Thoughtful shopper

Wednesday 19 September 2012



“It’s all about the shoes,” a magazine editor tweeted on Friday. It is, in the sense of whether or not you can survive the week in your highest heels. But in the shows themselves shoes are often the overlooked accessory that pulls everything together, particularly in a season where so few bags have been seen. Forget, for a moment, the question of whether you can walk in them and consider how the shoes can make or break a show. Michael van der Ham’s Joan Miró-inspired multi-fabrication pieces were accompanied by a succession of delightful Madame Fifi Louboutins with contrasting powder puff trim around the ankles: oyster and lime green, eau de nil and black.

At Sister by Sibling, the tennis dress knits were worn with shoes made of connecting coloured leather discs that reminded me of Sixties Courrèges. Intricately designed by Sophia Webster, a former assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood, they extended the theme of freshness and slightly bonkers vitality that is London. Then there’s Margaret Howell, maybe the only designer fearless enough to send models out in the kind of t-bar flat brown sandals as worn by the Famous Five.

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