If you don't know Christian Cota, it's time to get acquainted with the mesmerizing up-and-coming designer. In addition to the CFDA picking Cota as a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist, Cota has also garnered accolades from Style.com as one of its “10 Newcomers to Watch." Needless to say, everyone wants a piece of him — and now's your chance to get a little Cota in your life without the runway price tags. Christian Cota just launched a limited-edition boot collection for Aldo, showing off gorgeous mountain- and hiking-inspired pieces that will surely add that perfect rustic, yet luxe, touch to your Fall ensembles. "I really wanted to bring in all of the utilitarian elements, like the shin guards that can actually come on and off," said Cota. "I also wanted the color to be really rich, like this crimson. There was also a Tibetan influence as well. . . . It's the first time I decided to show very little stilettos [in my Fall runway show]. I wanted to offer something casual and comfortable this season." We love it all, especially the rad crimson red and brown combo with decadent pony hair details. Want to hear more? We caught up with Cota at the event to chat about his favorite style, what makes a shoe sexy, and three essential shoe styles that every woman must own. Listen up:
FabSugar: What makes a shoe sexy?
Christian Cota: It's all about how a woman feels when she wears the shoe. With the flats boots I designed, the models who wore them on the runway had a cooler confidence; they walked stronger and sexier. This season, sexy is about strength and toughness.
FS: Do you have a favorite style?
CC: I love the red [Laremont] pair, because it really catches my attention.
FS: What are three shoe styles every woman must own?
CC: A great pair of classic pumps, flat boots, and a really crazy pair of fashion-forward shoes, like ones with heavily constructed details, interesting materials, or amazing heels.
Now click the slideshow to see party shots from the event plus an up-close look at the new collection, available at select Aldo stores.