With so many designers drawing from the rich vocabulary of man-tailored clothing in jackets, shirting and tuxedo looks it makes sense that the trend would influence shoes as well. Nothing looks fresher than Oxfords, Loafers and Brogues with slim trousers, spare pencil skirts and strict tailored suits. Brunello Cucinelli offers a slip-on loafer in polished leather that is as understated as it is stylish.
The elegant wing-tipped brogues go a step further into the realm of the masculine. Maison Martin Margiela puts a twist on their black wing-tipped oxford with a layer of luminous leather peeking through the perforations on the toe. Tod’s offers a brown wing-tipped brogue that has all the swagger of the finest hand-made Italian shoes. The black patent-leather version with monk strap and buckle is even more pointed in its reference to bespoke men’s shoes.
These styles are at once a sensible, practical and incredibly chic. The detail on the toe, the fine leather uppers in black, brown and patent make a dramatic and unexpected statement. Hirshleifers ShoeLab is home to these gender-bending styles. Come in and shake up your look!
For the Yigal Azrouel woman nothing is more important than clothes that cleave to the body. Whether they are draped in liquid cloth or rest snugly to the body in stretch leather they are always a statement on the beauty of the female form.
His Pre-Fall 2013 collection does precisely that and more. The dresses are combinations of stretch fabrics piped in slick black leather that caress and shape the body. A long black column with one shoulder flows gracefully down the body with a hidden power net layer underneath that acts as a smoother/shaper. Other styles work the same way creating a clean elegant line. His asymmetric jacket cut in leather and micro shearling is a new twist on form and function. The stretch leather legging is the perfect counterbalance to jackets and tops that combine draped jersey with leather accented sleeves and trim. A subtle motorcycle jacket reference turns up in quilted sleeves on an abbreviated wool and leather jacket.
It seems that everyone is in a sneaker groove. Giuseppe Zanotti is not one top be left on the sidelines with his sexy line-up of heavy hitters. High-heeled sneakers are such an amusing contradiction that one can’t resist the urge to slip a pair on.
With exaggerated leopard spots and a de-rigueur zip up the side front, there’s nothing to keep a girl from getting into the game. The white croc embossed leather high tops are outrageously practical, unexpected and drop-dead chic. If distraction is your strategy, these babies will do the trick. Zanotti’s brown suede wedge version complete with bronze studs covering most of the body, are a study in contrasts. Clearly comfortable, sleek but with beaucoup attitude, this style says, “Come and get me!” That’s precisely what you should do. The clock is ticking, the game is on and you need to start playing with the big girls. Giuseppe Zanotti at Hirshleifers ShoeLab is the only game in town!
Who says big ideas can’t come in tiny packages? The Pandora wristlet by Givenchy is the perfect example. This miniature purse that is way smaller than a breadbasket is loaded with clever details. Function is the biggest idea of all. A chain covered leather strap just long enough to hang from your wrist holds a rectangular clutch of beautiful grained leather in black or grey.
Roomier than an envelope but not quite as big as a purse, this amusing little bag carries all that a girl really needs and does it with style. For those of you who are tired of enormous bags that hold too much, this is the answer to your prayers. The Pandora holds your lipstick, sunnies, some mad money and your Smartphone. What else does a modern girl need? Just sayin’!
Summer blew in faster than we could say spring or rain, rain go…… The blast furnace of June decided that May was as good a time as any to heat things up. So what does a clever girl do when her rain boots are just too high and too warm? Silly question: She reaches for Maison Martin Margiela’s cut-out high top sneakers. They are the last word in cool and the first choice of the practical minded.
It isn’t that they not only function like a high tech sneaker with a soft, leather padded foot bed. It isn’t that they’re designed like the best high tops on the planet with support and weightlessness. It’s what you don’t see that is so fantastic. The cut-out body adds an edge to the look that’s found in no other sneaker and the materials are of the highest quality without any obvious fanfare. Colors range from the vibrant to the most subtle, my favorite being the taupe suede with silver metallic leather. Try them on and go for a spin. Hirshleifers ShoeLab has them all and lots more where they came from.
This, the most recent show of a fashion movement has just opened at the Met under the curatorship of Andrew Bolton and clearly an army of corporate sponsors. Bolton changed the face and expectations of an exhibition on fashion with his groundbreaking and record-breaking attendance of Alexander McQueen’s show more than a year ago. This year’s ambitious exhibit attempts to capture the spirit, energy, ethos and anger of that fiery period and show its influence on fashion and in particular Couture.
The show is strangely on and off the mark in curious ways. For the tourist it is a feast of dissonant images and environments all mashed together in the most elegant of spaces. One is faced from the beginning of the journey with a foul looking toilet straight out of CBGB’s complete with graffiti and an air of menace.