Models walking the Vogue.com.au L’Oreal Paris Runway 4 show at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival kicked up their heels mid-runway (and not in the hamming it up backstage way) and removed their pointed-toe platform stilettos half-way down the 30m runway in a move that festival CEO Graeme Lewsy has called “so disappointing… [that] shouldn’t have happened.”
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The group show featured the creme-de-Chine of Australia’s young design talent, including stellar collections from Dion Lee, Gary Bigeni, Josh Goot, Therese Rawsthorne, Christopher Esber, Magdalena Velevska and Ellery; the shoes on the other hand were not (stellar), which is probably why they ended up in hand and not on foot.
Lewsey commented backstage that although the incident was less than ideal, the “models know, if there’s the slightest problem, they have to remove [their shoes] for safety. If nothing else, it’s showcased the fragility of live performances: when they do go without a hitch, they are marvels.”
Even if the shoes were ridiculously high, all the girls bar two managed to walk in them. I’m pretty sure proficiency in heels would be written somewhere in the job requirements of being a model, plus the girl who took her shoes off for Dion did a pretty good job of walking in heels for all her other turns. There’s also this, and the fact that there’s also probably a better way to handle the situation than to sullenly stomp off down the end and back. And it probably looks something like this, because this is a wholly accurate depiction of real life:
Marvel the wares of our brightest young things below: