Crucifix heels

Fashion trends are complex, malleable creatures and they rarely travel alone. They merge with one another, influence eachother, evolve and divide. This pictorial by Txema Yeste for Harper’s Bazaar Spain is a visual realisation of this fact, flirting with several different trends that are – for 2011 at least – closely intertwined.

Punk in it’s most recent incarnation is the key focus of the shoot, but married into it is a Western feel with leather embroidery and lashings of fringing. A styling clash of punk and cowboy is not uncommon right now, but Yeste’s shoot, styled by Juan Cebrian, also adds in a third theme: a touch of the Gothic.

crucifix heels

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011
Anna de Rijk: Harper's Bazaar Spain, June 2011

And it’s that Gothic hint that produces the most striking image of the shoot (bar for, perhaps, a fully black leather fringed outfit atop a black horse); a pair of black shoes with silver crucifixes as their heels.

Do we expect to hear some backlash over the cross, ultimately considered a symbol of Christianity, being stamped into the ground with every step? Unlike the outrage over the Lisa Blue Lakshmi swimsuit, it seems unlikely. We’d as always like to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Click on the thumbnails to view the full shoot, which stars Anna de Rijk.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.