In Her Shoes: Tamu McPherson

Read the interview with the blogger and street style photographer, star of our short film “Tamu vs. Tamu”

 “I am a lion, distracted daydreamer, hopeless romantic, legally blond, pretty in pink, fiercely loyal, genetically engineered to seek out the happiness of my loved ones, simplistically idealistic, champion for the underdog, too sensitive at times, and just plain human.” This is how Tamu McPherson, street style photographer and fashion editor, defines her blog All the Pretty Birds. Born in Jamaica and raised in New York, today Tamu lives and works in Milan where, observing her fashion editor colleagues, the people she meets and photographs, as well as her own personal style icon (her Italian mother-in-law), she captures the trends of the moment inspired by designers and fashion enthusiasts.

Tamu stars in an exciting dance contest for shoescribe.com wearing the most beautiful shoes of the new Fall/Winter 2014-15 collections and reveals her life and career through an exclusive interview with us.

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Your first shoe memory?
A pair of oxfords with buckles, bought in London at the age of 13. In the 90s you could never find anything like these in New York.

Most memorable shoes in a film.
The ones of Dorothy of course. It’s impossible not to fall in love with a pair of red sparkly shoes.

The most essential shoes for fashion week.
Sneakers – they’re also now seen on the latest runways. By now sneakers are no longer synonymous with a sporty look – you can wear them with everything – even a dress. Trendy and comfortable, I love them all: from classic models to those that are more avant-garde.

The shoes that make you dance.
Classic stiletto pumps. I love them, even if they don’t entirely reflect my style. They’re sexy and have the power to transform who wears them into a femme fatale.

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Your rules for matching shoes to an outfit.
No particular rules – not even bad weather is capable of stopping me from wearing a pair of shoes. To wear floral sandals on a rainy day puts me in a great mood. In the end all you need is an umbrella!

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How do you organize your shoe closet?
Those that I wear everyday – like sneakers and ankle boots – are on the floor, ready to be worn. The others are put in order according to the height of the heel: first kitten heels, then high heels. My favorite shoes are in the middle, this way I can see them better. Some are true works of art – with decorative function. In the end our wardrobes are a part of our houses.

What does your shoe collection reveal about you?
That I love shoes…and that I’m adventurous, in the sense that I like to experiment with fashion. I’m a boyish girl. I have a lot of menswear-inspired shoes but many that are frivolous, feminine and colorful.

Shoes are a feminine passion. Why?
Sporty or sophisticated? Sexy or functional?
Women may be different people according to the shoes that they wear. High heels, for example, are a weapon: they make you feel more secure and help you to face a difficult situation with more determination. Shoes are possibilities!

Has Milan influenced your style? How?
The typical Italian style is more “formal” than the American one that is definitely more casual. Italian elegance is very much linked to tradition. Italian women are incredible and inspire me every day. In Italy I learned, for example, to love navy blue – it’s an extremely elegant color.

Your “muses”?
Caroline Issa, Carine Roitfeld, Yasmin Sewell, Eva Chen and many other women who work in the world of fashion. But first of all my mother-in-law! Italian and elegant, she is my quintessential style icon.

Other passions?
My seven-year-old son, sports, food, music… and dance.

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Killer Heels

Sky high heels and sensational wedges on display at the Brooklyn Museum

The high heel – a woman’s quintessential object of desire – is the center of the exhibition “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe”, at the Brooklyn Museum until the 15th of February.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Platform Sandal, 1938. 

The exhibit features mules made of Italian silk from the 17th century,  embroidered wedges worn in China in the 19th century, Marilyn Monroe’s pumps by Salvatore Ferragamo and shoes created by Elsa Schiaparelli with Salvador Dalì. Modern shoes range from the spectacular “kinky boots” of Christian Louboutin or black leather ankle boots with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga.

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Chinese Manchu Woman’s Shoe, 19th century

Whoever has the opportunity to visit the exhibit will be able to admire sky high heels, architectural wedges and sensational platforms. Because shoes – which have always been loved by women – are works of art.

