ALDO are continuing their objective for autumn/winter 2012, to ensure fashion designers have the ability to create and showcase the footwear they envision for their collections. Last season I just had to have the ALDO RISE x Libertine Distressed Wedges, and this season I’ve got my eye on Preen’s collection.
London-based design duo Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi have created these romantic towering heels (6.25 inches to be exact), in beautiful floral prints, botanical patterns and also more minimal block colours. Although still deciding which I love most, I cannot wait to get my hands on a pair.
Alongside Preen, ALDO RISE have teamed up with New York based designer, Patrik Ervell this season. After sucess with his menswear collections, Ervell showcased his first womenswear collection this autumn/winter 2012, which was inspired by police and military uniforms. So it makes sense that he uses a lot of leather, but he also introduces unusal fabrics such as vintage parachutes, horsehair and gold foil. He then pushed his vision to create functional footwear.
“The Fall/Winter 12 collection had to do with uniforms that had a kind of police academy feeling,” says Ervell. “I think the video has a suggestion of that kind of setting. An academy of sorts but in an alternate world or possibly a future world. Also, watching people fly around in my clothes was pretty amazing.”
The autumn/winter 2012 ALDO RISE collection will be released on September 25th. Prices range from £135-145. ALDO will also be launching a capsule collection, ALDO RISE x Christian Cota in October.
Ballet and fashion seem to be having a bit of a honeymoon together at the moment. Lots of designers have been busy designing costumes for those beautiful performances and we all know that the Rodarte sisters created outfits for the infamous Black Swan. Ballet is of course a high brow occasion, but as fashion can take inspiration from the street, vice versa also occurs and this time it has manifested itself in the most ridiculous pair of platforms. A heel I haven’t been able to get off my mind since I found them online.
Jeffrey Campbell is hot on the collaboration trail at the moment, but these are definitely my favourite. Available at Dolls Kill online for £120 and they ship to the UK. They have them in stock, but that won’t last for long.
I’ve seen some great heels so far at the Autumn/Winter press days, but there were two brands that have stood out, much higher than the others.
The Aldo Rise x Preen A/W12 booties have already made it onto my Autumn wish list. They may look deadly, but the chunky platform and solid wood heel are sure to make them easy to walk in. By my standards anyway. The booties come in light and dark floral prints, botanical colour blocked suede as well as plain black and navy suede. I’m having trouble picking my favourite.
Botanical Colour-Blocking &
Foliage Print On Aldo Rise x Preen A/W12 Booties seen at Surgery PR Press Day
Backstage at Preen Autumn/Winter 2012 Catwalk Show
(PHOTOGRAPHED BY @THECOVETEUR)
The second brand that got me all excited is Malene Oddershede Bach. Launched in 2011, she was awarded the One To Watch by Vauxhall Fashion Scout for S/S12. Colour, shapes and mixed textures are key in her collections, but I especially love the shoes. Mostly stocked online in the UK you can find the collections at BENGT, Beach Tomato as well as Then & Now.
Malene Oddershede Bach A/W12 Shoes seen at Trace Publicity Press Day
The galactic print and green wedges are definitely my favourite. They can look a little much on their own, but when seen in the A/W12 lookbook, they complement the collection so well.
Which do you prefer? Malene Oddershede Bach or Aldo Rise x Preen?
Now if you know me, you know I have an addiction to what you wear on your feet, I think shoes and especially heels make or break any outfit. This collection is sure to add some flavour, whatever you wear.
Cleo B‘s latest collection, It’s like that, is inspired by the 80′s hip hop music scene – the shoes are bright, fun and quirky. My favourite are Sucker MC.
Sucker MC, £362
Sucker MCs Purses, £242
Cleo B can be purchased at Dover Street Market and also at CleoB.com.
Don’t you just love a bit of retro hip hop in the Spring time?
Now I don’t usually fall for the sport luxe trend, but one thing that’s getting me very excited for spring, and that’s not just the increase in temperature, is the wedge trainer. Now you may remember seeing a converse-style heel floating about last year on the high-street, but thanks to Marc Jacobs placing his models in the high-end hi-top on the runway, their back. And this time there’s a price tag.
Ash Cool Suede Strapped Wedge Trainers (£139) at ASOS. Marc by Marc Jacobs 90MM Leather High Sneakers Wedges (£268.48) available to pre-order at luisaviaroma.com, arriving Feb 15th. Isabel Marant Perkins Suede & Leather Wedge Sneakers (£430) at Harvey Nichols. See by Chloe Lace Up Wedge Sneakers (£245.98) at Shopbop.com. These are a little less hi-top a little more girly, so if you’re worried about clunkyness, they’re the pair for you.
My favourite is definitely the Marc by Marc Jacobs booties. I’m hoping Mr Allure will remember my birthday is next month. Fingers crossed!
Are you willing to spend the cash and commit to the covetable trend? Which are your favourite pair?
Lady Gaga has been known for her towering (sans) heels, and now Jeffrey Campbell has jumped on the band wagon with the new Night Walk style, making these oh-so-ridiculous, oh-so-fabulous shoes!
Out in January (available from Office), I am sure to be wobbling into the new year…
Blogger collaborations are all the rave at the moment – I’m actually going to be part of a small production in the near future (but that’s a secret, for now). The biggest has got to be Six London‘s collaboration Sixby6Bloggers, in which the London-based shoe design company partnered up with six of the biggest names in blogging such as Style Bubble’s Susie Lau, Leandra ‘Man Repeller’ Medine, Style Salvage Steve Salter, Face Hunter, Cherry Blossom Girl and Caroline’s Mode.
Each blogger designed their own shoe and the range went on sale today. My favourite has got to be ‘The Man Repeller’ Ankle Bootie.
Designed by Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, they retail at £379. Which are your favourite?
Images: Six London
I have a little obsession when it comes to shoes. The higher, the more outlandish and definitely the more expensive shoes are what I dream of. Rarely I am able to feed my habit, due to the ramifications of becoming a student again, but for some reason I felt that if I shared this particular pair with you, it might – in my ridiculous mind – bring me closer to them.
Alexander McQueen White Armour Wedge Show Shoe, £2, 595
Seen in the Autumn/Winter 2011 show: platform wedge sandal with moulded metal heel cap: 14cm heel. Amazing, I know.