DUBAI: Lebanese brand Andrea Wazen’s cult shoes have made their way onto the pedicured feet of A-listers and It-girls across the globe, making it the next big footwear brand to watch.
The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos.
The Gloria Mules style has been a particular hit and a pair made it into US actress Joey King’s wardrobe recently. The 21-year-old, who gained recognition for her lead role in “The Kissing Booth” and its 2020 sequel, was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired style for a recent press event in Los Angeles for “The Lie,” a tense drama now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag.
The chunky-heeled mule is reimagined each season – for Spring 2020, Wazen unveiled a croc iteration of the popular style that has also been spotted on the likes of singers Katy Perry and Demi Lovato, as well as model Emily Ratajkowski.
The designer, who is the older sister of Lebanese fashion blogger Karen Wazen, launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson.
The London-born designer, who was raised in Beirut, returned to the Lebanese capital in 2013 to launch her namesake brand, working closely with factories and artisans in Lebanon in order to bring her designs to life.
Wazen’s collections are punctuated by striking and instantly recognizable designs, including diamanté-spangled stilettos, tulle-ruffled slingbacks, PVC sandals and toned-down leather boots.
Wazen has seen both critical and commercial success with her brand in the past year. In May, she was named Accessories Designer of the Year by Fashion Trust Arabia, whose judging committee included designers Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg and Alber Elbaz.
She is among the few Arab female footwear designers — a short but impressive list that also includes Jordanian-Romanian Amina Muaddi, Kuwaiti designer Najeeba Hayat of Liudmila and Emma Boutros, creative designer of Lebanese footwear label Poise Design.