Dries Van Noten shoes spring 2017 at Paris fashion week are about flowers, to be more specific, iced flowers. The designer partnered with the Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto on his latest collection and transformed the flowers on the shoes, the garments as floral prints or flower ornaments. The runway was decorated with giant iced flowers blocks on the side, which were melting as the show was going on.
Including high heels, flatforms, loafers and thong sandals, many varieties were presented on the runway with upper designs more or less connected to flowers and block heels in the shape of flower vase.
For heeled sandals, in the contrast versions of simplicity and adornment, the curved uppers were ornamented with leaf texture engraved suede or leather bundled together like flowers, or intensively sequined and beaded for a contemporary look.
Satin sandals are asymmetrical tailored with a big bow tied up on the side. When paired with thick flatform base, it’s an interesting contrasted opposite of femininity and masculinity as the designer has intended. The same game also plays for the pointy toe block heel loafer with sequin embroidered toe box, which also came in the version of no decoration.
“It’s about opposites – handwork as opposed to digital; a dress in the most exquisite jacquards, but no collar – something completely bare and then the same shape completely overdone by embroidery,” said Dries Van Noten at the backstage “Everything was about how we can have as much contrast as possible. And I did that in a direct way – picking out flowers, like picking out garments.”
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