Recyclable Plastic High Heels

February 21, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion

The fashion industry has been calling out for more designers to design and create eco-friendly fashions. Yet another designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, has stepped up with his design for recyclable plastic high heels. Gaultier has partnered with Brazilian eco footwear brand Melissa, to produce a stunning, chiseled-heel plastic stiletto that is not only 100% recyclable, but sexy and stylish as well. It will be available in black, caramel, tangerine, lime and beige, and is expected to be available this June for around $320 a pair.


French-born fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier never received formal training as a designer. Instead, he started out by sending sketches to famous couture stylists at an early age. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970. Afterwards he worked with Jacques Esterel in 1971 and Jean Patou. He later moved on to designing his own label. His collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his Haute Couture collections, are very formal yet at the same time unusual and playful. Gaultier produced sculptured costumes for Madonna during the nineties with her infamous cone-bra, and has caused shock by using unconventional models

for his exhibitions, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. Not is he only famous for his clothing and accessories, he also has a popular line of perfumes.

Unlike the process of producing plastic, the process of curing leather involves the use of a very toxic compound called Chromium 6 (hexavalent chromium), which makes leather soft and easy to work with, but results in one of the most noxious pollutants known to humans. Exposure to Chromium 6 can cause gene mutations, cancer, and skin and lung irritations. As for some other accepted vegan footwear materials,
harsh chemical solvents, toxic glues, petroleum products, polyurethanes, PVC, and other harmful ingredients that can off-gas, affect factory workers’ health and contribute massive amounts of eco-toxic waste.

The footwear and textile industries are slowly coming around to changing their ways. Leather tanning can now be accomplished with a curing process that involves vegetable tannins, and some companies are reverting to older practices such as using wood smoke and fish oil to cure the leather. Footwear companies are catching on – many are changing their manufacturing processes to include less toxic materials, such as water-based glues and solvents. These eco-friendly practices are also extending to the packaging department, producing an abundance of recycled shoe boxes decorated with soy-based inks.

Fashion World Saddened by Death of McQueen

February 14, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

The fashion world has been saddened by the news of Alexander McQueen’s death on February 11th. The 40 year old British fashion designer was found dead in his luxurious London home by his housekeeper. No official cause of death has been reported, but it appears that it may have been suicide as he had been grieving the loss of his mother, who died 9 days prior.

Born Lee Alexander McQueen, he was well known for his unconventional designs, shock tactics and for earning the British Designer of the Year award four times. McQueen dressed several stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Nicole Kidman. He opened stores in New York, London, Milan, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, licensed his name for fragrances, created a lower-priced line called McQ, and made collections of sneakers and suitcases for the athletic company Puma.

Like when most artists die, this will probably increase the value of the pieces which he designed: clothing, sexy shoes and accessories. His contribution to the industry will be greatly missed.


Siriano’s Spring 2010 Heel Design

February 07, 2010 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion

Last spring’s hot design for high heels was Chanel’s gun heel which was worn by Madonna to a movie premiere in 2008. At a price tag of over $2000 a pair, many people went looking for a look-a-like.


This spring is to see the release of Alexander McQueen’s ‘lobster claw’ heel. I’m sure most everyone has seen them and heard the stories about models refusing to wear them on the catwalk. There is mixed reaction from the public, ranging from they are to die for down to they are completely hideous.

Like normal there is expected to be a release of what one may call a look-a-like, or possibly an improvement on the original idea.


Christian Siriano, season 4 winner of ‘Project Runway’, who interned with McQeen, is said to be launching three styles this spring, exclusive to Payless, which have a McQueen-esque style. These wild, watercolor-and-sequin embellished platforms from the runway are supposed to hit stores in mid-March, retailing for $79.99 a pair.

In December 2008, Siriano signed a deal to desing a line of low-cost shoes and handbags for Payless. In the fall of 2009 his designs were available for purchase. There are currently 10 shoes styles and one handbag style available at Payless, with a price tag as low as $29.99.