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Jean-Michel Cazabat Feels Your Pain


Shoes, Champagne, snacks from Indochine: It was a sibilant trifecta of good things last night at Jean-Michel Cazabat’s loft in Soho, as the shoe designer opened up his part-time home for a holiday party cum pre-fall shoe collection preview. “There are two main ideas this season—one is theme, the other is silhouette,” Cazabat explained, gesturing to the tidy display, which ranged from ballet flats in his signature snakeskin to clod-hopping architectural wedge boots. “The theme, you see, is bondage,” he added, picking up a pair of mid-calf boots with an intimidating spear of a heel and buckled leather embellishment. As for the silhouette, Cazabat explained, “I wanted to play with creating shapes that were both dramatic and elegant.” And wearable: The designer noted that his giant wedges feature hidden platforms, so that the wearer’s foot isn’t forced to contort. “I can’t design for a woman what I can’t imagine wearing myself,” he said. Think of this approach as kinder, gentler S&M.

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