Sunday, October 11, 2009

perilous beauty - the sky's the limit

Nina Ricci’s Fall 2009 collection, which was helmed by designer Olivier Theyskens, had a little bit of everything. For example, there were a lot of really exquisite dresses with cinched waists and bulky shoulders, colorful throwback garments, lots and lots of glitter, and even some minor fetishism. 

However, what caught my attention about this collection was the array of ridiculous and horrific heelless shoes that some of us have come to know and hate. New York Magazine had this to say:

"Take a look at the heel-less, stilt-like shoes at Nina Ricci. Fabulously creative, right? The sky-high height combines platform and stilettos, adding about eleven inches to the already leggy models. And the careful detailing makes them even more distinctive (not that the shoes need it) — some feature laces, buckles, rhinestones, and satin. From what we can tell, not one model fell, which proves the theory that heel-less shoes are easy to walk in. Now that's the power of platforms. And gravity."



In all honest opinion, I adore these shoes.  Of course, I've also been known to prance about in 9 inch platform boots at clubs and fashion shows. Hey, when you're 5 feet tall, you need to make it work somehow! Personally I'm a big fan of the plain ones (without the laces) but I can certainly appreciate the aesthetic quality they bring to the table... er... runway.  

Now, if only I could get my hands on a pair! 


  1. I notice myself walking on the balls of my feet more than the whole foot so it doesn't seem like walking in those shoes would be a problem. Until I try doing it and then I fall over.

  2. I figure as long as you're not in the habit of rocking back on your heels, you're fine... either way these shoes are amazing. Horrendously expensive I fear, but alas, that seems to be the pattern with all things couture these days.