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Anna Wintour stepped out to last Saturday's Hampton Designer Showcase in... FLATS! The infamous fashion editor ditched her usual high heels for a pair beige, slipper-like sandals.
(Photo: Patrick McMullan)
Each of Anna's sartorial decisions are deliberate as she decides which trends to promote. And she could be pushing Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley's agenda, as last month he declared the high, high heel to be over. Talley called stilettos "towering torture chambers" and said designers need a "reality check." In fact, Talley might be favoring a new style icon, in particular:
Can't anyone take a cue from First Lady Michelle Obama, in the elegant low-heeled shoes she always wears? A flat would be nice.
Talley confessed his confusion over why women choose to wear such painful shoes. He pointed to Diana Vreeland, Katharine Hepburn and C.Z. Guest as women who owned all of the grace in the world and lacked any precarious pairs of heels.
He ended with an appeal to today's couture cobblers:
Can you stop the madness and dream up a new way to define your silhouette without a needle heel that defies not only gravity but elegance?