The shoes: Each season, designer Olgana Djanguirov chooses a pillar of style to dissect and revive via her ultra feminine, intricate shoes. Last season it was the tuxedo. For fall, she was fixated on the art of the uniform, from military to other areas of service. With formal army attire featuring so heavily in fashion this season, it was a well-timed theme.
Handmade French golden medallions decorated satin pumps in regalia hues of vermillion, royal blue and camouflage green. The menswear side of this equation could have been explored more, but that’s not really in her womanly wheelhouse. Elsewhere, crisp shirting panels formed the uppers of stiletto sandals.
Straying from the theme were block-heeled sandals splashed in fox fur and pearls. Pert bow ties formed neat rows on the backs of steep pumps too.
The verdict: Djanguirov’s business is on a roll, with new accounts from Level Shoe District and Barney’s New York plus a growing celebrity fan base. In a fashion world achingly concerned with cool, she is refreshingly fixated on glamour and couture flourishes.
Olgana’s Celebrity Following
It’s worth noting that though freebies are coming at them from every angle, the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Portia de Rossi and Diane Kruger are purchasing her shoes in multiples.
“The biggest compliment is that they actually buy them,” said Djanguirov of her über-feminine creations. Speaking of Dunst and Kruger, the designer continued “they both have very refined taste, I was flattered they chose my shoes.”
The Russian-born founder is certainly on a celebrity roll, after recently creating a custom vegan pair of her satin stilettos for Natalie Portman and discovering that Céline Dion, her personal favorite, is also a fan. “For me, she is just the ultimate.”