BLEEDING HEARTS – CHAOS & HARMONY AW15

c&h 2I first discovered Chaos and Harmony many years ago, but it was a long distance, one sided affair. I would lust after their shoes but never invested in them. That changed last winter when I visited their newly opened store BlakChaos alongside renowned clothing label Blak, in Mount Maunganui. The lust turned to love, and I ended up walking out with not one but two pairs! What struck me most was their ability to create shoes that felt like instant wardrobe classics, but still had a uniqueness and edge to their design to make them feel truly special.

It came as no surprise to me that lead designer and managing director Bec Anderson studied in Italy at the Instituo Europeo di Design, the beautiful quality leathers used and faultless construction of their shoes are hallmarks of Italian design.

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This seasons range Bleeding Hearts was inspired by the captivating work of artist Ruben Ireland, known for his contrast of humanity mixed with abstract conception. The result is a collection that too plays on contrasts, light and dark, strength and softness. Beautiful leathers and gorgeous textures shine in a palette from stark black and white to rich wines and blush pinks.
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The range has started dropping instore and online already, with injections of new styles throughout March and April. I was lucky enough to be shown some of the samples that aren’t quite in store yet, you can view the full Bleeding Hearts collection here, but below are my favourites…

These Shadowbox ankle boots in white are stunning and beautiful croc leather features around the ankle. I’d feel a little fancy doing the school run in these for sure!
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The Ingrid boots are the absolute perfect everyday heel for winter, comfortable enough to wear all day and a stunning woven leather contrast on the ankle.
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I love the rounded toe on the Allegiance boots and the strap detail gives it the needed edge,(this sample wraps around the ankle three times, but the one in production will wrap around twice) it can also be removed for a more streamlined look. Due April 16.
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Ahh how hot are these Momento boots!? They are definitely going to be my first purchase this season. The pointed toe, the cracked leather, what’s not to love! Due March 30.
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I have been looking for the perfect pair of black pumps for ever, every woman should have at least one pair in their wardrobe. I think I’ve finally found mine in the Rosette. The cut of these shoes is just stunning, the heel height is perfect and the cracked leather gives the needed point of difference to the classic black pump. Due in store today.
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Almost a work of art, the Enlighten heel is captivating. Made from patent leather in the richest pinot coloured hue, these heels are guaranteed to turn heads.
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Chaos and Harmony design for a type of energy in a woman; creative, unique, independent, rather than a specific age group or being heavily focused on trends, allowing their designs to have longevity. Although it’s their stunning aesthetic that catch your eye, it’s the incredible quality of design and construction that will make your investment one you will never regret.

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