Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - Internationally-acclaimed footwear designers Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten will join forces for a retrospective exhibition showcasing their works as two of Finland's leading designers. At the 12 Star Gallery from 16 April - 2 May 2014.
FINNOVATIONS - Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten
FINNOVATIONS - Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten

The 12 Star Gallery shows work which celebrates the creative and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union.

The exhibition examines the common vision shared by two designers; a nomadic spirit, pure uncompromising design, Nordic inspiration but also an international approach. Having both graduated from world-renowned Royal College of Art and running their own successful labels for more than 10 years between them, the pairing of these two designers is the perfect way to showcase very different but yet similar approaches to Footwear design.

While Julia creates products for women that showcase and celebrate female power, Aki incorporates the female into his menswear range in subtle and different way, each giving the viewer a carefully curated and unique perspective on their Finnovations.

Aki Choklat is an international design professional and shoe designer. He not only runs his own footwear label, but also works as a trend and design consultant for numerous companies, and lectures at Polimoda in Florence, Italy.

Julia Lundsten
She made a name for herself as a most promising and gifted shoe designer, with her label FINSK, launched in 2004. London based, Finnish born Lundsten, who has been dubbed the Eames of footwear, has established herself as a designer with a strong vision and unique, directional style. Lundsten's unique, modern designs are avant-garde yet supremely wearable.

Organised by the Embassy of Finland in London.

FINNOVATIONS
16 April - 2 May 2014

12 Star Gallery, located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - Julian Hakes, the London-based designer recently teamed up with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment LLC to produce a superhero-worthy women’s sandal inspired by the film 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', which hits theaters these days.
The Black Widow by Julian Hakes
The Black Widow by Julian Hakes

Julian Hakes: 'This latest collaboration with Marvel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the perfect opportunity to create a brand new and unique shoe style. I wanted to create a fusion between traditional footwear and the high tech modern world. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier we see Steve Rogers reunited with his S.H.I.E.L.D colleague Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. I therefore decided to call this new shoe style the Black Widow edition. I imagined how Natasha might wear the shoes undercover but then at a moment’s notice she could use them as an effective weapon.'

David Lee, Footwear Director for The Walt Disney Company EMEA added, 'Our continued relationship with Julian Hakes reinforces Marvel’s position as an inspiration for designers and fashion innovators. The unique storytelling Marvel offers is a testament to this new design that Hakes has engineered. This shoe not only showcases Hakes’ unique, innovative and evolving style it is also fashion-forward and exciting.'

The star-shaped heel is milled from a solid piece of aluminium using a high frequency electric process. This process and material choice gives the heel great strength and lightness that is a signature material property of Captain America’s ‘vibranium’ shield. The shoe has sawtooth sole. It will be available in spring 2015.

About Julian Hakes
Creative Director of Julian Hakes London and Design Director of Hakes. Architects, Bridge Designers, Based in Europe working internationally.
Hakes’ shoe collections have been widely recognised across the globe. His ‘Mojito’ shoe has won several prestigious awards including the Drapers Shoe Designer of the Year award in 2012.

About Captain America: The Winter Solider
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy the Winter Soldier.

More shoes by Julian Hakes at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - The DLM German Leather and Shoe Museum in Offenbach presents for the first time a treasure hidden in it's Roger Vivier collections until now. It shows 40 prototypes of the master dating from the 1930s, bringing to light the youthful work of Roger Vivier, a period that has not yet really been explored from 22.03. till 02.11.2014.
Roger Vivier SchuhWERKE
Roger Vivier SchuhWERKE

'Christian Dior – Shoes Created by Roger Vivier' – The creator of the New Look would never have allowed anyone other than a legendary shoe designer sign his name next to his. This is proof of the great esteem Christian Dior held in Roger Vivier.

Vivier was a student of fine arts when he found a part-time job in a shoe factory that belonged to someone in the family, which explains the characteristically sculptural style of the shoes he created all throughout his career. He invented the Stiletto heel, the Comma heel, the Shock heel and many others that defied the laws of gravity. He dreamed up delicious little silk shoes decorated with feathers and pearls for Princess Soraya, Marlene Dietrich and many others. And it was Vivier who gave Brigitte Bardot her thigh-high boots to go with her Harley-Davidson…

From the 1930s on, as designer for Miller and Delman in New York, Vivier revolutionized the North American shoe market. All of his creations were realized on behalf of Laboremus, a subsidiary of the tannery Heyl’sche Lederwerke in Worms-Liebenau, the head office of which was at Place Vendôme in Paris, a stone’s throw away from the great Ritz Hôtel.

