LONDON — Malone Souliers reworked its classics using new materials and rich textures for fall 2017, creating a glamorous collection with daring heights and high shine.
The brand’s signature lace-up sandals and mules were updated with sparkly gold and silver lurex fabrics which resembled glitter. The metallic details continued throughout the collection with the majority of styles, from block-heeled ankle boots to more casual suede slides, all featuring metallic gold leather trims.
“It’s about a natural evolution from what we’ve already been doing well and about what a good shoe is for Malone Souliers specifically. We know our customer, so we wanted to focus on our classic styles and shapes. The new developments came from an exploration of materials like in the case of the Lurex, or by creating new heights from existing styles,” said the brand’s managing director Roy Luwolt, pointing to a pair of thigh-high lace-up boots. They were created as an extension of the brand’s popular “Montana” cutout pumps, blending the familiar with the new.
Luwolt also highlighted miniature versions of the “Robyn” ballet pumps, created to launch the brand’s new children’s line, called Minismalls.
“This is the most important part of the collection. We saw that our customer is looking to shop with her kids and we wanted to adapt to that,” Luwolt added.
Collaboration remains a focus for the brand, which debuted capsule collections in partnership with London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic and Natalia Vodianova for the second season.
The collection created in partnership with Vodianova had a sense of optimism with a bright color palette of cobalt blue, pink and orange. Paying homage to the top model’s charity Naked Heart Foundation, the mules, backless loafers and mini ballet pumps in the capsule — another style debuted as part of Minismalls — featured playful embroideries in the shapes of hearts.
The collection created with Ilincic took a more graphic turn with sharp, pointed-toe mules embellished with oversize gold buttons and thigh-high boots, which made their debut on Roksanda’s fall 2017 runway, on Monday. The heavy drawstrings and slouchy silhouettes of the boots were matched with ankle-grazing, asymmetric skirts and quilted maxi outerwear, enhancing the designer’s idea of a “warrior woman.”