You’ll Always Stand Out in These Over-The-Knee Burberry Boots
The shoe department at Saks carries a legion of luxury designer brands. So many in fact, it actually has its own zip code 10022-SHOE. Now we’re going to be expanding it even further. When Saks opens up its brand new store in the Mall of San Juan we’re bringing Valentino, Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Guiseppe Zanotti, Michael Kors, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo and Chloé with us! Glance through a few of our designer selections that will be donning the shelves of the new shoe salon.
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Aquazzura is known for producing stylish, yet wearable shoes made with immaculate craftsmanship. Made from either a luxuriant suede and leather mix or snakeskin, these exotic and sleek new arrival pumps are some serious eye-catchers. Constructed with the lace-up look the Aquazzura woman has come to love, these new styles will be the perfect way to strut into the New Year.
Sleek And Sexy
For our latest Designer Dispatch, we met with the wonderfully talented shoe designer Ivy Kirzhner. Ivy, who was born in the Philippines and moved to the states at the age of 7, comes from a family of artists, most with a penchant for all-things fashion, so its no wonder Ivy gravitated to her calling at the age of 15. She established her own brand at the tender age of 30 after having hit the ceiling perhaps a little too fast after working at places like Steve Madden, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger. Without question, Ivy’s shoes have a very distinct look, one that’s all her own. She touches upon new silhouettes and has a knack for utilizing the most unexpected materials. Believe that in an Ivy Kirzhner design, you’re bound to get noticed. The designer invited SaksPOV to her very charming Soho studio to check out all her collections and to talk design.
Shoe Designer Ivy Kirzhner
SAKSPOV: Was shoe-design always in your purview?
IVY KIRZHNER: I went to the FAME school and after that I did my two–year shoe training at FIT and the rest is history. I have family in fashion. Two of my older sisters are running this cute children’s-wear empire, I have an uncle that’s a big couturier in Asia and all my aunts are fashionistas – my dad is an architect and engineer – so I’ve always been surrounded by fashion. I always wanted to do something architectural.
Gorgeous From Every Angle
If you caught David Lynch’s surrealist video for the launch of Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour last week, you probably noticed a particular moment in the film where the spiked heel of the ballet-inspired Ballerina Ultima shoe and a circular swatch from the red of the sole separated to create the already iconic nail varnish. If the message wasn’t clear enough, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour’s groundbreaking packaging was inspired by the Ballerina Ultima shoe, the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created. Brings to mind that universal credo: “The higher the heel, the closer to heaven.” Take a glimpse at stills from the overall made-to-measure process in the designer’s French atelier and watch the video after the jump to see how Christian Louboutin’s artisans create one of the designer’s best know “objets d’art” in twelve steps: Forme, Patronage, Coupe, Shaping, Pattern, Cutting, Piquage, Stitching, Montage, Assembling, Bichonnage, Finishing Touches.
Forme: First things first: The wooden form of the Ballerina Ultima.
Photographed by Phillip Angert
Tabitha Simmons stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday to meet with clients and talk about one of our favorite subjects: shoes. American Express and Saks hosted a private breakfast with the British Fashion Award-winning shoes designer and fashion stylist on Tuesday, followed by a tour of Shoe Obsession, the stunning shoe exhibition at The Museum at FIT. We took the opportunity to ask the woman who wears many hats — err, shoes, rather — about spring style.
SaksPOV: It’s 830 am, and you seem fairly chipper…
Tabitha Simmons: I wake up every day at 6am to get my kids ready for school, so this isn’t early for me at all!
SaksPOV: And it finally feels like springtime in New York. What is your favorite part of spring?
T.S.: The warm weather, absolutely!
SaksPOV: What will you be wearing this spring? Do you have any favorite styles from your collection in mind?
T.S.: I’m just so excited to be able to wear lighter shoes. I’ve been in boots and ankle boots for so long now. I’m going to wear these striped oxfords a lot!
SaksPOV: What is it like when you meet with customers?
T.S.: It’s the greatest thing, honestly. I used to work at a shoe store — it was my first Saturday job. I love seeing what people like.
SaksPOV: What do you think when you see someone wearing your shoes?
T.S.: I still get excited! When I see someone wearing my shoes on the street, I accost them and say, “I made those shoes!”
From left to right: Tabitha Simmons with Deb Curtis from American Express and Saks Fifth Avenue President Ron Frasch.
Tabitha Simmons shoes on display at 10022-SHOE
See more photos from the event in the gallery. Which Tabitha Simmons shoes will you be buying this season? Tell us in the comments.
We celebrated our first birthday at 10022-SHOE Tumblr, Saks Fifth Avenue’s ode to shoes and shoe lovers across the world, by celebrating yours! We asked you to write your shoe horoscope over 12 days of posts inspired by the zodiac to win a pair of shoes from Saks.
There were many wonderful entries across the board. We thank you for entering, following us and loving shoes as much as we do!
