A Look at Tabitha Simmons’ Fall 2017 Artisanal Shoes

“I’d been reading ‘War and Peace,’ ” said designer Tabitha Simmons on the genesis of her fall collection. “[The] starting point was something very masculine but done in a very feminine way.”

Tabitha Simmons fall '17 collection. Tabitha Simmons fall ’17 collection. Courtesy of brand

Her collection, shown Sunday in Paris, recalled military regalia and featured ornate gold brocade and embellished, sculptural high-back pumps that came cinched at the ankle with grosgrain ribbon. She expanded the idea into a woven silk motif, created by a seventh generation English silk mill that once produced opulent, fabric-clad interiors for royal coaches. “Because we are ­­­British, I love using old artisan companies,” she added, “it’s really important to me.”

Tabitha Simmons fall '17 collection. Tabitha Simmons fall ’17 collection. Courtesy of brand

Other key silhouettes were unusual mule-style booties with a lace underlay and velvet slides, which featured grosgrain ribbon bows. More casual models catching buyers’ attention were workboots, elevated via brogue-style detailing.

Tabitha Simmons fall '17 collection. Tabitha Simmons fall ’17 collection. Courtesy of brand

Simmons recently made her modeling debut in Milan at Dolce & Gabbana’s fall ‘17 show, during which fellow shoe designer Charlotte Olympia also walked. “As I was checking up [on] the lineup of models,” said Simmons, who keeps her hand in styling the Dolce show, “I was like, ‘Oh, I’m No. 97,’ so I had to go and join the queue myself. It just goes to prove that it’s never too late for anything.”

To view the full collection, click through the gallery.

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