The first time I noticed the possible downward trend of the high heel was with the Autumn Winter 2011 Catwalks. Here for the first time in a long time, designers were not just sending sky scraper heels down the runways, but a lot more lady-like and demure styling in the form of kitten heel court shoes.
Marc Jacobs showed a lot of this footwear highlighting the 1950's Lady trend in the Louis Vuitton show as well as his own label.
And the fashion world's flirtation with the 1950's is also evident in the popularity of the TV series Mad Men. Many a fashionista who watches this show has found herself trolling vintage stores in search of the perfect items to put this look together.
News from Hollywood that I think also serves to backup this trend, is that Katie Holmes is busy filming a TV series for the History Channel, The Kennedys, in Toronto Canada. Katie plays the iconicly stylish first lady Jackie O, and Greg Kinnear will star as her husband the late President John F Kennedy. All the images seen of Katie on set so far show her sporting low and kitten heels, key to that time period in fashion.
And then I picked up this article in the September issue of the American Harper's Bazaar. With the start of this new heel height set to change things in the footwear domain, a journalist was given the challenge to let go of her sky-high heels for a week and test out a few of the first designer iterations of the kitten heel. All of this showing that this is most definitely going to become a key item in footwear ranges, and a trend we should be executing here too!
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