Best of NYFW

With the conclusion of New York Fashion Week, the fashion-set and industry alike have already compiled their lists of top picks for the Fall.  This season brought incredible texture, craftsmanship and modern lasts that will undoubtedly be spotted continuously throughout upcoming editorials.  Here are our top picks for the F/W 12 from the NY collections.

Rodarte

The Mulleavy sisters never disappoint with their selections, and given their past collaborations one can only have high-expectations for their first eponimous footwear collection.  At first glance the aesthetic seems heavy with hidden platforms and padded tube details, but the almond shape lasts and material combos created cohesive hybrid booties and pumps, with black and cognac being the color of choice.  The sand-filled heels lived up to the usual element of surprise they are known for, along with the “statement” shoe title.

Proenza Schouler

Another heavy hitter in terms of aesthetic, blocked heels worked beautifully with square toe lasts and stitched welt details.  The designers opted for (still relevant?) woven surface finishes and peep toe booties were the item of choice.  A tall, laceless, Doc Martens-esque boot stood out, in a good way, steel toe construction and all.  A mishmash of design elements somehow balance each other out creating items that will surely turn heads.

Reed Krakoff

One can see why the brand won Accessories Designer of the year from the CFDA not too long ago.  Over a few seasons a unique and recognizable looks has already been established, and well received by industry and consumers alike.  Low hidden platforms shape pointed toe lasts with molded rectangle heels, serving as base for a gorgeous croc texture in dusty navy.  A more commercial laceless high-heeled oxford didn’t steal the show but still made a statement.

Rag & Bone

The brand has been on the “ones to watch” radar for a few seasons, especially in the footwear category.  Their selection of materials, prints and detailing always stand out from the bunch.  Molded platform Chelsea boots looked lovely with autumnal floral prints and burnished auburn leather.  Sartorial textiles were also thrown into the mix giving that unexpected flair the brand is known for.

Diesel

With simple and practical silhouettes, Diesel stepped up with a refreshing crinkled and distressed calf leather.  Soft square toes complemented single sole lasts, on stiletto and low-heeled ankle boots, some with contrast shearling lining which is exposed with folded over.  A sleek Mary Jane silhouette stands out with the addition of a thin ankle strap, for an update to the quintessential classic. -Jenn Tello

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