First Look: Q&A With John Varvatos And A Look At His Fall ’15 Men’s Shoes

The models at John Varvatos’ fall ’15 runway show in Milan walked down a leaf-covered runway lined with park benches, some carrying guitar cases that matched the printed shoes the designer presented for the season. The look was decidedly rock ‘n’ roll and a bit nostalgic, something the brand has always held in its DNA.

The looks matched the designer’s inspiration for the fall ’15 season, which came from an image of Bob Dylan. The rocker inspiration translated into the footwear, which included a focus on boots—both laceless and buckled with metal hardware—as well as sneakers.

Laceless boots were done in polka-dot prints, spotted felt finishes and colored suede, with combat boots finished in buttery brown and black leathers.

In addition to the boots, there was also a further sneaker push for Varvatos, something the brand introduced just a few seasons ago. Low- and high-tops featured architectural shapes and ombré leather treatments.

Below, FN has a quick chat with Varvatos on the footwear direction for the season. To see more of the shoes, click through the gallery.

What was the inspiration for the fall ’15
“Our inspiration for fall ’15 came from a classic [Richard] Avedon image of Bob Dylan walking through Central Park on a rainy fall day. We captured his elegance with a focus on authentic silhouettes that alluded to his personal style. We played with shaped and sleek proportions, and utilized slightly exaggerated heel heights and angles. From there, we rounded out our inspiration for this season with a deep-rooted interest in all things vintage.”

John Varvatos mens fall 15 shoes
John Varvatos’ fall ’15 men’s collection.
CREDIT: Christian Allaire

Any new styles or treatments in the footwear?
“This season there was an emphasis on experimentation with materials, including cavallo crust leather, hand-painted reverse calfskin, wool felt, printed and hand-dyed calf hair, washed metallic print on calf, elephant grain leather and hand-painted ombré.”

What are the price points?
“We typically introduce our prices to the collection from $398 to $498 for our basic offerings, $498 to 598 for our basic dress styles and sneakers, and $598 to $798 for our true dress and artisan styles. The boots for this season range from $698 to $998.”

Where do you produce the shoes?
“All dress, dress casual, artisan and fashion footwear is produced in Italy. We produce our sneakers and more basic offerings in Portugal.”

Do you source your leathers from anywhere in particular?
“All of our leathers are sourced from Italy, while our dress leathers are sourced in France.”

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