International shoe giant Aldo is jumping on the designer collaboration bandwagon, bringing high end heels with high street prices to our door via their Aldo Rise line. This is not the first time Aussie customers will benefit from Aldo's collaborative efforts, this making the joint capsule with UK design team Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi from Preen by Thornton and Bregazzi Aldo's third. Previous team efforts have included killer ollections with JW Anderson and Mark Fast. Let us be clear, this stellar six piece offering is not for wallflowers. Pointy-toed pumps spliced with snakeskin, sharp two-strap stilettos and no-nonsense hardware suggest that these heels are made for walkin', not talkin'. Selected stores nationally will be receiving the drop come August and, at a price point of $189.95, we're guessing they will disappear faster than you can say "Size 37 please."
News flash: the delightful Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare blog-fames has collaborated on a a capsule collection of tricked up heels with Tony Bianco. We spotted the ever-smiling Geneva skipping between shows during fashion week and couldn't help but do a double-take at her chain-strap t-bar pumps. Now we know that her two-tone wheels were a prototype her own just-released line. Joining the crafty lineup are lace-up, super-strappy and fringed stiletto styles too, which retail for between $199.95 and $219.95. Margaret Zhang from Shine by Three lensed, and helped to style the killer shoot. After clicking through this street-style inspired campaign you'll want a pair and a couple of spares, at least! Images courtesy of Margaret Zhang.
Our southern hemisphere placement affords us Aussie shoppers some benefits from being off-season to the fashion capitals of New York, London, Paris and Milan. While we're staring down the barrel of Winter, the US is happily skipping into Spring — which means that their trend forecasters are elbow-deep in 'Fall' trends for 2013. WWD recently surveyed a number of celebrity stylists to see what footwear trends they deem investment-worthy. Luckily for us, this works perfectly for our next shoe-splurge. We distilled the advice given by Phillip Bloch, Laura Solin, Sarah Ellison Lewis and Christie Maruka for your perusal. See our take home points below, then get a-clicking to shop the trends sooner rather than later. As in, today. Go on!
- Colours: Oceanic blue hues, wine and oxblood reds as well as any and every shade of green.
- Shapes: Block or stacked heels, 1940s styles, large-scale details, super-minimalism and flats of any description.
- Still Strong: Combat and desert boots as well as smoking slippers will remain current.
- Over: Say sayonara to neon, wedge sneakers with metallic trim and daintier styles.
If you have a thing for bags and shoes, have we got a treat for you! We've painstakingly gone through our runway round-ups from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia with a fine tooth comb to pick out the very best new season shoes and bags from the Spring/Summer offerings. Many local designers out-sourced their accessories to chain store brands this year, which is great news if you want to make these runway wheels yours!
Tony Bianco provided those killer lace-up boots for Alex Perry, as well the 'Cambridge' wheels for Camilla and Marc, the 'Dice' and 'Libby' heels at Ellery, the 'Lolita' pumps at Toni Maticevski, the 'Ashley' platforms at Rebecca Vallance and the ankle-strapped heels for Bec & Bridge. ASOS was all over the catwalks too, supplying Christopher Esber with his 'Hostage' heels, Talulah with their flirty tie-up sandals and We Are Handsome with their metallic 'Hackney' stilettos. And those fantastical Romance Was Born creations? They came courtesy of Shoes of Prey. It's time to let your fingers do the walking. . .
White pumps aren't the only shoes having a major moment in Hollywood — metallic pumps have also been taking over famous feet as of late. So far we've spotted the likes of Katy Perry, Miranda Kerr, Emmy Rossum, Olivia Munn, Julianne Hough, and more of the trendsetting pack shining up their red carpet style with gold and silver heels. What's great about this trend is that it has the ability to instantly dress up any ensemble, especially denim and your favourite dresses. Step inside to witness 15 celebrities working the metallic-pump trend, then be inspired to jazz up your own shoe wardrobe with metallic footwear.
She's a mother, an author, and an award-winning actress — and now she's People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman. But, in case you missed it, we're turning our attention to Gwyneth Paltrow's killer shoe collection. Sexy sandals, edgy ankle boots, and unique creations from some of the most iconic designers — Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Brian Atwood, to name a few — rest side by side in one of the greatest shoe collections to exist. Whether you've been poring over Gwyneth's seriously chic shoes for years or you're a Paltrow rookie, take a stroll down memory lane with 54 of her most enviable heels ever.
She's a mother, an author, and an award-winning actress, but it's Gwyneth Paltrow's exquisite shoe collection that really has us talking (right now). Sexy sandals, edgy ankle boots, and unique creations from some of the most iconic designers — Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Brian Atwood, to name a few — rest side by side in one of the greatest shoe collections to exist. Whether you've been poring over Gwyneth's seriously chic shoes for years or you're a Paltrow rookie, take a stroll down memory lane with 54 of her most enviable heels ever.
Fashion flash: we just received news that Willow is doing a shoe line. There were a few select styles available in-store from last season's collection — but now designer Kit Willow will be rolling out treats for your feet on a regular basis. The best bit is that these gems were designed with "the everyday woman in mind," meaning they're not just for cab-to-curb celebrity-types. Triple-cushioning in the soles and Italian leathers have been used to ensure maximum comfort, but not at the sake of style. Dropping in-stores and online as of April, we've got a sneak peek . . .
There's something about Jenna Lyons' quietly passionate spiel about shoes that is strangely hypnotic. The creative director of J.Crew describes the process behind designing and produces a new style, from concept sketches to the manufacturing techniques in the Italian factory they use. Whether it's an "ugly dolly" or a "shiny pony", the backstory to how the US retailer puts a singular pair of pumps into prodcution is fascinating. Watch Jenna at work here, then click through to go behind the scenes. Shoe lovers: enter at own peril!
Jennifer Hawkins has used her own photo-ready pins to spruik her self-designed range of heels, modelling the latest JLH by Jennifer Hawkins wares for the A/W '13 campaign. Makes sense really, considering how fabulous and fit the Myer ambassador and Lovable face (and body) has been looking of late. If you can tear your eyes away from her toned legs long enough, you'll notice the shoes are pretty darn good, too. Think embellished toe caps, metallic spike stiletto heels and pop colours which retail for between $189.95 and $299.95. These shoes were made with the dance floor in mind. Step inside to see Jen at work. Like something? You may want the stockists number: (03) 9417 5544