According to Louis Vuitton,
“Nicolas Ghesquière’s SS18 sneakers were inspired both by the vintage ’90s basketball look and futuristic trends. Using a mix of technical fabrics, an oversize springy rubber sole and a prominent tongue, the sneaker embraces a timeless story: a shoe from the past, in the future. The different color versions were imagined to fit different styles and times. A black-on-black or all white version to go with flowery dresses and pop color versions for a modern twist. This sneaker captures what Nicolas had in mind and in essence his love for sci-fi, such as Stranger Things or Star Wars.”
If that’s not a rad concept to get behind, I don’t know what is. If you’re here to finally embrace the Ugly sneaker trend but unsure where to start – we recommend looking to the new Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneaker for spring and summer. In our opinion, the silhouette of the shoes isn’t really chunky or “ugly” per say. A closer look reveals why: it is chunky but dynamic; the over exaggerated high arch streamlines its thick rubber outsole. It is very sporty; pulled together from a pastiche of technical materials, and yet, it screams pedigree; accents of leather and monogram contrast fabric — hinting at its birthplace that is the LV maison.
The above, combined with Nicolas Ghesquière’s foresight to put almost every model in the Archlight on the runway last season — the first indicator that these sneakers would rise, meteorically — and countless editors flexing a pair at the recent FW18 shows, the hype is most definitely there. And, it is snowballing at lightning speed. Make your call after seeing the various colourways on feet.
We compiled the top street style fashionistas rocking the new Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker to help put things in perspective.
Pair with a Midi Hemline:
The whole idea is to have eyes down on your shoes so why not put go with the unexpected twist of pairing a fancy flowy dress or skirt with the sneakers?
Above the Knee:
It looks just as cute with a high hemline. Shorter ladies, go with the longer hemlines to avoid the illusion of having shorter, stubby legs.
Most trousers or denim, really:
The Ugly Sneaker trend is really daunting at first, but it can seem more approachable when you realize this shoe in particular looks good with virtually any type of pant: flared, cropped, wide, skinny etc. It’s your lucky day if you don’t like wearing skirts.
The Archlights are available now at Louis Vuitton boutiques in 6 different colourways.
Diet Prada is giving fashion Instagrammers the drama that it needs. Diet Prada is an Instagram account that has recently gained notoriety for calling out designers who are essentially “knocking each other off.”, as per their bio. At first glance, the posts have a humorous satirical quality but then a deep dive into their paragraph-long captions gives the side by side comparisons more context.
In all seriousness, the clothing industry is very susceptible to counterfeiting, copyright and intellectual property offences which can point to why Diet Prada spurs an important conversation to be had.
This may point to a flaw in the system; a system that cannot be sustainable. The rate at which designers are pressured to create season after season of so-called “innovative” and “unique” collections can contribute to this “copycatting” culture. How can we expect absolutely zero copying, if not, similarities? Yes, the presence of blatantly stealing a concept or design is harmful, period. But fashion businesses must regain their integrity and treat fashion like the art it once was.
Spring 2018 was quite the month. With the new appointments at Calvin Klein and Chloe and 3 major New York fashion houses showing in Paris, there was much to anticipate. Let’s recap some of the juicy highlights:
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“American horror, American dreams,” Raf Simons explained. Staying with the slightly eerie Americana tropes from last season, the Belgian designer says he was inspired by TV and films. Indeed, his models looked like they came straight out of a film: the hero, the damsel, the culprit and the villain. The cowboy boots, constructed collared shirts and denim offered hints of nostalgia while keeping it all so “Raf” with Andy Warhol prints plastered onto the dresses.
That Louis Vuitton Sneaker
It seems as though everyone had their heads wrapped around Ghesquiere’s idea of a sensible shoe: a sneaker. The entire fashion community on Instagram felt compelled to post it onto their feeds – could this be next season’s It shoe?
Off White x Princess Diana
Inspiration is everywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places. It seems that way of Virgil Abloh and his team at Off White where his team spent hours studying the on and off-duty looks of… the late Princess Diana. Sunglasses hung around the model’s necks with a sunglass strap, high white socks, denim on denim and of course, gowns. This collection was an ode to the late and great Diana while still maintaining the uber coolness that is Off White
Gucci Down to the Socks
If you weren’t at the Gucci show during Milan fashion week, you might as well say you didn’t go to Milan fashion week at all. It’s remarkable at what Alessandro Michele did to Gucci. At a time in fashion where there was boring minimalism and safe styling, he hit everyone hit everyone over their heads with his loud maximalism. With a whopping 109 looks, his “ugly-chic” collection will guarantee another profitable quarter.
Images courtesy of Vogue and Conde Nast.