Alber Elbaz loves to say that he designs for real women rather thanfashion editors. That mantra was put to acute test backstage at Lanvinon Friday night, when some of his models found his imposing metal heelstoo intimidating for the endless stretch of runway in the designer’sindustrial venue. The solution: switch to flats. Exactly how many modelswanted to change shoes and were allowed to is unclear, as is why therewere ample pairs of Elbaz’s fabulous new flat sandals on hand. What isundeniable is that to many designers silhouette is all, and the thoughtof change shoes last-minute to indulge some spoiled models’ ambulatoryinsecurities would be uglier than taking a stiletto in the jugular.


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