Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Cowan

MILAN — Giuseppe Zanotti continues to support emerging talents.

The Italian footwear designer has teamed with New York-based Christian Cowan on a shoe capsule collection, which will make its debut on Cowan’s spring 2019 catwalk on Saturday during New York Fashion Week.

A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion, Cowan has quickly captured the attention of international celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj, Naomi Campbell and Cardi B, with his flamboyant, maximalist style.

While vinyl, feathers, distressed materials and sequins remain at the core of his collections, for the spring line the designer was inspired by Zanotti’s archives. There he discovered the signature “Heel-Less” sandals embellished with a gold pleated watch strap, which he reworked for two black and gold footwear styles to be available from the day of Cowan’s runway show at Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques in New York, Paris and London, as well as at

A preview look from Christian Cowan spring 2019 collection

A preview look from Christian Cowan spring 2019 collection.  Courtesy Photo


“Working with Giuseppe Zanotti has been a dream. Not only does he have the true creative flair of an artist, but he is also incredibly kind and so supportive of our combined vision,” Cowan said. “As a young designer, the opportunity to be able to partner with Giuseppe has been invaluable, his advice and vision have been so helpful and I couldn’t be happier with what we have created together. The opportunity to look back at signature Giuseppe silhouettes and add my own spin on these was one I’ll always treasure. Our maximalist styles married together have created a line of shoes that will be sure to keep you watching.”

Additional pieces from the co-branded collection will include cowboy boots, glitter biker boots, sandals with platinum feathers or with crystal watch straps, as well as unisex sneakers embellished with a gold-pleated buckle showing the two brands’ logo. They will be on sale from February.

This is the latest capsule for Zanotti, who last week unveiled the “Giuseppe Tribute to Michael Jackson” collection. That capsule includes a limited-edition sneaker available in three colors — black, white and silver — and embellished with Swarovski crystals on the fasteners and the name “Michael” engraved on the buckle. The exclusive shoe will be available in selected Giuseppe Zanotti stores in the world, at the company’s online store and at Neiman Marcus in the United States beginning in mid-October.

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