Discovering gorgeous new footwear designers is number two on our favorite things list (right after getting new shoes) and during New York Fashion Week, we discovered Chloe Gosselin, who launched her debut collection with a Fall 2014 collection that was beyond stunning. With silhouettes of rounded toes and a more pronounced arch inspired by vintage styles from the fifties, Chloe introduces a very powerful feminine that is full of personality and strength.
The collection, inspired by the sensual curves of flowers, is shown in two standards, the first low boots and pumps are round and curvaceous, and recurring cut-out details that reveal a glimpse of toes, the most sensual part of the foot, are prominent. The colors in the collection are rich, bright and extremely feminine with inky black becoming warm by the manipulation of the opulent materials. The second, masculine dress codes permeate the collection, with the back of shoes boasting a discreet detail that is reminiscent of a shirt collar. In some styles, Chloe turns the shoe into the outfit itself, introducing the idea of this shirt collar around the ankle as one of her recurring trademarks. We can't help but be enamored with the wonderful details of contrast fabrications (love the look of a snakeskin or ostrich heel against a suede upper).
For this debut collection, each shoe is named for a poisonous flower, quite fitting since the collection is both beautiful and wonderfully deadly. This collection features exotic fabrications including pony hair, ostrich, calfskin, kidskin, and especially Kurung (snakeskin), highlighting Chloe's fascination with venomous animals and their amazing beauty and colors. Like the danger of the poisonous flowers, she is intrigued by the latent danger when these creatures slowly move.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Chloe Gosselin on the inspiration of her debut collection, see the video interview attached.