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When I say ‘old school’ I really do mean that literally. We spotted these Prada kicks and were transported back in time when the most sophisticated ‘trainers’ we owned were plimsolls bought from Woolworths and pretty much guaranteed to last a term at school, but not much longer. It’s that laced up, cloth upper combined with the rubber sole. Fast forward from school gym class (oh my, what were those mini kilts and gym knickers all about!?!) to my first job in fashion. I worked at Whistles and it was my job one season to call in colour samples from Bensimon, the venerable French home of the tennis shoe. Well, I think Prada was quite inspired by those, probably a bit more than they were inspired by me in my school gym kit…
Love them or loath them, as they’re Prada’s creation you will most probably be wearing a variation on this theme sometime soon. Mini kilt and gym knickers optional.
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If you were following my Twitter feed yesterday you’d have spotted that we were mostly in East London, hitting various SS’14 Press Days. Whilst over that side of town, I decided to head to a couple of stores that I’ve been meaning to visit for a while. The first is the House of Hackney. This Shoreditch flagship store reflects this pattern driven brand to the nth degree. It’s a mind boggling, eye popping visual treat.
House of Hackney was founded in London in 2010 as an interiors label. Now they have diversified in to fashion and accessories too, building the whole brand around their unique focus on bold pattern and product that is made in England. These patterns may be translated in ways that are utterly modern but in fact the overall impression is of an historic elegance and of traditional craft. The way that the pattern is so intensely layered in the store made me think of those overblown interiors that you can imagine epic characters like Oscar Wilde occupying whilst pondering what to write in his book ‘The House Beautiful’.
Amongst all of the amazing interiors oriented product there is a wonderful collection of fashion too. The patterns that the label use work just as perfectly on a lampshade as they do on a fabulous pair of velvet shorts dungarees or a luxe sweatshirt. My eye was particularly drawn to these amazing shoes, made in collaboration with Underground, the British footwear brand of choice for the original New Romantics, Goths and grunge kids.
I do love a crepe sole, ever since I discovered creepers as an art student some time ago (ahem…). The difference with these beauties though is that the sole is crisp white and the upper is printed with one of House of Hackney’s signature patterns. Another addition to the Christmas list. I’m a size 5 in case you were wondering!
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We’ve been noticing a very particular and enticing colour trend in shoes over the past month or so. There was a time when white stillys were a byword for a very trashy look, but what goes around, comes around in the wonderful world of fashion, and the white shoe is now a key look for the season.
Granted, none of these are old school stilettos, but they do cover pretty much all of the key shoe shapes for this Summer from flatforms, through the ‘strapoot’ to the newest variation of the classic stilly in marvelous matte white from Stella.
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I spotted this in the April issue of French Vogue. Aren’t these the most incredible Tods you’ve ever seen? I always think that this particular brand of ‘car shoe’ is a bit ‘mweh’, which makes this even more of a wonderful surprise. The origins of the moccasin are as a Native American shoe decorated with beads, so this is a rather OTT homage to roots of this brand’s core style really.
Practical? No. Fabulous? Yes indeed!
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How deliciously saucy are these? Maybe the term ‘shoe porn’ wouldn’t be totally inappropriate to describe these lace up lovelies? When adding these in to your outfit, just be sure to schedule in some extra ‘getting ready’ time as these look like they might take a while to get on…
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