Michael Lewis is the man responsible for some of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic shoe silhouettes of the last decade. After making his mark as Marc Jacobs’ right hand man with the storied French house, Lewis jumped full force into his own luxury footwear line. Now three collections in—with his fourth on the way—Lewis’ architectural take on women’s stilettos, flats and boots has reinvigorated the edgy appeal of footwear.
Trained at London’s Central St. Martins before moving to Paris to work for Jean-Charles de Castlebajac as well as luminary designers and labels like Jacobs for LV, Tom Ford for Gucci and Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Lewis sought his next challenge by building an iconic footwear line. “A shoe should be about dressing up, feeling something—an emotion, or a reaction—a way of changing a mood or a situation, and mainly about enjoyment and being gorgeous,” Lewis explains of his philosophy.
Signature flourishes and design details include a mitered platform, glossy metallics, inverted roman column heels constructed of hard shiny lacquer and a tongue-in-cheek twist on femininity with hard clear plastic ribbon bow embellishments. The femme fatale runs rampant in his s/s ’11 collection, slimming down some of his lines for a sleeker but no less slick look. And with celeb fans already including Elle Macpherson, Dannii Minogue, Claudia Schiffer as well as retailers like Harvey Nicks snapping him up in Europe, we look forward to seeing Lewis make his print on the international industry.