When people from the fashion industry get together, you would think that perhaps they would steer clear of discussing work, however, I recently spent a glorious weekend with some beloved colleagues, who came together from the four corners of the globe to support my newest project Fashion Space Art, and I can safely say that the conversation stayed almost exclusively in the realms of fashion.
The weekend also included a bit of retail therapy and with the sales in full swing, it was the perfect opportunity for me to check out what all these stylish fashionistas were looking to purchase this season.
In our line of work, shoes are always high on the ‘must-buy’ list. When you spend your career life traipsing around the world for shows, crossing multiple time zones, rushing through airports and sitting on stuffy planes, comfort is imperative (you don’t want your feet to start swelling when you least expect it!), but at the same time you never know who you are going to meet, so elegance is of huge importance. And let’s face it, we represent an industry where style usually takes precedence, so on trend footwear is also worth thinking about.
The men in the group were on the lookout for all-black neoprene or leather trainer-style shoes with no stitching, a discreet rubber wedge heel and a hint of vintage baseball shoe in the design. There are definitely plenty out there and these shoes make great travel companions that, at a push, can be worn with both day or evening attire, especially if you're only on a fleeting visit and are looking to pack light.
For the women in the party, many of whom had yet to go on a summer holiday, it was a question of liberating those toes in the most elegant manner possible, and wearing flats was simply not a road they were prepared to go down. Black again was a favourite colour and the style of the moment was the ubiquitous flip flop wedge. Within the expanding realm of the wedged flip flop, founder of Bliss Spa and Soap and Glory, Marcia Kilgore has also now launched the amazing Fitflop label (we love a successful business woman), with wedged sandals that are both outstanding in value, but also feature a huge range of different designs, which are both pretty, chic and stylish and also incredibly comfortable.
Over a couple of Pina Coladas, Campari’s and dry Martinis, I did get the chance to ask the all-important question of colour for AW17/18 and what might be worth picking up in the sales in terms of hue.
We all agreed that pink was here to stay. The colour has really come into its own this season and looks it will remain for the winter season, but this time with embellishments like feathers and sequins at Nina Ricci, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta for example .
The other colours to watch are blue and turquoise, probably because of the huge western revival being seen on the catwalks, but with a totally modern twist, while also respecting the rules of elegance. Worn as a full look, the burst of colour electrifies a wardrobe, Valentino and Nina Ricci.
article first seen in La Provincia July 2017