FN’s fashion editor reports from the footwear front lines in London, Milan and Paris.
Awoken by the arrival of today’s invites at my door. Off to the races.
If London’s It-girl fashion set (Suki Waterhouse, Daisy Lowe, Rosie Tapner), rise early for Russell Bateman’s intense workout class – we can surely give it a go. His elusive cult of fitness is appropriately called the Skinny Bitch Collective.
Antonio Berardi again collaborates with Rupert Sanderson on saucy runway stilettos. We like this siren-red style best, tempered with voluminous pink pieces.
It was all about symmetry head-to-toe at Roksanda Ilincic. Nicholas Kirkwood, who sat front row, created the acrylic and patent paneled styles, such as these shocking pink mules.
Dash to Claridge’s to check out Mother of Pearl, a newer contemporary label generating buzz. Considering these quirky embellished kitten heels (paired with lace sweatshirts), it was clear why.
Erdem also turned to Kirkwood this season. The results were leg-crawling gladiators that complemented the collection’s ode to classicism. More flats with frills and frocks — a major trend this season.
Arrive early to Burberry, as the livestream means a sharp start. Kate Moss sits front row alongside fellow campaign star Cara Delevingne, who snaps pictures of her model pals as they spring past in sporty sneakers and sandals.
Newly crowned LVMH fashion prize winner Thomas Tait got the added benefit of working with the Kirkwood as well, of whose company the luxury conglomerate has a stake. Sheer illusion boots with bent-back metal heels and painted patches were appropriately avant garde.
Tom Ford is a very good host, with flattering lighting, perfumed air, plush seating and dapper models serving champagne pre-show. He also officially ushers in the return of the platform. ’70s rocker looks are all paired with towering chunky heels in animal prints and metallics. Suddenly, the single sole is looking, dare we say, a little passé. Afterward, there is a photographer stampede in pursuit of attendee and Ford friend Bradley Cooper.