Jimmy Choo designs tribute Iris Apfel stiletto with FIVE-inch heels but will the 91-year-old fashion maven even wear them
15:00 GMT, 14 March 2012
She's has been hailed as a fashion icon; a purveyor of the most eclectic, chaotic and impressively wacky style choices and now Iris Apfel has been honoured by Jimmy Choo.
The shoe legend has designed a hand-woven leather sandal that he is calling the Iris shoe, as a tribute to the woman he refers to as 'the grand dame of idiosyncratic fashion'.
And yet, with towering five inch stiletto heels, they are just the kind of shoes that the 91-year-old New Yorker abhors and will most likely never wear.
Honour Jimmy Choo has designed a shoe as a tribute to Iris Apfel who he calls 'the grand dame of idiosyncratic fashion'
Famously outspoken and never one to
shy away from voicing her disdain for the fashion faux pas committed by
today's fashionistas, she spoke with WWD last month about the latest
trend she found disagreeable.
Mrs Apfel opined: 'Those big platforms
and insanely high heels. They look like an orthopedist's delight. I
don't see anything beautiful about them.'
The nonagenarian may also disapprove
of the embellishments on the shoe which appear to feature tassels and
straps in what looks like Rastafarian colours.
Though Mrs Apfel is indeed lauded for
her love of bright red lipstick and chunky bold jewellery, it is
questionable whether the vivid ornaments and tassels will go down well
with a lady who prefers 'clean-looking' shoes.
Wild: Chances are the 90-year-old who 'sees nothing beautiful' about towering platform heels will be unimpressed by the five inch stilettos
'I don't mind if a shoe is
embellished,' she has been reported as saying, 'but it has to be well
designed. Manolo's shoes seem perfectly designed. He knows what he's
doing. And there's nothing that beats a classic pump.'
may however warm to the rest of the range, conceived by Jimmy Choo
Creative Directors, Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway, as it includes a
flat version of the sandal and a the Xara, a fringed bag.
The creative duo spoke about Mrs Apfel's 'maximalist style and bold layering of tribal and ethnic jewellery' as inspiration for their design process and called her 'the doyenne of ethnic embellishment'.
Recently her bombastic taste for colour and vitality inspired a collaboration with MAC which included a teal green Robin’s Egg eyeshadow and a Toco Toucan nail polish.
One can assume that should the iconic fashion maven wish to try on one of these tribal-chic slippers, she will be gifted a pair for free which is just as well as for the hefty $1,495 price tag, we doubt she would be in a hurry to dig out her wallet.