OK, it’s official: We have a new best friend, and her name is Melissa! M.I.S.S. has been following the Melissa footwear collabos since 2008, specifically with a focus on the fabulous Vivienne Westwood and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania styles. Aunt Viv and Brazilian company Melissa debuted some very creative new styles recently at the Project tradeshow in Vegas. Although there are some repeats of last year in terms of product styles (like with the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania +Three Strap Elevated style – which were once adeptly described by another M.I.S.S. writer as “a bit gladiator, a little Maryjane, and a dash of Fetish thrown on”), most of the older styles are done in fresh, new metallic colorways (blue, red, gold, dark green, and light green that will mesh well with the ox blood, dark brown, and black leathers of the Fall. These hues will especially look good with washed leather jackets or leather jackets that have pearly, iridescent sheens.
A new M.I.S.S. favorite designed by Vivienne Westwood are the amazing Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Wing stacked 70’s-style platform sandal; these gems have wings which wrap around the ankles of the wearer. The shoes themselves look similar to some of the pairs in the Natural Comfort brand, and the marbled rubber material (shown in baby pink, white, black, and lavender) looks exactly like the plastic used to make Caboodles from back in the day. If you ever contemplated getting one of those wing tattoos on your back a la Nicole Richie, these shoes will probably appeal to you.
The entire Spring 2009 Melissa collection was designed by Vivienne Westwood, with the exception of the floral sandals and the Melissa Numa + Lovefoxxx sandals which have a Rat perched all up on the ankle strap. The Rat shoes are very avant garde, but unless the rat is detachable, the shoes may not be very practical. The Lady Dragons are back in full force, but they are in now offered in color combinations that are slightly more muted than the original Lady D’s. They also played with the ornament on the Lady D’s, including the slingbacks with the pearly mirror-balls (which remind me of that Frog Prince fairytale) and the Lady Dragons featuring the letter seals. The very sexy AND practical Melissa Kali bow wedges are also a style we are excited about. The wedges are great for rain and for accident-prone females, and they are also great for females who love the comfort of a flat, but are 5’2” or shorter. And yes, I am talking about myself and a few other M.I.S.S. ladies.
Lastly, there are the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Ankle Boots, which have 2 style modes (with bow in front OR 3 gold buttons on the side) and 6 different possible styles with the version with the bows. A big yay on these rain booties – with these, ladies can avoid getting nasty wet socks in the rain – and they also don’t have to suffer through the shweaty-leg syndrome that can occur in traditional rainboots. Plus, when you are feeling feisty, you can move the bows around and make a whole new look with the booties.
Continue whetting your Melissa obsession by trolling them online, and cop them at Epaulet in Brooklyn, or online at www.epauletshop.com. Some of the older styles can also be found on the Melissa page at www.revolveclothing.com.
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- M.I.S.S. VEGAS 02.09: Melissa Shoes at Project
- Epaulet Announces Exclusive Melissa & Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Spring ’10 Launch
- M.I.S.S. Vegas Review: Melissa Shoes at Project Tradeshow