'Shoes are like trophies', says Roland Mouret. 'Each pair represents a lover she has never taken'
18:11 GMT, 24 August 2012
Each fashionista knows only too well that it's the shoes that make the outfit. But veteran fashion designer Roland Mouret has taken this catch-phrase a seductive step further.
'Shoes are like trophies,' he tantalisingly begins.
This was the response of the French fashion designer after he read an opinion piece by Catherine Hakim that claimed marriages are best kept alive by having a lover.
While he admits that the French often take lovers, he questions its sense. 'I relish long-term relationships,' he reveals.
Can it be mostly the shoes Roland Mouret looks very pleased to be pictured with Dita Von Teese
'Isn't the best, most satisfying battle you can have in life the battle to make something beautiful you have with someone last for a long time And shoes can play a part in this.'
True British sociologist Dr Catherine Hakim believes a lover can enhance a marriage
Shoes were Roland's first love within fashion. At just 21 years of age,
he moved to Paris, set up a shoe company and became introduced to Robert
Clergerie, the 'genius' designer of shoes who welcomed Roland into his
Given the task of creating an ad campaign, Roland and Robert together decided treated the shoes as people and made portraits of them. He is now just returning to this first love, after a long time away, to the position of Creative Director at Robert Clergerie.
He reminisces in the Telegraph about some classic pieces including
the super-sexual, mid-thigh Polaire boot, the Laila, which was worn by
Twiggy and retains influences from both the Thirties and the Sixties,
and the solid-heeled Harum, which was pictured by Yves Saint Laurent
during a Sixties student revolution.
Roland expands on his beliefs about shoes and describes how they can be sensual, sexy and even erotic.
I observe the tender attentions that women lavish upon their shoes – I
have seen quite a few who display their favourites at home like you
would display works of art. I suspect that each pair represents a lover
that she has never taken. I hope so.
‘Because the best shoes
can improve your life and your love without complicating it – and they
should never disappoint you. Which is better than a lover, non’
Sex below legs: Roland describes the Harum (pictured), available in Selfridges for 490, the design of which is rooted in the Sixties