Trend Alert! Ugly Shoes

Manolo Blahnik recently said if he was queen for a day and he could ban any trend right now it would be platforms. As one of the most successful and worshiped shoe designers he would know. But I can’t help but despair because I adore the ugly shoe.

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Arguably there are some outlandishly ugly shoes at the moment but they have so much to offer. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Jill Sander, Sandro, Miu Miu, Prada and Celine have shown us from the catwalk how it’s done. Yes I am aware that we are not all 6ft tall lampposts but in terms of practicality it seems like a savior has spoken.

 

I have fallen victim to the unimaginable and am head over heels for what I can only describe as my new venture into orthopedic heaven. The transition from high heels to the safer option of a clunky unfeminine shoe has been a decision I have not regretted despite some abuse from my fellow peers.

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Admittedly I detested and was very critical of the over powering clunky, less than pretty shoes until I bought my first pair of creepers pre summer followed by my mannish stable biker ankle boots which offer more than enough stability circa wine o clock.

 

Teamed with tailored cigarette pants, jeans, shorts or feminine dress they add the chic boyish vibe we all crave this Autumn. Paired with an oversized coat they offer the height needed to carry it off, especially if you’re the size of a garden gnome like myself. From creepers, to thick brogues and platform styles this will add shape to many of this season’s attires and provide the androgynous feel similar to the runway.

 

Celebrities such as Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny opt sometimes to combine socks with their multiple varieties of the shoe. We’ve had it engrained in out heads with our moral fashion compass it is a no go but these girls demonstrate quite the opposite. The sock shoe combo is actually very manageable and quite chic. We applaud girls who manage this look while still covering up the ugly feet panic or dreaded toe cleavage.

 

Aside from helping out the vertically challenged they offer huge comfort while adding length to the leg so you can still remain hot property. These shoes are reminiscent of the 60’s and early 90’s the edgy cool kids choice was usually a platform that spoke for itself in a rebellious bid to turn heads. The cycle of fashion moves backwards as much as forward it would seem.

 

If you’re one of the lucky minority who can splash the cash on a pair of Miu Miu’s or Stella’s faux leather stabilizers for £685, lucky you! For the rest of us who don’t have time for piggy bank collecting, don’t fret as the high street is our answer. Topshop has various colors and styles so you don’t have to repent for you’re out of season kicks.

 

When Pheobe Philo revealed her new collection of quite unattractive shoes in 2011 some critics almost thought she was joking while others lusted after her for the reinterpretation of the Birkenstock shoe (A fresh pedi is always necessary for an open toe even if it is a Birks). We now have also been introduced to Teva, Birks’ equallyugly relative which Philo spread all over her 2014 S/S catwalks.Celine

 

Ashley Olsen teamed her Birks with a dressed down shirt and jeans combo but then the nimble singer added her $35,000 backpack! Surely then all questions of wearing birks go out the window? It would seem the conventionally ugly shoe isn’t just for in doors or pottering around the garden.

 

These shoes offer something “cool” about the looking “uncool image”. They reek of nostalgia and even demand some attention. Is it too far fetched to think crocs could creep into our wardrobe next? “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”, said Oscar Wilde of short lived mini trends.

 

From 90’s show Clueless, to pop princess Britney Spears and currently Nicki Manaj we’ve seen how it’s been demonstrated with so much variation and choice now it’s a matter of which one. How long is this trend here to stay for? That’s a difficult one to answer but if Philo is still putting them on her runways for Celine that’s a good enough sign. Simone Rocha opted for a thick pink shoe platform that looked effortlessly cool previously for her Respect Your Elders show, which went down a treat. Flashback Prada 2011 was ahead of the game with S/S “flatforms” so there has been signs for some time now.

 

Just remember you now have the advantage of availing of a comfortable shoe and no long term pain for your later years if you choose to let your feet be at peace this season. Lower chiropodist bills and descretley smaller corns while still looking fabulous. There just so bad there good! Haters goina hate!

 

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Simone Rocha Pink platform shoes

 

J.W Anderson

I was’nt quite so sure what to think of men in dresses but J.W Anderson does and maybe we should pay closer attention.

Over the past few year’s men’s runway looks have become increasingly feminine. From make up, floral prints, skinny jeans and platforms. But nothing we havn’t seen before in the 70’s 80’s and beyond but that aside if we take one major designer out of the spectrum of gender neutral fashion designers it’s a whole lot tamer.

I am now ready to embrace and understand the significance of it all. While in the past year many critics have voiced there surprisingly like for the designers collection at fashion week 2013 and 2014 it really has pushed the boundaries of social normality.

The enterprising fashion genius has made what would usually be classed as women’s clothing is for men, including ruffles, dresses and skirts knee high boots. The S/S 2013 collection was well received and branded a stroke of creative mastermind.

When his 2014 collection came it was different from the last with leathers or neoprene tunics in black white and beige hues and bow details. It seems obvious the young designer doesn’t find the boy/girl thing challenging.

 

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

In a recent interview with Fabien Constant Anderson he expressed clearly that he believes it only to be a big deal because we make it one  “were more backward than we’ve ever been”. He then goes on to defend his men’s dresses comparing them to the oversized rapper style t-shirt in relation to length so why is it unacceptable. He also explains he finds it confusing that a guy can be on a billboard in just underwear yet people make a bigger deal of his dresses for men. “Were uncomfortable with things we don’t understand” he said.

