(Clockwise from top left) Azzedine Alaia – 2011, Prada – Spring 2012, Noritaka Tatehana – 2012, Chanel – 2009
Shoe Obsession is certainly nothing new. And with footwear taking the helm as the most lusted after accessory as of late, designers are going to extravagant and sometimes outlandish lengths to capture the attention of fashion thrill-seekers. As a bit of an enthusiast myself, I felt it definitely (more than) worth a spin or two around the FIT: Shoe Obsession exhibit during my trip to NYC last month.
Entering the Museum at FIT, I immediately focused on the matrix of glass cases, separated by 21st century designers, each shoe resting comfortably on a metal stand of its own. This, combined with the nearly pitch dark room, molded black walls and a blue light for each individual shoe made for an easy 360 degree view of each creation.
Amongst the 150+ designs shown, I was absolutely blown away by the shoe skulls which included the “Biomimicry” by Marieka Ratsma. Inspired by the bird skull, this intricate and impressive design took both the lightweight bone characteristics and the aesthetically-pleasing shape of the skull to create this amazingly strong yet elegant shoe that I would like to add to my own Mobile Lookbook…like, now.
Alexander McQueen – Spring 2010
Roger Vivier – Fall 2012-2013
Masaya Kushino – 2008
Andreia Chaves – 2011
Charlotte Olympia – 2012
Iris van Herpen – 2010
The exhibit runs through April 13th, is FREE and certainly worth a few hours of your Saturday shoe-shopping time. In fact, I’m feeling the need for a second go-round myself…