It’s clear to me that the shoe of the fall season is Prada’s lug sole, featured in FLARE’s September issue on the Fashion Frontis page. I have spotted it on so many editors, including Eva Chen from Lucky magazine and Francesca Burns from British Vogue, and they all look amazing wearing it. It’s become this season’s beanie hat, although perhaps not quite as ubiquitous.
There were so many looks at the Emporio Armani show that models often walked out two at a time on the extra-wide runway, and the latter part of the show was set to romantic Asian pop, which for me stressed the importance of that market here in Milan although ostensibly it was because the collection was inspired by Water Lilies. The best silhouette from the show was the cropped, wide-leg trousers paired with draped tops and structured jackets.
The Sportmax collection was inspired by the idea of Feminine Beauty, and I was expecting a much more girlie set, but was pleasantly surprised by the relaxed, minimalist take. Transparent silk dots, a soft pale pink, and fur pompoms were recurring motifs, but what grabbed my eyes most on the runway were the stellar slip dresses and shapely mule heels. That’s right, the mule shoe is back, in a big way.
Speaking of accessories, today’s schedule was jam-packed with shoe appointments, and I made sure to check out the latest and greatest from FLARE favourites such as Gianvito Rossi (sorry, no photos allowed!) and classic Italian labels like AGL and Furla. Below, some of my top picks for Spring.
I also had many re-see appointments today, including the Canadian-founded brand Ports 1961, Gucci, Fendi and Prada. For a market editor, looking at the runway collection in a showroom is essential because it allows you to snap pictures of key accessories, see all the layers more clearly, and get a better feel for the fabrics. Runway shows set the mood, but depending on the collection it can be hard to tell how a look would wear on its own. And, as a fashion design school graduate, seeing the incredible handiwork and innovation up close and personal was definitely a “pinch me” moment.