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Charlotte Olympia’s electric Pre-Fall 2016 Mechanix collection was inspired by Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ sci-fi epic. It’s a match made in heaven for Charlotte’s signature retro style as the film portrays a “highly stylized futuristic city” complete with snazzy robots, 1920s’ glamour and of course a dramatic love plot. Here’s a look at our favorite 5 styles:


Amped Up Dolly pump | shop at Charlotte Olympia
Featuring red patent leather, pearl-like baubles along the platform, gadget embellished heel and jade covered platform.


Merylin wedge | shop at Charlotte Olympia
Featuring a circuitboard inspired embroidered wedge with silver  crystals and textured metallic gold leather strappy upper cage design.


Millicent sculpted pump | shop at Charlotte Olympia
Featuring black suede and think chunky sculpted heel and covered platform.


Vreeland platform sandal | shop at Shopbop
Pin-up inspired sandal in burgundy with a knotted suede strap across the front, croc-embossed leather platform and thin wrap-around ankle-strap.


Sky Scraper platform sandal | shop at Nordstrom
Textured silver leather Art Deco obelisk-shaped sandal with a thin wrap-around strap at the ankle and flying saucer inspired crystal bijoux at the peep-toe.

Henri-Lepore-DezertAmerican-born with roots in Italy and France, Henri Lepore Dezert is no stranger to fashion. As a child, he worked with his father in their family-owned custom upholstery shop; later on, he moved to New York to work with his cousin, none other than the queen of patterned flirty dresses, Nanette Lepore. With ambition and design practically in his DNA, Henri used his discerning palate and superb business savvy to create and cultivate his own brand, separating himself from his family by breaching into footwear.

Luckily, we have obtained the ultimate scoop on this shoe maven and his debut collection. In our interview, he talks about the synchrony that he has found between shoe form, shape, and material; in many ways, the perfect shoe is well-rounded and complementary of itself. He emphasis a lack of forcing a shoe idea or design to happen, which must be why every millimeter of supple leather and suede of Henri’s shoes screams effortless.

Congratulations on your debut collection! After reading a bit about you and given your family’s history in both fashion & upholstery; what really lead you to “choose” shoes & pursue shoemaking?

Thank you, Ashley!

Meeting my wife Antonietta and moving from New York to Italy is what gave me the opportunity to pursue shoemaking the most. In Italy, most people do not live to work, they work to live and enjoy life. With that passion in mind I think shoemaking found me because I’m living in Italy and it has become a part of my everyday life. Henri-Lepore-Dezert-Carmela-pump

Who are the women you design for? How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I design for the woman that desires to be alluring yet classy. My clientele tend to be women that are cultured and well travelled.

As a shoe designer I strive to create shoes that are simple but retain depth. I never force a structure or material just because one or the other is great, they must seamlessly go together to create the right shoe.

I would describe my design aesthetic as ethereal. I spend a lot of time looking for leathers and textiles that are unique and strive to use them in their optimal ways.

Can you explain a little about your design process? Do you have a inspiration board or listen to a certain type of music that helps keep you inspired and the creativity flowing?

My design process has three basic phases: concept phase, prototype phase and final sample phase.

I often begin each shoe by finding particular leathers or textiles that create a certain aura. I like to let the lines or colors of a leather or textile determine each shoe. I’m always going to trade fairs in Italy and France such as ‘Anteprima’ and ‘Cuir A Paris’ on the search for unique leathers, textiles and components.

Next to nature, music is probably my biggest inspiration. My favorite artist right now is Nicolas Jaar; I’ve listened to almost every set of his and each is a masterpiece. Every little sound seems to be precisely thought out, nothing goes to waste. He blends the old with the new so well, it becomes a new sound in itself and has definitely been an inspiration.

Who are your ultimate celebrity clients; who would you love to see wear your shoes on the red carpet?

Wow this is tough… There are so many celebrities that have great style but if I had to limit it to 5, I would say: Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o and Marion Cotillard.

