Hitting a fashion show? Crazy heels required

February 15, 2012 • Entertainment

Marian Kihogo, a fashion stylist and blogger from London, shows off a pair of her shoes during Fashion Week, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a blustery day — February tends to be that way in New York — and Marian Kihogo, a fashion stylist and blogger from London, is dashing from one runway show to another, from the tents at Lincoln Center to studios and galleries scattered around Manhattan.

As she strides by on her “architectural heels” by Nicholas Kirkwood for Peter Pilotto, the heels hollowed out for artistic effect, this reporter dares to suggest she might be more comfortable in running shoes.

She laughs. “Running shoes! That would be fashion suicide. I think the fashion powers-that-be would stone me!”

An exaggeration? Maybe just a bit. Kihogo is merely giving a colorful rendition of an unspoken rule at Fashion Week: It’s all about the shoes. And we’re not talking about the models. We’re talking about the audience.

Never mind the snow, rain or sleet. Never mind the subway steps or those dashes for a cab. Never mind the long hours on one’s feet. Most Fashion Week regulars wouldn’t be caught dead without a pair of statement heels.

It’s all a little intimidating for the uninitiated, who may find themselves panicking the first time they sit in the front row of a runway show. For us, the command, “Uncross your legs!” induces something akin to terror.

That’s what the pack of photographers at the foot of the runway calls out to ensure their camera shots won’t be ruined by a dangling foot. But it’s also the moment that all eyes shift downward, and suddenly one’s feet feel naked.

Scratch that. Bare feet would Login to read more

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