Designer Focus – Avante Garde Footwear Designs That Are Jan Taminiau

Designer Focus – Avante Garde Footwear Designs That Are Jan Taminiau

When Beyonce dropped the 4 album back in 2011, she wore these outlandish shoes that mere mortals will only ever imagine for the album cover and campaign shoot. I stumbled upon the picture again recently and decided to find out more about the shoes. Turns out to be the creation of a dutch designer – JAN TAMINIAU. Taminiau is known for his love for traditional production techniques, antique materials, the search for the right shape and the penchant for aesthetics. His work has a refined, conceptual undertone yet never loses sight of the elegant, feminine and wearable form. I read in an article where he was quoted saying, “I create for the woman of my dreams, for her I produce my own fabrics, for her I discover new forms, techniques and research new materials. All to give women back the art of showing themselves, and thereby proving that romance, attraction, elegance and style still have an important role to play in today’s fashion.” See some more of his designs here     I can rock a few pairs here however avante garde they are. It’s no surprise Lady Gaga is big on this one. Would you invest in any of these? I think i will, just because #collections Peace, love and go gaga Xoxo Jay  ...
Three Generations Of Creative Genii – The Rene Caovilla Brand

Three Generations Of Creative Genii – The Rene Caovilla Brand

I remember so clearly the first pair of Rene Caovilla shoes i ever came across online. They were from Net-A-Porter, i was, as always, feeding my eyes on their new arrivals when these mules jumped at me. It screamed everything Jay’s style. They weren’t too loud and so in your face but you couldn’t help but notice them.   It didn’t take more than a second to click on the brand name and i was let into the world of Rene Caovilla – Lots of Precious stones, Court style, Sling backs, Mules, Flats and the signature silver sparkly outsoles. Of course i was sold in my heart and nothing could stop me from looking at shoe after shoe, with the next pair was something that made me want to see the next. I have not for one time been bored with any of their designs, because every pair comes with just another WOW element. Knowing the creative genius behind the brand became priority and i didn’t stop digging till i was satisfied with the all the information i got. Three generations of the Caovilla family have run the brand from 1923 till date. It all started with the visionary fore father Edoardo Caovilla who opened a workshop to handcraft luxury shoes in Venice.  In the 50s, his son René established the brand and having being born and brought up in aristocratic Venice, in the 60s,  he started to conceive, and then designed and created the iconic pieces of the line: the “Snake” sandals, which is the trademark of the label,  and the thong sandals embellished with pearls. Rene’s Son, named after his grand father, the 3rd generation of...
Fall 2017: The Jennifer Lopez X Giuseppe Zanotti Collaboration

Fall 2017: The Jennifer Lopez X Giuseppe Zanotti Collaboration

Hey guys, thank God it’s Friday, No? Well, a big yes from this side especially as i get to sleep in longer tomorrow. Anyway, i turned on my computer to do a post on shoe sketches, but i got a hint from shoesphere about the JLo X Zanotti collaboration and i had to quickly share. Yup, sexy actor, singer and performer Jennifer Lopez has just dropped her Fall 2017 collection with Giuseppe Zanotti. She’s been a fan and has been known to collect a lot of his designs so it’s not really a surprise that they’re at it. It’s a second collaboration as there was a Spring collection earlier in the year. Every pair of shoe started with a sketch, be it by the designer or a designing team, it goes from imagination to paper and then reality and this is no exception. This sketch below Gave life to this   There are 4 styles from the fall collection which are expected to go on retail in August. Continue below   And from the spring collection, they had these: None of the styles jump at me so much, looks to me like a repetition of what we are used to. But hey, they must be smiling to the bank as these shoes have been reported to be sold out at Luxury retail outlets Neiman Marcus and Saks5thAvenue with their price tags between $800 and $2,795 from both collections. I hope to see more va va voom in future collaborations. Which of these are your favorites? Peace, Love and More Shoes Xoxo...