This year marks the 60th anniversary of Repetto, the beloved shoe company currently enjoying a pop-up store stint at Earnest Sewn in the Meatpacking District. In celebration they've commissioned an eclectic set of designers, celebrites and fashion icons to create their own pair of signature ballet flats. Brigitte Bardot's red gingham pair are scattered with hearts and daisies, Jean-Paul Gaultier's have sailor stripes and Chloe Sevigny even stacked a platform under hers. Currently an exhibition of the customized shoes at Repetto's Paris flagship, but don't worry if you're not in town for the shows this week; the shoes will enjoy a world tour before going on sale next year. When they are sold, it will be through a silent auction with all proceeds going toward "the development and education of disadvantaged children through dance." If you can't wait for the auction, sixty pairs of the Bardot flats are on sale through Colette's Paris boutique and website. We really love our Repetto ballet flats but now we're kind of obsessed with the idea of them as a platform. You can bet we'll check out the exhibit when it comes to New York next year but in the meantime we want to know -- what would your Repettos look like? --BRITT ABOUTALEB
John Derian Decorates Repettos for a New Capsule Collection
It's difficult to leave John Derian's East Village boutique without buying something. Or several things. A purveyor of curiosities, Derian may be best known for his vintage inspired paperweights and plates, but his store is filled with everything from French notebooks to Hugo Guinness linoleum prints. And as of last night, Repetto ballet flats have been added to the mix. But not just any slippers: these limited edition styles are the result of a collaboration between Derian and longtime friend/Repetto North America director Michael Flanagan. "My friends have been wearing the shoes for so long--I just thought it was a good match. And the printing is amazing," he told us at last night's in-store event celebrating the partnership. Derian's signature vintage prints adorn the shoes, giving the traditional ballet flat a subtly ornate touch.