There are many ways to enter the world of fashion design, but “look so good in a label’s pieces that they offer you a design gig” is a very rare entry point reserved only for the most stylish stars in the universe. Olivia Palermo is one of those stars. Following her gig for Westward/Leaning sunglasses, another brand has unveiled their collaboration with socialite/blogger Palermo: Aquazzura shoes.
Palermo has always had a soft spot for Aquazzura’s elegant and often elaborately designed heels (she’s worn her favorite feathered “Madison” style, above, at least three times) and now the shoe line is repaying the admiration with a six piece capsule collection due to launch in September. The line hinted at what we can expect — high heels, lots of glamour and plenty of feminine design details — with two sketches, released Monday. One shows a jeweled sandal inspired by a Victorian necklace Palermo owns and the other is an over-the-knee suede boot; the press release promises gladiator sandals, metallic leather sandals and a suede bootie, among others.
“Olivia basically has been our unofficial ambassador,” designer Edgardo Osorio told WWD. “She’s always wearing the shoes. We’re friends and we were talking more than a year ago about a small capsule that would be Olivia’s eye and aesthetic but with the Aquazzura style.” Added Palermo in the press release, “I think it is no secret that I love a good shoe, so I very much enjoyed creating a ‘survival pack’ for every occasion and women of all ages. I hope they have as much fun wearing them as we had creating them.”
Ready to shop the collection when it hits Net-a-Porter this fall? Be prepared to shell out: Prices range from $600 to $1,625, which WWD notes is meant to be on the affordable end of the spectrum. “Everything is so expensive these days and you still want to have things that you can find and have quality and the design aesthetic and be happy,” Palermo said.
Are you going to save up for this collection? Thoughts about Palermo’s style and/or design career?