Saturday, September 29, 2012
Kiwi shoe designer Kathryn Wilson teamed up with jewellery designer Sarah Hutchings of Orsini Fine Jewellery to create the most expensive shoe ever made in New Zealand which retails at a cool $500,000 . Hutchings painstakingly placed more than half a million dollars' worth of white diamonds on to a single classic court-heeled shoe to create a one-off work of art. The process involved hours of surgeon-like precision using tweezers and a special adhesive. The result will be for sale in a silent auction at Wilson's 2013 autumn/winter collection launch in Auckland. The shoe will be displayed in a specially made Perspex box on the night and watched over by two security guards. Other artworks featured are by fashion photographers including Chris Sisarich, Rob Trathen and Olivia Hemus; also artists such as Henrietta Harris, Adrian Hailwood and Stella Castle have all created their own interpretations of Wilson's shoes. Proceeds from the sale will go to Ronald McDonald House, for which Wilson is an ambassador.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Young Hollywood Cares collection is a collaboration of celebs and shoe designer Stuart Weitzman to create shoes to help raise money for cancer research. Last year the collaboration, successfully raised $80,000 which went to the Folkman Institute/Vascular Biology Program at Boston's Children's Hospital. This year Chloë Grace Moretz, Nikki Reed and Brooklyn Decker worked with Stuart Weitzman helped create the second annual The Young Hollywood Cares collection along with Julianne Hough and AnnaSophia Robb. Proceeds this year will go to Dr. Marsha A. Moses's ovarian cancer research at the Folkman Institute in Boston.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) may have innocently caused a stir by being photographed topless on holiday but that is pale by comparison to the fashion phenomon she has now created by wearing nude shoes. Marks and Spencer have just released a pair of nude platform court shoes almost identical to Kate’s favourite L.K.Bennett Sledge Shoes , and they are selling like hot cakes.
The Duchess was rarely seen without her nude shoes, and wore them almost exclusively throughout her Diamond Jubilee tour. The copy Kate heels have been selling so quickly already they are close to becoming the most popular style of shoe M&S has ever had. Priced at just £19:50 (as opposed to £195 for identical version of Kate Middleton's Sledge shoes). The Limited Collection stiletto heel platforms come in four different colours, including classic black, and gold.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
CAMiLEON Heels Technology, LLC have re-launched their two-in-one heel to flat shoe. This allows the heel of a shoe to be adjusted from high to low in just seconds. First released in 2007, the patented adjustable-height technology is incorporated into the stylish design of every pair of CAMiLEON Heels. The heels adjust from a 3¼” high heel to a 1½” low heel position without having to take off the shoe, remove any parts or use any tools. The wearer can transform her shoes in seconds, as often as needed or desired. The heel’s innovative stainless steel shank, locking mechanisms and screw attachment to the shoe are unique to women’s footwear and in addition to the various appealing styles, are designed to ensure stability, durability and safety. While several other brands address the need for comfort in women’s dress footwear, according to the manufacturers CAMiLEON Heels Technology, LLC is the only option to provide a woman with the ability to go from a flat to a heel in just seconds. The stylish two-in-one shoes transform from day to evening with ease, providing comfort, style and flexibility. After several years perfecting the technology and obtaining global patents, CAMiLEON Heels Technology, LLC recently obtained additional patents in the U.S. and Japan. Additionally the company holds patents in Australia, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, China, Russia, Mexico and India. Patents are pending in Korea, Canada, Europe and Taiwan. The original Italian hand crafted CAMiLEON Heels are available exclusively at their web site for a limited time only with special pricing from $99.00 to $129.00.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tanya Heath is a Canadian born shoe designer who created a multi-height shoe with changeable heels. The Paris-based Canadian started with a simple idea to make heeled shoes lower when the feet were getting sore. She developed a pair of shoes with an inter changable heel system. The shoes which took three years to develop were shown at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris this month. Now considered the world's first multi-height heel, the luxury leather shoe switches seamlessly from nine to four centimetres (3.5 to 1.5 inches).
They are available in pastel pink patent sandals, strappy dancing shoes and demure lace-ups, with either stiletto or chunky heels, high or low. The shoes start at around 250 euros (320 dollars). The shoes currently retail at the Sarenza online store, and half a dozen boutiques across five countries.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
French shoemaker, Christian Louboutin won a limited victory over Yves Saint Laurent when an appeals court granted trademark protection for some of the companies footwear with lacquered red bottoms. A three judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a lower-court decision to allow Louboutin shoes with red soles combined with a different colored top protected under trademark. Now Louboutin can theoretically prevent another designer from putting out a black stiletto with a red sole. Louboutin's request to prevent Yves Saint Laurent from selling red-soled shoes was initially dismissed by a Manhattan federal judge last year. The injunction was later rejected by the appeals court. The new court of appeal’s decision is based on the reasoning used in a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision Qualitex Co. v. Jacobson Products Co. and on the Lanham Act, which governs trademark law. The Qualitex decision left open the possibility of defending a single color trademark on the grounds that it is used under certain circumstances and is uniquely associated with a particular brand.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Despite a broken foot Halle Berry shot a new shoe commercial for Deichmann shoes in Germany. The actress fell and injured herself on a film set in Spain just before the scheduled shoot. After she had the foot set in a hard cast and has made a full recovery. Berry created the 5th Avenue collection with the footwear firm's designers and is hoping her new collaboration will be as successful as her last with the company. The new line comes six months after former supermodel Cindy Crawford launched a Deichmann collection earlier this year.
Monday, September 3, 2012
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the starlet’s death the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence, Italy is hosting an exhibition of Marilyn Monroe’s clothing, costumes, and shoes. The exhibit features more than fifty outfits belonging to the starlet, many of them on loan from private collections.
Visitors will see the Swarovski crystal encrusted red heels that were custom made by Salvatore Ferragamo. Marilyn’s obsession with the shoe designer has been credited with putting the designer on the fashion map. She loved to wear Ferragamo’s shoes who made her heels extremely thin and light so the actress could, stand comfortably for long periods of time. The exhibition lays to rest one persistent myth that the Hollywood Siren had her shoes custom made by Ferragamo with one heel shorter than the other to give her a distinctive wiggle walk. Each shoe in the exhibit shows heels of the exact same length. As part of the Marilyn Monroe exhibit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum has released a new book featuring images of the legendary actress, many of them never before published. The book was edited by museum director Stefania Ricci and art critic Sergio Risaliti. It will be available at bookstores on September 25th. Also there is a limited edition replica of Marilyn’s Salvatore Ferragamo red crystal pumps, identical to those the actress wore in “There’s no Business Like Show Business,” have been created in honor of the exhibit. They are available exclusively in the museum’s gift shop. The Marilyn Monroe exhibition will be held through January 28, 2013.