London Fashion Week was a hotbed of key seasonal trends from exaggerated volume and metallics to glittering jewels and a strong focus on sustainability. Here are our top 10 shoes to kick-start your fall ’20 shopping list.
1. Halpern x Christian Louboutin
The London weather may have been dull and stormy, but the Halpern runway was awash with sparkle thanks to a glittering partnership with Christian Louboutin and Swarovski. These striped boots with their dazzling crystal fringing dazzled with every step.
The collection, “The Age of Silver,” was inspired by society photographer Cecil Beaton, and his practice of making DIY sets from reflective silver foil at the start of his career in the 1920s. Erdem told FN that these open-toe flatforms were a contemporary take on the peep-toe shoes beloved of that decade.
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These cracked metallic boots in vegan leather took their cue from Venetian picture frames. Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Braganza visited the Italian city during the Venice Biennale art fair and the boots, with their twisted, extended toes, were also designed to look like a piece of modern art.
4. Victoria Beckham
Guaranteed to top every fashionista’s wish list for fall, these thigh-high, second-skin platform styles also came in butterscotch, black, chestnut, red and blue and made for the perfect contrast with the designer’s preppy kilt and sweater combos.
5. Roksanda Ilincic x Malone Souliers
For her ongoing footwear collaboration with Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Alice Malone of Malone Souliers did puffed up boots to balance out the volume of the ready-to-wear collection. They finished just below the knee and came topped off with an elaborate hand-knotted leather twist.
6. Simona Rocha
The designer peppered her collection with pearls, on headpieces, garments, bags and right down to the footwear where she toughened up delicate strands with metal chains or teamed her baubles with unexpected contrast fabrics such as tweed. The tweed versions won a big thumbs up from Heather Gramston, head of buying for Browns Fashion.
7. Christopher Kane
Bulbous silicone-injected details embellished Christopher Kane’s footwear and accessories. And once you realized that the starting point for this collection was the triangle bra, the detail started to bear an uncanny resemblance to colorful breast implants.
Christopher Kane, fall ’20.
Riccardo Tisci’s pumps and boots came with pointed toes, Cuban heels and sculptural uppers that rose to ankle height in an exaggerated V formation. Needless to say, the brand’s house print was fully present, from the shoes to hijab-style hoods.
9. Ancuta Sarca
Last season, the Fashion East designer debuted kitten-heel sneaker hybrids produced using upcycled Nike trainers, and in January, she launched a small line of one-offs with East London retailer LN-CC. However, we’ll have to wait and see if she’s got the business sense to make these cool fall ’20 updates a commercial reality and not just editorial catnip.
Ancuta Sarca, fall ’20.
10. Ashley Williams
Honorary mention goes to Ashley Williams for this photographic print of the Jimmy Choo collaboration sandals she presented for fall ’19. She also showed actual upcycled samples and dead stock from previous collections.