There are certain design themes that are come up again and again in women’s fashion. One is color-block clothing. Other recent ones are camo fabric and cargo pants.
The most popular by far is animal prints.
The latter got its latest revival last fall when the luxy Gucci brand released a whole batch of shoes inspired by zebra stripes.
(Please note, the zebra patterns discussed below are not made of actual zebra hides. Only Cruella Deville advocates wearing actual animal skins anymore, and she is a cartoon character from 60 years ago.)
Here is the most-photographed of Gucci’s zebra offerings.
What is remarkable about this shoe is its innovative ponytail, reportedly made of goat hair.
Perhaps because of the unusual nature of the shoe, there were suggestions as to the different ways to wear it.
— England’s expensive Selfridge’s store offered this idea: “Channel the brand’s runway look by pairing with a printed shift dress and jewel-coloured tights.”
— And Gucci offered photographs of the shoe worn with the new look in hosiery. (See last year’s Idiosyncratist post on the new popularity of short socks.)
It is likely that the ponytailed zebra pump was designed mostly to attract attention. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but few women are willing to spend $1,290 on four-inch shoes that get more comments than their well-tended faces or coifs, or their shapely legs.
In fact, Gucci released a more sedate version of the zebra pump, sans ponytail. It retailed for $990.
Like most fashion innovations, the zebra thing has been copied. Here are a couple tagalong versions.
The British retailer Topshop is offering what it calls “Women’s Pointed Zebra Heels By Unique.” They look uncomfortable, but the price is less than $300.