Jetset WMCFW | Sid Neigum Spring 14

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Architecture and mathematics – not the first things that come to mind when you think cocktail dress. For Sid Neigum, though, they are paramount. I’ll admit, I had to Google what 18th century architecture was, precisely, ‘cuz I was just like oh, The White House? Yes, as I learned from what my mom likes to call Google University, Palladian architecture is much like the geometry of all those little – mathematical – laser cuts down the front of the dresses we saw at Sid’s runway. Incidentally, is it just me or is our entire industry calling him Sid?

Then there were the, as Fashion Magazine reports, “fancy leather paper bag shoes.” Someone needs to send these to Leandra Medine, ahem, I could just see her pairing them with jodhpurs and a camisole, layered with some sort of Ike jacket, in plaid, with an arm party happening in the periphery. In other words, she’d do exactly what Sid – we’re on a first name basis now in paragraph two – would never have calculated for. Make them wearable and also, ensure you never get laid.

Unless, of course, you wear the shoes how I think Sid intended: with a super duper short skirt. Lots of legs, like Anna dello Russo, counterbalances the cement block aesthetic grounding the look around your feet. I could spend a lot of time talking about these shoes. They are super duper cool. But I have to ask, would you wear them with jeans? Would you wear them with pants, at all? Paper bag shoes, no, I’d call them the pantless requisites.

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