On my radar: Work boots with a little bit extra…

It’s good to see utilitarian looks being given a bit of extra snazz. Joe Casely-Hayford has revived the John Moore Paragon boot (cult 80s-90s work boot with commando sole and assorted rugged straps), introducing a 12-hole version. I have the originals which get many admiring glances but the Casely-Hayfords (below) are sadly only for guys at this stage. (Read the John Moore story over at Style Salvage.)
Meanwhile, JW Anderson’s heavy metal-adorned work boots (below) are accompanied by an equally hefty studded sock. I think these are mens too but I believe there may be smaller sizes available. I’m seeing these juxtaposed with khaki army surplus trousers (khaki and red, mmmmm) and a silk bourgeois blouse or Equipment shirt. Shoe designers: let’s have more of these in lady sizes please…

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London Design Festival

London fashion week gets more jam-packed every season and as if that wasn’t hectic enough, the London Design Festival also kicks off on 18th September. Eek! Jasper Morrison is celebrating with an exhibition devoted to trays from around the world in his wonderful secret shop.
Runing parallel to the LDF is Neville Brody’s Anti-Design Festival which aims to “reverse the model of culture=money, providing an outlet for new risks and creative exploration in art, image, design, product, film, fashion, performance, 3D, digital and sound through a series of events, publications and venues.” Ooh provocative. I like it.

Mary vs Anna

OMG, Mary Portas is gonna freak. Blogs are agush at news of the imminent arrival of Anna Dello Russo’s fragrance, Beyond. The scent (which contains notes of vanilla and almond) will be packaged in a bejewelled glass shoe. Rather similar I notice, to the glass perfume receptacle ridiculed featured on one of the best episodes of Mary Queen of Shops. In the gift-slash-interiors shop that Mary famously suggested should be renamed ‘Utter Shite, Come And Get It’, the retail guru took particular umbrage to one decorative shoe-shaped perfume dispenser…

What do you think? Could ADR possibly make the shoe-bottle cool?