Beautiful Beauties

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

As much as I adore footwear, I rarely find a shoe that is all kinds of wonderful. I can easily find bits of fabulous here and there on different pairs but rarely all one shoe. Fabulous comes in all shapes and forms—I am as enamored with brogues as I am with bows, with bucks as with baubles. Done well, any silhouette can be stunning. In this case, the head-turner comes in the form of a well-appointed pump, courtesy of Louis Vuitton. Is it possible I was influenced by the visually rich and elegant ad campaign? Certainly. The bow-bedecked heels on the stems of three supermodels, Mad Men-esque styling, full skirts, high ponytails, warm lighting and rich textures…what’s not to love.

To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with chunky heels. I love the idea, but most are too clunky, too heavy and an awkward base to our feminine form. However in this case, the aptly named Beauty Pump is a heel I’d love to take out on the town.

LV pumps in satin and leather

Not that anyone at LV asked me, but I wouldn’t mind a taper on the heel; even so they are classic and feminine. The serious height of the heel balances full skirts and would look just as stunning with a tweed pencil skirt or even rolled chinos (and in a very practical move, they come in a variety of heel heighths). I love how the over-sized bow boldly announces it’s girlyness while balancing out the hefty heel and softening the pointy toe. LV offers them in every combination of textures: velvet, satin, calfskin, alligator.

Navy Croc and Red Velvet

This is no wallflower of a shoe nor an everyday pair, certainly.

I’d wear the navy leather or taupe satin with a vintage dress or slim trousers and some long leather gloves, and the red velvet would look heavenly with a plush winter white coat (see Judy Garland in Meet Me In St Louis). Worthy of the silver screen, these beauties may evoke swooning with a single glance. What starlet could resist?

“Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.”  ~Wilhela Cushman

images via Louis Vuitton

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