4 new shoe launches to watch – Footwear News
Here’s everything you need to know about the new shoe launches during Milan Fashion Week.
Nicolò Beretta Mentored by Giuseppe Zanotti
What happens when a seasoned Italian shoe maestro teams up with a rising luxury star? We are about to find out with the debut of Nicolò Beretta Mentored by Giuseppe Zanotti. The new partnership was celebrated at a fashion week cocktail party on Tuesday night, where Beretta said he had admired Zanotti for years. As a teenager, the young designer – who won FN’s Emerging Talent Award in 2015 – watched in awe as Lady Gaga wore custom Zanotti looks on her comeback tour. Years later, the two designers met while vacationing in Ischia and quickly bonded over their love affair with shoes. The small capsule for Spring 2023 features a Beretta signature: elegant crystal-embellished sandals. It also unveiled statement platforms in eye-catching green and pink hues.
Themoirè founders Francesca Monaco and Salar Bicheranloo, finalists in the Italian Fashion Chamber’s Sustainable Fashion Awards, are expanding their eco-friendly handbag offering to launch their first line of footwear. The capsule collection marks their first foray into footwear, which they plan to be an integral part of the collection. (The brand partnered with Massimo Bonini for the sales effort.) The first shoe drop will include three styles, each of which comes in two variations, ranging from platform mules in polyurethane leather and recycled cork to straw options. The made-in-Greece range, which typically ranges in price from $250 to $350, will reflect the founders’ approach to bags – they work with natural, recycled or alternative materials for all aspects of the product, from lining and from yarns to labels and packaging. “It’s not easy to work with new materials because you have to do a lot of research. Companies are not always ready to work with the fashion industry,” Bicheranloo said. Don’t call the shoes “durable” though. “If you’re selling something in another part of the world, you’re already doing something that’s not sustainable,” Bicheranloo said. Monaco added: “It is very difficult to be 100% sustainable.” For founders, being eco-conscious is only part of the equation. They are also committed to being ethically responsible, as evidenced by their focus on collaborations with underfunded communities around the world.
After making a splash at London Fashion Week with her collection of buzzy transparent dresses, Nensi Dojaka wants to conquer another major category: shoes. Albanian-born Dojaka graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and launched her eponymous lingerie-inspired label in 2017. She has become a firm favorite with celebrities and influencers. (Emily Ratakowski closed the LFW show.) Now the designer is releasing shoes to complement her ready-to-wear collection, and many of the details will be the same, including the floral embellishments. The designer teamed up with Massimo Bonini for the launch.
The Rome-based handbag brand, known for its jewelry bags, is launching its first shoe capsule. Inspired by all things ’90s, designers and co-founders Maila Ferlisi and Rachele Mancini debut a graphic asymmetrical pump and strappy sandal for their debut effort. “Creating a line of Hibourama shoes has been our dream for a long time and now that the brand has reached a more mature stage, we are happy to unveil this exciting new project,” the designers said.
—With contributions from Sandra Salibian