“The furry Birkenstock got its start on a Paris runway. In 2012, Phoebe Philo, the creative director of Céline, presented her latest collection on models wearing Arizona-style sandals lined with mink. Céline’s homage to Birkenstocks, which fashion magazines began calling Furkenstocks, became a hot item: Miley Cyrus was photographed wearing a bejewelled pair with harem pants and a bra top. That season, Giambattista Valli, the Italian designer, offered a metallic version of Birkenstocks, edged with studs. And then Givenchy produced its own twist on Birkenstocks: sandals made of soft black leather printed with a delicate pattern of pink roses. Even Manolo Blahnik, the designer of very high-heeled shoes, declared himself a Birkenstock aficionado—when it came to his own feet, at least. Not long ago, Vogue posted a story on its Web site titled “Pretty Ugly: Why Vogue Girls Have Fallen for Birkenstock.” Emma Morrison, a fashion assistant, was quoted saying, “There’s nothing better than a really pretty dress with an ugly shoe.”

“Sole Cycle” - The New Yorker, March 23, 2015

Of course, this made me think of Tilda’s Schiaparelli “Furkenstocks”


The Big Chill

Alexander Wang Fall 2013

Alexander Wang played with an “all bundled up” aesthetic for Fall 2013 and somehow he managed to make  cozy-as-a-snuggie concept rebellious, dark and retro-Bond-girl meets Russian Spy sexy. The master of Model-Off-Duty infused the fuzzy-wuzzy looks with icy insouciance and edgy indifference. Sumptuous cashmere, fur, mohair and ribbed knits were paired against supple lambskin leather smooth silk, iridescent embroidery and burnout velvet. Warped silhouettes like boxy coats broad-shouldered, top heavy coats and oddly draped waists made for an avante garde effect, as did the sock-hoods (hood-socks?), the furlettos (furry peep-toe heels), big furry bear-paw gloves and a fur sling/glove combo flirted with new-age obscurity. One major deviation from Wang’s usual offerings were the handbags. Wang’s bags are usually solid,smooth and minimalist  but this seasons’ dual-ended satchels resembled a deconstructed haute tool-belt of sorts, different but yet still architecturally confounding.