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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Let them eat shoes


I have a feeling that we are going to be knitting tunic dresses and dhoti pants at the guillotine when we come to cut off the heads of couturiers.

Roger Vivier showed a pair of £30,000 shoes this week:

They feature an assortment of life's little luxuries such as 24 ct gold-coated mesh, semi-precious stones, jet, satin ribbons, silk chiffon, diamanté and crocodile skin fashioned into dainty rosettes.

The "Dovima", an 11cm, spike-heeled confection of gilded silk mesh and jewels, is embellished with a pair of rose pink-dyed, taxidermy birds with gold and crystal heads.

Another style called "Daphne", in honour of the best-dressed socialite and millionairess, Daphne Guinness, the ex-wife of Greek shipping heir, Spyros Niarchos.

They are a midnight lace creation of jet, silk, crocodile and satin bows.

The collection of six hand-made creations, starting at £9,500 a pair and rising up to a stratospheric £30,000.

They were unveiled during the Paris Haute Couture season this week.

4 comments:

Elle said...

Amazing, in every sense, mostly the visual and wallet sucker-punch senses. Amazing!

StyleSpy said...

I feel a little dirty saying it, but I love them. Love.

Elegancemaison said...

Dontcha just love it when the rich get ripped off! £30,000 - pouf! A bargain. But I would love a pair - the exotic designs would distract from my incipient bunions!

Sheryl said...

Is there a word worse that hideous? I want to use it to describe the "protective wedges" that can be attached to these shoes. With the addition, they are insanely expensive AND ugly as opposed to just insanely expensive.