Loeffler Randall x SUNO Limited Edition Footwear Collection — A Kanga Dream
When designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty showcased SUNO’s Spring 2011 collection in September, fashion insiders marveled at the breezy, artsy, Bohemian feel of their designs: a retro garden dress in a watercolor-esque print featuring splashes of mint green, ink-y blue, mustard yellow, and cornflower blue; an asymmetrical, sleeveless, slightly sheer zebra print dress with tiers of ruffled trim arranged in a zig-zagging pattern from the waist to the cinched hemline of the calf-length skirt; a short-sleeved apron dress in a shimmering champagne shade worn over a long-sleeved, navy-on-blue deco circle print shirt; a cream-colored, knee-length romper with a V-shaped neckline in a vintage-looking coral rose print; among others.
Though the collection incorporated jaunty navy-and-white polka dot prints, mint green and chocolate brown plaids, a fair share of zebra patterns, and even a retro fruit print (on a 50s-style full circle skirt, no less), the SUNO team staid true to its roots, referencing traditional kanga fabrics (the pattern, rectangular cotton fabrics sported by women and men alike throughout East Africa, many of which feature messages in Swahili) in many of their designs.
Two footwear styles were unveiled at the show as part of a collaboration with Loeffler Randall. First, there was the Audra, a flat sandal with three snap-on straps running horizontally along the vamp, an open toe, an ankle strap with a metal snap creating a gladiator-like effect, cage-like cutouts along both sides, and a 25mm heel. For more of a height boost, models donned the Erin, a lace-up platform sandal with triangle-shaped cut-outs along the center of the vamp, laces made to resemble slim ribbons, a wooden wedge heel measuring 135mm in height and a 55mm fabric-covered platform.
After months of anticipation, the Loeffler Randall x SUNO has finally landed at LoefflerRandall.com. Each of the two cotton canvas footwear styles is available in two print options. The Erin, for example, is available in a clustered caviar print (featured at top), which consists of tiny yellow speckles with black cubes at their interior and white shadowing against an olive green backdrop, and a vintage rose print (shown second from top). The Audra, meanwhile, is available in both a gray-and-yellow print (pictured third from top) and an art deco circle print (pictured above, last), with navy blue cotton uppers bearing thin white stripes and oversize white polka dots.
Loeffler Randall x SUNO Erin Lace-Up Wedge, $645, and Loeffler Randall x SUNO Audra Flat Sandal, $475. Available at LoefflerRandall.com