WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The designer stands out for her sense of femininity, use of innovative materials – and love of nature.
Discovering new design talent is always a good idea and this week we’d like to turn your attention to Katrine Hanna, an up-and-coming name in the footwear world who is known for her use of innovative material and sleek, feminine silhouettes.
Katrine, who has Australian and Lebanese heritage, started her eponymous label in Dubai after working for the likes of Rupert Sanderson and Alexander Wang.
She quickly differentiated herself in the market and created a brand signature in the form of block heels made out of Banksia nuts, taken straight from the trees and carved into heels – a first for the fashion world, that ensures every show signed by Katrine is unique. Apart from its unique heels, which are incorporated on everything from ankle boots, to mules and strappy sandals, the brand has plenty more to offer from girly heels in candy colors to chic square-toe pumps.
Its newly launched collection ‘Desert Rose’ was inspired by wild, untamed home gardens and embraces nature even further. The range features patent leather styles that reference the glossy appearance of desert roses or metallic pumps – a nod to the shiny surfaces of garden tools usually scattered around gardens.
When designing I am always thinking of how I can connect the customer closer to my love of nature, so that when they wear my shoes their appreciation for the flora surrounding them deepens,” said the designer.
Following the tragic explosion that took place in Beirut on August 4, it’s more important than ever to support Lebanese talent like Katrine Hanna whose Beirut home was destroyed in the incident.
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