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London Fashion Week’s esthetica highlights: Nina Dolcetti

Posted Feb 24 2010 6:25am

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Luxury upcycle shoe brand Nina Dolcetti introduced two new selections of shoes for autumn/ winter 2010 at Esthetica at London Fashion Week. Jenny Butler went to have a look.

The AW10 is named ‘On Cloud Nina’ and we went to their stand and spoke to designer Elisalex Grunfeld de Castro about her inspiration for the collection. She explores Mughal Architecture to give the shoes a distinctive sculptural style.

She was influenced by a visit to the British Museum to see the Garden and Cosmos exhibition and the Maharaja exhibition at the V&A Museum.

You can see how these ideas have been harnessed into the shoes with their simple decorations. With a little mentoring, Elisalex was able to structure her time and fill her sketch books with ideas for this season’s designs.

The shoes are produced from upcycled off cuts of suede and unwanted pre-consumer waste. Newly introduced are soft and earthy, ethically sourced vegetable tanned leathers.

Our favourite picks are the ‘little sweets’ or in Italian Dolcetti. The shoes look like sweet wrappers that are a staple in the collection. They are made from vegetable tanned leather and use colour swatches to add a hint of colour which are used for loops and sashes on the shoes.

Each one is a different colour as the material will eventually run out so the shoes are unique. Our favourite are the red lizard loops.

The shoes are produced in Italy using no chrome or chemicals. Elisalex thinks it is important to use any material that will be thrown away or will end up in landfill. She gets a lot of her material from different companies and from swatches in a variety of shops.

The heels are formed from sustainably sourced cork and wood, and soles comprise largely of recycled leather.

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