Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hell Shoes

By now everyone has probably gazed at the Nina Ricci Fall 09 shoes in awe, but I was re-reading No Exit by Sartre and I was reminded of them. Simply because the play is about Sartre's portrayal of Hell, and these shoes remind me of Hell. Complete with a 12 inch sickle base and covered in sparkly soot or vivid red silk, it's a wonder these shoes aren't classified as a weapon. This was Olivier Theyskens', the now ex-artistic director of Nina Ricci, last collection with Nina Ricci, and some ponder why he saved the best collection for last - though I think this opinion is heavily influenced by sympathy for Olivier of those not looking at the business side of fashion. Because really, it's a dual world.

"Hell is other people." Jean-Paul Sartre