Louis Vuittion is rivaled only by Chanel for its spot at the pinnacle of Paris Fashion Week. The LV show is the unofficial close of the season and the presentation didn’t fail to send fashion month out with bang. Under the creative direction of Marc Jacobs, the show was a theatrical experience full of uniformed characters. On the footwear front higher than high heels were the rule throughout. Styles ranged from playful rubber rain boots to ultra feminine mary janes.
It was a beautiful presentation that wrapped with the surprise appearance of Kate Moss. The soon-to-wed supermodel closed the show wearing a pair of corset-laced boots with a wool knickers and leather lace jacket with fur sleeves. Kate strutted the square-shaped runway puffing on a cigarette with a bad girl attitude to match her boots. See the full video of the show below, follow by a few high heel close ups.
These purple platforms are from the now infamous Thierry Mugler Fall 2011 show. The heavily theatrical presentation took place last week as part of Paris Fashion Week and it was definitely the talk of the industry.
Not only was it new creative director Nicola Formachetti’s first show with the brand, but his most famous client Lady Gaga was on hand to premiere new music and walk the catwalk with the rest of the models. Each of the ladies wore a pair of sky-high platform heels and a few of the models even stumbled in the challenging shoes. Not Gaga, however. Her heels were the highest of any by far (she’s not model height, after all) and yet she strutted down the runway with more self-assured footing than any of pros! Then again, she probably has the most practice walking in insanely high platforms.
The final show has walked for New York City’s Fall 2011 fashion week. Now it’s time to digest all the new styles and take account for what we can expect to see in stores later this year. Since it’s the Fall/Winter season, boots are the footwear focus. This year it seems, chunky heels are very much on trend and we’ll continue to see plenty of lace up boots as well. Above, red “granny” boots from the Marc Jacobs collection show. See more high heeled boots in the gallery below.
Catwalk shoes have taken on a form of their own- often resembling complex works of art or architectural forms rather than footwear. It’s all part of the fantasy and imagination of the fashion world, and let’s face it; we have always been a shoe-obsessed society which only adds to our delight when we see these magnificent creations.
Each season we see a myriad of shoes on the catwalk that range from beautiful to barbaric. Here is a look at the weird and wonderful shoes that have graced the catwalks recently. Are they killer heels or wearable works of art? You decide.
These Dior neon yellow numbers caused a stir not only for traffic-stopping colour but for its rigid heel/platform combo. Imagine walking down the high street in these! (Photo credit: Getty images)
Antonio Berardi’s platforms defy gravity and definitely take a brave shoe-addict to wear them. (Photo credit: The Daily Mail)
Aminaka Wilmont caused a stir at London Fashion Week in 2008. Models strutted out bound in leather, knee-high heels that were missing a little something. (Photo credit: Getty images)
Platform, skyscraper heel, zipper, knotted leather- these Burberry Prorsum Spring 2010 heels combine four trends in one- five if you count wearing heels with socks as the new thing for 2010. (Photo credit: style.com)
DSquared2 takes inspiration from fetish wear, showing stiletto heels, PVC and spikes on their Spring/Summer 2010 catwalk.(Photo credit: style.com)
Givenchy gives a whole new meaning to the term “Op Art” with these dangerously mesmerizing platforms. (Photo credit: NyMag.com)
Louis Vuitton’s 2010 heels are quite tame as far as heel height goes, however the shoes seem to come alive with fur and hair detailing! (Photo credit: thefashionpolice.net)
Prouenza Schouler’s resort 2010 collection has a curved heel and reptile skin detailing for a towering walk on the wild side. (Photo credit: style.com)
Alexander McQueen’s armadillo 12-inch platforms were point blank refused by some models because of their extreme height and shape, and his fossil-inspired heels left everyone speechless. (Photo credit: style.com)
Whether your verdict is wearable works of art or killer heels, there is no denying that these designers have taken heels to a whole new level!
Another round of the highest of high fashions has strutted down the catwalk in Paris over the past couple days and among the wildly extravagant clothing was a collection from Elie Saab. True to the haute couture definition, this collection was all about the extreme opulence of hand-sewn details. The overall aesthetic wasn’t over the top, but the intricate detail took the designs out of this world. Likewise, shoes from the show weren’t loud in form, but showed refined elegance.
Whereas Elie Saab is the ultimate ball gown fantasy, Jean Paul Gaultier is the ultimate masquerade fantasy. The French designer is known for his in-your-face design aesthetic (remember Madonna’s ’90s cone bra?), so his couture shows are pretty much the most expensive costumes you could find on the planet. Plain pumps would never do for a show like this. Instead, the footwear matched the larger than life clothing detail for detail.
Couture week kicked off in Paris Monday and while everyone else was fawning over the exquisite tailoring and elaborate hand beading, we at HHD are on the look out for fabulous shoes. At Armani Privé the clothes were characteristically structured, full of color, and may a little but futuristic. The shoes reflected the mood with sharp lines and high shine.
At Dior, John Galliano showed some unusal restraint with a relatively subdued collection of very wearable, retro-inspired dresses. Similarly, the shoes were fantastic, but not at all wild. The palette and shapes stayed pretty consistent from look to look – a very high vintage-style peep-toe in a muted neutral shade.
When most people think of fashion week there minds often go to New York or Paris. The fact is, however, that fashion weeks occur all of the world. And one that’s gaining increasing recognition is Fashion Rio, whose Winter 2011 season is taking place right now in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The week-long event has only just begun but we’ve already seen some delicious shoe candy on the runways. Above a multi-colored, multi-textured bootie from the Mark Blash shoe. In contrast, a mush more subdued style from Mark Frame Studio below.