Friday, 20 April 2012

Anya Hindmarch x Terry de Havilland

There is no shoe which iconically represents the "Seventies" more than Terry de Havilland's platform. From his early years working alongside his father in London's blitz-devastated East End to his Kings Road boutique and celeb hangout, Cobblers of the World - de Havilland's vividly coloured metallic platforms provided the ultimate disco shoe for generation after generation.
From his coloured snakeskin three-tiered wedge worn by Bianca Jagger in 1969; to the python knee boots he designed for ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and the leather thigh high's lined in red satin for Jackie Onassis - his designs are still a favourite over 50 years later.
Such as the saucy " honeymoon heels" he created for Kate Moss after her wedding to Jamie Hince in 2011(shoe fetishists take a deep breath) - the scarlet snakeskin mules with a stiletto heel came with a naughty message which said "F*** you" on one sole, and "F*** me" on the other - all spelled out in Swarovski crystals. I know, I want them too.

Continuing on the theme of accessories, the Queen of "cosy cool" - Anya Hindmarch - is the designer who sparked a revolution with her green initiative, the "I'm not a plastic bag" which she launched in 2007. Created in collaboration with grass-roots organisation We Are What We Do, the bags were designed to encourage shoppers to stop using plastic carrier bags. 

Of the 20,000 bags made available for sale (instantly making them a must-have item), they appeared on eBay for £200 (when they were only actually £5 in Sainsburys!), were given out free to A-list attendees at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2007 and were so covetable that 17 people were injured in a stampede for them at the launch in Beijing.
In a market where traditionally French and Italian manufacturers dominate - Hindmarch has made her mark and was awarded an MBE for her services to the British fashion industry in 2009 and was just this week named as Veuve Clicquot’s businesswoman of the year 2012.

So it kind of makes sense that she and de Havilland have collaborated to create a new shoe inspired by Hindmarch's AW12 collection, which was based on the old-school British "get well" gifting sweeties, Quality Street.
Hindmarch's All I've Ever Wanted range channels the brightly coloured wrapping foils of the popular sweets, featuring panels of metallic leather and glitter finishes.
Drawing on this aesthetic, she and de Havilland have reworked one of his signature platform styles into an “All Singing, All Dancing Shoe”, which is available in 12 different colours.
Featuring a gold sole, footbed and lining (across the range), the collection includes black and emerald, gold and silver glitter and a black and tangerine platform style with a striped heel and scalloped panels.
And in a nod to retro packaging, each of the shoes comes in its own coloured box with a see-through plastic window, harking back to ye olden days when dollies and toy figures used to stare out at you saying "Buy me". Or at least that's what I told my parents when I saw something I wanted...


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