As any woman who’s slipped her feet into a pair of heels can tell you, there are sexy shoes, and then there are sexy shoes. Few people know this quite as well as Alejandro Ingelmo, whose Spring 2014 collection, shown in the Highline Room at The Standard, combined both the craftsmanship and sex appeal that the Miami-born, New York-based designer has become known for. What was unexpected, however, was the amount of color on display. Typically associated with an urbane palette of graphic neutrals like black, white, silver and gold, this season saw Ingelmo tackling color like never before. Fiery tangerine, holographic fuchsia and turquoise, mint green and coral popped with accents of rose and yellow gold, silver, navy and blush. Black only made a couple of appearances, most memorably for a pair of knee-high gladiator boots, a new spin on the designer’s ‘Odyssey’ shoe. Cut out from top to toe, they were the most eye-catching shoe in a collection filled with eye-catching shoes.
For the boys, Ingelmo has reworked some of his signature street-ready sneakers in a variety of materials and colors that evoke both the beaches of South Beach and the mean streets of NYC. On the South Beach side of the divide, you had metallic turquoise mirrored leather ‘Trons’, holographic hi and low-tops that blaze like a sunset, and black polka-dotted pony hair ‘Jeddi’ lace-ups, while the New York end of things comes courtesy of the black pyramid-stud textured ‘Tobys’, grey and green camouflage pony hair, and the black patent leather ‘Coats’ lace-ups recently worn by Justin Timberlake during his performance at the VMAs. Whether it’s flashy and fun or sleek and sophisticated that you want, Alejandro Ingelmo has got you covered come Spring. Good luck picking just one favorite.
Photographed by Andrew Werner
– Justin Friedman