>> You can have your studded shoes and bags because I got me a new Valentino potentially-festishisable item to covet. Last night as part of Pitti Uomo, Valentino once again showed their S/S 13 menswear collection in the beautiful Boboli Gardens. If last season Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's take on the uniform was sleek and severe, then this season it was sporty and regimented. It would be too simplistic to even link Chiuri and Piccioli's thought process with the pending sporting occasiong that's about to descend on my fair city. Instead though, it makes thorough business sense to recreate a sell-out item buzz for their menswear as they have done for their womens' bags and shoes, featuring those ubiquitous metal pyramid studs. Afterall, Chiuri and Piccioli did come up the ranks in Valentino's accessories department. When I was in Beijing and Shanghai, the most common shoe (fake and real) that I saw running about both cities in their fashion circles were the Valentino studded flats. I predict a similar fate for these trainers that debuted last night.
The stud from the womens accessories now appear in rubber and they adorn an otherwise simple and sturdily designed trainer that recalls elements of New Balance. I feel odd panting and raving over a fashion trainer as I'm normally not a fan of the hyper-expensive trainers that are normally a temporary foray into sportswear for designer brands. Instead I prefer the suitably-priced, yet packed with design and innovation ethos of Nike. Still, I emerged from the show frantically trying to ask the PR if there was any possibility that the smallest size of production of this shoe would be a size 39. I'm more like a 38 but hey, I'll take a bigger size and wear thicker socks for any one of these well-composed, yet slightly odd colour combination trainers. Pastel greens and pinks with sludgy olives and plums, mixed with navy and black and a shot of camo doesn't sound quite right on paper but worked immediately for me as strangely adaptable combos that I actually want to replicate in clothing as well as on foot. That's a another note to tack on to the collection as a whole. I wanted it all in slightly shrunken girl's sizes. The trainers would be the perfect starting point though.