The designer showed his 35-piece collection at his store in Soho, NYC, with the finale taking place outside, on the pavement and cobblestones of Mercer Street. The lack of stiletto styles in this collection must have been met with a sigh of relief from the models walking the show.
For resort ’16, Jacobs used overall solid color metallic finishes on many of the shoes, as opposed to solely on trims and detailing which was seen on the suede boots at his fall ’14 ready-to-wear show. The shiny finishes from this collection were more reminiscent of the black patent styles from his fall ’15 offering. Aside from the pop of a bright blue shoe that crept out from under floor-length, wide-leg trousers, the color palette was kept to black, white and red (with an added dash of silver).
All in all, Jacobs didn’t step much outside the box this season. Instead, he let the shoes take a backseat to the clothing, relying on the color palette to draw attention. A good thing considering the detail, prints and embellishment (oversized crystals and studs, among others) seen on many of the garments. Not to mention the choice of fabrics – broderie anglaise, taffeta and lace.
While executed with Jacobs’ signature stamp (and varying finishes), the minimal shoe styles presented let the clothes do the talking.
Let’s not misconstrue that as disappointing. Granted, at FN, shoes are our focus. However, that’s not to say they must always be the standout element of the look. As much as a statement shoe can elevate a demure outfit, it can just as easily be argued that the right shoe complements an overall look.
An updated take on Jacobs’ Pointy Mouse flat also appeared, as did a mirror-detailed, strappy flat sandal. But Jacobs clearly wants us to know that platform booties are de rigueur for resort ’16.
Click through the slideshow below to explore the entire collection.