My first ever “real” job was working with shoes. I have always loved shoes. I realize that this is the case for a large portion of the western female world, but really, my passion for them is absolute.
Being a shoe-di-phile (yeah I made that up), naturally photographing them is one of my favourite things. Enter the Designer Showrooms at London Fashion Week. Home to some of the newest and brightest stars in British footwear, where Kelsi becomes, well, like a Kelsi in a shoe store.
Camilla Elphick is the next
Charlotte Olympia Sophia Webster shoe designer of your dreams – you heard it here first folks. Whimsical but wearable creations and the kind of shoes dreams are made of. Delicate slips of a high heel, with beautiful (and flattering) ankle straps and all around beautiful lines and cuts.
Initially I thought there were many themes to the Spring/Summer Collection – shoes featuring black cats, a poker hand, a poker chip, a horseshoe, a four leaf clover – it was only on second glance that I got it – the thread between all the styles? LUCK. And man, I want to be the lucky girl that gets to wear ALL of these.
The kitty ballet flats for example are to diiieee for (especially for this crazy cat lady) but how do you pick just one colour? My guess is you do not. You pick ALL the colours. Lucky duck (yep there’s a pair of those too)
On the other scale of shoe wearing – the kind you want to (and can) wear everyday, is Dear Frances. Showing us there’s nothing normal about normcore, those supple white leather slingbacks are my everything right now.
I actually discovered Kerrie Luft last September, in the same place (you can check out the post I wrote for FNP here) but I couldn’t help but give these heels another shout out, because THESE HEELS. They’re just incredible.
Has anyone else noticed the sixties quietly creep back into the collective sartorial mind of late? I think this trend is going to blow up again in 2015 (and about time too, I remember the last time it really blew up, well over a decade ago – I had an amazing paid of cream patent leather go go boots – we’re well overdue a resurgence!).
Joanne Stoker’s Spring 2015 collection screamed sixties, with a candy coloured palette, round toes, block heels and geometric details – and yet the collection just had an entirely modern sensibility. This is 2015 does the sixties, and it’s done perfectly.
I was a big fan of these angled and blocky shoes from Abcense – really great lines and overall a great, chunky collection of footwear – innovative with some fab finishes. I particularly loved the palette and the matte finishes combined with the patent leather. This finish on the ones immediately above was great, the leather had been brushed in such a way to look like woodgrain – I loved that they are all very sophisticated but architectural and modern.
I think I’m going to have to increase my shoe budget next year….