Sara Perry of The Sunday Oregonian came to our new shop last week wearing some glorious, bright yellow, pointy shoes, and amazingly, I’d seen a similar pair the day before in pearly pink, happily clickity clacking down a Portland street. These shoes are quite remarkable, and comfortable apparently, transforming only the space in front of the wearer’s toes, leaving plenty of wiggle room.
I’ve had pointy shoes in my life but not ones I could wear. Here’s a pair on a doll I had as a little girl, as drawn by my father, Sheldon Helfman. You should check out his amazingly beautiful watercolors, even though they’re not paintings of pointy shoes: http://www.sheldonhelfman.com
Here are a few others I have in my collection. The elfin boots are made by my friend Sylvia Rountree, The Doll’s Cobbler, and the little “skates” are old Italian mosaic pins.
I’ve been watching the new season of Project Runway and it seems that next week’s challenge will involve magazines as “fabric” for the designers to work with. It’s a good thing I started this project several weeks ago, or there’d be nothing new and unique about it!
Here’s the cover from September 6th.
“Designers, this week you will work in pairs.”
“You will create three looks. One will be for morning exercise, and another for evening that can convert into an ensemble for day. Ok Designers, You have a lot to do. You’d better get to work! I’ll see you on the runway. Tataa.”
“Designers, you’ve worked very hard on this challenge. I’m very excited about what I’ve seen in this room.”
“It’s time for the runway!”
“Ok Designers, let’s bring your model back out on the runway so you can tell us about your designs.”
“Well, we thought we did really well making three different looks with this week’s New York Times Magazine cover. We were especially pleased with our evening coat which drew on multiple influences. We gave it Philipino butterfly sleeves, a Japanese Obi sash and thought of designers like Paul Poirot and Sonia Delauney as we worked.”
“What did you do, and what did you do, and who do you think should go home?”
“We each worked equally on each garment and we think we should both stay.”
“We’ve judged your designs. You both have the highest and the lowest scores. We liked your exercise and evening looks but think your day ensemble was ill-proportioned, overworked and messy looking. However, it was saved by the pointy shoes….”
“Designers,” (dum dum DA, dum dum DA, dum dum DA, dum dum DA…..)….
“You’re IN…. You can leave the runway.”