The Lego Shoe, And Other Things You'll Never Wear

Every season, there are certain pieces that show up over and over again, everywhere from V to Vogue. What's funny is, these pieces are almost always
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Every season, there are certain pieces that show up over and over again, everywhere from V to Vogue. What's funny is, these pieces are almost always
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Every season, there are certain pieces that show up over and over again, everywhere from V to Vogue. What's funny is, these pieces are almost always too expensive, too weird, and too directional to ever end up in anyone's closet - despite becoming emblems of their particular season. So why do we see them in the pages of every glossy? It's the very factors which make these items impossible for real-world-wear that make them so appealing to stylists. They produce strong, memorable images. They sum up what's in and exemplify it - in the most literal way possible. They function as a sort of fashion shorthand. This season it's all about metallics, so Balenciaga's gold robot leggings and Dolce and Gabbana's wide silver belts (complete with lock and chain) are getting the most attention. Those items won't ever be best sellers. You won't pick up a pair of the Burberry Prorsum gauntlet gloves that are showing up everywhere. But you might buy a matte pair that's a little longer than the ones you got last year. Now that the F/W 2007 editorial coverage has started, we predict that this is the piece you'll be seeing everywhere: What Faran's dubbed "the lego shoe," made by Balenciaga. Get used to seeing them, and be glad you won't ever have to wear them... they're so hard to walk in that Ghesquiere coated his runway with sticky Coca Cola to keep his models from sliding. --ANNA FIELDING GRIGGS