At Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2011 Couture Show, Shoes Double as Flashlights

Chanel, Fall/Winter 2011, Karl Lagerfeld, haute couture, wearable technology, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Twinkle toes, anyone? The models on the Chanel Couture Fall/Winter 2011 runway in Paris on Tuesday may have been light on their feet, but we didn’t expect them to have lights on their feet, as well. In a display that nearly rivaled the Eiffel Tower in the distance, the clotheshorses trotted out for a final walk in the dark, illuminated only by laser-sharp LED beams on the the tips of their shoes.

So tell us, are Chanel's flashlight heels haute or not?

  • 4 Votes HELL NO! Shoes and tools don't play well together.
  • 48 Votes HELL YES! Where have these heels been all my life?
  • 27 Votes MEH. At least Chanel didn't import a 265-ton glacier this time.

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This isn’t the first time Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion house’s creative director, has baffled us with his choices, but in this case we have to wonder: Could the Kaiser be onto something…brilliant? For anyone who’s stumbled in the dark, flashlight heels would be a godsend. Either way, the unconventional footwear has the fashion world seeing “shoe shine” in a whole new light.

+ Chanel

[Via Glamour]

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