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.
It’s hard – scratch that, impossible – to think of luxury shoes and not immediately think of Christian Louboutin. He’s a man that put the “high” back into “high heels,” literally elevating sartorially savvy ladies with his designs since his time of apprenticeship with Roger Vivier. With the average height of his shoes standing proudly at 120mm, his professed goal in designing has been to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful. To make her legs look as long as [he] can.” He considers shoes to be a pedestal for the female form, an ideological stance that has allowed him to have fun with his designs, knowing that if a woman feels confident, empowered, and alluring in his soles, he’s done his job.
The fact that Christian Louboutin is the most searched shoe designer on the internet isn’t surprising. That splash of red is part of fashion iconography, cementing Louboutin’s dynasty and legacy within the fast changing, increasingly high-paced world that he entered into over thirty years ago. When Christian Louboutin was founded in 1991, the result was electric; you could almost feel the fashion world changing in that instant. He’s been a mainstay for discerning, chic fashionistas ever since – after all, many a fashionista would call a closet incomplete without at least one (or four) pairs of Louboutins.
This spring, his collection is filled with enviable pieces that are every bit kooky as they are gorgeous. Western-inspired laser cut pumps – seen on the Marchesa runway – add an old-world charm to pumps, sandals shaped by colorful PVC panels, studded cap-toe pumps designed in a timeless nautical stripe fabric and even cheeky door knockers on his “Door Knock” pump. Louboutin was also inspired by several periods of art, using oblong shapes inspired by surrealist artist Leonor Fini and even a multicolor satin bouquet print inspired by impressionist art. The latest staple pump So Kate was reimagined in several ways, including a clownfish striped python that we never knew we needed. We love his Air Chance variations for the Spring 2014 season as well, and not just because our latest actress crush Jennifer Lawrence was spotted in them during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour.
In this collection, we’re also seeing him play around with different silhouettes – notably, white booties with candy colored spikes, mules with intricate bead embellishments, platform sandals with a patchwork leather design, and the most on-trend kitten heeled pumps you’ve ever seen. The cacophony of inspirations and designs is a lot to take in, but given his impeccable taste and the state-of-the-art craftsmanship that goes into every pair, it goes without saying that we’re going to happily memorize every style.
We can’t all be Danielle Steel and own over 6,000 pairs of Louboutins, but we can still appreciate how special and magnificent we feel when we slip into a pair.
Air Chance slingback pump in poudre & white leather, neptune patent leather, raspberry PVC and mirrored silver leather, 120mm heel; available with a 100mm heel in white leather, patent nude leather and clear PVC at Saks Fifth Avenue
Air Chance slingback pump with panels of black leather, suede & patent, plus clear PVC, 120mm heel; available with a 100mm heel in black and white leather at Neiman Marcus.
Amazona platform sandal in beige & brown leather with a stacked 120mm heel; avaialable at Christian Louboutin UK
Aqua Ronda 120mm sandal with aquamarine PVC, red patent leather padded straps, white patent leather trim and mirrored silver leather
Apostrophy Sling pump in white patent leather with a tapered 120mm heel
Belly Nodo t-strap sandal in white leather with a flat bow and 120mm heel
Bettina black glossy leather d’Orsay ankle cuff pump with a 100mm heel
Djalouzi 120mm pump with a Western-inspired wing tip cap-toe, clear PVC and python-faience
Door Knock pump in white leather with a small silver door knocker, silver studs and 120mm heel
Door Knock pump in suede cyclamen with gold studs and 120mm heel
Door Knock pump in white leather, silver details and 45mm kitten heel
Farfamesh sandal in poudre with gold mini glitter, mirrored gold leather and 120mm heel
Credit:FayesVision/WENN.com Lupita Nyong’o wore Christian LouboutinJune slingback pumps to the 2013 GQ Men of the Year Party held at the Ebell Club. This style debuted in the Spring 2013 collection and continues to be a red carpet favorite. They feature white leather, asymmetric design and 100mm heel. June is available in black leather and gold python at Barneys.
Kristen Wiig wore Christian LouboutinJune slingback pumps to ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ premiere during the 2013 AFI Fest. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring taupe patent leather, thin asymmetric strap and 100mm heel. June is available in gold python & black leather at Barneys.
She posed wearing a sleeveless ivory shift dress by Balenciaga with a draped front and side button detailing from the Spring 2014 collection. Kristen’s hair was styled in a side-parted bun and she put the finishing touches on the look with a Balenciaga rose gold cuff plus Nicholas Liu dainty gold earrings.
Jennifer Lawrence wore Christian LouboutinAir Chance slingback pumps to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Paris premiere. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring panels of black leather, suede & patent leather plus clear PVC and 120mm heel. Air Chance is available with a 100mm heel in black and white at Neiman Marcus.
This is the third outfit she’s worn this week from the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2013 collection - and third time’s most definitely a charm! Jennifer looked amazing wearing a black silk asymmetric top paired with two black pleated silk full skirts.
Elizabeth Olsen was spotted outside AMC Lincoln Square Theater before the screening of ‘Oldboy’ wearing Altuzarra slingbacks. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection by Gianvito Rossi featuring black satin, 120mm heel and elastic slingback. This style is not available yet however you can shop fall styles at Saks Fifth Avenue.
She wore an outfit from the same Altuzarra Spring 2014 collection including a long Acacia silver metallic one button blazer and white silk Lily draped dress. I love the runway styling and prefer the hair worn back with this. Liz also carried a Jimmy Choo white leather Cayla gemstone stud clutch.
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.
Natalie Portman was spotted outside the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ studios wearing Charlotte OlympiaMonroe slingback pumps. They’re from the Cruise 2014 collection featuring black satin, playful red heart-shaped sole and adjustable strap. Natalie’s also worn these in blush suede. Monroe is available in black suede at Nordstrom or black patent leather & blush suede at MyTheresa.
She’s currently promoting the ‘Thor’ sequel and has worn one lovely Dior frock after another. You must see the back of this Dior sleeveless silk colorblock black & pale pink cocktail dress. She also accessorized with Harry Winston cascading diamond drop earrings and red nails.
Sofia Vergara wore ValentinoRockstud slingback pumps to USA Network’s ‘Modern Family’ Fan Appreciation Day. They feature black patent leather, light pink leather straps, gold-tone pyramid studs and 100mm heel. Rockstud is available in black patent leather at Farfetch, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter and Valentino.
The actress wore all black including stretch leather super skinny leggings paired with a sergeant-style black jacket. Sofia also accessorized with oversized gold hoop earrings, bright red lip and complementary Valentino Rockstud studded leather clutch.