Since taking the helm at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri has allowed nary a skyscraper heel to walk the runway. The latest haute couture collection for fall ’17 was no exception, with three very distinct shoe styles presented today.
Lo and behold: House signature New Look belted bar jackets or fit-and-flare coats were paired with chunky serrated-sole oxfords, some with belted and burnished uppers plus contrast lacing. The styling and silhouettes called to mind the WWI-era London scenes from the recent “Wonder Woman.” The hefty shoes were also done as a velvet boot, juxtaposed with wafting dresses.
Elsewhere, there were flat and clean-cut slip-on sandals, which gave eveningwear a casual élan. Many showgoers also got the grounded memo, with front-row types such as Jennifer Lawrence, Aymeline Valade and Karlie Kloss also wearing flat sandals and boots. A number of other guests — from Celine Dion to Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Elizabeth Olsen and Chiara Ferragni — went for straightforward black pointy pumps.
A low and curved demi-heel version (slightly higher than a kitten) was beaded and covered in textural materials to give a sense of occasion without adding a lot of height. It was a chic finishing touch that even Grazia Chiuri herself made a refined argument for, in all-black, as she took her bow.
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