If you were lucky enough, or rebellious enough, or alas, old enough to witness the heyday of Punk's true revolution in the Seventies, then surely you'll agree that Vivienne Westwood will forever remain the Mother of Invention. In that pivotal moment of anarchic angst, Westwood brilliantly gave style to the sound, and even to this day, I'm not entirely sure which has been more influential.. To that point, where would we all be without bondage pants, studded dog collars and black leather motorcycle jackets? We'd be in fashion-no-man's-land, that's where we'd be. Devoid of everything cool and cutting edge. So, kudos to Queen Viv. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude.
Thirty years ago, and well after the air of authentic Punk had diffused into the ether, Westwood carried on designing sans Malcolm Mclaren (her wildly influential partner who married the music to her fashion). In her Spring 1985 collection entitled 'Mini-Crini' which brought sexed-up Marie Antoinette style corsets and mini-length, bell-shaped crinoline skirts to the runways, Westwood shod her girls in one of the most striking and unforgettable shoes to hit the catwalk. One part Chopine and one part Prima-Ballerina, the Rocking Horse Shoe was born.
In celebration of this ground-breaking, iconic style and its 30-year anniversary, Vivienne Westwood introduces her newest version in collaboration with her long-standing shoe partner, Melissa Shoes, the Brazilian footwear brand that spear-headed a whole new industry with their concept of fully recycled plastic fashion shoes.
Come September, you'll be able to punk-rock it out with your own pair of the highly coveted, beribboned Rocking Horse Ballerina's cut entirely from plastic (faux-wood wedge and all) when they hit the stores in time for rolling out your fall wardrobe. So, whether you're a classic-Pistol punk or trendy punk-Kawaii, you'll definitely feel 'oh so pretty.'
The Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Rocking Horse Ballerina is available September 2016 at Melissa Galeria shops and now on www.shopmelissa.com.
By Juli Alvarez