DLM German Leather and Shoe Museum Offenbach for the first time presents a treasure hidden in its Roger Vivier collections until now: 40 prototypes of the master dating from the 1930s, bringing to light the youthful work of Roger Vivier, a period that has not yet really been explored. The unique shoes from the House of Dior, those created under the label “Roger Vivier for Saks Fifth Avenue” and the exceptional models on loan from Roger Vivier in Paris, the Pierre Bergé-
Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Christian Dior Museum in Granville are so many windows opening onto the universe of a great name in fashion of the 20th century.

The exhibition presents over 100 works, including two dresses of Christian Dior, which will be shown in alternation. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Rosita Nenno.

Roger Vivier – SchuhWERKE
22.03. – 02.11.2014

DLM Deutsches Ledermuseum Schuhmuseum Offenbach
Frankfurter Str. 86
63067 Offenbach/Main

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 – 17:00

Sunday, March 09, 2014 - Fabric For Fashion: The Complete Guide: Natural and man-made fibres is the only book specifically for fashion ánd shoe designers, to explain the behaviour and properties of different fabrics. A must have book for designers and textile lovers!
Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide
Fabric for Fashion, The Complete Guide

Fashion design is largely determined by how the fabrics work, move, feel and look. The most successful fashion designers are those who understand their materials, who match design skill with technical knowledge.

This book bridges that gap by providing a mix of practical information and industry vocabulary, visually examining generic fabric types, discussing the characteristics of fabrics and showing how to exploit materials to push the boundaries of design.

It has beautiful colour photographs that show how fashion designers, both past and present, have worked with fabrics, the book’s prime objective is to stimulate creative exploration of the relationship of fabrics to fashion.

I think this book is a great source of very detailed information, an gives inspiration to designers who want to experiment with new materials. The layout is very pleasant and it is clearly divided into animal, plant and man-made fibers.

About the authors
Clive Hallett is an associate lecturer in design management at The London College of Fashion as well as lecturing at several other fashion colleges. He has worked in the fashion industry since 1972 and has been a freelance design consultant since 1978.

Amanda Johnston is an associate lecturer in design and product development on the BA Fashion Products course at London College of Fashion. She has worked as a freelance design consultant since graduating from Kingston University in 1982. Amanda is also an external assessor for the degree courses at the London Centre for Fashion Studies.

Clive and Amanda have worked together as consultants within the fashion industry since 1982 having collaborated on numerous projects both in the UK and abroad.

Fabric For Fashion: The Complete Guide: Natural and man-made fibres
Authors Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston
Price USD 28.00 (paperback, 515 illustrations, 272 pages)
Format 280 x 216 mm, text in English
Published by Laurence King, february 2014
ISBN 9781780673349

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Wrapping shoe by Takuya Takizawa, photo by Hiko Mizuno College, Japan.

Saturday, March 01, 2014 - At Kolding School of Design in southwest Denmark the students are working with experimental shoe design in cross-disciplinary groups with members from industrial design, fashion and textile design. This approach, which combines the strictness of industrial design with the more dreamy, intuitive working methods of the fashion world, has resulted in a number of highly innovative shoes.
Experimental shoe design with a Scandinavian edge
Experimental shoe design with a Scandinavian edge

The students shoes take their inspiration from very different aesthetic fields, and the challenge the students have been met with in the five projects conducted so far covers aspects of shoe design as different as environmental issues, the challenge of creating your personal dream shoe, making shoe design based on somebody else’s personal stories, working with wild shoes for the catwalk and mild commercial shoes simultaneously, and designing from a non-verbal feeling in an attempt to strike a particular tone in the shoe design.

The shoe design projects are part of the strategic collaboration between Kolding School of Design and Danish shoe manufacturer ECCO. Collaborating with ECCO and using shoes as a learning case for design projects has turned out to be a powerful mix, not least because designing shoes involves a wide range of design competencies: Shoes represent a complex task in terms of form which requires significant competencies in shaping three-dimensional objects; shoes are fashion objects that disseminate and decode contemporary society; and finally shoes represent a universe of diverse materials, surfaces, and details that create comfort and express the function and aesthetics of the particular shoe.

This year the Kolding School of Design opens also a new accessory education, where the students will be focusing on shoes, bags and jewellery.

