High Class Designers Reinvent Cinderella’s Glass Slipper
Everyone’s been talking about the release of Disney’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, next month on March 14th.
But fashionistas all around the world talk about something else, another side of the movie.
I’m going to be a little bit cynical and say that it basically goes down to: This is a story of a woman whose life revolves around her shoes.
And if you think even more about it, this is the perfectly described image of a contemporary fashionista. And Disney got that loud and clear, so for this special movie they asked some of the best designers in the world to reinvent Cinderella’s glass slipper so that it would fit the modern princess.
Who will design these shoes?
Simple. The A-list of footwear design: Charlotte Olympia, Alexandre Birman, Jerome Rousseau, Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Paul Andrew, Rene Caovilla, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stuart Weitzman.
Where can you buy them?
Yes, ladies, you can actually buy the glass slipper because as I told you before this is a matter of a modern real life fairy tale. So here’s where you can become a modern princess, too:
- Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills
- Galeries Lafayette in Paris
- Excelsior Milano
- Tsum in Moscow
- Isetan in Tokyo
- Level Shoes District in Dubai
The designers were all extremely excited for this opportunity because as Jerome Rousseau said:
As a shoe designer you’re obviously going to be inspired by the Cinderella moment
And although it was a recreation for them, an escape for their regular work and were able to take some time and literally fantasize, the pressure was definitely felt and Salvatore Ferragamo confessed:
It was very difficult at the beginning as the competition is quite fierce… Disney asked the most prestigious accessory houses to reinvent the Cinderella shoe
The good news is that the story of Cinderella is probably one of the best fairy tales for a shoe designer to work on. It has a lot of elements that inspired the designer such as: the stroke of midnight for Jerome Rousseau which resulted in “a dramatic midnight-blue glitter sandal on a sky-high heel” or the timeless and feminine beauty of Cinderella that Alexandre Birman visualized as their “classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals”.
Charlotte Olympia on the other hand felt the most creative around the shoe’s name and honestly when it comes to that she is definitely the winner by naming the modern glass slipper “If the Shoe Fits”.
And although it was a dream come true to design Cinderella’s nowadays footwear, Nicholas Kirkwood still has one wild dream: to design for Cruella Deville. He says that “It would just be so badass!”, plus another self-amusing rebel benefit:
We could have chinchilla and all the wrong things on there, have PETA knocking down the door. It would be so un-pc!
So, to sum it up, what I said to you in the beginning of what this fairy tale is actually about was even confirmed by the creative director of Jimmy Choo, Sandra Choi, that said:
This story ignites a love affair and fascination with shoes that never dies
Which one of the shoes is your personal winner?
Do you plan on buying one pair and become a modern princess?
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