At the top of the Standard Hotel, in an exquisitely tiny jewel-box of a presentation space, we happened upon Alejandro Ingelmo’s Spring 2014 assortment. The Cuban craftsman’s way with a sexy stiletto could not be more relevant, as single-sole constructions and “lady” silhouettes are shaping up to factor quite centrally within the industry’s top trend-stories of this season.
Never one to shy away from creating as show-stopper of a shoe moment, Ingelmo made sure that there was plenty of sizzle and shine on display; his renditions of this most-classic of constructions included Valkyrian, metallic-inset numbers showcasing a lattice-work of leg-climbing, diamond panels. This inarguably take-no-prisoners sexy approach was a resonant, common thread among the collection’s various styles. To this effect, an update on his Mariposa shoe-booty–with its bird of paradise cut outs–distinctively brought to mind the vampish sensuality of the one Mademoiselle C.
His mens offerings, on the other hand, were all about Yeezus-worthy flash; future-mod trainers crafted out of Daft-Punk-metallic materials totally channel Mr. West’s penchant for the equally “high-design” and “Hi!…Look at me!” in footwear.