Clarks showcase simplicity and quirky eccentricity for AW15
Renowned for their comfort, durability and polished finish, Clarks has continued to grow as an established and reliable shoe brand since their creation in 1825. Although the sturdiness and reliability has remained unchanged throughout the years, the design element has evolved, developing into new, innovative footwear that is both comfortable and easy on the eye. This season, the colour palette is a little more muted, but still makes a solid statement – earthy hues like oxblood, navy, rust red and dark olive dominated the autumn/winter 2015 collection, with a few punctures of silver and azure.
Boots were elegant with a hint of grunge, as chunky buckles, ribbed sides and silver studs appeared alongside the classic Chelsea style. Knee-length, leather riding boots in black and maroon added sophistication, while thick rubber soles and fur will keep you toasty and ease the transition from summer to winter.
Brogues were a stylish mix of slip-ons and lace-ups in purples, rusts, whites and greys. The Isabella, Daisy and Carla collections are not only limited edition, but hand-made in England, evident by the astonishing attention to detail. Slip-ons Anniston Vales forged a more masculine style with light soles and the addition of tassels.
The Orla Kiely collection, the final collaboration with the print designer, was a wonderfully stylish assortment inspired by the 60s. T-bars in metallic blue, gold and crocodile leather and buckled dolly shoes were the main focus, adorned with Kiely’s signature floral motif. The pattern was also seen on furred leather boots and patent lace-ups, in a mix of navy and black or mocha.
In conjunction with Kiely’s collection, many of this season’s styles were taken from the 60s archive and re-modelled into a modern, contemporary shoe. Box heels that slightly protrude from the back made a return along with snakeskin and tan. The 60s theme was strong in many autumn/winter 2015 catwalk shows including Johnathan Saunders and Bottega Veneta, making it no surprise that Clarks wanted to offer their spin on the returning trend.
With an eclectic mix of sophisticated simplicity and quirky eccentricity from Orla Kiely, Clarks’ autumn/winter 2015 collection has something for everyone – it looks as though winter is going to be welcomed with open arms (or feet) this year.
Photos: Erol Birsen