Even if you don't think you're familiar with the work of London-based artist Luke Edward Hall, chances are you've seen some of his creations on Instagram or, indeed, in a number of shops near you. His colourful designs have led to collaborations with brands including Burberry, Liberty London and even a collection of homewares for Habitat. Now, he's sprinkling his magic over Kurt Geiger, producing what might already be this season's most perfect party shoes.
For the 'Fauna' collection, which spans women's, men's and children's shoes (there are also embellished velvet handbags), Hall decided to focus on wildlife associated with Britain, thus drawing Dalmations, regal swans, hares, jellyfish and lobsters. '[They're] not the most obvious ones,' says Hall. 'I produced quite bold, graphic sketches of the animals that the Kurt Geiger team then translated into embellished embroideries.'
There are three pairs of velvet mules for women, a pair of navy slippers for men and some adorable Mary-Janes for children. There are also three embellished bags, also featuring the animal illustrations. 'I was inspired by the graphic, surreal work of fashion designer Elsa Schiaperelli, as well as Picasso's drawings of animals. I loved watching the process of making the pieces unfold and learning about the different techniques involved.'
Luckily, these little beauties have arrived in good time before – sorry, I'm going to say it – Christmas. Whether you're looking for a great gift (if you have children, I am probably going to buy them these teeny, tiny little shoes) or are in search of party shoes that you can actually walk – and dance – in, this collection seems ideal.
Of the collaboration, Hall said: 'I wanted to work with Kurt Geiger because of their huge presence on the high street and also because they are known for their playful, colourful designs, and I often describe my own work in a similar way: joyful, romantic and colourful. It's hard to choose my favourite piece but I do love the Dalmatians! I love their facial expressions and the contrast of the black and white dogs against the deep ruby red velvet of the shoes and bags.'