Creative director Christopher Bailey stated in Burberry’s in-season show notes for fall 2017 that the art of famed British sculptor Henry Moore has always “loomed large” in his imagination.
Moore (1898–1986) was one of the most celebrated British creatives of the 20th century, best known for his semi-abstract bronze forms. This collection reference was interpreted most memorably in the women’s runway shoes, of which only one black pointed-toe style was created for all 47 women’s looks in London on Monday.
Mid-calf knitted boots appeared minimal and like sportif sock boots (a major trend) from head on with their stretch knit construction. But the heels were pure Moore: rounded, cut-out forms crafted from molded plastic that referenced the artist’s presence for hollowed shapes. At just over four inches, the egg-shapes heels were also in line with Moore’s love of scale. As is Burberry’s see-now, buy-now model, the boots are available on Burberry’s site and in brand stores, retailing for $925.
On the men’s front, something was up with standard-issue black and brown brogues, also available now at $750. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that Moore’s love of asymmetry was also felt her,e too: Broguing, wingtip details and lacing were placed askew for a delightfully off-kilter take on an English classic.
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