Most of you like shoes, right? Well, this is fun: Cocodrillo, one of Belgium's nicest shoe shops is doing a series of collaborations with various designers. They call it 'Coup d'Etalage', which translates as 'taking over the shop windows' (more or less). After collaborations with Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela & A.F. Vandevorst, their 4th installation will feature Salvatore Ferragamo's creations from November 25th through December 15th, 2010. If you're in the neighbourhood (Antwerp), be sure to drop by and have a look!
Ferragamo's 'Creations' are a numbered, limited series of revivals of some of the brand's most iconic shoes. They draw from the incredible Ferragamo archives of over 13.000 pairs of shoes (!), well, the brand's been going strong since the 30s! Have a look, you might recognise some of them:
LAUREN - Laced shoe with one set of eyelets. One-piece calf upper. Two loops with calf laces at vamp centre. Collar and back with stitched decoration. Raised toe. Wedge heel in cork covered with calf. Beige kid sock. leather sole. This model was created in 1946.
FUTURISTA - Laced-up shoe with a patchwork upper made of multicoloured embroidered cotton squares. The orginal model was created in 1930-1932. The patchwork upper is inspired by artistic avant-garde of the beginning of the 20th century.
ROMANTICA - Suede pump with stiletto heel and scalloped edges. This model was one of Salvatore Ferragamo's most successful creations in the 50s and was based on the type of pump made for Marylin Monroe.
WEDGE - A suede and kid wedge formed by three layers of lined cork. Patented in 1937, it was the first leather lined cork wedge in the history of 20th century fashion. the lacing suggest that of a Scottish shoe called a ghillie. This version was created for Peggy Guggenheim, the eminent patron of the arts.
RAINBOW - Gold kidskin sandal with cork heel and wedge inter-sole lined with variously coloured suede. Created in 1938 for Judy Garland, this model is one of the most famous ever made by Ferragamo in his career as shoemaker to the stars and shows his creative capacity to combine froms and colours.
RAVELLO - Ballet pump shoe with one set of eyelets. Calf binding and tubular laces. Oval toe. Low, round heel in wood covered with leather. Beige kid sock. Heel in leather extended as back strap.
SALVATORE - A lace-up shoe with an assymetrical cut and curved toe in ultra soft leather. The upper is in soft, full grain, dark brown calfskin, aged in barrels using a particular chrome tanning process with aniline dyes. This is the only men's model that Salvatore Ferragamo ever created in his career, and which he often wore. Andy Warhol was a great estimator of these shoes, and he often wore them during his painting work: that is why, re-editing them, the paint brushes and drops of colour of the original shoes have been maintained.
Coup d'Etalage #4 by Salvatore Ferragamo 'Creations'
from November 25th until December 15th, 2010
Coccodrillo womens boutique, Schuttershofstraat 9, 2000 Antwerp
Coccodrillo mens boutique, Schuttershofstraat 8, 2000 Antwerp