One of my favorite facets of fashion is when stuff looks kind of thrown-together and cheap - and it's exactly the opposite. There's something so decadent about this worldview that it's hard not to find yourself totally charmed. Like the deadly-earnest fashionista above, sporting a runway-ready version of post-apocalyptic chic, right down to her toes.
Which, despite how they might appear, aren't actually clad in modified tin cans but a pair of ergonomic, silver-chromed vinyl-rubber heels designed for the experimental United Nude label owned by uber-cool architect Rem Koolhaas by felllow uber-architect Zaha Hadid. “Zaha consistently reinvents the program with her own ideas and interpretations," notes Koolhaas about the cantilevered creation, dubbed the NOVA, which boasts a 6.25" (16cm) heel that appears completely unsupported. "Her visionary creations are often unexpected, yet reinforce their origins. We gave ourselves the greatest degree of experimentation and used the latest digital design and manufacturing technologies to create one of the most innovative shoes ever produced.”
Interestingly, bringing Hadid's design to life required a new way of assembling a shoe, including vacuum-casting and injection-molding. "In fact," continues Koolhaas, "the NOVA is among the first shoes in history to employ rotation molding, which is the only molding technique that allows for such a smooth and seamless result." All of which is reflected in the $2000 pricetag - meaning there's zero street anything about these...except for the aesthetic. They somehow manage to look like could have either fallen to earth from a hyper-fashionable spaceship or originated here on earth as cans strewn about a deserted lot or clogging a landfill and subsequently MacGyver'ed to more fashionable ends. Which is how I imagine much fashion will come about if we ever do have the misfortune of entering a post-apocalyptic era.
- Lesley Scott
NOTE: The aggressive feel of this shoe design is very congruent with the vibe of the Apocalytical fashion tribe which has a chic cloud of effitalltohellalready Doomsday & End Times that seems to follow them everywhere. For more of my posts and podcasts about the Apocalytical tribe, CLICK HERE. To learn more about each of fashion's four mega-tribes that I track, START HERE.