The school has published a number of books about its own shoe design projects and shoe design in general:
Walk! Shoes for a Sustainable Future.
My Shoe. Personal Dream Shoes for the Real World.
Shoe Stories. Walking the talk.
Wild & Mild. Shoes for the Catwalk and Shoes for the Market.
Shoes - How We Use Them. How We Design Them.
The books can be found at http://www.designskolenkolding.dk/index.php?id=1596

Also, three films have been made showing the students’ work process and the final shoes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBbfvCWwIAo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ccs4481tM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt7-Xih0CsA

Some of the experimental shoe will be on show at the Virtual Shoe Museum shoe exhibition at the WhatAboutShoes fair in Berlin, Germany February 21-23 2014 and in Slovakia and at the shoe exhibition with the Czech Bata Shoe Museum at Au Park Bratistilava February 2nd till 3rd of March and Au )ark Kocise 4th till 20th of March.

Kolding School of Design
Aagade 10
DK-6000 Kolding
Denmark

Photo: shoe project by Bella Elmborg, Wenja Rømhild and Mohammed Al-Adhami, 2013.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - The 'Berlin Shoe Days' represent the different events throughout Berlin‘s new trade show 'What About Shoes', which takes place from the 21st until 23rd of February 2014. The shoe museum is one of the Berlin Shoe Days events and it is also the first one of that kind ever in Germany‘s capital. In order to make this outstanding presentation happen, we started the cooperation with Dutch designer and curator Liza Snook and her ‘Virtual Shoe Museum’. In cooperation with Ivan Civic, artist and curator of a very special No74 adidas selection.
Berlin's 1st International Shoe Museum
Berlin's 1st International Shoe Museum

Berlin‘s first international shoe museum shows over fifty fancy samples from different designers from all over the World. Some of them were already part of the shoe exhibitions 'Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design' at the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig and 'Auf Schritt ind Tritt' at the Museum Villa Roth in Ulm.

You are welcome to see these remarkable works at the ground floor of the Postbahnhof next to the trade show 'What About Shoes'.

Timetable
Friday 21.02. and Saturday 22.02.2014
10.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m. nonstop

Location:
Berliner Postbahnhof (ground floor, side entrance)
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8 10243 Berlin

Sunday 23.02.2014
10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m. nonstop

Entrance fee:
€ 5,00 (no presage, box office only)

Combi ticket for SLEM & Museum: € 8,50 (no presage, box office only)

SLEM Institute workshops & lectures

The Dutch education and innovation institute SLEM is our second cooperation with the Netherlands. They offer several different workshops and lectures for suppliers, exhibitors and other interested parties throughout the days. Hot topics will be trends, Spring/ Summer 2015 and later sustainability and creation of a micro brand. The world-renowned footwear forecaster and consultant Nicoline van Enter and her collegues will present 3 workshops and lectures per day in the middle of the shoe museum at the Postbahnhof.

Timetable
Friday 21.02.2014
12.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m Lecture 'Trend' for buyers
03.00 p.m. - 04.00 p.m Workshop 'Sustainability & Micro Brand' for students/companies
06.00 p.m. - 06.45 p.m Lecture 'Trend 'for buyers

Saturday 22.02.2014
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m Lecture 'Trend' for buyers
02.00 p.m. - 03.00 p.m. Workshop 'Sustainability & Micro Brand' for students/companies
04.00 p.m. - 05.00 p.m Lecture 'Spring/Summer 2015 and later' for suppliers

Sunday 23.02.2014
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. Lecture 'Trend' for buyers

Friday, January 31, 2014 - The Kunsthal Rotterdam will reveal the astonishing story of women's shoe design, from 1900 to the present, during this spring from February 1 till May 11 2014. S.H.O.E.S - Sexy Heels Or Easy Sandals will exhibit more than 500 shoes created by celebrated designers such as André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo, international 'stars' Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, as well as contemporary and rising young talent.
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels

Shoes as genuine, finely fashioned objets d'art, ranging from Victorian boots to seductive slippers and from high heels to futuristic pieces. The unbelievable variety and inventiveness of so many shoe designs is a delight for the eye: the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition is a must-see for anyone with a passion for fashion.

From practical design to status symbol
Over the years various decorative elements have made their appearance into the world of shoe fashion: amongst others the floating heel, open heel, platform shoes, ankle straps and bows. Designers have constantly experimented with form, materials, colour and comfort. Cross-fertilisation and retro-reference have been combined with new experimentation. The woman's shoe has become increasingly elegant, and heel height has reached as much as 15cm. New technologies and materials such as micro-fibre, elastic and synthetics have made extreme forms, sometimes highly erotically charged, possible. The rise of the "couturier" fashion houses and their designers have taken the woman's shoe from attractive accessory to ultimate status symbol. Just as Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker swears by her Manolo Blahniks, many women long for new shoes as for new love.

