Alain Tondowski’s love affair with shoes began as a child when he imagined how the Twin Towers would look on a pair of shoes. This obsession with creating the perfect stiletto led him to constantly arrange and re-arrange his sketches in pursuit of this goal. Fast forward to when he becomes eighteen and Tondowski arrives in Paris to learn under Marie Rucki at Studio Bercot.
After leaving Studio Bercot Alain joined the famous shoe brand Stephane Kelian which served to enhance his technical shoe design knowledge and when a year was up moved on to Christian Dior. During his time at Dior Tondowski was in charge of women shoes and he worked with Gianfranco Ferré at this time. 1995 brought another opportunity when he accepted a position at Le Printemps to be in charge of creating a high luxury accessories label for them called, Le Printemps Luxe.
The first iteration of the label started in 1997 when Alain had the idea to put an infraditto in a pump. Mr. Tondowski continued to work with other brands while helming his own label. Alain went back to Stephane Kelian as a Creative Director and collaborated with other brands such as Maison Lesage, Erik Halley, Betony Vernon and Gaspard Yurkievich.
Alain decided to take a break and put his label on hiatus while focusing on consulting with other companies on their shoe designs. The desire to run his own company was too bright and in 2014 brought back his eponymous label.
Now onto the shoes…. The Alain Tondowski Spring 2017 collection finds inspiration from the film In the Mood for Love by Won Kar-Wai. The film was influenced by the 50s chiaroscuro art movement and its use of light and dark colors. Tondowski applied this color scheme throughout his Spring 2017 collection by combining bright prints with dark colored stilettos and bright colored stilettos with black leather pumps.
Eclectic materials with feminine silhouettes make this collection a winner and here are pictures from the Spring 2017 collection.