Currently Crushing On // ALDO Rise Spring 2012
Fashion is no longer a commandment, it’s a collaboration – ALDO Rise zine issue 2.
I could not agree anymore with that quote.
In recent years we have seen fashion and the creative industries join forces, come together and collaborate more than ever before. I suppose it is very of the moment, a sign of the creative times, perhaps to be seen as the new order…
Reiterated by the whole phenomenon of blogs and a site like this, fashion has gone from the dictated to the discussed.
It is no wonder that this pattern of teaming up has become the shape of things, not to come but of the present moment. Some of these collaborations have been significant, others not so successful and unfortunately not particularly memorable.
I thought it was time I shared one such collection that I’ve been crushing on for some time now. I even wore a pair of shoes from the initiative (the Preen x ALDO Rise design as seen in the above collage) in question in this style diary post.
I think it was genius that through the RISE collaborative project, high street shoe giant ALDO came teams up with the fashion’s most interesting talent. For spring 2012 which sees the second collection of ALDO Rise, ALDO collaborated with a varied designer roster; J.W. Anderson, Mark Fast, Preen, Cushnie et Ochs, Libertine, Julian Louie and Christian Cota. The shoes birthed from this teaming up of high street footwear and high fashion talent were worn in the runway collections per respective designer.
It is like a celebration of each designer’s unique aesthetic in shoe form as powered by ALDO.
With each shoe distinctively staying true to the vision and creative voice of each participating talent. Take the three above as examples; J.W Anderson’s continued exploration of texture is seen in the feather juxtaposing against the leather etc, Mark Fast’s genius with knits comes through in the above stilettos as the cut outs look like actual loop holes in knit, Preen’s blown up pixel foray and focal proportion are as present in the above heels as they were in that corresponding collection.
Two heads (here it is two very clever heads ie ALDO and the collaborative individual respective design houses) is usually-always-in this case better than one.
Crush on the current ALDO Rise collection