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Exclusive: Inside the making of Ostwald Helgason for Aldo Rise

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Ostwald Helgason Aldo

Photography by Greg Kesser

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Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason are staring intently at a swatch of woven raffia. Ostwald thumbs its subtle texture and pauses. “It’s missing emotion,” she says. Helgason nods. “It’s missing that fuzzy, fun, happiness…,” he trails off. “We need something warm, something unexpected.” Aldo women’s footwear designer Jackie Yermus produces a rougher weave of white with natural-toned raffia. Ostwald’s eyes widen. “This one is very emotional,” she says, laying it beside a pebbled orange, a grainy sky-blue and a shiny nude, also under consideration. “Yes,” she says, “they are very happy together!” She and Helgason exchange high-fives.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Ostwald and Helgason—the charming duo behind breakout fashion label Ostwald Helgason. For one thing, high-fives and happy talk are de rigueur when they’re around, as are discussions about balloon animals (the inspiration behind their spring collection) and Little Shop of Horrors (a previous jumping-off point). If there were such a thing as a fashion prom, they’d be a shoe-in for Cutest Couple (sorry, Kimye).


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New York Fashion Week: The top 4 shoes we’re already lusting after for Spring 2014

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Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2014 shoes

Photography by Peter Stigter

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Fashion week footwear has always been a top subject of runway coverage, primarily due to its wacky, architectural and generally impossible-to-walk-in qualities. But this season’s shoes have stolen the spotlight, going from sculptural show piece to covetable creation we’d actually wear in real life. To wit, here are the Spring 2014 shoes that stylists and editors have been buzzing about all week.
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Your first look at Ostwald Helgason’s Aldo Rise collection for Spring 2014

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Ostwald Helgason Aldo Rise Spring 2014

Continuing with its cool kid associations, Aldo has announced its latest Aldo Rise collab with Ostwald Helgason for Spring 2014. The collection will feature sure-to-be amazing shoes and for the first time, a complete range of handbags as well. Heyo!

For those who aren’t familiar with the label, Ostwald Helgason is the witty brainchild of London-based duo Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason. The label’s geometric cuts, book-binder hues and exacting stripes have made fashion week fans of street stylers Miroslava Duma and Natalie Joos as well as Solange, who wore the label to her performance in Toronto last fall. “Ostwald Helgason has been on our radar for about two years now. Their subversive use of colour and pattern, the luxe yet effortless quality of their design sensibility, and the mash-up of fine art references with modern technology translates beautifully to footwear – so beautifully in fact, that we had to do handbags as well,” said Aldo’s creative director Douglas Bensadoun via press release.

If the sketches above are any indication, we’re sure this is going to be one covetable collab. Stay tuned to see the collection in action at Ostwald Helgason’s Spring 2014 fashion show in New York on September 7 and in London on September 13.


Fall 2013 shoes: Our running gallery of the most covetable styles of the runway season

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Fall 2013 Shoes Del Pozo

Photography by Peter Stigter

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Forget diamonds, everybody knows that shoes are a girl’s best friend. As the Fall 2013 trends begin to emerge, so too do the must-have heels, boots and flats of the season. This round of fashion week has brought with it oodles of new shoe trends to look out for. From strappy suede booties to architectural high heels, the New York, London, Milan and soon-to-be Paris runways are filled with quirky designs that can certainly be the finishing touch on any outfit.

So far, many designers are reinventing old classics and updating them with modern details. Case in point: high-heeled loafers, seen at Mulberry, Rag & Bone and Moschino, which gave a new feminine twist to menswear’s most classic shoe by using fresh yellows, and unexpected patterns. Speaking of unexpected combinations, one of the most unusual footwear trends is the emerging sandal-boot. Open-toe booties are nothing new, but this time designers such as Prada have created a boot customized with cutouts around the sides and front of the shoe.
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Aldo Rise Fall 2013: The scoop and photos from the latest collaborations with Roksanda Ilincic and Preen

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Aldo Rise Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2013 01

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Building on the success of previous collaborations, Aldo has partnered with Preen and Roksanda Ilincic for its ongoing Aldo Rise collaboration series for Fall 2013. Aldo Rise, which has previously worked with designers such as J.W. Anderson and Mark Fast, creates footwear exclusively for designers to show in their runway collections. Aldo then produces the styles and sells them in their stores around the world. This is the fourth season Preen has worked with Aldo, and the second season for up and coming designer Roksanda Ilincic.

The Aldo Rise shoes were presented during both of the designers’ recent London Fashion Week presentations. At Preen, Creative Director Justin Thornton described the vibrant red heels as “tough and sexy with a collage of textures and finish.” In basic shapes that are actually realistic for everyday wear, these shoes are elegant with a touch of edge.
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Toronto Fashion Week Spring 2013: Pink Tartan hits the sixties-inspired sweetspot with Charlotte Free in tow

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Pink Tartan Spring 2013

Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

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Kimberley Newport-Mimran returned to her signature sunny disposition last night during the first night of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto, showcasing a confection-sweet Pink Tartan collection of 38 looks for Spring 2013.

Opening with the aptly pink-haired Charlotte Free in a butterfly-printed crop bustier and pale pink full skirt, the looks that followed worn by the homegrown likes of Alana Zimmer, Irina Lazereanu and Amanda Laine were shaped with the kind of sixties-inspired aesthetic that always seems welcome. Staying within a predominantly pastel palette of mint green, cornflower yellow and lightly-sheened gold and silver, Newport-Mimran gave shimmering shift dresses, baby-dolls, flared jumpsuits and light car coats yet another life. And while a particular silver metallic jacquard jumpsuit may prove interesting for real-girl wear, the bulk of the collection is extremely easy to translate into closet worship for all ages.
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Topshop announces its latest obsession-worthy collaboration

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Photography by Thomas Lohr

Intricate prints with a playful charm and an innovative perspective on tailoring (mid-waist plumage anyone?) are just some of the things J.W. Anderson has become known for since he first arrived on the London fashion scene. For those reasons (and many more), we’re very excited to report that Anderson will now be adding two Topshop capsule collections to his already impressive resume (which includes his recent Aldo Rise collabo). The first capsule collection is set to hit stores in September, and will feature jersey, knits, denim and outerwear. In a curious move, Anderson will also personally curate a collection of odds and ends that will include stationary, books and magazines. “I am very excited to collaborate with Topshop,” the designer said. “It gives me the opportunity to reach a much wider audience with my designs. It has always been very important to me that my collections are made accessible to anyone interested in fashion and design.” Innovative, tailored fashion for the masses sounds awesome to us.


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