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Balenciaga never fail to impress us with their designs, and look to be about to continue that tradition with their collection for autumn/winter 2010. While I'm not sure that the shoe on the right would exactly be ideal for the English winter, I'm not going to be able to afford to buy it any time soon, so I'm happy to admire it as the pretty objet d'art that it is.

The use of pattern here is very clever: a floral print so heavily cut into that it appears almost abstract, creating some striking colours. I guess one could wear it with thick black tights. The crocodile Oxford to the right is far more in line with what we're used to seeing from the brand: boxy, geometric re-workings of familiar styles to dazzling effect. Can't wait to see more!