London Fashion Week spring 2020 ends today. But as the style troops decamp for Milan to do it all again, these are the shoes on our collective wish lists. And come summer ’20, these are the shoes that everyone else will be coveting and buying in droves.
Roksanda X Malone Souliers
Mary Alice Malone is on fire right now. She told me recently that collaborations were a great way to push the boundaries of her label, and these square-toed, two-tone pumps and pink ruched boots did just that.
No bells, no whistles, just effortless chic. From the low-key loafer to the ultimate strappy sandal. VB sorted two of our main summer shoe needs into one show. The saturated palette and Bianca Jagger vibes were spot on, too. The fact that the designer also debuted her new beauty line on the runway was the icing on the cake.
Richard Malone x Malone Souliers
While Roksanda is a long-standing partnership for Malone Souliers, this season Mary Alice Malone also debuted three additional and more unexpected collabs, including these thigh-high boots with hand-pleated fluting and napa leather straps that she did for Richard Malone. More commercial knee-high versions formed the mainstay of the collection.
The exaggerated proportions of his flatform sandals balanced those of Erdem’s garments with their voluminous silhouettes and stately lengths. The seasonal muse was “romantic revolutionary” Tina Modetti, the Italian silent movie actress who moved to Mexico to join the communist party — hence the combination of Victorian proportions and traditional costume.
Espadrille sandals came wrapped around ankles or the cuffs of pants, while flat pumps with crystal chain embellishments told us that this summer’s anklet trend is here to stay.
With riffs on his ‘Joy of Sex’ theme now a given, (those More Joy beach towels went viral on Instagram this summer), spring ’20’s take was Eco Sexual. Kane’s runway style was basically getting close to nature and very close to human nature at the same time. Hence the amoeba-esque cutouts on the sandals and gladiator boots.
Riccardo Tisci has designs on our work wardrobes. Setting out to reinvent the classic business suit, he reimagined it in gray jersey and fluid, scarf-inspired tailoring. The same goes for his shoes. Heeled sandals draped the foot in the same material and knotted at the ankle.
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