History claims the Romans invented the gladiator sandal to better traverse their vast empire on foot. But in typical accessories fashion, what was once a functional wardrobe staple quickly grew into a status symbol among the upper class.
Egyptian Pharaohs chose sandals with turned-up toes, while wealthy Greek women adorned theirs with precious stones and jewels. Fast-forward a few thousand years to the Sixties, when chic Jacqueline Kennedy and Ingrid Bergman wore similar jeweled styles to traverse their own empires—the sunny isles of Capri and St. Barth’s. In today’s “more is more” footwear era, the trend continues as starlets combat the Los Angeles terrain, turning up everywhere from movie premieres to Starbucks in sky-high styles by Chanel, Balenciaga and Givenchy.
Madonna turns 59 today, marking another year of show-stopping, one-of-a-kind bold looks from the singer. To celebrate, we took a look at the superstar's most memorable fashion moments. Here, Madonna sits front row at Versace's spring runway show in 1995. See more exclusive photos from the #wwdarchive on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Cédric Dordevic)
WWD asked a handful of creative directors to evaluate the September covers of leading women's fashion magazines. How do they think the covers this year compare with years gone by, and what do they say about the current status of the publication? Link in bio. (GIF by @hypebreast)
"Stephen King is such a master, but I don't like being scared - there's enough that's really scary. How about the morning's news?" says Holland Taylor in an interview with WWD. See what else the actress said about starring in the TV adaptation of King's thriller "Mr. Mercedes" on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)