givenchy backstage, paris, 03/10/07
I thought something looked awfully familiar about the fetish footwear on Myer's runway on Wednesday night. And look, yes I know, every man and his dog has been doing some sort of gladiator shoe or boot of late. It's definitely a trend with, er, legs. One that's been running in fact for several years now.
But something really resonated with me vis-a-vis that specific gladiator shoe boot which appeared in several early sections of the show. Including the opener, Jennifer Hawkins' pretty new Cozi swimwear collection:
According to the show program (and confirmed by one of the show's stylists) the shoe in question was made by Sachi, the budget Australian shoe brand.
The reason why it looked so familiar was not just because of the omnipresent gladiator trend. There were some quite specific design features.
The heavy ankle cuff with a chunky ankle strap.
The oversized buckle.
The intricate, interwoven straps covering the front of the foot.
The cone heel.
Then I had an epiphany. It started with the letter G.
The Sachi shoe bore an uncanny resemblance to a gladiator shoe boot presented last October in Paris by French luxury brand Givenchy for Spring/Summer 2008:
I had eyeballed the Givenchy shoe, alongside numerous other gladiator boots, at close range backstage during the show.
I photographed the shoes and then blogged a post on Givenchy's gladiator-inspired footwear.
As for the Sachi shoe, you can just see the details in Charlie Brewer's Myer runway pic above. However I managed to find a close-up of what I believe could be the shoe in question on the blog of Oz shoe guru Imelda, who previewed Sachi's SS0809 collection:
Givenchy’s gladiatorial SS08 shoe collection has proven a celeb hit over the northern summer, snapped on everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Charlize Theron and Rihanna.
Outside Australia, Barneys and Shopbop were selling Givenchy's gladiator shoe boot for US$995-1000. According to Imelda, nothing in the Sachi collection is over A$219.95.
Sachi's prices are of course a far cry from those of the European luxury brands which Myer also offers its customers. A case in point Givenchy. Which, funnily enough, Myer also sells.
Even funnier are the following Myer program credits which accompanied other segments of Wednesday's show.
The dresses in the Nevenka and Arabella Ramsay sections were teamed with a "Givenchy demi wedge".
Accompanying Wayne Cooper's white tuxedo suit was a, wait for it:
"Givenchy gladiator flat"