Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Storybook shoes: Alice in Wonderland, Medusa, & Cinderella

Dolce&Gabbana sandals
crystal leather & rose shoes by Dolce & Gabbana, LUISAVIAROMA $2995

Dolce & Gabbana deliver a wonderful dose of whimsy with this heel adorned in roses and crystals. For me, this conjures up images of Alice in Wonderland; anyone for painting some roses? Take a look at Vogue's 2003 article of The Adventures of Alice as featured on The Aesthete and the Dilettante, showcasing haute couture designers' interpretations of Alice's garb. This is truly an A-List selection of designers: Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Victor & Rolf, Karl Lagerfeld, and Nicolas Ghesquiere to name a few.

cement-dipped graffiti ankle boots by Maison Martin Margiela, Saks $1195
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Maison Martin Margiela plays Medusa, turning shoes literally into stone. These pull-on leather ankle booties are dipped in cement, introducing a new medium with a unique texture to shoes. Wondering how to pull these off in an outfit? I'd play with textures and obviously go for materials and styles associated with "street" wear: studs, leather, zippers, denim, etc. Considering these are cement, they are, from a styling perspective, a very wearable shoe. 

Cinderella slippers by Christian Louboutin
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The much buzzed-about Christian Louboutin Cinderella slippers were introduced earlier this month in Paris. I was anticipating a glass shoe, more along the lines of the glass shoe designed by Maison Martin Margiela a few years ago (the pair retailed at about $20,000). However, if you love a fairy tale, butterflies, Loubou's, and crystals, then these shoes were made for you. 

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