Hear that? It’s the sound of stylists, editors and fashion-obsessed citizens all over the planet making a wish and blowing out the candles.
Fall marks a decade of the Pigalle pump and while you might say the shoe is designer Christian Louboutin‘s golden child—born in the autumn of 2004, named for his favorite Parisian neighborhood—it’s been raised by those who love and adore it. So shouldn’t we all celebrate?
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Well, we’d hate to say we told you so, but Paul Andrew has been a winner in our eyes since his feminine, edgy collection for Spring ’14 hit our floors. Color us just plain extra happy then, that the footwear genius was awarded the CFDA’s highest honor this week in New York. On the occasion of this Very Big Deal, we spoke to the designer himself as well as the in-house tastemaker who knows his work best.
“As you can imagine, I’m on cloud nine right now,” Paul Andrew told us. “I’m so excited and so proud to receive this accolade. It is such an incredible honor and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. This is literally a dream come true. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund program has put so many small designers on the map, it has not sunk in that I am now part of that class. To the shoe obsessives of the world, I say ‘stay tuned’! There is much more coming from Paul Andrew; I have ambitions to launch a men’s collection, e-commerce, and am looking to further elaborate on the core offering in my women’s collection, and while there is significant work to be done and much more focus and energy required I could not be more motivated.”
‘Aztec’ Fringe Suede Sandal
“Our attraction to Paul Andrew stems from his unique designs, which embody both a sexy refinement and focus on fit and comfort. He is genuinely engaged in making women look and feel good,” said John Langston from our designer shoe team. “We’re eager to see the momentum behind his creative direction, lending credibility to his new must-haves in seasons to come.”
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It’s not every day you get a window on the path of a rising star. While British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson has been on the ascendancy since his 2001 launch (he was named the British Fashion Council’s Accessory Designer of the Year in 2008 and, in 2009, the year’s Accessory Designer at the Elle Style Awards), the past few seasons have been a star-studded, wicked-heel-wearing golden arrow. We caught the London-based stylemaker via phone on a recent Friday as he, his wife and their three boys motored off to the “wilds of the Suffolk Coast.” Sounds like the perfect place to tromp around in some Crescent riding boots if you ask us.
THE THREAD: Your collection includes both strappy, cut-out sandals with four-inch heels and borrowed-from-the-boys booties. Tell us about the modern mix, and the modern woman you design for.
Sanderson: Because I have my own retail business bang in the middle of Mayfair on Bruton Place, I can think about these real women who come into my shop and design with them in mind. I can put myself in the mind of these women and see them dressing up in the evening and wearing something very light and almost frivolous, and then kicking about in biker boots at the week’s end. I can see a woman throughout her week wearing all of my shoes. I enjoy having a flight of fancy with the really glamorous styles, but I enjoy making shoes that women can wear again and again as well. I really enjoy the definitions between seasons. We’re in the middle of designing for fall/winter 2015, and I find myself still going for incredibly light sandals, but I love designing boots as well.
Spring’s almost here, which means it’s time to stock up on the best shoes and handbags for an up-to-date wardrobe. We’re setting our sights on Fendi, as artistic director Karl Lagerfeld has mastered the art of classic style with a cutting-edge twist—a key combination in the current fashion landscape.
Check out some of our favorite pieces for spring.
Shop our full Fendi collection.
Attention Betty and Veronica fans: London-based designer Charlotte Olympia will introduce a new shoe and accessories collection inspired by American comic series, Archie. This Nordstrom-exclusive collection will launch Monday, October 7, so save the date!
Redefine ‘chain of command’ with these superior Saint Laurent Chain Booties—featured in our Fall 2013 Designer Lookbook.
Take your astrological sign off the charts and into reality by slipping into your new lucky stars: these zodiac-themed flats from the Charlotte Olympia Cosmic Collection.
Spring your feet into action and slip into the ‘Serena’ Sandal by Charlotte Olympia! This ladylike platform sandal is inspired by the British designer’s passion for ’40s and ’50s glamour. If you live by the motto “the higher the heel, the better you feel,” then this shoe will make each step feel like you’re walking on cloud nine.
Check out our Spring Awakening Lookbook for some warm and liberating style ideas.
When it comes to designer shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood has become a go-to guy for girls who desire luxe, conceptual footwear. And, we must admit, the shoes he crafted for last night’s Victoria’s Secret Angels runway show took fantasy footwear to new heights. Whether it’s Kirkwood you’re craving or a few extra inches, pump up your shoe game with these sky-high platforms.
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