TREND REPORT Sparkling Contrasts

Fantasy-fueled footwear

From candy-hued pumps to skyscraper spikes, these mercurial objects of desire can transform our mood faster than the gleam of refracted light from crystal trim. So, what better than to feed our addiction with an eyeful of truly staggering footwear? It comes in the form of a partnership between SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and 13 exciting designers at the top of their game: it’s called ‘Sparkling Contrasts’. Available in Spring/Summer 2013, the excellent news is that most of the designs can be purchased during the Xmas season in collaboration with La Rinascente, Milan, and Harvey Nichols, Riyadh!

Tasked with creating two pairs each of contrasting yet complementary shoes, these cutting-edge artisans have come up with some pulse-quickening foot-pleasers united by the magical allure of crystal, showcased in Shanghai on September 6, 2012.

Alejandro Ingelmo’s luminously cool wedge and flat sandal have strong, geometric lines, instantly edged-up with the funky fractured look of Crystal Rocks.

Ariel by Casadei is fit for a mermaid with its jewel-bright coral reef hues, while Anastasia recalls Arctic ice prisms and sparkling snowflakes.

The sober smoking slipper shimmers with crystal spider webs at the hands of Charlotte Olympia, and her bejeweled ‘Dolly’ platform twinkles with every step.

Gio Diev’s dynamic Kos and Como evening sandals are inspired by Indian headpieces and given a futuristic twist, courtesy of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Jerome C. Rousseau’s show-stopping sandal, Saturne, and stiletto, Meteora, use light-playing Crystal Rocks to stunning interplanetary effect.

Art Deco meets Op Art for Maison des TalonsLes Sonnies and Les Merettes’ geometric lines and feminine colors sit boldly with black and white SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Neorhythm’s quirky Sparkling Silhouette has a kaleidoscope effect, while subtle shades combined with a strong shape keep Romantic Shadow decidedly modern.

René Caovilla’s jeweled sandal comes in two beguiling colorways: soft feminine pinks and cool ocean greens, like iridescent shells on a sunset beach.

A sparkling cloud of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS has been used to customize Repetto’s Zizi and Cendrillon designs: the powder-blue lace-up shoe and nude ballerina pump feature crystals around the toe.

Robert Clergerie’s ultra-feminized Derby and Oxford styles, Twinkle and Jewel, are illuminated by gleaming SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Rupert Sanderson’s glittering, girlie platform sandal is fun and frivolous: midnight blue Gothic Queen is pure, dramatic diva, while Pop Princess says ‘roller-girl’ in bubblegum colors—both cleverly incorporating pouting lips in the design.

Sand, Ruthie Davis’ peep-toe, crystal-studded wedge, was inspired by luminescent seashells, while her sexy evening sandal, Sea, is finished with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in a spectrum of maritime blues.

Designer Beatrix Ong’s patent brogue Potter shoe for her label showcases Punk-ish studding, while Seligman, her cool two-tone Oxford, is jazzed up with unexpected sparkle.

Sigh! Don’t wake us up yet—we’re still dreaming…

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