Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur

Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur Vegan Shoes Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014

Julie Dicterow and Gina Ferraraccio, the designers and activists behind the popular vegan label Cri de Coeur, have teamed with New York designer/ artist Arden Wohl to create a new collection of vegan shoes for Spring/ Summer 2014. The inspiration? Late 19th century Symbolism. A movement championed by artists like Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, and Émile Bernard, Symbolism is the idea that art should represent absolute truths, such as an emotion or idea, which can only be described indirectly. For Cri de Coeur and Arden Wohl, this absolute truth is ethical consumerism, for which they seek to attract "a new ideal not by persuasion, but through artistic expression."





Arden Wohl and Cri de Coeur founders Julie Dicterow and Gina Ferraraccio 

Julie Dicterow and Gina Ferraraccio, the designers and activists behind the popular vegan label Cri de Coeur, have teamed with New York designer/ artist Arden Wohl to create a new collection of vegan shoes for Spring/ Summer 2014. The inspiration? Late 19th century Symbolism. A movement championed by artists like Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, and Émile Bernard, Symbolism is the idea that art should represent absolute truths, such as an emotion or idea, which can only be described indirectly.

For Cri de Coeur and Arden Wohl, this absolute truth is ethical consumerism, for which they seek to attract "a new ideal not by persuasion, but through artistic expression." According to the brand's website, the influence of Symbolism in the Cri de Coeur x Arden Wohl SS14 collection can be traced back to Klimt's hidden eyes in his Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (depicted below), gold leaf techniques, and mosaic ornamentation.

Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I 1907 Neue Gallery New York
Gustav Klimt,  Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, Neue Gallerie New York

Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur Vegan Shoes Fashion Week Spring/ Summer 2014


Some of my favorites include: 


Arden Wohl x CDC Vienna Vegan Sandal, $320, cridecoeur.com



Arden Wohl x CDC Varo Flat, $290, cridecoeur.com








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