Daniele Michetti sees shoes as something intimate and personal. That’s quite a different view to some other shoe designers who see footwear as, say, a feat of architecture. In Michetti’s world view, how we dress doesn’t define us – but it’s certainly a reflection of our selves.
For his fall 2013 collection, Michetti draws inspiration from the boudoir and from the absolute and unambiguous femininity of lingerie. That doesn’t preclude the appearance of bold and beautiful takes on women’s smoking slippers and flat boots, which garner equal attention alongside the corset-strapped thigh high boots and woven leather heels.
It’s a collection both compelling and coquettish, strong and yet sensitive, and it’s one any woman can appreciate. To find out more about it, we borrowed a few minutes of Daniele Michetti’s time to talk about his inspirations, the relationship between footwear and lingerie, and whether you can judge a person by their shoes.
Read the full interview after the break.
Mr Michetti, do you think there’s truth to the adage that you can tell everything about a person from their shoes?
Yes, I do.
I think that our mood and our personality influence our choice of shoes. Generally our personality has a role in the large choice of the type of accessory that best suits us and it steers our choice when we buy things. On the other hand, according to the way we feel, our mood defines our everyday choice of shoes from our wardrobe and so shoes can tell us a lot about who is wearing them.
Do you believe that how we dress impacts the way we act and feel?
No, I don’t, even if there is no doubt that the first impact when we meet somebody that we don’t know is visual, immediately after the impact of smell and gestures. So I believe that only people who go no further than visual appearance can define others by the way they dress.
Your fall 2013 collection imagines a shoe as a piece of lingerie, something intimate and feminine. How does that come through in the shoes? Is it about materials, or shape, or something else?
I definitely hope that shoes can get close to lingerie in terms of “desire” and emotion. Both lingerie and shoes are among the few garments that are worn on the skin and so we can feel them close to our skin, and to our soul. Of course, having chosen this mood as an inspiration for my collection, lingerie and the “boudoir” are also an inspiring force behind production processes, materials and colours.
What else specifically was inspiring you for fall/winter?
Everything in the F/W Daniele Michetti collection was intended to be very intimate and personal. The accessories from past collections which were originally inspired by other ideas such as becka etc. were also reproposed with different colours and materials.
Some of the pieces are studded and a quite tough looking: is there a particular way you want women to feel when they wear these types of styles?
No, there isn’t or at least that wasn’t what I intended. I think that every woman must feel unique and special even when she is barefoot, and it is precisely this type of woman who, when choosing Daniele Michetti shoes, will wear them in the right way, making them even more unique than what they are for me.
Do you think a woman should own many pairs of shoes, or invest in just a few select styles each season?
I believe that every wardrobe should contain the essential accessories, and they often represent the history and true essence of fashion. At the same time I think it is right, and also fun, to change and to poke a little fun at fashion and so I think that both things are important.