For her latest collection, shoe designer Chloe Gosselin found inspiration in the Hindu festival of Holi, where celebrants toss colored powders over one another in a rite that marks renewal.
“I’m inspired by nature and culture,” Gosselin said. “Sometimes you need to look outside fashion to find beauty.”
The French-born, New York-based model-turned-designer — she’s engaged to celebrity magician David Copperfield — was the co-host for a lunch with actress Olivia Munn at West Hollywood restaurant Lucques in early December to celebrate the spring 2018 launch of her footwear. Gosselin is known for her uptown aesthetic; her signature Helix is a round-toed pump with a 4.3-inch heel adorned with a sparkling crystal accent. For spring and with Holi, the festival of colors, in mind, Gosselin rendered the Helix in teal crepe satin and dusky rose velvet.
Gosselin launched her brand in 2014, reprising a long-held love of shoes and fine art. Also upcoming is a series of flats. “I was never a flats girl,” she said. “But I’ve taken the details in the high heels and put them on flats and chunky-heeled shoes, so you can have daywear as well.”
London brand Mahabis is capitalizing on its socks-that-convert-into-shoes concept through the creation of its slipper — for the outdoors.
“It’s a hybrid between slipper and sneaker with a fixed sole,” said Joe Cooke, head of design for Mahabis, adding the shoe was designed “to help you feel comfortable at home [and] everywhere. They’re ridiculously comfortable.”
The original Mahabis was launched in 2014 as a pair of cozy socks that came with a detachable sole so a wearer could go out to pick up the daily newspaper from the driveway without putting on shoes or ruining his or her socks. Since its debut, half a million pairs have been sold worldwide. So the brand added variations such as a mesh alternative for summer and a luxe version crafted from nubuck leather. The Mahabis Outdoor came out late last year and sells for $120 at mahabis.com. Other versions are available at select Nordstrom stores and shop.nordstrom.com.
Early January saw the launch of Cole Haan’s latest, the 2.Zerogrand with Stitchlite collection for men and women. The shoes are the latest iteration of a widespread trend in not-quite-athletic footwear for an increasingly casual consumer. The lightweight shoe is an easy, everyday take on Cole Haan’s signature Oxford style, using breathable fabric that almost mimics the look of pointelle. Color options for women include cedarwood-coral and for men, a marine blue with turquoise sole. Prices start at $150.
If you’re looking for an excuse to do a bit of post-holiday jewelry shopping, here’s one. Until the end of February, British jewelry designer Stephen Webster, who has a store in Beverly Hills, will be donating 15% of his total sales to Direct Relief, a nonprofit group that delivers critical medical help to parts of the world hit by crises — and more recently provided 350,000 protective masks for Californians affected by fires.
Webster, who lives in London, said he was moved to align with Direct Relief because he has lived in Santa Barbara and knows “how devastating a forest fire can be to a community.”
Webster’s pieces, many of which are inspired by nature, have been worn by Christina Aguilera, Rita Ora, Diane Kruger and others. Prices are $350 to $1,750 for the sterling silver collection, and $600 to $135,000 for fine jewelry.
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