Sometimes I like to think that my shoe obsession stems from my deep appreciation for architecture. More often than not I find myself lusting over the most complex sculpted shoe like that of a wide-eyed tourist admiring the Eiffel Tower for the first time. My theory couldn’t be more spot-on with the latest designer to garner my attention. Brazilian footwear designer Andreia Chaves fuses art and design to produce futuristic yet wearable creations. Her latest collection, “The Invisible Shoe Series” combines traditional hand-craftmanship with advanced 3-d printing technology courtesy of Freedom of Creation to develop a reflective surface that evokes the illusion of the shoe being invisible. The collection is composed of 3 distinct styles, each handmade in Italy.
“Like a rock” are the first three words the come to mind when I think about jewelry line Basile & Pape, the brainchild of the husband and wife design duo Robin Basile and John Pape. Both veterans of the fashion industry, they worked as editors, photographers and stylists until 2009 when they formed Basile & Pape. They sought out to create a bold line of statement jewelry as a result of being unfulfilled by the predominately small and demure accessories dominating the market. They said, “We design with editors, stylists, and fashion-forward consumers in mind. We design big, substantial pieces that can be seen from afar and worshiped up close.” Untamed and unrestrained, each piece is individually handcrafted of sterling silver adorned with decadent, out of this world geological formations. To view the collection and to shop online visit: Basile & Pape
Meet Fleet Ilya, the leather fashion and bondage accessory label from the London-based husband-and-wife team Ilya Fleet and Resha Sharma. Their fierce, unconventional creations are the perfect fusion of hardcore and chic. I am particularly attracted to this large cage bag. Buy at Reborn and see more Fleet Ilya at Opening Ceremony.
Urban Mobility, a partnership between Puma and Hussein Chalayan has continued yet another season with a new spring collection now in stores. The line fuses sportswear and fashion with Hussein Chalayan’s innovative and progressive approach to design. According to WWD, the collection for spring-summer 2010 is “fashion sportswear” and accessories for the “modern urban traveler.” “Urban Mobility is a considered balance between Puma’s technical excellence and my narrative approach to design,” Chalayan stated. Shop now at Puma and Revolve Clothing
There were Manolos, then there were Choos and Louboutins – and now there is a new guru in town.. Nicholas Kirkwood is quickly making a name for himself. With a formidable background including degrees at both St. Martins and Cordwainers College, in addition to 5 years working under the famous Philip Traecey at 18 – it was evident early on that Kirkwood had a bright future in the making. Since launching his line in 2005, he has quickly acquired a cult following by style aficionados and celebrities worldwide. His sharp architectural compositions are visually stunning. Dramatic and angular with a little bit of rock & roll, his shoes are made to attract attention. Shop online at Luisa Via Roma or Kirina Zabete
Margiela never seems to disappoint with his inventive minimalistic creations. His latest clutch is bandaged with leather straps that enables the lucky holder to weave their hand through the luxurious leather a multitude of ways. Available at Joan Shepp
United Nude Step Möbius Boot Rem D. Koolhas, the nephew of architecture master Rem Koolhas has joined forces with shoe manufacturer Galahad Clark to form United Nude, a creative collective seeking to embrace the intersection fashion, design and architecture. The latest result is an incredible line of shoes inspired by structural architecture of everyday objects.
Sophia Kokosalaki is collaborating with Ilias Lalaounis, a greek jeweler known for modernizing ancient Hellenic designs, to create a limited-edition jewelry collection. Kokosalaki’s collection will include a cutting- edge assortment of bracelets, necklaces and earrings. via T-Magazine
I have been searching for the perfect seasonless rainboot that is stylish and functional, and at last I have succeeded. The Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Ankle Bootie is undeniably brilliant. The gold buttons add the perfect touch of embellishment and the streamlined silhouette enables endless wardrobe versatility, whether it is raining or not. Available online from Akira
There is something about wedge shoes that keeps me wanting more. The architectural silhouette of Aussie Designer, Tristan Blair’s Leiza wedge bootie is perfection! Buy them at AMÉLIE