Cinderella is a proof that new pair of shoes can change your life.
My ardent love for visuals and design transcends the barrier of a single dimensional art form. It translates seamlessly through Fashion & Lifestyle products and Home decor elements with the eyes of a fine curator who tastefully dabbles from one medium to the other, keeping the design and colors at the forefront.
Within the realms of style,if I was ever to name one element that would separate the Fashion forward fashionistas from the eternally stylish divas, it would have to be ‘SHOES’. Your footwear speaks a lot about your personality. Sigh, they talk too.
From the ethnic Kolhapuris to the Irish Brogues, from the French Ballet to the Audrey Hepburn Kitten heel, from the resplendent stilettos to the plain vanilla flip flops – all of these beauties have one thing in common – stunning designs to adorn the last tip of your body with careful detailing in the form of structure, style and colors.
My first tryst with shoe love was when I discovered ‘Sole Sisters’ – an Indian Blog dedicated to shoes, about six years back. Since then I have managed to spot and curate elegantly crafted footwear meticulously designed by the budding designers across the country. In today’s blog, I bring to you two fresh Footwear brands to watch out for in 2015.
- Hats Off Accessories
Brogues, originally designed as country shoes with tiny holes in them so that water couldn’t reside in it for the countrymen of Ireland, are the latest on the Style circuit. With the passage of time, designs saw a sea change in the context of structure and material. Brogues turn on the green buzzer on the stylometer.
Hats Off Accessories, founded by Sunaina Harjai, Pearl Academy graduate, is one such brand that transports you to the old world British charm of flaunting the classic country air with its impeccably styled tan brogues and oxfords. They offer exquisitely designed and handcrafted leather footwear for both Men and Women. The brand’s love for the right balance of colours, design and details is reflected in their collection.
Ranging from basic ballerinas in neutral shades to classic loafers with tassel detailing, from desert boots with ice-cream pastels suede to boyfriend inspired brogues, Hats Off accessories seems to have nailed it just about right. I love them for their distinct minimalism, a trait so quintessential to British designs, coupled with a delectable colour palette to select from. Yes, Hats Off Accessories footwear is for keeps.
My picks from the brand are:
Desert Boots in Mint Blue
Their Men’s range is equally promising with range of designs to choose from their classic English laced up brogues to opulent suede slip ons.
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The journey to the surreal British countryside suddenly comes to a halt with the explosive burst of bright colours filling your senses with a heady mix of Indian rustiness, packed neatly in the form of Indian Juttis. Enter the magnificent world of Indian ethnic crafts and prep up the boho chic look by tastefully mixing these handcrafted Juttis with denims,maxis or patiyaalas.
Needledust, a bespoke luxury footwearline, founded by Shirin Mann Sangha, brings you these fabled Indian juttis with a fresh pop of colours. The brand boasts of luxury infused foot wear available for daily wear. With a coterie of artisans working across the country on the designs conceptualised by the founder, Needledust offers handcrafted and hand embroidered juttis with intricate detailing and comfort. Their design sensibilities highlight their fondness for the feminine shades of peaches, pinks and reds.
My favourite pick of the Needledust is their Summer Vintage collection with floral designs in pastel shades, a phenomenon quite unusual for the Indian Juttis. My penchant for British wall papers, floral designs and pastel shades is quite justified with this selection.
Besides their range of Juttis – Sapphire, coral and pearl , should make way on the wish list for the weddings.
The much talked about Bollywood wedding saw Mira Rajput, Shahid Kapoor’s bride, wearing the Needledust juttis. Need I say more ?
You may check their collection here :
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Stay Stylish, always.