Last week I was invited to preview Baldinini S/S 17 collection at their brand new showroom in the flatiron district in NYC. On display was their newest collection as well as the capsule Gimmi Bladinini collection. Designed by Gimmi Baldinini and his daughter and made in Italy, the collection ranges from sporty comfort to Cinderella chic giving everyone something to love.
The inspiration of the sport of racing can be seen in the enamel checkered print heels and bags. The use of reflective metal details seems to be directly taken from that of a chrome wheel. The combination of sleek lines, patent leather, sensible heel height and feminine lace makes the shoes fun yet elegant.
Sneakers and mini backpacks give the collection a futuristic yet classic feel. The classic athletic running sneaker was revamped with studs and reflective details. Classic colors and materials like black lace add feminine touches to sporty classics.
Heels and sandals get sporty details with metal rivets, perforated leather like that of a sports jersey and accent stitching seen in sports cars. Braid like details inspired by tires are refined with gold trim in their slide sandals and platforms.
Mod yet Modern
Mixed prints of lips, floral, hearts and geometric shapes give classic leather bags, heels and espadrilles a fun twist. The patchwork like purses and wood sandals feel retro but modern with patent leather, sleek lines and silver hardware. Painted floral motifs on chunky heels and bags in pastels and bold colors reflect a 60’s and 70’s color scheme. Baldinini’s attention to detail can be seen in their floral etched platforms and leather accent stitched mules. While the braided detail continues to tie the collection together.
Olive green gladiator sandals with gold stitches and tassel accents combine utility and glamour. Crocheted medallions and Baldinini’s detailed heel modernizes the summer staple sandal. Espadrilles in classic animal prints and modern metallic tie into the collection with gold and black details. Sling backs and slide sandals have subtle touches of glamour with crystals and high sheen materials. While a gold and white mesh pump are perfect for Cinderella herself.
Baldinini has expanded into the U.S. market with new locations on the east coast. After a successful grand opening in New Jersey’s Short Hills Mall they have opened a store in Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY. Florida also has a Baldinini location in Miami’s Bicknell City Centre Mall near Saks Fifth Ave. As an appreciator of the art that is fashion I love Baldinini’s attention to detail. From the sole of the heels to the trim there is no lack of intricacy. Baldinini also realizes the art of a well made shoe and in conjunction with the University of Bologna, Italy is organizing and archiving Baldinini shoes to create a company museum. Personally as a art loving fashionista I hope to visit this museum one day. Learn more about Baldinini in my previous post when I visited the grand opening of their Short Hills location here. You can also find their previous collection’s and prices on their website Here.
I always love working with Baldinini and their lovely PR girls who chatted with me in Italian and Spanish as they answered all my questions. It is impossible for me to chose a favorite out of the spring/summer ’17 collection and hopefully I won’t have to.