Monday, January 9, 2012

FRYE WOMEN's/MEN's Footwear/Accessories Spring 2012

words/images Judith Ecochard

It's familiar-yet always -there is something astonishingly completely new-at the Frye showroom in midtown.

Amazing-how this label has soared upwards in terms of design of footwear and accessories ---and all that continues on ---as seen at the Spring 2012 media preview-that did not disappoint.

Handbags, crossbodies, totes

Far from it-we were so wowed---we get how one has to make the Frye Soho store-a "must" when in NYC-to see the collection in person.

Corrina Cross Stitch


Women's and men's selections -from the classic profiles of the Campus boots-to more dressy options-that maybe one would not think "Frye"---yet-unmistakably-have the company imprint---whether the leather used, heel profile, or literally-on the footbeds/outsoles.

Janna Flower T

Alessia Leaf Sling 


Spring 2012 had several style stories---including leather sneakers (pictured above),  wovens...flats/ballet shoes, cnavas/leather mixed material kickers (men), oxfords-in terrific southwest colors (Blood Red)...and our two fav for gals-the use of agate stone as embellishment---and an entire antique/distressed white collection.
woven style wallabees---dorky made fashion-y with pretty color options

Delia Oxford

What jumped out immediately for us-are the colors available-from pale pastels to tinged leathers-like this terrific coral tone.

More wovens-here thick bands of leather-that reminds us of iconic fishermen sandals/huraches. Frye interprets this everywhich way-flats, chunky heels, slips-ons...


Holly Gladiator

What makes Frye sandals special-details like -leather  heels

Leather lifestyle sneakers-are always popular...with white rubber soles.


Mindy slip-ons

Slip-ons in soft leather-with the option of 'converting' into a slide---

Cork sandals-comfy
The women's collection-so exceptionally feminine -IMHO---the best yet.
stitched leather flats---quality is outstanding

Gals get some menswear inspirations---but in lady like shades.

Mens inspired lace-ups for women

Delia Saddle
Sprinkled throughout the showroom-were haulers-including this buckled briefcase-interpreted by Frye so as to be chic-not geeky.

brass hardware-solid

The stacked Maggie Oxford -stacked heel lace-ups are so versatile-available in assorted colors with an antique polish-can wear with jeans, dresses/skirts-wardrobe basics.

Woven flats---fab.

wovens on stacked cork platforms


Ramsey woven peep toe-cut-outs-basket weave sandals another top pick

Another great Frye detail---

Emma Woven Ballet

we liked these a lot-rubber soles on a woven flat-driver syle

all leather

The braided trim make these platforms special-all leather uppers.

Woven oxfords -very labor intensive

Madison Agate Stone

Our fav-the agate stone used as the centerpiece of an upper. Good thing we are not sample size-would have walked out in these. Braided trims, beauty of the stones...on elegant heels---ankle straps hit the ankle just so....

Reese Agate Stone

zippered ankle

top pick

 metallic ballet flats

labor intensive-woven oxford

Frye boots get a refresh----wovens in a stacked heel are great---these pull-on and add a pop to our basic denim/tee shirt uniform.
Carmen woven short

Camera bag style-we think this would be a great travel hauler too

Dorado Short-woven

Kira-perforated slips- leathers

two tone braids 

Mary Jane style Carson T straps-get the woven touch

Braided T Ballet

Frye boots-braid harness---we wold find a way to wear these everyday.

Fringes or studded-the handbags synch-up with the footwear.

Veronica Boot
Antique-distressed-white roughed up...these kickers had their own section in the showroom. Nothing says "summer" than wearing white.

Always big sellers-boots in iconic styles---always for sale in different tones.

Loved the roughed up look of these boots-with graduated tonal changes


We breezed through the men's selections----but noticed many wearable lace-ups---with classic oxford/derby styling-that are casual enough for weekend wear too.

Liked how the Frye logo-gets stamped on the upper...subtle.
Old fashioned leather hiker lace-up boots get a dressy polish in the manner of a oxford---with smooth leather/perforated styling.

Lug soles---year round options in a traditional work boot profile.

rough/smooth leather mix

Guys get the basket weave MO too---

Mocs-c stitching...

clever-braid trim

Canvas and leather mix of materials in neutral tones---major style for Spring 2012.

Slip-ons-male versions of the perforated leather

Boat shoes---in woven leather

Lifestyle sneakers for guys are big sellers for Frye...we admire these low and high top pumped up kicks-with the brand's signature leather uppers/trims

All day comfort----tassels make a suede loafer style special-

Monk straps suede slip-ons.

durable---Frye outsoles

crepe soles---darkened toe caps---contrast laces...never boring

Stitched heel-a detail  of a well made shoe

roomy "man" bags

our top pick for guys-are the slip-ons-so elegant yet simple


fancy engineer style workboots

high polish-two buckled lickers

Two tone boat shoes that are lace-ups too--non marking outsoles---

Canvas and leather uppers-