Fashion’s “Gilt” Trip

The 2018/2019 Chanel Métiers d’Art show was held last Tuesday evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Temple of Dendur was completely transformed, a la Lagerfeld, just for the occasion and it was a perfect example the way Karl applies his fertile imagination to his craft. In an interview with the designer that ran in this weekend’s ‘Off Duty’ section of The Wall Street Journal, (“20 Odd Questions”), he noted that he takes inspiration from his brain and that his best ideas come to him when he sleeps (hence, he keeps a sketchpad near his pillow).

Chanel Metiers d’Art 2018 2019

Looking at the over the top, unabashedly luxurious and bejeweled collection filled with nubby tweeds made of tulle, sequin and metallic ribbon, Cleopatra-worthy elaborate necklaces, and handbags shaped like mini pyramids, I can only assume that Mr. Lagerfeld had some wonderful dreams about ancient Egypt which served as his reference point. Everything was bathed in gold, down to the footwear. There were pointy toed flats, high heeled pumps, and boots, boots, and more boots fashioned from gleaming gold leather (very Anna Wintour I must say). They came short, tall, fiercely over the knee, and in some cases, featured the house’s signature black cap toe. They were shown with a variety of heel shapes and heel heights, and were sometimes paired with matching gold tights to really emphasize the over the top gilded effect.


Gold boots also made an appearance last week in Milan at the MSGM 2019 pre fall collection designed by Massimo Giorgetti. The collection, named ‘Poetry of Youth’, was inspired by collegiate style. It was youthful yet sophisticated and emphasized tailoring, sportswear, and the employment of unexpected contrasts.

There is no question that a little goes a long way where gold boots are concerned. Regardless of their silhouette, they are festive, eye catching, and statement making and they add an exclamation point to even the most simple of ensembles (does anything look better with black?).

Here are 10 good choices which are currently available, priced from $48 – $2450:

Ellie Shoes gold glitter women’s Chelsea Go-Go boots will set you back a mere $48 – $57 depending on the size you order. More info/purchase

Dance until the golden hour in this platform boot by Urban Outfitters which features a mid-ankle silhouette constructed in an all-over brushed metallic textile, and a concealed inner zipper. It is set on a 1 inch platform with a 3.5 inch platform heel, $79 (reduced from $89). More info/purchase

You’re in luck if you were in search of Jimmy Choo’s Deidre gold metallic gold leather and PVC ankle boots, and you wear a size 37, $ 384. More info/purchase/

If you just happen to wear size 37.5, these Giuseppe Zanotti metallic gold leather multi-zip detail pointed toe stiletto heeled boots may just be perfect for you, $435. More info/purchase

Leave it to Maison Margiela to create the gold toned Mexas cowboy ankle boots, combining two major trends in one. They promise to instantly liven up a pair of simple slim-fit jeans, $1195. More info/purchase

These chic low heeled Saint Laurent Paris Wyatt 40 Jodhpur ankle boots (size 38) may be from 2010 but they could not look more of the moment, $527. More info/purchase

I love the neutral pale gold color and mid-calf length of Nicholas Kirkwood’s gilded leather stiletto heel boots, $795 (reduced from $1105). More info/purchase

No. 21’s Vulcano Mekong Booties in gold tone smooth leather are crafted in Italy and feature a pointed toe, side zip closure, unusual bow ribbon detail, all set on an eminently walkable (and feminine) low kitten heel, $986 (reduced from $1428). More info/purchase

By far the most functional and versatile of all are the Jimmy Choo Hurley 100 convertible metallic mirrored leather knee boots. Made in Italy from gold mirrored-leather, they have a leg-elongating point-toe silhouette and wide cuffs. They can be worn as ankle boots but you can also slip on the snap-fastening shaft to wear them knee-high or pushed down for a slouched, look so you actually get three boots in one. Which I suppose, justifies the price tag. $1795. More info/purchase

Last but not least, are Chanel’s laminated suede goatskin flat over the knee boots, $2450.  More info/purchase They are truly ‘killer’ and if they are on your wish list, maybe you are lucky enough to have a generous Santa visiting soon.

– Marilyn Kirschner

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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