{ introducing } b. brian atwood

as you may have gathered from the fun, flashy widget in my top right sidebar, i’ve teamed up with designer brian atwood to debut his new b brian atwood line, which is officially launching on august 25th via saks.com. every day this week, a new style from the collection is being unveiled on my page ~ and i’m as excited to see them myself as i am to share them with you!!

a few weeks ago, brian invited me to stop by the photoshoot for his print campaign (the photo above is a tiny preview ~ how dashing does the designer look in this cameo?!), and i seized the occasion to put on my best journalistic kicks. interview below!

in many ways, shoe making seems more akin to architecture than to fashion design. how did you learn this craft, and who were your role models as a young designer?

when i was younger i loved building model houses, but it wasn’t until i started working at gianni versace that I learned the art of making shoes. it is like building a house. you need the correct foundation or the shoe doesn’t support the wearer.

was it your background in modeling that inspired you to go into design?

i always knew that i wanted to be a designer. i started off in ready-to-wear and somehow found my love of shoes. modeling just allowed me to see the world and meet the designers that i would like to work with.

and how has that experience informed your work?

it gave me a broader viewpoint on design as well as what women want.

when designing a new collection where do you begin? does it start with developing new last shapes, materials, etc.?

first it starts with last shapes and heels that you would like to see, then you begin with your color card and material to follow. after that it all comes together as your vision evolves.

over the last couple years, shoe designs have gotten more outrageous than ever; each brand seems determined to outdo the others in structure, weight, height, etc. yet your designs maintain a classic appeal while still looking fresh. how do you negotiate this competitive scene but continue to set yourself apart?

i love all of the outrageous designs that are out there, but i do believe that women always need classic shoes with a twist. when clothing is busy you need cleaner accessories. if our shoes seem on the classic side then we “amp” it up in the height to give it an edge.

if your fans could only buy one of your shoes this season, which would you recommend and why?

from the “b” collection they should buy leise in silver metallic [in the middle picture above] or paradis in the patchwork leopard print boot [debuting in tomorrow's sidebar!].

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08109699563405609074 Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    What a great project to work on Kelli! Congrats! The shoes look fab!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02122754734548742560 Rizzi

    OMG I LOVE THE LAST PAIR with the leopard print.

  • http://bintheknow.wordpress.com B. in the Know

    Congrats! This is a great project!
    Much love,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03429968469338580701 Cristiana Nunes

    Love the shoes on that second photo!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13310623910225011791 miss twinkletoes

    Congrats – such an exciting to designer to have the chance to work with!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14395692815361133511 Rocket Fashionista

    I bet it's fun working with him! Love the last pair of heels, the colour, the pattern and the metal-looking sturdy heels look gorgeous!


  • http://www.myfashionview.com Susie Heymer

    What up! Amazing shoes! I love to know!
    Have a lovely day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    wow amazing shoes and I can't wait to see more!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • https://profiles.google.com/101698924680399719681 k come karolina


    xoxo from rome

  • http://therealmeangirl.com MG

    I've gotta have the last pair. Those are amazing! Oh, this is just so exciting!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee


    fb: pinklemonincrystal

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15376356878120105071 Gina Michele

    Gorgeous shoes! I love those boots!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01671622982235409326 S

    You're sooo lucky! this preview looks great, i'm looking forward to see the whole collection!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06127812251811714658 Mad For Fashion…For Less

    The boots are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04762138211841570483 Rachel

    Ahhh! I have to have those boots! Gorgeous!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15863938010658021639 Shelby

    he is truly SO handsome, and that ad photo is stunning… can't wait to see the rest!! i'd die to have those middle shoes, my goodness. love this collaboration!!!! <3shelby


  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings

    Incredible. Brian Atwood and his footcandy are very fabu. I have a Rachel Zoe moment every time I see a posh pair. =)

    Need it? Want it? Crave it? Satisfy Your Cravings For Celebrity Style and All Things Stylish and Sweet

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04750934444442772717 Caitie

    you are an amazing journalist… such fabulous questions!!!


  • Anonymous

    Can you please capitalize you letters where appropriate?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03580195483507919482 ggshoe

    Lovely!! Congrats!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00654775959062211467 Jazzy

    Loved this post, a great read! Thanks for the interesting info, and lovely pictures!

    x jazzandcocktails.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18265420991342432233 Mrs. C

    Wow!! This is a fantastic interview with such an amazing designer! I LOVE his shoes and they always look so fabulous!!

