1.10.09

case in point: leopard louboutin booties



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!

14 comments:

e said...

You're totally right. The simple cut works w the booties, even if I'm not wearing them. I have chunky legs that I also think hinder the look.

Oh and Prince doesn't do the youtube thing with his music, he's a bit of a grump.

sofiasophie said...

I loove these loubs, I love how the shade of the leo print is changing from toe to top of the shoe. really like a leopard paw!

Cat Ludwig Studio said...

She can definitely pull it off! She is gorgeous.

Thanks Jill for the tag! I posted my answers on the sidebar of my blog.

Anonymous said...

I'm actually not keen on the boots, but I do like the rest of the outfit.

-h said...

i love me some leopard print. and i love me some louboutin.

FASH said...

i am a sucker for leopard...

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la flore et la faune . com said...

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR leopard !

Gracie said...

Jill I just stumbled upon your blog and love it...love this girl and her outfit, the shoeeeeesssss!!

Your 'about me' blurb caught my eye as it is quite similar to mine haha! I'll be checking in regularly now...you can visit me at Londonsnog.blogspot.com xx

Cafe Fashionista said...

I. Die. Oh I need those shoes desperately. I want to take a walk on the wild side! :)

Roz said...

More amazing posts,as ever!
It was really interesting reading about silouhettes, especially as I realised actually how true this is! It really depends on what you wear it with.
Funnily enough, I have some really quite hideously bad taste Jean-Paul Gaultier patterned jeans that were found in a charity shop, and the only way they work is with some black booties! (Thinking about doing a post on them.. One of those items that really shouldn't work, but does!)
Thankyou for your very lovely comment. It was so incredibly nice.
And I'm really flattered, both for the award and for saying you'll put it in yor side bar!
Hope that the street style shoot went well, will we be expecting pictures soon? (:

http://clothescamerasandcoffee.blogspot.com/

Coffee and Tobacco said...

This is Alex Curran (I think)
She's a "WAG"

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that's Alex Curran too! Maybe it's to Jill's credit, though, that she has no idea who that is! ;))

dot said...

It's true! I don't know who she is!! ; )

Just came in out of the rain - about to post again - & now I"m google imaging Alex Curran but so far the girl I'm seeing isn't as pretty as the girl I shot.. but this used to happen to me all the time in NY. I'd always be with people who recognised famous people & I was clueless. I'd often be FRIENDs with famous people & not know, or be chatted up by someone that friends would later say 'that's so & so'... To me, everyone is equally valuable. In fact I'm planning to do a post on the real celebs of London Fashion Week: the Lavazza coffee truck team, and the head bouncer @ the Somerset House catwalk, Yan. Now HE's one cool dude!

Nini's Style said...

Love love love her outfit.
Jill-
How are you? So sorry that I have not visit you for a while now because I had been so busy with work and family. You got a alot of nice photos on your blog. Keep it up Jill :-)
xoxo
Nini