Paul Andrew Spring 2016: New York Fashion Week

“It’s a mix of east meets west,” declared Paul Andrew from a West Chelsea warehouse he said reminded him of an old warehouse in Hong Kong.

With Chinese wallpaper on one wall and a classic English floral version on another, Andrew filled the space – complete with a runway – with riffs on the two cultures, be it a very Queenly low block heel or an In The Mood For Love-inspired cutout stiletto in dragon red.

“Why should ready-to wear designers have all the fun?” Andrew mused as models clad in custom black bodysuits created by Fleur du Mal sauntered down the catwalk in his newest idea: clear acrylic heels, such as mules or booties with mesh uppers embellished with botanical beading. Both the footwear and the presentation format further announced how in just a few short years, Andrew has taken his brand from emerging to incredibly accomplished.

Paul Andrew Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week Paul Andrew spring ’16 presentation. Stephen Sullivan.
Paul Andrew Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week Paul Andrew spring ’16 presentation. Stephen Sullivan.

Further proof came in the form of floral molded heels, the original last of which Andrew hand-carved in wood himself. It was a reminder that while his profile continues to rise and the collection’s become increasingly elaborate, he continues to lead the way, craft first.

Paul Andrew Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week Paul Andrew spring ’16 presentation. Stephen Sullivan.
Paul Andrew Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week Paul Andrew spring ’16 presentation. Stephen Sullivan.

Click through the gallery for a close-up look at Andrew’s standout spring shoes during his moment of momentum.