WBM/AUTR – Fashion – Volume 1 – February 2013
Lauren Luna crafts with chimerical vision. The truth is, Lauren Luna will obliterate your notion of the statement shoe. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Lauren Luna longed for a place that would envelop her fierce creativity. In 2011, she discovered that home in Houston, Texas. With Nolcha Fashion Week gracing the stages of New York this February, the anticipation is building for Lauren, who will be showcasing a breathtaking collection at next fall’s show.
While she has built a confidence in her vision through experience, it seems as though she has always been brimming with an electric passion. As a painter, she found further promise in a different medium—one that women carefully select to bear them through the routine of the day, or to place a stroke of finesse on a special event. Where does she find such inspiration to craft her magic? No questions about it, Lauren Luna’s shoes belong in the spotlight, lovingly hand-painted or glimmering with dramatic spikes.
What is the story behind how you came to pursue painting and shoe design?
I’ve always been artistic. My earliest memory of being artsy was when my mother was working in her garden and would dig up big clumps of clay. I would run over and sculpt things out of the clay she would unearth. My parents saw my artistic nature very early. I don’t know if I drew on walls as a toddler, but it wouldn’t surprise me, because as a teenager I painted on them.
The transition into shoe design is a short tale. I just wanted a cool pair of sneakers. I searched and searched, and nothing I found was really expressive of me. A coworker knew of my search and suggested that with my art background, I should just design my own. So I did. And that, as they say, is that.
Can you share with us a bit about your current collections, or designs?
Right now, I am taking my designs back to their beginnings, meaning that I am working with just one base-model shoe and then painting designs on it. I recently had a showing with a few of my one-of-a-kind designs with featured brass wire sewn onto the heel of a shoe, spikes and chains, and of course what has become my signature, rhinestones.
Who was a childhood hero for you?
She-Ra! I am a child of the 80’s, so She-Ra ROCKED! She could do anything! I had these barrettes that were gold with an iridescence to them. I remember when I wore them, I WAS She-Ra!
This article is part of a series of excerpts from our first edition digital magazine. Read the full interview HERE.