Photography Eric Trimborn

It’s no surprise that designer Naima Morys counts ice and glass among her greatest design influences. Her luxury-inspired collection combines the finest leathers with the latest CAD technology to produce mesmerizing designs inspired by shattered glass, ice, architecture and body modification such as the “golden lotus feet” phenomenon.

Photography Eric Trimborn

Ask the designer herself, and she will describe her aesthetic as hard, edgy, cold, sculptural and sophisticated. “I actually have quite a thing with jellyfish and even the Disney film Frozen,” says the London College of Fashion graduate. “I can never predict what my inspiration will be, but I know when it hits me. I see a whole new collection in front of my eyes within seconds.”

Morys’ design philosophy is to bring luxurious, sophistication to the forefront of technological design. This means a lot of experimentation and perseverance. “Sometimes it’s only the time,” says Morys of her design challenges. “Sometimes it’s the cost and sometimes, everything comes together. There are so many things to take into consideration.”

“When you design a shoe, you are looking for the smallest piece to make it look perfect. It can take time,” explains Morys. “After having found the right design one needs to find the right technology to get it to work. In my case, I utilized Rhino 3D and a 3D printer to create my heel units and wedges for this collection.”

It’s a frustrating process of trial and error that Morys knows well, having created this collection on a student budget. When you’re short on money and time, a little guest-imation and ingenuity go a long way.

“Sometimes you can’t physically create a piece, therefore you need to experiment and be open minded to learn new processes and programs,” she says. “Will cork work? A hard foam? Polyurophen or will it be nylon? After checking all my options, I used nylon as it was the best and lightest solution. The downside to this, was the time I spent and the cost. But then, once the actual final product is finished, you know it was worth it and you forget about all the little hiccups along the way.” — JULIA STUART