For Spring 2012, Modern Vintage partnered with vintage connoisseur Cameron Silver of Decades on its first footwear collaboration, Decades for Modern Vintage. The concept is interesting: it specifically references the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s - four decades when some of the most iconic footwear was introduced - and updates them for today.
50s Inspiration: Roger Vivier curved heel
The update: A pointy-toe pump that can be worn without or with the ankle strap.
70s: Disco & Studio 54
The update: A cork-based platform with metallic rope detail that can be worn two ways through ankle closure or tie. Says Silver: "I wanted to create a distinctive day to evening shoe perfect for dancing."
80s: geometric waves, angular details & stylish Downtown-NYC Warholian excess
The update: Over-the-top color combinations including bronze, taupe & brown and vanilla, light sage & gray.
"Cameron is a leader in the vintage world and understands the market inside and out. With his impeccable taste and exceptional vision, he was just a natural fit for us," says Rick Cytrynbaum, founder of Modern Vintage. "I wanted to create a coherent and cohesive collection that tells footwear history in a very contemporary way," adds Silver. "Modern Vintage is an amazing brand in that they make stylish shoes at a more accessible price-point. These are elevated, convertible styles that will fit effortlessly into any woman’s closet."
Available exclusively through GILT.com during the first two weeks of March 2012.
- Lesley Scott
(illustration of Silver by Gladys Perint Palmer: source)