For its second season Matches Fashion fave, Rue St, transported us from London to the Portugal capital Lisbon and its historic Moorish Alfama district. Laser cut leather mules that resemble traditional lacework? Essential summer packing.
FN championed this rather fabulous Bulgarian label right from the get go, so we’re super-chuffed that Whistles proved similarly enamored. Today on the first day of London Fashion Week, the British label has launched a limited-edition capsule collection featuring a range of styles from red sling-back sandals to butter-soft caramel pumps. The shoes are made from 30 percent dead stock, so they’re doing their bit for the planet, too.
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Roberta Einer went haute skater girl for spring 2018. Her maximalist collaboration with sneaker label Vans featured kicks elaborately embellished with intricate beading and hand-painted motifs inspired by ’70s and ’80s surf-skate culture and the work of artists such as Jean-Michael Basquiat. Not initially slated for production, they’ve proved so popular with buyers that it looks as though popular demand will prevail. Stay tuned.
Up-and-coming designer Richard Malone kicked off London Fashion Week with his first solo catwalk show. He delivered a strong lineup that stood out for its beautifully draped, flowing silhouettes, bold use of color and even bolder choice of footwear. Designed in collaboration with Roker, a new London-based shoe label known for producing bespoke footwear using traditional handmaking techniques, the footwear in the show came in the form of daring knee or thigh-high boots made of a blue and white striped fabric and featuring cutouts along the front. Even though it’s hard to see how the boots would be worn off the catwalk and on the streets, they provided a shining example of the uplifting creativity of London’s young talent.
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