2015 has been an oddly consistent year for celeb shoe selections. Single-soled offerings from Louboutin, Sophia Webster and Stuart Weitzman have proved to be particularly enticing to celebs year-round, while your more traditional summer styles like wedges and espadrilles received precious little love this year, leaving the humble Birkenstock to fulfill the celebrity’s ongoing need for casual, comfortable footwear for the third consecutive summer.
If this monogram-and-floral idea looks familiar, I’m right there with you. This collection brought me back to Louis Vuitton’s Stephen Sprouse Rose collection circa 2009.
Back in the present, Gucci recently debuted its newest collection, GG Blooms. The collection features the signature GG monogram print, layered under a special edition floral print. Gucci is under the new creative direction of Alessandro Michele, and after seeing the very furry Fall 2015 runway shoes, I didn’t know what to expect from the brand’s shoes in the near future. Now, I feel redeemed.
We’re seeing the playful and whimsical side of Gucci, and I like it (and I’ll also take basically anything over those furry shoes). Tell us in the comments what you think of Gucci’s new GG Blooms.
Gucci Cada GG Blooms High-Top Sneaker
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Gucci GG Blooms Supreme Canvas Chain Wallet
$780 via Gucci
Gucci Arielle GG Blooms Ballet Flat
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Salma Hayek is still hot on the press trail for her latest project, the animated feature film The Prophet, which she both produced and provided voiceover talent for. Here she is heading into an appearance on Good Morning America in a pair of maple brown Gucci Ankle Strap Leather Sandals. You can currently find Salma’s exact sandals for $660 at Gucci.
These sandals are a more subtle version of the black Gucci Rooney Suede Sandals we saw Salma wearing on the red carpet last week. Both styles have the same thick, adjustable ankle strap, and each features its own variation on Gucci’s signature horsebit detail. These sandals cost almost $200 less than the Gucci Rooneys, however.
Salma Hayek recently walked the red carpet at the premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s new animated feature film The Prophet (which she produced) in LA wearing a pair of Gucci Rooney Suede Sandals. These sandals are from the brand’s new Fall 2015 collection. In case you didn’t notice, that bold bit of silver hardware is actually an enlarged, flattened version of Gucci’s signature horsebit. You can currently find Salma’s exact sandals for $850 at Gucci.
We can’t talk about Salma and her designer wares without mentioning that her husband François-Henri Pinault is the CEO of Kering, a luxury goods holding company with a stake in Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and many other brands you know and love. It’s a pretty sweet hookup.
Shoes: Shoe of the Week:Gucci Leather and Suede Sandals
Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: These Gucci sandals are totally worth the splurge; they fit with the season’s 70s trends, but they’re modern enough to outlast them.
A couple of months ago, creative director Frida Giannini suddenly left Gucci after almost a decade with the brand, and for Fall 2015, the collection was under the new direction of Alessandro Michele. During Giannini’s tenure, Gucci was often very wearable and approachable; it was definitely luxurious, and at times, it skewed a little safe. Clearly, Michele is looking to change that impression.
It was a very youthful and free-spirited Gucci that hit the runway a few days ago, and nothing says this more than the collection’s footwear. You’ll see loafers with a gamine charm and fully fur-covered shoes that reminded me a lot of Rochas and Cèline shoes from runways past. This bohemian-inspired collection certainly turned heads in Milan, but nothing caught our attention more than the irreverent footwear.
What do you think of Gucci’s newest runway collection?
I’ll admit: sometimes I forget about Gucci. They don’t get the spotlight they deserve, but I’m here to fix that, at least for today. I was browsing through Bloomingdale’s when I came across the Gucci Crystal Cage Sandals, and alas, the obsession begins!
While the brand’s fall runway shoes were full of ’60s inspired go-go boots, you won’t find any platforms in this selection of evening shoes and booties. It’s the minor details that make all the difference, including gold cap toes, crystal embellishments and cage detailing, all rendered in luscious suede or all leather. We have an inside joke here at TalkShoes that when something’s good, we say, “That’s so Gucci,” and these shoes are definitely so Gucci.
With the ’60s inspiration comes mega platforms, chunky heels and knee-high boots, and it’s easy to conclude that Gucci was influenced by this iconic era in fashion history. While there are no crazy prints or lace-up suedes in this Fall 2014 collection, by prepared to see lots of platforms.
We covered this collection after it appeared on the runway, and now that it’s available for purchase, we felt it worthy of a second look. After reading a lot of your comments these last few weeks, most of you would like all platforms to take step aside and let the single-sole shoes have its moment, but for some reason, it seems like designers are hesitant to let that happen. I don’t know exactly why that is all I can say is, but I’m with you in wanting to give the single sole it’s moment.