Jewels from renowned collections
Numerous star pieces from celebrated collections will be on display in the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition - a collaboration with the Fashion Museum Hasselt - such as Perugia's surrealist 1931 design 'Homage to Braque' from the International Footwear Museum in Romans-sur-Isère, as well as the first platform-sole sandal that Ferragamo designed in 1938 for Judy Garland. Naturally, there is also place for Roger Vivier, who invented the stiletto in 1954. Closer to home, many other splendid designs, such as the 1960 transparent plastic pump by Beth & Herbert Levine from the Fashion Museum Hasselt collection, and the 1985 colourful stiletto by Charles Jourdan from the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk. These grand-masters of shoe design will be featured alongside The Netherlands' own Jan Jansen, himself a member of the international elite since the early 1970's. Some well-known contemporary Dutch and Belgian designers will also be broadly represented in S.H.O.E.S., including Rem D. Koolhaas, Jan Taminiau and the rising talents Katrien Herdewijn and Nienke van Dee (winner of the Global Footwear Design Award 2013).

Kunsthal
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels
February 1 till May 11 2014

Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341
3015 AA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Housewarming Kunsthal
Saturday 1 February 2pm-7pm
Free entrance

Photo: Court Shoes by Vivienne Westwood, 1993 © 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - The winner of the Clarks Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 in Amsterdam, selected during the first fashion catwalk shoes show Saturday January 25th, is Dutch Shoe Designer Janine van den Bosch.
Winner Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014
Winner Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014

10 nominated designers created a private collection of three pairs of shoes (women/men), in which his/her personal style and identity as a designer is clearly visible. And a pair of shoes, based on the 'Bombay Lights' pump from Clarks. These unique designs were presented for the first time during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Amsterdam.

The participating designers:
Amber Ambrose Aurèle - Deniz Terli - Dora Kloppenburg - Titia Keuning - Janine van den Bosch - Kina Helm - Laura de Weijer - Lieke de Koning - Milou Hillegers & Leonie Huinink.

The jury (Carlo Wijnands/Programme Director Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Geraldien Prud'homme/editor in chief Schoenvisie, Liza Snook/owner Virtual Shoe Museum and Judith van Kaathoven/marketingmanager Clarks) selected the winner and at the end of the show style icon and shoe lover Victoria Koblenko announced Janine van den Bosch as the winner of the Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014.

The catwalk models were dressed by the leg and bodywear brand Oroblu.

Dutch Shoe Academy
The Dutch Shoe Academy is the center of expertise for leather and shoes for both the Netherlands and its neighboring countries. This is the place in the Netherlands where you can learn in full width. The trade of shoemaker and saddler the Dutch Shoe Academy has a long history of training in the field of footwear and leather processing technology.

The strength of the Dutch Shoe Academy is the high-level knowledge of shoe technology, leather processing, shoe fit and design.

In the Dutch Shoe Academy you will learn everything about shoes and leather: traditional and innovative techniques for designing, making and repairing shoes, leather goods and saddles, knowledge of anatomy, fit and various core brands of audiences and markets.

Photo: Amsterdam Fashion Week

Thursday, January 09, 2014 - Clarks innovates during the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 in Amsterdam, held from January 17 till 27, with the first fashion catwalk shoes show. To support new design talents Clarks challenged different designers from the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht to participate in this shoe contest for this special event.
Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014
Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014

10 nominated designers have designed a private collection of three pairs of shoes (women/men), in which his/her personal style and identity as a designer are clearly visible. And a pair of shoes, based on the 'Bombay Lights' pump from Clarks. These unique designs are presented for the first time on Saturday, January 25th, during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Amsterdam.

The participating designers:
Amber Ambrose Aurèle - Deniz Terli - Dora Kloppenburg - Titia Keuning - Janine van den Bosch - Kina Helm - Laura de Weijer - Lieke de Koning - Milou Hillegers & Leonie Huinink, Kumar Autar & Doresito

The jury (Carlo Wijnands/Programme Director Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Geraldien Prud'homme/editor in chief Schoenvisie, Liza Snook/owner Virtual Shoe Museum and Judith van Kaathoven/marketingmanager Clarks) will select the winner and at the end of the show style icon and shoe lover Victoria Koblenko will announce the winner of the Clarks Shoe Design Award 2014.

