“Nostalgic, very eclectic, and little quirky like a Sunday afternoon on Portobello,” was how Patrick Cox described his Lathbridge footwear collection for fall. “During my glory days in the Nineties, I used to sit in a cafe and count 300 pairs of my shoes go by, but now I have to look in all the windows of the vintage stores,” he said cheerfully.
Cox revisited and reworked his signature Wannabe loafer in finishes ranging from vegetable tanned leather to high-shine calf to hand painted python.
More fabulous, however, were his sneakers and creeper sole slip-ons done in jewel-colored suede trimmed with Jimi Hendrix-inspired gold frogging, wool flannel with gold embroidery, or handpainted python. There were also multi-strap versions with mismatched buckles for a vintage feel.
Shoes were displayed on spinning turntables evoking the feel of a Seventies New York loft club with the soundtrack was taken from Cox’s own record collection, with the late David Bowie well-represented. “‘Heroes comes on about three times,” said Cox, “that’s all I wanted to play, but I didn’t want it to feel like a funeral, you’ve got to keep it happy.”
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[Words: Stephanie Hirshmiller]