Dress your heels up

Here’s a clever thing! Heel accessories that allow you to jazz up a pair of plain pumps and transform from office smart to sexy sophisticate in an instant.

It’s the innovation of a young designer, Dominique Michon, from Holland, who today launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for her fashion accessory company, Heel Up.

Michon says the inspiration for Heel Up came from having a taste for high fashion on a university student’s budget.

“I made the first Heel Up prototypes with the goal of dressing up an old pair of my heels to wear to a holiday party and was surprised at the number of compliments I received on my old shoes,” Michon says.

The 2014/15 Heel Up collection features eight handmade designs. They attach to shoes by a small elastic strap that is wrapped around the heel.

Michon has already launched Heel Up in Tokyo, Milan, Amsterdam and Antwerp and is now seeking funding through Kickstarter to bring her vision to life in markets around the world.

Dominique Michon

History repeats

Pending much of her career as an interior designer, scouring the Philippines for collections of furniture, heirlooms and artefacts, Filipino-Australian Natalya Lagdameo developed an intimate appreciation for the archipelago’s fine arts and crafts traditions. It’s this keen eye she brings to her jewellery collections, reinventing priceless Filipino treasures into stunning, contemporary works.

“Jewellery design started as a hobby,” she says. “I had a small collection of colonial Philippine jewellery introduced to me by my father, who is an antique dealer in Manila.
He taught me the history behind furniture pieces, local fabric, architectural styles and artefacts from the different regions. I felt it would be fitting to use the traditional styles
in a modern setting.”

Lagdameo travels the Philippines not just sourcing pieces for her artwork, but meticulously recording the history that comes with them. She takes note of the stories, details, patterns and symbols represented by the pieces to learn more about their provenance, age and use. 

The Alfajor Drape necklace – pictured here on Lagdameo – is a handmade, gold-plated alfajor chain (filigree pattern joined by rings) with baroque pearl drops – the pearls are sourced from Palawan. “This style of chain was introduced by the Spanish in the colonial period and is still made by artisans from several provinces,” she says. See