Odd shoes the quirkiest trend so far at Fashion Week

Guests at Monday’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows may have been forgiven for checking their optical prescriptions as a series of mismatched shoes graced the catwalk.

At Bec and Bridge it was thigh-high boots in black and white, while at P.E Nation working out in odd shoes was the order of the day.

But the tricky thing about the trend is you need to buy two pairs, or find a friend with the same shoe size.

Speaking of trends, Bec and Bridge packed several into their show, which took inspiration from ‘60s and ‘70s surf culture and featured what could have been Fashion Week’s first shag-pile rug catwalk.

The Sydney brand, known for its mini party dresses and slinky gowns, changed things up with printed flares and elegant dresses with cutouts in cotton poplin.

Starting nearly an hour behind schedule, P.E Nation showed a collection of ‘90s-inspired active and streetwear, including denim, before specially installed sprinklers activated to debut the brand’s swimwear collaboration with Speedo.

Co-founder Pip Edwards said: "It was really important to play to the physicality of the product and fabrication, and to see swim in a different light. We naturally see swim in a beach style setting and we wanted to present an edgier and more emotive presentation of the category.”

The show also featured a diverse model line-up, including the first examples of size inclusivity for the week, a trend that continued at Tigerlily.

But not everything went to plan when models from the P.E show arrived in hair and make-up for Tigerlily with soaking hair, causing the schedule to run even further behind.

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The afternoon schedule continues with swimwear brand Matteau, US-based designer Jonathan Simkhai and Bassike.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues until Saturday. The reporter travelled as a guest of IMG.

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