Fashion is not style. What leads women to dress so absurdly? Are we objects meant to perch and be put on display? Where would you ever wear a dress like this, from the recent fashion shows? Why don't designers hear what women want?
I couldn't believe how many women in New York City strutted everywhere in high, high heels. The frenzy for Manolos and other high-end shoes led to many foot surgeries for women who had damaged their feet. Yet the trend continues. My cute Atlanta shoes didn't translate well to the hard concerete of everyday life and the constant pounding. One of my friends who had been in NYC told me to have rubber things put on the bottom of shoes... it cushions the impact.
Now I'm in Santa Fe and you hardly see a high heel anywhere. Of course the population is older, but fashion isn't as big here and there is more common sense to some things. Plus, a lot of surface is not paved.
My mother would wear high heels and walk a long distance to and from her work and years later had to have foot surgery. Teachers, stay-at-home moms and those who are on their feet alot seem to develop a healthy sense of what works. Style has to do with self presentation and personality and expression. Fashion? A tool to sell feathers to birds?
Why does fashion push the high, high heels? I wonder if it is sexist and objectifies women. Why do women do this to themselves? Why do women allow fashion to dictate these things? Designers who fetishize women...they don't see women as whole human beings but as symbols. Forget the idea that clothes must be wearable. Women are complicit in this and an article on this from WashingtonPost is pretty good.
Birds of a feather...buy...
photo: Maria Valentino for the WashingtonPost