Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fast fashion: winter ankle boots

Always a sucker for fast fashion, I've got my eye on an emerging trend in your favourite shoe stores - open gusset ankle boots.

You'll find a version of these in just about every shop right now, and as usual in the world of fashion, style overtakes sense in this winter footwear. 

The open gusset (that's where you'd expect to find the elasticacted insert in pull-on boots) is embellished with buckles and staps, creating interest and adding to the biker chic look. But in New Zealand winters, when you'll often find yourself walking through inches of gutter run-off or combating horizontal downpours, you might find the open feature more hindrance than happy feet.

But as we know, kiwi girls aren't famous for the most sensible rainy day fashion, so expect to see this trend on feet in rain or shine. 

What I would suggest is stripping off the black opaques while you work this foot fashion - most iterations I have seen are in black leather, so you're kind of defeating the purpose if you're filling that gap with black underneath. To draw attention to your new fancy feet, try a bold coloured tight (bare legs will work too, but let's face it, we've all been wearing stockings since we put the clocks forward).

This season's trending colours include royal blue (thanks Kate), deep crimsons and purples (always a winter fave) and if you're brave enough, mustard is becoming more and more mainstream after persevering the last couple of seasons.

So jump on the fashion bandwagon and strap on some open gusset goodness. Your breezy feet may not love you, but it's a guaranteed head-turner for the hardy soled.

And then it moved

'And Then it Moved' is the latest show from the New Zealand School of Dance's choreographic season, and you can expect to be moved from intrigue to inspiration in this showcase of contemporary dance.
Ten choreographers, ten dances and a whirlwind of emotions to entrance the audience. The chilling use of live music enhanced the experience as the dancers took us through an amoebic evolution of movement, joining and separating in Are we there yet?. Two of You created Rorscach-like imagery with a creative use of mirrors as two dancers struggled for individualism, and then tensions rose as indoctrinated slaves strove to maintain an engrossing blind faith in One of Them.
Two of You - photo by Stephen A'Court
The second half provided a much-appreciated lighter air to the theatre. Reality Cheque brought humour with the show-hosted fame game, while highlighting how these programmes trivialise the meaningful moments of our reality. Solo for Nine showcased dynamic use of space and light, once again touching on the 'fifteen minutes of fame' theme as dancers fought for their time in the spotlight. Closing the show was a trio demonstrating a delicate balance in Teeter, the swirling snow providing a chilling environment as the dancers sought shelter in the wilderness.
Teeter - photo by Stephen A'Court
Once again Te Whaea has produced a slick showcase of New Zealand's emerging talent, and if you're in the capital and a lover of performance art, this is a must-see. The show runs all week until Saturday 25 May, so get down and support local dance talent and enjoy the ride!