Fall 2014 Couture shows are bringing back the flat sandals! In full gladiator mood like Valentino’s romantic ladies or in simple DIY ribbon temptress sandals like Lagerfeld’s Chanel ones.
Dazzling heights seem to be a thing of past seasons while fashion’s most representative maisons keep pushing comfortable footwear season after season. Both Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons designed sneakers for their previous Chanel and Dior Couture respective collections. Now it’s time for flat sandals!
See also: Highlights of previous Couture seasons!
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli sent out veritable Fashion Goddesses, pushing their minimalist beauty to a poetic height. The embroideries and the pleats, the bows and the prints were in Valentino’s true effortless tradition. Lightweight designs with discrete silver & gold shiny reverberations accessorized with wavy hairdos, criss-crossed belts and wrapped up laced sandals, a beautiful style symphony in the key of subtle.
Karl Lagerfeld imagined a strong collection with laid-back sophistication, in Chanel’s tradition. Everything seems random and it’s far from it! Der Kaiser himself has contradicted some of his previous (mis)conceptions about mothers and motherhood in general by choosing a pregnant model for his bride dress, closing the show. (he apparently loves pregnant women now!)
His final dress, however, was the epitome of all things making Couture so fascinating: a total of 450 hours for this neoprene gown’s hand-painted with intricate embroidery of beads and stones! The flat sandals as the dress’ medallion were also hand-decorated, taking approximately 20 hours each. Amazingly subtle creations, which took endless workhours to achieve!
Chanel’s Fall 2014 Couture collection was, with just two exceptions, entirely finished in ribbon sandals. The silver loafers and the over-the-knee flat boots with ribbon-wrapped ankles were strangely contrasting the rest of the designs but seasonally fitting-in. A very summery fall/winter show which almost floated above time and space in a minimalistic play of reflections! (images styledotcom)