August 21 2014

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Casadei Turns 50, Bares Its Soles And More


Unless you’re a foot fetishist, it’s not often that you’re looking at spreads of nude models and can’t seem to peel your eyes away from their feet. But that is the case in the Ellen von Unwerth images featured in Casadei’s coffee-table tome to commemorate the Italian footwear label’s 50th anniversary, filled with beauties in some truly outrageous footwear and very little else. On hand at last night’s celebratory fête on the rooftop at 60 Thompson was creative director Cesare Casadei, son of founders Quinto and Flora. As for the seductive imagery, he explained, “I wanted to highlight the strength of women through their sensuality.” Strapping them into jewel-encrusted wedges and knee-high gladiator boots with elaborate cutouts is certainly one way to do it. As statement-making as it is, that fanciful footwear could also pair quite well with clothes. The 11-piece couture collection, priced from $12,000 to $30,000, will be available by special order at Casadei boutiques in Milan, Paris, Florence, Moscow, Dubai, and more.

Photo: Ellen Von Unwerth

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