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jimmy choos for h&m

Way back in July, I posted some news about how Jimmy Choos were to be sold at H&M. Well it looks like the news is finally to come true with sales for this exclusive collaboration set to begin November 14th in stores — too bad I don’t have an H&M around where I am or I would surely run down there to grab a pair ASAP. :(

The collection is slated to include stylish party shoes as well as matching clothes and accessories. Detailing includes crystals, studs and animal prints.  Said Tamara Mellon, Founder & President of Jimmy Choo: “The Jimmy Choo collection for H&M is full of fun, one-off items with an accessible and glamorous identity made with stylish materials, emphasised with colour and embellishment. I wanted to create pieces that would reach a cool and young customer with a fashionable and independent sense of spirit in this one-off collaboration.”

The Jimmy Choo collection for H&M will have high heels, gladiators, ballet flats, and even thigh-high boots (a hot trend for 2010 — do look out for a post coming soon with 2010 trends). Check out more collection pics here. Shoe lovers — please do contain your drooling. ;)

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sue on October 27th 2009 in shopping, shoes, fall 2009

try walking a mile in these 10″ heels…

Walking a mile in these 10″ heels by Alexander Mcqueen would certainly be a memorable (and possibly torturous) experience. These shoes were the highlight behind the Plato’s Atlantis show which took the fashion world by storm at Paris Fashion Week. The Spring/Summer 2010 collection is inspired by environmental issues and evolution, showcasing an underwater-esque fashion style that brings us back to our original roots from the sea (as per Darwin’s Theory).

This ancient-inspired show pushed the boundaries of technology to bring the show live to audiences around the world. The show was so immensely popular that the site crashed after receiving 29000 hits in one second! Alexander McQueen noted: “The audience at home is actually going to see more than the guests at the show. We’re filming from a load of different angles, and two big cameras will actually be a part of the performance.”

Heavy makeup and prosthetics created otherworldly bone structure and gills on the models, lending them an alien air. Their skin was snake-like and shimmering and hair was twisted up into horns. They wore modernized animal skin inspired minidresses paired with extreme 10″ heels. Human evolution was seen in the upright nature of the humanoid forms with some animal features, as well as “clawed” and “hooved” feet. The collection showed us how little our forms have evolved from the animals that we once were, and yet how far we have come in other ways.

There were no limits on the imagination with sequins, animal skins, painted designs and plastic shoes all to be found in the show. Animal prints went beyond the usual zebra and leopard and explored various other types. The underwater aesthetic was evident in the staging and mise-en-scene created, especially for those who watched the show from home.

Elements of ancient culture and modernity were brought together by merging futuristic technology together with fashion artwork inspired by humans of the past. This bridge between modernity and ancient times hinted at future aspirations of humankind as we continue to evolve further. This show really used the transformative power of fashion to display the evolution of humankind.

I have absolutely no idea how the models walked in these shoes but they are definitely to-die-for (in more than one sense of the term). I struggle to walk in 3″ heels and my feet ache just by thinking of how painful these would be to wear. Not to mention the destructive power these heels carry in their structure — you could cause a lot of damage with a pair of these. They pay homage to the pure animalistic power that we have lost as we have evolved and become “civilized”. They should definitely be kept away from your power-hungry boss though ;) .

A lot has been debated about how these shoes are simply a gimmick to create buzz by creating a modern form of foot torture (reminiscent of ancient foot-binding practices). Others would say that in a purely aesthetic and theoretical sense, this show has made quite a statement about the issues it aims to address. I always say that fashion should aim to push the boundaries of what we see as “normal” and this has certainly also succeeded in that particular department. While I doubt any woman would run out to buy a pair of these shoes, they certainly provide some food for thought.

What do you think? Do you think this show is just a gimmick or has a certain statement been made through its staging?

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a girl can never have too many shoes

I firmly believe and live by the above adage. There is no such thing as having too many pairs of shoes! I’m always on the lookout for a lovely new pair because a good pair of shoes will always be there to comfort me on bad hair days, ugly skin days and even on my fat days. There is no such thing as a bad foot day (at least I have not come across it as yet, touch wood). A shoe is your friend indeed, when everything else has abandoned you.

Before this becomes an angst-y tale of shoe woe, let me tell you about this lovely online store I came across earlier today by the name of Irregular Choice. At the moment their online store is down, but I browsed around their shoe collection and absolutely love some of the items! Unusual designs that are still completely wearable. I love the stylish heels especially. Some of my favorites from the S/S ‘09 collection:

Apparently it is stocked in Singapore at a location in Boat Quay — I’m totally making a note to check it out on my next visit down there!

I also came across a fascinating site called Head Over Heels which gives an extremely detailed overview of the history of shoes! An interesting read if you have time. And another shorter read here as well.

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sue on May 4th 2009 in shoes, online stores