A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned here that one of the season’s big trends is the straight dress style of the 1920s. With nice timing for the fall release of the remake of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, we can expect to see a lot more of this silhouette through the year.
In keeping with clothing influenced by the Roaring Twenties, we’ll need the right footwear. One of the most popular (and enduring) styles from the era is the “spectator” or “correspondent” shoe. The famed English boot maker John Lobb claims to have created the first spectator shoe—essentially a wingtip with contrasting toe cap, heel quarter and upper—in the 1860s for the purpose of playing cricket. As cricketers’ garb was always white, the dark leather contrast areas made sense for a shoe that had to withstand the rigors of the sport. (What’s not clear is why a shoe designed for sport is called a “spectator”—or is that just me?)
Fashion expert Cheryl Lampard is the founder of Style Matters International, www.stylemattersinternational.com