Wednesday, September 30, 2015

London Fashion Week Trend Report: Shoes Wisely

Sometimes it's more than just the clothes themselves that leave a resonating impression when reviewing the Fashion Week collections. For Spring/Summer 2016 in London, I noticed many designers showing unexpected shoes paired with dresses. Flat, often Teva-like walking shoes and sandals were marched down the runways with gowns and dresses. The coupling of romance and practicality was actually quite beautiful.

Christopher Kane answered the age-old question: how do you update an LBD? With a fashion-forward sneaker of course.

Christopher Raeburn featured floral dresses with dark sandals to ground them.

Emilia Wickstead's proper-yet-modern frocks were paired with bright pointed flats.

Flats embellished with fur and a strap were the base of Erdem's gauzy gowns.

Exotic and rich was the theme, but Jonathan Saunders let the black sandals do the walking with his dresses.

Osman proved that even on your wedding day, a flat shoe in an exciting color is stylish and shows personality.

Peter Pilotto's colorful designs were balanced with chic slip-on shoes.

Betting on juxtaposition, Preen's gilded dress with white flat sandals flaunted a confident and cool theme.

Simone Rocha showed chic calf-grazing dresses at a length just short enough to show the organically colored sandals they were paired with.

Bordering on ballerina-chic, Temperley London's romantic tulle dress looked effortless with strappy flats.

In a look that I am sure we'll see on an upcoming red carpet, Burberry paired a rich, yet fresh, sheer oxblood dress with a platform flat.

How can you not try this new trend out for yourself? Fashionable yet comfortable, pairing an unexpected flat shoe with a dress is fun, avant-garde and shows you are ready to party! 

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