Sunday, March 28, 2010

I Know, I Know ... But I Love My Earthshoes

Earthshoes. American chic and something edgey and humorous. Yet ... if you stop and look, well they really are black ballet slippers, classic with a wee twist and unbearably comfortable. I think Miuccia would like a pair. It's just a little stretch, very nice.

I like them a lot.

Mine.

I know there's a theme here. Associations of older names doing something so surprising and good. Tom Binns for Disney Couture, Dockers flat front khakis for American Rag, Jimmy Choo and Ugg doing something (cannot imagine) for Fall '10, and frankly Target picks up more edge in its curated designer groupettes than Barney's. Rodarte, Jean Paul Gaultier, Liberty of London ... and that's just some. H&M has stuck with it and hoarders line up to pick through the rails, leaving with armloads of pieces that end up on eBay for twice the price.

Retailers working it. Love the energy and pondering the impact of internet retailing including magazine editorial pieces, so to speak, being partnered and sold as special groups at Gilt. Net-a-Porter.com and Yoox.com, online luxury gone global, had sales increases last year of 50%. Neiman's and Saks are leaner and recovering. Shifts happen and as the wonderful, brilliant and succinct Suzy Menkes noted - there's no going back.

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