If there’s anything that Brock Collection designers and co-founders Kristopher Brock and Laura Vassar are known for, it’s dresses — lush, feminine, Victorian-inspired gowns that swish and sway. But after a full line of footwear debuted at their fall ’19 runway show Friday, matching boots and pumps may also become must-haves.
Last season, Brock and Vassar collaborated with footwear designer Tabitha Simmons for a capsule of feather-accented mules done in the same delicate floral jacquards that characterized the bustiers and trumpeted-style gowns that walked the spring ’19 runway. The shoes were a hit and prompted the Brock designers to think about adding a full-fledged footwear collection to their business.
Like the Tabitha Simmons capsule, many of the new shoes — which will be produced in Italy — matched the dresses and were done in raw-edged jacquards that were very similar in color and pattern to those used in the spring ’19 collection. But aside from the Victorian-style lace-up boots, tweed midcalf booties and fabric pumps with dainty straps and bows on the front, there was also a sizable collection of sturdy boots in masculine leathers. Done mostly in ink-black but also in rich mahogany tones, there were flat knee boots, officer-style laceups and a few gentlemanly brogues dotted with tiny studs on the midsoles, giving a simple, genderless breath to all of the feminine florals and folds.
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