Now that the trendy showgoers have officially moved on to Paris Fashion Week, we’re looking at the top street style moments — specifically, the standout footwear — from Milan.
Street style stars were not afraid to make a statement with their shoes this season. The flatform silhouette made an appearance on several guests’ feet, including Marni’s crisscross sandals — a signature style for the Italian brand. Stella McCartney’s wooden-midsole flatform also showed up, dressed down with a flowing skirt.
Gucci’s fur-lined mule loafers — a style that initially caused a stir when it was shown on the men’s fall ’15 runway — has indeed taken off in the women’s market. Several people were snapped wearing the cozy style, which also proved to be popular during London Fashion Week. While on the topic of fur, we spotted someone wearing fur-lined Birkenstock sandals (a DIY take on the Celine shoes from spring ’13?).
Shearling lined Birkenstock Arizona sandals. Kuba Dabrowski.
Other standout styles included metallic slide sandals and patent boots with lucite heels.
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By now, many of footwear’s power players have released their key figures for the second quarter, and it’s no surprise that a slew of Q1’s winners brought their soaring profits and revenues with them into Q2.
Skechers U.S.A Inc., Under Armour Inc., Nike Inc. (which actually reported Q1) and Foot Locker Inc. remained standouts in the recent quarter. Meanwhile. Caleres and DSW Inc. decelerated slightly, missing analysts’ forecasts and disappointing some investors.
Under Armour also reported double-digit revenue growth of 29 percent, bolstered by a 40 percent year-over-year jump in footwear. An increase in selling and general and administrative (SG&A) expenses, however, drove down the firm’s profits, by 17 percent, in the quarter.
Nike — with 14 percent currency-neutral sales growth to $8.4 billion — and Foot Locker, with a 29 percent rise in net income and 10 percent comp growth — buoyed analysts looking ahead to the second half.
A few companies also showed significant turnaround potential in the recent quarter. After an earnings miss in Q1, Nashville, Tenn.-based Genesco Inc. surprised Wall Street with a sizeable Q2 comeback.
Despite macro headwinds, Genesco pulled off a 7 percent comparable-sales gain in the second quarter, with a 4 percent increase at Journeys and an 8 percent rise at previously faltering Lids Sports Group. Net earnings also rose substantially, by 60 percent, to $7.5 million.
Market watchers have also been markedly more upbeat about Dick’s Sporting Goods in recent months. The Pittsburgh-based firm saw double-digit gains in net income and an 8 percent jump in revenues in the second quarter, due mostly to its omnichannel efforts, the company said.
The firm’s Q2 EPS (diluted) of $1.09 was a solid beat on market watchers’ bets, while comps rose by 5 percent year-on-year. Profits also accelerated 15 percent, to $211 million, in the quarter — though revenues, which rose 9 percent year-over-year, to $3.6 billion, fell slightly short of expectations.
Anne Hathaway wore classic Christian Louboutin So Kate stiletto pumps in black patent leather to the U.K. premiere of her new film, “The Intern,” held at Vue West End in London. They were a perfect complement to her straight-off-the-runway crochet-lace Jonathan Simkhai spring ‘16 dress spiced up with emerald jewels by Solonge Azagury.
Anne Hathaway in Christian Louboutin pumps on the red carpet. Getty Images.
Actress Dakota Johnson debuted Roger Vivier’s new Ondulation sandals at the 2015 amfAR Gala in Milan, held at La Permanente on Saturday night. These beautiful evening sandals, from the pre-fall ‘15 collection, feature a signature sphere embellishment. Johnson paired them with the classic Pilgrim clutch, also by Vivier.
Dakota Johnson in Roger Viiver evening shoes at the 2015 amfAR gala in Milan. Getty Images.
Kristen Wiig posed at the New York premiere for “The Martian,” held at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday, wearing the Chaos ankle-strap sandals by her go-to red carpet footwear couturier, Manolo Blahnik. The pale beige suede and the shoes’ simple two-strap design were a perfect choice for Wiig’s darling, embellished swing dress by Oscar de la Renta.
