Sunday, December 23, 2007

Eiffel heels are an eyefull in French Chic

French shoe designer Anne Valerie Hash graduated from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in 1992. Initially she worked at Nina Ricci, ChloĆ©, and Chanel before she started a small bridal business. Anne and business partner Philippe Elkoubi later launched a signature collection of handmade and ready-to-wear pieces. Her inspration was a 14-year-old girl called Lou Liza Lesage she had met on the street. Taken with her natural beauty the designer started buying clothes that she could deconstruct, then reconstruct on her in a different way. Anne soon built a reputation for the masculine-feminine aesthetic. In her Spring/Summer 2008 accessories collection , she has taken inspoiration from the shape and structure of the famous Eiffel Tower. Her new shoe range includes sandals with intricate strapping mirroring the steel latticework of the original tower. The heeled shoes in the new range present as inverted towers. All are available in metalic colours. Also included are her well favoured “classic fish form” flats. The shoes are designed to make pretty feet look smaller and have a slightly curved toe. The shie are available in metalic red and salmon as well as silver. The new range will be available next year from Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and Cielo in San Francisco.

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