While a podiatrist once ranked flip-flops the second-to-worst summer shoe (foot-health-wise) and any city-dweller can tell you wearing them on the street is basically asking for a staph infection, for spring, designers are like, "Hold my beer." That is their prerogative, but here, we've collected some souped-up examples—platforms! beading!—to help you form your own opinion on this most unlikely trend.
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You will find that this slideshow is ordered by descending outlandishness with full-length shots, followed by closeups of the advertised leveled-up flip-flops. Here, we begin with Rihanna's take on the surfer-y Havaianas—but with a heel and a surfboard leash functioning as an ankle strap.
What's old is new again. In the case of the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show, that means an old gel manicure. Never one to shy away from a weird beauty moment, Marc Jacobs sent his models down the runway wearing a manicure that was meant to mimic the look of a grown-out gel manicure: glossy and shiny nails with a bit of noticeable blank space left down by the cuticle.
Cat-eyes and clementine-colored nails @marcjacobs by @diane.kendal and @jinsoonchoi on @cisforcarissa @dara._ and more. Hair by @guidopalau. #nyfw #marcjacobs
Amber Kallor(@amber.kallor)님의 공유 게시물님, 2017 9월 13 오후 3:42 PDT
In a rather unexpected move this morning, the Spanish brand Desigual announced that it has tapped artist Jean-Paul Goude for a collaborative partnership in the Spring/Summer 2018 season.
Goude—the illustrious graphic designer/artist/photographer/director who is known for some of the most iconic images in fashion (like Carolina, above)—will be advising on every aspect of the brand’s image, including products and advertising. Some of the artwork released so far showcases Goude’s collage-like sensibilities, and hints to silhouettes that are short yet voluminous.
"Having been invited to be part of such an exciting project is as stimulating as it is intimidating", says Goude.
GOUDE’S SKETCHES FOR DESIGUAL
In July, Virgil Abloh―the man behind cult-favorite street-wear brand Off-White―revealed the inspiration for his spring 2018 collection. What could be next from a man who sent models down the runway in nipple-bearing, entirely transparent lace tops during his most recent fall 2017 show? Well, this time around, he's going decidedly more High Street than his fans might be used to: London High Street, that is. In an Instagram, the designer showed a sneak peek of his Princess Diana-covered mood board with the caption "one woman, 40 @off____white looks in the works come september":
" one woman, 40 @off____white looks in the works come september "
@virgilabloh님의 공유 게시물님, 2017 7월 26 오전 6:28 PDT