There was a lavish glamour to this collection by the Brazilian designer Alexandre Birman, what with all the velvet, brocade, iguana, glitter and crochet that swirled through his creations. Birman was buzzing on the day of his Milan presentation, having just found out that Sarah Jessica Parker, the woman who launched a million Manolos and Jimmy Choos in her “Sex and the City” years, was pictured wearing his Clarita tie sandals in her latest TV series, “Divorce,” earlier this week.
He’s just wrapped up a series of store events in London — at Harvey Nichols and Net-a-porter.com — and said there are other projects in the pipeline, although he didn’t elaborate. His fall collection ranged from the romantic — as in boots and kitten heels done in pink velvet and brocade — to the sexy, as in platform sandals with chunky, contrast velvet knots at the front.
There were edgier designs, too, including cream iguana-skin boots and disco sparkle heels in black — like a night sky — or silver, like stardust. There were some charmingly off-kilter designs, too, such as colored patchwork rabbit fur slippers that would brighten the dreariest of Milan days, and a low-heeled, lace-up court shoe with a Twenties flapper flair.