Monday, September 5, 2011

Inspiration: Armadillo shoes


What is there behind the most controversial shoes of the last years?
Cosa si nasconde dietro le scarpe più discusse degli ultimi anni?



"The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today" - Alexander McQueen.

A shoe and at the same time an architectonic piece, so kitsch to become sublime, made possible by combining Alexander McQueen brilliant mind, and the experience of Italian master shoemakers. The Armadillo are without any doubts the most innovative shoes presented recently.

They have been revealed during McQueen's  SS 10 show, "The Plato's Atlantis Collection", as a part of the looks of mutant creatures who embodied the mood of the collection. An unsettling mix of alien ballerinas and a surrealistic sculpture, with heels higher than 12 inches.
A shoe that was created to capture the attention and to make people talk. Try to focus on anything but the shoes when someone is wearing them!
And as if that wasn't enough, the Armadillo were also the responsible of the first union actions on the catwalk (it seems that the super tops Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova refused to wear them because they were considered too high and dangerous).

The first celebrity that wore the Armadillo is Lady Gaga in the Bad Romance videoclip and right after her was Daphe Guinness's time to try them for a mythical shooting with Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia. Raise your hand if you have never dreamed to walk in these fantastic monsters, just to test if it is really possible to walk with them. Unfortunately this is not so easy: there are only 21 pairs of Armadillo in the world, costing from 3,900 to 10,000 $ depending on materials. Definitely out of my budget.



"Il mondo ha bisogno di fantasia, non di realtà. Abbiamo già abbastanza realtà che ci circonda
Alexander McQueen.

Una scarpa ma anche un'opera architettonica, realizzata dall'incontro della geniale mente creativa di Alexander McQueen con l'esperienza indiscussa dei mastri calzaturieri italiani, tanto kitsch da diventare sublimi, le Armadillo sono sicuramente le scarpe più innovative che sono state presentate negli ultimi anni sulle passerelle.

Vengono svelate nella PE 10 di McQueen, come parte integrante del look delle creature mutanti che popolano la "Plato's Atlantis collection". Un mix inquietante tra una ballerina aliena e una scultura surrealista ricoperta di squame, issata su più di 30 cm di tacco.
Una scarpa che nasce per catturare l'attenzione e far parlare di sé, provate a focalizzarvi su qualcosa che non siano le scarpe quando qualcuno le indossa! E come se non bastasse le Armadillo hanno persino scatenato una delle prime proteste sindacali sulle passerelle (pare che le supertop Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly e Sasha Pivovarova si siano rifiutate di sfilare con le Armadillo, troppo alte e pericolose).

La prima ad indossarla é stata Lady Gaga nel video di Bad Romance, seguita a ruota da Daphne Guinness immortalata con le Armadillo in un mitico servizio di Steven Meisel per Vogue Italia, ma alzi la mano chi non vorrebbe provarle anche solo per vedere se è veramente possibile camminarci. Purtroppo non è un sogno alla portata di tutte perché queste creature mutanti non sono andate in produzione e ne esistono solo 21 paia al mondo, con un costo che va da 3.900 ai 10.000 $ a seconda dei materiali, decisamente fuori dal mio budget.



Vogue Italia, September 2010 
ph. Steven Meisel, model Daphne Guinness


 Velvet, April 2010
ph. Marcus Ohlsson


 Vogue Italia, March 2010
ph. David Sims, model Daria Werbowy


  Velvet, April 2010
ph. Marcus Ohlsson


V magazine, March 2010
ph. Jonas Akerlund

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9 comments:

Annie said...

Oh my gosh - I cannot believe there are only 21 pairs of these worldwide! I see them everywhere in mags etc! Great post! Am following you on bloglovin!

Thanks for stopping by The Style Shift!

xxAnnie
http://www.thestyleshift.com

Tina said...

I loved Demi Moore feeding a giraffe while wearing armadillo shoes on the cover of last year's Harper's Bazaar. The shoes totally made the picture.

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Rachel said...

They are amazing shoes, I love McQueen...I cried when he died! Such a talent. You can buy miniature Armadillo's on the web, I want them bad!!

Thanks for the comment, the dress in gorgeous right!?

Love,Rachel
xxx

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Plami said...

McQueen will always be one of the greatest designers who ever lived! I love the quote you decided to use! These shoes are beautiful I just wander how do you walk in them

XoXo
Plami

http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

Mai said...

I love those shoes. I want it so bad :(
God save McQueen!

Xo.

DreamYourStyle said...

i love futuristic stuff...! so stylish..
xx,b

Stanique said...

I desperately wish I owned one of these shoes!

Practically Coffee

Anonymous said...

does anyone know what inspired his design of the armadillo shoe?

simply frabulous said...

The legend says that the Armadillo are a fusion between ballerina point-toe shoe position and China emperor girl shoe.
I hope it helps you.

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