In Monday seminars we spend two hours or so discussing Design (with a capital D). These discussions are usually prompted by an item of good or bad design brought in by one of my peers. This week Anna’s piece of bad design was the stiletto heel. Her evidence was damning and instigated a semi-deep discussion, which at one point covered the question, ‘why do women even wear stiletto heels’?
A multitude of answers were offered but amidst the intellect I couldn’t sink beneath the shallow opinion that it is quite simply, “because of their aesthetics”. It was impossible to delve into some sort of theoretical debate and produce an intense response when I am perennially preoccupied with the façade of fashion.
Fashion is indulgent and playful; it’s about shape and silhouette, the balance and tone of an outfit. A voluminous top half should be offset by a clean, lean leg – accelerated by a spiky heel. A feminine upper half would be juxtaposed with a strong, masculine, heeled shoe. Shoes are simply a singular piece which sits in amongst all the other items on a body to create the final Look (with a capital L).
A shoot in InStyle’s September issue is absolutely perfect. The styling is sublime; the tone of each outfit is perfectly pitched. It’s just absolutely impeccable. The sort of pictures that make me want to paint them just to try and replicate the rhythm and shape.