From the flattest of flats to the highest of heels, the Spring '12 runways were rife with gorgeous shoes. Cushnie et Ochs showed candy-colored, pin-thin stilettos, Tory Burch and J.Crew gave us new loafers to love, and we got our fix of safari-chic, knee-high gladiator sandals at Michael Kors. We've rounded up 80 (give or take a few) pairs of our absolute favorites, so click through now to see them all — then start planning your Spring shoe shopping list.
Photos courtesy of Greg Kessler
It was an early 9 a.m. showing during London Fashion Week, but we're sure no one was dozing off during Mary Katrantzou's Spring runway show. The season's bold prints trend couldn't come at a more fitting time for the designer known for her signature bold graphic patterns. The collection, based off of Katrantzou's nature-versus-nurture theme, was exemplified through bold floral, bird, and coral reef prints splashed on structural one-shoulder and asymmetric dresses made in modern high-tech fabrics. Printed pants and colorblocked blazers provided even more partywear inspiration; as did the bright lipstick and metallic shoes provided by Christian Louboutin. We can't wait to see which celebs will wear her designs on the red carpet. More details from the vibrant collection below.
- Trends: structural print dresses, asymmetrical hemlines, printed trousers.
- Colors: red, orange, blue, green, yellow.
- Key Look: we loved all of the short printed dresses.
- Accessories: a colorful array of metallic peep-toe sandals by Christian Louboutin.
- Who Would Wear It: girls who crave unique prints with a twist like Keira Knightley and Diane Kruger.
We first saw Roksanda Ilincic's collection as a part of Topshop's New Generation Initiative in 2005 — cut to Spring 2012 fashion week, and the designer is showcasing the kind of modern separates and dresses with a hint of the avant-garde sensibility she became known for. The collection hits on all the wardrobe essentials — delivering sheath dresses, maxis, blouses, and trousers — all the makeup for a perfectly outfitted closet but with whimsical edge. Hot pink makes its way onto a day dress, turquoise brightens up a top and pants, and floral and wide windowpane prints make their way across the collection. Then, there's the play with volume and proportion, like slim pencil-skirted dresses with bell-sleeved tops; dresses are either straight up or down or full and flared. You can sense the sophistication and the playfulness that have made both Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton fans of Roksanda. Like the balance between the model sporting the pink locks and the perfectly sensible little neutral dress she's wearing — there's a just a touch of fantasy underlying the impeccably chic execution.
- Trends: Colorblocking, maxi silhouettes, volume.
- Colors: Pink, blue, turquoise, gray, nude, gold yellow, florals.
- Key Look: The hot pink bell-sleeved sheath dress.
- Accessories: Knit headbands and beanies, bright ankle-strap heels.
- Who Would Wear It: Girls with an eye for sophisticated cuts and statement color; fans like Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, but we bet Kate Bosworth could rock that hot pink dress .
Delicate lace and feminine florals came together for a beautiful, ladylike show from Erdem for Spring 2012. We already know Erdem is high on Kate Middleton's radar after she wore Erdem several times on her North American tour this Summer, and for good reason. The brand manages to feel feminine and polished without an ounce of stuffiness.
- Trends: ladylike, florals, lace.
- Colors: shades of blue, yellow, and violet.
- Key Piece: a floral trench, the floral dress with lace detailing.
- Accessories: ankle-strap heels, delicate little car gloves.
- Who Would Wear It: Feminine, polished girls — Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Kate Middleton, and Sarah Jessica Parker would look great in this collection.
Pippa Middleton was front and center at Temperley London's Spring 2012 show. No wonder, as the Middleton sister is responsible for starting one of the year's biggest gown crazes when she attended the royal wedding reception in an emerald green Temperley gown. The collection was an elegant, silky nod to the '70s, with slinky camisole-like gowns, high-waist tap pants, and head scarves.
- Trends: 70s glamour, silks, hot pants, lace, boudoir.
- Colors: black, ivory, florals, navy, silver.
- Key Piece: a long floral silk gown; the beaded ivory spaghetti strap gown.
- Accessories: gorgeous statement necklaces, head scarves.
- Who Would Wear It: Pippa Middleton was in the front row, but Temperley is geared toward feminine women who indulge their romantic side.