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post #16 of 22
Neil Barrett has designed some rather sordid affairs too but at least lacking the pretension of those McQueens. Anatomical viens, My Left Foot inded.
post #17 of 22
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I generally quite like McQueen, but I agree totally about those shoes... they are really unnattractive. I know that he (and Stella McCartney, for that matter) have really felt pressure by the execs at Gucci Group to make their brands financially solvent. I believe that only Bottega Veneta has yet really to make much money, followed by Balenciaga. But, of the other smaller brands under the Gucci umbrella, I know that McQ and Stella have yet to make a turnover.

So, hence we see LOTs of collaborations (Stella for H&M, Stella for Adidas, McQ diffusion line, McQueen jeans, McQueen for Puma, McQueen perfume, etc.) but after the initial wave of interest passes from these McQueen shoes, I think we'll be seeing lots of them on ebay for $50 or less.

Especially look at that awful sneaker with the buttons sewn all over it. What was he thinking???

John
post #18 of 22
When you attempt to commercialize designers like McQueen all you get is less than mediocre for the crowd who thinks they are avant-garde by buying distilled collaborations between a sportswear company and a coerced designer. YSL has almost become financially solvent what with the recent popularity of Stefano Pilati and the trend of wide belts, and tulip skirts, which he introduced. Out of all the Gucci Group brands, probably Balenciaga has remained more or less untouched, at least now. Their lariat bags have sold well. Although thinking from what they were, as a couture atelier to becoming some sub-brand really also taints the brand image.
post #19 of 22
I really like most of the 96 Hours collection, though $440 is pretty nuts for a pair of sneakers.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by whoopee
Neil Barrett has designed some rather sordid affairs too but at least lacking the pretension of those McQueens. Anatomical viens, My Left Foot inded.

I saw the Neil Barretts last fall in NYC and thought they looked really cool, but not worth dropping $300. The Puma Miharas are another collaboration that I think are ass-ugly.
post #21 of 22
I have not seen any good shoes that have come out of any collaborations. I nominate the Starck as the absolute ugliest. 96 Hours is OK, there a number that I like as well, but of course it's not a collabo.
post #22 of 22
The margin on regular-line sneakers is ridiculous enough, given the cheap materials and labor costs, which makes the markup on designer versions just seem all the more mind-boggling. That said, rach2jlc's JS Pumas look quite nice.
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