Jimmy Choo Protégé Steps into the Spotlight with Funky Shoes for Summer

Photos Courtesy of Joanne Stoker
Where is the line drawn between fashion and art? The divide between the two can be confusing, but whatever the case, the designs of Joanne Stoker? whether they?re considered fashion or sheer art? are simply stunning.

At just 29 years old, British-born shoe designer Joanne Stoker is quickly gaining acclaim as the next Jimmy Choo by blending Art Deco glamour with avant-garde accents. Already garnering a celebrity following, (Nicki Minaj wore two of Stoker?s styles in her ?Starships? music video) the London-based designer?s collection is attracting global attention.
  Joanne Stoker Coney Island SS13
Many of her designs derive from her travels, including the seaside where she spent her childhood holidays, as evidenced by the architecturally striking lines found in her collections. Joanne Stoker Hustle SS13
While Stoker cites her inspirations as everything from the Russian artist Kandinsky to the New York City skyline, her collection for Spring 2013 draws from beachside boardwalks like Coney Island, as seen through a popsicle-colored palette and candy cane stripes.Joanne Stoker Crystal Shoe SS13
Fusing styles of Marie Antoinette’s sass with Zelda Fitzgerald’s pizzazz, the fashion-forward footwear features intricate heel designs with origami-like patterning. The designer also incorporates luxurious materials such as rabbit fur, micro feathers and Swarovski crystals in a bold manner.  Joanne Stoker Cake Walk SS13
With a Master’s Degree in footwear design from the London College of Fashion, Stoker’s background also includes a number of accolades, such as the British Footwear Association Design Award and The Vogue Talents Award. In the UK, she has worked alongside fashion design darling Matthew Williamson and been mentored by the renowned Jimmy Choo. Most recently, she presented at London Fashion Week and also produced a line with popular shoe retailers, Dune.  Joanne Stoker Bossa Nova SS13
Currently sold online and through select retailers in Europe and Canada, prices for the spring collection vary from $300-$800.

Alexa Mangrum

Alexa Mangrum culminates her love of culture with her passion for writing as a Justluxe Editorial Team Member. An authority on the arts and design world, Mangrum frequently freelances for various publications globally. An arts and entertainment enthusiast in her local community of San Diego, Mangrum is a visual artist as well. Recently awarded as an Emerging Creative of 2013 by Google Inc. and con...(Read More)

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