03 July 2011

A tough classic

Raf Simons, one of my favourites season after season, excited editors buyers and fans once again with his SS12 collection a couple of weeks ago during menswear fashion week.
As well as the hard to pull off but super interesting kaleidoscopic shapes and bright colours, which he mixed with lots of black, my favourite thing about the collection were the shoes.
Simons reinterpreted the classic smart lace-up shoe in polished and granulated leather. He included a gold chain sometimes around the entire shoe, just above the sole, or around the perimeter of the point of the shoe.
I initially thought this was very Givenchy and as much as I loved it I could never wear them but looking closer I realised these would make excellent tuxedo shoes. It's always hard as a guy to add that touch of distinction when you have to dress black tie and this seems like the perfect option.

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