Jessica Alba was spotted out in New York City promoting her new movie ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ wearing Chloé platform wedges. These heels feature nude leather, two thick front straps, a adjustable gold tone buckled ankle-strap plus a 40mm platform and 125mm wedge. They’re available at Forward by Elyse Walker.
Outfit Details: Alice + Olivia Richley drop shoulder blouse, MaxMara ivory wide leg pants, a Christian Louboutin Farida snakeskin bowler tote plus Jennifer Fisher Hollow Stud, Bridge & Perforated brass cuffs.
Megan Fox wore Christian LouboutinCataclou wedges to the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black leather, espadrille midsole, grommet detailing and 140mm heel height. You can find new fall styles at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Outfit Details: Dolce & Gabbana silk-blend strapless quilted dress, a EF Collection diamond multi spiral ring, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Vita Fede earrings.
Kate Beckinsale was spotted at the LAX airport wearing Casadei for Prabal Gurung Blade wedges. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black patent leather & mesh silver studded straps, pointed-toe and sculpted 115mm Blade wedge heel. These heels are available on sale in white leather at Yoox.
Outfit Details: Sleeveless cropped top paired with drawstring trousers, Oliver Givenchy Pandora tote and Goldsmith Manhattan 1960 sunglasses.
American-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.
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:Carmela crossback t-strap pump in black leather with tonal goatskin suede trim and 105mm heel Carmela crossback t-strap pump in glossy red patent leather with goatskin suede piping and 105mm heel Carmela crossback t-strap pump in white leather with contrasting bronze leather piped trim and 105mm heel Edda spat bootie in black leather with a black suede front panel, anodized antique gold stud buttons and stacked wood 85mm wedge heel Geary geometric cut-out bootie in black leather with a back-zip and 100mm heel Off The Cuff tricolor peep-toe platform sandal in cognac brown leather, pollen gold suede and white lizard with a stacked 120mm heel Razza double ankle-strap sandal in black leather & stingray with a metallic effect and 100mm heel Salana pointed-toe d’Orsay pump in pale gold python with a tonal piped leather trim and 100mm heel Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in blue silk satin with a darker blue leather and 120mm heel Zaldana open toe t-strap pump in augmented monochromatic chevron with a leather covered 120mm heel and platform
When we think of Sophia Webster, we think of sass. Pure, unadulterated, and heartfelt sass; in fact, we’re pretty sure that if you looked up “feisty” in the sartorial dictionary, a pair of her thin-heeled ankle-strap sandals would be pictured. For her Pre-Fall and Fall 2014 collections, Sophia takes a morose theme (“Heartbreak Hotel”) and turns it into something utterly charming and vibrant. Who needs love when you can buy shoes?
The shoes themselves would be at home in Barbie’s Dreamhouse or on the toes of one of the many girl power popgroups of the ‘90s. Metallic houndstooth, fringe, gaudy faux jewels, and vivid colors were just the start of the Cher Horowitz Heartbreak influence, the saturated over-the-top theme is threaded through both the collections. Fur-embellished mules and sandals collide with laser-cut gladiator over-the-knee boots making for a host of statement making shoes that would turn heads in any scenario. No boyfriend? No problem! These darling heels are sure to add enough sweetness to your wardrobe for an eternity – or, at least, until next season.
Leopard prints, rounded stacked ball heels, and cartoonish embellishments (paisley, hearts, and flamingos!) add an innocent streak through the collection, rounded out by the deviously high stiletto points and edgy addition of vinyl. In terms of silhouettes, we can always count on her to release a balanced collection of thick-soled vintage-inspired designs with pinpoint stilettos – though this time, she also included a couple sneakers and flat-soled sandals. One thing we love about Sophia is her ability to incorporate popular trends into her shoes without them losing her je ne sais quoi. She’s readily embraced the sportswear trend of recent seasons but unlike other designers, the confectionary color of the rubber treads and lace-up styles feel fresh, unique, and playful.
This collection has been hailed as another golden star in Sophia Webster’s impressive catalogue. After scooping up the Emerging Accessories Designer at the British Fashion Awards and landing a Fashion Forward sponsorship, she has become a veritable fashion train that is on the fast track to British design royalty. We’re excited to see where she takes her candy colored fairytale world – if it’s anything like this collection, we know we’ll be head over heels (Heartbreak Hotel not needed!).
It’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.
The 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 fullycrystal 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.
Lily Aldridge wore Isabel MarantScarlet wedge boots for her appearance on top of the Empire State Building in NYC. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black suede, ponyhair panel, leather velcro straps and 90mm wedge. Scarlet is available on sale in black leather/pony at Barneys & Net-A-Porter or midnight blue leather/pony at Farfetch , Forward by Elyse Walker and Matches.
Chances are, if you’re into shoes that amp up the style and add a hefty dose of quirk, you are already well versed in the gorgeous creations of Charlotte Olympia. You’ve pinned kitty-inspired pumps onto Pinterest boards, you’ve re-blogged countless shots of your zodiac emblem on gorgeous suede shoes, and you’ve flipped through every Art Deco movement- and fairy tale-influenced sole until you’ve memorized every stitch. Charlotte Olympia is emblematic of a burgeoning empire, based on classic shapes laden with a kitsch twist; she told Vogue UK, “the essence of my brand comes from my love of old Hollywood glamour. […] The Forties and Fifties are bygone eras that I am nostalgic for, and they play a huge part on the sensibility of the brand. I like to give my collections a soul and a story, and a little sense of humour.”
This time around, Charlotte Dellal – the genius behind Charlotte Olympia – is taking us on a voyage. Sure, her standard use of glitter and sequins have been placed into fins and sea stars alike, and the classic white and navy sailor stripe is prevalent, but we’re thoroughly impressed by the new tricks up her sleeve. Rope is knotted and carefully placed, a blonde mermaid figurehead is fixed onto a wedge calming turbulent seas sidewalks, classic sailor tattoo prints cover pumps and gorgeous suede is laser cut to look like coral. Just when you think she’s found her niche, she explores new techniques and wows us again. She’s even created waterproof sandals with a foam wedge and silicone straps, because stylish shoes shouldn’t be confined solely to land.
Our favorite designs include the fish-centric “Catch of the Day” pump, the lobster t-strap sandal with beaded trim, “Splash” – where an upside down mermaid tail has taken the place of the heel, and the “Save our Shoes” design, which takes the classic S.O.S. message in a bottle motif to a new level. Some may say that she went overboard, but we think this collection is sure to take your style full speed ahead!
The best part about this nautical collection is that some of the pieces are available for order now, which means you can order some beach-ready looks just in time for the summer season. These shoes are sure to make your peers – and the Little Mermaid herself – envious.
Ahoy Sailor! flat sandal with rope covered straps in red leather with embroidered sailor emblems
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was spotted at LAX Airport wearing Isabel MarantScarlet wedge boots. They’re from the Fall 2013 collection featuring black suede, ponyhair front panel, leather velcro straps and 90mm wedge. Scarlet is available in black leather/pony at Barneys & Net-A-Porter or midnight blue leather/pony at Farfetch , Forward by Elyse Walker and Matches.
Alexa Chung wore Burberry Prorsum ankle-strap wedges to the 2013 British Fashion Awards. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black satin, high back, thin ankle-strap and pointed-toe. You can shop the latest styles at Burberry and Zappos.
Her outfit was a mix of several seasons & prints including a Stella McCartney textured cream jacquard strapless mini dress with a peaked lapel surplice front and folded sweetheart neckline from the Winter 2013 collection (a similar style is available in black).