Day 1 — Anthony Vaccarello The designer’s theme of flash-and-conceal continued via stiletto sandals paired with black socks. White leather sandals had lacing at the ankle but were kept relatively minimal overall — a refreshing show of restraint from his usual va-va-voom collections.
Day 2 — Dries Van NotenRiffing on strong collegiate codes, bulbous-heel velvet boots were done in scholarly shades of maroon, house purple and old gold. Wrapped around those irregular heels, some wooden, was a strand of grandma’s pearls.
These tattooed waders aren’t necessarily attractive shoes, but maybe that’s the point. Designer Demna Gvasalia would much rather be interesting, strange and ripped from questionable, disparate subcultures, and that’s what holds our attention and keeps us coming back for more.
While the clothing indeed had a nostalgic feel, the shoes were very much in the now: Patent pointy t-strap pumps that had a golden circular detail on the front paired with sheer ankle sockets, sequin mules with a slight kitten heel. Jonathan Anderson has once again shown that a storied fashion house can be both reinvented and respected at the same time.
Knotted ankle strap heels were Acne’s striking take on the strappy sandal. Done with a tubular treatment, they expressed the collection (and season’s) overarching theme of extreme volume in the most unexpected of places.