Sometimes fashion sparks love at first sight, but for every coup de foudre there's another suitor you're not quite sure about. Such was the case with FA2L and Kris Van Assche's high-topped, lace-wrapped sneakers (with zippers down the back) for Dior Homme. Men's fashion has a long lead time–this collection went down the runway in Paris last summer–and at first we thought these shoes looked bulky. But six months have passed, which is plenty of time for a change of heart. Now, as the sneakers arrive in stores, light dawns and we find ourselves in the throes of a serious crush. If you feel it too, visit Riccardi or Saks Fifth Avenue: with luck, your next affair will arrive by Valentine's Day.
WELCOME TO FASHION AS A 2ND LANGUAGE: ARE YOU FLUENT?
FA2L is for anyone who cares about beautiful things–clothing, shoes, accessories, home furnishings–and the interconnected tribes of those who make, sell, market and desire them. If something speaks to you, buy it now or hold your peace: there are links in each story, so the item you want is just a click away. I'd like to hear from you, too: please view my profile, use the email button and send me your comments. –MG