Kristen Wiig in Manolo Blahnik for a screening of “The Martian.” Getty Images.
Kerry Washington headed to Central Park in New York City to support the Global Citizen concert to end extreme poverty. The actress embraced a whimsical dress by Balenciaga and standout pumps from the SJP Collection.
Kerry Washington stepped out in New York wearing SJP Collection shoes. Getty Images.
With her sophisticated edge, Zoe Saldana paired her new Altuzarra espadrilles with a matching bag by the designer for his Barneys handbag debut in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Zoe Saldana in Altuzarra espadrilles. WWD
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The sea. For ecologists, it’s the final frontier, but designers seem to love to explore it every few spring seasons. It was Sophia Webster’s turn today in London, in a presentation that merged her love of rave culture and extreme themes. The collection was dubbed #crazysexynauticool. Indeed, if someday in the imminent future, us critics are reduced to hashtag reviews, that one comes pretty close. #littlemermaidgoestoburningman would also work.
With some models sporting glistening fishtails and others creating a pearlescent vision from their perch inside huge satin-padded oyster shells, Webster challenged herself to craft shoes that did not get lost amongst the school of fish. Her main proposition was a super chunky platform sandal, shown in oceanic prints or covered in multifaceted glitter. While the shape was a wise shake up, the clear acrylic uppers with graphic detail and patterned soles were fighting with each other for attention at times.
Elsewhere, other creative whims included a fishnet over-the-knee boot (a very clever way to merge legwear and footwear), basket weave wedges and a Floridian flamingo motif series, seen on mules, flat sandals and wedges.
Sophia Webster spring ’16 collection. Getty Images.
Webster clearly has no shortage of ideas, many of them brilliant, but therein lies the rub: a tendency towards excess. Even with a set theme, it would have served her collection better if Webster had narrowed in on a specific element of waterworks – instead of doing it all because she can.
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The bird-like look had feathers arranged as a band overtop the vamp of the shoes. Some were done in all-black, others had the feathers colored in a sort of ombré treatment, graduating from white to pink tips.
House of Holland spring ’16 runway collection. Giovanni Giannoni.
The mules were styled with retro tube socks, which matched the sporty collars seen on the ready-to-wear. The leopard print boots, meanwhile, literally resembled a wild animal when paired with the feathers.
One can always count on Holland to have a sense of humor with fashion, and this season he did not disappoint. Plus, with the street style success of Gucci’s fur lined loafers this season, perhaps these shoes will be the next big style star?
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Click through the galleries below to see the best in footwear from the New York Fashion Week spring ’16 collections.
Jill Stuart’s spring ’16 show featured a feminine focus on wrap-tied silks and flowing silhouettes, all complemented by simple strappy heels. Certain patent pumps featured elastic band strapping.
The brogue: one of most quintessential of footwear classics. At Givenchy this season, it was torn apart, reworked and completely rethought — for her and for him. Both made a strong point, quite literally.
At Betsey Johnson, attendees watched models parade down the runway, dance on the catwalk podium and celebrate all things Johnson whilst wearing leopard print platform ankle boots, multi-colored pumps and metallic silver flats. Right before the designer celebrated her 50th anniversary with a trademark cartwheel and splits.
Jason Wu was feeling the crisscross silhouette for spring. The designer’s spring ’16 runway show featured both heeled and flat crisscross sandals in a variety of colored leathers, from hunter green to snakeskin-printed leather. The styles added clean lines to Wu’s otherwise frilly and sheer ready-to-wear.
Creatures of the Wind presented its line spring ’16 women’s footwear on the runway, as well as its collaboration sneakers with Athletic Propulsion Labs (A.P.L.). While the label’s own shoes featured heeled sandals with chain ankle straps, the A.P.L collaboration styles included the brand’s signature runners in new colorways—from cherry red to a metallic-and-beige combo.
The brand displayed its spring ’16 women’s footwear collection amongst a sea of hydrangeas. The offering includes pointy t-strap heels and flats, some with floral-printed toe caps, as well as slip-on sneakers, wedge sandals and bowed loafers.