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COUTURE’S CINDERELLA SHOES Posted on 4 March 2015 Central St Martin‘s art college dates from 1859. It’s a London institution – and a Paris fashion legend. The school has been sending graduates over the Channel since the 1090s. But that hasn’t just meant Galliano, McQueen, McCartney and Phoebe Philo. CSM also sends stylists, photographers and accessory-makers. One of these is the shoe designer Zoe Lee. While she studied at St Martins, Lee also interned for Alexander McQueen. Later, at the Royal College of Art, Manolo Blahnik tutored her. After graduation she worked for Vivienne Westwood. But now Lee has her own line of luxury shoes. The daughter of a Japanese mother who married a Canadian, this designer has lived both in the West and the far East. But it was London which shaped how she sees her work. Lee first showed her shoes here in 2012 – and they soon gained a host of fervent followers. Hand-made and timeless, from boots to sandals they’re very beautiful. When it comes to shape and finish, however, they’re also modern. Lee’s graceful silhouettes are always striking, but it’s the contemporary feel which gives them special character. Much of this is generated by their materials. Lee uses singular media such as coated linen, vegetable tans or cracked, metallic foils. Set against velvet-soft calf or plastic-printed leather, the results are stunning. The maker says her inspiration comes from such materials. “I refine and reinterpret, I don’t want to re-invent. I’ve never wanted to try and remake the shoe.” In fact, her silhouettes are most defined by their restraint…plus an impeccable DNA that’s visible at a glance. Every model comes from Italy, handmade by a family business near Venice. Lee’s boutique in the Haut Marais is as discreet as its wares. Although the shoes are sold across Europe as well as online, the majority walk out of this quiet shop. (It sits just yards away from the one-time workplace of Patrick Kelly, whose fashion charmed Parisians during the ’80s. Another expat, Kelly was the first American – and the first black designer – admitted by couture’s Chambre syndicale). The next Zoe Lee collection will feature a trio of bags. One is meant for every day, one for shopping and one for travel. These bags will be one-offs, made using leather left from smaller runs of shoes. If you want a chance to buy one, though, act quickly. Just like Lee’s Cinderella slippers, they’ll vanish quickly. http://muchacreative.paris/coutures-cinderella-shoes/

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