Already garnering attention from the fashion industry itself, Italian designer Pamela Costantini offers finished luxe with the Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection from her eponymous label. The designer offers elegant and versatile shoes, ranging from nude brogues and black sandals to red-hot satin ankle boots. Consider her multi-cultural background a cause to initiate a modern appeal without compromising style. Costantini founded her eponymous label after collaborating with Italian bijoux company Schield.
WVF: Tell us about yourself.
Pamela Costantini: I was born in Rome and lived between Ecuador and Italy. I used to play in my mother's studio, where she worked in fashion and made costumes for theatres. I was also in love with saddles and my father's equestrian boots, which prompted me to study shoes and accessories design. After working in London for two years, I moved to Florence to work for Roberto Cavalli where I am still working as a shoe designer.
WVF: How would you define your brand's aesthetic?
Pamela Costantini: The passion for handcrafted shoes details, with a graphic, modern, and sensual design. My designs are both tough and elegant - something for confident women who aren't afraid to stand out.
WVF: Describe you Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection.
Pamela Costantini: It's inspired by the new wave of rock music from the 80's. The latest collection has a square-masculine toe; we proposed 4 different styles: a sandal, a D'Orsay, a boot, and a brogue. The leather used is a very luxurious baby-calf in black and nude in contrast with a laminated leather that gave the collection the same spirit of the female protagonists; rock singers of the 70's/80's from which the shoes' names are inspired. The satin is used in both during the daytime and also in the evening, and it's also combined with the laminated gold leather giving a special choice to the client.
WVF: Where are the shoes manufactured?
Pamela Costantini: The shoes are made in Italy, in Riviera del Brenta where most of the luxury brands create their shoes.
WVF: What is it like working as a design team?
Pamela Costantini: I can't deny that it was very hard at the beginning to tell people what to do, because I'm a workaholic and I have to have everything under control but I'm learning to slow down and trust people... It's amazing when you realise working with great people who believe in your project can really make a difference.
WVF: What can we expect form you next collection?
Pamela Costantini: Light and colours - laser cuts inspired by plants, leaves and glossy materials. It's a funnier collection but has a touch of 70's with the greatest handcrafted details.
Images courtesy of Pamela Costantini.