The Parisian shoe designer has taken another look at the ‘nude’ shoe, and is offering customers a choice of colors to match their skin tone, part of a growing trend.
For a long time we’ve been describing shoes (and other clothing items) as ‘nude’, without thinking twice about what exactly ‘nude’ means, when for plenty of luxury consumers, so-called ‘nude’ items provide certain contrast to their own nude skin tone.
Now Christian Louboutin has stepped in with a range of new nude shoes, hitting select stores this month, designed to more fully match a range of human skin colors.
Five classic Louboutin styles (including the celebrity red carpet favorite, the Pigalle model) have been reimagined in five new nude shades from a light blush to a dark chestnut color.
There’s also an app, called Louboutin Shades and available on the iTunes app store, which asks you to take a photo of your foot and matches your skin tone to the appropriate ‘nude’ shoe accordingly.
Bespoke jeweler The House of Borgezie has unveiled the Borgezie platinum ‘Cleopatra’ stiletto, the first time anyone has made a pair of shoes from solid platinum. Their price? £70,000 ($109,700)
The Cleopatra took over four years to develop due to the high temperatures and complex techniques required to work with platinum according to designer Christopher Shellis.
Featuring a stunning lily stamen heel detail, as well as replacable heel and sole caps, the shoes are also available in 18ct yellow or white gold, which come in at a more affordable £60,000 ($93,500).
Platinum is a material well known for its weight as well as its astronomical cost, so you can expect the shoes to give your calves a pretty good work out, but we don’t imagine many of the women who’ll be wearing these will be running for the bus anytime soon.
Despite the eye-watering price-tag, they’re not the world’s most expensive stilettos by far. Shoemaker Stuart Weitzman created a pair of ‘Rita Hayworth’ shoes worth $3,000,000 which featured sapphires, rubies and diamonds and were worn by Kathleen York at the 2006 Academy Awards.
LVMH has announced a new deal with 33-year-old British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood, which sees the French company take a majority stake in the business.
Kirkwood’s distinctive designs are currently available in around 150 luxury stores around the world, including his recently opened Las Vegas flagship, and the young designer described himself as excited and proud to be entering into the venture: “LVMH is home to the most celebrated and revered brands and talents in our industry, and has an implicit understanding of luxury,” he explained.
“We discovered rapidly that we shared the same vision and beliefs,” said LVMH heiress Delphine Arnault, “we want to allow him to further explore the boundaries of his creativity while the brand will benefit from LVMH’s expertise”. So what’s the next step for Kirkwood? All signs point to a handbags and accessories collection.
Earlier this year LVMH also invested in young French ready-to-wear designer Maxime Simoens, part of a bigger trend for talent-spotting in the fashion industry.
In January this year Christopher Kane gained a giant boost when French luxury group Kering purchased 51% of the Scottish designer’s label. The French company then swooped again this month, taking a minority stake in Franco-American womenswear designer Joseph Altuzarra’s namesake label.
Hedi Slimane, the creative director of Saint Laurent, has unveiled his first short film starring the brand’s newly redesigned ballerina shoe.
The minute and a half long clip shot by Slimane in NYC is the first time we’ve seen the designer move behind the movie camera to present his uncompromising reimagination of the Saint Laurent aesthetic.
His latest project for the famed Parisian label stars model and dancer Lida Fox. Alongside her classical training she’s also managed appearances in shows for Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood, and was also shot by famed photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book.
Dressed in a matching leather bandeau top and pants, worn with a grunge-chic-inspired checked shirt, Fox shows off the capabilities of the shoes in an industrial-looking warehouse space, executing a series of complex pirouettes, turns and leaps.
It’s all performed to a lo-fi soundtrack titled “Trick or Treat” written and sung by Clementine Creevy of LA-based band Cherry Glazerr. Not bad for a first go, eh?
The Fall/Winter 2013 shoe collection from the French luxury brand has arrived. Louis Vuitton announced the news by posting a photograph of the American model Dree Hemingway on Facebook.
Elegance and chic style are in the mix for this new collection, which draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic luggage and handbag lines. In fact, the photo inviting Louis Vuitton fans to check out the new footwear depicts more bags than shoes.
Dree Hemingway, the great granddaughter of the American author Ernest Hemingway, poses in a doorway surrounded by Louis Vuitton bags and cases. The image bears a tagline in French: “Settle into the Crillon [hotel in Paris] with Dree Hemingway and the new Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter shoe collection.”
After unveiling its latest running innovation, the Energy Boost running shoe, Adidas has launched a new version offering a bit more feminine style: the Struthio Boost from Adidas by Stella McCartney.
The limited-edition shoe features the new Boost cushioning technology, which the company claims provides the highest energy returns on the market.
The base of the shoe features thermoplastic beads fused together, resembling a wedge of Styrofoam and supposedly keeping a consistent bounce in your step – all for the price of €200.
Struthio features a chunky sole similar to Energy Boost but with more feminine lines and in a bright color scheme (pink, black & white) “to cheer you up during your races.”
British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has unveiled a new 1,400-square-foot store located in Las Vegas’ Wynn hotel. It is the designer’s second opening in the United States after his NYC flagship.
Alongside the main lines are a number of exclusive Vegas styles that Kirkwood has created especially for the occasion. The first option is a Swarovski Elements embellished point-toed pump with a metal heel in black, strawberry or ocean blue ($1,295).
