In­spi­ra­tion Point

The de­signer pays homage to the cool cats of the 1960s for Paul Stu­art’s spring ’19 col­lec­tion.

Footwear News - - CONTENTS - By Bar­bara Sch­nei­der-Levy

Paul Stu­art’s first whole­sale line chan­nels a Rat Pack vibe.

This spring, Javier Suarez, cre­ative di­rec­tor of men’s shoes and ac­ces­sories for Paul Stu­art, is chan­nel­ing Frank Si­na­tra and his Rat Pack gang for the re­tailer’s first whole­sale col­lec­tion. “It was a time of ef­fort­less style,” said Suarez, who turned to the 1960 film “Ocean’s 11” for di­rec­tion. “It was an at­ti­tude, when streetwear was about ca­sual el­e­gance and style.” Suarez is rein­ter­pret­ing clas­sic footwear styles of the era such as the Vene­tian moc. This time around, the de­signer does it both ca­su­ally in suede with a rub­ber bot­tom and more for­mally with a metal bit trim. While Si­na­tra and other Las Ve­gas icons pre­ferred suit­ing up, their con­tem­po­rary — and fel­low trend­set­ter — Steve McQueen was known for his sporty week­end wear. “He was a rebel guy with a lot of per­son­al­ity,” said Suarez, who pays homage to McQueen with the Game, a white calf and suede shoe with a nat­u­ral-color cup sole.

“I was look­ing for a pe­riod of time when dress­ing up or dress­ing ca­sual was about be­ing el­e­gant.”

(L-R): Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin and Peter Law­ford in “Ocean’s 11”

Steve McQueen in 1960

Las Ve­gas’ Sands Ho­tel & Casino Caption TK

Paul Stu­art’s Game sneaker

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