Social media has completely changed the way fashion week is reported. Follow the right bloggers, and images from the runway will fill your feed weeks before hitting the pages of Vogue. Yes, fashion – according to the New York Times – has officially entered “the Age of Instagram.”
In the world of high-fashion footwear, few designers possess the power to consistently set tongues wagging the way Giuseppe Zanotti does with his ultra-sexy stilettos. (Just check out a Shoe Cam or two at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, and you’ll see what I mean.) If, like me, you’ve ever flipped through your favorite fashion glossy and wondered how Zanotti’s sporty and sometimes punk aesthetic would translate to a top, a pair of pants, or a dress, wonder no more. The Italian designer has launched a new clothing capsule collection.
The best part? The collection is described as showing a mix of “hip-hop aesthetics, urban influences, and sportswear inspirations,” which might just be a nod to the superstar designer’s DJ past. For his devotees, it means clothes that go from runway to reality with utmost ease.
When it comes to haute couture catwalks, I’m easily obsessed. My own approach to fashion is somewhat safe, which makes me appreciate designers’ knack for the fantastic all the more. Their pieces – especially shoes – are often outrageous and rarely realistic, and that’s precisely why I love them. This week, however, Chanel reeled me in for the completely opposite reason: sneakers.