Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hybrid wingtips

Since the success of the Prada espadrilles wingtips, several brands have created their own version of the hybrid wingtip. From bright coloured bottoms to vibram soles, some have even done it with cork bottoms. Even Prada, the originator, recreated a new hybrid wingtip with sneaker bottoms (pictured below). But honestly, i doubt it will be as popular as the espadrilles wingtips. In my personal opinion, i think it is kind of ugly.

In regards to wingtips with sneaker bottoms, Cole Hann has created quite a nice version of their own. Introducing the LunarGrand, this is a combination of the classic Cole Hann wingtip design with Nike lightweight Lunarlon cushioning system. Based on Cole Haan's traditional shoe construction process, the brand has created a wingtip that merges classic men's footwear with the needs of a modern shoe. According to Phil Russo, Cole Haan's VP of design, "the goal of the design process was to create a wingtip to take on the streets of New York City--a shoe that utilized motion-enhancing innovations at the same time as retaining its authentic and timeless aesthetic." The line just launched exclusively at the brand's Soho store in NYC and features some pretty eye-catching contrast soles. Priced at US$248.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hedi returns to YSL!

Hedi Slimane has been named the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent. The designer, who helmed the menswear division of the label from 1997 to 2000 before taking over at Dior Homme, will have "total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections" PPR chairman François-Henri Pinault said in a statement today.

"As one of the most important French fashion houses, Yves Saint Laurent today possesses formidable potential, which I am confident will be successfully harnessed and revealed through the vision of Hedi Slimane," said Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of PPR - which controls YSL along with Gucci, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta amongst others.

The appointment will see Slimane create his first womenswear collection, which fashion watchers will wait with bated breath for when his first offering debuts at the pre-collections' launch in June. Slimane is best known for transforming the silhouette of menswear whilst at Dior Homme, introducing a super-skinny silhouette worn by rock stars including Pete Doherty, and prompting Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld to lose more than 90 lbs in order that he could wear it.
Slimane's "creative control" is likely to extend to shooting the campaigns - the main focus of his career in the five years since he left Dior Homme - and may possibly include a redesign of the stores and input into YSL's lucrative make-up and fragrance developments, the latter of which he controlled whilst at Dior Homme.

Slimane was a favourite with the label's founder Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, who made no secret of his lack of support for Slimane's predecessor, Stefano Pilati - who took his final YSL bow at the show in Paris yesterday.

(Source: Vogue UK)

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