Not only white: ivory, powder, and magnolia are the new colours for brides. Even for footwear.
[On cover: Triple RRR by Roberto Cavalli from “Si White Carpet” catwalk by “Sposaitalia Collezioni 2019” and Blumarine at “Si Sposa Italia Collezioni 2019”]
May is nearly upon us, traditionally the most popular month for weddings, many of which are now entrusted to wedding planners who aim to make both the ceremony and the party unique and unforgettable. Alongside total white, new shades of colour are being chosen and a more unconventional, contemporary bride is emerging – who can be daring even when it comes to accessories.
But how important is footwear to complete the look of the dress?
Very, because that is where the eye falls when the bride gets out of the car and when the flashes of the cameras start to fire – even if they then disappear under the dress. Moreover, the footwear has a ‘technical’ role to play. Wedding planner and designer Enzo Miccio explains that at “Si Sposa Italia Collezioni”, where he presented his new line of clothes and shoes and also gave out some valuable advice:
“The shoe is important because it enhances the bride’s posture and ennobles her outfit. My shoe models are always in the same shade as the dress and strictly in the same fabrics; I don’t use leather. In this collection, white is never optical, but I have inserted the colours ivory, powder, magnolia and gold. If there is a platform you can’t see it, but the heel for the ceremony must be high; for the party you can opt for a lower, thicker heel, but never for a flat shoe. Sneakers are unacceptable”.
To make shoes more special, Penrose customises them with the bride’s initials and also offers the ‘vegetarian’ capsule, because even leather alternatives can be high-performance and hypoallergenic. Lots of glitter, feathers, lace and embroidery, even for lower heels, such as the 3cm Chanel shoe: a model recently brought into the limelight by Chiara Ferragni, who wore Dior slingbacks at her wedding.
For the Calzaturificio Francesco, heels are lowered to 7/8 cm, because brides nowadays tend not to be as young as they used to be and they may also want their shoes to be comfortable: the nude effect wins out, thanks to vinyl inserts or lace and fretwork that give a sexy touch.
Everyone agrees that today’s brides are looking for shoes that they can also use on other occasions.
This is confirmed by Serrese, who focus on glitter, gold or silver uppers, embellished with jewelled bows or brooches that can be removed. For the reception party they propose flat slippers in the same materials and with the same details as the shoes worn for the ceremony. To flank their main collection, Serrese have added the sub-brand “Rue de Rivolì”, a ready-to-wear line for brides and for cocktail and ceremonial events in general.
For women, MG Arcione proposes sandals and court shoes with platforms and slight spool heels, or without a platform and with a thicker heel; while for men, in addition to their classic patent lace-ups, they propose models with printed leather details or shaded leathers. The Calzoleria Marini produces only men’s shoes, ranging from slippers to patent leather lace-ups with laser processing or printed details; in terms of colours, they use lots of blue and burgundy, as an alternative to the usual black.
Then there are designer labels and brands that, despite not participating in specialised fairs, have always been used by brides and grooms on the wedding day. Such as Jimmy Choo who this year introduces the new “Something Blue” line, a reminder of the “something blue” wedding-day tradition.
The shoes, like the clutches, are made of silk, in a delicate shade of blue moiré.
If the bride wants to be unconventional, then the AGL brand is the obvious choice: she can opt for their slide with large net bow, the transparent ankle boot or, even, the commando boots in various materials and with a chunky, decidedly rock sole.
The range of Loriblu sandals, covered with glitter or studs, is more classic, while the groom can play safe with their lace-up shoes in black patent with an elongated shape.