Extreme Shoes - It's All Over!

17 August 2010

Lady Gaga, and Daphne Guinness, take note  - it's all over for extreme shoes.

Legendary shoe designer Bruno Frisoni has ended it for crazy footwear by giving the styles fashion's ultimate kiss of death; the declaration that they're common (shudder). Frisoni claims he stopped designing mega-height heels when he realised; 'every kind of people' were wearing them.


He explained to fashion industry bible WWD; 'a season ago, I tried to work on a different, lower silhouette because extreme silhouettes like platforms were everywhere at every price in every country with every kind of people wearing them,' he explained 'it’s not extreme or refined anymore to me'.

To be fair, few things make less sense than everyone attempting to be edgy; logically, if too many people are wearing 'extreme' styles, they can hardly be regarded as 'extreme'... And wouldn't we rather our taste in shoes was described as 'refined' rather than common?

Roger Vivier's designs for A/W '10

Frisoni, who has worked in the industry for over thirty years, designing shoes under his own name, and most recently as artistic director at Roger Vivier; as well as for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix and Lanvin, understands better than most fashion's incredibly delicate balance between being on-trend (good) and being one of the herd (bad). He says of his rejection of sky-high shoe designs; "I just wanted to be different. When you love fashion, you want to have your own look, and over the years, we’ve lost that. But now I feel we are going to something different. Minimalism is something to go back to, especially in luxury."

We're already feeling that for A/W '10. But how do you feel about the end of platform heels? Good riddance, or are they too good to give up?


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