A journal on the footwear process, style tips, funny stories + design.

Show + SELL / Omelle in NY + Paris!
Tuesday / 26 Aug 2008 / 11:04PM

At this point, Cherise and Nicole have become professional shoe packers and unpackers. After a fast-paced month in Las Vegas and New York, they are packing their bags again and headed back to New York and then Paris to continue showcasing the spring/summer 2009 collection.

Buyers and retail stores, please email our Sales Team to make an appointment to shop the spring/summer 2009 collection during the following dates:

Fashion Week – New York / Bryant Park Hotel / September 9th-12th

Premiere Classe – Paris / St. James & Albany / October 3rd-6th

A must have fashion illustration book.
Monday / 25 Aug 2008 / 02:27PM

This past week, I was finally able to have a long overdue date at the Omelle design studio with a past teacher and good friend, Nancy Riegelman. Nancy helped me through my knitwear fashion studies teaching me how to technically draw the fashion croquis. 100 or more croquis illustrations later, Cherise and I had the opportunity of studying with her during our advanced footwear training.

You’re probably wondering why I thought Nancy deserved her own shoetale? I absolutely had to share her two published books with you. They are rich resources for any aspiring artist, illustrator or fashion designer. 9 HEADS covers the basis of how to jump into fashion illustration and technical flats. Colors for Modern Fashion dives into fashion illustration with markers and color, touching deeply on how to render textures and textiles. This is probably one of my favorite art books and has been one of the most useful tools developing my drawing skills to date. The above shoe drawing is something I did for the Omelle spring/summer 2009 collection, and it was all possible from lots of practice and the help of this book!

Our date with Nancy was a pleasure, to no surprise, and I highly recommend you all go out and get her books! If you are not an artist or do not like to draw, Colors for Modern Fashion is such a beautifully designed book with gorgeous fashion illustrations – you can’t go wrong leaving it out on your coffee table. As for Nancy, you can find her teaching at FIDM or Art Center here in California, and you can expect to see a lot of interesting work coming from her in the future. Her fine artwork is just as intriguing as her fashion skills and Nancy’s gallery show last year was inspired by breath. She will be showing again in January of 2009, and mentioned tongues and bright pink, something I know I wouldn’t want to miss!!!

Nicole LaFave

Monday / 18 Aug 2008 / 06:03PM

I knew we wanted to work with Scott Council on the photography for the spring/summer 2009 collection from the minute I saw his work and he suggested (semi-jokingly) that we install a mini escalator on the front patio of our office, which is no more than three feet long. It was a match made in heaven. Talented, quirky and professional with a great sense of humor are Omelle’s must-haves.

Our shoes loved spending time with Scott & his wonderful crew of professionals. An official (and completely dorky) thank you is in order to Scott, Ruth, James, Stephen and Daniel. The end result is delicious photography that we cannot wait to share on I promise to keep you informed of any new sneak peeks of the beautiful photography as we post updates to the site this fall.

Happy Shooting!

Nicole LaFave

Omelle + Bismarck Phillips
Friday / 15 Aug 2008 / 02:04PM

We are thrilled to announce that Omelle has teamed up with Bismarck Phillips Communication & Media. Bismarck Phillips will handle all public relations for Omelle out of their New York & Los Angeles offices. Welcome!

Showing Off.
Saturday / 02 Aug 2008 / 12:02PM

Omelle had the opportunity to show off at the Soho House in New York during FFANY week August 5th – 8th. Not only did we have an opportunity to meet with incredible retailers and buyers in our suite, we also had an opportunity to spend an afternoon walking around the city in our shoes! We stopped by a few of my favorite stores: Kirna Zabete, Jeffrey New York, and Barneys New York. Sadly, these were the only stores we had time to visit, I just love shopping in New York City! While shopping, we received a tremendous reaction to the shoes on our feet by people in the stores and on the streets. We were absolutely thrilled with the reactions and cannot wait until the product is available to customers so you can take a walk in our shoes!

After a lot of New York running around, selling and showing the collection, we soaked our feet in the magnificent bathtub at the Soho House with some close friends to celebrate our last night in town.

Cherise Angelle


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