Ikon Meets Icon: AW16 Lathbridge Collection Patrick Cox Footwear

The clocks were set back to the 90’s the days of ‘Deee-Lite’ and  ‘groove is in the heart’ to see if this renowned designer of Patrick Cox Footwear still had the ‘groove in his shoes’ and would leave his footprint once again in an ever-changing world of fast-paced fashion and style.

Amidst an array of other events hosted at London Collections Men on day four and closing the schedule, it was time for our fashionistas to meet the Fashion Mr… This one, in particular, being none other than the renowned shoe designer Mr. Patrick Cox. 

Patrick Cox – History

After studying at Cordwainers College Patrick Cox set up his own company designing shoes in 1985. In 1986 he designed shoes for John Galliano’s “Fallen Angels” collection. Subsequently, Cox launched his own Patrick Cox label, adopting the fleur-de-lys logo. Cox continued to work with Galliano for a further six seasons. He also produced the shoes for numerous designers’ fashion shows including Anna Sui, John Flett, Alistair Blair and Lanvin Haute Couture and celebrities that have adorned his shoes such as Sir Elton John, Sharon Stone, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue to name but a few.

Patrick Cox Fashion Party

We were greeted by Patrick Cox on arrival, who was very excited about his new collection and was joined on the occasion by a host of celebrities and VIP guests which included longtime friend Elizabeth Hurley to name but a few, and needless to say his latest footwear offerings did not disappoint!

The shoe collection was displayed throughout with a backdrop of towering sound system speakers and footwear spinning around on Technics turntables.

Lathbridge Collection by Patrick Cox

The nostalgia stems from Cox’s decision to revisit and rework his bestselling style – the groundbreaking, square toe Nineties defining Wannabe loafer. His reinterpretation of this style has resulted in moccasins offered in burnished suede, high shine calf, and wrinkly wet-look patent material. Most poignant perhaps is the ultimate, luxurious hand painted python which references Patrick’s iconic snakeskin loafers that ruled the 90’s selling over 100,000 pairs. Cox even presents a loafer with a butch hand cast bulldog snaffle, a nod to LATHBRIDGE’s bulldog logo and his pet British bulldogs Caesar and Brutus. 

The styles are substantiated with either a double thick leather sole or a chunky crepe wedge with a brothel creeper feel. The group also comprises a lace-up ankle boot and a chukka. 

Eclectic in its mix of quirky colours, imaginative materials and retro references this collection contains jewel-tone supple suede sneakers trimmed with Jimmy Hendrix inspired gold frogging and 70’s mock croc slip-on finished with burnished bulldog buckles. Cox has also made handcrafted sneakers and high tops in decadent alligator or opulent hand-painted python.

There are also exquisite soft suede and pony skin loafers, sneakers and chukkas as well as multi-strap shoes and boots with mismatched buckles giving them a vintage feel.

Craftsmanship and manufacturing

The collection is designed in London, handcrafted in Italy and features eco-friendly veg-tanned leathers. It’s a collection that reflects on Patrick Cox’s 25 plus years designing shoes; whilst also looking forward to the future of LATHBRIDGE.

Patrick Cox will also be exhibiting his shoe collection at the V&A Museum Blockbuster summer exhibition Shoes, Pleasure, Pain.

 

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Patrick Cox and Joe Alvarez at the AW16 Lathbridge Footwear Collection Party © Joe Alvarez

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