As far as first crushes go, mine was at age 7 – I still remember how gooey-eyed I’d get and giggle in glee. Yup, my first crush was on the most gorgeous pair of little white ‘tic toc’ shoes as I’d call them back then.
Cut to present day, and I’m still silly faced and totally in love with shoes. That would explain why I simply loved the new AW ’14 collections I’ve saw this week. The overriding theme across brands is animal print (*swoon*), metallic colors and details and bright pops of color.
At Vince Camuto Fall 2014, we see distinct styles namely Ladies Who Lunch (Sometimes At Their Desk), Strategic 3D and Chef-De-Race. The first category features flats, pumps, bags and flat boots, which borrow their essence from the boys – Think haute haberdashery details and crisp tailoring specifics inspired directly by Saville Row. The color palette has a lot of dark caramel, grey, dust storm and garnet that play up metallic leathers and suede.
The ‘Strategic 3D’ style features quilted, pleated and woven totes, backpacks, boots, heels and sandals. Materials are mixed-up in utterly unexpected textural pairings: glossed goat meets bubble lamb, tie-dye leather couples with elastic while true suede plays up shiny snake.
The ‘Chef-De-Race’ style embodies an equestrian edge with details like Jodhpur goring, saddle- stitching and the distinctive curved shape of a true riding boot. The newest crop of hobos, cross bodies, boots and booties finishes first with harnesses, buckles and hand-sewn details in shades of russet, dark Woodberry and burnt saddle.
Kurt Geiger’s AW 2014 collection is distinctly different, but stands out for it’s gorgeous prints and heels. According to the brand’s creative director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley, ‘Red is the new Black’ this season, which spells out the theme and styling for AW 2014.
Red, scarlet, crimson… whatever the shade, Kurt Geiger’s collection stuns with its textures and silhouettes and keeps in tune with the brand’s British traditions. Laced sandals and slippers with stars, stones and sparkle aim to reflect the waters of the Grand Canal, while brown, tan and earthy tones, are inspired by the English outdoors.
New Chelsea boots, Derbies and Go-Go boots ensure that the flat ankle boot and over the knee styles continue to be all the rage at Kurt Geiger. My favorite, however, are the stilettos in the sassy leopard print!