Flat ‘Broke’

Just a note- in today’s WWD (in their rather extensive coverage of the Golden Globes- one day late) they devoted a paragraph to Sofia Coppola’s rather gutsy if not unusual choice of flats to accessorize her Alaia little black dress.

In my review of the Globes yesterday, I noted that Sofia Coppola’s choice of flats really didn’t ‘work’ (though it did seem very consistent with her image and personality), she looked somewhat awkward taking the stage, and would have benefitted from wearing a pair of killer heels.

But quite frankly, upon reflecting on her somewhat offbeat choice, I actually began to think that her little girl flats were very ‘Sofia’ after all, and one of the main reasons she has long been Marc Jacobs’ ‘muse’. (When Sofia was the cover story of the New York Times Magazine section a while ago, Marc was even quoted as admitting that if he were a girl, he would want to be ‘Sofia’).

And I was not the only writer to comment on this ‘fashion statement’. In another fashion review of the Globes written by Sally Melanie Lourenco, our new contributor, she observed, “Sofia Coppola, who more comfortable in her own skin than this intelligent and lovely accomplished woman, who knows who she is. Happy to see she opted instead for a sexy Alaia, without the flash, that proves, you don’t need 6 inch Manolos, or body baring slits to look sexy…Ms. Coppola is sexy and charming, always herself, in all that she wears. As my mother says, when you go to accept an award, you’re nervous enough, why add to that with uncomfortable clothing?”

Well, as it turns out, we were giving credit where credit wasn’t due. It wasn’t Sofia simply showing her independent fashion spirit and offbeat style, but a broken toe that necessitated the choice of footwear. According to WWD, “the now two-time Globe winner broke her toe and had to do away with the heels she planned on wearing”.

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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