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Editor’s Choice: Bill Blass Spring ’17

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Every season there is one collection that we can’t forget. The shoes stay on our minds long after the show and then we wait for them to hit the sales floor. Bill Blass is that collection for Spring ’17.

The iconic heritage brand re-launched as an e-commerce brand with designer Chris Benz at the helm in November 2015. The initial collection focused on whimsical separates and frocks with bits of tulle, sequins and plenty of color splashed throughout the line. Footwear included two-tone bowling shoes, fuzzy slip-ons and loafers.

For Spring ’17, the shoe collection is coming into its own, fully embracing the brand’s history for offering women the unexpected. The brand aims to grow its wholesale business with an expanded footwear range that plays into the Bill Blass’ (and Benz’s) panache for color and creativity.

The suede Sutton slip-on flats and vintage-inspired Laverne high heel loafers return in a myriad of neutral and pop colors like mint and pink. The classic, pared-down styles lay the foundation for the rest of the collection that is packed chock-full of small details that make a big impact.

Block heel pumps are accented with subtle, asymmetrical top lines; uppers and heels made with smooth glitter leather adds a touch of quirk to flat strappy sandals, pumps and d’Orsay heels; short boots are glitzed up with candy-color metallic, high-gloss neutrals and chunky sequins.

The Spring ’17 line is anchored by a deep range of white and 70s blue denim footwear—a range that spans trendy slides and ankle wrap sandals to bow-accented heels and boots with bold stacked white heels. The distressed shoes prove that you can be both prim, chic and on trend, all in one step.

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