Paris Fashion Week Roundup: Part One

Rochas, Balmain, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2013 Shoes

You can always count on Paris to whip out razor-sharp sense for Fashion Week – and for Spring 2013, razor-sharp heels. Parisians are usually the boldest and most independent of all the designers, which means if you see it here, odds are it’s ahead of the style pack. Shoes are no exception, but if there’s one thing that’s clear, in Paris or not: the pointy pump is back with a steely vengeance.

Balmain served up patent-leather pumps, straight up, with a side of metal, via a femme-fatale stiletto. They act as a strong counterpoint to beautifully woven booties and slouchy suede boots. Not to mention the wicked, peek-a-boo-weave mini-dresses, ‘80s-inspired shoulders, and harlequin-print pants. Similarly, Barbara Bui broke out simple yet effective black pointy pumps, the perfect (and perhaps only) thing to wear with her sizzling leather trousers and sultry-sheer shirts. Balenciaga didn’t go for the spike, but they did produce wonderfully sensual cutouts for their super-low booties and refined oxfords. They are just the mellow sort of heel to complement the architectural crop-tops and Spanish-inspired, wickedly ruffled, asymmetrical-hem skirts. And then there are those wooden building-block heels, for a mix of architecture and humor. Is it just me or are heels are the new toys for grownups? Paris never fails to walk the walk, after talking the talk, and I can’t wait to see the rest of their catwalk strut.

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