Fratelli Rossetti is Transforming Footwear

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When you think of shoes, the first thing that pops into your mind isn’t usually carpet. That is, unless you’ve seen Fratelli Rossetti‘s new striped loafers. The Italian footwear brand has teamed up with handmade rug creators CC-Tapis to debut a line of striped shoes that are equal parts classic and contemporary.

Founded just outside of Milan in 1953, Fratelli Rossetti has become one of the leading names in Italian footwear. With a focus on both craftmanship and comfortability, the brand creates stylish shoes for every season. CC-Tapis, a Milan-based brand, produces eco-friendly rugs that are handmade in Tibet and Nepal.

 

 

For their collaboration, Frattelli Rossetti and CC-Tapis created two pairs of multicolored shoes that exemplify both brands’ focus on fashion, function and sustainability. Using white, mauve, pink and black to create a signature striped effect on the soles, the “Stripes Under Your Feet” capsule is a bold, yet understated statement. And in line with both brands’ disdain for mass production, the shoes are limited edition.

So, be the best dressed of your friends and buy them while you can. We have already.

 

Photos courtesy of Fratelli Rossetti

 

Made for Play, Cole Haan Introduces ZeroGrand for the Gals

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In a testament to the general populations growing adulation for athleticwear and its sporty offspring, Cole Haan’s ZeroGrand is now available for the ladies. The shoe — a hybrid oxford with sneaker-like soles — first debuted for men in last year, and we’ve been patiently awaiting the arrival of this fairer version since.

What’s a commuter shoe, anyway? With this, consider the need for a second walk-to-work pair banished.

The shoe, in multiple colorways and styles, is available now at Cole Haan stores and online.

This Is What It Takes to Build a Nicholas Kirkwood Shoe

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It’s easy to get lost in an “omg shoes!” moment and forget the architectural skill that goes into creating objects worthy of such obsession. Nicholas Kirkwood’s new “Arcs of Orbit” video reminds us to pause and note the insane “architectural and graphic elements…movement through scale, proportion, curvilinear sculptural forms, and contemporary materials,” all of which influenced the creative narrative behind the ‘Arcs of Orbit’ Autumn Winter 2014 collection.

In a flurry of movement way less than a minute long, a shoe is born. Watch the video here:

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Ferragamo and Karen Gallo Fur It Up for Early Fall

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Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Ah, how we love early fall…   Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a fuzzy accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

Jewel tones are stealing our hearts today…

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Anni wears Karolyn Pho dress, Linie lambswool sweater, Karen Gallo haircalf booties available on the Spring app, and a Ferragamo haircalf messenger crossbody bag.

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For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here… for a quite cheeky pink fuzzy Fendi bag and cozy Reek Krakoff pumps, click here… Slick and sexy bottle green booties by Karen Gallo and a furry Fendi bracelet? Click here. For the perfect blue fur sandals and bag, click here.

And keep an eye out for a Friday night fur selection later today.

Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Got the Blues? Get Your Fur on with Karen Gallo and Reed Krakoff

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Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Ah, how we love early fall…

Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a fuzzy accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

Right now, we’ve got the blues. Our hearts are beating just a little quicker for these electric blue Reed Krakoff sandals and super chic blue Karen Gallo haircalf bag…

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Anni wears the Reed Krakoff Atlas sandal with fur, Karen Gallo crossbody (check out the designer on Spring), and Veronica Beard sweater and gauchos.

For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here… for a quite cheeky pink fuzzy Fendi bag and cozy Reek Krakoff pumps, click here… Slick and sexy bottle green booties by Karen Gallo and a furry Fendi bracelet? Click here.  And keep an eye out for new looks all week.

Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Cole Haan’s Lightest and Most Flexible Shoe EVER

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Oh hi, these are cool. We’ve been all-in over the athletic-wear-as-appropriate-day-wear thing in the BlackBook office — we are enthusiasts — and every now and again with that comes a craving to step it up a notch. Well, from the mouths of babes, right…

Cole Haan’s new ZeroGrand is a super light brogue with an athletic soul sole, and it’s out now. Get ’em here.

 

 

Superga x Versus Versace Sneaker Mash Up

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Airy dresses, loose tees, hole-y jeans… ahh, summer. What shoes to wear with the breeziest pieces from your closet? If you’re in NYC, not flip flops. That’s a major no. But we can think of nothing better than easy kicks to pair with an easy wardrobe, and Superga’s Versus Versace collab has us dancing in anticipation.

We love a good white sneaker, but for even the Yohji-est among us, summer calls for a little color.

The shoes are available June 29 online and in select Versace and Superga stores.

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Images courtesy of Versace

Step Into A Jeff Koons

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The works of Sean O’Meallie, Jeff Koons, and some humping balloon animals — it all went into Ostwald Helgason’s spring collection (you remember this sweatshirt, non?)

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Just in time for a really beautiful spring day in NYC, Ostwald Helgason’s spring shoe and handbag collaboration with ALDO Rise hits stores. The themes of the collection carry right over to the accessories with textures reminiscent of blown up balloons.

Shop it online and in stores at ALDO Rise. Watch a video featuring OH’s designers, Ingvar and Susanne, below, then scroll through the entire collaboration collection.

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Product images courtesy of Oswald Helgason X ALDO Rise

Dip Your Feet In Giuseppe Gold

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Since 1994 (I was a zygote then, and you?) Giuseppe Zanotti has been dressing women’s feet in ludicrously fabulous and wildly impractical shoes. To mark 20 years of success, the man behind the gilded footwear has created a set of capsule collections, each representing a distinct characteristic of the brand, from jewels to rock to disco and onward.

The Jewel collection (out in June) is as gilded as it gets. Think glamour, think excess! Rock ‘n’ Roll, Black Stilettos, and Disco to follow in September, November, and February 2015, respectively.

The capsules will be availables exclusively at Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques.

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Images courtesy of Giuseppe Zanotti