It was as dark as a Meatpacking District nightclub inside the Alejandro Ingelmo men’s and women’s presentation at the Standard Hotel on Saturday night. Although I was kind of relieved—so none of the cool girls in crazy chic heels would notice the very functional snow boots I had on (seriously, does everyone have a car and driver at Fashion Week?)—I was kind of wondering why they made it so hard to see the details of the shoes on display. Turns out it’s part of a theme. “I played a lot with light this season. A lot of transparency,” the softspoken designer explained to me.
“I collaborated with [artist] Ivan Navarro who does neon lighting,” he continued. “We wanted to do something that was a little more interactive. Stuff that you really have to look at to notice the detail, even with this shoe. (He gestures to a black high top sneaker with purple fluoro piping.) It bleeds into the black, it’s something you don’t notice it’s very subtle.”
This was very true, and partially due to the low lighting, I’d have to take a second look at a swirly cut-out, pointy-toed heel just to notice the tonal contrasts. Ingelmo was also inspired by the body, as evidenced in a rounded, cut-out strap formation that resembles, well, a rib cage. The silhouette played out in intricately-strappy pointed, single soled shoes and laser-cut d’orsay styles. He also went back to the classics with an elegantly sexy peep-toe bootie and a single-soled heel accented with a touch of shimmer. “The metallic look,” Ingelmo pointed out. “It’s tin foil metallic, so there’s a different texture to it. Usually I do smooth metallic and so this season, I was playing with that a little bit more.” So with all these fabulous shoes in the room (on display and on the guests), what does he think of all these women teetering about in crazy high heels while it’s a slushy mess outside? “Oh, we have sneakers!” he exclaimed. “We have women’s sneakers for that!” And yes, I really did want to wear that pair of beige suede high tops lined with plush fluffy mink right on out of that presentation. Photos: Getty