Category Archives: Designer

Name that Shoe! Selena Gomez at the Grammy Nominations Concert

Last week actress/singer Selena Gomez was among the celebs to present the nominations for next year’s Grammy awards. The young star was impeccably chic and a flowing, strapless cocktail dress and printed shoes. Though the dress was nice, it was really the shoes that made the look. They are the Silk Satin Ankle Bow Sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti. The shoes retail for approximately $1000 and are available here. Gomez photo via sawfnews.com

Which Shoe will ‘Dazzle’ You?

Celebutante Kim Kardashian is often perceived as one of those types that are famous just for being famous. However, the reality TV star is actually a prolific business woman. In addition to your chain of fashion boutiques called Dash, Kardashian is the co-founder of an only shoe club, of sorts, called Shoedazzle.

The concept of the site is that members create a style profile then each month one of the site’s stylists will choose a shoe to send to you according to your tastes. In order to create your profile you get to take a fun little quiz that asks you to choose your favorite of three choices. For example, from the selection above, they ask which shoe you like.

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Finally, in order to personalize your account, the site also asks your age range, shoe size and dress size. The cost of membership is around $40 per month. Still don’t get it? Have a look at the video below.

Nicholas Kirkwood: Fusing Fantasy and Fashion

When the models of the Rodarte Fall 2010 show graced the catwalk wearing oh-so-futuristic illuminated heels earlier this year, shoe-lovers everywhere relished the thought of modern technology taking their heels to another level. The man behind the ferociously modern shoes was none other than Nicholas Kirkwood, a London-based designer that has gained a cult following for his impeccable skill in shoe design (Image via fashioningtech.com).

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His design style is instantly recognizable—built with an architect’s precision and a sculptor’s creativity; Kirkwood’s shoes  embody women in 2010 and beyond. Blending colour, texture and the occasional hi-tech feature like built-in lighting, Kirkwood creates wearable works of art. So just where did this designer-du-jour get his eccentric design style from?

“Alice in Wonderland” design created for Parisian store Printemps (Image from vogue.com)

As a graduate of the esteemed Central Saint Martins College of Art& Design in London in 1999, Kirkwood landed a job working with the infamous milliner Philip Treacy. Inspired by Treacy’s statement hats (that are often adorned by celebrities and royalty alike), Kirkwood set out to create luxe footwear unlike any other, that would inspire the fashion world much like Treacy’s collections.

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He started out by creating footwear for catwalk shows for select British fashion designers like Ghost and soon garnered mass media attention and numerous awards for his innovative designs. Today, Kirkwood has collaborated with high-end brands like Swarovski and Pollini, and set up his own retail spaces in London and Hong Kong.

Image from nicholaskirkwood.com

Love the look? You can find Nicholas Kirkwood near you by searching worldwide stockists here.

Heels with Chunky Soles: Hot or Not?

We’ve seen plenty of chunky heels and they’re cute, but there’s a new trend brewing that we’re not so sure about: chunky soles. And we don’t mean the thick tread that you see on hiking boots. The look appeared first with avante garde labels like in the Maison Martin Margiela pumps you see above. But now that it’s spread to the 3.1 Philip Lim pumps below we see there’s something happening here. What do you think? Are these shoes hot or not?

Ruthie Davis + Dennis Basso = Space-age Heels

Shoe and other accessory makers often miss out on the fanfare associated with the fashion weeks around the world. Savvy designers, however, know that teaming up with a hot fashion designer can add new life to their designs and give them some valuable face time on the runway.

For 2011 shoemaker Ruthie Davis collaborated with Dennis Basso on a collection of space-agey looking heels. The shoes are a great pairing with the clothing, which is slick, but feminine and also has a sort of futuristic twist.

Gianmarco Lorenzi’s Unique Platforms

In the current fashion climate a platform shoe isn’t anything unusual. In fact, sometimes it seems it’s mandatory for high heels! But not all platforms are your run-of-the-mill wooden block. Rather, Gianmarco Lorenzi has taken advantage of the trend and made shoes with unique, architectural platforms. In this way, they are more than just a means to make the shoes higher. The platforms are themselves a focal point of the shoe. Click through the gallery below for a closer look at some of the selection available at farfetch.com.

 

Jerome Rousseau Makes Shoes for Disney’s ‘Tron’

Shoe designer Jerome Rousseau was tapped to design some futuristic-looking high heels for the up coming Tron movie, due in theaters December 17, 2010.

“In keeping with my label’s strengths, I created a style that is distinctive and strong, like the architectural nature of ‘Tron,’ yet anchored in feminine lines and luxurious constructions,” the designer said.

Named “Quorra,” the shoes will be first be sold in pop-up shops in Los Angeles, then will be sold in retails stores in 2011 for around $800.

Lanvin

The fashion faithful have been waiting eagerly for months since the announcement that Alber Elbaz – the designer for the luxury brand Lanvin had collaborated with mass market chain H&M on a line of clothing and accessories for the Fall 2010 season. The line finally debuted in select stores over the weekend and as to be expected the crowds were huge, with people queuing for up to 15 hours to get their hands on the goods.

The collection includes high heels like the ones seen above, which are going for US$99. That is, if they aren’t already sold out. According to reports, shoppers in a New York City store were spending upwards of $3,000 on the items. A hefty some when it seems the point was to offer Lanvin-made items at a more accessible price point. Still, that amount might get you just a dress from the real Lanvin label, whereas you could probably replace most of your wardrobe for three grand at H&M.

Celebrity Favourite: Brian Atwood

Everyone is familiar with the celeb obsession for certain shoes and Louboutins ranking high on the list. There are some brands, however, that fly just little farther under the radar. One of those is Brian Atwood. With no blaring red sole or any other signage to announce the label, this brand has crept quietly into the zeitgeist of must-have shoes. They are characterized by sleek design and sexy high heels. Brian Atwood’s Fall 2010 collection consists of a wide variety of styles, including calf hair, leopard print and suede peep toes.

One of the most popular styles however is the Maniac. Countless celebs have been seen wearing the Maniac in its many colors and it’s easy to see why. The shoe is a classic and in black can fit in as a wardrobe staple for almost any woman. It comes in matte leather, patent leather, calf hair and prints with a platform and a high heel that lengthens legs. Check out some of the celebs that love Brian Atwood shoes in the gallery below. They include Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway and several others.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow recently debuted herself as a country singer on the biggest stage in the genre. The actress had a quite a bit to prove and what did she choose to wear? A pair of Brian Atwood “Eastwood” booties! Check out her performance below.


Not All Boots are Black!

Boots have gotten a bad rep. Since they are usually associated with fall and winter months you’ll most often find them in drab neutral colors like black and brown. Not that those neutrals are fabulous in their own way, but sometimes one wants a splash of wild color – even in a boot! Enter these multi-color high heeled ankle boots by Versace. They are a great example of spring/summer appropriate boots and in the cold seasons you can use them to perk up an otherwise somber outfit.