Collaboration with Julien Macdonald
We loved collaborating with Julien Macdonald for London Fashion Week AW16. It was great to design and make the children's bespoke shoes for the grand finale, which was hailed by the Telegraph as 'Julien MacDonald wins best finale with a glittery bride and small children'.
This wonderful opportunity came about when the talented shoe designer Tengiz from Charkviani, who designed the women’s and men’s shoes for the show, learned that they were going to have a flowergirl and pageboy for the finale. Not being an expert in children’s shoes, he came to Vevian for our well-known bespoke design service.
We had just 6 working days to design from scratch and produce these completely bespoke shoes - a process that would take 3-4 weeks to complete. The saving grace was that our designer Vivienne lives locally to Julien Macdonald’s studio, which meant she could pop in and speak directly to Julien, which helped immensely.
Our designs needed to be not only high fashion and worthy of the catwalk, but also suitable for the children and comfortable for them to wear. We were asked to work with the same leathers as were used for the women’s and men’s shoes.
The leather used in the men's shoes was very heavy - too heavy for children's shoes - so Vivienne needed to think fast! Her innovation was to split the heavy leather, so that it would be identical to the adult leathers but it would be much thinner and more flexible, and hence more comfortable, for the young model Toby.
Once Julien approved our designs, we had the patterns and the mock-ups made within 24 hours to try on the models. Thankfully the mock-ups looked perfect with the outfits! We only needed to adjust the straps slightly to make them the perfect fit. Our team then worked around the clock to make the final shoes to deliver in time for the show. Having the children as a key part of the show really surprised the audience and brought a warm smile to everyone’s face.
We want to thank the team at Julien Macdonald for giving us this amazing opportunity and for being so wonderful to work with, especially Julien himself who was always so positive despite the pressure of the upcoming show.
Congratulations to Julien on yet another fantastic collection and LFW show!
Click here to see the grand finale Video
If you'd like to create your own bespoke children's shoes, call us on +44 (0)7783 975 155 to talk to our designer Vivienne about your design. Read more about our bespoke service and the process here.