NEW YORK, Sep 7, 2011/ — Women’s fashion designer Mimi Plange and luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik have collaborated on two pairs of custom shoes for Spring 2012. Debuting at Mimi Plange’s New York Fashion Week presentation on Wednesday, September 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Asia Society, the shoes are handcrafted and created specifically for Plange’s Spring 2012 collection.
The Manolo Blahnik for Mimi Plange shoes are inspired by the Victorian dress of the Herero and the traditional dress of the Himba women of Namibia.
The Eastern-themed color story is defined by soft pastels infused with pop shades of coral and pink set around a soft eggshell blue. The high heeled leather sandal with rounded cut-outs and leather tassels represents the Himba, while the Floral beaded bootie is reminiscent of the bright mix of prints the modern day Victorian Herero ladies wear in their day-to-day life.
Produced on heavy silk, the beading on the bootie reflects the techniques of Southern African detailed pattern beadwork. The bright beads and color-blocked heels refers to the mixing of prints that is seen in the Herero attire.