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Foot Fetish

We think we’re in love. The object of our affection is pretty near perfect—dangerously sexy, intelligent and effortlessly cool, with an irresistible aura of mystery and strength. But don’ t flatter yourselves, boys, we aren’t’ t talking about you—our newfound sole mate is none other than Camilla Skovgaard’s fall collection.

The Danish-born, London-based footwear designer has been causing a stir in Europe since launching her collection in 2006, and with good reason. Skovgaard’s creations are the ultimate combination of cerebral design and raw sex appeal, defiantly refusing to piggyback on passing trends. Her fall collection, with its focus on weaving and interlacing, is a prime example: the foot is seductively visible through criss-crossing straps of black leather, embellished with grunge-inspired hardware and long, raven hair (Tim Gunn, take note—Chris March was clearly on to something).

It’s only fitting that such an unusual talent would come from an unconventional background. At age twenty, Skovgaard moved to Dubai to design clothing for Gulf Sheiks’ wives and daughters. Ironically, it was in this environment, where shoes are hidden under long robes, where she first became intrigued by footwear. She relocated to London in 2000 to study at Cordwainer’s College and the Royal College of Art, and two degrees and several awards later, launched her own label. The fashion world has been quick to take notice, with big brands such as Matthew Williamson, Emilio Pucci, and Jens Laugesen recently commissioning her to design their footwear collections.

“I am primarily concerned with design over decoration,” says Skovgaard. “I try to develop a recognizable and intelligent signature of ‘elegant cool’. My aim is to create shoes that provide value and style, that will continue to resonate after short-lived fashion gimmicks have disappeared into oblivion.”

A paramour who’s vowing to stick around for the long haul? Forget love—we’re obsessed.

For more information, visit camillaskovgaard.

By Erin Magner

Photo courtesy of Gen Art Pulse

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