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Fashion week runway shows are fun to watch. Though the focus is generally on clothing, the major fashion houses leave no part of the models untouched and everything is exactly crafted to express the aesthetic of the collection. This, of course, includes shoes and we’ve reviewed some of our favorites from the pinnacle of the fashion season already.
But when it comes to footwear, the real action is arguably in showrooms. This is wear you’ll find the new creations by designers that are completely focused on shoes. Accordingly, they are the cream of the crop. Above: Charlotte Olympia’s cheeky high heeled oxfords. See the gallery below for styles by Christian Louboutin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Pierre Hardy, Raphael Young, and Tabitha Simmons.
Paris Fashion Week wrapped on Wednesday of this week, but we’re stilling digesting the many, many shows from the fashion capital city. With the downfall of John Galliano at Dior and Christophe Decarnin of Balmain reportedly in a mental hospital, the week was full of controversy. Ultimately, though, the fashion shined through. From understated pumps at Celine to fetish-worthy boots at Alexander McQueen, to whimsical rain boots at Louis Vuitton, the selection of high heels was a show in itself. Have a look at some of our favorites in the gallery below.
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.
In the month-long blitz that is the combined fashion weeks of the four major fashion capitals, London’s fashion week often gets a tad drowned out in its smushed spot between New York and Milan. The few days celebrating Brit style go by like a blur before the attention moves swiftly on the Italy where heavy hitters like Fendi, Prada, and Versace show. But we at HHD know how important London is the the fashion cycle.
The city is like the fledgling kid sister of the fashion world, hosting much of the emerging talent in the industry. This means it generally garners a bit less press than the rest, but it’s also the city where many of the design stars of tomorrow are brewing. Check out some of the runway shoe highlights from English capital. The list includes names you know and some you might not know yet.
During fashion week not all of the fashion watching happens on the runway. In fact, seeing the street style generated by gathered fashion lover is a big part of the fashion week experience. See this gallery, which is just a little sample of the amazing high heels that strutted the sidewalks during New York Fashion Week.
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.
The VIPs sitting in the front row at high profile fashion shows draw just as many stares and cameras as the models on the runway. That’s why it’s common for the designer presenting the show to give clothing to the celebs and big wigs occupying front row seats. At Luca Luca’s Fall 2011 presentation at New York Fashion Week those with the best seats in the house kept their footwear simple – perhaps in reflection of the culture of the label. The fare included basic black pumps, pointy taupe slides, and green peep-toe platforms.
Here are some comparable styles for those of us who see the shows from the other side of a computer screen… From left to right: GUESS ‘Amity’ T-Strap Sandal – $90 at nordstrom.com, Carvela Sport Platform Heeled Tie Ankle Boots – $201 at asos.com, Sloane ankle strap pump – $298 at loefflerrandall.com, PILLER t-strap pumps – $80 at aldoshoes.com.
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.
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