    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04584180305177720510 Laura Burtis

    OMG! Absolutely adore those boots! So gorgeous!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12167213309697759280 Lily

    Amazing !! Cant wait to see more.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11659140453880034542 the outfit diaries

    sweeeeet shoes!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10742697015152576035 Bravoe Runway

    I am really excited for this debut and can't wait to to see the collection at Saks! What a great designer to collaborate with, and also the experience to work with Versace is amazing! You deserve it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 Julie Khuu

    What a fabulous collabo! You are THE person to showcase Brian's glamorous collection! Those boots are to die for Kel! Can't wait to see you modeling the line!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13676369264669327101 Heels and Sunkissed Curls

    These shoes are amazing! What a fun project! Your blog always inspires me.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02263720736209574847 Alma

    love the boots, and those glittery heels!!! they are incredible!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    this guy is seriously talented!! i absolutely love his taste in footwear. i have a friend who is a shoe designer and it is a difficult job to say the least. very cool.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06082917538862403026 Allegra

    very nice! I know it may be too much of a cliche BUT I looove shoes! just ordered the Zoe boots – can't wait!

  • https://profiles.google.com/110065057612038886423 Rosa Melville

    Nice proyect Kelly! It's nice to see all your blogger work is so nicely being rewarded and it's great that you are the one telling us about his collection!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14548517494434374923 jessica january

    LOVE those ombre leopard shoes with the purple! amazing.
    january, x

  • http://www.apparelus.com/ wholesale clothing

    Love the shoes on that second photo! anyway, congrats! gonna be a great project!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15388976602058685179 Rachel Nguyen

    Oh man, that first picture makes me weak at the knees.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17294153223637475104 Francesca Felix

    the boots in the first shot are just to die for. they are freaking beautiful!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06817440115036704641 Brittany Matthews

    Wow! how exciting!

    Join my GIVEAWAY!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16390634615419636972 GlamourCoach

    Unfortunately, most of the shoes sold lacking proper foundation, which is absolutely essential the higher heels grows. For most of the designers the essence of the shoe lays in it's strikingly trendy creation, but like everything in life if it doesn't have right base/support it doesn't last long. Where can we find this brand?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    this is amazing! can't wait i have to check it out on saks.com – awesome collab.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05052792977181531741 La Petite Marmoset

    That's so great that you got to interview him! The shoes are lovely as well :)
    La Petite Marmoset

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06608349350102547447 Nadine

    Congratulations! What a fantastic opportunity. The Leise is amazing-can't wait to shop it on saks.com.
    Keep it up, girl! You're a true inspiration!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03705476141906955403 Grace

    Those boots are FABULOUS!
    xx Grace

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02426590262383628715 Emma

    These designs are TIGHT. The boots are knock-outs and I love the purple gradient to orange. Can't wait to see what's to come!

    Très Awesome – Chicago Street Style

  • http://thefoldlondon.tumblr.com/ Kathy

    I ADORE the mixture of black and brown on those gorgeous knee-length leathers…. It's been a favorite color combo of mine for ages. Not for the timid, but really…let's start spreading the word that it's okay to wear the two together!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07686135564783858763 jillian

    what a fantastic opportunity!!
    loooove them all! xoxo


  • http://www.catfishtocaviar.com Tamara

    Do you consider it glamorous that I drooled on my keyboard? Boots? Yes!

    Nice interview, too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10456902592654842689 Alison

    wow, you are so lucky!! excited to see the shoes

    <3 Alison

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10312408733555420268 Leonie

    Awesome, great project! The shoes are beautiful, so elegant.

    NEW POST: Vintage Living

  • http://fashionclub.com/fashion/feature/lauren-conrad-2011/ Lauren Conrad Style

    Ok, who doesn't LOVE these shoes! They are so HOT! The boots are awesome and anything with Lepoard has to be in my closet ASAP! Brian Atwood really knows how to design a great shoe :)

  • http://scribeandmaker.com Danielle

    I've always admired Atwood's work but never knew he's so handsome! Can't wait for this.

  • Anonymous

    I love these boots and Atwood's work!That's amazing:)
    Your blog is awesome!
    I'd love to share a pretty thing with you too! It's about a fashion game for women that I've just found out on FB http://apps.facebook.com/date-deadline/ Have fun :) xx

  • http://www.founditonapostednote.wordpress.com founditonapostednote

    Those boots are so inspiring.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05479660870779798748 Maggie ☮

    Stunning shoes! I really love the paradis because of the patchwork leopard print. <3

  • Nooshin

    I love the interpretation on the classic leather boots… and the leopard print shoes too!

    Great interview as well.