Meet Valentina Carrano, a second-generation luxury footwear designer who went from newby to nabbing a Bergdorf Goodman exclusive for her first full collection for spring ’15. So how did she do it? “I met Andre Leon Talley and he instantly fell in love with my shoes. He acts as a sort of mentor to me” she tells FN Spy on the larger-than-life fashion advisor and former editor. “Before I knew it, they had me making styles for the Charles James exhibit at the MET and even for some of the guests.” Well, from gods ears to Reese Witherspoon’s feet -who wore them to the all-important fashion gala. The rest, as they say, is history. On February 26, Carrano, who splits her time between New York’s Upper East Side and her native Milan, will be hosting a launch event at BG’s starry 2nd floor footwear department. “For someone who grew up working alongside my father, immersed in the shoe world, it’s pretty special,” the designer says. Indeed, Carrano’s unique creations (and ultra padded soles) speak to her keen understanding of craft from the inside out, albeit with a woman’s touch. Thoughtful flourishes characterize her designs, with piano-hinge lacing on boots for easy adjustments and v-vamps to create the illusion of narrow ankles. “I’m all about flattering details and femininity,” she says, noting her draped suede styles that evoke Renaissance sculpture, corsetry strapping and gestural ruffles (Man Repeller’s Leandra Mendine cracked the Appolonie style resembled the female genitalia on Instagram). Even style names pack historical heat – they are all dubbed after famous courtesans. “What can I say, my work is very sensual.” Carrano says.
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