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A/W 09 FOOTWEAR TREND SPOTTING: LACE-UP BOOTS

This autumn the lace-up boot is set to be huge. Chloe, Nina Ricci and Burberry Prorsum are but a few of the huge labels that showed the look for their A/W 09 catwalks. Read on for a rundown of the best lace-ups.

In London, a distinctly grungy mood took to the catwalk, with Christopher Kane’s boyish brogues making an appearance with cropped tailored pants and ribbon appliquéd organza dresses that finished just above the knee. At Charles Ansastase, the trend was transferred into platformed lace-ups that were slightly fetishistic but provided the perfect edge to his delicately grungy aesthetic.

In New York, Proenza Schouler was a slightly more grown-up affair with laces on smart high heeled shoe boots, proving that the trend isn’t just for the cool east London set and that it can be translated into our work-wear wardrobe; something nice to look at in any meeting. This was echoed at Bottega Veneta, where rolled down socks gave a quirky alternative to winter tights.

Fashion’s new It-boy Alexander Wang showed us how to work the trend, with his cropped trousers and denim; it might be winter, but showing a hint of leg is key to this trend. Carrying on from Spring/Summer, Christian Louboutin collaborated with Phillip Lim for his fall collection, making lace up platforms a focal point of the runway show that had an impressive total of fifty looks. The boots, in various forms of black and nude were a combination of patent and lace detailing, paired with soft harem pants and, more notably, thick opaque tights in burgundy.

Milan saw Burberry Prorsum’s gothy leather platforms that, as well as lace-ups, had thick leather straps which was followed a week later in Paris with Olivier Theyskens’ now infamous platform designs for Nina Ricci. Like Christopher Bailey’s boots, they were super-high and laced up above the ankle, but they had no sign of a heel. I don’t suggest taking the trend to this extreme, but his dark plums and shimmering details were a lesson in how to keep the rock chick look modern and feminine.

To get the look nailed, pair these Grey Lace-Up Platform Shoe Boots £40.00 with some cropped skinnies or some thick opaques and a cute dress. Layer up on top with soft cotton fabrics and a cropped biker jacket and add some gold jewellery to finish the look.

By Shannon Monteith - Catwalk Trend Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.


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