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March 10th, 2009

Yamamoto Brings Red-Hot Shoes to Paris Fashion Week

The Parisians certainly know how to end things with a bang. This week marks the beginning of Paris Fashion Week, the final leg of the worldwide metropolitan fashion showcases for the season. So far, the designs on Paris’ catwalks have seemed to fly in the face of inevitable financial cutbacks, almost as if designers are rebelling against economic limitations.

Louis Vuitton continued to explore the “statement piece” shoes, taking gladiator pumps to an arts-and-crafts extreme.

Givenchy explored gladiator sandals with studs, and offered creative pumps that looked ready to shed their wintertime coats.

My favorite show came from Yohji Yamamoto, who seemed to have a truly appropriate vision for these bleak times. Long black dresses with asymmetrical silhouettes, nebulous yet carefully tailored light jackets, and stern, thoughtful expressions were all enchanting details from Mr. Yamamoto’s show, but the clearest message from his show came from the models’ feet: they all wore simple, striking red shoes.

The eye-popping shoes are likely the result of a partnership between Mr. Yamamoto, known as the grandfather of conceptual Japanese design, and Italian shoemaster Salvatore Ferragamo. In an interview with Vogue, Mr. Yamamoto explained his admiration for shoe designers like Mr. Ferragamo, saying, “Shoes are the most difficult accessories to design, maybe even more so than clothes. There is no cheating allowed because all the aspects of design are demanded in each pair of shoes.”

I adore the resulting showcase of red flats, which add sparkle and hope to any ensemble, but are especially potent when paired with neutral tones. In celebration of Paris Fashion Week, here are a few red flat choices from Shoefly.

Jessica by Shoes for Lovely People:

Holey Moley, those are some hot shoes.

Holey Moley, those are some hot shoes.

Farrah by Sam Edelman:

BV1215 by Biviel:

Louis Vuitton photo via Obsessed With Shoes.

Givenchy image via Shoe Blog.


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2 Responses to “Yamamoto Brings Red-Hot Shoes to Paris Fashion Week”

  1. Anna at Says:

    I love the Louis Vuitton heels! Any shoe that stands out as a piece of art AND still works with an outfit is a winner IMHO.

  2. admin Says:

    Anna– I totally agree. Those pumps are plain cool.


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