8220;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.
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.
Click through the gallery for a close-up look at Andrew’s standout spring shoes during his moment of momentum.