In order to celebrate the 100th year of collaboration with Hollywood the label has obtained the services of Aquazzura founder Edgardo Osorio to create a 12 style capsule collection. The heels will be available at the end of November and will feature shoes made out of patent leather, suede, feathers and cork.
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For Sophia’s 2016 Resort collection I see two dominant themes for the collection. The first is the tropics which you can obviously see on the final two heels on this article. Both styles have palm trees, mixture of bright colors and uses warm-weather friendly espadrille and slide silhouettes.
The second dominant theme is the 80s due to the metallic gold heel used for the black suede sandal and the pop-graphic art on the sneaker-inspired slide. Each style harkens back to that glamorous and adventurous time period. It is with styles like these from her 2016 Resort collection and others is the reason why she received a B.F.A nomination for Accessory Designer of the year.
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For the past couple of seasons Prada has been known for producing quirky statement heels. Pop-art is the inspiration for this collection and is represented by the bullseye used for the first heel and red arrow for the last one. Also, kitten heels are used so as to not put too much of a strain on the wearer’s feet.
Miuccia’s 2016 Resort footwear collection is a strong one due to its unique and bold silhouettes. This is another nicely done collection from Prada.
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Gurung’s 2016 Resort is all about bold vibrant colors and edgy silhouettes. This collection is not for those who likes a monochrome palette since every heel has a mixture of colors. Also, each heel seems to have a jagged tooth which would seem to represent a jungle vibe. My favorite style is the wedge due to its metallic, cork and leather combination with bright colors.
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M.Gemi is a new luxury shoe line that made its debut last year. The name of the label comes from one of its founders Maria Gangemi who has been in the shoe business for over fifteen years. The label believes in creating luxury shoes made in Italy at an accessible price point. M. Gemi believes the answer is not to leave Italy like other shoe labels have but to continue to do so while embracing the country’s artisan history.
The company is able to produce handmade luxury shoes without charging astronomical prices by keeping strategic relationships with factories in Toscana, Campania and Marche. Another way M.Gemi is able to keep prices reasonable is by selling direct to the customer and eliminating the middleman.
Looking at the website shoe aficionados can find various styles that will whet their appetite and the label releases new styles every Monday which is another unique competitive advantage. Also, readers can enjoy a $40 discount off their first order by using promo code:romanowski183. To see more gorgeous heels please go to www.mgemi.com]]>
According to Mr. Munoz his Spring 2016 collection is influenced by the “Me Decade”, the 70s. The time’s influence can be seen by Abel’s use of platforms and leopard animal prints. Another popular material from the 70s, fringe makes its appearance and is used more prominently in the last style in this article. The collection is retro in look and construction due to the fact that each item is still handmade in Italy.
Abel Munoz produces lovely shoes season to season and these styles and others can be obtained from George C. in Toronto and the Wardrobe Gallery in London. Also, if you are not in those areas the brand is also available online from TheRealReal and abelmunozshop.com. After buying one of these items you will definitely not be disappointed.]]>
Paul Andrew’s 2016 Resort collection is filled with treats for those who are looking for something a little daring. The reason why I say this is due to the laser etched designs for the red boot and sandal in this article. Laser etching is a style you do not see too much of and I wish more designers would use more of it.
The sophisticated wedge also makes its appearance paired with suede fuchsia straps and floral graphic designs. In addition, Paul creates a candy-swirled satin pump for those who are looking for something more colorful. Also, the black suede and patent leather sandal is the perfect compliment to that little black dress with its jade beads.
This is definitely a sexy heel collection for Resort 2016.
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Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Gemma Roe and her debut collection. Ms. Roe first flirtation with shoe design began when she attended Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. During her time at the school Gemma achieved first class honours in fashion illustration and graphic design in 2007. Since leaving the school Roe designed fashion sets for Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs while also working as a fashion stylist creating photoshoot looks for Alexander McQueen Couture and Liz Black.
Even after these successes in the industry the shoe bug was too strong and Gemma decided to focus on shoe design by attending footwear classes at Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers. Ms. Roe also interned with Paul Thomas in order to further her footwear industry knowledge. After these developments the debut eponymous collection was launched for 2016 Spring.
Each shoe is made in Italy outside of Florence and the label blends Italian craftmanship with London cool. Roe already began to receive accolades in the fashion industry and after this debut collection I am sure there is more to come.
The House of de la Renta always stood for sophisticated luxury and I am glad to see that has not waned a year after his death. Creative Director Peter Copping keeps to this aesthetic by using sandal, mule and pump silhouettes. Each style in this article also uses vibrant colors such as yellow, turquoise and blue that were always loved by Oscar.
The jewels on the pink satin sandal pays homage to the myriad first ladies who have worn designs created by Oscar de la Renta. Also, I enjoyed Coppings cork/suede combination that paired a neutral color with bright suede fuchsia, blue and green.
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During my quest to find and feature new brands I came upon Mr. White’s collection. Alexander attended Edinburgh University and graduated with a degree in Design and Applied Arts. After leaving Edinburgh White worked for Erdem and Giles, then decided to further his education by attending Cordwainers with a focus on footwear design. With an enhanced knowledge of footwear he began to work with Kurt Geiger. A chance meeting with Jimmy Choo’s Sandra Choi encouraged him to start his eponymous label after reviewing his design portfolio.
Alexander White believes in creating chic and sophisticated shoes with a touch of vibrancy. Each heel is made in Italy and the influence of each one comes from Alexander’s surroundings. White finds design inspiration from disparate creative arts such as jewelry and architecture. Mr. White creates heels to make women feel special by enhancing their supernatural qualities. It is this mission that allowed Alexander to be a 2015 WHO IS ON NEXT finalist.