The pleated NEPTUNE hobo and PLUTO clutch are welcome additions to the NEOUS family and serve as an exploration in craft and artistry. Each style is handmade in Italy, simultaneously elegant and versatile.
Feel the texture of hand-weaving, pleating and the curvature of polished wood in AW20’s reappraisal of feminine form.
This collection is guided by openness, made for warm nights and long summer days played out in easy elevations. Organic form combined with traditional craft is found in the purity of the iconic sphere heel and new marble cone heel. Shadow play forms as the sun catches the light through netted and lattice crisscross uppers, while light hours fade into sweet nostalgia for bygone days in warm summer tones - a reminder to absorb the energy of the light.
The NEOUS woman is wholeness made of parts, like the day stirring night to light. And this season evokes her cosmos––layered, changeable––at once sharp-angled, at once rippling. A deep exploration of sensuality and touch defines it, in the ripple and the fold of Phinia, Chondro, Chopsis, where Nappa leather is crumpled cloth and in the Bardiela and Tuberola ruched heel boot.
The theme of continuous energy that is part of the NEOUS language gains centrifugal force in AW19. The defining silhouette of the season is the golden spiral heel, a sprung coil of gold that wends its way round a central pillar. It creates an intriguing negative space on minimalist mules or fine strap sandals.
This collection celebrates shoes for bodies in perpetual motion, framed by the idea of energy and movement, the shape of the human body and creating forms that flow with it. Each item celebrates the power that comes with the freedom of motion.
The NEOUS woman knows how to find her balance and turn it into something bold. Sculptural heels are married with simple silhouettes; optic whites are paired with punchy colours and organic wood plays with Perspex. Discovering a delicate balance between opposing elements is vital. The NEOUS woman knows both, but resides somewhere in-between.
Enduring icons are important to NEOUS. It’s why we focus on classic shapes, gently abstracted. For the Spring collection black, white and tan make for an elegant and hardworking palette, whilst masculine shapes such as loafers get a rework. Favourite NEOUS tropes – transparency, asymmetry – find new forms of expression in naked mules and sculpted heels.
Inspired by the fluidity of the female body the collection explores the continuity of form - no line is ever broken. With the au naturel aesthetic of the mid 90’s as a springboard, transparency, spare lines and unfussy wearability combine, reflecting the minimalist codes intrinsic to NEOUS.
The power of the circle – in art as in design – is something that has long fascinated Vanissa Antonious, founder and creative director of NEOUS. With no beginning and no end, it represents an absolute purity. This, as well as finding a harmony between natural and man-made textiles is an enduring fascination that underpins the design of the collection this season.