Beam Me Up Scotty!
Contributed by Sebastian Sez, stylist of shesez.com.
I have something in common with Tom Cruise. I’m only 5 feet 6 inches. So, suffice to say, I’m used having women tower over me. But, lately, I’ve had the disquieting sensation that either I’m shrinking, or that all women are suddenly reaching Amazonian proportions. Well, at least, this season I’m right.
This spring, ladies’ shoes have hit an all-time architectural record. Not since the Ziggy Stardust days have we seen such epic heights. Designers seem determined to fracture every ankle this season with platforms and even wedges reaching well above the 4-inch mark. Ladies, a warning here. Only read on if you have great health insurance. For those who do, here’s a little run down on some of the tippy-toe trends of the season.
Platforms are just about everywhere right now. Nearly every major designer has sent them down the runway in one form or another, most notably Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga. Have you seen these things? His platforms consist of 3-inch thick soles and 5-inch stiletto heels, much of which are festooned with shiny metal embellishments or are shaped like an S&M accessory with an extra pointy toe. I have had three of my clients swoon for these shoes, only to fall flat on their ass! Swear-to-God! They should be handing out a Nobel Prize for ladies who are able to walk in these. Albeit, they’re fantastic shoes, guaranteed to turn every head on the street, but only for those gals who have the notable talent of being able to stand upright in them.
Chunky heels are another option—probably, a safer one too! You can’t go wrong with a chunky wooden platform, especially since they have been updated with patent leather straps in bright electric hues. They pair great with the little dresses that are so perfect for spring right now. Chloe and Proenza Schouler are selling some great ones.
High-heeled sneakers are another great way of adding some elevation without sacrificing comfort or intact limbs. Dries Van Noten has a fabulous pair of chunky, Converse inspired, high heels. Edgy and sporty, I think these are a fun trend to inject some casual attitude and update any ensemble.
Lucite heels are also big right now, playing off the space-age fashions that are so “of-the-moment.” I admit, I’m enjoying them, but it is a trend, so don’t expect to wear them more than one season in the next decade. I suggest, for ladies who are loaded, go ahead and splurge. Otherwise, head in another direction.
Next on my list—the heels with clear plastic straps. You have to be cautious with this trend, especially if you decide on a pair with clear colored straps. Make sure the finish on the shoes is immaculate. With this look, you’re aiming for socialite, not stripper. Colored plastic has a tendency to look cheap and tacky, even the ones offered by Dolce & Gabbana.
So there you have it, the top reasons why I am developing a height complex this season. Hopefully you ladies will decide that the air is much too thin up there and come back down to planet earth. Otherwise, I’ll have to venture in the back of my closet and dig out my own platforms.