SS15 CATWALKS – TEXTURES

My analysis of the SS15 fashion week footwear shots from style.com highlighted a variety of different textures.

From patent to woven, here are the top 10 textures featured at New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks.

1. Snake

Clockwise from top left: Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Mary Katrantzou, Loewe, Proenza Schouler, Gucci

Clockwise from top left: Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Mary Katrantzou, Loewe, Proenza Schouler, Gucci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In shades as varied as natural, orange, and multi-coloured; snake was the dominant texture on the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks. You won’t want to miss out on this key trend.

2. Woven

Clockwise from top left: Thakoon, Bottega Veneta, Rag & Bone, Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang, Christian Dior

Clockwise from top left: Thakoon, Bottega Veneta, Rag & Bone, Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang, Christian Dior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether fabric, elastic or leather; numerous designers opted for the crafted look which weaving provides. Feeling inspired? Try making your own with this book.

3. Suede

 

Clockwise from top left: Chanel, Nina Ricci, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Roland Mouret, Chloé

Clockwise from top left: Chanel, Nina Ricci, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Roland Mouret, Chloé

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some designers used suede for a nod to a 1970s aesthetic, whilst others like Roland Mouret opted for an altogether more modern look. How will you incorporate suede into your shoe wardrobe?

4. Studs

Clockwise from top left: Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Miu miu, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana

Clockwise from top left: Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Miu miu, Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, studs are still in the picture. This season they are used in subtle or playful ways, but never all over a boot, shoe or sandal.

5. Patent

Clockwise from top left: Versace, Marni, Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Miu miu

Clockwise from top left: Versace, Marni, Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Miu miu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossy patent leathers are perfect for creating a rich, luscious look on day-to-night footwear. Louis Vuitton went for colour-blocking, Versace and Miu miu offered lip-gloss shades, and Marni and Nina Ricci provided unexpected hues in sandals.

6. Croc

Clockwise from top left: Narciso Rodriguez, Erdem, Balenciaga, Rodarte, Roberto Cavalli, Miu miu

Clockwise from top left: Narciso Rodriguez, Erdem, Balenciaga, Rodarte, Roberto Cavalli, Miu miu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each designer who used croc textures on their footwear did so in a different way. From Cavalli’s bejewelled silver flatform, to the minimalist white Narciso Rodriguez pointed mule; anything goes as long as it’s croc.

7. Glitter

Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Mary Katrantzou, Saint Laurent, Versace

Clockwise from top left: Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Mary Katrantzou, Saint Laurent, Versace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkly looks came from traditional glitter or mini diamantes. Heels and platforms as well as uppers were decorated to give more or less subtlety.

8. Cut out 

Clockwise from top left: Kenzo, Donna Karan, Comme des Garçons, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton

Clockwise from top left: Kenzo, Donna Karan, Comme des Garçons, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A clever way to open footwear up for warmer weather and add interest, is to make holes in it. Circular perforations came from Donna Karan and Comme des Garçons. Versace and Kenzo offered different approaches to geometric cut outs, and Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton went for curved lines.

9. Satin

 

Clockwise from top left: Giambattista Valli, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga

Clockwise from top left: Giambattista Valli, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah the classic evening fabric. Valli, Lauren and Ricci approached their satin footwear in a more traditional heeled way with some neat details. Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Balenciaga used satin to update day-time styles in a new way.

10. Mesh

Clockwise from top left: Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Marni, Erdem

Clockwise from top left: Burberry Prorsum, Dolce & Gabbana, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Marni, Erdem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sporty or sexy; transparent or close-knit: mesh made its way down many catwalks this season. The prize for most feminine goes to the sheer Dolce & Gabbana ankle boot with sumptuous floral embroidery.

 

Now there are no excuses for plain old leather.

 

Coming soon: Key styles on the catwalk

 

All images courtesy of style.com
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