“Nostalgic, very eclectic and a little quirky, like a Sunday afternoon on Portobello,” was how Patrick Cox described his Lathbridge footwear collection for fall. “During my glory days in the Nineties, I used to sit in a café and count 300 pairs of my shoes go by, but now I have to look in all the windows of the vintage stores,” he said.
Cox revisited and reworked his signature Wannabe loafer in finishes ranging from vegetable-tanned leather to high-shine calf to hand-painted python.
More fabulous, though, were his sneakers and creeper sole slip-ons done in jewel-colored suede trimmed with Jimi Hendrix-inspired gold frogging, wool flannel with gold embroidery, or hand-painted python. There were also multistrap versions with mismatched buckles for a vintage feel.
Shoes were displayed on spinning turntables evoking the feel of a Seventies New York loft club. The soundtrack was taken from Cox’s own record collection, with the late David Bowie well-represented. “‘Heroes comes on about three times,” said Cox. “That’s all I wanted to play, but I didn’t want it to feel like a funeral, you’ve got to keep it happy.”