What's new at DESIREE?

What's new at DESIREE?


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Interview by PINK Magazine

Latest NewsPosted by DESIREE 03 Jul, 2016 17:12

Published by PINK magazine
Issue 140 - 21st June 2016

Fashion Story - Fashion [foot] forward

Step into interior designer Désirée Azzopardi’s shoes as she herself steps into the world of fashion, leaving her creative mark on footwear. It’s all about the power of personalising; about custom-made over mass production for that individual touch that has your name on it.

How much and in what way have your parents influenced your line of work, your father being an architect and your mother an art teacher? How important do you think their impact on your work choices was and what would you be doing if you were born to someone else?

Greatly influenced, without a shadow of a doubt! Starting off with the house I’ve lived in for the past 20 years, designed by my dad; it’s full of queer angles and interesting shapes and triangles. Subconsciously, I’m sure this affected me, being exposed to these odd creative forms every day. My mother, on the other hand, apart from being an art teacher, in her free time sits in her sewing room and adds and removes interesting things onto clothes, jackets, bags, frames and whatever happens to cross her path. Whether it’s ribbon, lace, buttons, figurines, pottery, she modifies things, upcycles old materials and broken objects and gives them a new lease of life. She also used to give pottery classes at home to children in the neighbourhood during the summer months. Our basement would be transformed into a buzzing hub of happy children, letting their creative juices flow, making their own items to proudly take back to their parents. So yes, I do believe they both left their own mark on me unknowingly. However, they never interfered in my choice of subjects at school and left me very free to choose my own path. In terms of being self-employed, I completely copied my father. He loved his job, and we often described him as a slight workaholic.

I definitely took after him here. Being employed, I had found, used to stifle my creativity. I would much rather spend this one life I have doing what makes me happy and fulfilling my own passion and dream than someone else’s. If I were born to someone else, I’d probably be doing whatever I may have been exposed to as a child. I do believe a lot in the butterfly effect; it’s only natural, I guess.

You are a full-time interior designer. At what point and why did you also switch to fashion and your canvas become shoes?

I’ve always loved fashion and anything related to design and creativity. A few years ago, I launched a collection of hand-painted, washable scatter cushions. I also used to paint and exhibit my works in various places. Over a year ago now, I was going through some changes and had just returned from a long trip – I find travel extremely inspiring.

I returned to Malta feeling a bit empty and refused to go back to the norm.

I was looking for something new and exciting; something that would fulfill me. It was then that it came to me to modify and personalise my own shoes. From there, I dived head-first into months of extensive research and experimentation to create designs that are long-lasting and durable on various types of shoes through different processes. The idea took off when people repeatedly began giving me their shoes to jazz up. From that point on, it became a love affair more than a business.

You recently launched your first collection of modified Aldo shoes at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta. How would you describe the collection in a nutshell? What is the concept behind these 10 pairs?

I believe shoes – just like the other things we personalise, including mobile phones, cars, interiors and clothes – should also be an expression of our own style and personality. For this reason, the collection was based around different personalities, with each pair illustrating a person.

What is it about customising things and the idea of something being unique that seems to excite people no end?

When people buy something off the shelf, they are as different as the other million who bought the same object around the world. Mass production can never compete with anything exclusive. When you own an object designed solely for you, it’s always a cut above the mass-produced version. The feeling is completely different. This was explained to me by a client of mine after receiving a surprise pair of personalised shoes.

What about a conservative person? How would you customise their shoes without putting them off?

The approach I use for both interiors and shoes is always the same, regardless of the style of the person. The aim is to create something that reflects them while giving it my touch. Therefore, I first analyse their style, personality, likes and dislikes to get a feel of what may reflect them, and then I go about planning and designing. Generally, a conservative person would choose something a bit more subtle and subdued, yet still stylish, classy and different. It all depends on the person’s tastes, really; perhaps their initials only, or a motif that means something to them. It’s based on the same reasoning of a person getting a tattoo done; it may not mean anything to someone else, but it reflects who they are.

Since your goal is for people to be able to identify themselves with their shoes and for the latter to be a reflection of their innermost self, if you had to draw on your own, what would it be?

Very difficult question… Designing an interior or a pair of shoes for myself is the hardest. I am my worst client. I like everything and I like nothing at the same time. It would probably include metallic gold in terms of colour… But that’s about as far as I know!

You also like your work to complement the original shape and style of the shoe. How do you make sure you achieve that?

I first begin with the style of the shoe, plan a concept that complements this; then, taking the shape of the shoe, I plan the layout of the design in a way that would enhance the cut by creating accents. The process is the same as when you apply make-up and want to emphasise features like cheek bones. At the same time, I pick colours that match the shoe and are easy to match with various outfits.

The shoes have a name and a story. Tell us one.

Free-spirited: As the name suggests, this detailed pair describes a woman who is wild, untamed and free. She is random and unpredictable. She will go to unfathomable lengths to chase her dream. She knows no limits. She does not live up to anyone’s expectations. She keeps no track of others. She will run like the wind till she finds her satisfaction. She does not settle. She does not give up. She is a rolling stone on the pursuit of happiness.

Can every shoe be modified in this way and what is the starting point; when you are about to draw freehand on a pair?

No, not all shoes can be modified. I don’t work on satin and some types of suedes. I also don’t work on thin strappy sandals since there is not much surface to work on. The ideal shoes to customise are plain and don’t have any decor on them – no patterns, glitter, studs, textures, etc… A plain canvas is ideal. I always start with the main section and work my way out into the other parts of the shoe.

