Designers all have different processes to get to a finished product they are proud to put their name on. And often, they are fascinating. Take Álvaro González. For spring ’16, the Florence-based Spanish accessory veteran approached near sandal nirvana by a self-imposed hiding of sorts. “I lock myself in my studio and go through pads and pads of paper,” he told FN recently during his presentation at Milan fashion week. “I rework and refine it till I get the details just where I want them to be.”
The new collection speaks to this kind of highly-considered approach. Sloping architectural lines on asymmetrical Alice sandals were executed in Guggenheim Bilboa silver and shagreens or printed hair calfs. The seemingly simple designs, which Álvaro does a swift season-less business with, allow for quality and jewel-tone metallic leather finishes to shine.
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His signature Angela sandal, with a sleek ankle and toe loop instead of complicated strapping was played up its stark qualities in pure white, but was rimmed in black pom poms for just a dash of the decorative.
The touch was also added to a slide and cool new noir clog. “They had to be black. My taste is very minimal. When I found them, it was like a candle was lit.” he said, sharing an accompanying inspiration shot of a Florentine society lady in 1914 wearing sandals with a similar adornment. “I couldn’t resist making my own version.”
Click through the slideshow below to explore the collection.