While watching my favourite series, Professional Master Chef, I found my mind drifting back to the previous post, on the booty phenomenon, which I had quickly typed seconds before it started. And so I pondered: what's different now than in 1999? Why did I not wear my little black booties with stiletto heels, not once, or the beige suede version? Why did I give them away to charity without even a scuff mark on their little soles?
And the answer hit me somewhere between the time they were boning the pig's trotter, and slicing the venison carpaccio: it's the silhouette. At the end of the 20th century, skirts were cut on the bias and dipped below the knee, everything was triangular shaped, even the boot leg trousers... yuk. So not my style that I had to find a dressmaker in deepest Herefordshire to make me little stretchy fabric Jackie O dresses. Now, in hindsight, had I worn those dresses with bare legs & those type of booties, I'd be one happy camper. Because that's what makes it work this season: the simple miniskirts, the plain black with a few chunky gold embellishments... it's the silhouette, stupid. Of course. That's what's different about this time round: the clothes we wear with the booties!
I knew if I just opened one of my folders from Somerset House, I'd find an example of what I mean in a heartbeat. Which I did. And I'm missing the double bill of Master Chef to post this, but I think this gorgeous blonde in the stiletto heeled leopard Louboutin booties illustrates my point exactly. Am I right? I mean, I'm no expert, this is just one woman's opinion. Am I making any sense?
I had wanted to accompany this post with Prince's song 'party like it's 1999' (granted, it's a stretch, but now I can't get it out of my head) but youtube doesn't seem to have it. Hmm. Well, if you know the words, just sing along in your head!