Monday, March 29, 2010

Hommage à Clergerie via Céline

In my last trip to Paris the subject on every fashion person's lips was Phoebe Philo's collection at Céline. I swear I'm not swayed by the consensus when I tell you to look at her collection makes me short of breath and my heart skip a beat all at once. I mean, if I had to throw away everything I own and sign my soul away to the devil so I could wear only her collection, I'd do it in a millisecond. But, that's just not going to happen, so don't get judgy...;) Anyways, these clogs are on top of my clog wish list, only I cannot find them anywhere and I'm pretty sure, I'd have to sell my liver to afford them - which I'd do - if I could find them and a willing buyer.A while back I wrote about my love of platforms and how it all began with these Robert Clergerie's. Am I high, or do they look good again? I dragged them out of the closet today and then had a phone conversation with one of my oldest friends, the friend who was probably with me when I bought them, and she told me they must be about 17 years old!!! That's insane. That's officially vintage, from my own closet! I really don't know how I feel about that.
I put them on and they fit like an old glove...
You can see the little slice in the leather that happened on the right shoe when the window broke at Gimme Shoes - giving me the opportunity to buy my beloveds.
They endured far worse over the many years with me: I remember gingerly traversing a rocky creek in them to get to our camping (!) spot in rural France. I remember hiking in them to the Hollywood sign our first Christmas in LA. I remember painting bedrooms in them. I remember a few different boyfriends in them, which says a lot since I've been with Le Mari for 14 years...Never have I worn shoes to death like this.
Merci Phoebe and Céline for bringing back the chunky wedge - the ol' gams and the old Clergeries are good friends and may have one last happy summer together.
And, that's my new Terrget jumper with a vintage green belt.

11 comments:

nativekee said...

I too am seriously dying for those particular shoes... plus a few others from the same collection! xo

Susie said...

i really enjoyed this post. i'm with you 100% on the celine comments.

also, i'm a new, recent happy customer, and thought i'd share this:

http://theloveship.blogspot.com/2010/03/clarevivier.html

i also did an outfit post featuring your bag a couple days ago. hope you like it!

mercharp said...

I wore your Clergeries once. How I got them out of your house I don't know. You must have been looking the other way. I can attest, height and fashion ensemble, can really brighten a day. Beautiful. Maybe its time you start designing shoes. If you do, would you please make me a pair of these!

Heather Taylor said...

love everything that's happening here.

tender willlow said...

I'll buy your liver...

Vivier said...

Susie, thank you for your blog post! You live in mpls! I love your blog, very cute you write it with your bf.
TW, great, I have a buyer for my liver, now I need to find those shoes!! ;)
XOC

Megan Taylor said...

hiking in platforms...LOVE! i'd like to see those up-Runyon.

Ariel Gordon said...

So... these aren't as fabulous as the Celine version but they're still pretty good. And the price doesn't require too much sacrifice.

http://www.footnotesonline.com/trendnotes-Spring--Summer-2010-Clogs/Jeffrey-Campbell---SnickStud---Natural-Leather-Wedge/JeffreyCampbell-SnickStud-Natural/98-113/Product

LadyA said...

Claire, this is a little too late to leave a comment, but I too bought those Clergerie shoes and LOVED them for 7 years! I got them re-soled and re-dyed, until they just gave out on me. They were the first pair of expensive shoes I ever bought and I remember being scared to even say out loud how much I paid from them. Your post made me smile as I remembered how great I felt in them...ahhh shoes.

Vivier said...

ladyA, thank you for writing! that's a great story and happy to know someone else who loved and bought those VERY expensive (for the time) shoes ;)
xoclare

ariana said...

omgoodness...i work at gimme shoes and i will have to ask about "that broken window." i haven't heard about that one...

i love your bags. love love love.

xxo