New York Fashion Week’s spring/summer ’11 edition may not have offered any wildly impressive outings yet, but the showcased accessories were another story entirely. The various shoe collaborations to hit the runways seemed to steal the shows with especially noteworthy kicks that yielded some serious must-have reactions, while various other accoutrements served as jaw-dropping accents.
The footwear that impressario Nicholas Kirkwood created for Prabal Gurung has six buckles to buckle—one at the ankle, five circling the leg—for an effect that’s part slinky, part gladiator. The leather and laytex appeared in neutral colors, which cast an even more effective spotlight on the drama of the design.
When not hidden by lovely billowing fabric, Risto Bimbiloski’s shoes had an architectural quality reminiscent of childhood wooden blocks and cobbled pathways, but given that his collection has been repeatedly described as “lunar,” any mention of his footwear almost begs for a moonwalk comment as well. Julian Louie’s complementary Ikat print wedges for Aldo, meanwhile, made so much of a statement that the company reversed its decision to not produce them.
Loeffler Randall’s shoes for Suno gave the brand’s signature bold and colorful graphics a lift—literally—with a platform wood wedge in speckled yellow, red and black floral. The shoes featured little ties to fasten around the ankle for an extra swish of color that accentuated an already standout collection. Ohne Titel’s collection, meanwhile, was offset by large swaths of blocky black and white around the ankle, but the color presence was visible thanks to fluorescent flashes of neon and lots of bold cerulean blue.
In the realm of other accessories, meanwhile, it was hard to overlook Rad Hourani’s square Mykita sunglasses—a shape that was retro-future to perfection—as well as Victoria Beckham’s impeccable bags.