Friday, April 29, 2016

The Freeman Quarter Jogger shoes

The Freeman Quarter Jogger shoes are part of the brand's Spring 2016. The new athleisure kicks on the block are a blend of two different shoe styles respectively, i,e, casual loafer, yet formal enough for office wear.

The slip on shoes are crafted from Mastrotto suede and Nappa calf skin upper combined with a sporty sole to make it comfortable for extended wear. Freeman Quarter Jogger shoes contain a welted EVA midsole and a Sousa & Fernandes leather outsole.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jean-Jacques Houyou : Fish leather espadrilles

Jean-Jacques Houyou is a French shoe manufacturer with a range of women’s stack-heeled sandals for sale. Nothing fishy there but when you know these fashionable espadrilles are made from the skins of salmon trout, then this might cast a completely new line.

Available in seven colours they go on sale in France this summer, selling for about €120 (S$180) a pair. Matching the skins of the factory farmed fish is an exacting process with every pair of the handmade shoes unique. The luxury footgear is lined with goat skin and soled in cork. Jean-Jacques Houyou has previously made Japanese-style sandals with salmon skin at his small factory in Mauleon, the centre of France's espadrille industry.

Fish-skin boots have been worn for thousands of years by the Inuits and Icelanders boiled and ate their worn out fish skin footwear. Distance was based on the number of shoes it took to travel long distances. During World War II fish-skin shoes were common in Germany when cow leather was unavailable. More recently Manolo Blahnik used tilapia fish leather in his €800-a-pair eco sandal range.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The BioKnit shoe: Ammo Liao

Designer, Ammo Liao has created a shoe which uses “textile biomimicry,” i.e. a single material manipulated to provide multiple functions including varying levels of softness, strength, and flexibility in a layering process.

The BioKnit shoe was inspired by biomimicry(to synthetically replicate nature) and is produced by melting 3D printing textiles to create the necessary properties within the same textile-like materials. The process involves a 3D knitting process where polymer-base yarns are fed into an automated loom capable of creating various patterns in selected sections of the weave to enable flexibility and rigidity. According to the designer, the area of the shoe nearest the ankle might require more flexibility, where as the toe, heel, and arch sections require more rigid construction for support. The shoes are knitted in flat sections, then sewn together and heat pressed into their 3D printed soles. Prior to final assembly, the heel and toe sections are heat-pressed and laser engraved to accurately harden discrete section. Different colours and patterns are easily programmed into the loom and incorporated into the final weave. The designer believes creating the product with a single material will dramatically reduce the recycling cost of similar products which require multi-material construction. As additional benefits, he says the process will conserve natural resources and save energy and reduce greenhouse gases and the ensuing pollution.

In the UK alone approx. 330 million pairs of shoes sold each year with the majority ultimately ending up in a landfill. Experts estimate these will take 50 years to decompose.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Silvia Fado

Silvia Fado , is a shoe designer who regularly combines fashion, architecture, and 3D printing with traditional shoe making practices to make women’s footwear. The innovative designer uses her own 3D printer (ZMorph 2.0 S 3D printer) with the capabilities of not only 3D printing, but also of CNC milling and laser cutting. The combination of old and new has resulted in several amazing footwear collections, each bearing Fado’s distinct signature and style.

In her collection Kinetic Traces, Fado combined a relatively traditional looking leather shoe top with a futuristic looking heel made from a 3D printed base, and a number of industrial springs and pneumatic hydraulics.

For her Carbonalise collection, she manufactured the shoe heels out of a carbon fiber material, which was strengthened and stylized with a metal strip, making for a sleek and modern design.

In one of her most recent designs, which she has called Ray of Liberty, Fado was inspired by New York’s Freedom Tower building, and has incorporated elements of its architecture into the impressive shoe design. The shoes, which were designed for Internet of Fashion Runway at New York Fashion Week 2016, are made from a transparent filament material and have a changing color light source within them that glows and emits rays of light.

The various 3D printing materials used in the designer’s creations are strong and durable, have been supplied by 3D printing filament company ColorFabb , who have sponsored the emerging fashion designer. In her future designs, Fado will reportedly keep experimenting with new 3D printing materials to find the best fit for a particular design and will begin incorporating more CNC milling and laser cutting into her manufacturing process.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Shoe Exhibition - Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe :The Frick Pittsburgh

The The Frick Pittsburgh is hosting Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. exhibition which explores fashion's most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of 16th-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism. On display are nearly 150 historic and contemporary heels on loan from designers, the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bata Shoe Museum, and others. Included among the many artists, designers, and fashion houses represented in Killer Heels are: Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen, X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, and Roger Vivier.

The exhibition, which is organized by the Brooklyn Museum, opens on Thursday, June 9 and will remain on view through to September 4, 2016. The cost of admission is $12.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 : Los Angeles County Museum of Art

With 200 historical and contemporary ensembles , Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present. Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) extensive collection the exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was, and is, not exclusive to women. Also featured are many modern shoe styles, such as Jeremy Scott x Adidas spring ’13 designs and Etro’s fall ’14 collection. This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by Ellen A. Michelson. Additional support is provided by the Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund. Funding is also provided by Eugene Sadovoy.

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 runs from April 10 until April 21st 2016.