My mama always told me trends come in threes. Didn’t yours?
No? Well, ok, my mama didn’t exactly say that either, but I think we can safely assume that three designers picking up a shoe trend means it’ll be making an appearance at the retail level for us plebs. And I can’t say as I’m unhappy about that when the shoe trend in question is the lacy details that showed up in the Marchesa and 3.1 Phillip Lim shows and then again yesterday at Rebecca Taylor.
Me, I wouldn’t pair these pumps with trouser socks, but you know… whatever floats your boat.
Zac Posen seems to be trying to send some business over to the folks who make the Bedazzler. Otherwise, how to explain the rhinestones on some of his shoes.
Also, no, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a velvet and clear vinyl knee boot on the right there. *shudder* Not a Zac Posen fan, me. Very much not.
But the show I was most looking forward to, in news that should surprise none of you if you’re faithful Shoeblog readers, was Christian Siriano’s. Much as I may find the man incredibly annoying to listen to, I can’t argue that he has great conceptual clothing. And after Twinkletoes’s preview hinted at fabulous shoes to come, I was giddy with the anticipation.
And then came the show itself. And you know what? Christian Siriano’s shoes were the best part.
They’re edgy and cool and young and sleek, if not anything terribly far outside the box. They sure as hell outdo the clothing, if you ask me. Apart from two dresses, I found the whole thing to be a largely shapeless, unflattering collection of blah browns occasionally enlivened by a metallic texture or a teal tone. Dare I say it (and here’s something I never would have thought I’d say about Christian), a lot of the outfits looked cheap and poorly-made, and the shoes are what provided the style spark. Case in point:
That dress is a horror. I’m sorry to be blunt about it, but that looks like something I could pick up at Forever 21 for $19. The shoes, though? Well, the shoes are a very Christian-appropriate FIERCE (and look at the retreating model’s gorgeous footwear, too)!
For those of you who followed that particular Project Runway season (and you can check out our shoe coverage over this way), you’d certainly recognize the over-dependence on ruffles and giant shoulder-bulging sleeves. I’m disappointed in the line overall. Except for the shoes. And except for these two dresses, which are—to use another keyword of Christian’s—fabulous.
Want to check out the rest of Christian’s line? Elle has pics here. Agree with my assessment? Disagree? Comment your little hearts out.