Which style are you most proud of?

I love my Carmela ‘t-strap slingback’ pump; it’s the perfect blend of contemporary and classic design. Meet the debut collection which is currently available for pre-order (delivery beginning August 15, 2014) at Henri Lepore Dezert: henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela Carmela crossback t-strap pump in black leather with tonal goatskin suede trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-red-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in glossy red patent leather with goatskin suede piping and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-carmela-white-leather Carmela crossback t-strap pump in white leather with contrasting bronze leather piped trim and 105mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-edda Edda spat bootie in black leather with a black suede front panel, anodized antique gold stud buttons and stacked wood 85mm wedge heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-geary Geary geometric cut-out bootie in black leather with a back-zip and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-off-the-cuff Off The Cuff tricolor peep-toe platform sandal in cognac brown leather, pollen gold suede and white lizard with a stacked 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-razza Razza double ankle-strap sandal in black leather & stingray with a metallic effect and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-salana Salana pointed-toe d’Orsay pump in pale gold python with a tonal piped leather trim and 100mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-royal-blue Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in blue silk satin with a darker blue leather and 120mm heel henri-lepore-dezert-Fall-2014-zaldana-chevron Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in augmented monochromatic chevron with a leather covered 120mm heel and platform

You can also find a selection of HLD’s sandals featured in Moda Operandi’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ curated trunkshow.

Written by Shannon Weston

Tabitha-Simmons-butterfly-printed-shoeIt’s hard to sum up Tabitha Simmons in a nutshell. In her youth, she was a stellar fashion model that successfully transformed her career into a must-have stylist, styling runway shows, lookbooks, and editorials for massive names such as American Vogue, Rag & Bone, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana. Her pleasant demeanor and behind-the-fashion-scene acumen sent her career on a sky-high trajectory but Tabitha didn’t stop there. Her voracious appetite to try new things and artistic eye led her to pick up another avenue in the fashion industry: shoe design. Naturally, she and her brand have flourished. With that in mind, if we were to accurately describe her in three words, it’d probably be: Fashion’s Wonder Woman.

Since starting her brand in 2009, Tabitha’s footwear has been widely and warmly accepted by the fashion industry. Her Spring 2014 collection is as strong and lush as we’ve come to expect from Tabitha’s aesthetic, which is to say: everything we could ever want and more. Unmistakably feminine, confidently daring, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

Tabitha-Simmons-striped-LB-sandalThe silhouettes range from sleek to quirky, strappy to minimalistic – giving plenty of options for any walk of life. We love how she’s not afraid to play around with heavier shapes and despite the season, even adding in a signature calf hair boot. Sugary sweet themes, such as thin baby blue stripes or candy colored glitter, are balanced out by the undoubtedly dramatic – we’re talking snakeskin, perforated eyelet leather, and crystal covered bows.

We particularly gravitate to the Bailey fully crystal embellished sandal and the handful of designs that are printed with colorful butterfly designs on woven silk. They’re the perfect blend of classic and sass which make for the ultimate statement shoe.

Though the heels are high and the impact is bold, Tabitha never designs without comfort in mind. She understands the daily routine of a woman on the go and knows the importance of wearability, no matter the style or height. After all, we find it hard to believe that Tabitha herself is in one place at one time for more than five minutes – why shouldn’t style travel alongside comfort? We can’t ask for a collection of shoes more perfect than hers.


Alexa slingback pumps with a contrast panel at the toe; available in white leather at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Moda Operandi.


