Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lust In My Soles

The other day I told you that there were so many, many gorgeous-beyond-belief shoes in the Alexander McQueen show that they would need a separate post. Well, here it is!

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I know I showed you these the other day but they were so good I thought they deserved a reprise. I'm just completely gaga for the shape of these shoes. They're substantial without being clunky, and so, so sexy. Most of the shoes from the show riffed on this theme.

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Here we have what looks like black patent with a silver toe cap. The silver cap is the bit that gives me pause here -- I never wear silver, and so that turns me off a bit. At the risk of being far too matchy-matchy, I'd have trouble with that, since I like all my metals to be the same. (I only carry gold doubloons in my wallet.)

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These are the first ones again -- the detail photos are much better on Elle.com than on Style.com, and it seems as though the lighting in this show made some rather dramatic changes as it went on, but who cares, just mmmmmmm, look at the pretty, pretty red shoes that Style Spy covets mightily.

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Okay, no problem with the silver toe caps here, because they have very cleverly been left off completely! Let me count the ways I love this:
1. Reptile
2. Peep toe
3. Ankle strap
4. Pink
'Nuff said.


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Here we have silver satin trimmed in leather. This gives a good shot of the gorgeous square throat of this shoe, and I really love an interior platform, because it helps with the heel height. (And that is a mighty high heel, it's got to be a good 4 1/2 inches.)

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If I ever get my hands on this shoe, I'll probably spend our first day together curled up in a corner of my couch with it resting on my lap, crooning to myself quietly and occasionally rubbing it against my cheek. I'll have to be careful not to let the tears leave watermarks on the satin.

Although, the satin might cause me to go more for these instead:

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Satin shoes generally make me nervous. I'm the sort of person who often kicks her heels together when she walks, and that can be rough on fabric shoes. I'll risk it with a color fabric that won't show wear as much, but I think that fuchsia, much as I adore it (And oh, I do -- he used a lot of it in this collection and it delighted me. I've been having a bit of a fuchsia moment lately.) would be a bad risk. Now, these beautiful things, being made of snakeskin, might not be all that much sturdier than the satin, but we have solved that problem by making the shoe a slingback! Genius! Seriously, this thing... I just love that red trim on the snakeskin -- there's a wonderful pair of Blahniks this season at Neiman Marcus that I fell head over well... heels for, but these, dare I say it, are even better.

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The red is definitely patent, and I think the gold is, too, but it may also be some sort of fabulous fabric.

I think I love these most of all:

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Again with the feathers. And the pale pink satin. So delicate, so beautiful, so ethereal. I really love that at first glance it reads like a little chiffon ruffle -- it's only on closer inspection that you realize they're feathers. I would get over my Fear of Satin pretty damn fast if it meant gettin' those on my hooves. I just want to talk again about how much I love that snubbed toe. It's gotten a lot of play from a number of shoe designers the last couple of seasons, and I think it's a great look. It's still narrow enough to be feminine and sexy, but not as overtly so as a pointed toe. And it provides for a little more room at the front of the shoe, which is not a bad thing for most of us, without being that horrible wide platypus bill of a square toe we were wearing (what were we thinking??) in the late 90s.

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In case a few feathers weren't enough... Is it over the top? Maybe. Do I care? Heavens, no! Style Spy almost always comes down firmly on the side of Nothing Succeeds Like Excess. (Tasteful excess, of course, which does make it a lot trickier.) Speaking of which...

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I think I would wear these, but with the ankle ties around the actual ankles, and only one or two butterflies. I've never liked that high wrapping of ankle ties, climbing up the leg to the knee like that. It looks awfully affected to my eye, and as you can see, in order to keep them up there they have to be tied tightly enough to risk losing your lower leg to gangrene. (And also, it reminds me of this mess:

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Which none of us wants, under any circs, to emulate. That outfit, as my friend Plumcake says, makes my slappin' hand itch.)

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Here's some ties done more to my liking, although I might wrap them around once more. Those are so long I think I'd worry about stepping on them. Love the simplicity of these, though, and the luxe-ness of the gold tassels. I generally approve of tassels, with a few exceptions.

