Skip: How to Master the Art of Shoe ShoppingShoe shopping has got to be at the top of the all-time-favourite-list of fun activities that a lady can do! That’s why we’ve gathered all of the hottest shoes that have walked the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris, to give you a glimpse of what you can expect the next time you shop for a pair (or two!). The season’s standout designs include a wide range of textures, colours and the reimagining of a few classics. We’ve put together a feature of what the top designers had to show. Remember, by the time these shoes hit the shelves, they’ll be less runway couture and more wearable and affordable. From sleek and sophisticated mules to festival-ready fringe, square toes and chunky heels, you’re sure to find a pair of shoes that are just right for you. The designers really got creative with texture this season, and we’re even seeing some of the clothing trends shifting into the shoe space. Suede, prints, lace and metallic textures are just a few styles that you’ll find in the latest footwear.
VersaceVersace is redefining itself for the modern day and embracing the technological revolution. They unveiled a new symbol, which was printed on the clothes, golden-plated on the heels and platforms, embroidered on the tights, and embossed onto the bags. The show titled ‘hashtag #GREEK’ brought to life the advancing brand, with a range of sleek and brightly coloured creations. Pointy toe pumps with straps crossed at the back, set on red heels, platforms with new symbols plated in gold, pointy toe booties with golden embroidery all over the upper, and more. The exploration of print, shape and colour makes the range exciting and definitely one to look out for. Photo credit: http://www.chikoshoes.com
GucciThe 2015 Gucci fall collection is themed as ‘The Contemporary is Untimely’. Inspiration from ‘the romanticism that I feel in the street’, the designer approached the contemporary world in a more personal, storytelling way. “Contemporary fashion is something that can happen on the street,” said the new creative director at Gucci, Alessandro Michele, who is a fan of how the cool kids dress in fashion capitals like New York and London. “It’s just a relaxed and chic way to dress. The cities tell more than what I can imagine,” he continued. Relaunching the brand with romantic flourishes against a hardened urban background, Alessandro Michele, unveiled an array of quirky, young, freewheeling and eye-catching accessories, a complete and confident break from the past. With the need to affirm freedom, Gucci stepped out with a range of fun, quirky and free-spirited designs, which included fur-lined clogs and sandals, square toes, sling-backs, loafer mules, fur slippers and the lace up kitten heel bootie, giving the brand a new expression. We’re not too sure about the fur vibes, but it seems that the great minds of fashion think alike, because Fendi also features fur in their collection. Photo credit: http://www.chikoshoes.com
Fendi2015 / 2016 Fendi fall / winter collection features patchwork, bright colour blocks, and panels on furry booties. The wedges are made with two parts, colourful Lucite block that looks like an ice sculpture, and platform elevation goes from front to back. The brown-welted leather sole with stitch detailing updated the design with an extravagant curvy line. The conclusion? Wedges with unique soles, panels, blocks and colour are in and so, it seems, is fur. Photo credit: http://www.chikoshoes.com
Emilio PucciEmilio Pucci is one of Milan’s hottest tickets and dresses A-listers such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Inspired by the zodiac, the shoes told a rich bohemian story, with leather cords tied around the boots, featuring gold-tone chromed chunky heels. We also saw luxurious snake print leather patchwork and red glittery thigh high boots in this collection. Photo credit: http://www.chikoshoes.com
Dolce & GabbanaThe Dolce & Gabbana collection was themed mamma and brought nostalgia to the runway. They used children’s drawings, roses and familiar notes as embroidery, making the collection personal and unique. The touches brought style to chunky heels and platforms, while the sling-back pointy toes and pumps are dialled down on decorations. The retail version of this collection will be very interesting to see. Photo credit: http://www.chikoshoes.com
PradaPrada stepped out with a feminine collection of soft pastel colours, bows and decorations, contrasted with metallic finishes. The girly pumps are designed with chunky heels, made of shimmering satin or patent leather in soft colours, featuring two narrow straps across the top of the feet in silver; boots and loafers are set on moulded soles. No doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of this fun look in future. Photo credit: http://www.chikoshoes.com That’s what the biggest designers have been up to. Chunky heels, funky prints, booties and fun will be hitting the shelves just in time for your next shoe-shopping spree. And, as Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!”. Step out and be fabulous.