Bailey crystal embellished cut-out sandal; available in nude-pink with crystal embellishment at Neiman MarcusModa Operandinude-pink/black at Tabitha Simmons or leopard-print calf hair at Neiman Marcus


Bonai perforated black leather peep-toe bootie; available at The CornerLane Crawford and Tabitha Simmons


Bunny asymmetric strap sandal in flamingo pink mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons and Colette


Bunny assymetric strap sandal in black mini glitter; available at Tabitha Simmons


Clara strappy wedge sandal with thin straps and knotted bow; available in nude/pink snakeskin at Moda Operandi or colorful Peruvian silk jacquard at FarFetch and Kirna Zabete


Dela colorful butterfly printed woven satin pointed-toe pump with a 95mm heel; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons


Ellie black suede platform sandal with grosgrain straps and crystal-covered t-strap; available at Browns Fashion and Tabitha Simmons


Gabby pretty pink & purple butterfly printed woven satin slingback pump with a nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons


Gabby nude patent leather pointed-toe slingback with a front bow detail and nude leather trim; available at Tabitha Simmons


Hai t-strap pump with slim leather adjutable buckled straps; available at Tabitha Simmons


Hayden classic glossy leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast leather toe panel; available at Tabitha Simmons and in black & nude leather at Lane Crawford

Tabitha-Simmons-Spring-2014-Hunter-BootHunter leather & calf hair boot with a wrap-around buckled leather strap; available at Moda Operandi


Idda perforated leather open-toe bootie sandal bootie with a thin ankle strap and block heel; available at Barneys


Idda perforated tan leather bootie with a thin ankle strap; available at Barneys


Idora grey and white snakeskin strappy sandal with black leather button straps; available at Barneys & Tabitha Simmons


Jeanie navy suede pointed-toe pump with a crystal covered bow; available in black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue & Marissa Collections or blue suede/black suede & champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons


Jen butterfly printed woven satin cross strap sandal with a leather covered heel; available at The Corner or in champagne satin at Tabitha Simmons


Jennifer cross strap sandal in black silk with a 75mm heel; available in black silk at Tabitha Simmons or pink butterfly print at Marissa Collections


Jenny platform espadrille wedge in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard; available at The Corner, BarneysLane Crawford and Marissa Collections


Josephina white leather pointed-toe strappy pump; available at Neiman MarcusTabitha Simmons & Moda Operandi or snakeskin at Net-A-Porter


Josephina black leather strappy pointed-toe pump; available at Tabitha Simmons or in blue silk satin at The Corner, Browns Fashion & Moda Operandi


LB light blue, pink & white striped silk-twill cut out sandal; available at The CornerLane Crawford, ShoeScribe, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys.


Leticia white perforated leather wrap around ankle-strap sandal; available at The Corner, Moda Operandi and Tabitha Simmons


Leticia toffee perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a block heel; available at Barneys and Tabitha Simmons


Leticia black perforated leather ankle-strap sandal with a 65mm heel; available at BarneysLane CrawfordTabitha Simmons & Colette or pink leather at Neiman Marcus


Lexi leather pointed-toe pump with a contrast front panel and 110mm heel; available in nude leather at Moda Operandi or black leather & black suede at Tabitha Simmons


Lou pointed-toe d’Orsay ankle strap pump in navy leather ; available at Moda Operandi


Lou d’Orsay pump in colorful Peruvian silk jacquard and 90mm heel; available at The Corner, Saks Fifth Avenue, FarFetchNet-A-Porter and Avenue K


Perf perforated white leather pointed-toe pump; available at Marissa Collections and Tabitha Simmons

Written by Shannon Weston, images via Tabitha Simmons & WWD

logoGiuseppe Zanotti is one of the pinnacles of Italian shoe fashion, the veritable maestro of luxury footwear. With good reason! He’s quickly approaching his 20th year in the fashion world and every collection seems to outdo the preceding one; somehow – we’re still trying to figure out how it’s possible – he manages to raise the bar for himself every season and then surpasses our expectations.

