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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: Paul Andrew’s Gorgeous Heels Go East

“All designers have a point of departure and mine is geography,” said CFDA award-winning footwear designer Paul Andrew backstage before his presentation. Last season, at New York Fashion Week for fall ’15, Andrew showed a collection based on Manhattan.

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All images by Jessa Carter

This time out, the short and tall heels, and suede and brocade platforms are all about Hong Kong, and the “mystique of the Orient with the modernity of what is now a modern city for fashion, finance and industry.” The British-born, New York-based designer says he’s drawn to the combination of influences: what remains from the time of his native country’s colonial rule to the Chinese threads woven throughout the landscape today.

Take a look at what we saw at the show—which included live models as well as Andrew’s known shoes-as-art pedestal presentation—and see how the points of interest and geographical reference coalesce for some all-out killer shoes.

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—Laura Cassidy and Jessa Carter