Christian Siriano Fall 2011 Shoes
“Designed to channel natural influences , the Christian Siriano for Payless Gold label for Fall ’11 evokes shapes and textures of exotic plants and animals found in their earthy environments. These elements are expressed in the shoes, which feature a signature blunt, hoofed-toe shape, petal detailing, and a mix of fabrics and textures suggestive of natural coats including furry wool and gunmetal python. The Christian Siriano for Payless Gold collection is Christian’s exclusive line for Payless inspired by his runway shoe and handbag designs.
The Fall ’11 line features six styles accented by rich gold hardware, dome rivet studs, petal embellishments, leather straps and stick-straight lacquered heels. One notable, head-turning style is the convertible Tall-Shaft Armor Boot – an aesthetically powerful two-in-one style that features a contemporized Mary Jane upper and a gladiator-esque removable armor shaft. A tote and a clutch will also be carried down the runway in python and a lavish green “windmill” fabric – a nod to the natural inspiration of Christian’s collection.”
We don’t know…they’re certainly designed to within an inch of their lives. And they’re likely to be very toned down by the time they hit the Payless shelves, but we’re a little lukewarm on these. For one, these huge, clunky styles aren’t as in now as they were a couple seasons ago. There’s nothing particularly flattering about making a woman look like she has hooves. And on a practical level, many of the girls in his show could barely walk in these; they had to lean way back and take tiny little steps, making for a somewhat odd, shuffling gait. Like we said, the retail versions will likely be far different from these versions, which don’t really excite us in any way.
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