Thomas Tait, ACNE and Christopher Kane -- London Fashion Week S/S 2012

Sneakers on the Runway???
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Sneakers on the Runway???

Three of London's best young designers had the nerve to send out models in flats -- rebelling against the glossy, high-heeled glamazons that tend to dominate the runways. The kids are alright.

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Thomas Tait asked NIKE to make special sneakers for his Spring 2012 London Show. Let's give some credit to Yohji Yamamoto, who 10 years ago first partnered with Adidas from which Y3 was born.  

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ACNE, the Swedish jeans line who show in London,  had flat sandals -- really, really flat, really, really fun and really, really wearable.

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ACNE Spring 2012 -- these terrific fringed loafers are going to inspire many a copy-cat.

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Christopher Kane had dresses in stiff couture fabrics and fancy brocades with a whiff of private school clique-y girls (cricket sweaters and short skirts).  The unexpected magic was that he paired everything with pool sandals.