The Clarks Shoe Design Award winner gets:
Clarks money price € 1000,-
Dutch Shoe Academy education to the value of € 3500,-
Designer ebike by smart to the value of € 2949,-

The Clarks Shoe Design public Award winner (most likes on Facebook) gets:
Workshop free of choice to the value of € 750,-
You can view the wonderful shoe selection here and vote for your favourite shoe.

The catwalk models will be dressed by the leg and bodywear brand Oroblu.

CLARKS FASHION CATWALK SHOES SHOW
Date: Saturday 25 januari 2014
Location: Westergasfabriek, Gashouder, Amsterdam
Time 14:00
Start show 14:15

Dutch Shoe Academy
The Dutch Shoe Academy is the center of expertise for leather and shoes for both the Netherlands and its neighboring countries. This is the place in the Netherlands where you can learn in full width. The trade of shoemaker and saddler the Dutch Shoe Academy has a long history of training in the field of footwear and leather processing technology.

The strength of the Dutch Shoe Academy is the high-level knowledge of shoe technology, leather processing, shoe fit and design.

In the Dutch Shoe Academy you will learn everything about shoes and leather: traditional and innovative techniques for designing, making and repairing shoes, leather goods and saddles, knowledge of anatomy, fit and various core brands of audiences and markets.

Monday, December 09, 2013 - This beautiful illustrated shoe book is a must-have for shoe fanatics. It's edited by Patrice Farameh, a leading book producer and publisher specializing in lifestyle publications and media in New York. This new book shows large high quality shoe product photographs and great fashion pictures by Gianluca Pasquini and Diego Dolcini combined with insightful essay interviews with the designers.
For the Love of Shoes
For the Love of Shoes

Women have long realized that cool shoes do not only complement the outfit, they are the whole point. From Cinderella to Carrie, we have all fallen head over heels for 'the right pair' - and to hell with cost or comfort! This book explores the outer realms of avant-garde shoe design. Unfettered by commercialism, these pioneering designers give full rein to their artistic visions. These zany pieces contain an array of extraordinary forms and materials. With influences ranging from Las Vegas pizzazz and arcane tribal relics to contemporary architecture, it may be difficult to distinguish between fun footwear and conceptual sculpture.

Shoe designers featured:
Alejandro Ingelmo / Alexa Wagner / Alexander McQueen / Aoi Kotsuhiroi / Atalanta Weller / Barbara Briones / Bionda Castana / Camilla Skovgaard / Casadei / Cesare Paciotti / Chau Har Lee / Charlotte Olympia / Christian Louboutin / Daniele Michetti / Diego Dolcini / Dsquared2 / Edmundo Castillo / GINA / Gio Dev / Jerome C. Rousseau / Jimmy Choo / Kermit Tesoro / Kobi Levi / Lauren Tennenbaum / Laurence Decade / Manolo Blahnik / Marloes ten Bhömer / Naim Josefi / Netta Makkonen / Noritaka Tatehana / Omar Angel Perez / Pauline Van Dongen / Pour La Victoire / René Caovilla / Rob Goodwin / Ruthie Davis / Stuart Weitzman / Stubbs & Wootton / Tania Spinelli / Tea Petrovic / United Nude / Via Spiga / Victoria Spruce / Walter Steiger.

About the author
Her passion for the publishing world was fueled over 15 years ago when she started her career as a project manager one of the first successful internet companies in the world during a time when e-commerce was just at its infancy stage. During her ten years of living abroad, Patrice worked for and collaborated with international corporations producing creative digital media concepts, leading to a career developing an online procurement platform for a major international publishing group. Patrice also created and produced Trendscout TV, in which she traveled the globe in search of the most stylish hotel, restaurant, art and fashion trends in major metropolitan cities. This led her to editing and producing lifestyle publications on the same topics. Patrice’s informative guides were featured on a travel television channel in cooperation with her own web site column for the most widely read newspaper in Europe. Since then, Patrice has worked on a multitude of art book publications and resource guides for well-known international publishers.

For the Love of Shoes
Author Patrice Farameh, photographs by Gianluca Pasquini and Diego Dolcini
Price USD 95.00 (hardcover with jacket, 304 pages. 300 colour photographs)
Format: 9 7/8 x 12 5/8 in., text in English
Published by teNeues, 2013
ISBN 9783832796976

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Photo spikey coloured heels © Ruthie Davis