This season, as if acknowledging how far he has come over the past two decades, he went back to his design roots. Know what that means? He’s reaching into the archives for a little costume jewelry inspiration. His collection contains a bevvy of toothy crocodiles, delicate golden leaves, golden Aztec faces with turquoise gem embellishments, huge safety pins, intricate beading, MC-hammer sized golden chains, massive crystal-cut jewels, and – our favorite, featured on his Nirvana shoe – a serpentine golden ankle cuff in place of a strap. He’s played around with his classic forms and shapes, reworking theGiuseppe-Zanotti-Nirvana designs to have a playful and unusual edge to them. In this collection, he’s even added a vintage paisley and loud leopard print into the mix.

Though he’s associated with high-luxury Italian craftsmanship, it’s amazing to see how he’s able to push the boundaries and combine classic construction with modern ideas. His close friendships with model Anja Rubik and Kanye West might partially be to blame, but whatever it is, we love it. Don’t worry, his gorgeous sandals constructed out of supple strappy leather and decadent snakeskin aren’t going anywhere. If you’re looking for a more classic Zanotti heel, he’s still got you covered. This spring season, he’s also offering d’Orsay pumps, unique flatforms, and a plethora of mules; no matter your preference, he has created a shoe for you.

His gorgeous spring shoes have already been spotted on sartorial stars Katy Perry, Sandra Bullock, and – most recently to the EMA’s – Rita Ora. Due to the exclusivity of the Spring 2014 collection, we wouldn’t be surprised if the amount of celebrities wearing Zanotti sandals skyrockets in the next couple months. In order to stay with the times, pre-order a pair now and be prepared to wow.


Ankle wrap t-strap leather buckled sandal; available in black leather at Saks Fifth Avenue and brown leather at Neiman Marcus


Natural python double ankle-strap sandal with padded straps; available at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue


Safety pin leather d’Orsay ankle-strap sandal; available in white suede & blue suede at Neiman Marcus or white suede & leopard print calf hair at Saks Fifth Avenue


High back glossy patent leather ankle-strap sandal; available in red with a 4.5″ heel at Neiman Marcus


Textured super strappy leather ankle tie sandal; available at Saks Fifth Avenue


Buckled leather strap sandal; available at Neiman Marcus

Belted canvas boot; available in military green at Neiman Marcus and beige at LuisaViaRoma

Platform leather printed buckled sandal; available in black/white at LuisaViaRoma

Suede t-strap sandal with a gold colored metal mask and enameled stones detail; available at LuisaViaRoma

Pointed-toe stiletto heel pump; available in pink suede at LuisaViaRoma

Peep-toe leather biker platform booties with double buckles and exposed zipper detail; available in black at Neiman MarcusSaks Fifth Avenue & LuisaViaRoma and in nude at Forward by Elyse Walker



Beaded suede cut-out sandal; available at LuisaViaRoma

Written by Shannon Weston


Victoria Beckham was spotted wearing Chloé wedges at LAX Airport. These heels are from the 60th anniversary Heritage collection featuring tan leather, two buckled straps and wooden wedge. They’re available online in tan, dark brown and dark red at Barneys.

She carried Harper (who’s in the cutest neon shoes) wearing a high-waisted mini skirt from her Spring 2013 collection and black knit sweater. Other accessories included a black leather Victoria bag, maroon nails and Victoria Beckham Feminine Square sunglasses.

Check out more shoes spotted on Victoria.

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Rupert Sanderson designed a statement spring collection which has something for everyone. It’s playful and creative but still includes what I call the “staples”, like the new Elba pointed-toe pump. Elba is a red carpet favorite which we’ve seen on Zoe SaldanaNaomi WattsMichelle Dockery and Emma Stone. Several styles feature an embroidered cockatoo appliqué and there’s even a wedge boot with western stitching.

My top 3 favorite designs: the metallic pink Harting sandal, Latifa lip suede platform sandal and the Zandy cut-out arrow sandal in white leather

Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Seyfried & January Jones have also worn styles from this collection plus Victoria Beckham loves the Birdie pump (pictured below)!


