1971 | LAGERFELD FOR MARIO VALENTINO | 12 OR 13? EITHER WAY IT'S BAAAD FOR YOU |

1971, October
Mario Valentino | 12 cm heel
Source: Il Milanese

A sandal from Mario Valentino's latest collection: the heel is an unprecedented 12 cm. But who will wear such heels? In recent years, the fashion imposed a low heel, to the relief of short women. The high heel is anti physiological: it alters the natural balance of the body and causes various ailments. 
Source: Il Milanese - 1971 October, 31


Who will wear such heels??

After one such Friday, I left Paris with no extra money in my purse. I picked up my prepaid ticket for the train to Milan from the Gare du Nord and went straight to work with Alfa (Castaldi). It was a long day, and as a sweet gesture, the designer Mario Valentino gave me a pair of shoes I’d admired, with six-inch silver heels, which I put on immediately. I was to collect my fee from the Milan agency that night in cash, and go directly back to Paris. 
Anjelica Huston | Ca. 1971
A Story Lately Told (Scribner, 2013)


1972, June
Karl Lagerfeld for Mario Valentino |  13 cm heel
Photograph by Oliviero Toscani | Vogue Italia
Source: CiaoVogue


 

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