CLEO B, the luxury shoe and accessory brand, is excited to introduce their Autumn/Winter ‘14 collection.
Taking Middle Eastern street art as a starting point, CLEO B’s vision for AW14 is one of swooping shapes, rich colour and metallic detailing. Inspired by Lebanese graffiti – the beautiful fusion of ancient Arabic calligraphy and the modern urban practice of street art – CLEO B has created a collection of shoes and accessories that reference this enchanting art form.
Designer Cleo Barbour started the design process by creating her own unique pattern inspired by the bold curvaceous lines of the Arabic language and the powerful political and social messages this work echoes. This pattern formed the textured quilting seen on the Siska boots and name bag and provided an underlying influence throughout the collection.
This season, CLEO B’s signature pairing of bold colour and metallic gold has been given an indulgent autumnal upgrade. AW14 showcases a luxurious palette of jewel-inspired tones such as deep sea blue and vibrant amethyst purple, alongside tortoiseshell and offset by flashes of bright orange, turquoise and pink.
Sumptuously soft suede and nappa are the primary materials of choice with a heavy emphasis on glistening metallic gold detailing such as zips, studs and metallic stitching. What’s more, the lustrous patent tortoiseshell within the collection adds a retro feel.
CLEO B’s AW14 collection is their most wearable to date with the collection of both workwear and eveningwear styles designed by Cleo with the modern women at the forefront of her mind. For example, The Basha boot is fitted with a removable upper part and can be easily transformed from a knee boot to an ankle boot by simply unzipping. This season also sees the introduction of a bolder thicker heel shape making the collection of both boots and heels super comfortable and extremely practical for the winter months.
The fourteen styles, each named after a prolific Arabic graffiti artist, succeed in retaining functionality whilst still having a unique CLEO B twist. Within the collection we see the CLEO B favourites from our core collection – Jazz, Disco and Hip Hop – revived in never-before-seen Autumnal shades. Additionally, these super popular and time-tested styles have been joined by new core collection styles, Mambo and Jungle.
Alongside the shoe and bag styles, AW14 incorporates CLEO B’s biggest ever selection of their iconic metal, crystal and fur pom-pom shoe clips. Effortlessly clipped to practically any pair of shoes, CLEO B shoe clips provide a fun and easy way for anyone to customize their footwear and make a perfect match for jazzing up the core styles within the collection.