 

Andersons direction seems distinct he’s not willing to change it or let people make fun of it because he genuinely believes in breaking the traditions of gender coding and redefining the male image. And that is what he intends to continue doing.

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

 

Get the London look and take the Plunge and go Grunge

Get the London look and take the Plunge and go Grunge!

Model of the year Cara Delevingne with Jourdan Dunn pretty in party ready sequins

Model of the year Cara Delevingne with Jourdan Dunn pretty in party ready sequins

 

London’s Fashion Week has now come to an epic end. The fashion capital subjected us to some of the biggest statement shows to date. Londoners, the rich and famous, and a huge selection of international fashion lovers assembled for their daily fixes of fashion. By the looks of it they drooled over the latest and upcoming collections for S/S and A/W.

Following the intensity of New York Fashion week the critics were out in force. Nothing less than originality, a classic comeback, or a mind blowing collection of new prints and designs would get designers in their good books.

Dusty pink hues were a hit on the cat walk at TopShop Unique and Simone Rocha. The Irish designer and daughter of  John Rocha payed homage to her two grandmothers who inspired her 2013 Autumn/Winter collection ‘Respect Your Elders”. The show consisted of light pink dreamy smart suits with uber-chic nude shirts and tinsel tweed LBD’s that epitomized the perfect winter wardrobe for any sophisticated girly girl. The 26 year old upcoming young designer didn’t stop there. Her shoes and soft cream colors spoke to each onlooker as her looks under took the most perfect of transactions from the rails to the runway. Simon Rocha almost challenges Chanel with her collection with an evidently similar, yet strikingly different approach to the popular masculine/feminine combined look.

Velvet also featured unsurprisingly a recurring theme almost every year. But this year the colour scheme was very much the dark side with blacks, burgundy and navy at Christopher Kane and Issa.The dark romantic mood descended over Mulberry with dark layers of chiffon velvet and lace which ultimately created a stylish sinister look on the catwalk. The flow sleeves were admired at Christopher Kane while PVC skirts featured at the aforementioned Topship Unique and Simone Rocha.

Pretty in Pink Simone Rocha's beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Fashion Week

Pretty in Pink Simone Rocha’s beautiful Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Fashion Week

Shoe envy at Simone Rocha

Shoe envy at Simone Rocha

Matthew Williamson made the quite the statement hosting his show in the conservatory of the Royal Opera House. The aesthetically spectacular display provoked jaw dropping reactions from the surrounding fashion cubs. Williamson took us to the bright, enchanting, ‘Northern Lights’ with horizontal lines and zig-zag prints. His quintessential attention to detail was further magnified by the clever use of strobe lighting, which illuminated his beautiful colours and distinctive patterns. His majestic dresses embodied his vision of the English Rose. Chunky winter knits still remained youthful grace to his well cut suits and rainbow colours inspired by a Scandinavian look. His formal collection showcased sequins with an apparently haphazard mix of timeless accessories and delicate fabrics. As the models left the runway he closed the show with a fake snowfall, completing his ‘Northern Lights’ vision.

It's Northern Lights and pretty stripes at Matthew Williamson Fall 2013

It’s Northern Lights and pretty stripes at Matthew Williamson Fall 2013

Grunge is back and appear to be a prominent part of Topshop’s future, especially with the staples, such as oversized leather jackets, fur and boots. The Topshop Unique show was one of the biggest hits at LFW bringing all the latest and affordable high street trends adorned the catwalk show. It is said to be the most digitally advanced show ever in fashion history which allowed the high street captain to keep its shows current and technologically exciting. The collection has everybody buzzing at the Tate from the dusty pinks and sequences for party wear alongside some classic grunge like ‘bad girl’ pieces. Topshop proved as fun and flirty as always with an exceptional 21st Century that can only ensure continued success for the renowned high street chain.

90's vibes at the Topshop unique show at London Fashion week!

90′s vibes at the Topshop unique show at London Fashion week!

Mulberry and Holly Fulton proved amongst the most popular. Industry figureheads and casual spectators alike gathered to support both labels. A swarm of celebrities turned out their support for Mulberry including Alexa Chung, an iconic female in the Mulberry handbag world of course, following the ‘Alexa’. The Holly Fulton collection was cool and collected. A mastermind of geometric prints inspired by the 70’s girl, were whirled up and down on display. The playful collection was striking and different featuring animal inspired logos which she teamed with retro skirts. Each look struck that delicate balance of individual, yet effortless. The mix and match looks were suited to both day time and night time wear.

A media frenzy surrounded each show. Don’t stay in the dark, for rather follow the enthusiasts and fill your wardrobe with the upcoming seasons designs which have proved to cater for every style and taste. Check out the links (containing photos, footage and prints) below to further immerse yourself in the artistically renowned fashion whirlwind that was LFW. 

http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/highlights.aspx?seasonid=36&Seasonday=2013-02-19&Day=&videoid=580

http://style.time.com/2013/02/20/london-fashion-week-2013-on-the-runways-front-rows-and-backstage/

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/8ad9dcec-7c17-11e2-99f0-00144feabdc0.html#slide0

Models do the Harlem Shake in style at Top shop unique