One of the best things about fall, outside of Starbucks release of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, is that it is boot season! While watching the fall shows, I couldn’t wait to dust off my vintage Brazilian suede lovelies that I bought a few years ago. Being that the fall shows are shown in March, I had a few months to wait—and the wait was grueling. All I could think about were these amazing shoes I saw strut down the runway. Fashion’s key message seemed to be this ‘Warrior Chic” style dressing that I covered in my last blog, and footwear seemed to follow its cue. How they arrived there is not how you think. After viewing the shows from key design houses like Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Balmain; each translated this look in very different ways.
Here I have compiled the top five boot trends for fall:
1. The long and short of it.
Source: Balmain, McQueen
Though widely viewed as a feminine style, thigh high boots have their rich history dating all the way back to the Late Middle Ages—originating in men’s wear. Cuissards, as they were known, evolved over the years, reaching the peak of scandal in the 19th century when women took to the trend. Mostly used by women playing men in the theater, they reserved their place in infamy when London’s “Ladies of the evening” took to the look. The trend wouldn’t catch on to the mainstream until the swinging sixties with Roger Vivier, Mary Quant and Courreges leading the charge. One of the highlights this season was Balmain’s sexy faux snake print iteration.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the utilitarian ankle boot has been around for ages. Though, with not as checkered past as its thigh high cousin, a rich history just the same. Women’s styles can be dated back to the Romantic period of the last turn of the century. This history is evidenced in collections like Chanel’s latest stylings by Karl Lagerfeld. Boots ranged from ankle skimming to mid-calf in stylings ranging from Urban Cowboy to combat looks. Stylist Note: The one thing to remember when choosing this style are your lines. For ladies with more athletic calves, the higher the heel, the more elongated the shape of your leg. This holds true for boots as well as stilettos.
2. Know thyself and embellish accordingly.
Source: Chanel, Alexander McQueen
Why stay simple when you can have sparkle, embroidery, and embellishment? More was definitely more this season and all that glittered, definitely was not gold. Silver seemed to dominate the runway. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen looked to Britain’s rich heritage and embroidered gorgeous historical motifs of flora and fauna. My personal favorite was the Medieval Horn Heeled Bootie by McQueen. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel put the glitter in glitterati and showered the runway with looks so luscious, even Gabrielle would have approved. One of my favorite looks from his latest collection, as seen above, you could take from day to evening, in just about any setting. This trend reminded me of the Greek philosopher Epictitus. He once said: “Know first who you are, and adorn yourself accordingly.” It was my senior quote and a mantra I manifest every day through fashion. Stylist note: While more is more—pick ONE element to do that in. Chose a focal point and let all the other accessories be supporting actors.
3. It’s okay to slouch.
Source: Michael Kors, Etro.
Slouchy looks were also a top trend. With looks evoking the eighties redux to vibey bohemian styles from Etro—it is definitely okay to slouch. This look is easy over denim or more dynamic over tights or leggings. It’s a very laissez-faire style of dressing that can transcend day or evening if styled correctly.
4. Satin and silk and velvet! Oh my!
Source: Tibi, Ellery.
This season definitely offered their variety of textiles. Outside of the de rigueur (suede, leather, etc.), satins and velvet found their moment to shine and add subtle luxury to the season’s footwear landscape. The runway boasted this trend with architectural heels and layers upon layers of texturing and color. At Ellery, gorgeous wine based brocades were accentuated by deep eggplant velvet. At Tibi, shine met its matte match against gabardine suiting. Stylist note: Protect these fabrics against the elements by waterproofing them.
5. Be the architect of your life.
Source: Salvatore Ferragamo, Maison Martin Margiela
Architectural styles once again found its way to the runway this season. Take your basic boot and add a whimsical heel and voila—instant fashion influencer. This trend will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Though looks may be deceiving, these styles are amazingly translatable into everyday wear. Some looks, like those from Ferragamo, were a nod to the swinging sixties. Stylist note: Let those yoga and Pilates classes pay for themselves when you exude nothing but balance and grace wearing some of the seasons more adventurous styles.
One of the main beliefs at Pevonia Botanica is to live your most Beauty.Full Life. Make these looks your own and take some sartorial risks!