S’Ei-ffel on the shoe….

If you pronounce the Eiffel the way it’s supposed to be pronounced in French, the title should make more sense than when you first look at it.  Gimmick shapes in bags or shoes are not something that I’m particularly taken with.  I can only grimace when the sentance ‘Influenced by the Eiffel Tower’ is used.  Take the supposed ‘IT bag of 2008 aka Timmy Woods’ Eiffel Tower bag which happens to be featured in the forthcoming Sex and the City Movie, as carried (doh…) by Carrie Bradshaw.  I can only express repugnance for this Swarovski encrusted bit of cheese. 

But Gustave Eiffel’s 1889 Parisian iconic landmark need not be used this way in fashion.  Anne Val√©rie Hash has created the Eiffel shoe for her spring summer 2008 collection and by picking out the shape of the Tour Eiffel subtly, nobody is going to be accused of wearing a tourist gimmick.  The shoe will be available in iced brown (the colour of the iron it has rusted to), metallic pink and electric yellow (the vibrancy of light seen at night…) at EUR465.  I can only breathe a sigh of relief that a shoe named after the Eiffel Tower came out unscathed and actually looks rather lovely with a sturdy chunky heel (reflective of the strong foundations of the landmark?) contrasting with the thin straps.

Speaking of Anne Val√©rie Hash, one of my favourite things in the world is to go into Dover Street Market and Liberty and have a good old feel of her softest of soft washed leather sacks that invariably have ruffled leather details….  the saving mission for an AVH bag goes on… 

10 Replies to “S’Ei-ffel on the shoe….”

  1. i can see the eiffel tower inspired shape at the front of the shoe – i rather like it.
    oh and just looking at your blogroll, i’m delighted that you’ve linked me 🙂 = but my blog seems to have been placed in the “Stylish Stateside-ers & Cool Canadians” whereas I’m from England!
    xxx

  2. What happened to Patricia Field? How can Carrie Bradshaw wear such an ugly bad? But the shoe is great with a real parisian spirit. Thank you, I might talk about it in my blog when I’m gonna deal with the S/S 08’s collection. It’s always a pleasure to read you.

  3. Those shoes are kinda pretty- they look quite artsy and flapper girlish but I don’t like the thin sole at the front with a thick heel.
    The bag would be alright if it was literally a one off thing ( ‘carrie’ gives off that vibe in the picture) but it’s really odd that someone would want to own something so, erm, distictive when you might bump into someone else clutching it (though it’s /way/ too expensive).

  4. From the bag link “unique and ridiculously fashionable”? Surely not just “ridiculous”? The bag aside, much as I like Carrie’s style, the saturation level of SATC makes her into a bit of a Victoria Beckham – capable of sucking all the desirability out of an otherwise interesting or acceptable look.

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