In celebration of the forthcoming release of the live action version of Cinderella (starring newcomer Lily James and Cate Blanchett), Disney has enlisted the help of nine world-renowned designers to update our young heroine's iconic footwear. But it's not just fantasy — the designs will be available for purchase come March at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue in the U.S., Harrods in London, and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
"The tale of Cinderella is rich in romance and tradition thus the collaboration between Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney felt natural," says Mark Briggs, chief marketing and creative officer at Saks Fifth Avenue. "Saks aims to bring back the magic in retail, and what better way to celebrate than enchanting our customers with dazzling footwear fit to make any dream come true?" Scroll down for an exclusive peek at the sketches from renowned fashion designers Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, and more. Prices are still TBD, and will likely be high — but we can always window shop...
"Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her."
"My vision of the glass slipper was inspired by the timeless and feminine beauty that I believe Cinderella and the Alexandre Birman brand both share. I reinterpreted our classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals. It's a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear."
"The stroke of midnight is a wonderful element of the Cinderella fairytale; it adds tension and intensity to the story. I was inspired by that when I designed this style for Cinderella and the result is a dramatic midnight-blue glitter sandal on a sky-high heel. The clear strap is reminiscent of the crystal slipper, while the refined gold and silver trims add the right amount of whimsy to the design. I wanted to create something that, if left behind, the Prince would feel even more captivated by Cinderella's allure."
"I think every girl desires a Cinderella moment in their lives. This story ignites a love affair and fascination with shoes that never dies. The power they have to transform is instilled from a young age and the fantasy remains alive forever. I wanted to create a shoe that felt magical, with alluring sparkle and a feminine, timeless silhouette evoking those childhood emotions." — Sandra Choi, creative director
"Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character. The moment of transformation emphasizes both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film's magic."
"Cinderella's glass slipper represents every woman's dream shoe. The story, being a classic, inspired me to use my iconic pointed toe silhouette, which I embellished with an array of hand-encrusted Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate fantasy shoe. I used transparent PVC to create a 'glass' effect and ivory suede for luxurious texture and dimension."
"Works of art called shoes grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never-ending research don't draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale."
"The magic of a shoe that turns a woman into a princess and gives her the feeling of walking on clouds is a universal dream. This shoe made of transparency and light: the cage heel, an iconic symbol of Salvatore Ferragamo, is covered with Swarovski crystals and is transformed by sparkling impalpability into a modern Cinderella fairytale of soft sensuality and a powerful femininity." — Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director
"I am delighted and honoured to be invited by Disney to design one of the most iconic shoes in history. It was such a pleasure to create my version of Cinderella's glass slipper, which I have aptly named If the Shoe Fits. This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC and Perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess."
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