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April 28th, 2009

Gladiator Sandals Popular at Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion week kicked off over the weekend, and reporters down under are focusing on the seriously downsized show. Since cost-cutting designers have pulled out of every other Fashion Week this year, it should come as no surprise that fewer designers chose to set up shop at Australian Fashion Week. Still, the success and surprising exuberance of the other shows around the world indicates that fashion is relevant and influential, even when spending is down. In response to consumer demands for higher-quality, long-lasting, “recessionista” pieces, designers are working hard to create fashion that’s more appropriate for the depressed world market.

This practical approach is spilling over into the designs, as well.  In contrast to London Fashion Week, which featured outrageous ensembles flying playfully in the face of international economic concerns, Australian Fashion Week’s shows have been about balance.  Brother and sister designers Camilla and Marc kicked off the week with super short metallic mini-skirts balanced with more flowing, billowy layered dresses.  Bec & Bridge balanced the saccharine quality of vibrant orange, pink, and red dresses with gladiator sandals and studded belts.

To celebrate Australian Fashion Week, and help bring a little Aussie style over the pond just in time for the summer months, today I’m featuring one of my favorite new gladiator styles from Shoefly: Marcus by Zigi NY (shown at top).  In the ever-broadening landscape of gladiator sandals, I appreciate the Marcus’ clean lines.  Subtle yet strong brads hold the shoe together, and I love the slight heel.  This would be the perfect shoe for the boardwalk, if you ask me.

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