Schiaparelli

Shop the post: The low-down on party shoes



Julia Nobis by Zoe Ghertner for M Le Monde

Question: do people go for a fully glitzed-up party look these days? Or do they go for more comfort-led with a nod to shine and bedazzle? I’ve seen a lot of extreme glam-rock platform heels* doing the rounds on all the shopping sites, not to mention the Bottega Veneta Mostra heels*. But equally, I’ve noticed that in real life, the gorgeous young things are wearing the opposite. Like, a satin slip with 70s-style Adidas Gazelles (that is, the amped-up 2020s version at 2020s prices – thanks Gucci*).

Somewhere in-between is a middle ground where the New York minimalistas are pitched. In their recent collections, Khaite (below), Toteme and The Row (below) have seemingly agreed on 90s-adjacent party looks – think oversized black tailoring, metallic leathers and monochrome midi dresses accompanied by walkable, stiletto-free footwear.

Khaite AW22
The Row pre-fall 2023

Flat Mary-Janes are a favourite, worn with either black opaque tights or a black ankle sock. The jewel colour velvet Mary Janes by Le Monde Beryl* add a little festive flair. To accompany gamine, sculptural black dresses, I like these retro-futuristic silver slingbacks from Armani*. They’re reminiscent of Helmut Lang at his best and would look equally good with straight, ankle-length trousers. This short heel can look twee if the rest of the shoe is too demure so I appreciate all the sharp angles. I’m also feeling quite smug having rediscovered my spike-toed Martine Sitbon ankle straps (circa 1998), with micro studs decorating the mini cone heels.

A slim-fitted ankle boot teamed with a fluid midi-dress is another winning look (below) – 3-5cm is ideal. And if, like me, you like an optic white boyfriend jean or ivory suit trouser, then a little black ankle boot* is perfectly acceptable evening attire, especially in a lustrous finish like suede, moiré silk or patent-leather.

Giedre Dukauskaite by Ward Ivan Rafik

Accessory-wise, my rule is the simpler the clothes (in cut, colour, detail), the louder I go with shoes, bag, make-up or jewellery (but not all at once!). I’m very much a starched trouser and XL silk shirt kinda gal, which pair nicely with heavily decorated low-heeled slingbacks such as these Giambattista Vallis*. If you’re wearing a blazer and cami, then a sculptural brooch or a man’s silk scarf* can be nicer than loads of necklaces. But I also love ornate ‘secret’ watches like my Hermès Medor or the Bulgari Serpenti – a feat of watch engineering that’s a real conversation starter. And it may surprise you to know I’ve always wanted a Judith Leiber minaudiere (pure bonkers) but would settle for a Schiaparelli.

Julia Nobis by Zoe Ghertner for M Le Monde

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IMAGE: Julia Nobis by Zoe Ghertner for M Le Monde; Khaite; The Row pre-fall 2023; Giedre Dukauskaite by Ward Ivan Rafik; Julia Nobis by Zoe Ghertner for M Le Monde
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Beyond basic: Juntae Kim



Juntae Kim AW22 by Felix Cooper

It’s a long time since I’ve seen denim menswear treated so creatively. And it’s good timing too. The AW22 collection by CSM graduate Juntae Kim muses on denim beyond workwear, with scalloped edges, corsetry structures, buckles, lacing and artfully slashed surfaces. It chimes with the less ordinary denim treatments seen in the SS22 collections at Louis Vuitton, Schiaparelli and Loewe (which I wrote about for Harrods magazine recently). (more…)



Lacroix! Zanini! Schiaparelli!



Oh the suspense! As rumours continue to bounce around about exactly who will be wielding the golden shears at Schiaparelli, I’m happy about the latest nugget of info: Christian Lacroix will design a one-off couture collection of 15 pieces to be unveiled at Place Vendôme in July.

Genius move!

Other than designing delicious posh stationery and working with Camilla Morton on a fairy story, I’m not really sure what Mr Lacroix has been busying himself with since his house went into administration in 2009. But I’m totally ready to see what ravishing beauty will emerge from his imagination in homage to Elsa Schiaparelli. Coincidentally (or not?), the latest name in the frame for the main Schiaparelli creative director gig is one Marco Zanini of Rochas. Zanini is another favourite of mine with an eye for the historical who also embraces modernity. I love the story Zanini told Lula magazine, that at the age of 16, he started sending letters and sketches to Lacroix who wrote back with encouraging words. How sweet is that? And how spooky!