Here are the winners:
The day may start out cloudy, but whimsical forces will turn bright when a handsome stranger comments on your Alice + Olivia shoes. fashionista-living.tumblr.com
Scorpio girl, you own the city. Forget the gray skies and dropping temperatures, keep the fire within yourself! cconno.tumblr.com
Take a walk on the wild side, don’t be afraid to be fierce. You will find yourself reaching sky scraping heights in your success. goldnbold.tumblr.com
You will have some difficult choices to make today, Pisces! But when choosing between fabulous and stunning the choice is easy: pick both! chrestrepo.tumblr.com
Fame & recognition are easily attained when you stop into the spotlight in Swarovski-encrusted Sergio Rossi platforms. stilettosinthegarden.tumblr.com
Stylish in silver or stylish in gold? Either way, Gemini, the decision is bold in the B Brian Atwood booties, B Bold. B Stylish. B both. opaquity.tumblr.com
Libra, the scales of Justice are tipping in favor of a new pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes. devilgoddess.tumblr.com
Today is your day, Capricorn, to keep your ambitions high & use these Prada embellished platforms to climb to the top of the corporate ladder! bindrid.tumblr.com
Your electric sense of style will shine especially bright today, Aries! Make your mark in your fiercest outfit, & let your voice be heard! goldenday.tumblr.com
Today is outlook is on-target with your expectations. With Tabitha Simmons shoes, your path to success flies true. bamboostars.tumblr.com
There’ll be no fashion emergencies for you in your Pierre Hardy shoes. You know what you want and you’ll have just the look to get it. thetexasblonde.tumblr.com
Taurus, be modest another month. This November, you’ll give in to your self-indulgent side: slip into some Alaia heels and marvel at yourself.
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Stylist, shoe designer and mom of two, Tabitha Simmons took a break during her very busy New York Fashion Week (where she styled the Tory Burch and Marchesa shows to name a couple) to celebrate her eponymous shoe launch at Saks 10022-SHOE and advise her nearest and dearest friends — and Saks’ always fashionable customers — on which of her shoe designs suit them best.
For Patricia Herrera Lansing, who arrived wearing Tabitha Simmons woven silk Mary Jane pumps (far right), a tall strappy sandal was in order.
For stationer Kate Pickett, it was all about a suede sandal topped off with a matching suede flower.
For this writer, Simmons chose a studded, lace up bootie on a cone heel.
“Shoes should make you feel sexy and feminine,” says Simmons, outfitted in a Marc Jacobs sky blue top and black lace Dolce & Gabbana skirt and of course, shoes of her own design. “A shoe should also be comfortable. I’m a mom of two and am always busy. It needs to be easy to wear.”
Refreshingly, Simmons is not all about trends. “Search for a shoe that is of a luxury quality and timeless,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be for only one season. You should be able to wear it for years to come!”
Photographed by KSW.
Ever since I was a little girl, I fantasized about growing up and wearing pencil skirts with black pumps. The look is a little secretary, part lady and, if done just right, sultry. The black pump is synonymous with sophistication — it is the timeless shoe for a woman.
From a design perspective, the simplest designs are the hardest to perfect, as there is no room for flaw when we know the design well. The nuanced pencil-thin heel, the cut of the toe box, the quality of the leather all come into play. The balance of the heel makes for a pleasant walk or a form of torture when getting into the 4” and up heel heights. While it’s easy to just purchase a pair off the high street, investing in a beautiful shoe that will last for season after season, makes any luxury shoe purchase worth it. What I’m looking for is the basic black pump.
I’ve been looking for ages. Scouring the Internet reading review after review, it was impossible to say… until I tried them all out at 10022-SHOE at Saks!
Christian Louboutin Corneille Jazz 100mm Pumps: Amazing toe cleavage with a roomy toe box. Balance of the heel is good and amazingly thin. A little too high for everyday walking, but for a night out, they’re really beautiful.
YSL Two-Tone Patent Pumps: By far the most amazing that I tried on. The point was sexy, and actually made my foot look smaller. The heel was super slim, and overall the shoe looked like a fast car. My only reservation was that they were too sexy for everyday use. But overall, I kept thinking about this shoe long after I tried them on. They were really quite perfect.
Prada Point Toe Logo Pumps: I have a soft spot for Prada. My husband and I had a fight for two days over a pair of Prada pumps, that’s how much I love them. With a 2.75” heel, these point toe pumps are like wearing flats. They’re very comfortable, but have the small heel so they aren’t quite flats. I also liked the rubber sole to keep from slipping on the sidewalk on those drizzly fall days.
Gucci Noah d’Orsay Pumps: Gucci has made a comeback these past few seasons in the shoe department. I really like some of the sexy twists they put on classic styles, and the d’Orsay pump looked beautiful on the shelf. I’m not used to the d’Orsay style, and toe box did not work for me. I did try the Jaqueline studded heel pumps on the display, which I felt would be a more trendy shoe for this season.
Dior Python Print Leather Pumps: It was love at first step. While I tend to stay away from platforms as I’m afraid of heights, the Dior’s hidden .5” platform really added a bit of height as well as the comfortable padded insole. The curved stiletto was sturdy and the silhouette of the shoe reflected the 1950’s retro style. I really loved the python print, which could be dolled up or dressed down.
So there you have it. This season, I’m going with the Dior pump, hopefully we’ll see more from Dior in coming seasons!