Tabitha Simmons: Shoes fulfil my feminine desires
Tabitha Simmons fuelled her passion for femininity with whimsical details on her latest shoe range.
The British designer has established herself as a fully-fledged fashionista since launching her footwear label in 2009, winning a CFDA award for accessory design along the way. For her current Autumn/Winter 15 line Tabitha hasn't held back on prints and special features. The finished product, including blue strappy velvet heels and pointy multi-coloured Aztec pumps, reflects her personal preferences.
"I love quilted leathers and metal buckles, but adding whimsical details including prints and patterns fulfilled my passion for elegance and femininity, too," she told Britain's Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Tabitha drew inspiration from many areas of life, such as styles seen in the past and structural design. And with loyal customers in the form of Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler, the shoe queen is certainly doing something right.
"I was initially influenced by the rock 'n' roll aspect of the 1970s, which is reflected in the block heels and beading," Tabitha explained. "I then looked to Victorian architecture for its intricate details, specifically the gates at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh."
The brunette star often talks about her personal fashion tastes, recently sharing wardrobe pieces she'd never part with. In keeping with her love of vintage, her Alexander McQueen dresses made the list, as did one of the late designer's hand-painted, pleated silk skirts.
She often wears her own creations and has a go-to outfit for most occasions.
"My personal style signifiers are a Chanel bouclé jacket, skinny Rag & Bone jeans, and either a white or stripy shirt by Equipment," she recently told howtospendit.ft.com. "I pair this go-everywhere outfit with my own pointy boots with a buckle."