Monday, October 10, 2011

Minna Parikka Fall/Winter 2011/2012

Shoes with a touch of glam rock boldness.

Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith, Beth Ditto and Dita Von Teese are some of the celebs who love Minna Parikka shoes. Just one look is enough to get why: they are eccentric, have a retro vibe, their style can be classic (or romantic), with a bold pin-up twist. Getting the mood of this shoe line is even easier if you know its creative soul: Minna Parikka, a super-blonde designer with a very personal style, who lives and works in Helsinki. In this city she opened her first store in 2008. Her philosophy? "My designs are like love letters between high-heel lovers", says the shoe designer. "You should allow yourself to have fun: a pair of shoes can take you to new adventures. It's true life is a serious matter, but you can't take your style way too seriously!". No sooner said than done. The F/W 2011/12 collection, which celebrates the 5th anniversary of the brand, presents new interpretations of best-selling styles. It's called Women Are Dangerous Animals and includes "winged" pumps, "dripping paint" ballerina flats, lace-up shoes with heart-shaped decorations, ironic vampire mouths, snake or cobweb details. In addition to shoes, gloves, pocket handkerchiefs and scarves are part of an ever-growing, likeable, funny and surprising collection: for example, take the shoe masks, dramatic and a bit sadomasochistic. The secret ingredient? 50% contemporary mood, 50% sensuality, with a touch of glam rock boldness. 


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