Summer Shoe Trends 2013

 

The summer may be fast coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on some of this year’s hot weather favourites before you head out on that late summer break abroad or as the season’s sales hit. Summer shoe trends stay relatively similar each year, with a few fun twists thrown in to go with that year’s wardrobe crazes. Here’s a look at what’s been hot on beach feet this year:

Wedge heels

Not everyone is cut out to wear high heels, so wedge heels come as a much needed alternative this season. Wedge heels are known for their provision of height with more security than a stiletto heel or similar – a great summer buy for dressy outdoor events where you would usually face the frustrations of your heel getting stuck in the grass. This summer you’ll find many wedge heel options, from stylish wedged trainers to strappy court shoes.

Flatforms

Another unusual alternative to the high heel, flatforms (otherwise known as ‘creepers’) first made an appearance in Autumn-Winter 2012 and are now being touted with a new summer twist. Look out for canvas topped and bright coloured flatforms that can be worn from day to night.

Gladiator sandals

Some footwear options never go out of style when it comes to the summer and gladiator sandals are one such a design. With origins as far back as the Romans, these practical sandals are designed for everyday wear but have become a super fashionable choice too. Choose from simple brown, black or beige leather for the traditional feel or opt for a more glamorous twist on the Gladiator, embellished with diamantes or studs.

For a fresh take on the Gladiator, look out for the similar caged heel sandal which has a striking strappy design but usually features an exposed heel.

Jelly shoes

If you love a bit of nostalgia, go back to the nineties with this season’s jelly shoes fad. Originally designed as beach shoes for children, these simple plastic designs can be seen on the toes of tweens and more mature fashionistas. Jelly shoes are a playful summer choice, though not always the most comfortable (especially when you get water and sand between your toes), with neon colours a popular Jelly feature. Team with a maxi dress or denim shorts and a fringed white tee.

Hi-top boots

When you need a more substantial summer shoe, practical for walking and all-day comfort, choose the latest trainer trend – hi-top boots. These flat or wedge designs are a modern take on sporting sneakers with, as their name suggests, a snug and supportive hi-top ankle. A great example of summer’s sports luxe vibe, hi-top trainers come in many colours and finishes, from sophisticated nudes to urban brights.

Suede loafers

If heels and playful plastics aren’t your thing, suede loafers are summer’s more refined design. A classic and mature option, these flat shoes commonly feature fringe or tassels. Team with a blouse and shorts or a floaty feminine midi dress.

Friday Focus – Alice Temperley

If I could choose one designer to create my wardrobe for the rest of my life, it would be the wonderful Alice Temperley. Her designs are just so typically English, ethereal, mystical and totally feminine, and have attracted celebrity fans in their droves. Katy Perry rocked her Floria dress as the perfect choice for a Valentine’s evening,  those splashes of red being totally appropriate to celebrate the day of love. Both Kate and Pippa Middleton are fans of the brand, Kate famously wore a beautiful white dress with black accents for one of her first official engagements. And, of course, a great many society ladies and models have opted for Temperley London as their wedding dress designer of choice, with the latest name in the frame the lovely Millie Mackintosh, who is set to wed Professor Green this September. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to rock the Temperley look. Here is my lovely friend Charlotte Harper totally owning the Floria dress at the Aegon Classic tennis in Birmingham yesterday – a look that shows just how versatile Temperley London can be.

But Temperley is not just about lace and whimsy. Her latest collection, currently stocked at Avenue 32, features 1930s style silhouettes emblazoned with tattoo style motifs to create classically elegant looks, whilst there are also Roman Holiday style pieces, full skirts, lace tops and Jacquard prints that are very 1950s in flavour and influence. Favourite pieces include the satin Freya ribboned skirt in black and ivory, a skirt that is both super pretty and a touch daring, the full-skirted mesh panels (very Sandra Dee), covering a rather sexy pencil skirt (certainly more Rizzo than Sandy.) Another key piece is the red mini Jacquard top that is the absolute epitome of geek chic, but when paired with the Freya skirt looks simply gorgeous, and oh so elegant.

Temperley London Black Satin Freya Ribbon Skirt £720 click to visit Avenue 32

Temperley London Red Mini Jacquard Top £400 click to visit Avenue 32

Temperley London Red Satin Freya Ribbon Dress £1,400 click to visit Avenue 32

Temperley London Powder Blue Francine Tattoo Dress £2,500 click to visit Avenue 32

Temperley London Black Silk Embroidery Gown £1,850 click to visit Avenue 32

The Grammys – Superstar looks to love

After the BAFTAS, we had the Grammys. Another red carpet, with a slightly (ahem) different aesthetic. Because if the toast of Hollywood were sparkling on a rain-soaked red carpet in London, the creme de la creme of the music industry were rocking and shocking in LA.

And there were some shocking outfits, not the least of which was Adele. Now, we have all been crying out for her to add a little colour to her wardrobe, and when you hear red and pink Valentino you have to believe she has made the perfect choice. Wrong! Adele’s dress was the worst kind of 1970s candlewick bedspread, so terrible I was crying for her to call Christopher Bailey from the nearest toilet cubicle and say ‘HELP!’. It wasn’t just Adele having a slightly 70s off night. Katy Perry wore the sort of dress that Olive from ‘On the Buses’ sported on ‘date night’ with Arthur. That bad. It was too green, too tight and just too much. And don’t even get me started on JLo, who seemed to have adopted Angelina Jolie’s leg for the night…

But there were some good looks too. Here are my favourites.

I hated Carly Rae Jephson’s Abba make-up, but this was a glorious dress from Roberto Cavalli which shimmered and shone as she moved.

Florence Welch wore an unbelievable dress from Givenchy in the emerald-green she was just born to wear. Although the spikes were a little bit ‘Dinosaur’ this was just such a bold and interesting choice from the always exciting Florence.

How excited was I to see that the super fierce Beyoncé had not only gone for something cool and edgy for the Grammys, but that the monochrome jumpsuit had been designed by Osman. Talk about ‘Big Up Birmingham’. Loved the hair too.

And then there was Rihanna. And if you could tear your eyes away from that exquisite face, you were probably blown away by the beauty of the red Azzedine Alaia gown. This was the most romantic dress, in colour, in the floatiness of the fabric, and the full-skirted design.

I’ve already mentioned Katy Perry’s dress, which I clicked the dislike button for, but Katy’s friend, ‘Girls’ star and Kate Middleton lookalike, Alison Williams, looked totally incredible in her Art Deco style Kaufmanfranco column dress that was apparently made from black diamonds.

I really can’t remember an occasion when Taylor Swift got it wrong, and in a white and silver Grecian style gown from J Mendel, this was another hit for the style icon.

I’m loving Nicole Kidman’s style recently, and after a fabulous SAG awards dress, she continues to impress with her choices. I thought she looked fabulous in a delicate gold column dress from Gucci. I’m still admiring her poker straight 1990s hair too.

Whilst Beyoncé was fierce in Osman, the gorgeous Solange Knowles was just impeccable in her green Ralph and Russo dress. Pairing it with stunning coral shoes was just genius.

The sheer panels in Kelly Rowland’s beautiful dress show that you can do revealing and yet look classy and elegant. Note to Jennifer Lopez. Kelly’s beautiful dress was by Georges Chakra.