Trending: Couture Trainers

The latest high fashion sneakers to give conventional sportswear brands a run for their money are Dior’s ‘Fusion’ sneakers, designed to be ‘as futuristic as they are couture’. Dropping into Dior stores this week, the haute-worthy sequin and rubber trainers seem to have orbited to us from another time – their sloped, ergonomic design and third eye embellishments speaking the language of Sci-Fi luxury.

And as for what to wear them with? We’d suggest sleek tailoring in the realm of designer Raf Simons’ A/W 2014 runway collection – so don’t be afraid of strong colour, keeping detailing to a minimum to let your kickers do all the talking.

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The Classics: The Rebirth of the Suit

The suit is back in business for A/W 2014 with Jason Wu taking the reigns at Hugo Boss, Raf Simons’ bold tailoring at Dior and the revival of French tuxedo house Pallas with the help of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking muse Violeta Sanchez.

It seems that after seasons of mastering mix-matched tailoring, it once again feels right to coordinate. The new uniform was being adopted by models and fashion editor’s alike at the collections – although the day time pairings were anything but basic black. Velvetine fabrics and bright white were just as popular as power dressing pin-stripes.

The unanimous view on accessories was a simple clutch or agenda (chain bags crumple shoulder pads no matter how small), and everything from sneakers to slide sandals or boots underfoot. However, given the pared-back palette, this may also be the perfect opportunity to add a little fun with a cartoon connection bag by Moschino, Charlotte Olympia, Olympia Le-Tan, Anya Hindmarch or Chanel.

It Appeal: Kane Kool

There’s often an admirable awkwardness to the work of Christopher Kane. From his crazy colour combinations to his pairings of fabrications that we’d forgotten from our youths.

The Scot’s collections are always a walk down memory lane, albeit fused with a completely new perspective. And he’s once again hit the nail on the head with his latest resort collection that begins by merging a retro Royal Tenenbaums-esque leopard print that later turns fluro club ki. – signature Kane.

Next up: sportif Sci-fi silhouettes and a dash of boudoir lace. A right old mash up, but a good one at that. Not that he’s quite finished with the intrigue: cue Cristóbal Balenciaga era sculpted little black dresses, finished with a dainty brooch, despite missing their middles, before his denim Daisy Dukes are embroidered with Hippy blooms. Like we said, go your own way, just like Mr Kane.

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The Classics: Meet the Jensen

Leading on from the runaway success of Acne Studios’ now iconic Pistol boot (worn by celebs from Alexa Chung to Michelle Williams), this week the Swedish brand is introducing the Jensen.

Styled in the mode of a pointed Chelsea boot with an angular shaped elastic insert, this boot is 100 percent leather down to the sole. Available now in store in black leather and suede, we sense another cult classic in the making.

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