To coincide with London Fashion Week, shoe designer Tracy Neuls has opened a pop-up shop and exhibition in South Kensington.
The show gives a unique glimpse into Neul’s creative process as well as a retrospective of her career. Tracy Neuls is the established Canadian footwear designer behind labels Tracy Neuls and TN_29. Since settling in London in 2000, she has gathered a large following among shoe lovers and a fair amount of press coverage.
At first, the exhibition is slightly surprising. It is part art installation, part archives and part three-dimensional mood-board. Shoes hang from the ceiling and lie on stacked drawers. Her shoes are unique in their classy yet comfortable and slightly old fashion style. Her heels are more noticeable by their sculptural shape than by their height. The place has a vintage-y and conceptual atmosphere. An explosion of inspirations, from cupcakes to buttons, “overlooked paraphernalia” surround the shoes. Neuls is also inspired by “the rich texture of burnt matter”, and the dominant colours are wood and darks. The exhibition shows how Neuls “consistently shuns mainstream preoccupation with fashion, melding her instinctive, material sense with a concern for timelessness”. It’s a rare voyage into the making of a shoe collection, and a must see for fashion, shoes and art lovers alike.
The exhibition ends on March, 1st 2009
1-5 Exhibition Road, Brompton, London SW7 2HE
Opened Monday to Sunday 10am to 6pm and Thursdays 10am to 8pm.
For more info on Tracy Neuls and the temporary exhibition please visit http://traceyneuls.com/