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Friday, August 28, 2009


Two iconic British women team up with the equally iconic Brazilian label to design their own versions of Melissa shoes.
sao paulo, london - In the laundry list of mundande things that mystify me plastic reigns supreme. Particularly what Brazillian based shoe label, Melissa, has managed to do with the material. Since launching in 1979 they've manipulated rubber, very plentiful in Brazil, into a dazzling array of fashion forward footwear. In the past, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Muglier, and Alexandre Herchcovitch have all debuted special edition versions of the fantastic plastic shoes. Every bit as comparable to the awesome work they did are their latest designer collabos: Zaha Hadid and Vivienne Westwood. Hadid, the iconic British/Iranian architect and Westwood, the iconic British designer/bon vivant have both debuted their own Melissa collections. Hadid's is as you would expect: all sleek and sensual and dark (much like the writer of this post perhaps?). Westwoods take on the classic Mary Jane is also as one would expect: quirky, whimsical and chic. Hadid's retails for $220, while Westwood's will set you back $160. Log on to to find where you can buy these.

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