Never mind the controversy over whether this was Olivier Theyskens last show for Nina Ricci - given his extended bow and the standing ovation from the crowd; a sign the rumours are true perhaps. All focus was on the feet striding down the catwalk. There were very audible gasps from the audience at the Nina Ricci show, followed by the flashing of camera phones up and down the catwalk, as they snapped the models' shoes. We say shoes, but when the first girl came down the catwalk, we suspected she might be on stilts. But on closer inspection, they were actually the highest platforms we've ever seen...WITH NO HEELS! In fact, we missed the initial few looks because we were transfixed, and we spent the rest of the show on the edge of our seats with anxiety, just waiting for the models to fall flat on the perilous soles. Thankfully none of them did (even though there was a kindly man, with outstretched arms, at the end of the catwalk ready to lead them backstage), proving perhaps that heel-less shoes aren't as hazardous as they look? Certainly when we bumped into two of the models later in the evening, they told us that the shoes were ‘actually really comfortable'. Hmm... we still think we'll leave them to the professionals. Or Victoria Beckham. In the meantime, watch the models wobble down the catwalk here.
- Kay Barron
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