The Spring 2014 Haute Couture Season was more than just gorgeous craftsmanship! It was the High Fashion seal of approval allowing us all to wear comfortable sneakers without being misjudged by the avant-garde fashion population!
Chanel and Christian Dior sent their couture collections out the runway with sneakers and this is worth all our attention and time, dissecting the event!
While Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with luxury shoemaker Massaro and created a series of custom sneakers with embroideries and delicate, girly details, Raf Simons preferred his sneakers more on the amphibian side.
Chanel sent out mostly white, ivory sneakers, all impeccably matching the outfits and the accessories. The athletic spirit of this type of footwear was tamed down by embroideries matching the ones on the skirts. There were even quilted fanny packs and knees and elbows protections in the same legendary Chanel quilted finish also used for the footwear!
Candy pink, lavender, soft grey, silver, even sequined sneakers were seen in Chanel’s Spring 2014 Couture collection! This follows in a consistent tendency to girly-up the traditional training footwear and make it more pink, more wearable by women on and off the gym. But between choosing a $60 pair of Nike sneakers with pink soles and opting for a pair of Chanel Massaro black upper sneakers with pink soles there should be more than just price differences (I’m certain that the new Couture sneakers will go up to 4-figures price tags).
There should be differences in the athletic built of the shoe itself. But when you get a sequin for each 100$ paid on a pair of sneakers, it’s highly improbable that you also care about the engineering behind a real training shoe…
Now there’s an entirely different story regarding the sneakers accompanying Christian Dior’s Spring 2014 Couture collection designed by Raf Simons. Their silhouette hinted at beach shoes (amphibious shoes) and the flowers they were covered in matched the entire floral theme of the collection.
You may not see it right away, but the DIY opportunity of these sneakers is really a temptress! Say you take a pair of Speedo Water Shoes for $20 and use your crafty imagination to turn it into a pair with similar looks to the one seen in Dior’s Haute Couture Spring 2014 collection? Wouldn’t that be comforting not just for your feet but also for your budget?
Truthfully, I’m absolutely happy (although perplexed) that such fashion luminaries chose to use sports footwear in their Haute Couture collections. It gives us, folks back at home, something to talk about, and a real opportunity to hack couture! I’m loving it! (images Getty/styledotcom)