So it looks like fashion is going to try and make mules happen again, perhaps because that’s the only shape that the industry hasn’t encouraged us to buy in the last three years and the powers that be are running out of ideas. The first mention of the possible trend I remember was a tweet from Elle fashion person extraordinaire Joe Zee during Milan Fashion Week, and now both Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu have both shown them during the same day.
Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 relied on variations of the shape almost entirely, and although I like a lot of the lines and color combinations that Marc Jacobs used, I just can’t support the mule as a good option for anything more than a few moments’ wear. From a practical standpoint, their incredibly dangerous to walk in and give the wearer basically no support, which is important when dealing with heels of such a precarious height. If you plan to buy into this trends, I suggest doing some ankle-strengthening exercises while you wait for this trend to show up at retail.
There are winners and losers in ever fashion season, but now that the last show has walked and the last runway vacated, the kings and queens of Fall 2011 are beginning to emerge. Unquestionably, Marc Jacobs sits atop that list for both his celebrated eponymous collection and his immaculate set of upscale fetish gear for Louis Vuitton Fall 2011. The pre-show notes indicated that Jacobs had been thinking about hedonism, addiction and excess when he conceived this collection, and what could hit that note more precisely than wildly expensive, perilously tall knee-high rubber boots?
Nothing, that’s what. The collection included an entire range of vertiginous, thick-heeled shoes with a note of kink that looked like something Bettie Page might have worn. The sexual discipline was more apparent in some designs than others, and the vast majority of the footwear was subtle enough to wear in everyday life if you can handle the height. On the other hand, some of the designs definitely weren’t – the rubber boots and pumps that tied all the way up the leg were not for the faint of heart. But then again, my favorite shoes never are.