Darren Kennedy: The punk inspired biker boot is back
Weather out winter in a punk-inspired boot
Buckle up, because this season it's all about the biker boot when it comes to footwear. After months of ladylike plimsolls, tennis trainers and kitten heels, get ready for a full-on assault of footwear with a lot more attitude. Not only stylish, these boots are incredibly practical and have 'firm fixture' written all over them for winter.
At Prada and Alexander McQueen there was a real sense of rebellion with boots drawing on a punk inspiration.
Chunky heels, lace ups, buckets, drawstrings and zip pockets were just some of the detailing adding interest to this season's iterations.
Grunge also influenced as ankle boots were given the Louis Vuitton treatment with high-gloss, high texture, while Paco Rabanne presented an all-over silver sequinned pair that are sure to be a hit this festive season.
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Elsewhere, designers took inspiration from the slopes with shearling taking centre stage on biker boots at Chanel, Gucci and Celine.
Zoe Saldana epitomises the modern women in this head-to-toe Fendi ensemble. She looks relaxed and fresh wearing a contemporary silk dress spliced with lace and styled with this gorgeous green tailored coat featuring a geometric pattern.
One for the boys
In an age where the challenge is to disconnect, there's nothing better than a good bath to relax and reset. While you're at it, take the time to nourish skin which, at this time of year, can really take a battering - so moisture replenishment is essential. Buly 1803's body oil is blended with coconut, apricot and sesame extract. Massage into damp skin, or apply to dry hair, for a nourishing finish.
DETAILS: Buly 1803 Huile Antique Scottish Lichen Body Oil, €33.33, Buly1803.com
Biker boots are of course a perfect match for jeans and a chunky-knit jumper for winter. For a less obvious approach, contrast biker boots with a sweet slip dress or a midi skirt and graphic-print tee.
Polar fleece rucksack, €129.90, Tommy Hilfiger