Essex Shoe Designer Reveals How To Wear Leopard Print
From the BRIGITTE bag to KATE and CLAUDIA shoes, Leigh-on-Sea's Vanessa Shoes offers irresistible leopard print
It's remained a staple in wardrobes for decades, but this spring, leopard print is tipped to be huge.
Following on from designers such as Tom Ford and Richard Quinn, and with a little help from a French actress and iconic supermodels, Vanessa Shoes – based in Leigh-on-Sea – shows us why we should be wearing leopard print now.
With two pairs of leopard print designer shoes in Essex and one pony hair handbag, Vanessa Shoes is hot on the heels of one of this year's biggest fashion trends.
And to founder and designer Vanessa Townshend it's a theme that runs through all her collections. "I love working with leopard print every season. I include it in every collection whether it's leopard print suede or pony hair.
"It's a statement, it's sexy and can be worn through out the seasons."
On pony hair, Vanessa says "it gives it the ultimate luxury feel and look by enchancing the pattern."
Vanessa was inspired by her favourite movie stars and supermodels for her debut collection.
Leopard print was championed by Brigitte Bardot in the Sixties and Seventies, the French actress was photographed wrapped up in a black scarf, beret hat and a leopard print coat.
This inspired Vanessa, and the BRIGITTE box bag, fastened with a gold clasp and finished with a gold chain is named in honour of Bardot.
For Nineties' inspiration, Vanessa looked to Claudia Schiffer. The blonde supermodel is a big fan of leopard print, and regularly wore the print in campaigns, magazine shoots and on the runway.
The CLAUDIA court shoe with a stiletto heel comes in many different colours, but the leopard print designer shoes in Essex nod to the supermodel the most.
The KATE shoe boot is named after the one and only Kate Moss. Not only is she one of the most successful models in the fashion industry, her personal style has been applauded for decades and she’s been a lover of the leopard-print coat since the early Nineties.
Vanessa advises to pair leopard print designer shoes and handbags with "a pair of skinny jeans or dress it up with a little black dress."
Vanessa said considers materials as incredibly important when it comes to designing her shoes.
"Classic and comfortable but high quality," she told us when talking about her debut, The Preview Collection.
Vanessa Shoes, Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1PA
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