Red suede Scroll shoes by Mark Schwartz Italy.
MARK SCHWARTZ FOOTWEAR DESIGN CLASSES. The shoe industry today is an ever changing business that must be followed closely when it comes to trends. But, there must be a basic core to good and classic shoe design that runs through every trend and ever-changing season, be it fall/winter or spring/summer. Knowledge of basic design skills is very important and is the spark that can ignite you into the world of shoe design. Creativity in footwear design is KEY in todays market and it’s become more difficult because of certain technology advances such as photo shop and pre programmed shoe design courses that do not concentrate on the most important factor CREATIVITY ! Schwartz teaches creative insights into footwear design, starting from a blank piece of paper to a finished sketch. Mark also teaches how to draw and create patterns and designs on the last (form), giving the classes more dimension and a closer feeling to the actual product.
Freehand india ink sketch done while working for Roger Vivier and Andy Warhol in NYC 1987
Footwear design and Trends . Happy 2019 .
Think about this, for me growing up in the footwear industry in the early 1980’s / 1990’s trends were important in shoes . Pointed toes , round toes , square toes , block heels and sexy stiletto heels along with platforms as well.
Trends guided and have always guided our industry but today it’s a matter of anything goes etc when it comes to shape and design .
Lot’s of crazy over the top editorial shoes in the magazines and on the runways to grab attention but how do they translate into mainstream design ? They don’t.
Plenty of shoes that look like dogs,cats,bananas and other cute things but how many people where them?
I love creativity but it's been a few years from a designers point of view since we have had a rising designer in shoes that has there own true style .
That said im looking forward to a creative 2019 in our industry !
Peace in 2019
Wishing everyone a very Happy New year !!!!!!
Hidden platform high heels - Mark Schwartz
Designed and made in Italy back in 1996 .
Collage of sandals done in 2001 / sold / watercolor on paper .
Gouache on watercolor paper . Mark Schwartz recreates the SHOE in his artistic renderings , over 35 years of paintings and mentoring by Andy Warhol.
Mark Schwartz red suede sandal made in Italy .
I did these cute kitten heel slides way back in 1987 for BARNEYS IN NEW YORK CITY.