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The most fabulous footwear this autumn is all about the bling
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The most fabulous footwear this autumn is all about the bling

From sequins and jewels to metal embellishments, fashion's forecast for shoes this season shines bright

Mirror, mirror, on my foot... Lanvin's boot

Glitter is the final word when it comes to autumn’s best shoes. No more are bags or jewellery the most desirable accessories. From flats and sneakers to mules and heels, sparkles were in full force this season.

French fashion house Saint Laurent debuted the knockout shoe trend with its high-shine boots at Paris Fashion Week. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld followed suit with glamorous lunar boots covered in nothing but sparkles (for more, see Melissa Twigg’s feature in this issue). Gucci, Coach and Fendi all joined in to reflect the high-powered trend.

Celebrities Harry Styles, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift were all spotted in glossy footwear. Here are some sparkling ways to glam up your wardrobe with the it-shoes of the season. Throw out the mundane sandal for crafty footwork like
that at Gucci, where designer Alessandro Michele showcased a range of rich and historically inspired shiny shoes. Models wore ankle boots with gold kitten heels and flower embroidery printed across the length. The standout piece was the pearl embellished heels paired with an equally eclectic and colourful ensemble. Minimalism be damned.

Similar floral influences were seen at Dolce & Gabbana, where the designers paired their jewel encrusted sandals with bold and graphic prints. The trend was taken a step further at J. W. Anderson’s Loewe, featuring diamond-emblazoned bows. Designer Michael Kors had a classic vision for his embellished heels, featuring gold sequins across a plain black background. For a celebrity-inspired look, model Gigi Hadid made her opulent debut in the trend with gold Saint Laurent boots paired with high-waist denims and a fur coat.

For those not ready to venture deep into the risqué trend, metallics offer an easy opening. “While glitter and sparkles can be too much for some people, metallic shoes almost border on safe. Unlike the former, metallic sneakers, slip-ons and heels have almost always been present on the runways,” says London-based
stylist, Matilda Arnell. She advises pairing them with muted tones for a fuss-free
professional look or going all out with solid colours for a day-to-night look.

If you’re not feeling particularly adventurous, start with Bally’s sophisticated take on metallic brogues and sandals in shiny leather with gold and silver inserts. High-street darling Nina Ricci debuted its own pair of leather heels with a noticeable silver metallic toe front. And perhaps the most chic rendition came from Proenza Schouler, whose gold metallic heels with jetblack leather straps was a standout on the runways.

If you thought metallic meant going soft on the shine, head over to Jimmy Choo at Shoppes at Four Seasons, Macao. Healthy disclaimer: approach the daring silver pumps with a ball of blue fur featured on the designer’s runway with caution. 

If Rihanna picks something straight off the runway, it’s a sign the trend has arrived in a massive way. The musician was spotted out and about in Saint Laurent’s knee-high shine boots days after they debuted during the autumn fashion week. And if you needed more convincing, take a cue from singer Harry Styles who showed up in sparkly glitter boots on Saturday Night Live.

Inspiration was heavy and constant on the autumn 2017 runways too, where they were spotted across New York, Paris and Milan. Over at Chanel, Lagerfeld left a trail of flash with a collection of glitter-only boots that lit up the runway.

And what’s more striking than a pair of gleaming shoes? Isabel Marant, now at Shoppes at Parisian, answered that with an extreme rendition of sparkly pumps paired over an equally sparkly pair of socks.

The glitter party continued at Sonia Rykiel, Missoni and Christian Dior who did not
hold back on the glimmer. The best part? They seemed to complement most things from structured outfits to ultrafeminine dresses and skinny jeans. What
are you waiting for? Step on it.

“Sequins and sparkles have for too long been the domain of only the gutsy and bold,” Arnell says. “But not any more. This season is proof that nothing is too much. My favourite rendition is the gold shoes from Dolce & Gabbana that are perfect to add that glamorous kick to a dull outfit.” Designer Marc Jacobs offered further stimulus with his shiny pink boots complete with an ’80s-inpired pink ensemble. While J Crew presented a subtler alternative to the party look with ankle length blue boots with plain jeans. Can’t get enough? Get extra motivation from Missoni and Mary Katrantzou, who took a more filtered down approach to the outfits to balance the shine.