It’s been a while since we had a major Hollywood movie premiere, and even longer since we had a premiere that stole the limelight away from the movies themselves. That is exactly what happened on February 3, 2019, when Dolce & Gabbana presented their brand new collection for men and women, coinciding with the premiere of the latest film from the James Bond franchise. While the dresses and accessories were gorgeous, it was not the male attire that stole the show – it was the shoes, in particular the infamous “Foot Jewelry” collection by Robert Pattinson. So let’s take a closer look at this iconic footwear design, as its popularity continues to grow in the 21st century.
It’s no secret that Robert Pattinson is a fashion icon. After all, not only is he the face of Dolce & Gabbana, but he’s also the actor who played the lead character in The Twilight Saga, Prince Caspian, and Water for Elephants. However, it is rare for footwear to command such attention. When fans of Robert Pattinson heard that he was designing a new line of shoes for Dolce & Gabbana, the reaction was very positive, as it showcased an innovative take on the boot design.
The designer released a small collection of shoes, which were presented in a plain white box. However, once you opened it, the exquisite smell of wood and leather drew you in – and the sight of the shoes themselves was enough to get anyone’s attention. The luxurious materials and simple, elegant design made these appear to be vintage pieces, inspired by the 20s and 30s. The simple lines, smooth leather, and soft wood made the shoes look expensive and classic, without being overbearing or distracting.
Why Are Shoes Appreciated So Much?
Although we live in an era where technology dominates almost every aspect of our lives, fashion still values the role of footwear in capturing people’s attention. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as humans have been wearing these accessories for centuries as a symbol of social status and elegance.
Shoes have always been associated with fashion. The High Society shoes by Dior, which were inspired by the Duchess of Windsor, are considered to be one of the most iconic shoe designs of all time. Designer Christian Louboutin is credited with popularizing the stiletto shoe, which continues to be a central part of any fashion-related ceremony to this day.
However, it is not just about old-school designers. Today’s footwear also embraces bold, expressive designs that stand out. Take a look at some of the most notable shoes worn by celebrities today.
Let’s take a closer look at these classic boots by Robert Pattinson. The designer based his design on old-school fashion, with vintage pieces reissued for the modern era. He used luxurious materials like gold-stamped leather and calf white leather on his shoes, which gives them a classic, elegant look.
Furthermore, he designed these for men and women, which is unusual for today’s footwear. Although men’s and women’s fashion still largely overlap in style, the distinction between the two is apparent in everyday life – women are far more likely to wear dresses and accessories, while men are far more likely to wear jeans and T-shirts. This is also reflected in the designer’s collection, with women wearing mostly white, pastel, and soft tones, while the men focused on earth tones and classic black.
This is not to say that men cannot wear pastel colors – male fashion today is absolutely not limited by classic gender stereotypes.
While we have already mentioned the unusual aspect of these shoes – designed jointly by Robert Pattinson and Dolce & Gabbana – let’s take a look at some of the new pieces of footwear that they have created for the winter of 2019. The collection, titled “The Artistry of Robert Pattinson,” is a celebration of the iconic footwear design, with a special focus on the 20s and 30s.
On the men’s side, there is a vintage pair of leather boots, hand stitched in Italy. The calf leather is a luxurious soft brown, while the upper is made from full-grain leather. These are perfect for urban wear – you can wear them with skinny jeans and a T-shirt, or with a dress and accessories.
Similarly, there is a new style of shoes for men and women – leather-based platform heels, which are perfect for the dance floor.
These shoes embrace a very specific fashion style. As mentioned before, men are more likely to wear jeans and T-shirts, while women are more likely to wear dresses and accessories. This is evident in the type of style that these pieces represent – elegant, soft colors and feminine silhouettes.
This is a far cry from the elegant, masculine style that is associated with Robert Pattinson‘s other clothing lines. The designer has always been inspired by classic fashion design from the 20s and 30s, but has also introduced a more modern twist to the look. This time around, he has gone back to his roots and revived vintage pieces for a new generation – and it is wonderful to see.
These shoes are a testimony to this unique and innovative spirit – we can see the classic design influences, as well as the designer’s creative spark.
A Look Back
It is not only about today’s style, but also about looking back. This collection is a celebration of the 20s and 30s, with a special focus on the footwear design that made its mark on that era.
While these pieces may not be entirely representative of their time period, they were clearly designed to evoke nostalgia in anyone who wears them – with their clean lines and simple silhouettes, as well as their connection to some of the most iconic brands of the time.
In particular, let’s look at the “Gold Diggers” and “Flat Footers” shoes by Dior. The former is representative of the style that was very popular in the 1920s and 30s. The simple but elegant design makes these a timeless classic, perfect for the style-conscious woman who wants to keep up with the times while maintaining a sense of class and luxury.
The Flat Footer is another style that was very popular during this time period. They are named after the type of shoes you would wear while walking down a city street. The flexible sole gives the shoe an air of modernity, even though the design is rooted in the past.
It is evident that Robert Pattinson has been paying a lot of attention to detail, as well as to the design details of these shoes. It’s not just about the styling or the style of the pieces themselves – the way they are designed, as well as their materials and construction are all taken into consideration. This is why it is so easy for these items to be worn and to age with grace – they will never go out of style.
What do you think of these classic, innovative designs? Do you want to see more from Robert Pattinson?