via ysl.comYves Saint Laurent fall 09 campaign featuring Christy Turlington by Inez & Vinoodh.
The stap trend that was quite prevalent in s/s 09 mens shoes had very mixed reviews. I don't know exactly how I feel about it, but I do think it is an interesting idea. One of the reasons is the different ways it is used have quite varied effects. I like its use at Louis Vuitton where it hides the construction of the shoe. It could be an oxford, or a derby, or a whole-cut, but this is neatly hidden away. In the YSL I like that the grosgrain is not limited to the strap, but also used along the topline. At Prada the rubber bands circle the whole shoe, and at Dries Van Noten a buckled leather strap covers a brogue which make them seem like an afterthought. This is not necessarily a bad thing - just interesting.
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Louis Vuitton via gq.com
Dries Van Noten via selectism
Yves Saint Laurent via ysl.com
Prada Campaign featuring Louis Simonon and Claude Simonon, shot by Hedi Slimane via prada.com
via frillrThose Prada claw shaped heels were so simple and have been so influential. I needed a little tribute. I really like the idea of carrying on curves and matching up lines wherever possible. It creates a more purposeful visual flow in a shoe, and these are a perfect example.
via highsnobietyJust a few days ago I posted some of the shoes from Kris Van Assche's s/s 10 range. As creative director at Dior Homme he has carried on the super-laced idea (which I can't get enough of it seems) to these high top sneakers. Deciding which I like more is making steam come out of my ears.
via gq.comDries Van Noten offered up an eclectic array of shoes in his mens and womens collections for s/s 10. Raffia, snake, patent, fabric, elastic, laces, buckles, slingbacks, black, brown, tan, cream, patterns - it's all there. Hold two shoes from the mens collection up next to each other and you would have no idea that they were from the same show but as a whole they totally work. The womens shoes have the element of the heel, that is at once understated and distinctive - a very hard thing to accomplish. Variety is the spice of life, and this shit is HOT!
These Damir Doma shoes are so beautiful and minimalist while still having a definite character and reflect the brand perfectly. Upon close inspection it is clear how well considered every detail is - and how bout them zips! The second image is from the stunning flagship store at 6 rue des Arquebusiers, 75003 Paris.
So it was brought to my attention that I failed to add these Alexander Wang f/w 09 creepers to my previous creepers post, which in my opinion is a huge oversight. So here they are in all their fringed, acid washed, buckled glory. After all, a girls got a right to creep too.
Stingray leather, or Shagreen, is tough and durable with a uniquely textured surface of tiny round bumps. Popular in the Art Deco period for use in furniture, and commonly used in Thailand for wallets and belts, it's popularity in the the fashion world (as with all "exotic" leathers) fluctuates. It can be treated in many different ways, to show-off its texture, as can be seen in the examples above.
I believe the effect of dyeing the leather one colour, and then dyeing the raised area a lighter colour uniformly over the whole skin, displays the texture to it's full effect (as illustrated in the YSL.) Being a bit of a texture junkie, I also love the combination of stingray and suede, as they seem to be polar opposites.
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Christian Dior s/s 09 via style.com
Making the Dior shoe
Stingray leather (Shagreen)
Mr Hare via mrhare
Nike via kicksonfire
Yves Saint Laurent f/w 09 via fashionbombdaily