitched leather sandal with a gold-tone zip up front and tapered block-shaped heel
Sweet half d’Orsay peep-toe pump with a high-rise heel tab and thorn-shaped stiletto heel
Topanga banded open-toe sandal in leather or snakeskin with a back-zip and gold-tone pin heel
Vierre pointed-toe Mary Jane cap-toe pump with a buckled halter strap and gold-tone stiletto; available in red leather at Madison Style or black leather Bloomingdale’s
Lupita Nyong’o wore Paul AndrewZenadia suede pumps to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. This is a signature style made custom in fire red suede featuring scalloped detailing and 100mm heel. Zenadia is available in sapphire suede or striped satin at Shopbop and purple suede or black leather at Neiman Marcus.
The breakout film & fashion star of the year chose a beautiful Ralph Lauren off-the-shoulder cape finale dress in red cady from the Spring 2014 collection.
She put the finishing touches on the look with a shimmering coral lip and midnight blue lined eyes. Other accessories included Fred Leighton diamond jewelry and Monica Rich Kosann clutch.
Allison Williams wore Christian LouboutinAir Chance slingback pumps to the 2014 People’s Choice Awards. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring panels of black, nude & white leather, clear PVC inserts and 120 mirrored silver leather covered heel. We’ve also seen these shoes on Jennifer Lawrence. Air Chance is available (with a 100mm heel) at Saks Fifth Avenue, white/raspberry/blue at Neiman Marcus or lemon/seafoam at Christian Louboutin.
She was one of the best-dressed wearing a David Koma cocktail dress in electric cobalt neoprene jersey with panels of thin woven white straps and white leather armor-inspired trim from the Spring 2014 collection.
A super feminine frock would have been much too expected so I was pleasantly surprised by this choice. She let the dress shine and pulled her long hair back in a side-parted low wrapped ponytail with the front layers left out.
Christian LouboutinAir Chance slingback | 100mm/4″ heel | shop at Neiman Marcus for $845
This mixed media futuristic pump is one of my favorite styles from the new Spring 2014 collection and first spotted on Jennifer Lawrence last month. Air Chance features a neptune blue cap-toe, poudre & white leather, see-through raspberry PVC angular panels and mirrored silver leather heel.
Half sizes are available (expected to ship no later than 2/14) and you can also find it in white/silver/black leather at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Award season is right around the corner! I wanted to share what shoes we can expect to see Hollywood’s A-list stars pair with their gorgeous gowns. For the most important red carpet events of the year including The Oscars, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, celebrities need a beautiful shoe they can walk in for hours (and hours).
Platform styles are popular since they’re easy on the feet and give ample height for long ball skirts. We also usually see silk satin, sheer floral lace and metallic leather designs plus oodles of crystal & glitter embellishment.
Last year at The Oscars, Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence wore Brian Atwood Hamper pumps under her Christian Dior gown, Kristen Stewart stuck with her go-to Vibe pumps by Jimmy Choo, Jessica Chastain chose sky-high Christian Louboutin Volpi d’Orsay sandals and Sandra Bullock wore Jimmy Choo’s crystal covered Kalpa sandals.
Several designers such as Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo and Brian Atwood also offer white satin styles which can be custom dyed to perfectly match any gown. At the Emmy Awards last year Zoey Deschanel wore Charlotte Olympia’s signature Paloma pumps in custom pale grey blue.
Some people are born knowing what they want to do when they grow up, others never find out, and sometimes the path only becomes clear when they’ve committed themselves to another passion. For Rome-born Charline De Luca, she discovered her adoration for shoes while attending the New York Institute of Technology for architecture. After finishing her degree in New York, she sought to study accessory design at the Central Saint Martins School in London. After graduating in early 2011, she returned to Rome to fulfill her “Made in Italy” destiny, crafting her first sole-ful collection.
In the four subsequent seasons, she developed a distinctive image that blended her adoration of architecture with striking modernity – a combination that has piqued the interest of many fashionable connoisseurs and leading voices in the industry, going so far as to being a featured finalist in accessories for Vogue Italia’s prestigious Who Is On Next? competition. For her Spring 2014 collection she’s upped the ante, delivering designs that stay true to her trademarks (we could write sonnets about her signature cutout wedge with mirrored panels) while incorporating new techniques and materials.
Vibrant jewel tones such as ruby red and sapphire blue are cast into snakeskin straps, triangular shapes of leather create a dramatic silhouette and towering modern chunky block heels combine to create a collection that is as cutting edge as it is aesthetically arresting. Our favorite designs include the varying metallic shades of the Elettra sandal (why choose one tone of metal when you can wear them all?); the geometrically paneled Regina lace up sandal that brings new life to high-shine spotted leather; and the pale daffodil Rea wedge, which is a perfect blend of sleek and romantic.
And now, with her gorgeous architecturally-inspired designs being sold at four-star shoestablishments such as LuisaViaRoma, Shoescribe, and Saks Fifth Avenue, this sartorially gifted up-and-coming designer should be first on your list of “designers to watch.”
Aphrodite strappy leather & snakeskin sandal; available in green at Saks Fifth Avenue
Artemide snakeskin and canvas cross-strap sandal; available in polka dot snakeskin at Saks Fifth Avenue
Delaunay cut-out leather open-toe bootie with a thin ankle-strap; Dafne snakeskin & leather open-toe slingback bootie
Dione colorblock slingback pump with a large cap-toe in mirrored, patent & smooth leather
Elettra colorful snakeskin platform sandal with cage-like thin straps and block heel
Euridice wedge sandal with a covered wedge and contrasting leather cross-straps
Galatea strappy sandal in printed leather with padded leather straps and back-zip
Iside cut-out wedge cross-strap sandal available in mirrored gold & black leather
Khalo open-toe sandal bootie with the signature cut-out wedge, covered platform and concealed side-zip
Medea leather sandal slingback bootie with a chunky block heel, adjustable ankle strap and high rise front
Ninfa leather open-toe sandal bootie with a sheer mesh front panel and leather cuff
O’Keefe cut-out leather wedge sandal with a contrasting printed leather asymmetric strap
Rea d’Orsay pump with a leather lace-up cuff and snakeskin pointed-toe
Rea yellow leather wedge with a lace-up cuff; Era dotted snakeskin wedge sandal with black leather cuff
Regina layered triangular cut leather corset lace-up sandal with long leather laces
Kristen Wiig wore Christian LouboutinJune slingback pumps to ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Sydney premiere. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black leather, asymmetric front strap and 100mm heel. This seems to be her shoe-of-the-moment as she also just wore them in taupe patent leather. June is available in black leather and gold python at Barneys.
She also wore a J. Mendel mixed media pieced lace jacquard and cloqué organza long sleeve shift dress with a two-tone horse hair underlay from the Spring 2014 collection. I love the lemony hues and contrasting underlay but it looks like they forgot to alter her sleeves!
Kristen also added bronze eye makeup and styled her hair in a purposefully unpolished low ponytail with an extreme side part.