Designer Tabitha Simmons Interviews Style

Tabitha Simmons’s Luxe Shoes Turn an Outfit into a Look

Tabitha Simmons is a busy mom, designer, stylist and fashion editor. Her fashion direction frequently appears in Vogue spreads, for which she’s dressed models Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge. Safe to say, she knows a thing or two about what makes an outfit work. So it’s no surprise that Simmons’s eponymous shoe collection is just the thing to transform clothes into a full-blown look.

Inspired and adored by her stylish friends, Simmons is part of an elite fashion-feedback loop. Her best-selling Alexa pointed flat is named for none other than Alexa Chung. And Simmons’s designs have been spotted on style stalwarts like Kate Bosworth, Cara Delevingne and even Queen Bey.

We chatted with the British stylist/designer/force-of-nature about her influences and playfully chic designs.


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Shop the Shoes: Fashion Week Spring 2018

From New York to London and Milan to Paris, the streets clicked-clacked with the sounds of stilettos as show goers pounded the pavement in their Fashion Week best. Their enviable footwear styles were lavish, bold and iconic. Here, we’ve collected the looks that inspire us to put our best foot forward—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop these fashion-forward soles, or similar styles, right now.


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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: Textured Sneakers Are In for Fall

At Who What Wear our editors get major outfit inspiration from fashion girls and celebs, and we love spreading the word about everything from affordable pieces we’re freaking out over to what’s trending now. Keep an eye on our guest posts for street-style looks, editor-approved must-haves, expert how-tos, fashion news and lots more.

One of our favorite things about autumn is all the irresistible textures. Lightweight, summery cotton is out, and plush, cozy fabrics are in. Layering those fabrics and textures is a chic way to dress for the season, and we like to bring them in from head to toe. Embellished boots immediately come to mind as quintessential for fall, but sneakers are following the texture trend, too. We’re seeing lots of satin, suede, crinkled leather and even corduroy. They make sporty styles more refined, which means they’re perfect for styling with our favorite fall looks, whether maximal or minimal. Luxe up your sneaker game with the newest most-wanted pairs—and scroll through for some cool-girl outfit inspiration.


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Francesco Russo’s Shoes That Seduce


Seduction is powerful. It involves knowing what you want, pursuing it unabashedly and practicing arts (flirtation, innuendo, body language, texting?) with the single-minded focus of obtaining that goal. For shoe designer Francesco Russo, designing follows a similar course. He crafts his sultry shoes for “the ones who seduce rather than being seduced.” (Russo references Carine Roitfeld and Lotta Volkova as contemporary muses.)

One look at Russo’s strongly sensual creations makes clear that the man knows how to beguile. We caught up with Russo to chat about his process from sketch to style, the power of heels and women. And if you’re in Chicago on September 23, you can meet the Italian master of customized leather patina pumps, works of art worthy of Venus herself, at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.


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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: Fall’s Best Neutral Sneakers to Wear Everywhere

At Who What Wear our editors get major outfit inspiration from fashion girls and celebs, and we love spreading the word about everything from affordable pieces we’re freaking out over to what’s trending now. Keep an eye on our guest posts for street-style looks, editor-approved must-haves, expert how-tos, fashion news and lots more.

While we’ll rarely pass up a good a statement sneaker, we also can’t resist the pairs that go with everything. Whether lace-ups or slip-ons, neutral kicks are the ones we find ourselves reaching for again and again. Black and white is the quintessential graphic combo, while all-white is crisp and sporty. We also happen to think that pale pink is a surprisingly neutral color choice. Yes, really! Pink pairs well with black, grey, white and brown—all great color anchors for any fall wardrobe.

Ahead, we show you the best neutral pairs and share some tips on how to wear them.


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Via Spiga’s New Styles Nod to Its ’80s Legacy

Scotswoman-turned-New Yorker Carla De Freitas just took the creative reins of Via Spiga, a shoe company famed for its Italian style. This move gave both Freitas and Via Spiga a chance to regain their footing in the passions of their past. For Via Spiga, that was a return to the old country. For Freitas, it meant revisiting the technical fabrics and shapes that first attracted her to footwear.

“When I took over as creative director, I really thought about the history of the brand. It launched in Italy, and I thought about its namesake fashion street, Via Spiga. And I thought it had to go back to Italy,” the onetime footwear designer for Topshop, Alexander Wang and Vince explains. And so they did. In fact, they went back to the same factory where the brand had first launched 35 years ago, where Freitas found a book of old Via Spiga designs that guided the direction of the  brand’s fall collection.


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Kim House in Florence Interviews Style Travel

Finding Inspiration in Italy with Lewit’s Shoe Designer

We’re (super!) excited to introduce you to Lewit, a beautiful collection of Italian-made shoes exclusive to Nordstrom. Crafted in a storied factory in Italy’s Le Marche region—an area famous for manufacturing the highest-quality luxury shoes in the world—Lewit shoes exhibit a balanced blend of old-world technique and modern design.

Recently we chatted with Kim House, design director for Lewit, about her work, the new collection and her visit to Italy to steward the making of the pretty pairs of shoes. Get her travel tips and peek inside the process of creating exceptional footwear—with the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea.


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Alexander Wang on His Exclusive Rose-Gold Capsule Collection & Favorite Lunch Spot

Being part of Alexander Wang‘s squad (#wangsquad) has been a longtime fantasy of ours. We imagine it would involve wearing really amazing clothes—in lots of black—to warehouse ragers, followed by drive-thru burgers and late-night routs of mini-marts with Vince Staples and Anna Ewers.

But we’ll settle for our brief chat with the wunderkind designer about his favorite lunch spot (it’s not fast or snack food) and picking up several pieces from his gorgeous Nordstrom-exclusive rose-gold capsule collection, which unveils today. Truth is, we probably don’t have the kind of energy it would take to stay so many steps ahead of the trends after pulling an all-nighter. But we can definitely pull off those studded sandals.

And it turns out Alexander is pretty chill too.


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Shop the Shoes: Sandals in Palm Springs and L.A.

When it comes to casual comeliness, California girls really do have it down—all the way to their toes. We took some foot notes on the sandals that the ladies in L.A. and Palm Springs are wearing this summer. It’s a thing we like to do.

Click on a pair to shop these sunny soles or similar styles right now.

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Figue Sandals: Footwear for the Bohemian Set

Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

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Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.


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