Mai Lamore has been the buzz name among fashionistas for months and next week she's finally launching her new collection at Browns in London. The shoe designer began secretly developing her line of high luxury couture shoes after 20 years in the art world. Her vision was to make women's shoes as sought after as high luxury clothing and haute jewellery. And judging by her new collection she has done just that.
Mai’s collection incorporates precious materials usually associated with high couture. Shaved mink, satin, gold, natural pearls and semi precious stones make each shoe a beautiful work of art. Our favourite has to be Angel’s Dew with its nest of Lesage embroidery and a crystal and gold jewel chick on the heel. But with prices starting at £8,500, these babies are not for the faint-hearted or the shallow-pocketed.
But fear not! Mai has also created a limited edition, prêt-a-porter collection inspired by her luxury shoes with a more affordable price tag. The impeccable quality and sculptural shapes are still apparent, which is why we love her sensuous platform, Eva. Available in crocodile, leather and python, they are truly luxurious.
Browns now stocks her collection exclusively in the UK, so get there quickly because we predict a riot! Prices for prêt-a-porter start at £1,490.
By Lucy Kebbell