Have you considered customising other fashion items, or using your art in other ways?

Yes! The next step is to customise bags, providing clients with both shoes and a bag to match.

When it comes to dressing up, how important are shoes on a scale of one to 10?

Some say your shoes are the first thing people notice. I would say 10!

What shoes would you not be seen dead in?

Crocs [with or without white knee-length socks].

When can a pair of shoes break an outfit?

When they break the line of the body and do not complement the shape and cut of the clothes. However, in the world of fashion, odd things also become trends, which some people follow blindly. I also think that having a pattern on your shoes and on your clothes can sometimes do more harm than good. Shoes should never have to compete with an outfit for attention – it’s either one or the other.

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DESIREE launches her first exclusive shoe art collection at Malta Fashion Week 2016.

Latest NewsPosted by DESIREE 03 Jun, 2016 17:56

Photo by Ivan Borg

On the 18th of May 2016, a wonderful crowd queued up outside the open-air officer’s lounge terrace at Fort St Angelo, Birgu in anticipation of the launch of DESIREE’s first ever collection of personalized shoe designs.

The collection consisted of ten different designs each created for a different type of personality. Out of the ten pairs, seven were for women, one for men and two where unisex. Each pair was exhibited with a description, illustrating the personality the designer had in mind when creating it.

The event would not have been possible without the dedicated Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week team led by Mr Adrian Mizzi himself who work round the clock to ensure everything is perfect. In addition, many thanks go to the wonderful sponsors below who ensured it was a fantastic evening, namely:

The Palace Hotel, for the beautiful set up, and for giving a 5-star service to all guests as they enjoyed the Chilean wines courtesy of Dical House, and the fine cheese from Gorg Borg Ltd. Last but not least, the great team of Aldo Shoes Malta who provided all the shoes for the collection. The event would not have been possible without them.

More images of the event cane be viewed here:


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Did you know that interiors create emotions?

Interior Design ArticlesPosted by DESIREE 25 May, 2016 16:17

Content written for Pavli Mag at www.pavlistyle.com

Have you ever noticed how people subconsciously act differently in different settings?

Given a high ceiling and a formal setting, people act in a more formal manner, and a certain code of conduct is automatically adopted. This can be seen in ballrooms, hallways, large reception areas, churches, etc. On the other hand, when you take settings with dimmer lights, lower ceilings, and particular colour schemes, people subconsciously feel they can act more intimately, or express themselves differently. There is no magic formula to it, the space we are in subjects us to react differently both physiologically and psychologically. A few of these factors include the layout of the room, the volume in the room, the light, textures, pattern, finishes, contrast, scents, sounds, temperature, and last but not least; the colour scheme.

This is why it is essential that the design of a room should never be looked at as a random combination of products and colours which we like solely for their aesthetic input, but rather where everything has been specifically chosen and put together by a professional for the function of the space and the people who will be using it.

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The use of textures in residential interiors

Interior Design ArticlesPosted by DESIREE 25 May, 2016 16:14

Content written for Pavli Mag at www.pavlistyle.com

Pattern has always played a major role in interiors. A perfect example of this brings to mind the Victorian era where beautiful, elaborate wallpapers adorned the walls and sometimes even ceilings. However, texture is being given an ever-growing role in interiors, which in a way may be described as that of bringing pattern to interiors simply through the surface texture. The awareness of texture as the new way of displaying pattern has reached new heights in contemporary interiors all over the world, this is because the elements of materials are being appreciated for their own natural beauty rather than emphasizing on processing them to make them into something perfect. This is partly due to the trend in the return to all things natural in our lifestyle, ranging from our choice of food, to packaging, to cosmetics to interiors. An example of this is concrete. In the past, concrete was well hidden under the layers of plaster, nowadays concrete is being left raw and uncovered simply to appreciate its rough texture and contrast it against something softer such as wool for example.

An example how to bring this wonderful trend into your home is to use it in a way where strong contrast is created, such as crude sack-cloth cushions juxta-positioned against a beautiful glass partition.

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DESIREE to debut at Malta Fashion Week 2016

Latest NewsPosted by DESIREE 25 May, 2016 16:05

DESIREE will be participating in Malta's largest and most anticipated fashion event of the year: Malta Fashion Week 2016 which will be taking place between the 14th and the 21st of May 2016. DESIREE will be launching the brand with an exclusive art on shoes exhibition on the 5th day of fashion week: the 18th of May. This will be held at the beautiful Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa, overlooking the harbour at 20hrs. A display of personalised designs will be showcased for the first time at the event.

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Success for DESIREE shoes at the Malta Innovation Awards 2015

Latest NewsPosted by DESIREE 25 May, 2016 16:02

DESIREE shoes won the prize for 2nd place for the Award for Creative Innovation at the Malta Innovation Awards 2015 ceremony, held at The Palace Hotel, Sliema on the 2nd of March 2016.

This wonderful success came precisely one year after the birth of the idea and several months of testing. Désirée Azzopardi, the designer behind this, now looks forward to creating not only hand-painted designs on shoes but also incorporating personalised, 3D-printed heels creating a new concept altogether in the world of fashion and shoes.

The aim is to merge the designer's skills of meticulous hand-painted artwork with the future technology of 3D-printing into her collections.

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