WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
Inspired by school uniforms, Bahnsen wanted to create a timeless show capsule that can be paired with her clothes from across all seasons.
Copenhagen Fashion Week’s darling, Cecilie Bahnsen, is venturing into shoes and has just debuted a capsule of Mary Janes with Singaporean shoe and accessories brand Charles & Keith.
Ever the romantic, Bahnsen drew inspiration from school uniforms and added her touch on the Mary Janes style by way of feminine floral-embroidered fabrics and chunky double-buckles – as she always loves to explore the dichotomy between soft and tougher elements.
The shoes come in mostly neutral black and white shades, as well as a pop of yellow.
“It’s a traditional school-girlish shoe, but it also has that quality of a masculine-feminine contrast that I’m always looking for. Historically, the Mary Jane was not just a shoe for girls. Right into the 20th century little boys wore them too, [but] we made ours super feminine, more lady than the shoes we’ve done before, working with patchwork and hand-drawn-embroidery. It’s been really exciting to see how we can translate our universe into a shoe. It almost felt like we were morphing our dresses into a shoe,” said Bahnsen.
She added that the aim was to create a classic shoe that can fit with any Cecilie Bahnsen piece of clothing, be it from five seasons ago or next year’s collection – an attitude that the designer has been cultivating ever since launching her eponymous brand, where she is always revisiting signature silhouettes and creating pieces that feel season-less.
SHOP CECILIE BAHNSEN x CHARLES KEITH
It’s a traditional school-girlish shoe, but it also has that quality of a masculine-feminine contrast that I’m always looking for. – Bahnsen
In the name of sustainability, Bahnsen also worked with Charles & Keith to ensure the collection was created using ethical materials: The two sourced a recycled satin fabric, as well as deadstock materials that were lying around the designer’s studio in Copenhagen and have now been given a new lease of life by patching them back together on the shoes.
The collection will sure open up the designer’s charming universe to a broader audience, as the shoes are more accessibly prized – between £215 – £299 – than her main line collections which are prized at the premium luxury level.
They are available to purchase on both the Cecilie Bahnsen and Charles & Keith e-commerce websites.
This article contains commercial, affiliate links. ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF CHARLES & KEITH