For its spring ’17 joint-gender collection, which was shown during the Haute Couture season in Paris, design collective Vetements took a decidedly collaborative approach with footwear, outerwear and workwear.
The zeitgeist-y label, fronted by Demna Gvasalia, who also works as Balenciaga’s creative director, commissioned 18 unexpected stalwart brands to work with this season. On the shoe front, luxury riding, roper and cowboy-boot maker Lucchese crafted signature Western snip-toe boots, which were worn by men and women on the runway.
The Lucchese versions were either cropped above the ankle or cut wader-style, high above the knee. Some were spliced along the inseam to fold-over, suggesting riding spats come undone. It was a decidedly avant-garde effort for the heritage Texan brand, which has been in business since 1883. Other footwear brands in the mix included Reebok, Dr. Martens, Church’s and Manolo Blahnik.
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Adriana Rizzo, Lucchese’s senior director of product, worked directly with the French label. “Vetements is a revolutionary brand, so we were honored they recognized Lucchese as the quintessential maker of handmade cowboy boots and invited us to join the collaboration,” said Rizzo. “It’s a thrill to be represented on the Paris couture runway alongside this amazing collection of iconic brands.”
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