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On Our Radar: Sarah Flint

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Sarah Flint
Footwear designer Sarah Flint may very well be the only 25-year old who can offer this sort of reveal: “at our factory in Vigevano, Italy, they produce Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, and Sarah Flint…” Then, she takes a deep breath.

Flint–who launched her eponymous line for Fall ’13 following an education at FIT, an internship at Proenza Schouler, and a technical program at Milan’s Ars Sutoria–is no doubt in good (albeit understandably daunting) company. She wrangled the factory connection through an ex-teacher who once worked as a patternmaker for Blahnik. The old masters certainly rub off on the youngster, too; her shoes are decidedly grown-up and, for the most part, gimmick-free, informed by “the idea of returning to where a design’s basis is the integrity and shape of its materials, rather than the big buckle or the all-over studs.” That focus on form and material is most evident in her charming origami-inspired styles, which feature leather fold-overs along the tips of slippers and peep-toes alike.

Flint also has another big name in her orbit: Heidi Klum. After the designer gifted Klum a pair of booties, the model came back and ordered two more–one in a color not yet in production. “Of course, we made them,” says Flint.

Starting at $545, Sarah Flint is available online at www.sarahflint.com, and at Edon Manor in New York City.

Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Flint

Francesco Russo Steps Out On His Own

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Francesco Russo

Francesco Russo left Sergio Rossi in February, but he hasn’t spent the six months between then and now kicking back. Today, he unveiled the new shoe label that bears not only his name, but also the address of his new Paris shop, 8 rue de Valois, across the street from the Palais Royal. “I want to do beautiful shoes, above the sense of time, above the sense of fashion,” Russo told Style.com. “It’s like Manolo. Manolo did the stiletto from the eighties until today. There was the time of the platform, he didn’t do platforms. He just did whatever he feels. I try to have that luxury. And the fact that I have my own name now, I can have that luxury.” True to his word, there are no platforms among the 25 styles in his Spring debut. Russo has done flat gladiator sandals and a 25-millimeter leopard print not-quite-kitten-heel pump; for the most part, though, he’s a stiletto man. His anti-trend stance means the palette and materials are quite restrained. Black, brown, shades of nude, and metallic silver encompass the color range, and the materials include leather, pony hair, and crocodile. Classic doesn’t mean conventional, however. Many of the shoes incorporate extraordinary work, a pump stitched together from small arches of crocodile being a prime example. As for the shop, it ‘s housed in what is said to be the city’s first restaurant, which went by the rather fitting name Boeuf de la Mode in the 18th century. The boutique will open for business during the couture shows in January. This week it’s acting as a showroom for appointments with big department stores.

Photo: Courtesy of Francesco Russo

Wes Gordon Accessorizes for Spring

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Wes Gordon bags

It’s a season of debuts for Wes Gordon. Later today, the designer will present his first fully staged runway show at New York fashion week—no small feat for a young label. And atop that catwalk, Gordon will also unveil his freshman foray into handbags, thanks to a new partnership with accessories designer Fiona Kotur.

“We came up with this seven-inch-by-seven-inch square box clutch,” Gordon told Style.com. “It’s bigger than you’d expect.” He and Kotur developed an “abstract leopard” motif, which is rendered in ebony, with mirror inlays along the bags’ enamel casings. “The effect is fresh and unexpected, and it felt like the perfect time to do it,” added Gordon. The bags debut exclusively above.

The material-play apparent with these pieces will be echoed in Gordon’s Spring ’14 collection. He mentioned that he’s focusing solely on “textures,” eschewing “digital or graphic prints.” This season also marks his fifth go-around with Manolo Blahnik on footwear. Together they’ve developed a patent-and-clear-plastic bootie, and a “simple, clean patent sandal.” Given all of the above, it’s safe to say we can expect Gordon to create quite a rumble in the concrete jungle come show time.

Photo: John Aquino

Manolo Blahnik Steps Into the Big Smoke

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Manolo Blahnik

After winning a British Fashion Award in 2012, and creating a host of illustrations to promote London fashion week last season, Manolo Blahnik is, for the first time, officially joining the LFW schedule. The Spanish-born, Somerset, U.K.-based purveyor of chic-for-your-feet will debut his Spring ’14 collection during a presentation on September 15.

Photo: John Phillips/ Getty Images

Shop the Look: Bon Voyage!

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Shop The Look: Bon Voyage! Maybe it has something to do with Dior’s recent jaunt in Monaco , or the classic striated looks Chanel showed in Singapore, but we’ve been lusting for old school nautical glamour—not to mention a waterfront vacation—of late. With Dolce & Gabbana’s bold striped skirt and Tucker’s silk crepe de chine top, you don’t need to be lounging on the Riviera to look like you’re on holiday. Add a wide-brimmed sun hat, kitten heels, and a pair of cat-eye sunglasses to really play up the retro chic. Let your clothes transport you, and shop our picks from Lanvin, RED Valentino, and more, below.

 1. Tucker top, $215, available at www.net-a-porter.com  

2. Dolce & Gabbana skirt, $739, available at www.matchesfashion.com  

3. Lanvin hat, $832, available at www.matchesfashion.com  

4. Karen Walker sunglasses, $314, available at www.matchesfashion.com 

5. Manolo Blahnik shoes, $775, available at www.neimanmarcus.com 

6. RED Valentino bag, $895, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo