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Footwear's new wave of breakout talents boast innovative, sophisticated design and well-constructed signatures. Here, FN unveils the top new names to know in the high-end women's market.
Charline De Luca
Designer: Carlotta De Luca
Debut: Fall '12
Price: $500 to $700
Look: "Architectural, rigorous and balanced with a touch of femininity."
Background: A trained architect, De Luca graduated from New York Institute of Technology and worked in Fendi's retail department before attending London's Central Saint Martins to pursue a career in shoe design.
Signatures: "My signature heel is inspired by modernist architecture and the work of masters such as Mies Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. Another signature element is a metal detail on the heel that gives the shoe a sense of sharpness and power."
Inspiration: "The shapes and volumes in my collection are inspired by the world of architecture and design. For the color palette, I referred to such artists as Mark Rothko."
On spring: "For spring '13, I explored working with contrasting materials and textures, from soft leathers to raw raffia, and strong-but-feminine colors such as red and mint green."
Home base: Rome
Retailers: Saks Fifth Avenue, New York; Saks.com; Luisa Via Roma, Italy; Fiacchini, Italy; Wunderl, Austria
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