When designer Karl Lagerfeld sent models out onto the Spring 2014 Chanel couture runway, styled in luxe python sneakers (bedazzled with bits of pearl, lace and tweed), it was a sign that the fashion sneaker had ascended to a new style status: Formerly relegated to the wardrobes of hipsters, athletes and rappers, the fashion-forward sneaker was a hop, a skip and a jump away from entering the mainstream. (I'm not talking about normal, everyday training shoes, which have obviously been a mainstream footwear staple for decades.)
And indeed: Just a couple months later, sneakers on the runway was a major trend at the Fall 2014 NYFW shows.
"If you look at what Ralph [Lauren] did on the runway," said fashion journalist Laurie Brookins, "one of his most beautiful looks was Karlie Kloss, when she wore that all-white, Marlene Dietrich kind of look. You look at the shoes: They were sneakers."
Watch the full conversation in the clip above, excerpted from the first installment of theFashionDish, a new original series from tFS.
The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued.
About our panelists:
- June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay Z, Missy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
- Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom Ford, Frida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
- Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blog TomboyKC.
- Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
- Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
- Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.
Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City.
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