When it comes to shoes I think only a certain amount of us will only ever understand their significance. Some men seem to think it inappropriate that we own over fifty pairs of shoes, and never seem to understand the importance of defining the difference between sandals, wedges, peep-toes, court shoes and stilettos!
Spring/Summer 2012 has come around more quickly than expected, however, I cannot complain too much as it is the time we see fresh designs of clothing and more importantly shoes!
Spring 2012 brought with it Alejandro Ingelmo’s first New York Fashion Week presentation. The Miami bred, Parsons trained shoe designer placed his designs on glistening pedestals under dramatic lighting, in a dimmed room. Caged heels with a gladiator metallic edge, layered peep-toe booties with cut-away backs and gilded leather sandals that gave off a godly glow, adorned each stand.
Ingelmo seemed to captivate the attention more so with his wedges and sandals that he chose to adorn with glittering swaths of raw-cut Swarovski elements. And not leaving out the men, he also revealed his new Spring/Summer 2012 men’s footwear collection. This time he showcased more of a variety of colour than last year, where tan, deep browns, black, white, silver, patent red, purple and blue were displayed in sophisticated high-top trainers and shoes.
Both his men and women footwear collections for SS12 gave off a hint of architectural influence. The designs captivated and delved into imagination using a variety of textures, visual shapes and colours that make eyes go wide for lust. His sophisticated sandals brought a new meaning to femininity, and what it really means to wear a pair of killer heels.
His futuristic designs for 2012 still are presented in a classical way, which makes adapting it to your wardrobe easily done. His collection is fresh and perfect to match with a pair of jeans or an eye-catching summer dress. Ingelmo dares to move slightly away from the comfort zone that many shoe designers stay within, using a variety of inspirations, he moulds shoes into a woman’s dream.
Being slightly obsessed with shoes myself, I am making it a personal aim to own a pair of Ingelmo’s before my thirtieth birthday! That will be added to the list of a Chanel handbag and a pair of classic Louboutins. However, knowing me, that list will probably have been extended by the end of this year.