Born into the shoe industry, Celine Ouaknine, Senior Designer at Titan Industries Inc., shares with us her obsession with fashion and all things SHOES! Celine currently designs for Charles Jourdan and Belle by Badgley Mischka and has a long repertoire of shoe designing through her lengthy career in the shoe world. The obvious things such as runway shows and fashion blogs inspire her, but what really makes her tick and gets her creative juices flowing is seeing what her friends and average people on the street are wearing, or by watching some of her old favorite movies. Inspiration can hit at anytime, in any place, and under any circumstances! Every year, Titan Industries travels to Italy for leather and fabric shows with booth after booth of the newest Italian leathers (swoon) and fabrics. I can just imagine the scent of the fresh soft leathers just waiting to be picked up and turned into a beautiful shoe! How is it possible that after years and years, they still come up with new ideas of something you think you have already seen before. The fashion world is evolving everyday with innovative, fresh ideas, and she can’t get enough of it.
Being a shoe designer, it is only fitting to have quite the collection of shoes yourself. Celine has an insane collection of some of the most stunning, unique, and fun shoe eye candy. While standing in Celine’s closet with her surrounded by shoe beauty, we asked her what her favorite pair is. She definitely couldn’t just pick ONE (that’s like asking a mom who her favorite child is) but she does have some favorites, some that she never even plans to wear. Nicolas Kirkwood made a pair of wedges that are to die for. They are like artwork, in fact they are made of artwork from Keith Haring, and as much as Celine would love to rock those bad boys, they will stay in her closet in perfect condition forever. Celine stated that her Christian Louboutin spiked Pigalles are her ride or die shoes that she can always count on to take her outfit to the next level, we agree! They are the perfect blend of sexy and edgy, and not to mention their height which makes them all the sexier! Wondering who Celine’s favorite designer is? We were too! Her favorite designer changes from season to season depending on what they’re creating. With over 30 pairs (and growing) of his shoes in her closet, Christian Louboutin definitely has the strongest presence within her collection. Celine believes that “Louboutin” and “sexy” are synonymous and she LOVES a sexy shoe. When planning her outfits, shoes come first… always. Celine states “Lady Gaga is proof that you can literally wear a sack over you and throw on some amazing shoes and the world will stop and look.”
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