Haute Couture Embraces Flat Sandals: Chanel & Valentino Fall 2014

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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!

Haute Couture flat sandals Chanel Valentino

golden gladiator sandals Valentino Couture Fall 2014

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Valentino Fall 2014 Couture golden gladiator sandals

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.

black gladiator sandals Valentino Fall 2014 Couture

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flat exotic couture sandals Valentino Fall 2014

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!)

Chanel Couture wedding dress 450 hours

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!

flat couture sandals Chanel fall 2014

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flat ribbon sandals Chanel Couture fall 2014

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)

fall 2014 boots Chanel Haute Couture

Fall 2014 shoes Chanel Haute Couture


#1 Ana on 08.13.14 at 4:08 am

The Valentino ones are to die for. Although I wouldn’t dare to venture out of the carpeted salons wearing them.

#2 kpriss on 08.13.14 at 11:11 pm

…. not to mention what those laces do to our legs :-( but they do look fantastic, that’s for sure! Much better, more stylish than Chanel’s, aren’t they?

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