Without a distressed bootie in sight, premium womenswear and footwear tradeshow EDIT, held at the Javits Center in New York City Feb. 23-25, charged ahead with forward-thinking heel designs, aggressive boots and inventive sneakers.
For Fall ’15, New York designer Heather Williams, founder of H Williams, cuts a unique profile by incorporating her signature geometric rubber outsoles to a range of contemporary slip-on sneakers. The line of pointed toe black leather kicks — popped with waxed woven leather uppers, exotic skins and fur panels — are contrasted with stark white or near-translucent bottoms. Other futuristic sneaker styles retain their sporty roots with mesh insets and puffed quilting.
Italian-made brand LTG tells a quilting story, too, with moto-inspired stitching across the sides of boots. The subtle details allow for the line’s outstanding attributes, like its double layer shafts, which can be zipped up for a clean look or down for a punk edge, and buttery soft calf leather, to shine.
Zippers also crop up on sneakers by Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Instead of being used as a traditional closure, the metal teeth trim the edge of hi- and lo-top sneakers. Multiple Velcro straps appear to be the designer’s closure of choice, as they stretch across a number of the line’s chunky glitter-embellished sneakers. Galliano explores the world of glitter finishes with a range of blue-gray sneakers coated with fine grain sparkles. Topped off with the brand’s ornate crest logo, the Galliano range offers an autumnal boarding school-meets-royal vibe.
Italian designer Goffredo Fantini keeps the strappy theme going with a boot version of the infamous bandage dress. The tall boot features a woven pattern made with leather and stretch bands that create a bondage-feel. Blame the overtly aggressive looks coming from Fantini and number of brands on film release of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” From Monika Chiang’s collection of complicated leather and chain stilettos, Oysby’s golden rod heels to LTG’s statement making boots with exaggerated shark tooth tread and razor thin stiletto heels, designers unabashedly toyed with sexy styles for fall.
Fantini’s bandage boot, in particular, ties in with the rest of the line’s black patent man tailored shoes (with pointed toes, of course), bold creeper outsoles and heavy lug soles. However, the brand lightens the look with dress shoes and boots with Lucite heel that encases a marble-like stone. H Williams plays with rock-inspired heels with a group of short and tall geometric-shaped heels in kaleidoscope patterns of black and white. Other styles by the brand feature slender heels with a dripped paint effect.