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 Italian Chopine, 1550–1650. 

 

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Photo credits: Jonathan Dorado/Brooklyn Museum

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Miroslava Style

A pair of sandals for three looks

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Fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and freelance journalist for Glamour, Tatler and OK Magazine, Miroslava Duma is a fashion authority. Her looks are always in demand and are sources of great inspiration.

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As we love to build our looks starting from our shoes, we’ve created a few starting from a simple yet sophisticated accessory: the ankle strap sandal.

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Whether with a mini-skirt, a pair of skinny jeans or wrapped in a camouflage trench, Miroslava wears the same sandals: edgy, chic and versatile.

Choose from our picks to create a fashion editor-inspired look:

 

 

 

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From the Venetian Red Carpet

Matilde Gioli and Alessandra Mastronardi wear our exclusive sandals at the Venice Film Festival

The Italian actresses looked ultra-glamorous on the red carpet at the Douglas Kirkland: A Life in Pictures exhibit of the Venice Film Festival, adding a finishing touch to their looks with our exclusive sandals by René Caovilla.

Our Brand Ambassador Matilde Gioli wore our exclusive sandals in silver with blue crystals, paired perfectly with this floral mini-dress.

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Alessandra Mastronardi chose to wear the sandals in black with gold crystals with a chic orange sheath dress for an understated yet elegant look.

 

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Guest Curator: Milena Canonero

Read the interview with the Oscar-winning costume designer and discover the shoes inspired by the film

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From Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette to the latest film of Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero depicts her life and career through her favorite shoes.

The Grand Budapest Hotel marks your third collaboration with director Wes Anderson. How has your relationship evolved professionally?
Our first artistic meeting was when Wes asked me to design the costumes for The Life Aquatic, shot in Italy. This was followed by The Darjeeling Ltd., shot in India and then by The Grand Budapest Hotel shot in Germany. I enjoyed and appreciated working with Wes because he is wonderfully stimulating and creative.

In a recent interview you affirmed that the “style of any character must have its own ‘raison d’être’”. This is particularly relevant for the characters of Wes Anderson, strongly characterized by their looks, as well as for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and the main character of Out of Africa. Which was the most difficult character to dress of your entire career?
To arrive at the essence of a character through his look is never easy because it is a gradual work-in-progress; a process starting with the concept of the movie. It is very gratifying when one succeeds to create an unforgettable look that is also in harmony with the rest of the movie.

A past film that you particularly enjoyed designing costumes for?
Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. First of all because I love working with Francis and also because I was passionate about the subject of the movie.
Sadly when Francis had asked me, I was already committed to another project.

A director you would like to work with? 
A director who has a vision.

How do you define your personal style?
“Personal.”

What does your shoe collection reveal about you?
A passion that creates harmony not only aesthetically but also physically and psychologically.

Is there a pair of shoes that you are tied to or that evoke a particular memory?
A pair of high-heeled burgundy leather boots by Francois Villon. In Paris. Walking along the streets of Paris in love with my then-future husband I felt tall and sexy.

Your most memorable “cinema-chic” shoes?
Any of the shoes that Ginger Rogers wore when she so lightly and elegantly danced with Fred Astaire in their memorable films.

Your “Oscar shoes”?
I did not attend the event for my first Oscar as I was traveling through India. My shoes for the second Oscar for Hugh Hudson’s movie Chariots of Fire were by Manolo Blahnik. And for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette they were by Prada.  

A word of advice on shoe care?
Keep them in shape.

Riding boots inspired by Meryl Streep’s style in Out of Africa, “aristocratic” flats in the style of Marie Antoinette and scarlet pumps a là Wes Anderson: discover the shoes inspired by three masterpiece films for which our Guest Curator Milena Canonero was the costume designer.

 

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Heels by René Caovilla  Boots by Alberto Fasciani  Flats by Duccio Venturi Bottier

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