Three new standout footwear designers to get acquainted with
It's difficult enough as it is to narrow down favourites from the current offerings of some of the top footwear brands and fashion houses. While there may be no shortage in choices when it comes to the lastest kicks, Buro sources the globe to bring you three new shoe designers you need to know of.
Mesh, lace-ups, bows, weaving, feathers, tassels, and metallics — the elements may be familiar but with their combination and application of design details, materials, artistic references and aesthetics, their shoes are anything but. With their exceptional and fashion-forward creations, discover three new brands that are sure to find their way in your closet, one way or another.
1. CHLOE GOSSELIN
Launched in February 2014, the eponymous footwear line of international model-turned-designer Chloe Gosselin, draws inspiration from her travels, music, contemporary art and vintage aesthetics. Born in France and educated in Belgium, Italy and New York, where she studied shoe design and production at the distinguished Ars Sutoria and Fashion Institute of Technology, Gosselin has been immersed in art and fashion all her life. Already a favourite among A-listers from Madonna to Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner, Gosselin's shoes transcend seasonal fads. From the Moonseed oxfords to the Larkspur heels, sensual lines and a play on materials create powerful yet feminine styles that have become distinct to the designer. With shoes named after poisonous flowers, these kicks are certainly to die for.
2. DANIELE MICHETTI
Before starting his own men's and women's footwear line and as a freelance design director, Daniele Michetti was the man behind the shoe collections of some of the most renowned brands in the world. Think: Sergio Rossi, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani. After receiving the 'Best Emerging Accessory Designer' award from Altaroma and Vogue Italia, Michetti started his own collection and brand that same year. His unique style of mixing and matching materials fused with his interpretation of the cultures and customs that inspire him have become a trademark of his shoes. Michetti's attention to detail, singular style aesthetic and exotic flare have caught the eyes of the international best-dressed including Gwyneth Paltrow and Diane Kruger.
Named after the sunken city in Turkey where designer Alessandra Lanvin (wife of Hubert Lanvin, grandson of legendary fashion designer, Jeanne Lanvin) enjoys family holidays, Aperlai was founded by the avid shoe collector in 2009. Although she shares her name with the famous fashion house, Alessandra is creating one for herself all on her own. Since launching her collection, she has been pegged amongst the fastest rising stars in the luxury market by Women's Wear Daily and, received the Footwear News Achievement Award for Emerging Talent. Drawing from her passion for modern and contemporary art, her shoes are characterised by their graphic designs, architectural references, and strong yet sultry lines. Aperlai footwear evokes a playful yet elegant character, much like the ladies who have been known to favour the brand, such as Blake Lively, Nina Dobrev and Olivia Wilde.