Well, Averyl Oates (buying director for Harvey Nichols) may think the Dries van Noten shoes were all that, but I can’t say as I agree.
But for Fall 2009, I have to say my high hopes were disappointed. Pattern, yes. But monochromatic and not terribly interesting. Texture, sure, but only with a repeated python print (yawn… I’m not down with all the snake usage) and some rather boring brown leathers and… well… see and judge for yourselves.
Sure, that middle shoe is a beaut, but it’s a little snoreish given that it’s coming from Dries.
All right, as Averyl notes, the python soles is a cool idea.
But that doesn’t save this from being a bland collection from a designer about whom I never expected to use such a word.
I will, however, completely and totally agree with Averyl’s opinion on the Givenchy shoes. What a fanciful pile of footwear! Look!
I’m surprised we haven’t already seen Posh out and about in that last pair.
Picking up the Dries van Noten slack, it should be noted, was Emanuel Ungaro, where Esteban Cortazar seemed to take just the right mix of inspiration from the Dries Fall ’08 line and the Cynthia Steffe Fall ’09 line I was raving about a few weeks ago. Who wouldn’t want to hit the town in these fun party shoes?
And finally for today’s fashion week report, I can’t leave without making mention of Costume National, where the Rick Owens blousy boots saw their cousins on parade and these gorgeous and funky MaryJanes clip-clopped down the catwalk to stylishly win my heart.