Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

The Style Darling Holiday Gift Guide $100
1  ZARA turtleneck knitted sweater $79.90
2  Longchamp ‘Veau Foulonné’ cosmetic bag $78
3  BCBG reusable mug with studded trim $68
4  Henri Bendel ‘It Girl’ ipad sleeve $88
5  ZARA jeweled box clutch $89.90
6  Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Signorina’ $98
7  Giesswein ‘Traun’ slipper $94
8  Tory Burch fox stud double wrap bracelet $125 (over-budget but I just adore it! The TB stud bracelet is $95)

“Scary Beautiful” by Leanie van der Vyver

“Scary Beautiful” by Leanie van der Vyver.
Photo by Lyall Coburn.

Deemed the “scariest shoes of all time” by Joanna Douglas, senior fashion and beauty editor at Shine for Yahoo!, these spectacular shoes by South African artist Leanie van der Vyver + Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg are much more than an outlandish display of frivolous fashion. Aptly named “Scary Beautiful” by the artist, these shoes serve as commentary on society’s perfectionism obsession and despite their inability to articulate, the impact of their message is profound.

In the words of the artist, Leanie van der Vyver, “Humans are Playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection.” (‘Playing God’ is a link to the introduction of her thesis of the same name. It’s only two paragraphs and well worth reading.)

How better to express a disdain of the ceaseless mania associated with achieving physical perfection than to create a pair of shoes that demand attention and instantly spark controversy? In the most elegant manner possible, van der Vyver has stirred the pot of conventionality and through her sensational design has, at least, given this blogger renewed perspective on perfection.

The final question remains…can you actually walk in these things?! Sure! But I hope you aren’t in a hurry.

Here you can view other pieces by Leanie van der Vyvyer.