There’s also an even pricier black and gold zigzag pump, which features Swarovski crystals ($2,995). The two shoes will be available from the Las Vegas boutique from the start of June.
Born in 1980, Nicholas Kirkwood studied at Central Saint Martins in London and went on to work for miliner Phillip Treacy before creating his namesake label in 2005. Alongside his own creations he has designed runway footwear for brands including Rodarte, Peter Pilotto, and Erdem.
For its 50th anniversary celebration in collaboration with Automobili Lamborghini, Car Shoe (owned since 2001 by the Prada Group) is launching a new driving shoe.
Hand made with meticulous attention to detail, the classic profile features a pebbled calf leather upper and a notched, rubber studded outsole for added grip. The moccasin is finished with Lamborghini’s iconic logo on the heel tab and metal 50th anniversary logo on the laces.
The collection consists of three different colors – black, red and blue – all reminiscent of classic Lamborghini tones. A limited edition, expect these to arrive at select Prada shops in a few weeks.
Car Shoe was founded in 1963 by Gianni Mostile. The brand soon became best known for its signature moccasin which feature tiny rubber nubs.
In 2001, Car Shoe was assimilated by Prada, which soon opened stores in Milan and Capri in the next two years and introduced the line into over 200 major boutiques internationally.
Luxury shoe designer Brian Atwood is tapping into a new marital market with his latest collection.
Already a red-carpet footwear legend, New York City based shoe designed Brian Atwood is now launching a range of bespoke bridal footwear.
The line consists of 13 different customizable footwear styles, and one clutch (encrusted with Swarovski crystals). And they’re not cheap! Prices for these once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) shoes start at $895, while the most spectacular pair hit around $5,295.
Founded by the eponymous designer in 2001, the Brian Atwood label has grown a cult following for its statement heels, embellished with luxurious python skin, jewels and fringing.
Atwood picked up the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Accessory Design at the CFDAs in 2003, and in Fall 2011 he launched the diffusion line B Brian Atwood. Atwood also created bespoke heels for The Muppets leading lady Miss Piggy.
The Brian Atwood Bridal Collection will be available at the brand’s New York City flagship, and online from June this year.
The theme of the fourth capsule collection by skate shoe brand Vans and luxury brand Kenzo is the Asian-inspired “Clouded Leopard.” The motif also features heavily in Kenzo’s spring 2013 collection.
Following a trip to Thailand, Kenzo’s creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon were inspired by leopard print. This explains why it appears in many pieces in the brand’s new collection.
The new range of Vans designed in partnership with Kenzo also takes leopard print as its key theme. The Vans Authentic and Slip-On Vans are covered in Clouded Leopard in a variety of colors (ochre, orange, blue, green and khaki).
This exclusive collection is available in Kenzo boutiques and on the e-shop as well as in Opening Ceremony, Colette, and Lane Crawford. Prices start at €90.
Supermodel Anja Rubik has been hard at work with Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti on a new capsule collection of footwear and accessories.
The collections of five styles are inspired by two of the model’s music heroes – Debbie Harry and David Bowie – and will launch in stores and online in early March.
An open-toe stiletto pump studded with gold piercings and a black suede shoulder are two of the designs which have been previewed, and which are expected to retail at an average price of $1,200.
According to the Italian the collaboration was a happy accident — “it happened naturally in my atelier where our ideas and skills fused together, listening to music, chatting and having a good time,” he said.
A video gives fans a glimpse behind the scenes as the model is photographed brandishing the new shoes and accessories, and posing alongside Zanotti.
Supermodel Heidi Klum just launched a new active wear collection with New Balance that will be sold exclusively at Lady Foot Locker locations in the US.
“I live an active lifestyle and love running around whether it’s outside on the streets of New York City or in the canyons with my dogs,” says Klum.
“I’ve created pieces in my collection that are functional and flattering with a fashionable twist. I want women to feel their best and look good in their clothes even when they are working up a sweat.”
The line includes a cowl neck cover-up, cap sleeve tee, skinny tights and capri pants, as well as a racer back tank, shorts and hoodie. The line will retail from $35-$95.
As Klum’s third collaboration with New Balance, following the launch of the line in fall 2010, this will be the first collection sold in brick and morter retail outlets.
The spring 2013 campaign from Jimmy Choo depicts a glamorous couple played by Valerija Kelava and Andres Velencoso Segura.
Chinese shoe brand Stella Luna has opened its first European store on the famous Boulevard Saint-Germain in the French capital.
Karl Lagerfeld is teaming up with footwear brand Melissa. The designer has signed up to create capsule collections for the label over the next four seasons.
American shoe company Converse has launched a new limited edition collection inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s work.
Boston-based concept label Concepts (CNCPTS), part of the The Tannery of Boston and Cambridge, has worked with traditional outdoors label Sorel to create a new line of two exclusive winter boots, the Kitchener Caribou and the Sentry Leather & Tweed.
A pair of silk slippers that have been worn by Marie-Antoinette, the wife of French monarch Louis XVI, sold at auction for 62,460 euros ($82,025) on Wednesday.
Converse and Missoni created a range of 20 exclusive pairs of sneakers made of iconic fabrics selected from the Italian fashion house’s archives.
Unveiled at Paris Fashion Week on Friday, the project celebrates the two brands’ longstanding collaboration, now in its sixth season.
French shoemaker Christian Louboutin can trademark his famous red soles, a US court ruled Wednesday, reversing a ruling that would have allowed rival Yves Saint Laurent to paint its outsoles scarlet.