Monday, October 14, 2013
Christian Louboutin believes every woman should own at least one pair of shoes that closely matches the colour of her skin. His Nudes collection comes in five shades that range from fair blush to rich chestnut.
To celebrate the new collection, the designer is also introducing a free iPhone app, dubbed Louboutin Shades, which opens with an animated wheel of spinning legs. Using the app, you can take a photo of your foot and find the shade that most perfectly matches your skin tone.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Do You Speak Shoe Lover? Style and Stories from Inside DSW is a new softcover gift book from leading shoe retailer Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW). The book explores the obsession many have with shoes and contains 240 pages of photos and compelling stories including confessions of Shoe Lovers. The book is available from dsw.com and in DSW stores and will be available in retailers nationwide on October 8th. To celebrate the book release, DSW will host a red carpet and launch party for celebs, media, and fashion influencers in attendance at the Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica on Thursday Octeober 10th at 7.00pm.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Nicole Smallwood has spent years searching for stylish shoes to fit her size nine feet. Despite working on the industry's top glossies and having access to some of the flashiest fashion cupboards around, the 5ft 10in brunette has always had difficulty finding on-trend heels. Out of frustration the London-based fashion expert decided to design her own. Nicole Smallwood, in collaboration with shoe brand Upper Street, has created a range of fashionable shoes for bigger feet. Her clients include: Elle MacPherson, Liv Tyler, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Abbey Clancy. Her new 11-piece collection are named after the designers most stylish friends. All are available in various heel and width heights the shoes are sold alongside Upper Street's design-your-own bespoke collection. Styles are available in sizes 40-44 in standard and wide fit, from £170 at www.upperstreet.com
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Virgule is a new exhibition in the Saut du Loup section of the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris and celebrates the iconic shoe designer Roger Vivier as an artist. This is the first comprehensive exploration of the designer's work since 1987. The retrospective follows the earlier publication of a book about the house’s history. Vivier was born in Paris in 1907 and started his own label in 1963, after a full decade working at Dior. Vivier was the architect of some of the world's greatest moments on heels, shoemaker of record for the coronation of Elizabeth II and Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour. He created the curved Virgule heel as a signature, to differentiate his work post-Dior.
On display are 170 shoes pulled from collections across the globe and gives a great spectrum of his imaginative range at work. The exhibits are grouped by visual themes, without heed for chronology. Each theme is named after different art movements such as: the Department of Egyptian Antiquities (gilt and vermeil), the Gallery of Post-Impressionists (beautiful prints), the Corridor of English Paintings (satins and silk failles), the Italian and Spanish Sculptures (lace overlays and voluminous tulle). 'Virgule' includes a room dedicated to sketches and collages by the designer. The collection spans some of Roger Vivier’s earliest designs, including models made for Christian Dior in the Fifties, through the decades when he created his iconic stiletto and comma heels, and includes recent models by current creative director Bruno Frisoni . The exhibition runs through Nov. 18th and includes drawings and collages by Vivier and sketches by Frisoni. There is a Roger Vivier iPhone app with additional information tied to the exhibition.