Gossip Girl-Themed Flats + Plus – Footwear News
With the return of fashion (haven’t you heard it?), Nicky Hilton finds herself in the unique position of influencing the moment in both the past and the present. As a young party girl, Hilton and her sister Paris dominated the street style columns of celebrities in magazines in the early 2000s (before the dominance of Instagram). Today, as a designer and model returning to the renewed pop culture spotlight with the help of sister and mother Kathy, Hilton is once again confronted with the trends that dominated Y2K fashion.
“I look back on it with very fond memories,” Hilton told FN at the time, noting that she had retained most of her wardrobe from the time – from MTV VMA dresses to striped shirts and to the sweatpants that she and Paris wore on the runway to Richie Rich’s Heatherette, circa 2006. “It was such a fun and carefree time. We weren’t fully grown up yet, so we didn’t have any real responsibilities, and dressing up was just fun and effortless. It was imaginative. Paris and I have never employed a stylist. “
As it turns out, Hilton’s personal style story influenced the fashion of the decade in more ways than one, particularly in the latest cult series “Gossip Girl”. The runway, which got its own reboot in July, is now a key point of inspiration for the designer’s new 21 French Sole fall / winter collection.
Hilton introduces two new styles, the Serena (a color block leather ballerina with a thin ribbon bow) and the Blair (a matte leather ballerina with laser-cut piping and an oversized bow that could fit well in a greenhouse. – head, no), referencing the main rival characters of the 2007 original series. She joins other brands such as Monse and Christopher John Rogers in the revival of “Gossip Girl”.
Nicky Hilton x French Sole Blair ballerina, $ 180.
Nicky Hilton x French Sole Serena Apartment, $ 168.
“It resonates with me because I lived it,” said Hilton, a graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic school for girls on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “When I first saw the show I thought it was a much more glamorous version of what I had experienced in school – a lot more salacious. The fashion was so awesome you’d expect looking forward to seeing what these high school kids are wearing every week. ”
Nicky Hilton x French Sole Teddy Moccasin, $ 185.
Elsewhere in the collection, the designer launches the Teddy, a flat moccasin that’s both a shoe and a slipper, with a textured teddy bear pattern on the toes.
“I had the idea long before Covid, and I had put it on the back burner. But then all of my friends asked me if I could make some cute and comfy shoes because they basically wear my slippers anyway, ”said Hilton, who plans to wear the indoor and outdoor shoes with. jeans or leather leggings and her favorite Max Mara Teddy coat.
The Nicky Hilton x French Sole Fall / Winter 21 collection is available now.