Birdie embroidered cockatoo appliqué pump in black suede; available online at Rupert Sanderson, MyTheresa and Footcandy


Birdie embroidered cockatoo appliqué pump in nude suede; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Duessa cut-out sandal in blue suede; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Duessa cut-out sandal in nude/pink with python detail; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Elba pump; available online in warm beige suede at Ssense, white patent leather at ShopSavannahs and several different styles at Rupert Sanderson


Elba pump in beige stingray-effect leather; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Elba pump in nude snakeskin; available online at Rupert Sanderson



Elba pump in warm beige leather; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Elba pump in iridescent leopard-print; available at FarFetch & Rupert Sanderson


Floria cut-out pink suede sandal; available online at Ssense & Farfetch and black suede at Rupert Sanderson & Harrods


Floria cut-out sandal in wysteria suede; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Frisia lip sandal; available online in blush & lilac suede at Rupert Sanderson and lilac at Browns Fashion & Farfetch


Harting metallic mesh sandal; available online in black & gold at Rupert Sanderson


Ivory strappy leather sandal; available online in blush, navy & turquoise/navy at Rupert Sanderson and blush at Footcandy


Ivory strappy sandal in brandy; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Jussy stitched wedge boot in nude suede; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Jussy stitched wedge boot in saffron calf; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Kibo printed wedge in pink & yellow; available online at Rupert Sanderson, Farfetch, Footcandy & Harrods


Kibo printed wedge in pink & orange; available online at Rupert Sanderson, MyTheresa & Matches


Kibo printed wedge; available online in green/yellow & orange suede at Rupert Sanderson


Latifa platform sandal; available online in nude suede with orange lips at Rupert Sanderson & ShopSavannahs


Peggy peep-toe wedge; available online in nude & orange patent leather at Rupert Sanderson and nude at Matches


Roslyn cut-out Mary Jane pump; available online in coral at Rupert Sanderson and pink/black at Harrods


Shelley strappy patent leather pump; available online in navy & nude at Rupert Sanderson


Suzy peep-toe platform pump; available online in yellow & black leather at Rupert Sanderson




Tundra platform sandal in saffron calf; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Wenjen strappy platform sandal in nude patent leather; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Wenjen strappy sandal in blue, turquoise and green patent leather; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Yani embellished t-strap sandal in black suede; available online at Rupert Sanderson & Bloomingdales


Yani embellished t-strap sandal in daffodil yellow satin; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Zandy cut-out arrow sandal in patent leather; available online at Rupert Sanderson


Zandy cut-out arrow sandal in white leather; available online at Rupert Sanderson

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, however, Resort & Cruise 2013 styles are already rolling in! I still plan on posting many more fall styles however I wanted to feature new designs that have caught my eye.

One of the most talked about new shoe designers, Sophia Webster, has two new styles available online at Colette. More styles (these are actually Spring 2013) are also arriving at Net-A-Porter very soon.

I seem to always love Alexander Wang’s resort shoes more than any other season…I love the red-hot croc-embossed leather.

Brian Atwood’s new TriBeCa sandal is also available in blue at Nordstrom.

In case you haven’t heard, Jimmy Choo’s cruise collection is now available for pre-order on their website and a few shoes are also at Nordstrom


Brian Atwood Tribeca embellished platform sandal | Giuseppe Zanotti satin stripe embellished pump


Charlotte Olympia Dolly platform flower pump | Valentino pink Rockstud slingback


Alexander Wang Aminata ankle-wrap sandal | Lanvin t-strap lucite wedge sandal


Sophia Webster dotted lace-up sandal | Jimmy Choo Belle chain & stone embellished sandal

5 reasons why Manolo Blahnik is having a fantastic fall:

1. Rihanna can’t get enough of his shoes, she’s worn the Chaos sandal & BB Strap pump several times.
2. A new Manolo Blahnik boutique just opened up in Harrods. A private opening celebration was held during London Fashion Week. Guests included Olivia Palermo who wore my favorite design this season, the Laura sandal.
3. The BB pump is having another moment and was worn by Victoria Beckham at the Olympia Closing Ceremony.
4. Blahnik collaborated with a total of 15 designers during the New York Fashion Week, Spring 2013.
5. Emma Watson wore the Raviota pump in the October 2012 issue of Glamour Magazine.

