Xeni Jardin at 7:24 pm Tue, Mar 9, 2010
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Many images here, all from his 2010 collection and released today. The iconic fashion designer's work incorporated fantasy and futurist themes familiar to Boing Boing readers. He died earlier this year.
Looking at those “shoes” it’s hard for me to believe that fashion designers don’t just flat-out hate women.
I’m not sure that women are really the target demographic for those shoes.
I agree with BethNOLA.
If women aren’t the “target demographic” why don’t men wear them?
- What is the probability of seeing a woman wearing these anywhere other than a runway or a Lady Gaga video?
- What is the probability of seeing a drag queen wearing these?
- You do the math.
don’t you boys realise that “high” fashion is: 1. an art; 2. an industry funded by sales of sunglasses&perfume???
It’s hard to see even in close-up, but the “armadillo” shoes have hidden platforms in the toes, making them less like ballet boots. They’re still pretty high heels, but they probably wouldn’t be harder to walk in than a 4-inch heel – which models are used to. They have to modify their walk for a lot of designers, so these probably weren’t too hard for people with experience and some backstage practice.
Women wear those shoes on the catwalk. That’s mind-boggling enough. So designers hate female models, at the least.
Dear Xeni, You know I just can’t say it enough, but once again, thank you for everything (and it is diverse) and for all that you give us. Sincerely, Chris
Antinous, the shoes are less about women walking around in them but more the historical commentary (much of it surrounding pop culture AND feminism) brought to us initially, though not in its seminal form, by the inimitable and sadly deceased too, Leigh Bowery. Lady Gaga was paying tribute in the video, to Mr. Bowery whilst wearing his shoes, and presciently to Alexander McQueen.
Also, I just looked at this collection and I felt two simultaneous feelings 1:why does someone so talented do something like kill themselves and 2:OMFG this collection is so stunningly beautiful that it would be impossible to create anything more beautiful while still bound to this earth. The short belted kimono dress with the pirate thigh boots, the golden feathered high waisted high collared jacket?!?!?!?! they were too all to die for…literally.
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