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See, these are goth in the good kind of way. Not the Hot Topic, sullen 19-year old, black Wet & Wild nail polish kind of way, but the Catherine Deneuve in "The Hunger" kind of way -- slightly scary but still sexy.

And I'll just throw in that while I really liked these beautiful lace... um... gosh, what would you call these?

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Socks? Spats? (Actually, it looks like they're pantyhose with the lace detailing around the ankles.) Whatever they are, the lace is certainly beautiful, and I'm all for using old materials in new & interesting ways, but I'm not thinking these are going to capture the imagination of the fashion public in any serious way.

Hey, ya know, while we're at it, let's chat for a moment about the purses McQueen showed. 'Cause they were fantastic.

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These gorgeous clutches had handles on the back to slip the fingers through.

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Oh! The red croc!! Oh!! See, I could get over my matchy-matchy fears if this was one of the things that was matching. No such thing as too much red croc, in Style Spy's opinion.

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That's a lot of snakeskin. And I say that in approving tones.

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Good googly-moogly, that's spectacular. I don't remember McQueen showing this many bags in a collection before, I worry that he's succumbing to the pressure to create an It Bag to float his line, and that's never good. On the other hand -- that bag? IS good. Really, really good.

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Still I am dying for a perfect little jewel box of a clutch, like these. I adore the one with the tassels, it looks like a perfume bottle.

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It begs for a really good manicure, that little purse.

Okay, so there you have 'em. Beautiful accessories from my darling Alexander. Looking at these caused my feet to sweat lustfully and my wallet to quiver with trepidation. Anything catch your eye?

Photos: Style.com, Elle.com, Associated Press

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do believe I need to fashion adjustment, with the shoes next season. I feel like I have run into a wall with my shoes ,with the snub toes shown here. But they are so damn beautiful otherwise. Maybe one needs( I do ) try them on to understand them? Did you ever drop your ice-cream cone ( the cone sadly empty in your hand) on your shoe as a child? well that is how I feel about them ( for now).The butterflies are so cool I look for shoes that flesh out my legs. As with my Angelina Jolie thin long legs , that I have!!! Do I hear laughing that a 5' person can not have long legs? Well I DO they are the longest part of me ...K

Princess Poochie said...

I think you showed all of my favorites. Now I'm just going to have to direct folks to your post rather than write one of my own!

Luv
Poochie
shoedaydreams.blogspot.com.

Trina said...

*cries* Now you have gone and ruined those shoes for me! I was loving the whole pointe shoes vibe, and rejoicing that a designer had actually gone and created a humane toe box! But no, those of us with long and/or curvy toes (yes, my big toes curve upwards a la elf shoes) would still be pinched and suffering in those babies. Stupid interior platform :~P

r sorrell said...

I love the snub toes and all of that fabulous snakeskin. The feathers, I'm a little iffy on. But, the shoes that are completely covered in feathers are pretty fabulous. Oh, and I would never, ever buy satin shoes. Ever. I can't even keep patent leather from getting nicks and scuffs.

Anonymous said...

Can you mix & match the reptiles? For example, the red croc clutch with the red-trimmed snakeskin shoes?

dissed said...

Hoo child, those snubbed-off shoes. Drop the heel an inch and I'll buy them for the life I don't have. They're GORGEOUS.

P.S. Mix your metals. It's easier if you start with your watch. I don't like white metals, either, but One Must Flex.

iopine said...

McQueen has such good ideas. I really love the execution of those shoes; particularly the hidden platform. I usually detest the platform just on principle, but I would love to have shoes like this (if I didn't work in a gym!).

The clutches are matter-of-fact, yet somehow they manage to be sweet. I think it's the way they're carried.

And I just love alligator. I just want to dream away the afternoon fantasizing where I'd wear all these lovely things.

Thanks for spending so much time on this post.

Elizabeth said...

oh my god. I love the first pair of red shoes. They made me gasp out loud!