John Lobb’s New Formal
Paula Gerbase explored occasion wear for fall. New black calf city shoes came with subtle broguing in a punch design from the brand’s 1960s archive. “I was interested in a new formal,” she said. “We’ve seen sneakers and casual wear and comfort and leisure wear for so long now so I’m actually just craving occasion dressing.” The boot was also a focus — and Gerbase’s fall update came in autumnal suede or marbled museum leather with a lightweight walking sole. “With everything that’s happening culturally and politically at the moment, I think people are trying to reach for assured values, purity and truth,” she observed.
Wear Christian Louboutin’s Face on Your Feet
Christian Louboutin’s famous red soles are instantly identifiable but now the designer is kicking things up a notch and adding his own face to some new men’s styles. He’s created a collage out of photographs of himself, turned it into a print and emblazoned it across a series of shoes and high-tops. The print features atmospheric shots of the designer throughout his life, along with inspiration pictures and sketches of his greatest hits and favorite shoes. Elsewhere the sneaker was well repped with new iterations of the Run Loubi Run series that launched for spring, while alpine-inspired boots featured exaggerated shearling tongues and studded details around cuff and sole.
Pierre Hardy Draws Inspiration From Eighties Hip-Hop
Pierre Hardy’s new hero sneaker for fall ‘19 is called the PHMC. The “MC” stands for master of ceremonies and the shoe is inspired by Eighties hip-hop culture. The mid-ankle model features both laces and a Velcro strap and treatments include vivid neon accents, camouflage prints and patriotic colors while a quieter camel and navy combo gave the style a completely different look. The designer also created two new formal models: a lace-up and a jodhpur boot, both in the boxy silhouette that’s indicative of the new season. “We always need classics,” Hardy said.