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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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Francesco Russo’s Shoes That Seduce

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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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Travel

Here’s What Christian Louboutin Does In Mexico

“You only need to visit my house and see the stuff I’ve brought back over the years to know I really love the diversity of Mexican design,” says Christian Louboutin. “I love the embroideries, the colors, the pagan motifs of wild animals …”

Christian Louboutin with Mexicaba artists. All images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.

Isn’t that what we all do when we travel: Go shopping? Something tells us the Paris-based designer is extra good at it, though. “The heritage is so rich—from the indigenous side to the arrival of the Spanish to the mélange when those come together,” he says of the magic he’s found in recent trips.

But while so many of us can relate to browsing and buying our way through vacation, Mr. Louboutin took it to a whole new level when he engaged Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, an organization that helps craftspeople in the Yucatán Peninsula and works to empower Mayan artists. Through them, Mr. Louboutin orchestrated a collaboration with needlework artists and weavers to create a super-exclusive, handmade tote—the Mexicaba—that benefits the artisans as well as the foundation.

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Fashion Friends: Robert Clergerie and Self-Portrait Celebrate Collaboration

A few weeks ago, back at New York Fashion Week, Self-Portrait founder and designer Han Chong added menswear plaids and velvet rompers to his established vernacular of lacy dresses and off-the-shoulder silhouettes.

And on Wednesday in Paris, the iconic and historically French footwear brand Robert Clergerie gave fans and the industry a late-’80s/early-’90s collection inspired by the stories and film Slaves of New York. Creative director Roland Mouret and the team showed soft, stretchy leather and shiny, textural exotics in a late-summer palette of muted green and wine tones for fall ’17.

For the buyers, editors, bloggers and stylists who’ve been spending the past month on the city-to-city global Fashion Week circuit, there was only one shoe collection fit for both of those events.

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From Robert Clergerie x Self-Portrait, the spring ’17 collaboration; all images courtesy Robert Clergerie and Self-Portrait.
For stores and additional styles, call 1.888.282.6060.

The just-released collaboration between Self-Portrait and Robert Clergerie contains pointy flats and kicky slides that somehow multiply the best elements of both brands. It’s a perfect cross-pollination of sleek, pretty architecture and smart, classic-riffing romantic edge, and it’s available right now. And, we got both creative heads to open up about working together in style.

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Our Favorite Shoes from the Front Row at Isabel Marant

The show after the show, before the show: the front row.

See, first there’s the show outside the venue—the street-style show. But then, after we all get inside and start to get settled, there’s the option to stroll the front row, or simply take it in from your assigned seat. This is called the front-row show. Oftentimes there are celebrities to check out, and every time there is killer style to study.

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The show show at Isabel Marant; all images by Jessa Carter

Particularly in the footwear department. We peeped a few great pairs at tonight’s Isabel Marant show; as it turns out, you can tell a lot about a brand by its fans. Like the Parisian designer, these shoes are sexy and tough, retro and nouveau.

CHECK OUT THESE FRONT ROW SHOES

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JLo: “More Than a Muse,” According to Giuseppe Zanotti (We’ve Got the Sketches to Prove It)

“I’ve always loved how Jennifer wears my shoes and admired her innate sense of style,” says Giuseppe Zanotti of that icon we all call JLo. And yeah, who doesn’t marvel at her ability to take a white tank top and a pair of jeans and make them look like the most brilliant idea ever?

Of course, the key is often a killer pair of heels and with Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez, her brand-new collaboration with the Italian icon of super sexy footwear, she’s got that element on lock.

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All in a day’s work: JLo and Giuseppe test out some Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez sandals; all images courtesy of Giuseppe Zanotti 

“More than a muse, Jennifer was a great design partner and this collection really represents a strong, sensual, sophisticated woman—just like Jennifer,” says the stiletto innovator. It’s fun to imagine those two at work: getting ideas down on paper, talking through details and textiles, seeing the styles come to life … but we can do one better than daydreams.

To celebrate today’s launch, we have the designer’s own gorgeous watercolor drawings of three of our favorite styles, plus Jennifer’s insight on what made the partnership so real, and what makes the collection such a knockout.

SEE THE SKETCHES THAT LED TO THE HOTTEST HEELS

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What Christian Louboutin Did When He Came to Visit Us in Seattle and Vancouver, BC

Imagine the colossal honor of showing Christian Louboutin around town. That’s what we got to do—not once, but twice—when the esteemed footwear icon visited our downtown Seattle home base as well as our two-year-old flagship in Vancouver, BC.

While his main priority was spending time with the hundreds of red-soled fanatics that gathered in both cities to meet him and have him sign their heels, he managed to get in a few museum visits, some famed Northwest cuisine and a seaplane ride to boot.

As we promised back during Fashion Week when we got his must-visit list for Paris, we’re excited to share the places and faces that highlighted his time here.

GET MR. LOUBOUTIN’S GUIDE TO THE NW HERE

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Fashion Week

Christian Louboutin’s Guide to Paris, in Honor of His Upcoming Visit to Nordstrom

Let’s call it a cultural exchange.

On October 16, icon of all footwear icons Christian Louboutin is coming to Nordstrom’s downtown Seattle flagship headquarters; from there we’ll spend the next five days showing him around the Northwest, including a trip to Vancouver, BC. (And yes, we’ll definitely fill you in on all this in the days to come.)

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All images by Jessa Carter

Needless to say, we’re more than a little excited for the visit—his first to our neck of the woods—but since we’re currently camped out in his city, we asked him to give us a short list of personal must-hit Paris spots.

PUT ON YOUR RED-SOLED BEST + HIT LOUBOUTIN’S PARIS WITH US

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Fashion Week

Dries Van Noten Put Florals on Ice for Paris Fashion Week

Fashion has come to expect a poetic gesture from Dries Van Noten, but Wednesday’s runway presentation was really something special. It was an unseasonably warm and sunny day in Paris, but as soon as we entered the loftlike space, we encountered at least a visual chill: gorgeously rich and natural floral arrangements frozen in ice blocks, melting in a staggered row down the center of the room.

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Though the frosted arrangements (the work of cult botanical artist Azuma Makoto) didn’t actually lower the temperature, the allusion was crystal clear. Spring is that magical thing that happens inside of and because of the bitter cold. From the dark of winter come the most beautiful flowers.

SEE DRIES VAN NOTEN’S SPRING ON ICE

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Fashion Week

Anthony Vaccarello Debuts at Saint Laurent with Killer Shoes and an Edgy, Polished Vibe

Before Anthony Vaccarello was Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent—back when he had his own private label and was part of the mix of emerging designers inside SPACE—we asked him what one word would describe his always-party-ready, dance-til-dawn looks.

His answer? Sharp.

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All images: Indigital Images

On Tuesday, inside the shell of postindustrial grandeur, the Italian-Belgian designer debuted as Anthony Vaccarello of Saint Laurent Paris by sending out an army of sharply dressed babes who were ready for any party—and the world.

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