Here’s a look at some of the Fall 2012 collection (names included!). My favorite three styles are BB strap, Laura and Gualeguay. By the way, Manolo Blahnik is now on Twitter and Facebook!


Andalmod wedge sandal; available online in black suede at Barneys


BB pump; available online in snakeskin at Barneys, nude leather at ShopSavannahs and black patent leather at Nordstrom; see all styles


BB Strap pump; available online in red/black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue


Caira double strap pump; available online in black satin at Barneys and navy satin at Saks Fifth Avenue


Chaos ankle strap sandal; available online in metallic silver at Barneys


Contun strappy sandal; available online in black & copper patent leather at Barneys


Cusani embellished sandal; available online at Footcandy & Neiman Marcus


Darby two tone felt & smooth leather pump; available online in brown & grey at Barneys


Estipula houndstooth pump; available online at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman & Neiman Marcus


Fertillia strappy sandal; available online in gold at Bergdorf Goodman & in silver at Barneys


Fiocam patent leather bow-embellished pump; available online at Bergdorf GoodmanNeiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue


Grifon cap-toe boot; available online in brown suede with crocodile at Neiman Marcus


Gualeguay lace up ankle strap sandal; available online at Neiman Marcus & Barneys


Kahikalow flower cut-out sandal; available online in white & black at Barneys


Lavinia lace-up slingback; available online in blue & tan leather Barneys



Minchisli glitter-embellished slingback; available online at Saks Fifth Avenue


Neurotica pump; available online in black/red suede at ShopSavannahs, black suede at Saks Fifth Avenue


Oklamod lace up boot; available online in red suede at Bergdorf Goodman and in black/ brown suede with fur trim at Neiman Marcus


Pcdidda slingback available online in black/white & black suede at Barneys


Rene pink & orange embroidered pump; available online at Barneys & Bergdorf Goodman & Neiman Marcus


Ricarda two-tone satin slingback; available online at Neiman Marcus


Scomessa elastic suede bootie; available online at Neiman Marcus & Bergdorf Goodman


Sedaraby embellished d’Orsay sandal; available online in black/silver & gold at Nordstrom and in black/silver at Bergdorf Goodman & Barneys


Swan crystal-embellished satin pump; available online in blackpink & white satin at Bergdorf Goodman and in blue/white satin at Barneys

Credit: Manolo Blahnik, TookLookBook


Kate Middleton wore Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges to the 2012 Olympic torch relay in London. These heels feature a denim upper with a cork wedge and platform. You can find the Corkswoon wedge online (on sale!) in black patent, nude, denim & white at Zappos.

She looks great in these Zara blue satin trousers paired with a white Olympic polo tee. The 2012 Olympic games held in London have started so I’m sure we will be seeing more of her in the next couple weeks. Check out more shoes spotted on Kate.

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Beyoncé was spotted wearing Tom Ford sandals while heading to dinner with her husband in Paris. These sculpted wedges are from the Spring 2012 collection featuring a chain-embellished ankle strap.

In a recent interview with People Beyoncé said: “I never thought there would be a day when I wouldn’t wear heels. Now that I have a child, I walk around holding her all day, I’m buying loafers and oxfords. I love them, because they’re comfortable… And shorter heels too”. I sulked a little when I first read this however, since she’s been a Mom, we’ve seen her in Christian Louboutin, Gucci and Nicholas Kirkwood heels…so it looks like she’s just wearing her flats around the house : ). Check out more shoes spotted on Beyoncé.

P.S. – Beyoncé is also wearing a DSquared2 red smoking blazer and carrying an Alexander McQueen tiger print clutch.

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