Bionda Castana Spring 2012 Shoes

As you know, I’m on a constant quest to find new and exciting footwear to brighten up the red carpet.

Recently I was introduced to Bionda Castana (translates to blonde, brunette in Italian).

Founders Natalia Barbieri (brunette) and Jennifer Portman (blonde) invited me to a breakfast which showcased their Spring 2012 collection. It was the perfect pick me up on a cold winter’s morning in London.

The friends have created some of the most unique, lustworthy shoes I have seen in a long while, so I hope to see them on the red carpet.

Their Spring 2012 collection combines progressive British design and traditional Italian craftsmanship. I would describe the collection as classic footwear with an edge, polished yet tough and oozing true femininity.

My favourites from the collection include ‘Celine’, which would work with nearly every piece in my closet, ‘Ines’ which has a sexy, yet tough edge, ‘Miram’, which is an interesting take on the classic wedge, and ‘Molly’ because I can never resist a pair of animal-print heels.

The shoes are sold on, Browns Fashion, Harvey Nichols The Box Boutique, Nordstrom, Tearose,, and the Clan Store.

Prices will ranging from £380 for the ‘Tabitha’ to £640 for the ‘Christa’.

The Spring collection is due to hit stores and websites late December and late February.

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You can view the whole collection here.


PVC Spring 2012 Footwear Trend

PVC was a surprising trend on the Spring 2012 runways.

We saw models wearing PVC at Dolce & Gabbana and Richard Nicoll, but it was also a very noticeable trend in footwear too.

This material has helped create several signature heels from 3.1 Phillip Lim to Manolo Blahnik for Richard Nicoll.

PVC looks futuristic and allows people to see your skin – spring’s best accessory.

Now it’s combined with bright patent leather, laces, studs and bows creating amazing shoes.

The key to pulling off this trend is an immaculate pedicure and clear nail polish.

Will you wear PVC shoes this spring?

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Celebrity Shoe Swap: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana wore black and white Giuseppe Zanotti ruched chiffon peep-toe platform pumps to the Gen Art’s Fresh Faces In Fashion Event.

It’s very rare that white shoes ever look good on the red carpet.

Zoe carried a dark metallic Judith Leiber clutch which made the awkward shoes stand out even more. Black heels would have worked with Zoe’s accessories and her Antonio Berardi blush coloured dress.

Shoes Zoe Should Have Worn:

Gianvito Rossi’s satin sandal is from the Fall 2011 Carbon collection. This is my favorite choice for Zoe; they’re beautifully simple.

These Jimmy Choo Dome suede strappy heels feature diamanté embellishment and work so well with Zoe’s accessories. Kelly Rowland showed us how fabulous they look on the red carpet.

If Zoe wanted to stick with a Zanotti design the black satin d’Orsay peep-toe platform pumps are a much better choice. There’s also a patent version but I prefer the satin texture with her dress.

By Shoerazzi

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Aperlai shoes became a celebrity favourite earlier this year.

Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ginnifer Goodwin, Blake Lively, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Naomi Watts are all fans.

I’m really excited that the edgy yet feminine shoes are available at up to 75% off at

Aperlai combine elegance and charisma to create a bold yet feminine footwear collection.

You can shop exotic skins of python, crocodile and lizard mixed with silk and mesh fabrics, for a stylish hint of It-girl cool.

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Celebrity Shoe Swap: Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes wore Proenza Schouler suede Snub-Nose ankle boots to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. What a sight for sore eyes – it’s no surprise Katie won the “Worst Shoes Award” for the night.

Hannah summed it up best in the comment section: “There aren’t even words to describe the atrocity that is those shoes. They are awful, they look like something Pocahontas would have worn on a bad day.”

A great example of a celebrity who pulled off these boots over and over again is Olivia Palermo.

Shoes Katie Should Have Worn:

Nicholas Kirkwood’s platform loafer embellished with a kiltie fringe is one of his hottest designs from his fall collection. This shoe is trendy and appropriate for her Azzedine Alaïa dress.

Katie, let me introduce to you the basic and beautiful black patent pump. Whenever in doubt please grab these rather than those boots. Rupert Sanderson’s Troy pumps are shaped so wonderfully – a safe and much better shoe choice.

Tabitha Simmons Bailey suede heels work so well with Katie’s outfit. Julianne Moore recently wore these in leopard.

Azzedine Alaïa’s suede cutout heels are the most obvious shoe choice for Katie. She couldn’t have gone wrong with these and Alaïa’s heels are amazing.

By Shoerazzi