Launching their first collection for spring ’13, the Aussie natives behind cult-followed footwear label, Mara & Mine, have gone from strength to strength. It was their skeleton embroidered ‘Jem Skull’ slipper that first drew celebrity attention (enter Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner & Chanel Iman), catapulting the brand into the awareness of stylists, both editorial and celebrity.
Whilst the brand was founded on American soil, since the designers hail from Down Under, i’m going to claim this as one of our own. (full disclosure, I too, am an Aussie native)
The pair continue to produce their collections in Los Angeles, landing them on our list of American-Made Shoe To Buy Now earlier this year. In late 2014, the label collaborated with kids’ brand-to-watch Akid (did we mention North West wears them?) on a capsule collection of mini-me ‘Jem Skull’ slippers.
For fall ’15, the ‘Jem Skull’ design has been re-imagined, however the duo have also introduced boots, adorned with metal hardware. The ‘Alex’ boot takes Western inspiration in the form of heavy chains, a circular harness and gold metal plate in lieu of a spur. The use of metal hardware is carried throughout the collection, with distressed 3D scorpions, spiders and skeleton hands all making an appearance.
Speaking of the inspiration behind the collection, co-founder Tamie Ingham told FN, “The inspiration behind this seasons embellishments, exotic skins and embroidery patterns are true to the deserts wildlife with a Rock ‘n Roll overtone. The collection is heavily influenced by our love of Rock ‘n Roll style using metal embellishments and opulent black suede and leather. The reoccurring theme of contrasting colours black, white and gold are inspired by the desert landscape with a new inclusion of snakeskin.”
“Our Fall 15 collection recalls the classic shoe shapes and skeleton theme renowned of our brand. Timeless and innovative, the collection exudes discreet sexiness in the form of luxe fabrics, contemporary hardware and unexpected details found in modern and androgynous silhouettes,” followed co-founder Jasmine Yarbrough.
The continued success of the brand is further proof that Australian fashion labels are continuing to make a serious mark on the US market.
Click through the slideshow below to discover the full collection.