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Prabal Gurung will unveil his Fall ’13 collection tomorrow, and for the second season, he has teamed up with Italian footwear house Casadei to create some custom kicks to complement his wares. Gurung revealed that his Fall range has a strong military theme, and, naturally, the shoes will follow suit. “We pulled the gold hardware from the clothes down to the shoes. We also mixed tonal textures throughout the collection, which you can see being used on the footwear, too,” said the designer, noting that he wanted to make “utilitarian, masculine footwear feminine and sexy.” Designer Cesare Casadei explained that the shoes are all crafted in Italy from calfskin, patent, and croc-embossed leather. “I took elements from the military wardrobe, like linear knee-high boots with gold straps and buckles, and interpreted these details in extremely feminine styles,” Casadei told Style.com. Indeed, with their tassels and no-nonsense metal closures, the shoes have a vintage combat-ready aesthetic. However, if the heels are as high as they look in the exclusive sketches the designers sent us (above), we imagine Gurung’s Fall soldiers will be charging down tomorrow’s runway very, very carefully.
Unless you’re a foot fetishist, it’s not often that you’re looking at spreads of nude models and can’t seem to peel your eyes away from their feet. But that is the case in the Ellen von Unwerth images featured in Casadei’s coffee-table tome to commemorate the Italian footwear label’s 50th anniversary, filled with beauties in some truly outrageous footwear and very little else. On hand at last night’s celebratory fête on the rooftop at 60 Thompson was creative director Cesare Casadei, son of founders Quinto and Flora. As for the seductive imagery, he explained, “I wanted to highlight the strength of women through their sensuality.” Strapping them into jewel-encrusted wedges and knee-high gladiator boots with elaborate cutouts is certainly one way to do it. As statement-making as it is, that fanciful footwear could also pair quite well with clothes. The 11-piece couture collection, priced from $12,000 to $30,000, will be available by special order at Casadei boutiques in Milan, Paris, Florence, Moscow, Dubai, and more.