Furry slippers with the shape of fried eggs, “naked” shoes, tube socks and Mary Janes, and hybrid pumps were just a few of the footwear trends we saw this Sunday at London Fashion Week for spring 2018.
You can always rely on Anya Hindmarch to put on a spectacle for her guests. Sunday involved a life-size, light-up animatronic house, and the show literally raised the roof. For spring 2018, her typically whimsical shoe designs took on a domestic edge. Furry house shoes came with eyes in the shape of fried eggs, chunky heeled sandals were done in quilted leather, and there were even shag pile slippers that looked just like a bath mat.
A Fashionable Fairytale
Floral lightbox installations on the runway at Preen provided an ethereal hothouse setting for a fairytale of a show. Mainstay footwear was a simple laceless brogue with a V-shaped vamp which came teamed with knee socks in the same color for a simple mono-block effect that, quite simply, rocked. FN loved the red-on-red Little Red Ridinghood-inspired looks the best. Sequin-embellished alternatives, teamed with similarly elaborate Mary Janes, created a change of pace, while others bore delicate floral prints to match the floaty frocks.
Guests had to brave a hoard of anti-fur protesters to enter the Versus Versace show. There was no fur on display, so someone obviously didn’t get the memo, but there was plenty of exposed flesh in evidence (a prime example being one model sporting little else but a pair of Versace logo-emblazoned pants) along with “naked” shoes and Perspex heels. We’d expect nothing less from Donatella.
For spring 2018, Peter Pilotto teamed up with buzzed-about footwear label Neous. This favorite with buyers from Net-a-Porter to Harvey Nichols and On Pedder is the baby of Nicholas Kirkwood alumnus Alan Buanne and fashion stylist Vanissa Antonious, and since it launched last season, it has quickly become known for its quirky architectural silhouettes. Pumps and ankle boots in butter-soft pastel leathers all came with modernist metallic heels. We’ll take a pair in every color.
The Perforated Sandal and Pump Hybrid
Roland Mouret had his spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection paired with both Christian Louboutin manicures and shoes — and specifically, a very striking shoe. The pointy-toe stilettos came in a rainbow of colors, Coca-Cola red, black, maroon, cobalt blue, tangerine, and a mossy green. Oh, and off-the-shoulder dresses aren’t going anywhere.
Comfy and Chic
Meanwhile, at Temperley London’s spring 2018 show later that afternoon, Spanish luxury footwear brand Pedro García showed a comfortable, yet delicate style paired with the British fashion house’s feminine silhouettes. Sandals made with buttery nappa leather and grosgrain ribbon walked down the runway, oozing effortless cool, because comfy is stylish now.