Designer Shoes

When you want to know, you go straight to the top of four inches of smoky suede.

Upon seeing the elegant and sometimes edgy styles in the fall ’15 Jimmy Choo shoe and handbag collection, and upon understanding that behind them were the magical stage lights of world-class ballet, we couldn’t help wanting to learn more about creative director Sandra Choi’s inspiration.

We chatted via email with the Isle of Wight–born, Hong Kong–educated designer about her favorite dancers, how she wears these styles and the enduring allure of the ankle.

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Earlier this spring, Pedro Garcia brand ambassador Andreas Kurz set off for a tour of Nordstrom stores where he would meet with fans of the made-in-Spain line and help them customize new looks from a special bespoke selection of four styles and five colors. We asked Kurz to take pictures and keep notes from his travels because, hey—it’s the next best thing to tagging along.

 

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One could argue that the highest art of seasonal dressing is found during the transformative periods; those breezy weeks between sun-laden summer and full-on fall (and later, as the days grow longer, those days when winter draws to an end and spring busts out all over). This year’s pre-fall collections have finally arrived, and we’re sharing some of the best transitional pieces complete with commentary from venerable designers and the wise sages over at our designer buying office. There’s nothing quite like updated classics, a little retro fever and impeccable craftsmanship to put a little high-gloss on the in-between zone.

Pre-fall means pre-order, so ready your fingers for those irresistible buttons and check out our complete guide to Pre-Fall ’15.

The Flare-Leg Pant

Akris Punto flare-leg pants; pre-fall 2015. “This silhouette illustrates the modern spirit and style of artistic muses.”

—Akris Punto Creative Director Albert Kriemler

Shop: Akris punto pants

 

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Pedro García’s Spain

Fashion gives us access to the world; through brands headquartered in iconic centers of design and beauty across the globe, our wardrobes travel—and we go along for the ride. Today our tour guides are Pedro García designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich, who invite you to share in the beauty of Spain and their spring collection.

Designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich in Tenerife, where their spring campaign was photographed

We talked to García and Dubovich about walking stylishly all over the world, and particularly in Spain. In doing so we not only uncovered great tips for your international travel (even if it’s only virtual), but we also got great insight on the cultural factors that influence their style, and the deep history and tradition of Spanish-made footwear.

Thinking about wandering? Let’s go.

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Fashion Week Journal for Saturday, February 28

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Wearing Marni, Acne and Jimmy Choo boots with a Chloé bag; all images courtesy Sandra Hagelstam

The sneakers-with-everything trend has no place in Sandra Hagelstam’s world. Her 5 Inch and Up style blog is all about the heel—and the more runway the better. The higher the better. The more editorial the better.

All hail the statement stiletto, really.

We met up with Hagelstam while we were both in London to get her thoughts on style from fashion city to fashion city.

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We interrupt Milan Fashion Week to bring you Sara, Marianna and Vera Giusti, who had the good fortune of being born into Attilio Giusti Leombruni, the handmade women’s footwear brand their grandfather Piero Giusti founded in 1958 in the Marche region. While the sisters are Giustis by birth, the choice to continue the lineage of small-run, meticulously crafted and exquisitely wearable shoes was all theirs. In fact, each of them explored other interests before rolling up her designer sleeves and returning to the fold.

The sisters took over what is now known as AGL in 2011, continuing Piero’s relationships with historical tanneries near Firenze and using generations-old construction methods to yield shoes as soft and supple as a pair of heirloom gloves and today they give us their take on Italy’s best spots, personal style, and the best looks from their current collection.

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Fashion Week Journal for Monday, February 23

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Hunter Boots has always had a great heritage and a great story to tell, but they only had one boot to tell it with,” said Alasdhair Willis, who might also be known as the brand’s creative director and/or Stella McCartney husband. Regardless, it was clear at the Albert Embankment Warehouse on Monday night that Willis is keen on adding to the narrative.

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Remember that one awards show last weekend? Us too. One red carpet image was burned into our brains: Jennifer Lopez–the forever-awesome J. Lo–in our Stuart Weitzman NUDIST sandal. Have you seen a sexier instep?

The shoe is killer, for sure, but it’s also all about J.Lo’s mad skills in putting it out there. To wrap our heads around this red carpet move, we talked to a pack of Nordstrom experts—Art Director Brett Wiseman, Photographer Barb Penoyar, Stylist Ricardo Martines and Model Andrew Shaw—about posing, and specifically, posing tips that we can use IRL, too.

Here’s how you can bend it like this babe:  

-Angles are your friend. Turn your body just a bit to the side to appear trimmer.

-Always have a thought in your head, connect with the camera, smile with your eyes.

-Stand up straight, no slouching!

-In a group be sure you can see the camera. If you can’t see the camera the camera can’t see you.

-Push your chin just slightly towards the camera to create a clean jaw line.

-Practice! A couple of minutes in the mirror can teach you your best angles!

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As shoe styles from the resort season move over to make room for new spring arrivals—like these from Prada, the Alexander McQueen double-strap, Vince’s entire new suite and these Loeffler Randall slides (insert hearts-for-eyes emoji)—we’re really feeling the whole genre-mashing sportif angle. You know: socks and sandals all day long, and sneakers accessorized with anklets and slouchy knee-highs.

It works well with our Wellness Realness focus too, so we decided to hit pause on cold-weather boots and take a spin through a selection of street style snaps from our girl Crystal Nicodemus to examine how fashion’s best and brightest rock the look.

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You think you really know someone … and then … well, then you realize you don’t know them at all; you’ve simply admired them from afar. That’s what happens to us, anyway—until we get our one shot at gathering three actual knowable things about fashion’s favorite icons.

The Thread: Let’s go back in time. What was the feeling you had when you started the resort collection, and what story did you hope to pass on?
Christian Louboutin: I admire beauty, grace and fairytale love. The dream is a major factor in my language of design.

What are you waiting to read?
I love reading Haruki Murakami. I hope to read his latest on my next holiday.

What’s for dinner?
I adore Indian food. My favorite meal is chicken tandoori and I love cheese naan!

SHOP: Christian Louboutin

—Laura Cassidy

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