Great news! Destiny and I just heard from Beth Livesay, editor of Altered Couture magazine, that she wants to use FIVE pairs of our bridal shoes in their May 2010 issue. Well, actually, she wants to use four pairs of Destiny’s designs and one of mine. But that’s okay! I am so proud of her, I am probably more excited than if the numbers had been reversed.
Let me give you a quick tour of the shoes that will be in the article we’re doing.
This is called Cinderella Dreams and it’s the FIRST shoe Destiny ever designed. Not bad for starters, huh? (Big smile) It’s an ivory ballet slipper with Venice lace that she highlighted with Bright Gold Lumiere paint and flatback Swarovski crystals. The embellishment on the toe is actually one half of a fancy clasp for an evening cloak (which I found at an amazing fabric discounters in San Jose — it’s called Fabrics R Us).
This little number Destiny calls Dancer’s Delight. It was very simple to make. She started with a faux leather bridal shoe from Target and glued on three types of embellishments. First she attached two strands of silver leaf trim (made of polyester fabric) using The Ultimate glue, which is what we like best for gluing fabric to manmade leather. Then she added one large organza flower to the toe and several smaller ones to the ankle strap. These came from a scrapbooking store and were blessedly inexpensive!
This little bootie is the biggest hit when we go to Bridal Shows. It’s another of Destiny’s creations, called Better Than Chocolate. It uses Lumiere’s Metallic Rust paint on the larger areas and a darker, flatter color of brown (from a line called Neopaque by Jacquard) for painting the little pointed edges. A 3″-wide brown organza ribbon tied in a big poufy bow tops it off.
Here’s another boot the young women love, especially if they are doing an old-fashioned wedding. It’s my design, called Kaylie’s Bridal Boot. It started out a dark pink. I painted it with Lumiere’s Pearl White (it took three coats, I have to admit). Around the top I glued a piece of ruffled satin trim. (Obviously this sassy little ruffle is only going to be visible to the bride — and later the groom, one supposes — but who else really matters?) To create the glittered appliques, I simply snipped them out of some embroidered net and and glued them on with The Ultimate. The final touch? Pink Swarovski crystals glued into the centers of the flowers.
Now for the piece de resistance. Destiny’s Diva Couture heels, which just got back from a Wearable Art exhibit at LAX in time for us to submit them for the magazine deadline.
She used Petal Pink Glitter It! paint on the body of the shoe. Then she added a rhinestone button and three German crystal drops to the toe.
The best part — I think — is what she did to the heel and back of the shoe, however. She used auto-detailing tape to block off narrow white stripes, then painted the heel pink before removing the tape. At the top of each pink stripe she added a dot of pink glitter. Then she glued a line of good-size Swarovski crystals to the back seam line. Shoes fit for a diva, indeed!
In case you didn’t know, Destiny and I have a sideline doing custom bridal shoes (plus bridesmaid and flower girl shoes). We call the business Silk Forrest Bridal, and you can see more photos of our shoes in this line at www.silkforrestbridal.com. P.S. The flower girl shoes are especially adorable!