Oh HAI everyone! I’m back! Apologies for the lack of posts over recent weeks, but it’s been fashion week which, for me, means a month of working solidly for my job at InStyle with no time off to do blog posts (I’m not complaining – I love it!). But seeing as I’ve just been and seen all the fashion for SS16, I thought I would give you a round-up of the flat shoes coming your way for next season. The great news is, flats are still EVERYWHERE next season and trainers are top of the agenda (nicely timed new book there, Hannah *pats self on back*), so we’re still winning. YES!
London is where I saw my favourite trainers of the season at Christopher Kane. They are SO AMAZING. Sort of a cross between a walking sandal (with Kane’s signature safety clasp) and a Nike Air Huarache, with a neoprene sock. The brand is actually launching a trainers collection next month which are the same design but in different colours, but it’s these neon shades (another Kane signature) that I’m really excited about. And the PR for the brand reckons they will retail for about 280 quid. I’m saving up already…
There were also trainers at 1205 (the whole collection was shown with Nike Airs), Anya Hindmarch and Joseph (both showed white sneakers). If a dress shoe is more your thing though, Emilia Wickstead ticked that box. The colour palette for this collection was GORGEOUS too, with lots of deep gold yellow (a key colour for SS16). And one of my favourite London brands, Preen, had almond toe fisherman sandals, almost-flats, which I got a good look at backstage before the show. If you can deal with an inch, you’ll love these (they’re a touch too high for me).
Another trend going absolutely nowhere is walking sandals (see also, Paris). Margaret Howell – a brand I would always expect to show flats anyway – was styled with Teva sandals as well as brogues and loafers, so hang on to yours from this summer as they’re going to be just as relevant next year.
Oh, and maybe the most exciting news from London is that Christopher Raeburn has done a collaboration with Clarks! So everyone will be able to get their hands on a pair of these sandals.
That Milan has got so on board with flats is significant, because it’s the most glamorous of the fashion cities – all fur and bling and heels – and I often feel a bit out of place when I go there. But the super-glam Italian fashion editors were wearing Stan Smiths on the FROW, so even these woman are ditching their heels for something more comfy. The first show I went to, literally straight off the plane, was Gucci. Ah, Gucci – with its new creative director Alessandro Michele – the most talked about show of the whole season. All geek chic and berets and glasses. There were a lot of VERY high heels in this collection, but plenty of flats too. My favourites were this reinvention of the classic Gucci loafer; a mule shape with a divine floral embroidered pattern. SO NICE.
I also love the Marco de Vincenzo show – he’s a new up-and-comer and the clothes as well as the shoes were beaut. The girls wore brightly coloured satin lattice flats that mirrored the vibrant clothes. Another favourite in Milan was Charlotte Olympia (she’s British but shows her collection in Milan too). There were LOADS of flats and trainers but my favourites were her new take on the Kitty Flat, inspired by Kurt Cobain.
As a leather house, Tod’s always shows great shoes and bags and next season is no exception. The leather work on these grey loafers was absolutely beautiful, and I love that they’ve done a pair of yellow shoes, too.
Paris is my favourite fashion week city. Sadly I didn’t get to go for the whole week like last season, but I was there for long enough to see plenty of flats, don’t worry! Obviously Paris is all about chic, so let’s start with my party fall-back: pointy flats. It’s great news that I saw so many of these because they’re the most useful flat shoes to have if you don’t want to wear heels to a party/wedding/posh do. I think my favourites are the beautiful raffia Mary Janes from Tabitha Simmons.
Loads and loads of trainers to report back on too. I got to see those Christopher Kane ones close up here, as well as some Caribbean-inspired ones from Tommy Hilfiger that were originally shown at New York fashion week. Oh, and if you fancy an upgrade from your Stan Smiths, how about these sneakers from Alexander McQueen?
And of course, as it’s the summer collections, there were sandals too. I loved the ones at Kenzo which reminded me of the weird pool slides you might have bought on a French campsite as a kid, with those weird bobbly insoles. And I’ll leave you with the most feel-good shoes of the whole season…Chanel’s disco walking sandals. I’d love to know what you think of next season’s flats – leave comments below!