Inspired By: The Square Root of Chic

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2015 marks a milestone year for accessory designer Pierre Hardy who is celebrating his business’ 15th anniversary. We caught up with the designer during the A/W 2015 Paris Fashion Week shows to preview his latest collection titled ‘Abstract Post Modernism’, where everything was a question of contrasts from disparate eras to culture clashes.

Here traditional brush strokes were reworked as a Pop art print, as couture bows updated his sneakers, while Obi folds decorated ballerina flats. Also reinvigorated for the anniversary was the house’s iconic Cubist print, whereby the square motif took on a 3D form on his block-heeled ‘Monolith’ pumps for winter. “It wasn’t mean to become a gimmick,” he says of the print that has become a signature, “but I discovered that I could dress it in many any different colours or moods – feminine, masculine, winter, summer. It’s flexible because it’s like a textural structure, which can become embossed, or a jewel when you make it big in metal.”

The collection has a retro 1960s feel with his colour-blocked maroon, forest green and hot pink shades, while his wedge of the season is a homage to Salvador Dali with a trompe l’oeil heel under the arch of the foot that allows the sandal to appear suspended in air.