With only a few days away till the start of New York Fashion Week, Aldo has given FLARE an exclusive first look at the upcoming Aldo Rise collection. The Canadian retailer, who once designed a shoe for us, has revealed six new sketches from the upcoming Spring 2012 collection that includes some of the biggest names in fashion. The roster includes Winnipeg-born designer Mark Fast, Preen, Libertine, JW Anderson, Christian Cota and Cushnie et Ochs.
While we gave you a first look at Fast’s fringed shoe, now we can share the inspiration behind each collaboration straight from the designer.
Mark Fast: “A mix of feminine fabrics and sportswear fabrics. I took inspiration from a bit of tribal and metallic glam.”
Preen: “We are very excited about this collaboration, the shoes have a very Preen look. Proportion, colour and texture are key. They will be a perfect compliment to our collection.”
Libertine: “I’ve been looking at a lot of CY Twombley, swimming in the ocean, and making driftwood sculptures and voila; graphic stripy shoes!”
JW Anderson: “Like Rauschenberg it’s a patchwork of textures.”
Christian Cota: “I am inspired by evolution, magnifying the underwater world and its stages of life. Amoeba-like structures lent themselves to the construction of the shoe, while bright bursts of teal and yellow add a pop of color alongside neutral colored stingray.”
Cushnie et Ochs: “The shoes are a modernized version of Barbie’s pump.”