With the Fashion World looking forward to Fall 09 already, it’s kind of odd that Nine West is all about looking back. But, in this case, odd works, as the moderately priced shoe brand brings back major trends from both the ’70s and ’90s with touches of modernity and a whole lot of fun!
Drawing from disco days of yore, Nine West featured a bevvy of platform sandals for fall in a variety of fabrics and textures. Lush navy suede stood out as one of the most popular fabric choices, giving the 70s styles a modern, nighttime worthy feel. Ever the popular fabric, suede came in shades other than navy, featured most memorably in a muted tan on a cute pair of studded platform clogs that looked like they came straight off the heels of a Flower-Power darling. Beyond suede, heels were high, and shine was higher, as platforms sandals with wooden heels and glitter-infused metallic uppers made their presence known. A stand-out pair featured elegant cut-out detailing that gave it more of a contemporary feel.
Also a throw-back to the 70s was the resurgence of the stacked heel boot, which Nine West unveiled in Disco Night worthy tan suede (with chain detailing). Drawing more from the 70s punk side of things was a Vivienne Westwood-esque, more punked-out version of the stacked heel boot adorned with studs and chains.
Not to miss out on the retro-ness of it all, 90s trends were a major part of the brand’s preview as well. When we saw the thick plaid and the sturdy flannel uppers on the boot and shoe styles, we were immediately reminded of the Sassy and Seventeen magazine spreads that made up the fall “Back to School” issues. Not quite embodying the same depth as the Marc Jacobs grunge, the layouts had some of the beginnings of the grunge elements and were easily accessible to teens. Nine West’s 90s’ infused-looks seem to be flowing along the same vein. One Nine West boot stood out in particular, as it almost seemed to be an exact replica of the “urban work boots” with lug outsoles that used to be made by a company called Georgia Boot. The heel was rugged and featured the “fake wood” strips that contrasted nicely with the black leather of the boot. The other boots featured were very similar to the unisex black shoes once made by Unlisted by Kenneth Cole and Sam & Libby. The nineties will be in full-force before long, so get ready to start thrifing for the Steel Jeans, Bongo, Espirit, Co-Operative, Union Bay and Merry-Go Round of yesteryear. You know, that 90210 type of style!
The collaboration with New Balance x Nine West continues on for Fall. Out of the three different styles featured, one release was a throw back to the shoes your Track & Field-loving boyfriend from high school used to wear. The other two styles feature bold colorways and cutting-edge artistry that you often see on “Tier-0” Nike releases. Though probably not for a M.I.S.S. “sneaker head,” these styles may reach mass appeal with more mainstream ladies.
We are definitely looking forward to the retro attack that Nine West is about to drop on us this fall!
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