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The quintessential body-baring extravaganza that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was all about the lingerie’s shine and sparkle, but from where we sat, we couldn’t stop paying attention to the bold sky-high stilettos. So who were the designers behind the sexy steppers? British footwear makers Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster, who created custom designs for the show that delivered playful sexiness in soaring stilettos, resulting in some extremely fierce runway moments, never mind what was going on up top.
One of the styles Kirkwood created for the show was the “Gabo Angels,” featuring filigree chain with Swarovski crystals and a platino-lined heel (as seen on Kroes), and lucky for us, it’s already available on his website until Feb. 15. The Gabo Angels shoe is also available as a knee-high bootie (seen below on Behati Prinsloo). Both styles have strong architectural detailing with signature bulb Kirkwood heel silhouettes. The ankle bootie (£2,416) features a zip-up back, while the knee-high (£8,250) offers a lace up the back of the leg and mirror metallic interior heel detailing, taking them into high glitz.
“The Victoria’s Secret show is all about fantasy, fearlessness and femininity,” said Kirkwood. “Each story in the runway show has its own attitude and character. The ‘Gabo Angels’ are strong in shape and form, but combine intricate hand-embroidered gold chain.” Even honorary Angel Taylor Swift (who usually performs in professional dance shoes) opted for custom-made Kirkwood “Arwen” cross-strap stilettos (£483) in black with pink marabou feather poufs (shown in the main image).
ADRIANA LIMA AND ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO
For her part, shoe designer Sophia Webster was invited back to create her colorful stilettos, which were both worn by super babes Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. “I absolutely love the spirit of the Victoria’s Secret shows; they are so much fun! I was delighted that they asked me to provide shoes for the show a second time,” said Webster. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to dress the most beautiful women in the world and the fact that the show was in London this year just made it all the more exciting.” Her bold and graphic signature style was on full display throughout the show; she incorporated feather poufs, tribal colorways, zig-zag cutouts, wing cutwork, laser-cut scallops and glossy stacked ball heels. Webster, who was formerly a mentee of Kirkwood’s, has a whimsical yet deeply sophisticated and distinctive luxury point of view, and was recognized early on by red-carpet influencers Diane Kruger, Scarlett Johannson and Lupita Nyong’o.
“This year Victoria’s Secret asked me to create shoes for their University of Pink, Exotic Traveller and Fairytale [looks]. Not surprisingly my favorite was the University of Pink! For this group I drew from Victoria’s Secret’s brilliant mood board full of graphic girlie graffiti images and created a thigh-high boot with a strong leopard-print motif, and I went to town with the colors,” said Webster. “I added a contrast rubber sole to give it a tougher, sporty edge. I loved all the shoes that I did for the show, but probably the University of Pink, “Jolie,” and the “Catia” with red mirror calf were my favorites.”
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