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Spring 2020 ‘It’ Shoes From Bottega Veneta, The Row Double as Slippers – Footwear News



Maybe those trusty fuzzy slippers are started to look a bit ratty, wearing them day in and day out. Perhaps shearling or faux fur is feeling too toasty for warming weather. Or maybe their lack of support has caused a legitimate foot ache at the end of the day (a surprise after giving high heels a break for a few months, but soft soles can hurt feet, too).

Whatever the reason, slipper fatigue is real. Which is why some fashion insiders and celebs have begun to look at spring ’20’s most coveted new flat styles as indoor shoe alternatives. In fact, the flat trend started last fall during fashion month, especially as influencers, stylists, editors and designers began to play around more with a growing white sock trend.

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Flats, socks and sweatpants at Milan Fashion Week in September 2019. The trend started last year on the street but it’s easy to adapt indoors.

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Of course, functionality should still play a key role even in the chicest of footwear, and fashion flats should still be easy to get in and out of, have little to no break-in time and offer support, comfort and breathability to get through an entire day. And though spring ’20’s “It” shoes may be pricey, investing in a quality pair are likely to get you through an entire season — and even further — especially when keeping them indoors.

Here are six styles to splurge on for the ultimate at-home look:

1. Bottega Veneta BV Lido sandal

The Italian fashion brand kept up its “It” shoe status for spring ’20 with the unveiling stretchy, zebra-print “almond” toe pumps, plus a series of puffy, woven-leather sandals (both in high heels and flats) featuring its signature intrecciato weave. Bottega’s BV Lido flat sandals, with a cushioned weaving on the insole, are a no-brainer for those looking for an open-toe indoor shoe.

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To buy: Bottega Veneta BV Lido flat sandal, $1,220

2. Gucci Horsebit ballet flat

After numerous seasons highlighting its iconic loafer, namely in variations on the Princetown style, Gucci introduced an unlikely ballet flat at its buzzy spring ’20 show back in September, featuring the its signature horsebit detailing, adding a chain-link strap. Anyone who wears ballet flats knows that breaking in a sturdier pair is no easy feat; fortunately the flats come with a fold-in heel for an easy slide in.

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To buy: Gucci Horsebit ballet flat, $890

3. The Row mesh slippers

Always an insider favorite at New York Fashion Week, the brand had extra buzz at its spring ’20 show thanks to a series of nylon mesh and crocheted cotton flats that resembled a quirky cross between socks and slippers.

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To buy: The Row mesh slippers, $490

4. Fendi mesh sabots

The Italian brand took its popular mesh sling backs and converted them into a chic slide. Don’t let the pointy toe throw you off; the shoe’s mesh upper makes the shape as comfortable as a more relaxed toe.

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To buy: Fendi mesh sabots, $650.

5. Balenciaga Cosy BB slides

The French luxury brand has produced countless “It” shoes — and this one is decidedly on the quieter side. But even without the exaggerated square toes and knife-sharp stilettos, the Cosy BB’s heavy logo hardware still makes a hefty statement.

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To buy: Balenciaga Cosy BB denim mules, $695

6. Stella McCartney woven ballet flats

The British designer has been focusing on flats for a few seasons now, but her woven vegan leather ballet flats stand out for this spring thanks to a chic, dainty ankle chain that’s attached to it — one of the season’s top trends.

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To buy: Stella McCartney woven ballet flats, $785

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As Lockdowns Ease, Luxury Sees Record Valuation




While the Savigny Luxury Index’s valuation metrics reached unprecedented heights, growth prospects for 2020 remain subdued, indicating that investors …

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Prabal Gurung’s Stronger In Colour Collection Is Donating 100% Of Proceeds To The Bail Project




For many brands, 2020 will be the year they “pulled up” to stop racial injustice, both in the fashion industry and beyond — but not for Prabal Gurung. Since founding his namesake brand in 2009, Gurung has been constantly fighting to make the fashion industry a more equal place at every turn, which is now underscored by the revival of a relevant past project. Announced on Jun. 3, Prabal Gurung’s “Stronger In Colour” collection is getting a second life, continuing the commitment to diversity and inclusion that’s been the brand’s lifeblood from the start, selling 100% charitable tees and hoodies for a noble cause.

Available on its site right now, shoppers can choose from two unisex styles, in two shades — a basic tee ($95), or a basic hoodie ($175), in either black or white. In multicolored typeface, each reads “STRONGER IN COLOUR,” echoing the longtime ethos of the New York-based womenswear brand. To sweeten the deal, 100% of net proceeds will be donated to The Bail Project, which is presently focused on combatting the mass incarceration disproportionately affecting the Black community.

Right now, there’s a disparity between brands who have been posting fervently in accordance with the present moment, and those who were slower to respond. The Nepalese-American designer has, alternatively, been using his near-750,000 following to get messages out around the clock, spread powerful footage of protests and messages of hope. Still, he believes there’s more to be done. “We have posted, donated, signed petitions, marched in protests, spoken on panels, and shared important resources – but this didn’t feel like enough. This is just one additional step, and we know there is still more we can do,” shared Gurung in an Instagram post this week.

Available now through Jun. 15, shoppers can purchase the tops exclusively on Prabal Gurung’s site. To participate in the movement and support the brand’s initiative, browse the styles ahead — and, you can shop rest assured that your full contribution is paid forward. And, as the fight continues, some words of encouragement from Gurung’s Instagram: “…as we walk through the streets alongside protests, and unified chants for justice are heard around the world, it feels as though we are on the precipice of true change as this movement barrels forward.”

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Some of the hottest streetwear brands are making a George Floyd memorial tee




Fear of God has pulled together some of the best names in streetwear and fashion for a T-shirt honoring George Floyd. Off-White, Pyer Moss, Union, Noah, Awake, Just Don, Denim Tears, and Melody Ehsani all lend their names to the tee, of which proceeds will go to the Gianna Floyd Fund.

The late Floyd’s initials appear on the front of the shirt, while all nine brand logos appear on the back. Available in black or white, the shirt will sell exclusively through Fear of God’s Instagram page for $100. It goes live at 9 a.m. PST Friday, June 5.

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A limited run — While streetwear consumers often call for fundraising T-shirts to be made available for pre-order to maximize proceeds, COVID-19 has rendered that more difficult. We’ve seen it already with Supreme and Noah’s coronavirus relief tees, and that’s the case here as well. Jerry Lorenzo, Fear of God’s founder and designer, said in an Instagram comment that the T-shirts are “limited to the fabric availability we have.”

Streetwear at its best — At its roots, and too often forgotten, streetwear is about community. And you can’t talk about the culture surrounding it without acknowledging the contributions and support from the black community. That makes it encouraging, but not at all surprising to see so many brands step up to raise funds to organizations tied to Black Lives Matter, as well as the families of victims.

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With T-shirts quick and easy to produce, several brands have produced their own as fundraisers, including Brain Dead and Blood Orange, Online Ceramics, Andrew, and Advisory Board Crystals. In addition to the Fear of God collaboration, Denim Tears also has its own tee with proceeds going to the Know Your Rights Camp.

Without product involved, Supreme announced it’ll donate $500,000 amongst Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Campaign Zero, and Black Futures Lab. A-Cold-Wall*, meanwhile, will award 10 grants for a total of £25,000 (~$31,500) to independent, back-owned companies.

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