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Practical Pierre Hardy

Streamlined shapes rule the A/W '10 collection for the shoe and accessories maker...

Streamlined shapes or oversized volumes, iridescent skins or raw leathers, with its glam allure or martial demeanor, the Fall/Winter 2010/2011 collection is a story of contrasts. While remaining faithful to his fetish graphics, Pierre Hardy counterbalances the radicalism of his statement by a choice of muted and precious colors. Hints of metallic leathers or powdered suede leathers set a glam-rock tempo for night time alluring models. The feather caresses, the studs glow, the fur ruffles. For the women's collection, over a dozen distinct syles have been created, from the 'Nebula' boots and shoots covered with psychedelic patchwork of suede and velvet, peacock feathers in iridescent hues to the 'Stardust', where large flattened stripes of two-tone metallic leather (platinum and black, silver and platinum, metal and bronze or midnight blue) cross the surface of wedge shoes available with or without platforms.

Over-sized buckles are also introduced, alongside quilted stripes on calfskin and flat grosgrain ballerina shoes or architectural draping with layers of multi-coloured fabrics. The 'Perfo-Cube' shoes are made of leather mesh (aged or in stainless steel) or in suede (beige, black or red) cut raw that reproduce the sketch of the perspective emblematic house cubes. This graphic lace sets the tempo for open-toe derbies, perched on solid Neo-Cuban heels, whilst the Ergono Chic sandals and high-heel boots come in fluid and aerodynamic shapes. Full volumes on the shoes interlock and enhance the natural curbs of the foot, covered in suede leathers and multicoloured Swarovski crystals. Alongside these new lines, the Classics are still running with the new extra-fine 'pin' heel, renewing the house's traditional shoes, conveying a sharper silhouette and a more tense allure.